Savor These Gourmet Friends-Inspired Marshmallows for the Show’s 25th Anniversary

XO Marshmallow
XO Marshmallow

Everyone is getting in on the hype surrounding the 25th anniversary of Friends. We've already seen a company release a limited-edition Central Perk coffee, another make Friends jewelry, and even LEGO got in on the fun with a 1070-piece set based on the show. But this latest tie-in is definitely the most unexpected (though no less welcome). It’s a line of Friends-inspired marshmallows by the folks at XO Marshmallow, a company that specializes in gourmet pillows of mallow-y goodness.

For the company’s Friends line, the marshmallow artisans looked no further than the six main characters for inspiration behind the different flavor combinations. Here’s the product lineup that XO Marshmallow is offering:

3 Divorces: Inspired by Ross’s ill-fated romantic escapades, these marshmallows are flavored to taste like a wedding cake (with none of the attorney fees afterward).
Candy Lady: This one is a toffee marshmallow that calls back to Monica’s candy-making obsession from the episode “The One With All the Candy.”
Banana Hammock: This one comes from Phoebe’s decision to change her name to Princess Consuela Banana Hammock.
How You Doin’?: Who else but Joey could earn this offbeat pizza-flavored marshmallow?
Central Perky: All that time spent working at Central Perk made a latte-flavored treat perfect for Rachel.
Chandberry: When you’ve had as many traumatic Thanksgivings as Chandler, a cranberry sauce marshmallow is a no-brainer.

The 25th anniversary of Friends. Check out these Friends-inspired marshmallows from XO Marshmallow.
XO Marshmallow

If you’re interested in landing some Friends marshmallows, you’ve got some options. You can either go for separate boxes—one box comes with Monica, Phoebe, and Rachel marshmallows, while the other includes Ross, Joey, and Chandler—for $11.95 each. These boxes feature four marshmallows of each variety. Or you can get the “Lobster Set,” which includes both boxes for $22.95, totaling 24 marshmallows.

The sets are on sale now at the XO Marshmallow website.

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The Clever Reason Oranges Are Sold in Red Mesh Bags

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If a detail in a food's packaging doesn't seem to serve a practical purpose, it's likely a marketing tactic. One example is the classic mesh bag of oranges seen in supermarket produce sections. When oranges aren't sold loose on the shelf, they almost always come in these red, mesh bags. The packaging may seem plain, but according to Reader's Digest, it's specially designed to make shoppers want to buy the product.

The color orange "pops" when paired with the color red more so than it does with yellow, green, or blue. That means when you see a bunch of oranges behind a red net pattern, your brain assumes they're more "orange" (and therefore fresher and higher quality) than it would if you saw them on their own. That's the same reason red is chosen when making bags for fruits like grapefruits or tangerines, which are also orange in color.

For lemon packaging, green is more commonly chosen to make the yellow rind stand out. If lemons were sold in the same red bags as other citrus, the red and yellow hues together would actually make the fruits appear orange. Lemons can also come in yellow mesh bags, and the bags for limes are usually green to match their color.

Next time you visit the supermarket, see if you can spot the many ways the store is set up to influence your buying decisions. The items at eye-level will likely be more expensive than those on the shelves above and below them, and the products near the register will likely be cheaper and more appealing as impulse buys. Check out more sneaky tricks used by grocery stores here.

[h/t Reader's Digest]