Dairy Queen Is Celebrating Its 80th Birthday With $.80 BOGO Blizzards

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In 1940, Sherb Noble made fast food history with the opening of the first Dairy Queen location in Joliet, Illinois. To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Dairy Queen is offering buy one, get one for $.80 Blizzards now through March 15, 2020, WIVB reports.

The deal applies to all available Blizzard flavors, including M&M's, Oreo, and chocolate chip cookie dough. While Dairy Queen is celebrating its 80th birthday this year, the chain's signature Blizzard has been around for less than 40 years. Franchise owner and Blizzard creator Sam Temperato was inspired by the St. Louis institution Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, which served its "concretes" to customers upside-down. This gimmick was meant to demonstrate how thick the product was and to prove it wasn't watered down.

In 1983, Temperato went to Dairy Queen executives with his own take on the concretes. Like the items sold at Drewes, they would be served upside down, but instead of plain custard, they would contain chunks of candy bars mixed into the ice cream. The chain sold 100 million Blizzards in 1985 alone.

To get a special deal on the iconic treat, you can head to a participating Dairy Queen location any time now through Sunday. Here are some more facts about the fast food giant.

[h/t WIVB]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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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]