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Indiana dad warns parents about mold in Capri Sun pouches

An Indiana father posted photos and a video on social media, warning parents to inspect their child’s juice pouches.

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Cameron Hardwick, of Columbus, said he found mold in a Capri Sun juice pouch he was about to give one of his children “as a treat” on Sept. 24. In a video he posted on Facebook, Hardwick said he noticed “something odd” about the Capri Sun pouch.

“It seems low in content, I take a closer look at the packaging and don't notice a hole or anything. So I shake it up some, only to find an unknown substance floating around in the package,” Hardwick says in the video. “To say we are irate would be an understatement.”

Capri Sun addresses the issue of mold on the frequently asked questions section of its website. Seven questions address the possibility of mold.

Addressing the question, “Will the mold make my child sick?” Capri Sun website reads, “The mold is naturally-occurring, and we understand your concerns. That’s why we created our clear bottom pouches so you can check for mold before enjoying your Capri Sun, while still remaining committed to keeping our drinks free of artificial preservatives.”

“We care deeply about this issue and about the well-being of our moms, dads and kids,” reads the Capri Sun response to the question, “What are you doing to prevent mold in Capri Sun pouches?”“That's why we have invested millions of dollars in our packaging, quality and manufacturing processes to make our pouches even stronger and more resistant to air leaks. We recommend that parents gently squeeze each pouch to check for leaks before serving Capri Sun to their kids. Any leaky or punctured pouches should be discarded,” the site reported.

Hardwick used a Facebook post Monday to note that officials with Kraft, the parent company of Capri Sun, had reached out and sent a third party to visit him and collect the pouch for testing.

The results, he said, revealed a “micro-puncture" in the package, which allowed oxygen to enter the pouch and create the mold.

Capri Sun officials also answered Hardwick’s post:

“Thanks again, Cameron, for bringing this to our attention and sharing more information with others. Although it's rare, it is possible for mold to grow inside containers of preservative-free juice drinks if the pouch is punctured in any way on its journey from our facilities to your home. We understand it’s unpleasant, but the mold is naturally-occurring, just like if you left an apple on your counter for too long and mold begins to grow.”

Dunkin' Donuts, Harpoon Brewery launch coffee porter beer

Love beer? Love coffee? We have great news for you.

Two New England staples, Harpoon Brewery and Dunkin', have partnered up to bring you a new taste for fall: the Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter.

>> On Just Dunkin': Dunkin' Donuts to change its name

Starting this week, beer and coffee lovers across the East Coast can enjoy the taste of Dunkin's Espresso Blend Coffee combined with Harpoon's notable craft beer.

A balanced and smooth brew offering robust and roasty notes, Dunkin’ Coffee Porter was created by Harpoon as a tribute to all the days that Dunkin’ has helped the brew masters fire up the brew kettle.

At 6 percent ABV, Dunkin’ Coffee Porter is a malty tasting brew that has a smooth mouthfeel with aromas of espresso and dark chocolate.

Launched on Sept. 27 during Dunktoberfest, the aptly named introduction to Harpoon's annual Octoberfest event, beer lovers were able to taste the Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter a week before anyone else.

The new brew will be available throughout the fall, in both 12 oz. bottles and draft at select locations.

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“Our brands have such passionate, loyal fans, who start their busy day with a cup of Dunkin’ coffee and end it by enjoying one of Harpoon’s famous craft beers," said Tony Weisman, Dunkin’ U.S. chief marketing officer. "We’re thrilled to now finally bring the two together, partnering with one of the most respected craft breweries in the country to offer coffee lovers and beer enthusiasts alike a classic new taste to celebrate the season.”

“Dunkin’ has been there for us since the early days when getting the brewery up and running required a lot of beer, and even more coffee,” said Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Harpoon Brewery. “We couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the company that’s helped fuel our success than to create something special for our fans by combining the taste of their favorite morning brew with one of ours.”

To find the closest Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter to you, visit Harpoon Brewery's beer finder on their site here.

General Mills bringing back Trix Fruity Shapes cereal

Trix has been for kids since it debuted in 1954. After Baby Boomers grew up with the ball-shaped, pastel-colored cereal, the company switched to brightly colored, fruit-shaped morsels from 1991 to 2006.

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Now, Trix is returning to its fruity shapes after selling the original cereal for more than a decade, General Mills announced Monday. The bright colors came back last year, and the fruit shapes are returning soon, the company said in its blog

“After bringing back the bright colors, our fans have not stopped telling us what they want next,” Scott Baldwin, director of marketing for General Mills, said in the blog. “We have heard from an overwhelming number of Trix fans who have been calling, emailing and reaching out on social media telling us that they want fruity shapes back. Kids of the ’90s can rejoice, their fruity shapes are back in Trix.”

General Mills said the Classic Trix Fruity Shapes cereal will return nationally to store shelves sometime in the fall.

Company offering macaroni and cheese-flavored candy canes

Candy canes are going to have a cheesy twist this Christmas.

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Seattle-based Archie McPhee is selling macaroni and cheese-flavored candy canes, according to the company’s website.

The company’s website says the treat “will be a favorite of picky eaters.”

The candy cane will measure 5 ¼ inches in height and have yellow and white stripes.

"Macaroni and cheese has become a holiday family tradition in many parts of the country, so why not let our holiday candy reflect that?" the product description claims. “It’s like comfort food-flavored comfort food.”

A box of six canes sells for $4.95.

Sonic to be sold to Arby's owner Inspire Brands for $2.3 billion

Atlanta-based Inspire Brands is buying Sonic in a $2.3 billion deal that will dramatically boost its size and reach, the companies announced Tuesday morning.

Sonic, which operates a chain of 3,500 restaurants with hundreds of franchisees, has about $4.4 billion in revenues – more than half the $7.6 billion in sales racked up by Inspire.

In a statement, Inspire officials called Sonic “an ideal fit for Inspire’s multi-brand portfolio.”

They praised Sonic for its “unique brand positioning,” as well as its innovation – especially in its use of digital technologies – and its solid financial performance.

Inspire, which is one of the 10 largest restaurant companies in the United States, has branches in 16 countries. 

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The company was formed early this year as the umbrella corporate management of several chains, the largest of which is Arby’s, with 3,400 restaurants, and Buffalo Wild Wings, which includes 1,250 restaurants. It also owns Rusty Tacos, which owns 25 restaurants.

Inspire is majority-owned by Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group, which has a series of franchises that generate $32 billion in revenues, according to the firm’s web site. Roark’s holdings include CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s, the Corner Bakery and FOCUS Brands, whose holdings include Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon and Schlotzsky’s.

The company has more than 150,000 employees. 

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The transaction is a stock deal based on a 19 percent premium to the closing price of Sonic stock on Monday, officials said. Inspire will pay $43.50 a share for the company.

Sonic is based in Oklahoma City and will continue to operate from there as a business unit of Inspire, officials said. Sonic, which calls itself “America’s Drive In,” is a 65-year-old chain.

Inspire has about $7.6 billion in sales, while Sonic has about $4.4 billion in revenues, according to the companies.

Sugar content of most yogurts above recommended limits, study says

Yogurt has long been touted as a healthy alternative to candy or other sweets. 

Studies have found yogurt is a good source of probiotics, protein, calcium, iodine and vitamin B.

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new study in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), however, has determined most supermarket yogurt is not as healthy as people think, because of its sugar content. 

Dietary guidelines in the United States and United Kingdom recommend low-fat, low-sugar dairy products, and researchers wanted to test how well yogurt products adhered to those standards. BMJ especially wanted to look at yogurts marketed to children, because children under age 3 in the U.K. consume more yogurt than any other age group.

To determine “low fat” and “low sugar,” BMJ researchers used European Union regulations: 3 grams of fat per 100 grams or less of yogurt, 1.5 grams or less for drinks, and a maximum of 5 grams of total sugars per 100 grams.

For this study, researchers looked at the nutritional content of 921 supermarket yogurts and yogurt products. The products were then divided in to eight categories: children's; dairy alternatives, such as soy; desserts; drinks; flavored; fruit; natural/Greek; and organic.

The worst offenders were products in the flavored, fruit, organic and children’s categories, which had a median sugar content between 10.8 and 13.1 grams per 100 grams. As Popular Science pointed out, “100 grams is about 3.5 ounces, and a standard yogurt cup in the U.S. is 5 or 5.3 ounces.”

That means one of those tiny yogurt cups is giving you about half your recommended sugar intake for the day. The recommended daily sugar intake is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.

The unsweetened, plain yogurts — Greek and natural — contained only 5 grams of sugar per 100 grams of product, which is healthy.

BMJ researchers found that "while yogurt may be less of a concern than soft drinks and fruit juices, the chief sources of free sugars in both children and adults' diets, what is worrisome is that yogurt, as a perceived 'healthy food,' may be an unrecognised source of free/added sugars in the diet."

They concluded that "not all yogurts are as healthy as perhaps consumers perceive them, and reformulation for the reduction of free sugars is warranted."

Popular Science compiled data from U.S. markets as a comparison. The healthiest yogurts in its study were Chobani whole milk plain and Chobani nonfat strawberry, with 5.0 and 5.3 grams of sugar, respectively.

The worst offenders were Brown Cow whole milk strawberry and Dannon lowfat strawberry on the bottom yogurts. Each contained 22 grams of sugar, or nearly an entire day’s recommended intake.

Hello Kitty Cafe opens next week in California

A new Hello Kitty cafe opening in California next week will offer patrons two dining options, the Orange County Register reported.

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The Hello Kitty Grand Café Sanrio opens Sept. 14 at the Irvine Spectrum Center. A casual cafe with seating for 12 will be available for customers to order coffee, blended drinks and sweets, the newspaper reported. Hello Kitty merchandise also will be available.

The Bow Room will offer a more formal dining experience. The reservation-only restaurant will be open from Wednesday through Sunday, the Register reported. The Bow Room will be a tearoom during the day and a cocktail bar at night, the newspaper reported.

The afternoon tea service will cost $55 per person and includes fruit, smoked salmon and other finger foods. Cocktails offered at night will include You Had Me at Hello (Cachaca, aperol, lemon, sherry and pineapple), Dear Daniel (Mezcal, pineapple, lime, spirulina and salted coconut whip) and Matcha Matcha (Japanese whiskey, yogurt, matcha and yuzu).

Hello Kitty wines also will be offered, the Register reported.

Chicken fingers dipped in Coke? US Open fan's food habit sparks debate

It seems like a typical American lunch: crispy chicken fingers paired with an ice-cold Coca-Cola. But one woman's way of combining the two has sparked a heated debate on social media.

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According to Fox News, an unsuspecting tennis fan was caught on camera dipping a chicken tender in her soda cup Monday at the U.S. Open. ESPN posted the video clip on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. 

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The woman, later identified as Alexa Greenfield of New York, explained her food habit in an interview Tuesday.

"My dad started me with [dipping chicken fingers in soda] I think to cool it down, but I just loved the taste and kept going," she told Fox News. "Once I got older, I gave it up for a while, assuming it would be way too weird to bring it into adulthood."

But she eventually decided to bring back the curious combo – and social media users aren't quite sure what to make of it. While some commenters were just confused, others were appalled.

Other Twitter users had Greenfield's back.

One thing's for sure: If the internet can't handle the idea of dipping chicken strips in soda, it definitely isn't ready for the Southern tradition of combining Coke and peanuts

PETA wants to build 5-foot memorial for lobsters killed in truck crash

Animal rights activists with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are asking the Maine DOT for permission to put up a five-foot memorial along Route 1 in Brunswick where lobsters died in a crash a week ago.

>> PETA billboard in Baltimore urges patrons to stop eating crabs

Last Wednesday, a truck carrying about 70 crates of live lobsters overturned on the road, killing some of the crustaceans

In PETA's letter to the Department of Transportation, activists said the memorial would urge passing drivers to "try vegan."

"Countless sensitive crustaceans experienced an agonizing death when this truck rolled over and their bodies came crashing down onto the highway," said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "PETA hopes to pay tribute to these individuals who didn't want to die with a memorial urging people to help prevent future suffering by keeping lobsters and all other animals off their plates."

>> SEE: Eye-popping rainbow-colored lobster escapes death, now on display at aquarium

PETA said in their letter that "lobsters are intelligent individuals who use complex signals to establish social relationships" and that the practice of boiling them alive without first stunning them has been banned in Switzerland.

The organization hopes that the memorial would motivate others to go vegan and "prevent such tragedies."

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The letter said: "At a time when animal transport accidents are becoming more common, this memorial would be an effective way to remind truck drivers and Brunswick residents of their responsibility to fellow motorists and animals."

According to PETA, "the memorial would be placed at the edge of the right-of-way farthest from the road so that it wouldn't be distracting to drivers."

Snoop Dogg releasing ‘From Crook to Cook’ cookbook this fall

Snoop Dogg continues to do the unexpected -- from a cooking show with Martha Stewart to a No. 1 gospel album to a cookbook.

The California rapper announced the release of his first cookbook, “From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen,” on social media Thursday.

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People reported that the book will have 50 of Snoop’s favorite recipes, and they are all cannabis-free.

Recipes for baked mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, baby back ribs and more will be in the book, which is organized by meal and occasion with entertaining tips from Snoop, 43,  throughout. 

Us Weekly reported that the book will also have takes on soft flour tacos, orange chicken, lobster and filet mignon.

It wouldn’t be a Snoop cookbook without some mention of the rapper’s favorite munchies, like chewy Starbursts and Frito BBQ twists, and a gin and juice recipe.

“You know it’s blazin’ up in my kitchen,” Snoop said in a news release. “I’m takin’ the cookbook game higher with a dipped and whipped collection of my favorite recipes, ya dig?”

“From Crook to Cook” will be released Oct. 23

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