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Special K Goes Beyond ’80s Cereal

If you think of Special K as just a cereal, get your mind out of the ’80s and catch up on the current plan. The Cracker Chips represent just a

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Milk Substitute Made out of Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds seem like an unlikely cornerstone upon which to establish a food culture, but they have the capacity to make a big impact. In the Midwest, sunflower oil is

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Taco Bell Burrito Too Flamin’

Was it spicy heat or just salt that was burning my palate after I took my first bite of Taco Bell’s newly reintroduced Beefy Crunch Burrito? And did the answer

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Momofuku Milk Bar Cookies—from a Mix!

If you’re not already aware of (and in awe of) the David Chang/Momofuku Ssam Bar/Noodle Bar/Ko/Milk Bar empire, you’re unlikely to like the idea of giving 16 of your hard-earned

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“Gourmet” Desserts Are Anything But

In their initial press release last November, Circa dessert mixes were billed as “the First Line of Easy-To-Make Gourmet Dessert Mixes.” It’s an appealing idea, and the boxes are lovely,

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Fantastic Frozen Dinners

The pretense of Schwan’s Bon Appétit brand of frozen meals (no association with the magazine of the same name) hits you in the face like a challenge. There are the

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Natural Licorice Gets Deep

When you first open a package of the red variety of Natural Vines licorice, a smell comes flooding out of the package, and it takes you a moment to place

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A Cleanse That Does Not Suck

Supertaster emerges from Cooler Cleanse’s Raw Cooler—a three-day raw-, vegan-, organic-food cleanse—with a higher opinion of raw food and a lower opinion of his own GI tract.

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Frozen Fajitas Inspire Melancholy

The idea that many modern, industrial food products contain (in addition to salt, preservatives, and flavor-enhancing chemicals) a full daily dose of sadness and regret is not exactly breaking news.

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The Skinny on New Neuro Flavors

I like the newly released line of Neuro Drinks in part because they come in bold, retro-futuristic bottles that scream, “Drink of Tomorrow!” in a very mid-’90s sort of way.

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Scary Shot Glass Product

My inner magpie screamed, “BUY!” when it saw OneShot Tequila. How cool is it to buy an already-full shot glass? Rip the thrillingly grenadelike metal-ring pull top, tilt your head,

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New Siggi’s Ripoff Yogurt

After what has felt like a 100-year onslaught of yogurt-related products—frozen yogurt; Greek yogurt; yogurt drinks; kids’ squeezable yogurt; yogurt that cures cancer, conveys the power of flight, etc. and

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New Vlasics: Artisanal-Washing?

“This looks like it came right from Grandma’s cellar!” This is an actual word-for-word quote from a checker at a Minneapolis grocery store upon seeing a jar of Vlasic’s new

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Almond Joy–Flavored Nondairy Creamer

According to the horrible commercials, if you have a childish, idiotic desire for Cinnabons and Almond Joys, unchanged since you were 8, then International Delight Coffee Creamer Limited Edition Flavors

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Cinnamon Wheat Thin Disappointment

The simple, wholesome flavor of a Wheat Thin is one of the undersung pleasures of American mass-market gastronomy. It is, simply put, one of the great blank canvases of supermarket

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Noglike Indulgent Holiday Drink

“Can I get you something to drink?” Imagine yourself asking this of a newly arrived guest. Snow is falling outside, and your guest is removing his knit cap and heavy

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Upscale Version of Maraschino Cherries

If you’re a food reviewer like me, the prospect of paying more than $10 for a tiny jar of nine hyperluxurious maraschino-esque cherries is actually appealing. Will these cherries live

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Fudge-Dipped Ritz Are Mind-Blowing

Several years ago, at an annual Thanksgiving-in-February party, a chef friend of mine did something déclassé that blew my mind. He took Ritz cracker sandwiches filled with peanut butter and

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Cursed by the Oreo Hex

I keep telling myself, “No more Oreo products,” and yet, they keep sneaking into the rotation. Why? Because they’re marketed everywhere, the brand has a spell-like hold over its fans,

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Another Broken Promise: Healthy Candy Bars

I unwrapped a Rocky Road Halo Bar expecting a high-class, slightly healthier version of a Twix, all crunchy and crispy and covered in decent dark chocolate. I expected this based

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Raw-Foods Chips Not Bad

There’s something refreshingly un-fun about Brad’s Raw Chips, which are marketed not as “The chip ya gotta pop!” or “All that and a bag of wow!” but rather as “This

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