Food Holidays

Top 5 Most Popular Junk Foods

Last “Fill in the Blank Friday,” we asked you what your favorite junk foods are and based on your spirited responses, here are the top five junk foods you crave. Go ahead and indulge, after all it is National Junk Food Day–the best day of the yeaaar!

Best Day of the Year

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1. Potato Chips

What’s not to love about crunchy potato chips? Perfect as a snack or accompanying a sandwich, these hot potatoes pack flavor and crunch into an awesome one-bite package. Here’s a little trivia for you, did you know the average person eats the equivalent of 96 one-ounce bags of chips a year. (That’s 6 pounds a year.) Whether you spread your potato chip consumption out over the whole year or make it all happen today,  try one of our homemade chip recipes. You’ll be able to customize them exactly to your liking and you’ll never run out of delicious crisps again.

Get the recipes: Chips
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2. Pizza

I can understand why pizza is considered a “junk food,” but I also refuse to accept it as such. Regardless, pizza is clearly amazing. In fact, approximately 94 percent of Americans eat pizza on regular basis. So have a love affair of your own and cook up one of our easy and delicious pizza recipes at home ASAP.

Get the recipes: Perfect Pizza Dough and Grilled Pizzas

Pizza

3. Cheeseburger

We love burgers and so do you. With all the different variations out there though it can tricky to find your ultimate recipe. So we’ve taken the guesswork out of recipe searching and testing with our Ultimate Burger Recipe Finder Tool. Just answer four quick questions and we’ll find the perfect recipe for you.

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4. Ice Cream

In the United States, the average person consumes an average of 48 pints of ice cream a year, more than any other country. This is totally understandable though as even lizards know how good ice cream is. No matter which flavor is your fave though, we have an ice cream sandwich recipe you’ll be sure to love.

Get the recipes: Super-cool Ice Cream Sammies

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5. Chocolate

Just look at that gif. Enough said.

Get the recipes: A Year of Chocolate

Chocolate

 

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Lollipop, Lollipop

Whether you call ‘em lollipops or suckers, these treats on sticks are pure happiness. In honor of National Lollipop Day, we’ve shared some fun facts, our fave store-bought pop and even a recipe you can make at home!

 

One handmade sucker weighs more than two baseballs! We’ll have two, please.

 

Fun lollipop facts:

  • The famous 1958 “Lollipop” song was written after Julius Dixson arrived late for a song writing session with Beverly Ross. He explained that his daughter had gotten a lollipop stuck in her hair, and that had caused him to be late. Ross was so inspired by the word “lollipop” that she sat down at the piano and produced a version of the song on the spot. The song was written for the duo, Ronald & Ruby, but most successfully covered by The Chordettes.
  • The original machines made 40 lollipops per minute. Today’s machines produce 5,900 lollipops in one minute.
  • The world’s largest lollipop weighed a whopping 7,003 lbs. and was 4 feet 8.75 inches in length, 3 feet 6 inches in width and 5 feet 11 inches in height. Talk about a lot of licks to get to the center of that lollipop!

 

Never thought you could make your own lollipops? Here’s how…

Get the recipe: Chewy-Centered Lollipops

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Sources: wikipedia.com, guinnessworldrecords.com and candyusa.com

Caviar At Home

When creating a list of the most decadent foods caviar is always near the top of my list. Perhaps this is rooted in my daydreams of sipping champagne and eating caviar, but something about these tiny fish eggs suggests dec-a-dence. So today, on National Caviar Day, let’s take a look at two different ways to enjoy this luxurious seafood delicacy.

 

Not gonna lie, I find ordering caviar in a restaurant to be a bit intimidating. Not only is it pricey, but the pomp and circumstance of how they serve it–Mother of Pearl serving spoon, anyone?–only adds to my anxiety. So, I’ve taken to enjoying this luxurious food at home, which is actually easier than I thought it would be.

 

True caviar, the processed and salted roe of fish, only comes from sturgeon. So once you find a trusted place to buy it from, you can enjoy it with the addition of only two more ingredients: a cracker and creme fraiche. Just layer the three “c” ingredients (cracker, creme fraiche and caviar) on top of each other and pop that bad boy in your mouth. Yum!

Caviar Appetizer

Photo by Judith Pena

 

Care to be a bit more adventurous? Then try this recipe from Chef Todd English. He takes deviled eggs to the next level by adding caviar and lobster! Wowza. Talk about reinventing a classic.

Lobster and Caviar Deviled Eggs

Photo by Lisa Shin

Get the recipe: Lobster & Caviar Deviled Eggs

 

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A Scoop of Summer

Happy National Peach Ice Cream Day! It’s summer, and there’s no better time to enjoy a nice juicy peach than right now. So stock up! This recipe ensures those peaches won’t go to waste.

Peach and Toasted Almond Ice Cream

 

5 Tips for Making Homemade Ice Cream:

1. To decrease prep time, store the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer, wrapped tightly in a plastic bag.

2. Add mix-ins, such as nuts and chocolate chips, for only the last minute of churning.

3. To ensure proper aeration, only fill the ice cream maker three-quarters of the way.

4. Make sure the ice cream “batter” or custard is cool before putting it into the machine.

5. To prevent ice crystals from forming in the freezer, place a piece of plastic wrap on the top surface and press down.

 

More Sweet Treats:

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The proof is in the pudding

Tapioca pudding is a deliciously unique dessert. We love the fun texture, sweet taste and, of course, all the different dishes you can make with those wee little bubbles. So celebrate National Tapioca Pudding Day with our roundup of favorite bubbly recipes—dig in!

This Coconut Tapioca Pudding recipe has coconut, ginger and mango. Perfect for summer!

 

Tapioca is also used in a bunch of other dishes besides puddings. Our recipe for Halo Halo (a popular dessert from the Philippines that traditionally contains beans, jellies and ice cream, plus flan and evaporated milk) calls for berries and is ultra refreshing.

 

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A side of fries with that?

It’s National French Fry Day so what better way to celebrate than with some crispy tots? Whether you prefer classic, garlic or sweet potato fries, there’s a recipe out there for you. No matter the occasion — you can throw a French fry tasting party or simply make a side for your burger — but today’s the day to make a batch of this summer favorite.

 

Fun facts about the French fry:

- French fries account for more than 1/4 of all potatoes sold in the U.S.

- The average American eats 30 pounds of French fries per year.

- Thomas Jefferson cultivated the potato and popularized its eating in the US.

 

 Try out one of these homemade potato favorites, like our Bistro-Style Pommes Frites!

 

Get the recipes: Flavorful French Fry Recipes


 

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Happy Pecan Pie Day!

Pecan pie is a beginner’s dream dessert; the filling doesn’t crack the way custard pies can. Which is why we’re so excited to celebrate it! For the traditional pie, slice it up and top it off with bourbon-infused ice cream. Or try a Pecan Pie-inspired snack or sip, instead!

{Pecan Pie with Bourbon Ice Cream}

Shake up your get-together with this dessert in a glass. The pecan-perfect touch? It’s rimmed with the chopped nut, delish!

{Pecan Pie Martini}

Try to say this five time fast: Pecan Pie Popcorn. Or just give up and munch on this award-worthy snack.

{Pecan Pie Popcorn}

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If you like Pina Coladas…

…and getting caught in the rain. – Rupert Holmes

 

Escape (Pina Colada Song)- Rupert Holmes (Music Video)

Before I ever had my first Piña Colada, I knew they were something special, based entirely on their oft-repeated mention in Rupert Holmes’ “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)“–a 1970s rom-com in song form with an undeniable sing-a-long and body swaying quality. Think about it, have you ever been in a bar and not heard people sing along with this tune? I think not.

 

Fun fact: In the original song lyrics, Holmes said “Humphrey Bogart,” but ended up changing the lyrics to “Piña Coladas” to conjure the idea of escaping to an island vacation. (Can you imagine if he hadn’t changed the lyrics to Piña Colada? We would probably have never heard the song.)

 

So today–and all summer long–we celebrate the Piña Colada (“strained pineapple”), a Puerto Rican concoction made of rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice. While the creation of the drink has been debated, it is widely believed that bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marero created the exotic sipper in 1954 to delight the bar’s wealthy tourist clientele.

 

Now, less than 100 years later, we can find this tropical flavor in all types of different forms beyond the beverage–from cakes to ice cream and even lip gloss to body wash. So let’s think outside of the “glass” this year, and celebrate National Piña Colada Day with jelly shots! Find out how to make them after the jump!

 

Pina Colada Jello Shots

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National Sugar Cookie Day

Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day with these bite-size treats. The best thing about sugar cookies? There’s no need for a new recipe, just pick out different cookie cutters, frosting colors and toppings for the different holidays. Our recommendation? Spend a night cutting, frosting, and sprinkling cookies with the kids and while you’re baking, share these fun facts with them!

 

-On September 5, 2001, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adopted the sugar cookie as its official cookie.

-The sugar cookie as we know it today was created by Protestant settlers in the Nazareth colony of Pennsylvania in the 1700s. They baked their cookies in the shape of a keystone, the state’s symbol.

 

Try our Spice Girl Cookies! Tip: We added a dash of cinnamon for boost of flavor.

 

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Everything is Better with Chocolate

Chocolate Better Quote

If you’re like me, you don’t need a specific holiday to encourage you to eat chocolate. However, when those special holidays do come along, you celebrate them with such dedication and gusto that some people may believe that you truly only save chocolate for special occasions–hah! That being said–high-fives all-around–because today’s the day to go crazy for cocoa, it’s World Chocolate Day!

 

Spicy Chocolate Wings Do you agree with Jo Brand’s “everything is better if it’s made of chocolate” philosophy? I certainly do! And to prove it, I’m daring you to try our spicy and savory chocolate chicken wings. These Mexican-mole inspired wings combine the earthy flavors of superfood dark chocolate with hot chili pepper to make an addictive, finger-licking good appetizer or party snack. For an added kick of flavor and heat, sprinkle the wings with a touch of cayenne pepper before serving. (Bonus: Chocolate and cayenne pepper are known to boost your metabolism.)

Get the recipe: Spicy Chocolate Wings

 

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