Birthday cake-inspired ‘celebration cheesecake’ coming to The Cheesecake Factory

Published: Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

The Cheesecake Factory will also debut its Celebration Cheesecake July 30 as part of celebrating National Cheesecake Day.
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The Cheesecake Factory will also debut its Celebration Cheesecake July 30 as part of celebrating National Cheesecake Day.(Business Wire)

A new cheesecake flavor is coming to The Cheesecake Factory for National Cheesecake Day.

Food & Wine reported that the restaurant chain is bringing a birthday cake-inspired cheesecake to its already lengthy menu of 30 flavors of cheesecake.

According to a Thursday news release, the treat -- a which has layers of the eatery’s original cheesecake and chocolate, vanilla and strawberry layers of mousse and a cream cheese frosting, is part called “Celebration Cheesecake.”

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The sprinkled slices are part of the chain’s celebration of National Cheesecake Day, which is July 30. In addition, from July 30 to 31, customers can get half price cheesecake slices.

“National Cheesecake Day has become an annual tradition at The Cheesecake Factory, and we look forward to it all year,” David Overton, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated CEO said in the news release.

The Cheesecake Factory will also donate 25 cents to hunger relief organization Feeding America for every slice purchased from July 30 through August.

The half-price cheesecake offer applies to all 193 restaurants, but is only good for one slice per guest each day.

ABC reaches settlement in 'pink slime' meat products case

Published: Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 6:03 AM

FILE - This March 29, 2012, file photo, shows the beef product that critics call
FILE - This March 29, 2012, file photo, shows the beef product that critics call "pink slime" during a plant tour of Beef Products Inc. in South Sioux City, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)(Nati Harnik/AP)

Remember the controversy and resulting multibillion-dollar libel and defamation lawsuit over Lean Finely Textured Beef being dubbed “pink slime” by ABC News?

An undisclosed settlement has been reached, the parties said Wednesday. The South Dakota-based manufacturer of the meat product, Beef Products Inc. sued after ABC referred to the product as “pink slime” hundreds of times in news reports in 2012.

Beef Products Inc. and the Roth family issued this statement about the settlement of the case against ABC and reporter Jim Avila:

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“We are extraordinarily pleased to have reached a settlement of our lawsuit against ABC and Jim Avila. While this has not been an easy road to travel, it was necessary to begin rectifying the harm we suffered as a result of what we believed to be biased and baseless reporting in 2012. Through this process, we have again established what we all know to be true about Lean Finely Textured Beef: It is beef, and it is safe, wholesome and nutritious.”

“This agreement provides us with a strong foundation on which to grow the business while allowing us to remain focused on achieving the vision of the Roth and BPI family,” the statement read.

In a statement Wednesday morning, ABC said: “ABC has reached an amicable resolution of its dispute with the makers of ‘lean finely textured beef.’ Throughout this case, we have maintained that our reports accurately presented the facts and views of knowledgeable people about this product. Although we have concluded that continued litigation of this case is not in the Company’s interests, we remain committed to the vigorous pursuit of truth and the consumer’s right to know about the products they purchase.”

The settlement follows a trial that began on June 5. If BPI had won, it could have received a verdict of as much as $5.9 billion, according to published reports.

After the news reports, consumers were turned off by the term. At the time of the broadcasts, the product consisting of beef trimmings treated with ammonia was being used in 70 percent of ground beef. Demand fell, and BPI had to close three plants and lay off 700 workers.

Click here to read more about the meat product.

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Some call Costco’s new burger ‘Shake Shack copycat’

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 4:35 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12: A Costco sign is displayed on March 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12: A Costco sign is displayed on March 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Some Costco locations are serving up a new burger -- and it’s causing chatter beyond the food court. 

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Observations of the new burger have circulated for weeks, and it’s making headlines because food critics are comparing it to a Shake Shack burger.

Shake Shack, a popular chain that hasn’t made it to the northwest U.S., builds its burger with all-natural Angus beef, a “Chicago-style” potato bun, the Shack's sauce, which is made up of mayo, dijon mustard and dill pickle brine.

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“The final product looks nearly identical to Shack's beloved burger, though the ingredients are slightly different,” wrote Delish.com's Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo, who simply called it a “Shake Shack copycat.”

Ingredients in the 1/3 pound Costco burger are reported to be an organic beef patty, topped with romaine lettuce, and smoke Thousand Island dressing.

>> Related: This essay about Costco got a high school senior into 5 Ivy League schools

When the Seattle Times checked in with Costco Corporate about Seattle as a test market, it wouldn’t confirm the cheeseburger. But a reporter found one for sale at the Costco location in SoDo, costing a modest $4.99 and not-so-modest 1,140 calories.

According to Eater, the burger is in a localized testing phase.

Oreo to unveil candy canes for Christmas

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 2:45 AM

Oreo cookies.
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Oreo cookies.(Richard Levine/Corbis via Getty Images)

It is still six months until Christmas, but Oreo cookies could be part of your holiday tree decorations.

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The cookie maker is unveiling candy canes for Christmas, Country Living reported.

The Candy Hunting Instagram account revealed that Oreo Cookies & Creme Candy Canes will be available in time for Christmas. However, Nabisco, the parent company for Oreo, has not confirmed the product’s release.

Candy Hunting conceded in its post that “I highly doubt these will taste like Oreos, but hey, why not brand everything with Oreo to boost sales?”

Burger King introduces Lucky Charms milkshake to menu

Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Burger King Restaurant signage in 2014. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)
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Burger King Restaurant signage in 2014. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)(Dave Rowland/Getty Images)

Burger King is adding another unique creation to its fast food menu.

Fortune reported that the burger chain introduced the Lucky Charms milkshake on Monday.

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The limited-edition drink will have crushed pieces of Lucky Charms oat cereal, its famous marshmallows and vanilla soft serve. It will also include sweet syrup.

Related: 10,000 marshmallow-only Lucky Charms boxes up for grabs in giveaway

“Our guests can’t get enough of our cereal shakes, so we’ve extended the platform to include the Lucky Charms Shake,” Alex Macedo, president of Burger King North America, said in a news release. “The mashup of our velvety vanilla-flavored soft serve and one of America's classic breakfast cereals is something we think our guests are going to love.”

The treat will sell for $2.99 at participating locations. Burger King previously introduced a Froot Loops shake to its menu.

Burger King has introduced a new New Lucky Charms shake to its menu.(Business Wire)