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Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:12:00 -0700

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20 Creative DIY Costumes of Stranger Things' Eleven With Eggos

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:00:00 -0700


Netflix's Stranger Things has inspired cosplay and Halloween costumes that have spread like wildfire (or, um, Demogorgon kidnappings) this year. These costumes beg to be DIYed. Eleven in a pink dress, blond wig, bloody nose, and - most importantly - with a box of Eggos in hand works for babies, kids, and grown-ups alike. As seen on our Instagram feeds, the makings of this costume are cheap and easy, and, better yet, give you permission to indulge in a buttery Eggo waffle all night long. Take a look at all the genius Eleven costume inspiration ahead.

Exclusive: We Tried the Viral Black Garlic Doritos From Japan, and This Is What Happened

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0700


Doritos fans across the world just about lost their minds when news broke of Black Garlic Doritos. Everyone's dreams were soon crushed when they learned the Doritos are only available in Japan, but we couldn't stand for that. POPSUGAR editors requested a sample, and we soon got our hands on these spooky chips to taste them for ourselves.

Overall, these Doritos went over incredibly well with our reviewers. Understandably, you need to be a fan of really garlicky foods to enjoy even one bite of these chips. A surprising note is that the Doritos have an unexpectedly sweet and fishy taste. The funky umami flavor hits American taste buds hard, but these flavor profiles are often seen in Japanese packaged snacks. Suffice it to say, for us Americans, a handful of these chips was enough to satisfy our snack craving.

Eager to hear more? Take a look at some of our tasters' funniest comments:

  • "Whooooooa."
  • "These taste like the gravy from Boston Market's mashed potatoes."
  • "These are either a one or a five out of five - I'm having trouble deciding. They taste sweet, briny like shrimp(?), and corny like every Japanese chip snack. They definitely pack in the rich black garlic flavor."
  • "These are my new fave flavor!"
  • "Not loving the fishy taste. I love garlic and was surprised not to like these."
  • "Tasty garlic flavor. Not quite as good as Cool Ranch though!"

As far as we know, Black Garlic Doritos won't be sold in US grocery stores any time soon, so you'll have to stick to your favorite flavor. But would you even try them if you could?

Homemade PSL and 26 More Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0700


Pretty much everything in the sweet-leaning breakfast repertoire can be improved upon with a hit of pumpkin spice and purée. (Eggs and bacon, not so much.) These 27 recipes are prime examples, including not one but three cozy caffeinated beverages, muffins and quick breads aplenty, pumpkin spice granola, and much, much more.

20 Essential Halloween Recipes Your Party Needs This Year

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0700


Halloween costumes aren't the only star of a Halloween party - the food is just as important. Sure, you'll have plenty of candy to go around, but with a little extra planning, you can serve up nonlame Halloween treats that will be the highlight of the night. We've got you covered with drinks like Skittles vodka shots, sweets like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and heartier fare like cheesy pumpkin dip. Let these essential recipes be your inspiration for your best Halloween party ever.

23 Brilliant Ways to Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy Stash

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0700


We scoured the web looking for enticing and novel uses of drugstore candy bars, perfect for using up your leftover Halloween candy stash. Be warned: these treats aren't messing around. Side effects of flipping through this roundup may include hunger pangs, nostalgia, and an overwhelming impulse to get baking.

Pumpkin Juice Is a Wizard's OJ

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:00:00 -0700

I've juiced just about every fruit and veggie under the sun . . . save for pumpkins. But after years of reading Harry Potter, I had to know what true, freshly squeezed pumpkins taste like. It's a known fact that muggles drink OJ, but wizards grow up on pumpkin juice, a bright orange beverage made of pumpkins. However, PJ isn't exclusive to mornings. It's a staple for lunch, supper, and parties. According to the books, London Pumpkins & Sons have manufactured the juice since 1837, and at Universal Orlando, you can purchase a four-pack of pumpkin juice for $28, but the list of ingredients feels a little inauthentic to me: apple juice concentrate, pumpkin puree, apricot puree, sugar, and artificial flavors. In my Harry Potter dreams, that just won't do. Plus, everyone knows nothing beats the real, freshly squeezed thing. Pumpkin is a starchy gourd, so even after it has been juiced, it needs a little acid and sweetness to balance it out, hence the addition of apple, lemon, and ginger. So go ahead and juice up some PJ to start the morning off in a magical way. Don't be surprised if you feel a little more powerful after consumption. Related:12 Harry Potter-Inspired Recipes You Can Bring to LifeHarry Potter Fans Will Both Love and HATE This ProposalSay "Espresso Patronum" (or Butterbeer!) at This Magical Harry Potter Cafe Inspired by Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice Recipe Ingredients1/2 pumpkin, seeds and stem removed, cut to fit juicer 1 red apple, core and stem removed, cut to fit juicer 1 Meyer lemon, cut to fit juicer 1-inch piece ginger, skin removed Directions In a fruit and vegetable juicer, juice all ingredients. Discard solids. Strain juice through a fine-mesh sieve before serving in glasses. Add a few ice cubes to the glasses if you prefer a colder beverage. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container and refrigerate for one day or up to three days, if using a masticating juicer. Information Category Drinks, Mocktails Yield 2 servings Cook Time 10 minutes [...]

The Best New Grocery Store Snacks of 2016

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700


You're probably not going to try every new snack you see in the grocery store this year, so we did it for you. In 2016, you'll see more pickle-flavored, quinoa, and kale snacks than ever before, so you need to know what to skip and what to pick up. This is your comprehensive list of all things worthy, from crunchy ranch chickpeas to dill pickle cashews.

Recipe Flashback: Red Velvet Cake With Its Original Frosting

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0700

Many (including myself) have never known red velvet cake to go with anything other than cream cheese frosting - but discover this: ermine icing, aka "boiled frosting," is in fact the original pairing for the crimson cake. Though neither name sounds all that appetizing, the frosting itself is all too finger-licking good. It's a cross between buttercream and whipped cream frosting, subtly sweet, and very, very buttery. Though my heart will always have a place for cream cheese frosting, I consider myself a convert. Let's bring back boiled frosting! Adapted slightly from Red Velvet Lover's Cookbook by Deborah Harroun The Ultimate Red Velvet Cake With Boiled Frosting Notes For this recipe, I use boiled frosting, which I think lets the red velvet truly shine. If you are a cream cheese person, feel free to swap that in, but you should at least try this once with boiled frosting. You won't be sorry! IngredientsFor cake: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting cake pans 2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon table salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 large eggs 1 cup buttermilk Red liquid food coloring 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar 1 teaspoon baking soda For frosting: 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 1/8 teaspoons table salt 2 1/4 cups whole milk 2 1/4 cups salted butter, softened 2 1/4 cups extrafine granulated sugar (or sifted powdered sugar) 3 teaspoons vanilla extract Directions To make cake: Position oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350°F. Prep 2 9-inch cake pans by greasing the bottoms and sides with butter. Cut out 2 parchment paper circles, and place them on the bottoms of the pans. Grease the tops of the parchment paper with butter, and dust the bottoms and sides with flour. Whisk the flour, cocoa, and salt in a bowl to combine. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating for 30 seconds and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the creamed butter and sugar in 2 or 3 alternating additions, mixing until combined. Mix in the vanilla and enough red food coloring to dye the batter a deep red. Combine the vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl (it will bubble up). Fold into the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among the cake pans. Bake until the cakes spring bake when lightly touched, 30 to 35 minutes. Let the cakes cool for 10 minutes in the pans, and then turn out and cool completely on a rack. To make frosting: Combine the flour, salt, and 3/4 cup milk in a saucepan and whisk until smooth. Then whisk in the remaining milk. Cook over medium heat until thickened, whisking occasionally. Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl, and cool completely. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the cooled milk mixture. Beat until light and fluffy and no longer grainy. Spread on cooled cake or cupcakes. The frosting can be stored in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature, and beat again before using. To assemble: Spread a small dollop of frosting on a cake plate. Place 1 cake layer on it, and use an offset spatula to spread a layer of frosting to the edges of the cake. Add another cake layer, and cover the top and sides of the cake with a thin coating of frosting. Let this crumb coat harden for a few minutes, and then use the rest of the frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake. If desired, use the back of a spoon to make mountains and valleys in the frosting on top of the cake, or use a knife to make swirls. Information Category Desserts, Cake Yield 1 2-layer 9-inch cake [...]

Warm Up With a Spicy Bowl of Curried Pumpkin Soup

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0700

Rich in flavor yet light on the butter and cream, curried pumpkin soup is an easy seasonal starter or a simple entrée that can be stored in the fridge and reheated for a fast and easy meal. This particular pumpkin soup has an Indian twist with the addition of ginger, curry powder, and coconut milk; however, it is not overwhelmingly spicy or palate-burning. While you might want to forgo using fresh pumpkin in baked goods, it's a must when making homemade pumpkin soup. Yes, it takes a while for the pumpkin to roast, but once the gourd is cooked through, the soup comes together in no time. Plus, roasting real pumpkin lets you reserve the pumpkin seeds and toast them for the topping. The pumpkin makes the soup thick, fibrous, and slightly sweet, while the freshly toasted pumpkin seeds are fun to munch on. The Indian curry and fresh ginger make this soup plenty spicy, and a dash of cayenne heightens the fiery burn. The fluffy dollop of Greek yogurt gives the soup a tart bite and mellows out the spice. Depending on how much parsley you use, you can consider it a "dose" of green vegetables. I like a large handful, which wilts into an easy-to-chew, spinach-like texture. From Anna Monette Roberts, POPSUGAR Food Curried Pumpkin Soup Notes If soup is too thick, add more stock to thin it out. In addition, if soup is too thick when reheating leftovers, add more stock until the desired consistency is reached. Ingredients1 onion, medium dice 1 tablespoon coconut oil, ghee, or clarified butter 2-4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced 1 teaspoon curry powder 3/4 teaspoon coriander 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1 medium-sized (2-pound) pumpkin, cut in half with seeds and pulp removed 3 1/2 cups stock, vegetable or chicken 1/2 cup coconut milk Cayenne pepper, to taste Salt, to taste 1 7-ounce container Greek yogurt, for garnish Toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish Parsley or cilantro, for garnish Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Rub pumpkin halves with coconut oil, ghee, or butter. Then place flesh-side down on a foil-lined cookie sheet and roast for 45 minutes or until flesh is tender when pricked with a fork. Once cool enough to touch, scoop pumpkin flesh out from the skins and set aside for later use. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat, and melt oil or butter. Add onion and do not stir. Allow onions to brown on one side, then flip them in one move and do not stir again, allowing onions to brown on other side. Add garlic and ginger, stir, and cook for 1-2 minutes, until garlic becomes fragrant and slightly brown. Add curry powder, coriander, cumin, and cloves, and constantly stir until spices become toasted and fragrant, about 60 seconds. Add stock, coconut milk, and pumpkin, and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, and use an immersion blender to blend the soup until smooth. Alternatively, transfer soup in batches to a blender, and blend until smooth. Once soup is completely smooth, turn flame back on to medium-high heat and bring soup to a simmer. Serve soup with a dollop of Greek yogurt, tablespoon of pumpkin seeds, and pinch of parsley or cilantro leaves. Information Category Soups/Stews, Cream Cuisine Indian Yield About 7 cups of soup [...]

40+ Homemade Candies That'd Make Willy Wonka Jealous

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0700


Candy making may seem daunting, complicated, and not worth the effort, but think again. Many recipes are beginner friendly (some don't even require a candy thermometer!), while others are great projects to save for a rainy day. We've rounded up our favorites, ranging from fluffy marshmallows and candied citrus peel to chocolate matzo toffee and dark chocolate truffles. There's a homemade way to get a sugar rush for pretty much any palate.

Soup-Casserole Hybrids That Are the Definition of Cozy

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0700


These switched-up versions of traditional soups and casseroles are the definition of comfort food. Because as satisfying as chicken pot pie is, it's even more comforting as a steaming bowl of soup with pie crust crackers for scooping. Read on for all the cozy "opposite" recipes you'll want to bookmark, from chicken noodle soup casserole to creamy french onion pasta bake.

Pumpkin Cheesecake - No Baking Required!

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

It's a little tricky to not get burnt out on all the pumpkin spice lattes, pies, and cookies; thankfully we have an easy, no-bake dessert that is a totally different take on our favorite Fall flavor. Better yet, these are easy to prepare in advance, so it leaves more time to enjoy yourself at family gatherings or dinner parties. Adapted from Kraft No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake IngredientsFor the crumble: 9-10 graham crackers 4 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons brown sugar For the filling: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 can pumpkin 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 8-ounce tub cool whip whipped topping, thawed For the garnish: 1 cup whipped topping Pinch nutmeg Directions Place graham crackers in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Add melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar, and continue pulsing until combined. Divide crumble evenly between 8 cups and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg. Gently fold in 2 1/2 cups of whipped topping and place mixture into a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe pumpkin mixture into the cups and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until the mixture is firm. Garnish with remaining whipped topping and another sprinkle of nutmeg. Information Category Desserts, Cheesecake Yield 6 Servings Cook Time 3 hours Average( votes): Print recipe [...]

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20 Halloween Cookies Guaranteed to Make You Grin Like a Jack-o'-Lantern

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0700


Halloween desserts don't have to be elaborate projects - these fun cookie recipes are proof. You might be surprised at how scarily easy these festive cookies are to make, and they're perfect for sharing at any Halloween party. Once you figure out your favorite cookies to bake, you'll have more time to start planning your Halloween costume.

15+ Egg Recipes That Won't Allow Your Fall Produce to Go to Waste

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0700


When it comes to cooking with Fall produce, the sky is the limit. Try incorporating your favorite Fall vegetables into your breakfast routine by making scrambled eggs with kale and goat cheese, sweet potato baked eggs, and more of these autumnal recipes throughout the season. You'll fall in love with at least one of these breakfasts guaranteed to brighten your chilly mornings.

See the Blue Tea Everyone's Talking About Magically Transform This Drink Into a Rainbow

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:00:00 -0700


New kid on the block, meet Phong Trinh, one of the four ultrahip owners of West Hollywood's newest tea bar, Pearl's Finest Teas. Amidst the troves of ultracool sneaker shops enters the next 'gram-worthy (and healthy) boba tea spot where I recently discovered a liquid treat that tastes as good as it looks. Upon entering Pearl's Finest Teas, you will find yourself drawn to the hot pink palm tree leaf wallpaper, sitting at the bar, and sipping a delicious concoction while listening to the latest hip hop tracks.

Pearl's biggest hit and crowd favorite is the orange yuzu, a clear winner due to its refreshing taste and all-natural, pastel rainbow coloring. Curious about this newly famous orange yuzu (which was originally created by Phong "as a mistake"), I ordered it and sat at the bar. I watched Phong measure, swirl, shake, rattle, and pour ingredients to create the rainbow hibiscus drink. I quickly wondered how many artificial colors are involved, and Phong assured me that the entire drink was au naturel. Mind blown. Upon first sip, the tea hits you like a citrusy lemonade. Imagine the taste of Tang with a mandarin undertone, followed by a zesty aftertaste.

This Bourbon Caramel Apple Recipe Will Replace Your Pumpkin Spice Addiction

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0700

Move over, pumpkin spice. If you're looking to switch things up this Fall, this boozy caramel apple recipe might be the best alternative. Dipping freshly picked Granny Smith apples into a sweet caramel coating (mixed in with bourbon) is a sure way to bring something new to the table. You can even sprinkle salted peanuts on each side to add more flavor to this supereasy yet supersatisfying snack. Don't forget: let the caramel cool off before you devour them! Related:Caramel Apple Is Officially the New Pumpkin Spice From Jim Beam Jim Beam Caramel Apples Ingredients2 cups light brown sugar 8 ounces unsalted butter 1 cup light corn syrup 6 ounces cold half and half 8 ounces Jim Beam® Apple Bourbon 10 Granny Smith apples on thick wooden skewers 4 cups chopped salted peanuts Directions In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup until a light boil begins. Whisk in half and half and bourbon and continue to whisk until the caramel sauce reaches 248°F. Remove from the heat. Dip each of the apples into the caramel, coating on all sides, and set on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. If desired, coat apples on all sides with chopped salted peanuts. Serve once the caramel has cooled. Information Category Desserts Yield 10 apples [...]

Nitro Teas Are the Hot New Trend in the Caffinated World

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0700


There's a hot new trend brewing in the caffeinated world, and it starts with nitrogen. Nitro Cold Brew coffee has been popularized by Starbucks, but we're obsessing over the idea of nitro tea. It's not mainstream yet, but we've heard rumors that Teavana (also owned by Starbucks) is testing out a nitro tea. In the meantime, B Sweet out of Los Angeles is already ahead of the curve with a matcha green tea and Thai iced tea. The nitrogen adds a beautiful cascade of tiny bubbles to your brew and creates a creamy, silky texture that mimics milk. In addition, the nitrogen takes away some of the bitterness so no need for extra sugar. You can enjoy it as is, and we certainly did!

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Smart Wegmans Shoppers Take Advantage of These Grocery Hacks

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0700


To many, Wegmans grocery store is a way of life (see Alec Baldwin) and is a staple among East Coast shoppers. Whole Foods has nothing on this one-stop shop that has managed to gather a cult-like following and fan club - it even beat out Trader Joe's in the vote for America's favorite grocery store. That's why I am sharing these savvy shopping tips and tricks to make your Wegmans experience better (if that's even possible).

Netflix Turns the Scariest Stranger Things Moments Into Mouthwatering Recipes You Can Re-Create

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0700

While you're anxiously awaiting season two of Stranger Things and planning your Stranger Things Halloween costume (seriously, they're going to be everywhere), we've got the perfect recipes that will knock your taste buds upside down. Netflix has released step-by-step videos of two Stranger Things-themed recipes inspired by two of the show's most iconic characters: the Demogorgon and Barb. Demogorgon Pie is a cross between pumpkin and cherry pie, and French Onion Barb is like classic french onion soup with . . . a Barb-shaped face for garnish. Anyone who has seen Stranger Things knows that Barb - no spoilers! - doesn't exactly get the royal treatment. While making this French onion soup version of Barb (pictured above), you might feel a little weird torching her Swiss-cheese-covered face, but the results are guaranteed to taste amazing. All you need for this spin on a classic comfort food is olive oil, butter, pizza dough, onions, beef broth, a dash of sherry vinegar, and Swiss cheese. Demogorgon Pie starts with store-bought or homemade pie crust, followed by a filling made mostly of pantry staples: pumpkin puree, jarred cherries, eggs, and sweetened condensed milk. To create the appearance of the faceless creature, you surround the pie (the "face") with cut-out strips of pie crust covered with slivered almonds that mimic the scaly skin. It might not be the most Instagram-worthy pie of the season, but it's scarily realistic. If you can't wait to make these recipes for Halloween or for a binge-watching session, watch the full breakdown of the recipes in Netflix's videos below, and then catch up on everything that might happen in Stranger Things season two. French Onion Barb: width="853" height="480" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="">Demogorgon Pie: width="853" height="480" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> Related:12 Stranger Things Halloween Costumes, Since You'll Be Seeing It Everywhere This Year31 DIY Stranger Things Costumes That Will Knock You Upside Down8 Movies to Watch If You Loved Stranger Things [...]

15+ Slow-Cooker Quinoa Recipes That Make Busy Days More Wholesome

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:00:00 -0700


You've probably seen dozens of quinoa recipes, but how many of them involved a slow cooker? That's right, the pseudograin doesn't necessarily have to be cooked on a stovetop. So on those days when you're short on time, try these great meals that are full of flavor and wholesome goodness.

Mario Batali's Menu For the Obamas' Last State Dinner Is Seriously Epic

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Celebrity chef Mario Batali brought his signature dishes to the White House. The Obamas tapped the talk-show host of ABC's The Chew to cater their last state dinner with a gorgeous Italian menu perfectly fit for the first family and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. According to Eater, Mario's four-course meal included a mouthwatering sweet-potato-stuffed agnolotti (stuffed pasta), juicy beef braciola topped with horseradish gremolata, and a green apple crostata, among other sweet treats for dessert. "If there's one thing that I'm not going to sleep well about tonight, it's only going to be the hot plates," Batali told CNN ahead of his big night in Washington DC. "I think I'll be shaking in my orange Crocs when it's about a half-hour before service." After seeing the dishes served at the big event on Oct. 18, we're convinced the kitchen pro had nothing to worry about. Keep reading to see the full state dinner menu, then check out some of the fun behind-the-scenes photos Mario shared from the White House on his Instagram page. First Course Sweet Potato Agnolotti With Butter and Sage Patina Vermentino "Santa Ynez" 2015 Salad Course Warm Butternut Squash Salad With Frisee and Pecorino di New York Villa Ragazzi Sangiovese "Napa" 2012 Main Course Beef Braciola Pinwheel With Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rabe (A vegetarian version of this dish will be available) Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel "East Bench" 2014 Dessert Green Apple Crostata With Thyme Caramel and Buttermilk Gelato Petit Fours Display Sweet Corn Cream and Blackberry Cup Concord Grape Bittersweet Chocolate Leaf Orange Fig Slice Pumpkin Cranberry Tart Tiramisu Sky hook in the presidential paint !! Wheeeeeeeee! A photo posted by Mario Batali (@mariobatali) on Oct 18, 2016 at 5:22am PDT Related:What It's Really Like Behind the Scenes of The ChewMario Batali's Favorite Chicken Dish Is Simply Beautiful [...]

17 Ingenious Thanksgiving Cooking Tips From Your Favorite Food Stars

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0700

No Thanksgiving kitchen disasters are in your future if you're copying tips from the pros. Start preparing for the most important food holiday of the year by learning how to prep a turkey like Tyler Florence, adding a secret ingredient to your pecan pie like Ina Garten, and making the best use of your leftovers like Ree Drummond. Since your favorite food stars and Food Network personalities know best, take a page out of their book and bring their tips into your own kitchen this Thanksgiving.

Every Wedding Calls For This Stunning DIY Dessert Buffet

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0700


POPSUGAR's own video host of Eat the Trend and Get the Dish had a stunning wedding in Malibu complete with the most amazing dessert table. If you're looking for inspiration for your own dessert bar complete with gorgeous cupcakes, candies, and more, read ahead for Brandi's story and see photos of every sweet treat.

My husband Chris and I both have a major sweet tooth, so when it came to choosing a dessert for our wedding, we decided to feature all of our favorite treats. It was so fun curating all of the candy and cookies we both love. Instead of using a traditional rectangle table for the display, we used a metal shelving unit from Cost Plus World Market. Not only did it make for a great way to feature all of the desserts, but it provided a beautiful backdrop for our sweetheart table.

My former business partner (we used to own Sweet Party Stix, a desserts catering company) and friend, Miranda Kelley, helped with the design and setup. She used apothecary jars, cake stands, shadow boxes, and mirrored platters for the sweets and placed them symmetrically on each shelf. I made the menu tents using one of my favorite watercolor fonts and rose gold cardstock.

We were beyond happy with how everything turned out. After our cake cutting, we opened the dessert table up to our guests, and it was like watching kids in a candy store filling their plates and to-go bags. I even got texts from family and friends days later with photos of treats they brought home.

Duff Goldman's Baking Hack Is Just as Charming as His Cakes

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0700


Charm City Cakes frontman Duff Goldman knows a thing or two about baking over-the-top treats. As a matter of fact, his creations are among some of the most imaginative desserts we've ever seen. So it's only fitting that he hosted the Halloween dessert party at this year's New York City Wine and Food Festival. The event featured all kinds of spellbinding confections, from a downright creepy piñata to "bloody" vampire parfaits.

POPSUGAR caught up with Duff and discovered his hack for whipping up a delicious cake even when pressed for time. "Cake mix," he confessed. "No shame in that game." How can you not love that relatable ingenuity? Keep reading for a peek at the craziest treats from that night and let them inspire your Halloween baking.

M&M's Brand-New Flavor Will Make Caramel Fanatics Lose Their Sh*t

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0700


Forget Peanut Butter M&M's - Caramel M&M's are changing the game. The brand-new variety of M&M's is the classic chocolate candy you know and love, but with an ooey-gooey caramel center. We were among the first to get a taste of the new candy, which won't hit shelves until May 2017. You might want to take all that time to mentally prepare yourself, because they are that good. The best way to describe these M&M's is that they're like Rolo caramels with a crunchy outer shell. As soon as you crack into the crunchy, colorful coating, your taste buds are met with a smooth, rich, satisfying caramel that leaves you going back for more. As one of our taste testers described, they are "flawless and spectacular. Could legit eat a whole bag no problem." Overall, we give these a nearly perfect rating. Now you'll just have to try M&M's other new flavors in the meantime - like Booterscotch for Halloween - before these appear in stores near you.