Ice-Cream-Stuffed Doughnuts Are Here for All Your Sweet Dreams

Ice-Cream-Stuffed Doughnuts Are Here for All Your Sweet Dreams

Ice-Cream-Stuffed Doughnuts Are Here for All Your Sweet DreamsDoughnuts are great. Ice cream is divine. And perhaps you’ve occasionally fantasized about a doughnut topped with ice cream. A new millennial-courting New York dessert shop is taking that dream one step further.

Stuffed Ice Cream, started by a couple of 20-somethings from Brooklyn (natch) in Manhattan’s East Village (double natch), is introducing to the Instagramming masses an artisanal ice-cream stuffed house-made glazed doughnut — and then, to take its next-level creation to yet the next level, topping it off with rainbow sprinkles, Fruity Pebbles, cookie crumbs, Cap’n Crunch, almonds, mochi, or other snap-worthy bits and pieces.

The “Cruffs,” as the treats are called, have names like Matcha-Ma-Call-It, Mint Monster and (sigh) Unicorn Poop, and yes, the kids are lining up for them – and sharing their pics on social media. The place has been only a month and its Yelp page is already stuffed with photos and glowing reviews.

“Just when you thought that there was enough dessert in the city, Stuffed Ice Cream comes and sweeps you off your feet,” gushed Maggie Z. of Middle Village, NY.

“I got the white chocolate lavender and Cookie Monster, and to my surprise, they were not overwhelming nor too sweet,” wrote Keen L. from New York, NY. “I … would go for seconds if I had an extra stomach.”

“I thought combination of the warm doughnut and cold ice cream would be weird and have a odd consistency, but they work well together,” Camille M. from Flushing, NY, weighed in. “I don’t know how they do it!”

That mystery is deliberate on the founders’ part: Although Alan Yuang and Jackie Luu freely admitted, in an interview with the New York Post, that they came up with their recipe by Googling and then tweaking recipes they found online to meet the “high bar” held by NYC dessert lovers, they have kept the methods (and machinery) by which they keep the doughnut warm and the ice cream cold “top secret.”

(Honestly, couldn’t you just add the cold ice cream to the sliced doughnut at the last minute? Do you really need — and do they really have — a special machine for dual temperature maintenance?)

Anyhow, people are digging these ice-creamy doughnuts and leaving the place pleasantly … stuffed. Wet wipes are in plentiful supply, so don’t worry about messing up your hands. Only your diet.

Photo courtesy of @stuffedicecreamnyc

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Beer Happy: 8 Dishes That Get Better with a Brew

Beer Happy: 8 Dishes That Get Better with a Brew

Oktoberfest 2017 starts this Saturday, and you know what that means…beer, beer and more beer! In case you aren’t able to make it to Germany, we’ve gathered the best of the best beer-inspired recipes so that you can get in on the fun, right from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Beer-Cheese Burgers

You already know that burgers and beer are the perfect combo, but how about combining the two into one? Adding beer to the cheese sauce makes it extra creamy and flavorful, creating a juicy mouthful in every bite.

Beer-Battered Fries

Adding beer to the batter of these crispy French fries achieves more than just a great flavor — the bubbles actually help to create a lighter and crunchier texture all around! Serve with a few pints and you’ll be as golden as these fries.

Beer Bratwursts

Bratwurst, or German sausage, is especially delicious when grilled and served on a roll. The fun is in how you choose to top it. From sweet-and-sour onions and a bell pepper relish to smoky beer cheese, there are options to please the whole family.

Beer Can Chicken

Unleash the full potential of your backyard barbecue with Beer Can Chicken. Steam from the beer keeps the chicken moist and the can stand ensures an even roast, all while you enjoy a cold one. We’d consider that a win-win-win.

Healthy Chipotle Beer and Butter Shrimp Foil Pack

With just a few ingredients, this Shrimp Foil Pack makes it easy to enjoy a quick and light beer-infused meal. Plus, the lager naturally enhances the shrimp’s flavor while the foil pack keeps all the juices locked in.

Marcela’s Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak

The flavors of soy sauce and garlic meet those of a light-colored beer and oranges in this Mexican-inspired skirt steak from Marcela Valladolid. Throw it onto the grill for an extra delicious char and serve it any way you like it(personally, we think this steak makes a pretty awesome taco filling).

Chocolate Beer Cake

If you’ve ever enjoyed stout, you’re familiar with its malty and roasted cocoa notes, which make it the perfect ingredient to enhance a chocolate cake. This is ideal for your next adult birthday or BYOBC (bring your own beer cake) event.

Michael Symon’s Beer and Bacon Toffee Sundaes

Thanks, Chef Symon — we can’t imagine a better way to overindulge than with beer, bacon, and ice cream! Seriously, the sweet and salty pairing here makes for what one fan calls “an incredibly sinful combination,” and we couldn’t agree more.

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Healthy or Not: Halo Top Ice Cream

Healthy or Not: Halo Top Ice Cream

This low-cal ice cream is taking the diet world by storm. Healthy eating enthusiasts are swooning over the concept of eating an entire pint of ice cream in one serving. But does the bright glow of Halo Top deserve angel status? We are crunching the numbers and breaking down the ingredient list to get the skinny on this lighter frozen treat.

By the Numbers

In a few short years, the passion project of a California lawyer has become one of Walmart’s best sellers. Early batches of this treat came from a home kitchen, but pints of Halo Top can now be found at grocery stores throughout the country. The numbers are impressive, but the nutritional facts are what really need to be considered.

A pint of traditional vanilla ice cream contains 1000 calories, 64 grams of fat, 16 grams of protein and no fiber. A pint of Halo Top vanilla comes in at 240 calories with 8 grams of fat, 24 grams of protein and a staggering 20 grams of fiber — that’s 80 percent of the daily goal. This is where most folks will shout “hallelujah” and reach for a spoon! But before you get to the bottom of your Halo Top container, you may want to get to the bottom of what’s really in those pints.

Traditional vanilla ice cream is made from cream, milk, sugar, eggs and stabilizers like guar gum. Halo Top ingredient list starts off in a similar fashion with milk, cream and eggs; there’s also guar gum in there. What sets Halo Top apart is what’s used to displace much of the sugar and fat. This means the use of the indigestible substances including the sugar alcohol called “erythritol” and supplemental fibers. You will find some sugar added, but much of the sweet flavor comes from the artificial sweetener Stevia. Since these types of ingredients aren’t digested normally, eating large amounts of has been found to sometimes cause stomach upset. They also help bind the low-calorie ingredients together without copious amounts of fat. For this reason, the texture of low calorie ice creams are nowhere near as creamy. Many of the flavors have very small pieces of add ins like cookies and chocolate chips to keep the calories in check – understandable, yet still a bit disappointing.

Bottom Line

A few bites of a light ice cream like Halo Top may help you cut back on higher calorie treats. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, it may help while trying to shed a few pounds. But don’t get too excited about the promises of weight loss when downing pints a day, or even one pint in a sitting. This is not a healthy, balanced or recommended way to eat.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

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Target Is Now Selling Wine for 5 Bucks

Target Is Now Selling Wine for 5 Bucks

Target Is Now Selling Wine for 5 BucksWhether you call it “Target” or “Tarjay,” you probably never called it the place where you plunked down a fiver and came away with a bottle of wine “carefully crafted with premium, California-grown grapes.” Now you can.

The “cheap chic” discount chain has just introduced a new line of wines under an in-house label, California Roots, that all retail for $5 a bottle. The five wines, each boasting its varietal in an attractive font and on a boldly colored label seemingly tailored to millennial tastes (anyone else reminded of this?), went on sale at more than 1,100 Target stores nationwide on Sept. 3.

The line’s Chardonnay, in a green-gold bottle with a peach-colored label, features “lush tropical fruit flavors and a bright finish” and pairs well with “artisanal cheeses and freshly baked bread,” according to a press release.

Pinot Grigio, in a clear bottle with a blue label, offers “vibrant citrus and tropical fruit flavors,” the release notes, suggesting pairings of “crisp green salads and fresh fish.”

Moscato (clear bottle, green label) provides “delicate aromas and creamy peach and melon flavors” and is good with “sweet, freshly picked berries,” Target maintains.

Cabernet Sauvignon (dark-green bottle, deep-red label) is characterized by “juicy cherry flavors” and “hints of oak and graceful finish” and holds up well to “thick ribeye steaks,” according to the company.

And California Roots’ Red Blend is graced with “smooth berry and cherry flavors with hints of spice” that complement “wild mushroom pasta and grilled vegetables,” Target says.

The line of wines is aiming to appeal to oenophile shoppers, including those with shallow pockets, by providing what Jeff Burt, Target senior vice president of food and beverage, described in a statement as “incredible quality and amazing value.”

Watch your back, Two Buck Chuck.

Photo courtesy of @TargetNews

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9 Creative Breakfast Bowls to Start Your Day Off Right

9 Creative Breakfast Bowls to Start Your Day Off Right

No offense to scrambled eggs or toast, but there are so many more inventive ways to enjoy your morning meal. Try any one of these nine bowls for a breakfast that will get you excited to get out of bed in the morning.

Our creamy Nordic Breakfast Porridge (pictured above) is topped with a tasty combination of tangy crushed raspberries, and crunchy apple sticks, pistachios and chia seeds.

If you’re craving a healthy smoothie but also like some texture and crunch, go with our Green Smoothie Bowl. Blend up some banana, avocado and spinach with almond milk, chia seeds and ice, and top with whatever nuts, seeds, fruit, granola or more you have on hand.

Huevos Rancheros isn’t the only option for a Mexican-inspired breakfast. Build a healthy Mexican Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with a base of quinoa, protein-packed black beans, pepitas, avocado, radishes, salsa and cilantro.

Forget those uninspired bowls of traditional oatmeal. We put a creative spin on the breakfast staple with five Savory Oatmeal Bowls topped with inventive add-ons like fried eggs, feta cheese, seaweed, olives, mushrooms, avocado and kale….to name a few!

Not only is it okay to eat pudding for breakfast, but when it’s our Coconut-Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl, it’s actually a healthy choice. Stir together coconut milk, chia seeds and maple syrup and stick the mixture in your fridge overnight. In the AM, top with fruit, nuts and coconut flakes and dig in.

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