Food & Party Snacks  &  Desserts

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    You will find American-style fast food in nearly every corner of the globe these days. Just yesterday a friend of mine was telling me she saw a Starbucks on her trip to Cairo, Egypt. And you're guaranteed to see a McDonald's pretty much everywhere you go ... just don't expect the exact same menu. While the appeal of US fast food is spreading, many fast food restaurants also like to cater to local tastes, often in mind-boggling ways. You have to see what they're calling a burger around the world. You'll wish some of these were sold here, too.

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    You have to check out these fantastic party treats -- "surprise inside" cupcakes. They're cakes filled with little candies or sprinkles. And here's the best part -- you don't need any special equipment to make them! We got the recipe from U.K. baking brand Dr. Oetker, which makes these cool edible cupcake liners (not for sale in the U.S., yet, boo hoo!). But you can use any liners and, for that matter, any cupcake recipe. You create the "surprise inside" after the cupcakes are finished baking. Read on to find out how!

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    Ever had one of those weird days when you pick up a delicious dinner from the drive-through and discover a bag of weed got thrown in there as a bonus? No? Well, that's what happened to Carla McFarland one fine day. And before you start thinking that must be the happiest meal ever, you should know that she had two small children in the car with her. McFarland found a plastic baggie of marijuana with her order of fries from a Sonic in Frederick, Maryland.

    She had just passed chicken strips and another order of fries to her children, ages 6 and 8, in the back seat. And the weed was actually inside a container of fries, so she wouldn't have seen it first if she'd happened to pass that one to her kids instead. Can you imagine? Not cool, fast food employee! Not cool.

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    Every year I think the state fairs are going to run out of new things to deep fry. And every year I'm amazed: We're nowhere near frying all of the food, not by a long shot! This summer there's more freaky batter-fried foods than ever before, and we want to try all of them. Just ... not all in one day. You've heard about the deep-fried bubble gum, the deep-fried candy bars, the deep-fried Kool-Aid. (How???) Well, here are 9 more deep-fried foods that will boggle the mind and seriously disturb the digestive system. Enjoy!

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    Baking a cake is a big deal for a lot of us. I make them just for special occasions, like birthdays, and I bake from scratch. So when I go through all that trouble, I want everyone to enjoy every last crumb. And I'm not throwing any of it out -- I'm saving the leftovers to enjoy later.

    So for those of us who want that last bite to taste every bit as good as the first (maybe even a little bit better?) here are 4 tips for storing cake so it stays fresh and yummy.

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    Raising the prices at Starbucks is a little like increasing the price of a mansion from 1.2 million to 1.3 million -- does it really matter at that point? Few of us feel good about throwing $10 away on a cup of frothy, sweet goodness, but heck, the pain of having an empty wallet is so much easier to digest over a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino (yep, that's a real drink, guys).

    If you are a fan of Starbucks, get ready to pay even more. Starting Tuesday, some, though not all, drinks will increase in price by 5 to 20 cents. And if you think you're being all thrifty and saving your pennies by buying Starbucks brand coffee at the grocery store, think again: you're going to pay $1 more -- the price will leap from $8.99 to $9.99 for a 12 ounce bag. Here's what you need to know.

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    I've been looking to Pinterest for ideas for another great Fourth of July dessert to bring to this year's potluck.

    My red, white, and blue trifle was a hit last year and I want to bring something just as fun this time around! Luckily, there is no shortage of dessert ideas on Pinterest, and I was able to find a couple of really great recipes making American flags out of plain, old graham crackers.

    More From The Stir: 11 Red, White & Blue Desserts for a Very Patriotic July 4

    Since I couldn't narrow it down between two possible recipes, I decided to try them both and share which I thought was the winner of the two. See for yourself!

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    A colorful rainbow cake seems innocent enough, right? It's just some flour, sugar, an egg or two, correct? It turns out, that is not the case. This past week, a certain rainbow cake that is tie dyed on the outside and filled in the middle with the number five set off an epic comment war that has to be seen be believed.

    It looks like some of the chefs -- pros and amateurs alike -- have been watching too many reality TV shows! What began as just some borderline rude sniping over a question regarding how long to freeze an ingredient quickly degenerated into name-calling of a ludicrous (and, let's be real) totally hilarious fashion. Things that should not ever inspire such ire: CAKES. 

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    You know those little sprinkles you add to the top of your cupcakes? They're not magic, and they don't come from the Sprinkles Tree. They're actually just powdered sugar, powdered egg whites, coloring, flavoring, and water. And guess what? You can actually make cupcake sprinkles yourself -- it's easy!

    Maybe you want to create a custom color to match your party theme, or you want to make sure there aren't any funky ingredients in your food -- or you want a fun project. Here's how you DIY cupcake sprinkles. 

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    The video you're about to see contains graphic scenes of soda abuse. Sensitive viewers and lovers of cola may want to leave the room. I'm warning you, it's disturbing. Have you ever wondered what happens when you boil cola? One brave man dared to put this question to the test: Crazy Russian Hacker. He poured a 590-mL (20-ounce) bottle of cola into a pot and boiled it down to its essentials. Then, apparently out of a love of redundancy, he did the same thing with a liter bottle of cola. What he revealed could change the way you feel about your favorite drink. Are you ready?

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