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New Vending Machine Can Deny You Snacks

Facial recognition technology could 'remember' you're on a diet

(Newser) - In the mood for potato chips? In the future, you may need a snack machine's approval. The Luce X2 Touch TV vending machine has facial-recognition technology, meaning it can, apparently, identify customers and remember their snacking profiles. That means, for instance, that it could offer you your favorite chips—... More »

New from Lay's: Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips

Limited-time snack arrives for holidays

(Newser) - Finally, Frito-Lay is saving you the trouble of physically dipping your potato chips in chocolate sauce. The company is releasing milk chocolate-covered chips for the holidays, and they're set to hit shelves next week—though only at Target, and only for a limited time, USA Today reports. "When... More »

One Weird Thing North Korea Does Better Than the West

Pour a glass of its Asian pear juice, say 2 samplers

(Newser) - Is there anything North Korea can teach the US? Turns out ... juice drinks? At Foreign Policy , Justin Rohrlich got his hands on snacks and drinks from nations cut off from American junk food—North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Cuba. He enlisted food writer Mark Bittman to help him sample the... More »

America's Hot New Crop Is ... Chickpeas?

That's because hummus sales are booming, says Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - Look out, US snackers, here comes the hummus. So says the Wall Street Journal , which declares that the relatively healthy Mediterranean dip made from chickpeas is "conquering America." The numbers are hard to dispute: Sales were up 11% last year to $530 million, and that's up 25%... More »

Coming Soon: Caffeinated Cracker Jacks

Called Cracker Jack'd, of course

(Newser) - Because the world needs one more caffeinated product: The maker of Cracker Jacks will be rolling out a Cracker Jack'd line that includes two varieties with coffee as an ingredient, reports Advertising Age . Each 2-ounce serving will have 70mg of caffeine, which is in the ballpark (on the low... More »

Strict School Snack Laws Linked to Slimmer Kids

Kids gained less weight in states with tough laws: study

(Newser) - Kids probably hate state laws that regulate sales of candy, snacks, and sugary drinks in public schools, but those types of laws appear to work: Adolescents living in such states gained less weight over three years than those in states with no snack laws or weaker ones, a new study... More »

Sacrilege? World Loves Fruity Oreos, Crab Chips

Snack makers tweak classic flavors to find success in growing global market

(Newser) - Taste, it seems, is far from universal: Russians prefer their Lay's potato chips dusted in caviar and crab flavors. The Chinese like their Oreos stuffed with mango and orange cream. And in Spain, Kellogg's All-Bran cereal is served floating in hot coffee instead of cold milk. Americans might... More »

Moviegoer Sues AMC Over Crazy Snack Prices

Seeks refunds for those who've been overcharged

(Newser) - After paying almost three times the drugstore price for a Coke and candy, a Michigan man has had it: He's suing his local AMC cinema in an attempt to lower snack prices statewide. "He got tired of being taken advantage of," Joshua Thompson's lawyer tells the... More »

How Much Will We Spend on Super Bowl Snacks?

$1.02B, according to TurboTax

(Newser) - It's not nearly as much as we spent on Halloween candy , but it's significant: Americans will spend $1.02 billion on Super Bowl snacks this year, according to a TurboTax infographic obtained by AdWeek . That includes $184.4 million on potato chips, $40 million on pretzels, and $36.... More »

Prof Ends Snack Demand After 39 Years

Requirement was team-building exercise, he says

(Newser) - For the first time in 39 years, Psychology 101 students at Sacramento State may find themselves being taught by a hungry Parrott. For decades, professor George Parrott has told students that if they fail to bring homemade snacks for the class to share, there will be no class. The university... More »

For True Addicts: Caffeinated Popcorn

Fans liken addictive snack to cocaine, inventor says

(Newser) - As huge popcorn fans and total caffeine addicts, Amanda and Matthew Fitch decided they could kill two birds with one stone—by putting caffeine in their popcorn. To make the final product palatable, though, they had to overcome caffeine's natural bitterness. "We tried over and over again, making tons... More »

'Hungry Girl' Rescues Nation of Snackers

Former dieter finds healthful recipes that taste great, and makes bank

(Newser) - With seemingly simple mantras, Lisa Lillien has become the heroine of those who would rather snack on chips than spend time transforming organic ingredients. Lillien’s standards—How does it taste? Will it make me fat?—have secured her cookbooks bestseller slots and brought fans in droves to her Hungry... More »

Save Dough: 10 Super Bowl Snacks Under $20

Don't break the bank or a sweat with these snack tips

(Newser) - In these penny-pinching times, don’t blow your Super Bowl snack dough on that bucket of chicken or delivery box full of fourth-quarter disappointment. Instead, create your own budget-friendly Pro-Bowl quality snacks at home, Kim O'Donnel writes in the Washington Post. Here are 10 snacking ideas for less than 20... More »

Salmonella Fears Spur Peanut Butter Cracker Recall

Austin, Keebler offerings pulled as 'precautionary' measure

(Newser) - Kellogg is warning consumers not to eat its Austin and Keebler brand peanut butter crackers because a supplier has been linked to the salmonella outbreak, CNN reports. The precautionary notice recommends customers "hold the product until we have more information." The snack maker is freezing inventory and pulling... More »

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