<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Foods Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/lists//foods?source=rss http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/lists//foods?source=rss <![CDATA[You're Probably Reheating Your Food Wrong And It's More Dangerous Than You Think]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-facts-about-reheating-food/nathan-gibson?source=rss

Most people don’t think anything of reheating leftover meals the day after they were cooked. Whether it's safe to reheat food is simply not something the vast majority of diners bother to ask. After all, not letting a meal go to waste seems like a great way to cut down on your trash and save a bit of money. While you may not have considered the dangers of sticking that cold takeout in the microwave, there are some truly gross facts about reheating food that might make you think twice in the future.

When it comes to food safety and leftovers, reheating can be surprisingly risky. The fact that any remaining food is often left sitting at room temperature rather than being stored away appropriately means that harmful bacteria can easily grow. Meanwhile, microwaves might not completely destroy those bacteria before you dig in.

Is it safe to reheat food? Sometimes. But improper food handling can leave you with more than an upset stomach.

You're Probably Reheating Your Food Wrong And It's More Dangerous Than You Think, food/drink, foods, science, interesting, other,

Cut Your Food Up Before Microwaving It

The microwave makes it incredibly easy to cook and reheat food. However, the almost instant nature of the heating process has some drawbacks. It can be difficult to reheat food thoroughly in the microwave, meaning that large amounts of food might not be cooked evenly. Experts suggests cutting up food into smaller pieces and spreading them across a dish before reheating to ensure that all the harmful bacteria is killed.

Leftovers Should Be Reheated Until Steaming

Although all types of food require different methods of cooking, most should be cooked to a temperature of 167°F. This is especially true of foods that contain dairy products, meat, or vegetables. Reheating the food to this temperature helps to ensure that any dangerous bacteria is killed during the cooking process.

Reheating Green Vegetables Can Cause Blood Issues

Several green vegetables, such as celery and spinach, contain nitrates. When cooked, bacteria can lead to these nitrates being converted into nitrites. While this will happen naturally in the cooking process, reheating the vegetables can cause more nitrites than usual to form. They can lead to methemoglobinemia, where the body cannot properly transfer oxygen around the body in blood.

Reheating Potatoes Can Cause Botulism

Potatoes are especially risky to reheat, because they can contain the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which can lead to botulism. The problem is not in the reheating itself, but the way that people often store potatoes after cooking. If stored at room temperatures in tin foil, where little or no oxygen can get to the potato, then the bacteria can grow. The food would then have to be heated to a high temperature for several minutes to make it safe to eat once again.

You Might End Up With Food Poisoning

The most common danger posed by reheated leftovers is food poisoning. This condition can be caused by bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli, or viruses such as the norovirus. The symptoms are wide-ranging, but can include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pains. However, in severe cases, victims can also suffer from exhaustion, aching muscles, fever, and even death.

While there is little data to determine exactly how many people get sick from eating reheated food every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that some 48 million people get sick from foodborne diseases every year in the U.S. Of those, around 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. Although many of the diseases come from mishandling of food or inappropriate storage methods, a significant proportion arise from the improper reheating of leftover food.

Rice Is One Of The Most Dangerous Foods To Reheat

Reheated rice is a big culprit for food poisoning, though not due to the reheating itself. Uncooked rice often contains spores of dangerous bacteria that can survive the cooking process. If the cooked rice is then left for an extended period of time at room temperature, this bacteria can multiply. Reheating the rice won’t get rid of the spores and they can be powerful enough to cause severe vomiting and diarrhea.

Food poisoning from rice is so common that illness from this particular bacteria used to be called "fried rice syndrome." This nickname arose from the fact that people used to get sick after eating rice that had sat out for extended periods of time at Chinese food buffets. Fortunately, restaurants' health standards are much higher now.

Food Should Be Refrigerated As Quickly As Possible

After cooking food, it is important to keep it out of a particular temperate range known as the "temperature danger zone," as this is when bacteria is most likely to multiply. The range is between 40°F and 140°F. This essentially means that any food that is not eaten after being initially cooked should be refrigerated as soon as possible afterwards to help stop bacteria from growing. If not, when the food is reheated it could still be teeming with harmful bacteria that could cause serious illness.

Reheating Chicken Can Cause Serious Stomach Problems

Chicken and eggs are particularly susceptible to being contaminated with salmonella. Reheating chicken, especially in a microwave, is not advisable, as all of the meat might not be evenly cooked. That allows the meat to become a fertile breeding ground for salmonella. 

The high concentration of protein in chicken compared to other meats can also create problems, as it is broken down during the reheating process and can cause stomach pains.

Cooking Oils Can Become Rancid And Create Toxins

You probably don't think about cooking oils when you're reheating leftovers. But you should – they can become rancid if not stored correctly after cooking. If you don't reheat the oils at a suitably high temperature, their chemical bonds can break down, potentially making the now-rancid rife with toxins.

Most food experts suggest adding oil after reheating food to enhance the taste, rather than adding it before and risk it going rancid.

Reheating Mushrooms Can Sicken You

Mushrooms are best cooked and consumed right away. Otherwise, their proteins will begin breaking down, leading to an upset stomach. If you do want to store them and reheat later, make sure you do it thoroughly to avoid getting sick.

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:32:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-facts-about-reheating-food/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[All Flavors of Otter Pops, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-otter-pops-flavors-v1/ranker-food?source=rss

There's nothing as refreshing as a frosty popsicle during the hottest days of summer. And for many kids, Otter Pops are the very best kind of popsicle. Some delicious types of Otter Pops are full of berry sweetness, while other popular varieties feature a bright citrusy taste. Along with the delicious flavors, Otter Pops are also beloved for their cast of crazy characters.

What flavors will you find on this list of the top types of Otter Pops? Louie-Bloos Raspberry is extra fun because it turns consumers' tongues blue. Otter Pops makers briefly considered swapping out Sir Isaac Lime for Scarlett O'Cherry, but fans stood up for their favorite flavor and it still remains popular today. Strawberry Short Kook is another delicious flavor of Otter Pop. Other good popsicles featured on this list include Alexander the Grape, Little Orphan Orange, and Rip Van Lemon.


What's the very best kind of Otter Pop? That's up to you to decide. Take a look at every Otter Pops flavor and vote your pick up to number one.

All Flavors of Otter Pops, Ranked Best to Worst,

Scarlett O'Cherry Otter Pops


Little Orphan Orange Otter Pops

Alexander The Grape Otter Pops

Strawberry Short Kook Otter Pops

Sir Isaac Lime Otter Pops

Rip Van Lemon Otter Pops


Poncho Punch Otter Pops

Louie-Bloo Raspberry Otter Pops

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:09:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-otter-pops-flavors-v1/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Ciroc Vodka Flavors, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ciroc-vodka-flavors-v1/bottoms-up?source=rss

Vodka is a must-have for any well-stocked liquor cabinet, and Ciroc might just become your go-to brand thanks to its wide selection of flavors. The best Ciroc flavors come in many forms. Some delicious types of Ciroc Vodka are fruity, while other popular varieties let the natural ingredients take the spotlight.

What flavors will you find on this list of the top types of Ciroc Vodka? Red Berry is made for mixing; Ciroc recommends combining it with a touch of mango vodka and champagne for a bubbly drink. Amaretto Ciroc is another delicious flavored vodka. Ciroc Ten was created especially to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the brand. Other good Ciroc Vodka flavors featured on this list include Peach Ciroc, Apple Ciroc, and Pineapple Ciroc.

Which flavor of Ciroc Vodka is your favorite? Vote the best options up to the top of this list and share some of your go-to cocktail recipes in the comments section.

The Best Ciroc Vodka Flavors, Ranked,

Peach Ciroc

Coconut Ciroc

Summer Colada Ciroc

Pink Grapefruit Ciroc

Velvet Grape Ciroc

Red Berry Ciroc

Snap Frost Ciroc

Mango Ciroc

Pineapple Ciroc

Amaretto Ciroc

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:01:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ciroc-vodka-flavors-v1/bottoms-up
<![CDATA[The Most Delicious Types of Scones, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-scone/ranker-food?source=rss

Planning a lavish tea? You'll need to supply scones. But what kind should you bake? That's up to you - there are so many wonderful flavors to choose from. Some delicious types of scones are fruity, while other popular scones feature sweet hints of chocolate. Many delicious flavors of scones even contain savory herbs and sharp cheeses.

What quick breads will you find on this list of the top types of scones? Lemon scones are classics, as are strawberry scones. If savory tastes are more your speed, garlic parmesan scones will add some zip to your tea tray. Other good treats featured here include blueberry scones, cream scones, and pumpkin scones.

Which scone flavor is your favorite among all these options? Vote your picks for the best scones up to the top of the list, and please add any delicious baked goods that are missing.

The Most Delicious Types of Scones, Ranked,

Maple Scones

Strawberry Scones

Huckleberry Scones

Apple Scones

Blueberry Scones

Currant Scones

Cheese Scones

Gingerbread Scones

Lemon Scones

Chocolate Chip Scones

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:14:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-scone/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Flavors of Macaron, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-macaron-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

Macarons are almost too pretty to eat. These European confections are made from delicate meringue, spread with buttercream, ganache, or jam to make dainty sandwiches. From that basic recipe you can make every kind of treat imaginable. Some delicious types of macarons are fruity, while other popular macarons taste like creamy chocolate or rich espresso.

What flavors will you find on this ist of the top types of macarons? Classic almond macarons provide the perfect base for a decadent filling. Neapolitan is another delicious flavor of macaron. Chocolate and peanut butter is an ideal flavor combination for all types of desserts, including macarons. Other good treats featured here include cake batter macarons, red velvet macarons, and apricot macarons.


It's up to you to determine which macaron reigns supreme Vote your picks for best macaron flavors up to the top of the list, and add any sweet confections that are missing.

The Best Flavors of Macaron, Ranked,

Salted Caramel Macaron

Vanilla Macaron

Pistachio Macaron

Raspberry Macaron

Neopolitan Macaron

Strawberry Macaron

Lemon Macaron

Blackberry Macaron

Chocolate Macaron

Strawberries & Cream Macaron

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:29:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-macaron-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Most Delicious Types of Juice to Drink]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-juice-to-drink/ranker-food?source=rss

Feeling thirsty? Why not reach for a glass of fresh-squeezed juice? There are varieties of juices for palates of every persuasion. Some delicious juice flavors are fruity, while other popular juice flavors are made from vitamin-rich vegetables. And then there's clam juice - it's exactly what it sounds like.

What flavors will you find on this list of the top juice flavors? Orange juice is a popular breakfast drink, though it's a great mixer for alcohol, too. Tomato juice is a tasty drink that contains less sugar than a traditional fruit juice. Fitness enthusiasts often swear by wheatgrass juice, since it contains high volumes of vitamins and nutrients. Other good drinks featured on this best types of juice list include apple juice, pineapple juice, and beet juice.

Which type of juice do you like the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Most Delicious Types of Juice to Drink,

Apple juice


Orange juice

Pomegranate juice

Pineapple Juice

Cranberry juice

Strawberry Juice

POG Juice

Grape Juice

Melon Juice

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:17:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-juice-to-drink/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Flavors of Halo Top Ice Cream, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-halo-top-ice-cream-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

Ice cream isn't typically thought of as healthy, but Halo Top is out to change that perception. Founded in 2011, the company specializes in ice creams made with less sugar and higher levels of protein than many competitors - and every kind is tasty, to boot. The best Halo Top flavors come in many forms. Some delicious types of Halo Top ice cream are fruity while other popular varieties feature a smooth, chocolatey taste.

What flavors will you find on this list of the top types of Halo Top ice cream? Nothing beats a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day - or any time of year, really. Halo Top's vanilla variety is perfect all by itself, or as the base for a hot fudge sundae. Halo Top's lemon cake is another delicious cool treat. You don't need to turn a year older to enjoy Halo Top's birthday cake ice cream flavor. Other good varieties featured on this list include chocolate chip cookie dough, red velvet, and pistachio.

Which Halo Top ice cream is your favorite? Give the best options a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Best Flavors of Halo Top Ice Cream, Ranked,

Halo Top Chocolate

Halo Top Sea Salt Caramel

Halo Top Vanilla Bean

Halo Top Cookies & Cream

Halo Top Peanut Butter Cup

Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Halo Top Birthday Cake

Halo Top Mint Chip

Halo Top Strawberry

Halo Top Oatmeal Cookie

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:03:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-halo-top-ice-cream-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Cereals for Grown-Ups, Ranked by Deliciousness]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-adult-cereal/ranker-food?source=rss

You never outgrow cereal. Need proof? Just look at all these cereals made just for grown ups. The best types of cereal for adults come in many forms. Some delicious adult cereals are fruity while other popular cereals for grown-ups are made from whole grains. Many delicious adult cereals contain filling fiber and protein to power your day.

What breakfast staples will you find on this list of the top adult cereals? Wheaties combines wheat and bran into tasty, crispy flakes. Many famous athletes have appeared on the box of this "Breakfast of Champions," including Lou Gehrig, Jesse Owens, and Michael Jordan. Cheerios is another good cereal for adults and kids alike, making it a great choice for the whole family. Special K is a cereal popular among adults watching their waistlines. Other top breakfasts featured on this list include Grape-Nuts, Total, and cream of wheat.

Which is the very best cereal for adults? Give your personal favorite brands a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any good options that are missing.

The Best Cereals for Grown-Ups, Ranked by Deliciousness,


Corn flakes

Frosted Mini-Wheats

Honey Nut Cheerios


Raisin Bran

Special K

Cream of Wheat

Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal

Shredded Wheat

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:46:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-adult-cereal/ranker-food
<![CDATA[15 Bizarre Food Facts That Will Make You Rethink Your Eating Habits]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mind-blowing-every-day-food-facts/brian-gilmore?source=rss

There's so much more to the food you eat every day than you bother to think about (though you probably intentionally don't think about it, since when it comes to food, ignorance is bliss). These surprising facts about what goes into common foods, how undomesticated foods evolved, or how many different chemicals are in your food aren't all bad. For example, you may not know that a lot of foods come from a small handful of plant families, or that the popsicle was invented by an 11 year-old, or that people used to pay their taxes with chocolate. 

There might be some things you learn from this list that will apply to your life - like how ranch dressing isn't really great for you, or that you haven't tried real wasabi or balsamic vinegar yet. Maybe set a goal or two for yourself after you're done reading this. For example, maybe you want to eat more McDonald's (or less) or maybe you'll never look at apples the same way again. Hopefully this list will help you discover mind-blowing trivia about food you eat every day. 

15 Bizarre Food Facts That Will Make You Rethink Your Eating Habits,


The American apple was never meant to be eaten. It was brought over to Jamestown for one reason: cider. People loved cider. And because they loved it so much, they would have it with every meal (with some diluted glasses of cider for the kids, so that they wouldn't get too drunk at the dinner table). They drank cider mainly because it was safer to drink than any nearby water sources. So, most people grew their own apples. One man with 2,500 apple trees claimed that his trees were more valuable than 15,000 pounds of tobacco. This is how much people loved cider. 

And then, Thomas Jefferson went to France where he was given "Ralls Benet" apple cuttings for him to grow in the US, which he then gave to a nursery in Virginia. The result was a "better" apple that people suddenly started just eating. It was nowhere near the sweetness of the apples you eat today. Japanese scientists crossed the Ralls Benet apple with the Red Delicious, and the result was what people call the popular "Fuji" apple.  


The Aztecs couldn't grow cacao leaves, but boy, did they love chocolate. In fact, they loved chocolate so much that the cacao plant alone became an important commodity. Aztec rulers even accepted cacao as "tribute," which was an early form of taxes. They would demand cacao of their conquered peoples and of ordinary citizens for the "tribute" owed to the rulers. 


That's right. The average person in America consumes eight pounds of grapes each year. That's approximately 26 servings of grapes per year. That's kind of a lot of grapes. So either you're not eating enough grapes, everyone else eats more grapes than you thought they did, or there are some people who are simply going HAM on grapes.


So this is how delicate and impressionable people are as consumers: prior to the American Revolution, dockworkers went on strike because they were burdened with the damning act of eating lobster more than three times per week. Some people even had a clause in their contract that they would not eat lobster more than twice every week. They even served lobsters in prison and the inmates hated it. A single tear for them, please.

So how did the lobster go from being a peasant food to a delicacy? The North American lobster, at some point, was so plentiful that people actually used it as garden fertilizer. People were so ashamed to eat this peasant food that they would bury the shells, instead of throwing them away, so their neighbors wouldn't know. Lobsters weren't adopted as a popular food until the mid-19th century, when the "lobster smack" was invented to keep them fresh (a kind of boat used to transport live lobsters). People were then able to develop a taste for lobster by the mid-20th century, and now they're the fanciest thing you can eat that isn't caviar. 


The wasabi you know and love is a lie. Most wasabi you'll find is mostly horseradish, which is why it's so spicy. If you go to your local Japanese market, they should have some fresh Wasabi that you can buy and then grate up into a paste, using a special wasabi grater called an "oroshigane." It's actually quite difficult to find real wasabi in the states. It's extremely difficult to cultivate, making it rare and pretty darn expensive. 

If you try it, it's not the crazy hit of spice that you're used to. Real wasabi has a much more muted herbal and radish flavor that adds to the sushi. It's definitely more of a texture-based taste than the nose explosion you're used to. If you can find the good stuff, give it a try. It's different. 

Ranch dressing

If you love dipping just about anything into ranch dressing, then you should probably know that a lot of it contains some of the same stuff used to make sunscreen and paint. You wouldn't expect there to be titanium in your Ranch dressing, but it's in there. Titanium dioxide is used to whiten most ranch dressing, and it's also used to whiten things like sunscreen and paint. 

Some studies have found that titanium dioxide may cause some toxicity in the brain, and has properties that are potentially cancerous. Titanium dioxide is also used in a lot of candy, mayonnaise, and cosmetics. It's used pretty regularly in lipstick and paper as well. 

The Same Plant Gives You Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Kale And Other Superfoods

The Brassica is a genus of plants that gives an incredible amount of foods that most kids don't like, such as cauliflower, broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and collard greens (just to name a few). It's rich in vitamin C and contains some properties that can actually prevent cancer (sulforaphane, selenium, and 3’-diindolylmethane). 

Some People Think That This Phobia From A Peanuts Comic Strip Is Real

Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip invented a fake phobia called "arachibutyrophobia," which is the "fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth." It is not considered a real phobia, as Schulz literally made it up. The root, "arachis," comes from the Latin word for "peanut," while the "butryum" is Latin for "butter." You pronounce it as, "are-ack-ee-but-tir-o-phobia." 

Mustard Seeds Are 'Eye Of Newt'

At this point, it's ubiquitous to have a witch character brewing some kind of evil potion and include an "eye of newt." Your entire childhood, you probably thought that eye of newt was an actual eye from an actual newt. It's actually not. As it turns out, witches wanted to deter people from also practicing witchcraft, so they gave all these fairly common herbs and spices real gross names on purpose. That is how the mustard seed, a common ingredient, came to be known as the eye of newt. The first place to use this name for the mustard seed was in Shakespeare's Macbeth

Here's a breakdown of some more herbs and spices that might have other, more witch-like names: 

  • Toe of Frog = Buttercup (the flower)
  • Adders Fork = Adders-Tongue (an adder is a snake, but an adders-tongue is just a leafy plant)
  • Tongue of Dog = Houndstongue (another flower)
  • Wool of Bat = Holly Leaves (like at Christmas!)

The Popsicle Was Originally Invented By A Boy Who Was 11

The Popsicle™ was invented by an 11-year-old boy in San Francisco in 1905. His name was Frank Epperson and he left a cup of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick on the porch during a very cold winter. Epperson didn't remember the cup until after the cold weather had already frozen over his soda. When he discovered it the next morning, he did what any curious boy would do: he licked it. Thus, the Popsicle™ was invented.

For eighteen years, Epperson sold the dessert around his neighborhood exclusively. He decided to expand his market in 1923 and debuted his popsicle at a park in Alameda, CA, and people loved it. He originally called it an "Epsicle," naming the food after his own stupid childhood mistake, but his kids called it "Pop's 'sicle," and they eventually convinced him to change the name to Popsicle™. 

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/mind-blowing-every-day-food-facts/brian-gilmore
<![CDATA[Foods You Never Knew Could Make You Hallucinate]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/foods-that-make-you-hallucinate/lisa-a-flowers?source=rss

As it turns out, there is a psychedelic plant - and food - world beyond jimson weed, THC, and other iconically trippy vegetation. Evidence suggests that many hallucinogenic foods may already be waiting for you in your local grocery aisle, or even in that seemingly harmless, run-of-the-mill ham and rye sandwich. In other words, foods with psychedelic side effects - or that can at least get you high, period - might just be as easily accessible as alcohol, if not more so, according to recent reports. (Which doesn't necessarily mean that indulging in them is an idea that's guaranteed to catapult you down an ecstatically surreal rabbit hole, of course: it may turn out to be a serpent's hole instead)

Read on to find out why the family of foods that can make you hallucinate is far more expansive, and connected, than you likely ever imagined.

Foods You Never Knew Could Make You Hallucinate,


Though the idea of cheese (particularly Stilton cheese) being a psychedelic substance has mostly been discredited, there are still some compelling accounts that seem to contradict this theory as mere urban legend. Stilton cheese is commonly said to be a nightmare-inducer (especially when eaten just before bed), but participants in one study said otherwise:

"Instead of night terrors, the researchers report that the cheese resulted in pleasant nighttime fantasies in most individuals...from their conclusions, blue Stilton resulted in the most bizarre trips, affecting about 80% of participants and resulting in visions of talking animals, vegetarian crocodiles, and warrior kittens. On the other end of the spectrum, Cheshire cheese produced the least memorable nights, with less than half of the participants being able to recall their dreams."


The jittery/tweaked-out qualities of caffeine are well-documented, and the '90s even brought us a product called Jolt Cola ("Twice the Caffeine"), which was said by some to induce hallucinations. The journal Personality and Individual Differences would likely agree with this assessment: according to a study they published, "high caffeine users are three times more likely to experience auditory hallucinations - hearing voices when no has actually spoken - than people who consume little or no caffeine."

This report comes to us from England's Durham University, where researchers evaluated 200 students "about their eating and drinking habits, stress levels, and proneness to hallucinations...many of the most highly caffeinated students reported experiences of 'seeing things that were not there, hearing voices, and sensing the presence of dead people.'"


"It's okay to eat fish, 'cause they don't have any feelings," Kurt Cobain famously sang. However, lest you start feeling a tad psychedelic, you might want to consider not consuming certain varieties of seafood. Apparently, a species called sarpa salpa (Arabic for "the fish that makes dreams") has been known to produce "LSD-like hallucinations" when consumed due to a toxic microalgea that sometimes grows on their scales. Though these fish are primarily found in the Mediterranean, they've been known to wander into English waters, and their potent hallucinogenic properties have turned many a fishing trip into a trip of an entirely different kind.


"Mad honey" is probably one of the most enigmatically hallucinogenic foods out there. It's also an elixir that's not likely to already be in your pantry, as its hallucinogenic phenomenon/alchemy occurs mostly in Turkey and other countries in eastern Europe/western Asia. As Modern Farmer explains, these tainted stashes of honey occur because of the presence of an ingredient distilled from "a rhododendron nectar called grayanotoxin - a natural neurotoxin that, even in small quantities, brings on light-headedness and sometimes, hallucinations. In the 1700s, the Black Sea region traded this potent produce with Europe, where the honey was infused with drinks to give boozers a greater high than alcohol could deliver."

In other words, the flowers sabotage the stash; and then the stash sabotages you.


Surely a comforting spice like nutmeg, which is associated with cozy things like pie and Thanksgiving, can't double as a tab of acid. Right? Wrong. According to ABC News

"Nutmeg contains myristicin, a natural compound that has mind-altering effects if ingested in large doses. The buzz can last one to two days and can be hallucinogenic, much like LSD."

This might not be common knowledge, but the folks at Florida's Poison Information Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital are well acquainted with the phenomenon: they've apparently been dealing with "a small spike in phone calls reporting people who have snorted, smoked, or [eaten] the spice."

Rye bread

How could that pastrami-on-rye sandwich possibly be hallucinogenic? Depends on whether the rye-crop was contaminated with fungus - the same kind that some people say might have led to the delusional hysteria that ushered in the Salem Witch Trials. As Bon Appétit explains it, ergot - a fungus that's known for attacking grasses and wheat - sends out "little fungal shoots in place of certain kernels [and] it's known to thrive on rye (which was the main grain grown in Salem Village) and...contains chemicals similar to LSD."

Unripe Mulberries Are Ripe For Tripping

Mulberries may be famously sweet, but waiting until they attain their famous deep red-indigo color is a must, if you're looking to avoid psychedelic interruptions. The author of Tom Brown's Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants describes the effects of a green berry-variation that he once ate as a child ... one that quickly turned into a romp with the green fairy, ala absinthe:

"When I finally got up off my knees and began to walk home, I felt strangely sick and dizzy. The landscape felt as if it were made of liquid and I was a small boat. Everything was moving up and down. Animal and bird voices sounded strange and mystical... Out of the corner of my eye I began to see things move; shadows became animated, and colors strange. The sickness continued until I fell to the ground vomiting, yet laughing at the overall hilarity of the situation."

"Miracle Fruit": IRL Everlasting Gobstoppers That Make You Trip Without Tripping

What's better than drugs? An IRL Everlasting Gobstopper, which is exactly what "Miracle Fruit" has been described as being. Just imagine...

"...drinking Tabasco sauce and thinking it tasted like a sugary glaze, or drinking a bitter beer that your taste buds are certain is chocolate. Imagine having a magic pill that could turn lemons into candy... Like a magical treat straight out of Willy Wonka’s candy factory, the berry known as 'miracle fruit' has the odd ability to rewire the way the tongue perceives bitter and sour flavors for up to two hours after consumption."

People have even started throwing "flavor tripping parties" to explore the final frontiers of their taste buds with friends. The future is here, and it's in Wonka-Vision.

Betel Nuts

If you've ever traveled to Southeast Asia, chances are you've wandered past small stands that look like they're selling hand-rolled cigarettes speckled with red spit stains. However, most of these vendors are actually selling betel chew. A similar concept to chewing tobacco, betel nuts - or acacia nuts - are enjoyed by young and old alike as a stimulant with a potency somewhere between a few cups of coffee and a generous helping of cocaine. The rub is this: betel is toxic, so chewing on even a little bit too much of the red mush can put you at risk for some funny side effects. As the Taipei Times described it:

"...symptoms include excitement, glazed eyes, shaking, impaired motor skills - such as a stumbling gait - irrational behavior and anger...[and] users suffering from severe betel-poisoning could experience an acute psychotic episode with auditory hallucinations, megalomania, and persecutory delusions."

Plus, it turns your whole mouth a blood-red color and makes you a prime candidate for various oral cancers.

Ultra-Hot Chilies

Extremes in temperature - whether hot or cold - will eventually start muddling (or psychedelically clarifying) the mind. Just ask Lisa from The Simpsons, who claimed to be able to "see through time" after she consumed inferno-level Thai food. 

According to Bon Appétit, a British physician named Ian Rothwell had a similar experience. After he "successfully" consumed what was said to be the world's hottest, or spiciest, curry, he claimed to have experienced a 10-minute "chile-induced hallucination that sent him wandering out of the restaurant and down the street."

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:38:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/foods-that-make-you-hallucinate/lisa-a-flowers
<![CDATA[The Very Best Types of Bagels, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-bagels/ranker-food?source=rss

There are varieties of bagel for every appetite and time of day. Whether you prefer your baked goods flavored with fruit or studded with sweet chocolate, you'll find your favorite type of bagl on this list.

What flavors will you find on this list of the top bagels flavors? Plain bagels provide the perfect base for delicious cream cheese or sandwich fillings. Cinnamon raisin bagels are popular among people with a sweet tooth. Everything bagels combine a variety of spices to create a unique taste all their own. Other good types of bagels featured on this list include chocolate chip bagels, pumpkin bagels, and whole wheat bagels.

Which bagel flavor is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Very Best Types of Bagels, Ranked,

Plain Bagel

Everything Bagel

Onion Bagel

Cheddar Bagel

Sesame Bagel

Asiago Bagel

Egg Bagel

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel

Garlic Bagel

Salt Bagel

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:22:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-bagels/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Types of Muffins, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-muffins/ranker-food?source=rss

Whether you prefer them with a pat of butter or plain, muffins are a delicious treat any time of day. The best types of muffins come in many forms. Some delicious muffin flavors feature fresh fruit, while other kinds have decadent chocolate chips. But every type of muffin tastes best fresh from the oven.

What flavors will you find on this list of the top muffin flavors? Blueberry muffins are often jazzed up with additional ingredients, like banana, walnuts, or chocolate chips, but the original recipe is always a hit. Lemon poppy seed muffins are also very popular freshly baked or store-bought. Some delicious muffins, such as carrot cake and chocolate zucchini even include vegetables in their recipes. Other good types of muffins featured on this list include cream cheese muffins, pumpkin muffins, and bran muffins.


It's up to you to determine the best muffin of them all. Give your personal picks a thumbs up and share some of your go-to recipes in the comments section.

The Very Best Types of Muffins, Ranked,

Strawberry Muffin

Coffee Cake Muffin

Apple Cinnamon Muffin

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin

Pumpkin Muffin

Chocolate Chip Muffin

Blueberry Muffin

Cream Cheese Muffin

Raspberry Muffin

Banana Nut Muffin

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 05:10:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-muffins/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Most Delicious Flavors of Pudding, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-flavors-of-pudding/ranker-food?source=rss

Sweet, creamy, and decadent, pudding is one of the most popular types of dessert. Every region has their own favorite varieties of pudding, from rich chocolate to fruity, Jello-inspired creations.

What flavors will you find on this list of top pudding flavors? Vanilla is a classic on its own, or layered into other desserts like parfaits. Pistachio pudding is another popular treat to make from scratch or with Jell-O's instant powder. Oreo pudding incorporates a satisfying crunch into an otherwise creamy dessert. Other good flavors featured on this best pudding flavors list include mango pudding and butterscotch pudding.

Do you have a favorite type of pudding? Vote the best flavors of all up to the top of this list, and share some of your go-to pudding recipes in the comments section.

The Most Delicious Flavors of Pudding, Ranked,

Butterscotch Pudding

Vanilla Pudding

Oreo Pudding

Pistachio Pudding

Flan Pudding

French Vanilla Pudding

Chocolate Fudge Pudding

Banana Cream Pudding

Chocolate Pudding

Tapioca Pudding

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:15:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-flavors-of-pudding/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Vitamin Water Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-vitamin-water-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

Need a lift? There's a type of Vitamin Water for you. These vitamin-infused, electrolyte-filled solutions aim to refresh consumers with flavors of every kind. The best Vitamin Water flavors come in many forms. Some delicious Vitamin Water flavors are fruity while other popular Vitamin Water flavors are based on classic iced tea. Many of the most popular Vitamin Water flavors are only available on a limited basis.

What flavors will you find on this list of the top Vitamin Water drink flavors? Power-C Dragonfruit contains B and C vitamins, as well as zinc and chromium. Energy Tropical Citrus Vitamin Water is another delicious flavor. Folks looking to cut back on calories may enjoy Vitamin Water's Zero line. Other good Vitamin Water flavors featured on this list include Rise Orange Vitamin Water, Rest Pineapple Coconut Vitamin Water, and Squeezed Lemonade Vitamin Water.

Which Vitamin Water variety is the best? Give your favorite flavors a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Very Best Vitamin Water Flavors,

Power-C Dragonfruit Vitamin Water Zero

Power-C Dragonfruit Vitamin Water

Vital-T Lemon Iced Tea Vitamin Water

Refresh Tropical Mango Vitamin Water

Essential Orange Orange Vitamin Water

Rise Orange Vitamin Water Zero

XXX Acai Blueberry Pomegranate Vitamin Water

Breeze-E Strawberry Watermelon Vitamin Water

Focus Kiwi-Strawberry Vitamin Water

Energy Tropical Citrus Vitamin Water

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:25:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-vitamin-water-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Tic Tacs Flavors, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tic-tacs-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

Tic Tacs have been a breath-freshening favorite since 1969. The tiny confections were originally sold in two types: orange and fresh mint. From there, though, manufacturer Ferrero started making candies of every kind. The best Tic Tacs flavors come in many forms. Some delicious Tic Tacs flavors are fruity while other popular Tic Tacs flavors feature cool minty tastes. Many of the most popular Tic Tacs flavors are only available on a limited basis.


What flavors will you find on this list of the top Tic Tacs breath freshener flavors? Orange and Strawberry Field offer a hint of sweetness to mint fans. In recent years, Tic Tac Mixers, including Cherry Cola and Peach Lemonade, have become favorites among customers. Other good Tic Tacs flavors include Grape Tic Tacs, Fruit Adventure Tic Tacs, and Powermint Tic Tacs.


Do you have a favorite flavor of Tic Tacs? Give the best options a thumbs up and please add any good flavors that are missing.

The Very Best Tic Tacs Flavors, Ranked,

Lime And Orange Tic Tacs

Fresh Mint Tic Tacs

Orange Tic Tacs

Tic Tac Mixers Cherry Cola

Grape Tic Tacs

Fruit Adventure Tic Tacs

Wintergreen Tic Tacs

Peppermint Tic Tacs

Spearmint TIc Tacs

Cinnamon Tic Tacs

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:18:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tic-tacs-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Faygo Flavors, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-faygo-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

You don't have to be from Detroit to appreciate Faygo. The bottling company debuted in 1907 with just three flavors: grape, strawberry, and fruit punch. In the decades since, though, Faygo has expanded into all types of soft drinks. Some delicious kinds of Faygo are fruity, while other popular Faygo flavors feature classic soda fountain tastes. Some popular Faygo flavors are available on a limited basis, but soda fans still count them among the best.

What flavors will you find on this list of the top Faygo flavors? Maybe you're a fan of root beer, or perhaps you go for classic orange every time. Cotton candy Faygo will satisfy any sweet tooth with its sugary flavor. Fun Fact: Faygo soda is often sprayed out into the crowd during Insane Clown Posse concerts. The group has even refused to go on stage if a venue objects to its Faygo flair.

Which Faygo flavor is the best? Vote your personal picks up to the number-one spot on the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Very Best Faygo Flavors, Ranked,

Pineapple Faygo

Root Beer Faygo

Creme Soda Faygo

Rock & Rye Faygo

Redpop Faygo

Cola Faygo

Twist Faygo

Moon Mist Blue Faygo

Moon Mist Faygo

Orange Faygo

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:12:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-faygo-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Krispy Kreme Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-krispy-kreme-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

Sweet, soft, and oh-so-decadent, Krispy Kremes are some of the most popular types of pastries on the market today. But which doughnuts are the best of the best? After all, the company specializes in treats of every kind. Some delicious Krispy Kreme flavors are fruity while other popular Krispy Kreme donuts tempt with rich chocolate. Many Krispy Kreme flavors are available on a limited basis, but doughnut fans from all over the world still count them among the best.

What flavors will you find on this list of the top Krispy Kreme flavors? Original glazed donuts remain a best-seller for the bakery. Experienced connoisseurs know to grab a dozen of these treats while they're still warm. Double dark chocolate is another popular flavor. Other good Krispy Kreme flavors featured on this list include glazed cruller, powdered cake, and cinnamon apple filled donuts.

Which Krispy Kreme flavor is your favorite? Give the best varieties a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Very Best Krispy Kreme Flavors,

Glazed Raspberry Filled Krispy Kreme

Chocolate Iced With Kreme Filling Krispy Kreme

Original Glazed Krispy Kreme

Chocolate Iced Cake Krispy Kreme

Chocolate Iced Glazed Krispy Kreme

Apple Fritter Krispy Kreme

Chocolate Iced Custard Filled Krispy Kreme

Double Dark Chocolate Krispy Kreme

Chocolate Iced Glazed Cruller Krispy Kreme

Chocolate Iced Raspberry Filled Krispy Kreme

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:58:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-krispy-kreme-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[Why Juice Is Actually Bad For You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-juice-is-bad-for-you/lyra-radford?source=rss

It seems reasonable to assume that juice and a balanced diet combined with exercise is the best way to stay fit. However, there are quite a few reasons why it might be a good idea to take juice out of the equation. Even fresh-pressed juice, while better than store bought, has its downside. As it turns out, there are quite a few surprising facts about juice and the negative impacts that it can have on your overall health.

According to a survey, one in three parents believe that juice is as healthy as actual fruit is, which is probably the most dangerous (or juicy) myth out there. People think the beverage is great for them, so they consume even more of it and serve it up in heaping glasses to their children. Like ice cream and cookies, it’s okay to indulge in on occasion, but it really shouldn't be a staple in your diet. When it comes to drinking juice (and pretty much everything else), remember to follow the golden rule: everything in moderation.

Why Juice Is Actually Bad For You,

Juicing Is Pretty Bad For Your Wallet

If you decide to spend $100+ on this season’s hottest juicer in order to make your own juices, keep in mind that it’s also going to take a huge amount of raw material (AKA fruits and veggies) to make just a single glass.
The cost of things like peaches, kale, and protein-boosting additives are astounding, and not worth the money if you’re just going to strip them of all their real nutritional value. Think about it: it takes four to five oranges just to make one serving of orange juice, and when you throw out the pulp, you’re also throwing out all the fiber. The healthiest part of an apple is its skin, but it gets peeled prior to juicing. So, what’s the point? Juicing is wasteful and expensive.

Its High Sugar And Calorie Content Can Undermine Your Workout

Contrary to popular belief, juice really isn't doing your waistline any favors. You may think it's a better option than that chocolate protein bar, but fruit juice can actually cause you to gain weight and therefore undermine all of your calorie-burning efforts. Even though every gym seems to have a juice bar built into it these days, unless you're doing Olympic sports and weightlifting like crazy, then you're probably not burning enough calories to justify drinking a majority of their menu offerings.

Let’s break it down: You burned a whopping 300 calories on the elliptical today and feel like a champ. You go to the juice bar and order yourself a kale, banana, and orange juice blend, which sounds like the healthiest thing ever - but guess what, it contains 380 calories. Congratulations, you just drank everything you worked off and then some. Just chug some water and eat an orange instead - it only has 45 calories and happens to have tons of that pulpy fiber that actually keeps your body happy and full.

Chewing Matters More Than People Realize

Liquid lunch, whether it's Slim Fast or a bottle from your latest juice cleanse, is not going to fill you up. When you drink your calories instead of chewing them, your brain doesn't receive the “I’m full” signal it needs to stop you. So, instead you’ll end up feeling hungry again a lot sooner than you should, and then you’ll end up over-consuming food. Your brain wants solid food just as much of the rest of you does, so give it what it wants. Chew the apple, don’t drink it.

Prolonged Juice Cleanses Can Cause Hair Loss

People put a lot of faith in juice, as if it were some magical elixir or a cure-all that they could live off of for the rest of their lives - when the reality is that they simply can’t. That's not to say that people can’t do some minor juice cleansing every once in awhile, but prolonged juicing can become a huge health risk, particularly for those with pre-existing conditions. People who do too much juicing run the risk of not getting enough nutrients, which can ultimately result in the loss of energy, dry skin, brittle nails, and even hair loss.

Juice Can Be Just As Bad As Soda For Your Teeth

You wouldn't think that juice could have an effect on your dental health, but apparently it does. The high concentrations of sugar and acidity found in most fruit juices are actually comparable to soft drinks, so frequent consumption of these types of beverages can ruin tooth enamel and lead to cavities. Overtime, the damage can even become significant enough to start eating away at any bonds or crowns you may have as well.

The Body Doesn’t Need Help Detoxing Itself And When It Comes To Vitamins, More Is Less

First of all, unless you have some sort of health complication, your liver and kidneys are literally built to regulate and detoxify your body on their own. They don’t need your juice - in fact, all the extra fructose will just slow the detox process down. As for the assumption that juicing is a fast way to absorb more vitamins, it’s definitely not.

Even if the juicing process didn't inherently remove most of the vitamins from fruit, there is still the fact that your body simply won’t absorb them after a certain point. Vitamin C is great for you, but excessive amounts of orange juice and even whole oranges aren't going to do anything. Your body will take what it needs and then boot out the rest. Eating tons of fruit, taking extra multivitamins, and gulping down juices is really just giving you super expensive urine.

Sugary Drinks Like Fruit Juice Are Linked To Heart Disease

While it's a pretty well-known fact that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, drinking too much juice can completely throw your body for a loop. According to one study, daily consumption of sugary drinks like fruit juice can actually increase blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. Besides, the benefits of fruit come from their fibers combined with their juices - you can’t just remove all the nature from nature’s candy and expect it to still be healthy.

Some Food Combinations Help With Vitamin Absorption, But Juicing Can Compromise That

There are some really magical food combinations out there that actually help your body absorb the vitamins it needs - like how eating tangerines can help you absorb the iron in spinach. Or how eating tomatoes with an avocado helps your body absorb four times more lycopene than it would with just tomatoes alone. Some vitamins are even fat-soluble - vitamins A, D, K, and E all require fats in order to be absorbed. Juice cleanses interfere with this not only because of the lack of fats, but also because the very integrity of the fruit is compromised during the juicing process.

Heavy Juice Consumption Can Lead To Type 2 Diabetes

Studies have found that diets including the high consumption of fruit juice are linked to increased insulin resistance. The big problem with juice is that it's actually leaving out the skins, seeds, and membranes of the fruit - which is where all of the antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals are found in the first place. The fruit's fiber is what actually helps slow the absorption of sugars down, so without it insulin spikes even higher and at a certain point your body just can't keep up with your insulin needs and type 2 diabetes can develop.

Juice Cleanses Can Slow Your Metabolism

Another side effect of relying too heavily on a liquid-based diet is that it slows down your metabolism. Once your body stops receiving its basic nutrient requirements, it goes into conservation mode. What this means for people who go on juice cleanses is that they end up losing mostly water weight during their cleanse, gaining it back soon after, and ultimately slowing down their metabolism because their body is panicked over when it will be receiving its next meal.

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 06:25:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-juice-is-bad-for-you/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[15 Bizarre Food Laws In The U.S. That You Never Even Knew Existed]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-american-food-laws/melissa-sartore?source=rss

Odd and outdated laws are nothing new in the United States and around the world. But when it comes to legal restrictions on food, even the most jaded of lawyers would find these weird American food laws eye-opening. After all, you can learn a lot about a place from what they try to legislate. Drinking laws can shine a light on how a region views personal responsibility, but food laws can be flat-out funky.

You've probably never heard of the strangest food laws from around the United States - but once you do, you're sure to remember them. Weird state laws regulate pickles (in Connecticut, they have to bounce), pizza (don't send one to a friend in Louisiana), and even milk (it's strictly regulated in Utah).

From rules about fish to limits on sandwich consumption, this list of funny state rules about food cover them all. Be careful: you may be breaking the law and not even know it.

15 Bizarre Food Laws In The U.S. That You Never Even Knew Existed,

Don't Take A Bite Of Your Friend's Burger In Oklahoma

It sounds like residents of Oklahoma are extremely protective of their food - or at least of their burgers. It's illegal to take a bite out of someone else's hamburger throughout the state. But in Oklahoma City, things get even weirder: it's also illegal to eat a hamburger while walking backwards downtown.

Only Real Butter Is Served To Wisconsin Convicts

Wisconsin, the Dairy State, made it illegal to substitute oleo or margarine for butter in all state institutions, including prisons, schools, and hospitals, unless there's a health issue to consider. It's actually illegal to have oleo or margarine out on the table of a public restaurant unless it's been ordered by the customer.

Sending A Pizza In Louisiana Will Get You Fined

If you're looking to prank a friend in Louisiana, send them something other than a pizza. If you do send a pizza to someone's house without their knowledge, you could be fined $500. That's a pretty expensive pizza.

Salting The Railroad Tracks Will Get You Arrested In Alabama

A law in Alabama prohibits an individual from putting salt on railroad tracks. Perhaps this is out of concern for the construction and condition of the tracks themselves, but the general consensus is that salt attracts cattle, which could lead to a collision with a train.

There's A Three-Sandwich Limit At Wakes In Massachusetts

If you attend a wake in Massachusetts, you're limited to three sandwiches during the event. No details as to the size of the sandwiches are given.

In Connecticut, A Pickle Is Only A Pickle If It Bounces

It's not as easy to make a pickle in Connecticut as you may think. Unless a pickled cucumber bounces, you can't call it an actual pickle. If a pickle is deemed unfit and sold anyway, the seller is fined.  

The pickle law goes beyond just cucumbers, however. As recently as 2010, farmers fought to pass a bill changing the 4.6 pH balance required to sell homemade pickles, salsas, and tomato sauce.

Tomatoes Were Nearly Banned From Maine's Chowder

In 1939, Maine attempted to pass a law banning tomatoes from clam chowder. According to State Legislator Cleveland Sleeper, tomatoes "polluted" clam chowder and shouldn't be allowed in the dish. Tomato-based chowder was just soup, after all - just ask someone in New England outside of Manhattan.

Be Ready To Send Lots Of Chocolate In Idaho

Buying chocolate can be tricky enough, but there was supposedly once a law in Idaho that forbade giving a gift of chocolate that weighed under 50 pounds. This rule is likely the stuff of myth, but maybe it led to some extra-generous Valentine's Day gifts.

Giving Alcohol To A Moose Is Illegal In Alaska

Moose are already dangerous, so getting them drunk is not a good idea. That's probably why it's illegal to give moose alcohol in the state of Alaska. However, the animals can, and do, get drunk on their own when they eat fermented fruit that's fallen from trees.

Lassoing Fish Is Outlawed In Tennessee

Fishing laws around the country prohibit the use of explosives, firearms, and other implements, but in Tennessee, it's also illegal to catch a fish with a lasso. But at least you're not in Idaho, where you can't fish while riding a camel. And you can still lasso fish in Texas.

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:11:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-american-food-laws/melissa-sartore
<![CDATA[The Very Best Burnett's Vodka Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-burnetts-vodka-flavors/bottoms-up?source=rss

Looking to enjoy an extra tasty toast? You've come to the right place. This list ranks the best kinds of Burnett's Vodka flavors, thanks to the input of beverage fans like you. The best Burnett's Vodka flavors come in many forms. Some delicious Burnett's Vodka flavors are fruity, while other popular Burnett's Vodka flavors feature sweet notes like vanilla. Many of the most popular Burnett's flavors have been discontinued, but vodka fans from all over the world still count them among the best.

What types of vodka will you find on this list of the top Burnett's Vodka flavors? Everyone loves a colorful cocktail, and Burnett's Blue Raspberry adds a vibrant splash to any drink. Cherry Burnett's Vodka is another very popular flavor. Burnett's seasonal flavors, such as Candy Cane and Pumpkin Spice, are new favorites. Other good Burnett's flavors featured on this list include Pomegranate, Sour Apple, and Orange Cream.

Which Burnett's Vodka flavor is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any great types that are missing.

The Very Best Burnett's Vodka Flavors,

Blueberry Burnett's Vodka

Blue Raspberry Burnett's Vodka

Blackberry Burnett's Vodka

Limeade Burnett's Vodka

Pink Lemonade Burnett's Vodka

Watermelon Burnett's Vodka

Vanilla Burnett's Vodka

Pineapple Burnett's Vodka

Orange Burnett's Vodka

Strawberry Burnett's Vodka

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:53:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-burnetts-vodka-flavors/bottoms-up
<![CDATA[The Very Best White Owl Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-white-owl-flavors/ranker-shopping?source=rss

White Owl has been crafting cigars since the 19th century, and they continue to specialize in fine smokes of all types. The best White Owl flavors come in many forms. Some delicious White Owl flavors are fruity, while other popular kinds of White Owl cigars feature a robust tobacco taste. Many of the most popular White Owl flavors have been discontinued, but cigar fans from all over the world still count them among the best.

What flavors will you find on this list of the top White Owl flavors? White Owl adds a hint of strawberry flavor to some of its blunts and cigarillos. White Owl New Yorker is another classic flavor of cigar, as is White Owl Invincible. Many smokers enjoy White Owl's Demi Tip variety, as each cigar comes with a plastic tip for a smooth experience. Other good flavors featured on this list include White Owl Cigarillos Platinum, White Owl Cigarillos Green Sweet, and White Owl Blunts Xtra Vanilla.

Do you have a favorite White Owl flavor? Vote the best options to the top of this list, and please add any good White Owl varieties that are missing.

The Very Best White Owl Flavors,

White Owl Blunts

White Owl Cigarillo Black

White Owl Demi Tip

White Owl Cigarillos Honey

White Owl Cigarillo Tropical Twist

White Owl Cigarillos Grape

White Owl Cigarillos Blue Raspberry

White Owl Blunts Strawberry

White Owl Blunts Peach

White Owl Blunts Grape

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:06:54 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-white-owl-flavors/ranker-shopping
<![CDATA[The Best Flavors of Kit Kat, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kit-kat-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

Kit Kats are a classic treat, whether you decide to break them apart and share, or to hog their crispy, chocolate-coated goodness all to yourself. But with so many types of Kit Kat, it's hard to pick just one favorite. Some delicious Kit Kat flavors are fruity, while other popular kinds of Kit Kat feature coffee notes. And that's not to mention Japanese Kit Kats - the country has enjoyed more than 300 limited-edition and seasonal flavors!

What flavors will you find on this list of the best Kit Kat flavors? Every candy bar was inspired by the original Kit Kat, which was first introduced to the world all the way back in 1935. Pear Kit Kat is another popular flavor of Kit Kat, especially in Japan. Kit Kat also offers a variety of unique flavors, such as Sake and Rock Salt. Other good Kit Kat flavors featured on this list include Lemon Cheesecake Kit Kat, Passion Fruit Kit Kat, and Maple Kit Kat.

Which Kit Kat flavor deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any tasty treats that are missing.

The Best Flavors of Kit Kat, Ranked,

Kit Kat

Cappuccino Kit Kat

Triple Berry Swirl Kit Kat

Double Cookie Kit Kat

Cafe Au Lait Kit Kat

Sweet Pudding Kit Kat

Strawberry Cheesecake Kit Kat

Strawberry Kit Kat

Salt And Caramel Kit Kat

Blueberry Cheesecake Kit Kat

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:26:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kit-kat-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[Every Flavor of Hubba Bubba, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-flavors-of-hubba-bubba/ranker-food?source=rss

It's sweet, it's chewy, and it's ready to be blown into bubbles. There's nothing quite like a piece of classic Hubba Bubba bubble gum. But what are the very best types of Hubba Bubba? After all, the brand offers flavors of every kind. Some delicious Hubba Bubba flavors are fruity, while other popular bubble gum flavors feature a classic taste. Many of the most popular Hubba Bubba flavors have been discontinued, but bubble gum fans still count them among the best.

What candies will you find on this list of the top Hubba Bubba flavors? Outrageous Original allows chewing fanatics to enjoy a tasty treat while blowing big bubbles. Hawaiian Punch Hubba Bubba is another popular flavor of gum. Cherry Dr. Pepper is a delicious flavor of soda, particularly when paired with bubble gum. Other good flavors of Hubba Bubba featured on this list include Crush Grape Hubba Bubba, Strawberry Hubba Bubba, and Pineapple Hubba Bubba.

Do you have a favorite flavor of Hubba Bubba? Vote the greatest gum varieties up to the top of this list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Every Flavor of Hubba Bubba, Ranked,

Dr. Pepper Cherry Hubba Bubba

Hawaiian Punch Hubba Bubba

Berry Hubba Bubba

Triple Treat Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape

Mystery Flavor Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape

Outrageous Original Hubba Bubba

Sour Blue Raspberry Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape

Pineapple Hubba Bubba

Cola Hubba Bubba

Strawberry Hubba Bubba

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:16:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-flavors-of-hubba-bubba/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Skoal Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-skoal-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

When it comes to dipping tobacco, it's hard to top Skoal. Since 1934, it's been enticing consumers with its smooth flavors of all types. The best Skoal flavors come in many forms. Some kinds of Skoal are fruity, while other popular Skoal tobacco flavors are full of minty freshness. Many of the most popular Skoal flavors have been discontinued, but tobacco fans still count them among the best.

What flavors will you find on this list of every Skoal flavor? Skoal Long Cut Peach Blend offers an appealing aroma to go with its rich tobacco taste. Wintergreen was one of the first flavors Skoal developed, and it is still among the brand's most popular flavors today. Those who like to add a bit of spice to their tobacco experience may enjoy Skoal's Dry Cinnamon Pouches. Other good Skoal flavors featured on this list include Skoal Snus Smooth Mint, Skoal Pouches Apple, and Skoal Long Cut Citrus Blend.

Do you have a favorite Skoal flavor? Give the best varieties a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Very Best Skoal Flavors,

Skoal Long Cut Peach Blend

Skoal Long Cut Citrus Blend

Skoal Long Cut Apple Blend

Skoal Long Cut Spearmint

Skoal Long Cut Cherry

Skoal Long Cut Straight

Skoal Long Cut Wintergreen

Skoal Bandits Mint

Skoal Pouches Citrus

Skoal Long Cut Vanilla Blend


Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:09:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-skoal-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Jell-O Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-jello-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

Jiggly, sweet, and refreshing, Jell-O has been a consumer favorite for decades. But what's the very best kind of Jell-O? It's hard to pick - the brand offers all types of desserts and puddings, and every flavor offers something a little bit different. Some delicious Jell-O flavors are fruity, while other popular Jell-O gelatin flavors are full of chocolaty goodness. Many of the most popular Jell-O flavors have been discontinued, but foodie fans still count them among the best.

What desserts will you find on this list of the top Jell-O flavors? Cherry Jell-O is a staple at backyard barbecues, and makes for a refreshing Jell-O shot for adults. Lemon-lime Jell-O is another one of the greatest flavors of the popular dessert. Bubble gum was a playful Jell-O flavor that has since been discontinued. Other good Jell-O flavors featured on this list include apricot, strawberry daiquiri, and watermelon.

Do you have a favorite Jell-O flavor? Vote the best varieties up to the top of this list, and share some of your go-to recipes in the comments section.

The Very Best Jell-O Flavors,

Sparkling White Grape Jell-O


Coffee Jell-O


Berry Blue Jell-O

Apricot Jell-O

Black Raspberry Jell-O


Orange-Banana Jell-O


Lemon-Lime Jell-O


Strawberry Daiquiri Jell-O

Strawberry Jell-O

Raspberry Jell-O

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:33:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-jello-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[20 Pics Of Common Fruits As You Know Them Compared to Their Undomesticated Forms]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/common-fruits-compared-to-undomesticated-forms/mariel-loveland?source=rss

Not too often does one see fruits in the wild, and if you did you might not recognize the undomesticated fruits that form the basis of the polished product of grocery stores (yes, apples are even waxed). Undomesticated fruits look a whole lot different - and in some cases are nowhere near as sweet as delicious domesticated fruits. Nowadays, grapes taste like cotton candy and apples never brown. Sorry to break it to you, but that comes from genetic modification and selective breeding. Wild fruits do not look or taste like that, ever. Period. So, what did fruits look like before domestication?

Well, nearly every fruit you see in the grocery store clocks in at no less than three times as large as their wild counterparts. They barely bruise, take way longer to rot, and are brightly colored to appeal to human tendencies toward bright objects. Basically, domesticated fruits the opposite of a genuine, wild fruit or veggie. Some people argue the genetic modification of human food supply is really dangerous, but others think it's no big deal. Seriously, who wouldn't want to eat a strawberry the size of an apple? The comparisons may be a bit alarming, but remember that when left in the wild all sorts of weird fruit can grow.

20 Pics Of Common Fruits As You Know Them Compared to Their Undomesticated Forms,

Bananas Had Large, Hard Seeds

Tomatos Looked Like Berries

Eggplants Look Like A Whole Different Fruit

Wild Lemons Are Less Aesthetically Pleasing

Today's Cabbage Is Extra Leafy

Domesticated Mangoes Are Supersized

Peaches Were Originally Small And Slightly Salty

The First Corn Was Barely Edible

Modern Watermelons Are All Flesh, No Seeds

Carrots Originally Took Two Years To Grow

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:29:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/common-fruits-compared-to-undomesticated-forms/mariel-loveland
<![CDATA[All The Ingredients Present In The Average Hot Dog, Ranked By "Oh No!" Factor]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/disgusting-hot-dog-ingredients/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Hot dogs are one of the greatest American foods. They're perfect in their simplicity: savory sausages in buns. But what's in a hot dog? Those seemingly basic sausages aren't just blank canvases awaiting hot dog toppings. Hot dogs are made through a process known as "meat emulsion," during which a mixture of protein, fat, and water is blended into a kind of meat batter and piped into a casing. Unfortunately, some gross hot dog ingredients go into that mixture. Even the best hot dog brands have some surprising additions to their recipes.

It’s safe to say that there are some unexpected things in hot dogs. Sure, all the ingredients in sausages are edible. But all of them, from the smallest cocktail wieners to the world's biggest hot dogs, contain some disgusting stuff. This list might just change your summer barbecue plans.

All The Ingredients Present In The Average Hot Dog, Ranked By "Oh No!" Factor,

Corn syrup

Is it really that shocking that there's corn syrup in hot dogs? It seems like the sweetener is in everything. According to the Daily Mail, "Corn syrup is added [to the hot dog recipe] for a touch of sweetness before the mixture is pureed to a 'fine emulsion.'"

Human DNA

To be clear, hot dogs do not contain human flesh. But research performed by Clear Labs found that 2% of all hot dogs contained human DNA. More troubling still, two-thirds of the wieners that were found to have human DNA were marketed as vegetarian hot dogs. Apparently the hot dog industry isn't immune to irony.


Antibiotics are more of a backdoor ingredient that ends up in your hot dog via the meat used to create it. On factory farms, antibiotics are fed to livestock to promote rapid growth. There's no way of knowing how much of those antibiotics survive the journey from cow to pink slime, but you likely end up consuming at least a little bit of that growth hormone.

Natural Sheep Casing

Natural sheep casing is one hot dog ingredient that is very straightforward, for better or worse. Natural sheep casing is made from the cleaned intestines of lambs, and it's the balloon-like structure that holds in the delicious mystery that is a hot dog.

Is it gross that you're eating a meat tube wrapped in intestines? Scots have been enjoying a version of this for hundreds of years, so it's really just a matter of what you can mentally and physically digest.


MSG is a flavor enhancer that's dumped into pretty much every processed food, including hot dogs. Dr. Russell Blaylock describes it as a part of "a group of excitatory amino acids that can cause sensitive neurons to die."

Sodium Nitrite

Sodium nitrite is a chemical used to cure meat and prevent botulism - but it's also responsible for the unnaturally pink color that you see in most hot dogs. Still, it's a small trade-off; sodium nitrite keeps hot dogs from going rancid.

Chicken Trimmings

Also known as "mechanically separated chicken," chicken trimmings are described by the USDA as "a paste-like and batter-like poultry product produced by forcing bones, with attached edible tissue, through a sieve or similar device under high pressure to separate bone from the edible tissue."

The resulting mixture is sometimes added to hot dog recipes. It was found in 10 samples of hot dogs tested by Clear Labs.


This ingredient is unsettling, to say the least. Under current U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines, many combinations of flavoring agents can simply be listed as "flavor" rather than being spelled out individually.

According to the Code of Federal Regulations, "If the flavor consists of two or more ingredients, the label either may declare each ingredient by its common or usual name or may state 'All flavor ingredients contained in this product are approved for use in a regulation of the Food and Drug Administration.'"

Variety Meats

Variety meats include ground-up livers, kidneys, and hearts, and according to Clear Labs, you can find them in pretty much every hot dog on the market. The next time you see "variety meats" advertised on the side of a pack of hot dogs, maybe reach for something a little more natural.


Pork may not seem like such a gross ingredient in a hot dog. But many people don't eat pork for religious or other dietary reasons, so it's troubling that 3% of the hot dogs advertised as "all beef" actually include pork.

How can a hot dog contain secret pork? According to a set of USDA rules from 1994, any meat that can be removed from the bone by "advanced meat recovery (AMM) machinery" can be added to a hot dog.

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:52:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/disgusting-hot-dog-ingredients/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[19 Hilarious Photos Of People Stoked Over Crappy Food]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-stoked-over-crappy-food/ashley-reign?source=rss

While no one deserves any shame for loving food, taking that love too far leads to some pretty awful food disasters. Have you ever found yourself in the throes of a Frankenstein-esque culinary creation, where your "expertise" led to a meal only college students would consider? And, be honest, were you psyched about your crappy food? Well if so, then you'll find like-minded company in the hysterical subreddit sh*ttyfoodporn, featuring bad food pictures that look like crimes against the kitchen. Though much of the food falls on the unhealthy side, it never dissuaded people from creating them in the first place.

Rest assured that the food of sh*ttyfoodporn will not fail to amuse even though it most definitely would fail a health inspection. Here you’ll find some of the most ridiculous food disasters ever to take place in the history of mankind. Be warned, however, that the viewing of the following "masterpieces" is not for the weak of heart nor those who always tapped out during the eating portion of Fear Factor. If you’re up to the challenge, strap on a bib, loosen your belt, and behold some terrible culinary creations that made somebody somewhere terribly happy.

19 Hilarious Photos Of People Stoked Over Crappy Food,

Yes, Yes It Is.

This Meal Literally Gets One Star

Another Way To Angel Hair

A Wimpy Waffle For A Wimpy Appetite

Found On Facebook With 54 Likes...

At Least He's Easy To Please?

Dare We Say It... Too Cheesy?

You Only Live Once, And Something Tells Us Not For Very Long

This Somehow Netted Over 10K Likes

Starbucks Gone Too Far

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:41:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/people-stoked-over-crappy-food/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Best-Tasting Types of Meat, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-meat-to-eat/ranker-food?source=rss

No other food satisfies quite like meat. If you've got a carnivorous appetite, this is the list for you. It's all about the best types of meat, from the lean and health-conscious to the marbled and flavorful. Many popular kinds of meat are available at your local grocery store, though you can hunt some of this game in the wild as well.

What different proteins will you find on this list of the best meat? Chicken is a diner favorite, whether it's grilled, fried, or poached. Beef is another popular and versatile meat to incorporate into a variety of cuisines, from burgers to barbecued ribs. Venison is a favorite protein among hunters and fans of game. Other good meats featured on this list include turkey, lamb, and pork.

Do you have a favorite meat? Give the best proteins a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and share some of your favorite recipes in the comments section.

The Best-Tasting Types of Meat, Ranked,







Lamb and mutton



American Bison

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:19:51 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-meat-to-eat/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Kinds of Fish to Eat, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kinds-of-fish-to-eat/ranker-food?source=rss

Fish adds a delicious touch to any fine meal. There are all kinds of edible fish, from lean and healthy types to richer, full-flavored varieties. Many common fish to eat are caught wild, though farm-raised fish bring even more variety to the dinner table.

What different types of protein will you find on this list of the best fish to eat? Salmon is a diner favorite, thanks to its taste and versatility. Whether you like your salmon grilled, smoked, or poached, this healthy fish makes a wonderful entree. Tuna is another popular fish to incorporate into a variety of cuisines. Red snapper is beloved among fans of sushi. Other good types of fish featured on this list include cod, halibut, and catfish.

Which fish do you think makes the best meal? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and share some of your favorite recipes in the comments section.

The Best Kinds of Fish to Eat, Ranked,

Red snapper









Rainbow Trout

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:04:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kinds-of-fish-to-eat/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Types of Pasta, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-pasta/ranker-food?source=rss

Whether you prefer to twirl it around a fork or slurp it up one noodle at a time, pasta makes a delicious meal. The best kinds of pasta come in many different forms. Some good styles of pasta are made with simple dough, while others are filled with savory ingredients. Pastas in all shapes and flavors are popular across the globe.

What delicious foods will you find on this list of the best pastas? Fresh or dried, classic spaghetti makes the perfect base for your favorite sauces. Wide, flat lasagna noodles are perfect for baked casserole recipes. Filled pastas, like ravioli, allow home cooks to combine meats, cheese, and herbs in bite-size mouthfuls. Other good noodles featured on this list include penne, tortiglioni, and elbow macaroni.

Which types of popular pasta do you think are the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Very Best Types of Pasta, Ranked,











Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:40:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-pasta/ranker-food
<![CDATA[17 Horrifying Disney Cake Disasters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/disney-cake-disasters/nathandavidson?source=rss

A little bit of flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract, and some serious mental disturbance appear to be the main ingredients used to create these Disney cake fails. Disney cakes are supposed to make every young child's birthday dreams come true, but somewhere along the line, these attempts at confectionery works of art became cake disasters capable of scarring a kid for life.

Though themed birthday cakes obviously present some challenges, the bakers who agree to the task should deliver the Disney they promised, not something that would be thrown out of the gates of the Magic Kingdom. The cake decorators responsible for the funny Disney cakes below should probably be barred from all Walt Disney theme parks and resorts for at least one year, or at the very least apologize to Mickey himself. 

17 Horrifying Disney Cake Disasters,

Minion Nightmares

You Jelly, Cinderelly?

Buzzed Lightyear

Elsa The Hutt

Kill It With Fire

The Little Derpmaid

Danger Mouse

Berz Lerghter To The Rescue

Plus-sized Princess

The Little Mermaid Monster

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:22:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/disney-cake-disasters/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[The Very Best Types of Dip, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-dip/ranker-food?source=rss

Chips and dip go together like peanut butter and jelly, or a burger and fries - and it's easy to dip fries, too. The best kinds of dip come in many different forms. Some good styles of dipping sauces are sweet and sugary while other delicious dips are savory and creamy. The most popular types of dipping sauce make a great complement to everything from tortilla chips to fresh vegetables.

What types of sauces will you find on this list of the best dips? Spicy, savory salsa is a delicious dip with Mexican food, as is creamy guacamole. Ketchup is America's go-to dip when it comes to a topping for french fries. Hummus - made with chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and other ingredients - is a creamy dip full of flavor and nutrients. Other top sauces featured on this best dip list include nacho cheese, artichoke dip, and buffalo sauce.

It's up to you to decide which dip deserves the top spot on the list. Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and please add any tasty sauces that are missing.

The Very Best Types of Dip, Ranked,

Barbecue sauce




Sour cream


Ranch dressing

Spinach Dip

Artichoke Dip

Nacho Cheese

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:44:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-dip/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Types of Cookies, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-cookies/ranker-food?source=rss

Be warned: this list might make your mouth water. It's all about different kinds of cookies, from the tried-and-true classics to global favorites. The best types of cookies come in many forms. Some good styles of cookies are soft and cake-like while other delicious cookies are crisp and crunchy. You could whip of many of these recipes in your kitchen if you're craving a sweet treat.

What baked goods will you find on this best cookies list? Chocolate chip cookies have pleased kids and adults alike for generations. Gingerbread cookies are popular around the holidays, as are festive rum balls. If you prefer to pick up your cookies at the store, you can't go wrong with Oreos. Other good treats on this list include peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodles, and animal crackers.

Which cookie is your favorite? Give the best desserts a thumbs up and share your go-to recipes in the comments section.

The Very Best Types of Cookies, Ranked,

Chocolate chip cookie



Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Animal Crackers

Sugar cookie


Sandwich Cookie

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 05:23:37 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-cookies/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Types of Candy, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-candy/ranker-food?source=rss

Whether they're sugary sweet, a little sour, or drizzled in chocolate, all different kinds of candy are irresistible. The best types of candy come in many forms. Maybe you're a fan of chewy caramels or taffies. Or perhaps you prefer candy varieties that are long-lasting - jawbreakers are your go-to treats. The most popular styles of candies have been around for many, many years.

What sweet treats will you find on this list of the best types of candy? Chocolate is many people's favorite dessert, whether it's dark, milk, or white. Jelly beans are another top candy that often appears children's Easter baskets, while candy canes are the perfect treat during the holiday season. Other good sweets featured on this best candy list include butterscotch, licorice, and gummy candy.

It's up to you to decide which candy deserves the top spot on this list. Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and please add any sweets that are missing.

The Very Best Types of Candy, Ranked,




Cotton candy


Gummy bear

Jelly bean


Rock candy

Sour Patch Kids

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 05:05:57 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-candy/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Very Best Types of Bread, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-bread/ranker-food?source=rss

From its just-baked aroma to its satisfying, chewy texture, bread is a true treat for the senses. But while all loaves are baked from dough, different kinds of breads are popular across the globe. Some good styles of bread are sweet and soft while other delicious breads are savory and full of robust flavors. The most popular types of bread often complement meals.

What types of baked goods will you find on this list of the best breads? White bread is a staple in American households, adding a classic taste to crisp toast and grilled cheese. French baguettes offer a touch more texture with their crackling crusts. When it comes to sweet breads, it's hard to top banana bread. Other good bakery items featured on this list include pumpernickel bread, challah bread, and focaccia bread.

Which type of bread would star in your favorite sandwich? Give your favorite varieties a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any tasty breads that are missing.

The Very Best Types of Bread, Ranked,



Banana bread








Mon, 09 Jan 2017 05:01:05 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-types-of-bread/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The World's Weirdest Fruits]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-looking-fruit/chwang?source=rss

Fruits come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but even some of the most delicious fruits are just plain weird. While it may taste amazingly sweet, surprisingly savory, or an odd mix of both (looking at you, Durian), the appearance of a fruit may shock your senses so much that it will be hard to take that first bite. 

Here, you'll find a list of the strangest-looking fruits from different pockets of the world - from Hawaii's beloved hala tree fruit to Southeast Asia's tropical carambola (starfruit). Vote up the ones that you find the weirdest. 


The World's Weirdest Fruits,






Akebia Quinata Fruit

Buddha's Hand

Limonia Acidissima

Monstera Deliciosa Fruit


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 05:51:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-looking-fruit/chwang
<![CDATA[Horrifying Restaurant Foods You Can Actually Order In The USA]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/horrifying-usa-foods/laura-allan?source=rss

We all have that one weird food that we love even though some people might think it's gross. Maybe you like mayonnaise with your PB&J, or maybe you like everything doused in ranch dressing - no judgment. Rest assured, you're not alone. There are plenty of disgusting things you can eat - and some of them are even available as restaurant delicacies around the world. But you don't need to travel to France or China to get a taste of these recipes. Some of these extremely cultural cuisines are offered in restaurants all over the US. 

There are some nasty things you can eat at restaurants that would make most people cringe. In some parts of the world, you can order just about any thing. And some of those horrifying meals are offered as disgusting restaurant foods in right in your backyard. Some of the grossest foods in the world are considered signature dishes in the restaurants - including some restaurants right here in the US of A. And hey, who knows, maybe after reading this you'll find something you never knew you wanted to try (or not.) 

Horrifying Restaurant Foods You Can Actually Order In The USA,

Bird's Nest Soup

Surprisingly, bird's nest soup doesn't involve real birds nests. In reality, the recipe is so much grosser. In order to make bird's nest soup, chefs take the saliva of a bird then dry it periodically into a solid substance. Then it's used as a flavoring and texture additive to soup, and it supposedly is pretty delicious. That's right, whenever you eat this soup, you're actually eating bird spit. 

It's expensive and uncommon, but you can find it in some Asian restaurants in the United States if you know where to look. Some cultures also believe the soup is used to strengthen the immune system and help with digestion, though whether that's true is up for debate.

Jellied Moose Nose

Go ahead, read that title a few more times - it says exactly what you think it does. Jellied moose nose is actually a classic and culturally traditional recipe for hunters, specifically in Alaska, though it is served in restaurants in several other states as well. The two main ingredients are vinegar and time (well, and a moose nose,) and it's definitely an acquired taste. To make this dish, you take a moose's nose and you cook it into a jelly, then wait until it's a cool, jiggly Jello-like dish. You can make it yourself at home, which might be a good idea, because it's very expensive in restaurants. 


Many people eat eggs, but few people eat eggs that actually have a baby animal inside. That would be gross, right? Not to those who enjoy balut. This dish usually takes fertilized duck eggs and leaves them to incubate for 18 days until there's a well-developed fetus inside. Then the egg is cooked and served, and you just eat the whole thing, bones and all. The flavor is supposed to be a strong one, the texture is less than palatable, and the food is very rich. You can buy the eggs to prepare yourself in some Asian markets, but a few restaurants in New York and California still have it on the menu. 


If you've seen Rocky Mountain oysters on a menu before, you've been to a restuarant that serves bull testicles. These delicacies are usually deep fried or baked, but either way, you're eating bull balls. They're on the menu in many Southern and Midwestern cities, and some people actually really enjoy them. Bull testicles aren't the only type of balls people enjoy eating in the United States. Goats, lambs, roosters, and even ducks have their gonads served up in various dishes.


While this dish is extremely rare in the United States, there have been restaurants that have made it at least once. A few high-end chefs have brought in small stashes of escamoles for tastings in restaurants because they're considered a delicacy south of the border.

Escamoles are a dish served more commonly in Mexico and are known by a much more distressing name: ant eggs. What is escamole? It's basically ant caviar - edible larvae and pupae of ants. When eaten, tt is known to have a sensation much like that of some fish caviar, where the eggs actually pop in your mouth and have a lightly peppery flavor. As we said, this is a bit of a delicacy, even in Mexico, so it'll be a serious search to find it. If you want to find it, that is.

Live Octopus Parts

When you cut up a live octopus, parts of it don't exactly die. In fact, they continue to squirm around, wiggle, and even try to grab things. This knowledge alone is pretty horrifying, so that makes the fact restaurants actually serve still-squirming octopus parts as a dish even more so. At some high-end sushi restaurants, as well as at Korean restaurants where it's called Sannakji, you can order a plate of tiny octopus tentacles completely raw and still moving. The parts will try to cling to your face and throat as you try to swallow, and you'll feel them wiggle all the way down. Er... yum? 

Pig's Blood Ice Cream

When you think of ingredients for an ice cream sundae, what generally comes to mind? Cream, sugar, maybe chocolate or some other tasty flavor. What doesn't come to mind is pigs blood, but that's exactly what you can get at one small Washington DC restaurant. The Pig is a restaurant that uses all parts of the pig including the blood, and it's actually pretty well-known for this dish. Most people say the ice cream is pretty tasty. The owners say the blood is only really used as a thickener, and you don't really taste any blood in it. If you're in the area, and you're bold, you'll just have to taste it and see if the critics are right.

Drunken Shrimp

You might think this menu item that involves beer-battered shrimp, but that's not these kind of drunken shrimp. A plate of drunken shrimp is a Chinese dish that's pretty hard to find in the United States, but if you look hard enough, it's there. The dish is made by soaking live freshwater shrimp in booze until they're good and tipsy. This stuns them and makes it harder for them to move around. Then they're spiced and served. That's it. No cooking. You just grab a shrimp and eat it down raw, if you have the nerve for it. 


Ikizukuri is a dish that involves taking a live fish or lobster, fileting it while it is still alive, then serving it while it is still squirming and its heart is still beating. You then eat its meat, little by little, enjoying the fish before it dies. In some cases, chefs even return the animal to the tank to recover a little before you finish eating it. It's hard to find any place in the United States that serves this dish, and there's a huge push to have it banned entirely. But if you're in New York, the Jewel Bako does serve Ikisukuri sometimes. 

The Quadruple Bypass Burger

Pretty much everything at the Heart Attack Grill could honestly be on this list. The Las Vegas restaurant uses butter in milkshakes, fries their fries in lard, and has one of the most horrifying burgers in the existence of the world. The Quadruple Bypass burger is the world-record holder for the highest calorie burger at a whopping 20,000 calories. To eat this, you have to sign a waiver. The reason for this is that people have, in fact, died eating this burger before, and it can cause serious health problems. Still, this doesn't stop this mass of fat and meat from being a bucket list item for many people.

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:30:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/horrifying-usa-foods/laura-allan
<![CDATA[15 Totally Frivolous Foods The French Upperclass Ate While The Peasants Starved]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-aristocrats-ate-in-pre-revolutionary-france/setareh-janda?source=rss

Perhaps nothing was more decadent about aristocrats before the French Revolution than their over-the-top meals; the things French aristocrats ate even make modern Americans looks like humble cuisine ascetics. Foods before the French Revolution were a dizzying array of savories and sweets. Aristocrats of the ancien regime - or "old order," the elite French world before the revolution - tended to have elaborate meals, thanks to the fact that they could afford it; they could buy expensive ingredients and hire master chefs to create mouth-watering dishes.

Indeed, if cuisine was a mark of social status, then food itself played a huge role in the French Revolution. In the years preceding revolution, grain prices and famine caused widespread resentment towards the seemingly decadent aristocracy. When market women marched on Versailles in October 1789, they did so because they were angry that they could not afford bread to feed their families.

Though Marie Antoinette - the ill-fated French queen who would lose her head to the guillotine in 1793 - may not have ever said, "Let them eat cake," her diet was nonetheless worlds apart from what ordinary French men and women ate. It was good to be the king or the queen, simply because they got to eat so very well.

15 Totally Frivolous Foods The French Upperclass Ate While The Peasants Starved,

Marie Antoinette Would Only Drink Special Spring Water

Drinking water in an age before mass purification could be a risky business. So it's no surprise that Queen Marie Antoinette was persnickety about her water. The only water that did not make her ill was from a spring at Ville d'Avray, near Versailles. The fact that Marie Antonette drank pure water from a spring spoke volumes about class and privilege in an age when such delights were reserved for the wealthy. She was even allowed Ville d'Avray water when she was imprisoned during the French Revolution.

Louis XIV's Court Feasted On Poached Truffles

Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles was basically an aristocratic universe of ritual and decadence - with Louis firmly at the center. Like Louis himself, who took dinner alone in his chambers in a highly ritualized manner, the courtiers of Versailles ate well. The food was just as over-the-top as their costumes and hair styles, especially since aristocrats tried to one-up each other with their menus. On the menu at the Marquis de Louvois's banquet in 1690, for example, were poached truffles. Truffles - which are decadent and expensive even today - would have been a delicious treat for the Marquis's hyper-privileged guests. Interestingly, in the preceding centuries, aristocrats would not be caught dead eating truffles; since they came from the ground, they had been considered to be peasant food.

They Ate Rolls Stuffed With Truffles And Cream Cheese

The croquette - a savory, breaded roll filled with meat - was hardly unique to France. In fact, versions of it exist in one form or another all around the world. But, François Massialot, one of the talented chefs working at Versailles, developed his own version, and the recipe appears in his cookbook, first published in 1691. Massialot's version was stuffed with a ragout, but he also made it with truffles and cream cheese.

Oysters Were Worth Dying For

Oysters continue to appear on modern tables, but the aristocrats of pre-Revolutionary France went wild for them. Getting oysters and other seafood to the tables of the titled was no easy feat - fishermen and sellers in Paris developed a system over time that got seafood to the Paris markets early in the morning so that it could reach the aristocrats later in the day. 

So beloved were oysters amongst French high society that ensuring one's employer had a ready supply of them was sometimes a stressful task. One chef - François Vatel - actually killed himself with his own sword after a delivery for a banquet failed to arrive on schedule.

Breaded Foie Gras Had A Place On The Royal Table

Marie Antoinette was never really comfortable with the elaborate public dinners that had become ritualized at Versailles. In fact, she rarely ate in public and preferred to eat in private. At the same time, she was known to have some decadent meals from time to time. Among them was breaded foie gras, which was probably as decadent as one can imagine.

One Royal Mistress Once Dined On A Bird Stomach

Madame de Pompadour was one of the most influential women of the 18th century. She was Louis XV's mistress, and her power extended far beyond the royal bedchamber. As a patron of the arts, she often entertained and even employed her own chef. Among the food prepared for Pompadour and her guests was "stomachs of riverside birds with sand-leek sauce." As unappetizing as that sounds, it's also an important lesson: by the middle of the 18th century, elite French men and women often crafted their menus for the effect and shock value, rather than for the food itself.

Marie Antoinette Drank Her Hot Chocolate With Orange Blossoms

When Marie Antoinette - a young princess from Vienna - arrived at the French court, she didn't come alone. In her retinue was none other than her personal chocolate chef. Among the many concoctions he whipped up for the queen was chocolate with orange blossoms, which yielded a rich, citrusy flavor. Marie Antoinette's love of chocolate was hardly unique amongst the ancien regime - men, women, and children in the 18th century had become wild about chocolate, and it was decidedly a treat reserved for the wealthy.

They Pioneered Champagne Toasts On New Years Eve

Though all expensive wines were welcome at Versailles, one towered over the rest: champagne. Following techniques introduced by a monk, Dom Pérignon, in the 17th century, champagne became a popular drink amongst the well-heeled. Louis XIV also notably loved champagne. Love of champagne at Versailles would outlast the Sun King. Rumor has it that Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette rang in the new year with champagne, thus starting a New Year's tradition that continues today.

Chicken Cooked In Lamb Bladders Was A Fun Elite Treat

The 18th century saw an increase in the number of cookbooks that were published. These were not modern cookbooks, however. Often, directions were vague, and they did not use standard measurements. Still, these cookbooks are a window into a whimsical world of cooking in the 18th century, especially as cooks played to elite diners' appetites for novelty foods that would surprise their guests. One such dish was "chicken in bagpipes. Essentially, this dish involved chickens that were cooked in lamb bladders, which the cook was supposed to blow up (the pipes, get it?).

French Elites Loved Brioche In The 18th Century

Brioche has a long history: the word was actually first used all the way back in the 15th century. But brioche as a rich, buttery bread began to develop in the 18th century. French aristocrats in particular fell hard for this hunk of bready goodness. Aristocrats could afford more butter and flour, so their brioches were far richer and more heavenly than those of the lower classes. 

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 03:41:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/what-aristocrats-ate-in-pre-revolutionary-france/setareh-janda
<![CDATA[15 Disgusting Foods People Really Ate In 18th Century America]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-people-ate-in-colonial-america/setareh-janda?source=rss

What did people eat in the Colonies? The answer may surprise you. Though popular imagination remembers Colonial America for its quaint tea, ginger cakes, and pudding, the tastes of early Americans were actually far more exotic and fascinating than they may first appear. Colonial-era food was complex, resourceful, and - in some ways - worldly, as early Americans inherited the tastes and recipes of the British culinary tradition, while putting their own spin on it.

Just like foods from around the world that you may not want to try, food in Colonial America might also seem over-the-top or unappetizing to modern tastes. Many foods that Colonists loved are no longer made today for a variety of reasons. On the other hand, some foods have survived. Though Colonial Americans proclaimed in 1776 that all men are created equal, all food dishes, it seems, are not.

Crazy Colonial food recipes thus provide an interesting and entertaining window into one of the most important facets of life in the Colonial Era: what people ate. The story of food in Colonial America isn't just about what was on the supper table. Like the culinary profile of any period (like, the Great Depression, to name one example), it's also a story of class, taste, culture, and empire.

15 Disgusting Foods People Really Ate In 18th Century America,

Calf's Foot Jelly, A Special Treat You Could Get Just From Boiling A Hoof

Molded gelatins and jellies were all the rage on both sides of the Atlantic in the 18th century. Calf's foot jelly, in particular, was a well known dish. And it's exactly what it sounds like: a gelatin that emerges while boiling the hoof of a calf. Early Americans believed calf's foot jelly was even good for the sick

English Katchup, A Slurry Of Mushrooms, Walnuts, Oysters, And Anchovies

The ketchup we know and love today bears virtually no resemblance to the "katchup" that Colonial Americans enjoyed in the 18th century. Their katchup wasn't even tomato-based. In fact, it was an Asian-inspired sauce made from a mixture of ingredients, like mushrooms, walnuts, oysters, and anchovies. One recipe for katchup from Colonial Williamsburg calls for an equally bizarre combination of vinegar, white wine, cloves, ginger, anchovies, horseradish, and nutmeg. Colonial Americans would then eat the savory sauce on meat or fish.

Lobster, A Dish Best Served To Poor People, Slaves, And Prisoners

Though some foods have remained constant over the centuries, the meanings and associations of those foods have changed dramatically. For most contemporary Americans, lobster connotes an expensive, splurge-worthy meal. Not so for early Americans. The British North American Colonies clung to the Atlantic seaboard, making seafood common. There was no more common food - in all senses of the word - than the then-lowly lobster. In fact, lobster as a meal was associated with the vulgar lower classes of Colonial America. Lobsters were so cheap, in fact, that they were used to feed slaves and prisoners.

Stewed Swan, A Beloved Transatlantic Dish

Colonial men and women enjoyed a wide variety of specialty meats that have since fallen off the American menu. Take the swan, for example. Today, eating what many consider to be the graceful, elegant swan would probably create an outrage. But Colonial Americans didn't think that way. Stewed swan was one of many dishes that Colonists actually copied from England.

Applejack, Hard Apple Cider On Steroids

Fun fact: apples were not native to North America. Settlers from England actually brought the tree with them, and apples quickly became a dependable, multi-purpose food staple for Colonists. Perhaps the most interesting apple incarnation was applejack, which was basically a hard apple cider on steroids. Colonists created applejack by freezing hard cider. The process of freeze-distillation would jack up the alcohol content of the beverage. Though Colonists consumed quite a bit of alcohol, and drinking applejack was like downing many glasses of alcohol at once: applejack was roughly 30% alcohol. 

Oyster Ice Cream, Dolley Madison's Dessert Of Choice

By the second half of the 18th century, ice cream was becoming a beloved - if decadent - dessert. Without modern freezers, however, it was difficult to prepare and keep ice cream, though many notable early Americans did. It just took a massive ice house and a large enough staff to keep large chunks of frozen water around to maintain it. Thomas Jefferson and the Washingtons famously loved ice cream. Some liked to experiment with different ice cream flavors. One such flavor: ice cream flavored with oysters, which Dolley Madison supposedly favored. She would churn up the "small, sweet" ones from the nearby Potomac River into a... unique after-dinner sweet.

Pepper Cake, A Treat You Could Keep In The Pantry For "Halfe" A Year

Colonial Americans may have had some of the same ingredients we use today - but that doesn't mean they used them like we do. Case in point: Martha Washington's Pepper Cake recipe from her cookbook, A Booke of Cookery. Pepper, a newly acquired spice from India that could be used to show off a hostess's fancy-schmancy social status, went into the cake alongside sweet ingredients like molasses. And here's the kicker - these little babies could (and were meant to) last for "a Quarter or Halfe a Year." Like many in the 18th century, Martha Washington liked to put pepper into things we might not think to add it to, especially sweet, dessert-like concoctions. 

Eel Pie, So Prized Colonists Would Use Lobsters In Eel Traps

Colonial Americans were wild about eel. It was especially consumed in New England, where Colonists would use lobster as bait in eel traps (my, how the tables have turned). Though eel can be eaten any number of ways, eel pie was a popular way of cooking up the sea creature. One recipe for eel pie even goes back to the 17th century.

Beaver Tail, Some Delicious "Gamey-Tasting Fat"

The huge population of beaver in North America meant that the Great Lakes region hosted a booming fur trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. It should come as no surprise, then, that beaver meat was also consumed. Beaver tail was a particular - and peculiar - delicacy in Colonial America. The meat was very fatty and typically roasted, and it has been described by at least one contemporary cookbook writer as "essentially gamey-tasting fat." 

Chocolate Mixed With Whale Vomit, A Decadent Delight

Whale vomit? One of history's most stomach-churning food additives is known as ambergris and, in essence, it's expensive whale spit-up - and men and women in the 18th century loved to add it to their food for a decadent treat. Adding ambergris to chocolate was a European import. First developed in Europe in the 17th century, the recipe spread. Pretty soon, cooks in Colonial North America were flavoring their chocolate with ambergris, too, thanks in no small part to the growing whaling industry in New England.

Today, ambergris is used as an ingredient in lots of expensive perfumes, thanks to its musky odor and attractant properties. And, you can still get in fancy hot chocolates some places if the urge ever strikes.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:11:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/what-people-ate-in-colonial-america/setareh-janda
<![CDATA[The 15 Most Bizarre Competitive Eating Contests In History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bizarre-competitive-eating-contests-in-history/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Competitive eating seems like a purely modern invention. Mass production and the rise of the fast food industry means that more food is readily available to stuff into your face as rapidly as possible. But in reality, weird competitive eating contests have been held since the 1800s, and some are recorded even earlier. The history of professional eating contests shows how this odd activity morphed from fringe pastime to nationally-televised sensation.

Strange competitive eating contests forced contestants to overindulge in some pretty odd stuff. Sure, platefuls of spaghetti and slabs of pies are delicious, but could you swallow helping after helping of stinging nettles? How about raw meat? These foods and more all appeared at eating competitions at local fairs or big gatherings.

Over time, what began as a way to have a little fun morphed into a very lucrative business for some competitive eaters. But the most bizarre of eating contests weren't about the prize money - they were about local flavor and having a good time.

The 15 Most Bizarre Competitive Eating Contests In History,

The Pasta-Eating Contest That Pitted Man Against Ostrich

On April 3, 1919, a particularly unusual eating competition was held at the South Side Pavilion in Jackson, Florida. The co-owner of the Yankees, Colonel T.L. Huston decided to pit New York Yankees outfielder Ping Bodie against an ostrich named Percy, advertised as "the best eater in the world."

People bet heavily on the ostrich, and the competition was going well until the tenth bowl of spaghetti. Then, Percy began to grow noticeably sick. A spectator supposedly yelled, "Do you want your bird killed?" On the eleventh bowl, Percy stopped eating, staggered off stage, and collapsed. Bodie was declared the winner, and the ostrich supposedly died.

The Thanksgiving Day Breakfast-Eating Contest

On Thanksgiving day in 1929, while the rest of the world was eating turkey and stuffing, a 110-pound woman named Olga Cinek was trouncing a man in a breakfast eating competition. A headline in the Atlanta Constitution read "Little Woman Beats Husky Man in Eating Contest," after Cinek devoured 27 pancakes and 23 sausages, and drank six cups of coffee.

The Stinging Nettle-Eating Competition

This painful eating competition began in 1986, when an English farmer said that if anyone could show him stinging nettles larger than his own 15-foot-6-inch specimens, he would eat his plants raw. When another farmer showed up with a 16-foot nettle stalk, the annual stinging nettle eating contest was born. Every year before the summer solstice in Marshwood, England, eaters from all over the country attempt to consume the most of the prickling weeds.

The contest takes place over one hour. Contestants cannot take bathroom breaks, and only receive beer to soothe their stinging mouths. In 2002, Simon Sleigh, an organic vegetable farmer from the village of Hawkchurch in Devon, ate 76 feet of stinging nettles to win a small trophy and £100.

The Manhattan Fat Men's Club Eating Contest

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the existence of a "Fat Man's Club" wasn't unusual. These clubs catered to larger framed men, welcoming them in with the motto "We're fat and we're making the most of it." You had to be at least 200 pounds to join, and membership required a $1 entrance fee and the sharing of a secret handshake and password.

In 1909, the Manhattan Fat Men's Club hosted a competitive eating event between three men. The winner, 380-pound former alderman Frank J. Dotzler, finished off 275 oysters, more than 8 pounds of steak, 12 rolls, 11 cups of coffee, and three pies for a prize of $50.

The One-Man Peep-Eating Challenge

In 2016, competitive eater Matt Stonie, AKA "Megatoad," took his world record eating skills to YouTube. He posted a video of himself eating 200 Peeps in just over 14 minutes, which was double his previous record.


The Elver-Eating Competition

Elvers are a type of eel, and they're something of a delicacy in southern England. In the early 20th century, it was a Gloucestershire tradition to host an elver eating competition to see who could eat one pound of eel the fastest.

Due to over fishing, elver numbers sharply declined in the '70s, and the eating contest had to be canceled in the mid-'80s. The competition was revived in the 2000s, when Gloucestershire residents began to import faux elvers from Spain, made of fish and shaped into "eel-like" forms.

The Deadly Onigiri Speed-Eating Contest

During a 2016 onigiri-eating contest in Hikone, Japan, a 28-year-old man choked to death on a rice ball while trying to eat five of them in three minutes. The contest was being held to promote local farm products, including the Oumimai rice brand based in Hikone.

A representative for the event described the shock of the horrible accident: "We had prepared tea and had considered safety issues so as not to have any emergencies, but this is a serious blow."

The Alferd Packer Day Raw Meat-Eating Contest

The 19th century prospector Alfred "Alferd" Packer is something of an infamous figure in Colorado. He confessed to eating a group of his fellow prospectors to survive a blizzard, and ended up in jail until 1901.

Decades after his death, the University of Colorado named their cafeteria the Alferd G. Packer Memorial Grill and began holding an annual Alferd Packer Day. In the '70s, students celebrated the unofficial holiday by taking part in a raw meat-eating contest. Over the years, the event has become a regular eating contest.

The Nattō Speed-Eating Contest

You've probably never had nattō, a Japanese food made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilis. Nattō has a sticky-stringy texture, a fermented-cheese-like flavor, and has been described as "utterly repellent." Public opinion in Japan is divided on the food, but in Mito, there's a yearly competition to see who can eat an entire bowl of nattō in the least amount of time.

The Feasts Of The 17th Century Great Eater

One of the first recorded competitive eating champions was a man from Kent, England named Nicholas Wood. He became locally famous for his gigantic meals, and was rumored to be able to down seven dozen rabbits in one sitting - not to mention 60 eggs, a good portion of a lamb, and a handful of pies.

English poet John Taylor witnessed one of Wood's chow downs and tried to make a buck off the man's impressive appetite, becoming his representative and dubbing him "The Great Eater" and "The Kentish Tenterbelly." However, Wood's most memorable episode might be one of his failures. At one of his appearances, Wood ate so much that he passed out. When he woke up, his host put him in the stocks for failing to eat everything on the table.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:57:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/bizarre-competitive-eating-contests-in-history/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most Disgusting Ice Cream Flavors Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-ice-cream-flavors/nathandavidson?source=rss

I scream, you scream, we all scream at the sight of these disturbing ice cream flavors! You're about to take a magical journey through the worst ice cream flavors from around the world, guaranteed to terrify your taste buds. Everything from "savory" flavors like "Chicken Wing" to rather confusing flavors like "Viagra" to gross flavors like "Baby Gaga Breast Milk" are here for your viewing (dis)pleasure in one convenient, nasty photo gallery like a bootleg Baskin Robbins display.

Ice cream has come a long way since the days of plain vanilla and chocolate, perhaps too far. Take a gander at these bold choices of ice cream flavors, and consider if you'd ever take a first date to one of these parlors.

The Most Disgusting Ice Cream Flavors Ever,

Viagra Ice Cream

Beer Ice Cream

Pit Viper Ice Cream

Neither Fish Nor Fowl

Crushed Wasabi Peas Ice Cream

Deep Fried Oyster Ice Cream

Horsemeat Ice Cream

Cold Wings

Not The Breast Idea

Anti-Dracula Ice Cream

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:34:10 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-ice-cream-flavors/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[The Best Non-Meat Sources of Protein]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/non-meat-sources-of-protein/carlybobarly?source=rss

Protein: a buzzword in the 21st century conversation about health and nutrition, especially when it comes to weight loss. Though the concept of "protein" has erroneously become synonymous with "meat," any person can consume more than enough protein from a plant-based diet. This is a list of good vegan sources of protein, including information about the amount of protein each vegetable has per serving. After all, you might not need to eat nearly as much protein as you think - and your quest for meat to "fill you up" can quickly derail your diet.

"How much protein do I need?" The standard formula to determine protein needs is: body weight (in lbs.) x 0.36 = # of grams or protein per day. Therefore, a person who weighs 120 lbs. should shoot for 43g, a 150 lb. person needs 54g, a 180 lb. person should eat 64.8g, a 210 lb. person needs 75.6g, etc. As any body-conscious person knows, weight loss can only happen when the body uses more calories than it consumes. Unfortunately, meat and other-animal based products - while high in protein - are also very dense in calories. A single chicken nugget may contain 3g of protein, but it is also nearly 60 calories. On the other hand, a whole cup of Brussels sprouts contains the same amount of protein, but only 38 calories. 

Are you picturing this math? "Great," you might be thinking. "I can get the same amount of protein while eating less food." That is, you can eat one chicken nugget instead of eating a whole cup of Brussels sprouts. Maybe this is a bad example, because life is not all McNuggets or Brussels sprouts... Anyway, here is the real question: Do you hate food? Do you hate eating? Why would you want to eat less food? Why would anyone? Food is great! Eating food is one of the best things about being alive. If anything, you probably want to eat more food. Just as much food as you can manage to shove into your face.

How can you eat MORE FOOD without destroying your body? Eat whole plant-based foods. Get your protein from nutrient-rich, low-calorie vegetables, legumes, nuts & nut butters, and whole grains. "But but but," you are saying, "carbs!!!" Well, just as "protein" does not mean "meat," "whole grains" does not mean "processed whole grain bread or bagels or delicious Triscuits." Whole grains are actual plants, like quinoa and oats and wild rice. These foods are high in fiber, which means it is easy for your body to, ahem, use the calories in them. Whole grains have protein AND fiber in them. So do leafy greens, beans, seeds, cruciferous vegetables, and pretty much every other edible plant under the sun. Go ahead and fill your whole plate with raw or steamed plants, eat them all, and then go back and get seconds. If you are still not ~full~, go get thirds. Skip the carne asada, the shawarma, and the pepperoni. You really don't need it. (Also, don't drown your good, healthy vegetarian proteins with ranch dressing. That is not even food, and you know it.)

The Best Non-Meat Sources of Protein,

2.6g protein / cup
39g protein / cup
18g protein / cup
6g protein / cup
7.9g protein/ cup
3g protein / cup
8g protein / cup
0.9g protein / cup
Black bean
39g protein / cup
Whole Grains
3.8g protein / oz.

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:13:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/non-meat-sources-of-protein/carlybobarly
<![CDATA[15 Aphrodisiacs And What They Actually Do To Your Body]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/which-aphrodisiacs-work-best/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Sex is already weird enough, but just knowing that there are some things out there that can make you better at sex, or at least more likely to want to have sex, somehow makes intercourse even more complicated. Aphrodisiacs are a food, drug, or drink that stimulates sexual desire, but finding aphrodisiacs that work can be almost impossible. There are plenty of natural libido stimulants, but some of them require that you gobble up massive amounts of a weird ingredient, and others may not work with your specific chemical makeup. Rather than have you go out into the world and jam every purported aphrodisiac into your face, this list of aphrodisiacs should be used to help you make an informed decision about which one is for you.

At some point in every person’s life they have to ask themselves, “Am I more of a cobra blood or more of an avocado person?” Everyone has been there, but instead of rushing out to the jungles of Asia to fight a cobra and drink its blood, why not just read about which aphrodisiacs work before you go out and try them all yourself?

If you’re worried about what you’re putting in your body, there are plenty of natural aphrodisiacs that you can use to turn yourself into Austin Powers, and you probably have a few of these things around the house. Cuddle up with the sexual partner of your choice, split a plate of fugu, and start reading about which aphrodisiacs work the best. 

15 Aphrodisiacs And What They Actually Do To Your Body,


The nutrients in an avocado are absolutely essential to sexual health even if you're not eating them to become an Aztec sex god. Avocados contain high levels of beta carotene, magnesium and vitamin E, which is the most sexy of vitamins. Avocados also have more potassium than a raw banana and 2.4 grams of protein in every 1/2 cup, so even if you're not eating guacamole to become an anthropomorphized Barry White song you'll still feel really good about yourself. Also they look like something that Georgie O'Keeffe would have painted and you know she liked to f*ck. 


Here's the thing, if bananas weren't an aphrodisiac every ancient race of people who thought they were because they look ultra-phallic would feel so dumb. Luckily science has backed up the dirty imaginations of every sex philosopher in history by stating that bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, which are necessary for sex-hormone production. It also contains the enzyme, bromelain which can be great for the production of testosterone. Glad that got cleared up. 



Have you been trying to figure out a way to cut calories while boosting your libido? Consider adding some celery to your diet. Guys have been eating celery in order to cure their impotence since at least the 18th century, and to be completely crass about the entire thing - guys in porn eat a bunch of celery in order to build up semen volume. Sorry that you had to read that sentence.

Chili pepper

The science of whether chili peppers actually get you in the mood is dubious at best, but peppers do make you hot, increase your heart rate, and have been found to raise endorphins. So maybe chili peppers do nudge you into wanting to take off your jacket, or cool your burning mouth with a kiss from a random stranger, but do they turn you on any more than any song off of Californication? Try it out and let us know in the comments. 


It makes sense that people associate cinnamon with getting sexy. It makes you feel warm, it wakes you up, and if you have too much of it you can have a coughing fit (just like the best sex). But it turns out that it's not the taste of cinnamon that turns people on, it's the smell that turns people into a slightly sexier version of themselves. But if you're not into cinnamon, catching a whiff of snickerdoodle cookies probably isn't going to do anything for you. 


Why are old guys throwing away their hard-earned cash on medicine that restarts their long forgotten penises when they can just eat watermelon all day long? According to researchers at Texas A&M (the horniest of colleges), watermelon helps relax the body's blood vessels - much like Viagra - and it may even increase libido. Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station notes that, "Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side-effects.” You can blame big Pharma from sweeping this information under the rug. 


In 2005 a joint team of very sexy American and Italian researchers analyzed oysters and other bivalve mollusks, and found they were rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones. The scientists were strict about the fact that the oysters have to be eaten raw to be most effective because cooking them reduces the quantity of D-Asp and NDMA molecules. But the one thing they don't mention is how many raw oysters you have to eat before you become a raging sex maniac. It's probably somewhere between 7 and 300.

Marijuana Gets Your Junk High

Scientists wearing tie dye lab coats have been trying to discern whether or not marijuana has any aphrodisiac qualities for decades, but the stigma of the drug has probably kept this very important project from being funded. Research has shown that because one of the active ingredients in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical that stimulates the release of dopamine, it's likely that low to moderate dosage of marijuana can enhance sexual experiences. So if you're in California, Colorado, or Washington (and of age in those particular states) give it a shot, you may never have sex sober again. 

Rhino Horn Is Probably A Terrible Aphrodisiac

There have been rumors that rhino horn is the thing to shove into your body if you need pump up your libido, and while the horn is made of calcium and phosphorus, which can lead to an increase in stamina if you take a massive amount, it's unlikely that you can fix your garbage body by killing a rhino for its horn. You're better off taking a calcium supplement, it's cheaper and certainly works better. 

Were the Beastie Boys Right About Spanish Fly?

Until now you either didn't know that Spanish Fly was actually a thing, or you weren't even aware that it existed. Spanish Fly is made from a beetle that secretes cantharidin, an acidic juice, when it's threatened. Instead of following a pack of beetles around and scaring them with a Creature from the Black Lagoon mask, they're actually killed, dried, and crushed into a powder.

People drink the powder, and then they get super horny. Just kidding, people who ingest Spanish Fly get an intense burning in their urogenital tract, and their genitals swell into a painful erection that is probably more like a David Cronenberg film than anything else. That nightmare scenario led to the belief that there were aphrodisiac qualities to the drug, but now most people know that it leads to kidney problems, severe gastrointestinal disturbances, convulsions and even death. Hawt. 

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:45:37 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/which-aphrodisiacs-work-best/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[14 Extremely Stupid Dieting Fads From History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-diet-trends-and-fads-from-history/lea-rose-emery?source=rss

There's no shortage of weird diet trends. Whether you want to eat like a caveman, only eat super foods, or cleanse yourself within an inch of godliness, there's some diet out there for you - along with, of course, some annoying friend who has nothing else to talk about besides their latest all-juice fast. But it's not just a modern problem. Although the most common fad diets you've heard about may have been Atkins and gluten-free, you may be surprised to hear what came before. These crazy diets aren't new - and neither is the idea of celebrity trend setters influencing what people eat. There have been plenty of weird diet fads for centuries, some so disgusting they make a maple syrup, lemon, and cayenne pepper drink look downright scrumptious. 

Don't get any ideas, because some of the crazy diets on this list are also downright dangerous. What these diets demonstrate is just how far (and how illogical) people will go in order to lose a few pounds. Most of these will make you grateful for Weight Watchers, because counting points is way better than poisoning yourself to speed up your metabolism. (Yup, that really happened.) The search for the miracle diet has been going on for centuries, and it continues. Until it's discovered, we'll all just have to keep suffering through brick-flavored gluten free bread. 

14 Extremely Stupid Dieting Fads From History,

The "La Mar Reducing Soap" That Let You Wash The Fat Right Off

There's a long history of gimmicks that have promised to help you lose weight without changing your diet. Or doing any exercise. Or really doing anything at all. In the 1920s and '30s, women reached for "La Mar Reducing Soap" and other products that promised to wash the pounds away in the bath. The reality? It was basically just hand soap, and no amount of scrubbing would do the trick. It there did exist a product that had the ability to wash the fat right off of your body, it would probably be a little more well known.

The "I Am Banting" Diet That Was The Original Low-Carb Trend

An English carpenter named William Banting had trouble with his weight: a lot of trouble. After trying all sorts of exercise and regimes, he finally found a diet that worked for him. Limited to one ounce of toast, lots of protein, and being allowed "the fruit of any pudding" (but not the pastry), it was basically an early, low-carb diet. He published a booklet describing the diet and his success.

The weird part? It was so successful that his name became a verb synonymous with the diet, with people refusing carbohydrates by saying "No thanks, I'm banting." In fact, "bant" is still used to describe dieting in Sweden. Talk about making a name for yourself. 

The Sherry Diet That Kept Mrs Average Drunk

Nowadays, booze is purported to be a source of 'empty' calories, but it wasn't always considered a dieter's enemy. In fact, some diets actively recommended it. In a 1955 article in The Telegraph, a diet genius named Barbara Taylor wrote in that she was sure sure she had the perfect "diet for Mrs Average." How to stay slim? Drink a sherry at the end of every meal. Sweet or dry, that was Mrs Average's decision, just as long as she didn't forego her dribble of choice. 

The 'Art of Living Long' Diet That Let You Have More Wine Than Food

One of the earliest dieting best-sellers - The Art of Living Long - dates all the way back to 1558. Luigi Cornaro began the diet by limiting his food intake to 400 grams a day. Later, he got even stricter, limiting himself to a single egg. There was a big plus to subscribing to Cornaro's regimen, however. He, rather dubiously, still allowed himself 500 grams of wine as part of the diet. But it may indeed help you live long, if Cornaro was anything to go by - he lived until the ripe age of 98.  

Lord Byron's All Vinegar Diet That Nearly Killed A Generation Of Artists

Here's a shocker - Lord Byron was someone Carly Simon might call "vain." He had a big fear of gaining weight, and he went to great lengths to keep that from happening. At Cambridge, he limited himself to biscuits and soda water or simply potatoes soaked in vinegar. He kept up punishing and restrictive diets throughout his life and maintained a special taste for water with vinegar. To supplement this (lack of intake), he also wore lots of wooly layers to sweat off those extra pounds throughout the day. Not only were these aspects of his diet dangerous - to deal with the hunger pains - he also smoked cigars, a lose-lose for his health. 

But it wasn't just him. Because Byron was so influential, others followed his vinegar-drenched ways, and there was widespread concern about the "impressionable Romantics were restricting themselves to vinegar and rice to get the fashionably thin and pale look." 

The Great Masticator's Diet That Nearly Destroyed Everyone's Jaws

How much do you chew your food? Well, Horace Fletcher, AKA the Great Masticator, started suggesting in 1895 that everyone should chew more. A lot more. His belief was that “the most important part of nutrition is the right preparation of food in the mouth for future digestion." This basically meant chewing food up to 100 times a minute, until it was a liquid so gross you no longer actually wanted to swallow it. The practice earned the moniker "Fletcherism," and under this diet regime you could eat anything you wanted as long as you chewed it until it turned fluid. Fletcherism became so popular, in fact, that people would time each other at dinner parties in order to make sure everyone at the gathering was getting enough chews in. Sounds like a lot of tired jaws. 

The Lose-Weight-By-Doing-Literally-Nothing Sleeping Beauty Diet

A mid-twentieth-century diet that appears to have seemingly disappeared allowed you to lose weight with no effort at all. No effort, literally zero, as in not even the effort of being awake, is the key to weight loss according to The Sleeping Beauty Diet. The theory behind the diet is a beautifully simple one: if you're sleeping, then you can't eat. How can you achieve best results? By being sedated for multiple days at a time! Apparently Elvis was a big fan - but he was also a big fan of fried sandwiches, so his diet tips may not necessarily be the best ones to follow. 

The Inuit Diet That Helped You Prevent Scurvy With All-You-Can-Eat Whale Blubber

Take all the misery of a low-carb diet and add a bunch of whale blubber, and you'll have the wonder that is the Inuit diet. The explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson was impressed with the diets he saw on Arctic explorations between 1908 and 1918 and decided to adopt them himself. The diet consisted almost solely of fish and meat, sometimes with nothing else for months at a time. For example, "stinkfish," a particular Inuit favorite, is made of "fish buried in seal bags or cans in the tundra and left to ferment." Amazed at the Inuits' ability to avoid scurvy without eating fruits and vegetables, Stefansson brought the diet back to the United States and demonstrated an American-ized version that involved eating lots of meat, poultry, fish, and organs like brain. Astoundingly, considering how unappetizing it sounds, the diet still has an occasional resurgence in the US

The Eat-All-You-Want-With-A-Tiny-Touch-Of-Arsenic Diet

The idea of eating everything you want and still losing weight has always been a tempting proposition. Just like today, dealing in diet pills and tonics was a lucrative industry in the 19th century. But, back in the day, diet pills contained dangerous ingredients like arsenic and strychnine. These were promoted as "speeding up the metabolism, much like amphetamines do," according to Louise Foxcroft, a historian and author. Though the pills only contained small amounts, they were still dangerous - even more so considering that women would take more than the recommended dose in an attempt to slim down. 

The Graham Cracker Diet That Helped People Get Rid Of Their (Sexual) Excess

The idea of diets promoting virtue isn't just a product of our Instagram obsessions; the link between food and morality has a really long history. In fact, in the 1830s, Evangelical minister Sylvester Graham - of Graham Cracker fame - was fed up with the sexual appetites of Americans and felt like their carnal urges were encouraged by a fatty diet. His solution? Create and consume food that was as bland as possible. In Graham's low-sex diet, grains, fruits, and vegetables were encouraged, but spices and meats were not. Thousands of people followed this diet, becoming known as "Grahamites." Graham even developed his own incredibly bland wheat germ loaf, the predecessor of the Graham cracker, which was sold commercially after Graham's death at the turn of the twentieth century. But, as you can imagine, those early crackers have nothing on the delicious, cinnamon, S'more-makers we know today. 

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:00:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-diet-trends-and-fads-from-history/lea-rose-emery
<![CDATA[New Fast Food Items You May See in 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/new-fast-food-items-2017/ranker-food?source=rss

Whether you're a fan or not, fast food in America is here to stay. Fast food will always be there to satisfy those cravings in times of low budgets, munchies, and nostalgia. Ignoring the issue of nutrition (or lack thereof), many people would agree that fast food can be delicious and even necessary at times. The classic "burger, fries, and a Coke" shall always be known as a great meal. 

However, change happens, and that especially includes fast food in 2017. As the demand for healthier options grows, more and more fast food restaurants are adding all-natural items and expanding their low-calorie menus. Salads and vegetarian items are becoming more popular, while meal portions are shrinking. Some fast food chains have even rebranded themselves to attract the "weight-watchers" and concerned parents. 

Fortunately for junk food fanatics, these restaurant chains are still creating new fast food items with all the yummy calories included. In 2017, customers can expect to see creative combinations stuffed in a bun or wrapped in a tortilla. Vote for the fast food items you can't wait to eat this year, and make sure to wipe off that drool while reading the list. 

New Fast Food Items You May See in 2017,

Wendy's Bacon Ranch Fries Combine The Magic Of Ranch, Bacon, Cheese, And Potatoes

What's better than potatoes, ranch, cheese, and bacon? Nothing. Wendy's knows this to be true, and in February released their bacon ranch fries as a side. The fries were introduced as a "pairing option" for the asiago ranch chicken club. 

Panera Bread Removes Artificial Ingredients From Menu

Say bye-bye to artificial ingredients - starting in January 2017, every time you bite into a Panera Bread panini it'll be all natural. The company announced in 2016 they were switching their ingredients to all-natural, but officially made the change in the new year. According to the company, all Panera Bread locations in the US are now "100 percent clean." 

McDonald's Is Doing Delivery Now (In Select Cities)

Ever wanted McDonald's really badly but didn't want to leave your house? Well, now you don't have to because McDonald's announced they are testing out new delivery options. Select cities in Florida began testing out the model in January, and McDonald's stores in the UK plan to unroll a similar program in June.

The delivery service is a partner project with UberEATS. 

Taco Bell's Chicken Chalupa Puts The Chicken On The Outside

Taco Bell announced it will offer the Naked Chicken Chalupa nationwide starting January 26. This innovative taco invention uses a slice of chicken as the taco shell. The chicken shell is fried and marinated in Mexican spices, and is reminiscent of KFC's Double Down. 

Little Caesars Is Giving You Something For You Sweet Tooth - Cinnamon Bites

Pizza chain Little Caesars now offers a delicious dessert on its menu - cinnamon bites. Officially called Cinnamon-Loaded Crazy Bites, this dish is essentially a deconstructed cinnamon roll served on a platter.

The chain unveiled the new item as part of a $5 menu deal in January 2017. So far, it's received mixed reviews. But really, who doesn't love cinnamon, sugar, and icing on doughy bread balls?

Taco Bell Canada Is Giving You Cerveza (Beer)

Taco Bells all across Canada will now serve beer, thanks to a new push by the company to grab more customers. The rollout will begin in April 2017, and in the next five to 10 years, 700 locations around the country will offer beer in the fast food restaurant. 

In the United States, only a handful of Taco Bells offer beer - including the restaurant inside AT&T Park in San Francisco. The company has not said whether they will be introducing similar menu options in the remainder of its US locations.

Dunkin' Donuts Is Giving Us Frozen Blended Coffee - But At A Price

Dunkin' Donuts announced in May they were going to offer a new blended frozen coffee drink, aptly named Frozen Coffee. The catch? It's replacing their popular Coffee Coolattas. The coolatta was a fan favorite among Dunkin' goers, but had high amounts of calories and sugar. The new Frozen Coffee has less of both. 

Burger King Is Blessing The World With A Lucky Charms

Burger King is the hero we all need right now, but the hero none of us probably deserve. Why is that? Because they've blessed us with a Lucky Charms shake. God is good. The new shake is only available for a limited time in 2017, but if we pray hard enough to the burger King, maybe he'll bless us with it all year round. One can only hope. 

McDonald's Goes Big With The Grand Mac

McDonalds is adding two new Big Macs in 2017 - an even bigger version and an even smaller one. The Grand Mac is a bigger version of the Big Mac, weighing one-third pound and featuring all the same Bic Mac toppings, just more of them. They also announced the Mac Jr. which is essentially just a Big Mac without the middle bun. The smaller option will only set you back 460 calories, as compared to a Big Mac that's 540 calories.

A New Twist On Old McDonald's Classic The Shamrock Shake

Are you the type of person who just can't wait for McDonald's to start selling Shamrock Shakes in the spring? Well, this news is going to blow your mind. Not only can you get McDonald's traditional Shamrock Shake - which is sold in February and March to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - you can get four new twists on the recipe

McDonald's is now offering a Chocolate Shamrock Shake, a Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, a Shamrock Hot Chocolate and a Shamrock Mocha. All sound delicious - too bad they're not offered year-round! 

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 02:50:44 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/new-fast-food-items-2017/ranker-food
<![CDATA[26 Disgusting-Looking Foods You Kind of Want to Try]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-foods-youre-curious-about/mel-judson?source=rss

Okay, most of us wouldn't eat this sh*t either. But pretend you are very, very hungry, and that this is all you have to eat. You're not starving, you're just feeling lazy and you don't want to go out for real food. And then you are faced with each of these food items or dishes. Some of them are just odd and unlikely combinations of food to put together onto one plate. Others are inventive ways to make junk food a little fancier. A few of them are gross-looking but good-tasting food combinations. And the rest are just kind of ghetto looking, but probably aren't all that bad in a bind. 

Vote up any of these really, really weird foods you would eat in a bind. Really try and taste them. Like taste them in your head. Half the reason to feel any curiosity about what these taste like is that you really can't imagine their taste. And if you're at all curious about their taste, there's really only one way to find out. Those are the ones you should vote up. Anyway, have fun diving into the depths of human need and invention with these relatively gross-looking foods that miiight be passable. 

26 Disgusting-Looking Foods You Kind of Want to Try,

This Flamin' Hot Cheetos Cone of Mac & Cheese

This Peanut Butter and Jelly Banana Hot Dog

This Probably-Pretty-Spicy Mediterranean Nacho Plate

Just Some Corn Dogs with Some Cheese on 'Em

Pizza Pasta (Not Sure Which One Counts More Here)

A Burrito Drowned in This Much Salsa and Sour Cream

A Proscuitto Lunchables Pizza

This, If It Were Melted

Just an Olive Garden Breadstick with Some Ranch on It

This Homemade Mocha Latte

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:04:56 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-foods-youre-curious-about/mel-judson
<![CDATA[7 Taco Bell Recipes You Can Easily Make at Home]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/taco-bell-recipes-you-can-make-at-home/ashley-reign?source=rss

Who among us can't relate to the occasional late night taco craving that sends us running for the all night drive thru of our friendly neighborhood Taco Bell? Though it's hard to imagine anything better at 2am than the late night bliss of a Beef and Cheese Crunchwrap Supreme, imagine how awesome it'd be to have the ability to straight up make Taco Bell at home! That's right, this is going exactly where you hope it is - towards the revelation that here, ladies and gentleman, is a collection of recipes containing all the necessary Taco Bell ingredients to make your very own entrees from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Here you'll find a collection of Taco Bell recipes that will reveal the secret to making everything from the beef seasoning that makes the Taco Bell tacos so mouthwatering to DIY instructions for how to make your own chalupa shells. These Taco Bell copycat recipes actually taste like the real thing! So if you just discovered in horror that you forgot to ask for some mild sauce before you rolled out of the driveway, or you just want to try making something new for your family tonight, you've come to the right place. 

So come on down and get ready to behold the secrets to concocting Taco Bell from ingredients that you may already have in your own kitchen!

7 Taco Bell Recipes You Can Easily Make at Home,

The Taco Meat Seasoning

That seasoning tho! Let's face it, when it comes to taco seasoning, Taco Bell just knows what's up. If you're looking to make your very own version to spice up your taco meat at home, you're in luck! Check out food.com for the list of not so top secret ingredients that goes into that magic seasoning that make Taco Bell's meet so great.

Get the recipe at Food.com


Dude. If you can't decide if you want an enchilada or a burrito, but just know you want something delicious, this is what you should make. Blog Chef has got a spot-on Taco Bell Enchirito recipe that you can make in less than 10 minutes. 

The tasty entree combines restaurant-style taco meat, beans, and onions all rolled into a flour tortilla. The fun doesn't stop there however, and the whole dish is then covered with all the melted cheese and enchilada sauce your heart could desire.

Border Sauce

Ever gotten all the way home and realized to your horror that you rolled right out of the drive-thru without remembering to get any of that tasty taco sauce? Fear not, for there's a great site called Taco Bell at Home that's got directions on how to make enough of your own taco sauce to last you for more than a couple late-night burrito runs.


Beef and Cheese Crunchwrap Supreme

Taco Bell's Crunchwrap Supreme is one of their signature menu items that you just can't get from any ol' taco joint. If you're craving one of these babies, but have already been to Taco Bell like three times this week, we're here to help.

Holly Lofthouse has an amazing Crunchwrap Supreme copycat recipe on her blog that both looks and tastes like the real thing! Here she'll clue you in on a tasty dish that combines seasoned ground beef and cheese with sour cream, lettuce and tomato, all between a crunchy tortilla that's then wrapped in it's very own outer layer of tasty flour tortilla. The trick is to let the outer tortilla brown before you eat it. Seriously, be patient, it's worth it! 

Cantina Power Bowl

While health food may be the last thing on your mind as you wind your way through the Taco Bell drive-through, the fast food chain has actually come up with some impressively healthy options over the years! Have you tried their Cantina Power Bowl? It's really good! She Knows has a refreshingly guilt-free recipe for the dish, which combines brown rice with fresh vegetables and can always be topped with chicken or other meat.

Beef Meximelt

When you find yourself in the mood for something melty, you may ask yourself, "What could possibly be better than Taco Bell's famous meximelt?" We get it. As it turns out, a DIY homemade meximelt, that's what! Inspiration Kitchen has got you covered with the perfect recipe for the dish which consists of ground beef, plenty of metly cheese, and fresh pico de gallo all wrapped in a fluffy flour tortilla. 


If you're a chalupa lover, then you may already know firsthand how hard it can be to nail cooking your own shell at home. Luckily however, Food.com features a great recipe from a contributor who seems to have mastered the art! Check out the directions for how to make your very own chalupas at home, shells and all. 

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:52:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/taco-bell-recipes-you-can-make-at-home/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[My Favorite Foods]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/my-favorite-foods?source=rss

My Favorite Foods,




Deviled egg


Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:13:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/my-favorite-foods
<![CDATA[23 Times Toast Was Turned Into a Work of Art]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-toast-art/nathandavidson?source=rss

A toast... to toast. Don't worry, this won't be a long toast, it'll be short, or a "melba" toast, if you will (that's a Friends reference if you're paying attention at home). Below you will find a delightful collection of funny toast art, with the ocassional creative toast art thrown in for good measure. Sure, plain old toast is delicious, but wouldn't you prefer eating a toasty work of art with the face of Lord Vader right on it? Of course you would!

23 Times Toast Was Turned Into a Work of Art,

Hello, Toasty

Professor Stephen Toasting's A Brief History of Bread

Bread We Can

The Dark Side of the Toast

Some Like It Burned

A Toast to Elvis

Okay, But Can You Catch Pokemon on It?

America Toasts Simon Cowell

Meta Toaster Is Made of Toast

Bernt Toast for the People

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:53:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-toast-art/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[27 Pictures of What Hot Dogs Look Like Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-dogs-around-the-world/ashley-reign?source=rss

Ever wonder what hot dogs around the world look like? It may be hard to imagine a tastier dog than the one you devour in the stands while watching your favorite baseball team. But when you get a load of the following international hot dogs, you may be forced to admit that several countries around the world have put what appears to be a pretty tasty spin on the good old fashioned hot dogs you know and love. 

When it comes to food around the world, it seems that the hot dog is one of those dishes that seems like just as good an idea in other countries as it does in your own back yard. Here you'll have the opportunity to behold various international hot dogs in all their glory as they get dressed up with everything from coleslaw to french fries to bacon and avocado. 

So the next time you're looking to put an exciting spin on your lunch, come on in. Who knows? You may just find an idea or two you'd like to borrow the next time you're looking for a quick but tasty snack.

27 Pictures of What Hot Dogs Look Like Around the World,

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog with Avocado - Guatemala

This bacon-wrapped dog is often served in an avocado-topped tortilla with toppings like lettuce, cabbage, onions, and mayo. 

Sonoran Hot Dog - Northern Mexico and Southwest USA

This bacon wrapped bad boy comes topped with relish, tomatoes, onions, and avocado. Often topped with mayonnaise and/or mustard, the Sonoran comes cradled in a split soft roll. 

The Coney Island Dog - NYC, USA

The Coney Island dog is topped with chili, chopped onions, shredded cheese, and mustard.

Hot Dogs Baked In Buns - Hong Kong, China

This baked dog is cradled in a dumpling-like sesame seed dough.  

The Shamelessly Pizza-Like Dog - Amsterdam

In Amsterdam you can get a broiled dog topped with pizza sauce and cheese!

Frankfurter - Germany

If you've ever graced an Oktoberfest celebration, chances are that you've come across a world famous German frankfurter. This mildly seasoned, smoky sausage is usually made of pork and can be served with or without a bun.


The Chicago Style Dog - Chicago, USA

This Chicago-style dog is served on a poppy seed bun with celery salt, a pickle spear, tomatoes, whole pickled peppers, onions, relish, and mustard.

French Fry Corn Dog - Korea

This deep-fried dog is coated with crinkle cut fries and topped with tasty ketchup. 

Chorizo Dog - Argentina

This chorizo sausage is often served in a hero roll and topped with chimichurri, pickled onion, and tomatoes. 

Tijuana Hot Dog - Tijuana, Mexico

This bacon wrapped hot dog is topped with all things zesty, from onions and jalapenos to grilled sliced peppers.

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:18:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-dogs-around-the-world/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[What French Fries Look Like Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fries-around-the-world/ashley-reign?source=rss

Odds are if you're human, you love french fries. But are you fully aware of all of the different styles of fries that are out there just waiting for you to try? No? As it turns out, various types of fries are popular the world over with countries coming up with different takes on everyone's favorite side dish. So if you're looking to spice up your next batch or just love looking at photos of delicious salty treats, then you've come to the right place. Check out these examples of different ways people serve potatoes around the world. 

Though the old school french fry seems to be a staple of brilliance with which no one can argue, the following international fries include everything from fun toppings and spices to unique preparation methods. Many of these countries serve what Americans recognize as traditional fries as well as regional variations on the dish. Whether you like your fries thick or thin, salty or sweet, you're sure to find something here that'll make you say "mmm." 

Who knows, you future favorite may even be included among the following different types of fries, just waiting to be discovered.

What French Fries Look Like Around the World,

Chips - UK

What American know as fries are called "chips" in the UK, whereas what the USA refers to as potato chips are known as "crisps" to the Brits. Among the British crowd, fish and chips go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly and the popular side dish is commonly covered in vinegar. 

Patatas Bravas - Spain

In Spain, fries are made in thick chunks and are sometimes covered with chili paste and/or creamy aioli.

Plantains - Jamaica

Though Jamaicans also enjoy the traditional french fry as much as the rest of us, the plantain is a cool twist that utilizes a sliced type of unripe banana rather than a potato. 

Pommes Frites - France

Ah, where better to indulge in french fries than France itself? Though there is a centuries long dispute between Belgium and France over which country originally invented the world's favorite side dish, the fries you'll find throughout France are probably quite similar the ones you've grown up loving, no matter where you're from.

Pommes Frites - Belgium

Belgium does not play when it comes to their fries, or "frites," which can often be served as a meal in themselves. Often served in a cone and with a variety of toppings, these bad boys are the perfect treat to enjoy as you stroll. 

The French Fry - United States

Nothing says America like the phrase "would you like fries with that?" Though they come in a wide variety of shapes and flavors, Americans consider fries a great side dish to everything from fast food to steak.

Poutine - Canada

This Canadian treat dresses up your average fries with cheese curds and gravy for a savory treat that's a favorite at pubs, road side diners, and sporting events.


Masala Chips - Kenya

Kenyans love coating their fries with seasonings like cumin, garlic paste, lemon juice, chilli power, and tandoori masala.

Honey Butter Fries - South Korea

In South Korea, McDonald's recently released a fry covered in honey butter that's been so popular kids sometimes order hundreds of dollars worth and indulge in mass french fry parties.


Finger Chips - India

The french fry has many popular forms in India, among them a few that indulge the country's famous love of exotic spices. Popular versions include fries cooked with turmeric, chili powder, or masala.


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:28:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fries-around-the-world/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Best Country Songs About Food]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/country-songs-about-food/ranker-music?source=rss

Feeling hungry? You might want to look away from this list. Country songs about eating include some of the most memorable tunes the genre has to offer. From meat and potatoes tunes to songs that celebrate traditional southern Sunday meals, these are some of the best country songs about foods ever.

Given that much of country music is rooted squarely in the South, is it any surprise that so many of the songs on this list involve staples like chicken, biscuits, and sweet potatoes? Kacey Musgraves uses food to warn an obnoxious neighbor to “mind her own biscuits and life will be gravy.” And the Zac Brown Band reminds listeners that there is little to compare to “Chicken Fried,” accompanied by “Cold beer on a Friday night.”  Joe Diffie echoes that sentiment on “Cold Budweiser and a Sweet Tater.” Some of these songs have food in the title (“Jambalaya,” “Chicken and Biscuits,” and “I Still Like Bologna”) while others just discuss foods and eating in the lyrics (“That’s What I Love About Sundays,” “Alright”). But they all qualify as excellent country eating songs.

Listen to the tunes, and vote up your favorites. And then, go get a snack. Fried chicken is highly recommended.

The Best Country Songs About Food,

Watermelon Crawl

American Honey

Song Of The South

Christmas Cookies

Meat and Potato Man

I Still Like Bologna

Chicken Fried



Jambalaya (on the Bayou)

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:27:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/country-songs-about-food/ranker-music
<![CDATA[37 People Who Have No Idea How to Eat Food]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-eating-food-wrong/ashley-reign?source=rss

As all those of us who have lived in this world quite possibly already know to be true, the unfortunate truth is that there are some people around us who simply cannot be trusted. Mormon missionaries for instance. . . and clowns. It's only fair you be warned up front however, that here you're about to behold a group of people who are so shamelessly eating food the wrong way that they must never be allowed into your inner circle under any circumstances. 

Though what you're about to see isn't pretty, prepare yourself to receive a good hard look at people who have been caught red-handed eating badly enough that all attempts at reason appear to be futile. If you are to spy a person like this in your everyday life, do not be taken in by their drastic attempts to revolutionize long-held traditions. As you can see, chaos can be the only result of such behavior, which should be avoided at all costs.

Now that you've been thoroughly warned, strap on your helmets friends and let the madness ensue!

37 People Who Have No Idea How to Eat Food,

Behold This Desperate Cry For Help

This Strange Culture Ignores The Kit Kat Piece Lines Entirely


This String Cheese Eater Goes Rogue



Separation of Meal and Dessert = Destroyed!


If You Listen Carefully You Can Hear a Collective Gasp From Cows Everywhere


If You Encounter This Person, You Should Flee Immediately. Flee For Your Life.

This Brazen Crime Against Hot Dogs Everywhere


Something Just Ain't Right About That...


There Are Certain Places Nutella Just Should Not Go


What Is This Madness!


Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:03:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-eating-food-wrong/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[23 Sad Looking Foods That Need Cheering Up]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/food-that-looks-sad/nathandavidson?source=rss

The circle of life for food is an incredibly sad story, so it makes sense that we often see so many sad food faces in the world. Food is birthed into the world, eaten and slowly digested. It's pretty tragic when you stop and think about it. After witnessing these poor little sad faces in food, you're going to be super hungry and super sad... the perfect combination.

23 Sad Looking Foods That Need Cheering Up,

He Probably Has a Yeast Infection

The Crying Game

Taters Gonna Tate

Live Free or Pie Hard

Start Your Morning with a Cup of Sadness

Meanwhile, in Candyland

Sad Pepper Weeps Spicy Tears

Cereal Killer

Apple of My Eye

Not So Appeeling

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:49:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/food-that-looks-sad/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[16 Cultures Around the World That Actually Eat Dogs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cultures-that-eat-dogs/laura-allan?source=rss

If you're a serous dog lover, you might want to stop reading right now. These images and descriptions are graphic. Okay, with that said, let's get right to the point: some countries use dog meat in food. Whether it's religious, cultural, or just a long-standing tradition, foods made with dog meat are still served in many countries worldwide. From soups to just the meat, some cultures that eat dog meat rely on this source of nourishment just as other cultures lean on beef and pork as a staple of their cuisine.

In Western cultures, we don't tend to view eating dog as exactly acceptable. To tell the truth, people who eat dog meat are often shamed or scorned for their dietary choices. Because of this, it might seem horrifying that dog meat dishes are the norm in other countries, but that doesn't change the fact that different cultures have different norms. 

Whether you can accept people who eat dogs meat or not, you have to admit the concept is kind of morosely fascinating. So, let's take a look at different ways that dog meat is eaten around the world.

16 Cultures Around the World That Actually Eat Dogs,

A Small Chinese Province Holds a Festival Where Dogs Are Sometimes Boiled Alive

The Yulin dog meat festival, also called the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, is known worldwide and, though widely protested as well, draws a massive crowd each year. Oddly enough, the festival is pretty new, only really existing in this form since 2010. The meat is thought to be very healthy, however, the means of preparing it during the festival have been called unhygienic and cruel by opponents. For example, some dogs are boiled alive, so as to enhance the texture and flavor of the meat. Each year, around 10,000 dogs are killed for the festival and served boiled, baked, spiced, preserved, and, of course, in stews and curries. The festival may not be recognized by mainstream government or society, but it still happens each year, and prices of the meat are going up due to the demand. 

Dog Meat in Burkina Faso Is a Cultural Luxury

Dog meat may sound like something that only the very poor or desperate might eat, but such is not the case in Burkina Faso. This small African country has a long history of eating and preparing dog meat, and much of it centers around family, friendship, and bonding. The meat is seasoned, then boiled in water and eaten by male friends as a sign of kinship. Dog may also be eaten if someone has had a dream of death, as a sacrifice and a way of warding off death.

Depending on different family traditions and norms, dog meat is sometimes not consumed at all. However, when it is, it's considered a delicacy that is to be handled and prepared with the utmost care. It may not be openly and widely served in restaurants, but among families, dog still remains a treat worth looking forward to. 

In Ghana, Dog Meat Is Believed to Have Spiritual Value

Although dog meat has recently become popular in some parts of Ghana, its original consumption was done for sociopolitical reasons. Dogs are sometimes eaten because it is believed to keep your body in safe. The dog protects you faithfully in life, and in death, when eaten, he will guard your flesh as well. The meat is also a delicacy and can be served in stews or boiled, so the meat is soft and tender. 

The Swiss Have Dog Jerky

One wouldn't think of dog as a holiday food, but it is considered one in parts of Switzerland. Around 3 percent of Swiss people eat dog meat, and it is often done when a farmer has too many dogs and needs to get rid of one or two. The meat is salted and dried into a chewy jerky most of the time, though it is also used in traditional sausages. This custom dates back centuries, as does the belief that dog fat can be used as medicine for rheumatism. While some may be opposed to eating dog, it is not illegal in Switzerland and is most commonly done around Christmas time. Probably not the stocking stuffer you were hoping for this year. 

Dog Meat Is Called the 'Mutton of the Earth' in China

Also called "fragrant meat," dog meat has a long history in China, and is still fairly widely eaten today, in families as well as in restaurants. The meat has supposedly been eaten for over 7,000 years, and while the tradition of eating it is slowly changing, dog meat is still often on the menu and was even seen for sale during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Upwards of 300,000 dogs are killed for meat each year,  The meat is thought to have medicinal properties in many parts of China and is used in spiced meat dishes, stew, or just served boiled and sliced.

One unusual recipe, called "pressed dog," involves skinning a dog, deboning it, then flattening, spicing, and marinating it, and leaving it out to dry overnight. The result is a flat, circular meat pancake that's well-preserved for coming days. No wax is used, though the meat has a waxy appearance, which gives way to it commonly being called "waxed meat." 

Millions of Dogs Are Eaten Every Year in Vietnam

Vietnam may be the country that's best known for eating dog meat, and for good reason. Dogs are a common dietary staple there, ranging from roasts to stews, soups, and even simply spiced meat on a stick. Just about every part of the dog is used for food in Vietnam, and there are many slaughterhouses devoted only to dog meat. An estimated five million dogs are eaten here each year, more than in any other country, and the meat is in demand, with price tags higher than pork. The meat is considered very healthy for consumption, and some believe it may even have medicinal properties. Unfortunately, there is a long history of slaughter methods being cruel and unsanitary. 

Some Cultures Believe That a Tortured Dog Tastes Better

Even if no other parts of this list turned your stomach, this part might make you feel pretty uneasy, so be warned. In parts of China, Vietnam, and Thailand, dogs are slaughtered regularly for consumption, as they are part of customary diets. Unfortunately, some methods of slaughter in these parts are pretty horrifying.

There is a belief in certain circles that adrenaline, particularly the kind from fear, makes the meat taste better and be more tender. In order to get this result, dogs are sometimes tortured before death. They can be beaten to death slowly, boiled alive, or caused severe pain before slaughter, which is supposed to make the meat better so it can be sold at a higher price. Traditional, customary, religious, or not, many other cultures and groups do not approve of this practice, and many are moving to make it illegal. 

In Poland, Dog Lard Is Considered Medicinal

In Poland, rather than focusing on eating the muscle or flesh of the animal, some people use dog fat in order to make lard. It is believed that dog lard has medicinal uses, mostly involving joint pain and body aches. Cat lard is also used in a similar fashion. Nowadays, the practice is mostly frowned upon, and there have been arrests made for cruelty to dogs, involving fattening them up to the point where they cannot stand. Still, the practice of making dog lard still exists in some parts of Poland. 

In Parts of South Korea, Dog Is a Summer Treat

Also called gaegogi, dog meat dishes are still quite popular in South Korea. The tradition of eating dog meat dates back to before 100 CE and is often roasted or prepared in soups and stews during the summer months. Part of this stems from the fact that people still believe that dog meat can help you better regulate your body temperature. One particular spicy stew, gaejang-guk, is said to ward off heat stroke and hot flashes. Other versions of the soup, using chicken, are available, but the traditional way is to use dog meat. In fact, dog meat is the fourth most popular meat in South Korea, likely due to this traditional dish.

South Korea Keeps a Breed of Dog as Livestock, Not as Pets

In South Korea, it's not just any dog that's used for meat. While it's true that mastiffs and terriers may sometimes be seen on the menu, the main staple of dog-meat cooking is nureongi. This yellowish breed of dog is raised, like cattle, in mass, for the sole purpose of slaughtering it and cooking it later. The breed is not kept as a pet. What's more is that this is no small industry. Millions of dogs are eaten each year, and the meat is said to be very healthy for those who have recently had a medical procedure. When all is said and done, studies show that 83 percent of South Koreans have eaten dog meat at some point during their lives.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:00:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cultures-that-eat-dogs/laura-allan
<![CDATA[16 Weird Ways People Eat Blood Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/foods-made-with-blood/laura-allan?source=rss

The idea of eating foods made with blood, even in a cooked dish, is repulsive to many people. That being said, blood is actually a major ingredient in many cultures. People who eat blood aren't necessarily vampires or cannibals, and foods with blood in them can actually be healthy, religious, and downright normal in certain areas. But how does one cook with blood? What kind of food can you make with it? While these questions may be a little dark, they're also fascinating, and this list has the answers for you.

Before we begin, let's say right off that this list is not for squeamish people or the weak of stomach. There's blood in this article, recipes about using it, and some pretty graphic imagery. That being said, if you're a curious and adventurous foodie, we might have a few items here for your bucket list.

So, let's take an in-depth look at all the ways that we see blood used in cooking around the world. It's up to you to decide, by the end of this, if food cooked with blood sounds tasty or just terrifying. 

16 Weird Ways People Eat Blood Around the World,

Taiwan Serves Up Blood Popsicles

No, these are not your average popsicles in this photo. In Taiwan, clever chefs have taken blood-related cooking to a bit of a strange level, and sell the result on the street. From carts all over the country, you can buy squares of sticky rice boiled with blood and sugar that have been slowly steamed over the course of the day. The spongy blood bar is then dipped in a spiced soy powder and given to you on a stick. This blood recipe, known basically as pig's blood cake, is a long-standing tradition and a sweet treat for many locals.

Blood Is Used to Season Thai Boat Noodles

One thing that blood is good for is thickening things. It can be added to broths to make them thicker and saltier, to ground meat to make it plumper, and it can even be added to noodles to make them different colors and keep them in one piece. Many Asian dishes utilize this quality well. Thai boat noodle dishes often use cow pig's blood to season the broth. Fresh duck and goose blood is used as a thickener in noodle broths in Nanjing. In fact, if you're traveling abroad and you get a noodle dish that has a dark, thick, or black broth, it's probably worth asking if there's blood in it - just in case. 

Haggis Uses Blood as a Thickening Agent

Most people have heard of haggis as a stomach-turning Scottish dish that's made... well, in a stomach. Scots have been making haggis for centuries, and while it's not a common dish there, it's still a culturally relevant one. It can involve oats, spices, sheep's lungs, heart, liver, and even kidneys. Traditionally, it can also involve blood as a thickener or as a means of making the haggis darker. As gross as all this may sound, haggis is still a well-loved dish and, while greasy or oily tasting at times, is well-spiced and worth trying once or twice in your life. You might even find you like it. Of course, you'll have to travel pretty far to get the traditional stuff, because no food using lung can legally be served in the United States. 

You Can Drink a Shot of Snake Blood in Taipei

The Huaxi Night Market in Taipei is a huge tourist attraction, mostly because it serves very unusual, sometimes creepy, dishes and alcohol. There's deer penis wine, turtle's blood soup, and a huge range of snake-related dishes that cause many to call the place "Snake Alley." One thing you can order here is shots that have snake blood in them, served warm, if you can stomach it. Sometimes you can even get shots of just cobra blood, freshly drained from a snake. While some people call the process cruel or inhumane, it's hard to deny that there's a number of blood dishes and blood drinks here that can be found nowhere else in the world.

Polish Czarnina Follows the Idea of Waste Not, Want Not

Using an entire animal and leaving as little waste as possible is an admirable feat, and the Polish learned to do it in the way of a noodle soup. Czarnina is made by draining blood from a duck and using the gizzard, feet, bones, liver, heart, and neck for stock. Then blood and vinegar are mixed into the broth to give it a rich flavor and color. The meat is used directly in the soup, and various other spices and vegetables are added. Noodles are cooked in it all, and then it's served on special occasions. It may sound like a bit of an extreme food, but this traditional Polish dish has been around for centuries, and it's still made even today.

The Maasai Believe in Drinking Blood Straight from the Source

The Maasai people of Africa are of particular note on this list because they drink and eat blood without actually killing their animals. You see, the Maasai use livestock, such as cattle, as their main means of survival. Because of this, they don't exactly want to kill them off too quickly, and instead try to get milk, hair, and even blood from them while keeping them alive and thriving. This diet has been shown to be healthy and far more sustainable than many lifestyles and is still practiced today. Some of them even drink fresh blood, uncooked, straight from the cow's vein, or mixed with a little of its milk. Even if that sounds extreme, you have to admit, you can't get much fresher than that!

There's a Whole Blood Festival in Nepal

Blood may be a staple of many dishes around the world, but in Nepal, there's one time of year where it's pretty much the only thing you'll be eating and drinking. Each November, hundreds of thousands of cattle are slaughtered in a blood festival, to honor the goddess Gadhimai, and they even drink the blood of the slaughtered animals. In a similar festival in the highlands of Nepal, monks drink blood from the veins of live yaks before releasing them, alive. Traditionally, the blood must be drunk raw, while still hot. Whether you're looking at the larger, more well-known slaughtering festival, or the smaller, hot blood-drinking one, Nepal seems to have a theme of blood festivals around autumn and winter.

Spartan Warriors Ate Blood Soup

Blood has been an important staple in dishes around the world since ancient times. In particular, the ancient Spartans used it strategically. The black soup, or black broth, is a fabled dish of pork, salt, vinegar, and blood Spartan warriors ate that was supposed to give them strength and power before battle. Considering how well they did in battle, maybe it was working. Though blood-based recipes are still used in Greece today, no detailed recipe of this fabled soup remains. We do know, however, that it involved boiled pork, salt, vinegar. and blood. Needless to say, it was probably a pretty strongly flavored dish.

Finland's Blodplattar Would Put IHOP to Shame

When you think of pancakes, chances are you don't think of blood. Well, unless you're from Finland or Sweden. In both of those countries, there's a dish commonly known as Blodplattar, which is basically a pancake made using pork blood. The blood is whipped to give it a thick consistency, mixed with flour, molasses, onion, and a few other spices, then cooked the same way you'd make any other pancake. The finished product is an iron-rich pancake that's often served with sweet fruit jam or syrup or rolled like a crepe. It may not sound like a great breakfast to you, but it's fairly common for people in both those countries.

Boudin Noir Sounds Like Some 50 Shades of Gray Nonsense but Is Actually French Blood Loaf

Most of the time, boudin noir is seen as a sort of blood sausage, simply made in France rather than in England. On occasion, however, it is served in a loaf or a cake, and it's nearly always served in a high-class manner. This dish is traditionally made with pig's blood, but also uses fruit like apples and cream to make it sweeter. It's still high in iron, but rather than being grilled, boudin noir is usually poached, then served with potatoes and beer. No matter how you make it, however, blood is one of the main ingredients and has been for centuries.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:57:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/foods-made-with-blood/laura-allan
<![CDATA[20+ Things McDonald's Should Put in Happy Meals for Grown-Ups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/adult-happy-meal-items/jason-robbins?source=rss

What would you want in a grown-up happy meal??

The cheap little toys that accompany McDonald's Happy Meals seem to be a source of great joy to children (not the children making the toys overseas; the children eating the Happy Meals), so why not dream up some things McDonald's should put in adult Happy Meals that would get us even more excited for our Big Macs? After all, why should kids have all the fun? We deserve rewards for eating poorly, too!

But what would put a smile on an adult's face when opening that magic meal box? Certainly not a plastic ninja turtle, or a Lego toy made from the company's irregular-fitting blocks. Adults have a very different idea about what makes for a good time than their pint-sized offspring.

Here are some things that should be in McDonald's Happy Meals for grown-ups, should they ever choose to offer any. Vote up the things that would make YOU a more satisfied consumer of the big M's food.

20+ Things McDonald's Should Put in Happy Meals for Grown-Ups,

"The Hamburglar grabbed my buns!" T-shirt

Bottle of special sauce-flavored vodka

Combo meal-specific wine pairings

Hamburglar-themed sex toys (Collect them all!)


Condoms (stamped with the M insignia for quality assurance)


Officer Big Mac pepper spray

Uncle O'Grimacey memorial beer bottle opener

"What the hell is Grimace?" storybook, telling of how the amorphous, fuzzy purple muppet thing came to be

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:09:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/adult-happy-meal-items/jason-robbins
<![CDATA[15 Weird Foods People Ate to Get Through the Great Depression]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/food-during-the-great-depression/kellen-perry?source=rss

Let’s bust one Great Depression myth right off the bat, courtesy of Megan McArdle: “even at the height of the Depression, when a quarter of the workforce was unemployed, most people were not on relief, and most were not suffering malnutrition.” Even if it wasn’t all hobos sharing beans on a garbage can lid, the American diet during the Great Depression did change dramatically, thanks to the rise of the refrigerator, and, of course, the prioritization of thrift.

So what did people eat during the Depression? The Bureau of Home Economics encouraged a lot of substitution, leading to some pretty disgusting concoctions. The government also pushed bland foods on purpose because “they wanted to force people to get jobs and to earn enough money to buy spices and seasonings.” Refrigeration meant leftovers, so food during the Great Depression was prepared to last (think casseroles and loaves). Because America didn’t have a “national conscious or memory of hunger” at the time, the Depression not only changed attitudes toward food but also famously affected a lot of people’s behavior for the rest of their lives (just ask anyone with parents or grandparents that lived through it). The list below features some of the stranger foods people ate to get through the Great Depression and how they changed the American diet.

15 Weird Foods People Ate to Get Through the Great Depression,

Mulligan's Stew Was Seasoned with Tobacco

This one isn’t your ordinary Great Depression dish: this is straight-up hobo food. Mulligan’s Stew, according to Errol Lincoln Uys, author of Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression, is made from (stolen) onions, corn, and potatoes, added to a stew of mixed foraged greens, “bits and pieces” of meat, and a handful of navy beans likely “carried in a pocket for a month.” The secret ingredient? A “a smattering of Bull Durham tobacco and lint,” presumably either to enrich the broth or to make your weak-gutted hobo companions nauseated so you could more easily steal their bindles.

"Milkorno" Mixed Milk and Corn for an Unlikely Superfood

Mad scientists at Cornell University in 1933 invented a gruel called Milkorno, a mix of powdered skim milk, corn meal, and salt, to help families in need “stretch budgets without sacrificing nourishment," promising “Meals For a Family of 5 For $5 a Week.” The name comes from combining "milk” and “corn” with the surprised “Oh!” that guests of Eleanor Roosevelt probably made when she explained what she tricked them into eating at the White House later that same year.

There were also Milkorno’s step-siblings Milkwheato and Milkoato. Milkwheato, in particular, did big business: the government purchased 25 million pounds of the dystopian dust for use in hunger relief efforts. When boiled, every member of the Milkorno family turns into porridge, which makes you wonder what the Bureau of Home Economics was thinking when it suggested soggy Milkorno as a substitute for noodles in Chinese chop suey.

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Was Born

The Great Depression gets a pretty bad rap, but hey: it did give the world the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. In 1937, Kraft heard about a salesman for the Tenderoni Macaroni company of St. Louis going rogue and selling his noodles with packets of Kraft grated cheese attached. They hired the now-forgotten national hero to promote the concept and started selling it to cash-strapped Americans at the low, low price of 19 cents for four servings.

Speed was a big selling point, too: one early print ad featured a happy and bewildered husband asking, “How the deuce did you make this keen macaroni and cheese so fast? Why, we just got home!”

Even the President Ate Prune Pudding

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wasn’t just going to sit back and let this whole “Great Depression” nonsense keep her country down. The famous feminist was an early supporter/patron saint of the home economics movement, and she practiced what she preached: food served in the White House during the Depression was famously the dreariest in history. Poor FDR had to eat—at least when the press and/or guests were around—denture-friendly fare such as “deviled eggs served in a tomato sauce with a side of mashed potatoes” with “prune whip” (pudding) for dessert. The humble and much-maligned prune, along with its ragtag dried fruit cousins, was a common substitute during the Depression for pricey fresh fruit.

The First Lady Promoted Spaghetti with Boiled Carrots and White Sauce

Eleanor Roosevelt was doing the best she could with the hand she was dealt. How would you like to be the First Lady during the Great Depression in a time when Lady Magic in the kitchen was supposed to help us through the crisis? That said, Roosevelt promoted some truly foul dishes in her efforts to promote savvy home economics, such as this off-putting “casserole” made from spaghetti, boiled carrots, and a simple white sauce of milk, flour, salt, and butter.

The first step is to cook the spaghetti for a sadistic 25 minutes, which in a sane world means Step #2 is to order the biggest pizza Domino's will make. But this is the Great Depression we’re talking about, so the idea is to get the noodles mushy so they pair nicely with the boiled-to-death carrots and the pennies worth of creamy sauce. The result? A “vehicle for nutrition and nutrients” that probably made people want to eat their old Flapper hats instead.

Vinegar Cobbler Faked Fruit Flavor

Vinegar Cobbler belongs to a class of culinary freaks known as the “Desperation Pies,” which sounds like a bad joke from a Thanksgiving-themed Cathy comic but is actually what food historians and bakers call cheap-ass fruitless pies that crept dreadfully into the spotlight during the Great Depression (see also the Ritz Mock Apple Pie). Instead of chunks of fresh apples, you use apple cider vinegar to fake the acidic taste on a budget. Believe it or not, in 2015, James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd started serving Vinegar Cobbler at his Houston restaurant, Underbelly. It reportedly tastes like a custard made from salt and vinegar chips, a rare dessert that “leaves the roof of your mouth tingling.”

Dandelion Salad Was Sourced from Yards and Parks

Historians believe one of the “travesties” of federal Depression-era hunger relief and home economics is that the government didn’t look to immigrants for inspiration. Italian immigrants, for example, were known for food that was “cheap and delicious and highly nutritious,” but the government wasn’t pushing people to eat like them at all, instead calling for abominations such as mushy spaghetti with boiled carrots and peanut-butter-stuffed onions.

One delicious and vitamin-packed ingredient foraged by Italian immigrant women in New York City—and by people all across the country—were dandelion greens, which could be “harvested” from parks, yards, and vacant lots in the early spring. The leaves could be added to salads or sautéed in olive oil and added to cooked white beans for a tasty, nutritious, virtually free meal.

There Were Loaves Galore

Food historians say that loaves were “very popular” during the Great Depression because they “were made from an ingredient and a cheap thing that stretches the ingredient out.” There was liver loaf, lima bean loaf, peanut loaf, and, as a “sparingly apportioned luxury,” actual meatloaf. Lima bean loaf allegedly tastes a “bit like falafel” but is best with “lots of highly seasoned gravy.” Even actual meat loaf was relatively affordable when it was “padded out” with “bread and crackers, quick-cooking oats, tapioca, breakfast cereal, and powdered sauce mixes.” Meanwhile, like today, “bouillon, canned soup, and Heinz ketchup … added flavor and moistness at small cost.”

'Surreal' Peanut Butter-Stuffed Onions Kept Things Super-Cheap

Food historians Andrew Coe and Jane Ziegelman, authors of A Square Meal, prepared peanut-butter-stuffed baked onions using a Depression-era cookbook and lived to tell the tale to the New York Times. How did the dish turn out? “It was not a popular addition to the dinner table,” Coe said. Ziegelman called the experience “surreal,” noting sagely that “peanut butter has nothing to say to a baked onion.”

Who’s to blame for this unholy alliance of peanut butter and baked onion, this wretched PB&BO? The well-intended but seemingly palateless Bureau of Home Economics, whose professional home economists published recipes and articles in our fine nation’s newspapers and magazines urging housewives to become “budgeteers” and serve this glop to their families.

Ritz Mock Apple Pie Subbed Crackers for Apples

Thanks to some kind of culinary Stockholm Syndrome, this deceitful treat is known today as a “Depression-era favorite.” The Ritz Mock Apple Pie is a pastry imposter: it’s an apple-free apple pie, with Ritz crackers—and a pinch of desperation—meant to stand in for America’s favorite fruit/doctor-repellant.

How does it work? It’s a soggy charade: the sugar, cinnamon, butter, and lemon juice gang up with the buttery taste and unique texture of the Ritz crackers to convince your senses and mouth hole that actual apples were harmed in the making of this revolting cracker pie.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:29:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/food-during-the-great-depression/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[Fast Food Menu Items in Real Life That Look Nothing Like the Ads]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fast-food-real-life-vs-ads/ashley-reign?source=rss

Have you ever been watching TV and seen a tasty ad that made a burger or pizza look like the best idea ever? But then you arrive at the restaurant and you're served with fast food that doesn't look like the pictures? It has happened to everyone. Generally during a moment of intense hunger, hangover, or financial difficulty. As you'll see from thia collection of unappetizing fast food pictures stacked up against the foods as they were advertised to be, movie stars aren't the only ones guilty of a little airbrushing. Stop the lies!

Fast Food Menu Items in Real Life That Look Nothing Like the Ads,

Burger King Hot Dogs: Not So Hot, Actually

Burger King Extra Long Philly Cheeseburger: All the Bread, Twice the Mess

Burger King Enormous Omelet Sandwich: Enormously Meh

McDonald's McSkillet Burrito: Trust Us. It'll Wake You Up.

KFC Famous Bowl: Famous for Being Infamous

Arby's Beef and Cheddar: Deflated Version Now Available

Taco Bell's Crunchy Taco: All the Shell, Half the... Everything Else

Wendy's Bacon Double Cheeseburger: Double the Grease!

McDonald's Big Mac: Casual Friday Edition

Wendy's Chicken Club: The Sandwich That Had a Rougher Night at the Club Than You

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:10:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fast-food-real-life-vs-ads/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[The Most Diarrhea-Inducing Taco Bell Menu Items]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/taco-bell-menu-items-that-cause-bubble-guts/nikoberi?source=rss

Does anybody actually like Taco Bell? To rephrase: do sober people go to Taco Bell? And, if so, do they enjoy themselves? Are there people in the world who, sitting on their couches in the pangs of hunger, yet of sound mind, say to themselves, "You know what I could go for right now? A nice fat bag of Taco Bell menu items that give you& diarrhea." Are these warriors of the night born with iron stomachs? Or do they derive great joy from spending hours on the toilet, hurling liquid crap from their butts, sweating and grunting like a feral apeslaughtering its nemesis? Maybe, just maybe, someone somewhere in the world is even turned on by the prospect of Taco Bell items that make you sick.

The best thing about Taco Bell is the perverse glee it takes in creating new, Frankenstein's Monster tacos. Taco Bell has slung out some truly stomach wrenching inventions. The kind of menu items that make you wanna slather yourself in grease, roll into a giant tortilla, and be eaten by an inebriated giant, just so you can know what it's like to be one of those Taco Bell meals that cause bubbleguts, slipping through the stomach and intestines of a monster, surfing its bile on your rapidly eroding tortilla surfboard. The Magic School Bus, minus the bus, plus a raging tide of mucusy excrement.

So, with eyes unclouded by alcohol, let's take a look at the most diarrhea-inducing things Taco Bell has ever made, half of which already so closely resemble soft sh*t you kinda have to wonder whether they even change form while passing through you.

The Most Diarrhea-Inducing Taco Bell Menu Items,

Beefy 5 Layer Burrito

Nachos Bellgrande

Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch

Smothered Burrito

Bean Burrito

Nachos Supreme

Crunchy Cheesy Core Burrito


Burrito Supreme

Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:47:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/taco-bell-menu-items-that-cause-bubble-guts/nikoberi
<![CDATA[20 Food Creations That Prove Food Science Has Gone Too Far]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-food-pictures/nathandavidson?source=rss

It's a sad thing to admit, but we've finally reached a point in food evolution where snack and fast food companies are taking it too far. Burger King sells tacos, Subway sells pizza and KFC sells hot dogs. The craze of fast food fusion started out as a funny gimmick, but now it's reached the point of pure insanity. That's what this photo gallery is all about: they way too many times food science has gone too far.

20 Food Creations That Prove Food Science Has Gone Too Far,

Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza

The Carl's Jr. Ice Cream Burger

KFC's Fish Donuts

Weird Pringles Science

Bacon Fried Twinkies

Cookie Dough Oreos

Krispy Kreme's Sloppy Joe

Krispy Kreme's Bacon Donut Hot Dog

KFC's Double Down Dog

Burger King's Mac n Cheetos

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:22:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-food-pictures/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[22 Delicious International Desserts You Deserve to Know About]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/desserts-around-the-world/jordan-love?source=rss

Dessert is the most important meal of the day, depending on who you ask. Ice cream and chocolate chip cookies are classics, but they're far from the only sweet snacks out there. There are all kinds of weird, wonderful, and wild desserts around the world. From France's crème brûlée to Turkey's baklava, these international desserts are just waiting to be devoured.

In America, we tend to favor sweet desserts: things that are drenched in chocolate or covered in sugar. From apple pie to chocolate cakes, sweetness rules when it comes to American desserts. That isn't the case everywhere, though. In some countries, desserts are made more savory than sweet, more refreshing than heavy. Many places around the world favor light and refreshing desserts, while others will eat desserts consisting of things that we associate more with breakfast foods. 

Desserts in other countries can be marvelous, baffling, and irresistible, and this list is chock full of them.  

22 Delicious International Desserts You Deserve to Know About,

Banoffee pie

Banoffee pie is superior to banana cream pie in two ways. First, its crust is typically more of a crumble. Second, it usually contains toffee and sometimes chocolate. Everything tastes better with toffee and chocolate. 

Gulab jamun

Gulab jamun aren't your regular donut holes. They're an Indian treat made with curdled milk that's kneaded into dough, deep fried, and dipped in a sugary syrup flavored with cardomon, rosewater, or saffron. 

Prinsesstårta (Princess Cake) Is a Swedish Dessert Worthy of Royalty

Prinsesstårta is a layered cake with loads of whip cream and pastry cream inserted between layers of sponge cake. It's topped with a layer of marzipan to give the dessert a nice and smooth look. 

Brigadeiros Are a Brazilian Celebratory Dessert

Brigadeiros are dense chocolate truffle/cupcake hybrids. These sweets are typically incredibly decadent and often come covered in sprinkles. 

Koeksisters are Marvelous South African Donuts

American donuts are good, but Koeksisters are infused with maple syrup and you just can't beat that. 

Tarta de Santiago Is a Spanish Almond Cake

The Tarta de Santiago can trace its origins all the way back to the middle ages. This Spanish almond cake is highly recognizable thanks to the cross of the Order of Santiago that almost always adorns its top. 

Syrniki Is an Eastern European Treat Fit for Breakfast or Dessert

Pancakes in America are pretty dull compared to the rest of the world. Eastern Europe's syrniki for example, is a fried quark (similar to sour cream) pancake often topped with sour cream, jam, honey, or apple sauce to take it to the next level. 

Sachertorte Is the Secret Chocolate Cake of Austria

A specialty of the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Sachertorte is an irresistible and renowned dense chocolate cake. 

Nanaimo Bars Are Canadian Dessert Heaven

Nanaimo bars are named after the Canadian city of Nanaimo. They require no baking and are simply bars of crispy wafers topped with custardy butter icing with delicious melted chocolate on top. 

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte Is a Complex German Cake Worthy of Its Name

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is black forest cherry cake with plenty of cream and fruit brandy to keep it moist. 

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:19:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/desserts-around-the-world/jordan-love
<![CDATA[16 Incredible (and Disgusting) World Records Involving Food]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-food-world-records/isadora-teich?source=rss

Everyone loves to eat, but these people really love food. Whether they make a living traveling around eating thousands of hot dogs and cow brains or build insane sculptures out of chocolate and cake, their passion for food will surprise you. This food world records list includes everything from professional competitive eaters destroying massive steaks to college kids who nabbed a world record throwing the most epic dessert party of all time.  

Food is a huge part of culture, life, fun, and in the case of the Carolina Reaper Pepper, even pain. Some of these world records related to food are truly incredible. If you thought eating an extra burger at that one party was a big deal, get ready to take a look at a burger that weighs more than some fully grown people do. Whether you love sweet, savory, or just plain crazy, there is definitely something on this list to sink your teeth into. Bon appetit! 

16 Incredible (and Disgusting) World Records Involving Food,

The Biggest Cake Sculpture of All Time

In 2015, 250 cake designers got together to create a massive cake sculpture. Created by the National Association of Cake Designers Italy and Make-A-Wish UK in Milan, the cake is 54 ft. x 45 ft. 7 in. x 1 ft. 9.25 in. This cake was entirely edible and after its completion it became over 12,000 slices

The Most Taco Bell Tacos Eaten in 10 Minutes

Joey Chestnut is a competitive eater with more titles and records to his name than almost any other. He has won Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest nine times. On July 29, 2011, Chestnut ate 32 Taco Bell soft tacos in just 10 minutes

The Biggest Dessert Party on Earth

In 2015, Niagara College in Niagara Falls, Canada broke the world record for largest dessert party of all time. With almost 1,000 participants serving 5,000 desserts on campus, these college kids truly tasted sweet victory.

Longest Chocolate Structure

In 2012, Maltese chocolate artist Andrew Farrugia constructed a 2,755-lb. chocolate train. The elaborate piece of art measured 112 feet long and took more than 700 hours to complete. According to Farrugia, "Actually it was going to be much smaller than it was, but I kept on adding another wagon, and another wagon, and it's the size it is today."

The Largest Scoop of Ice Cream

At the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival held in Cedarburg, WI, in 2014, the largest ice cream scoop ever scooped was born. Kemps LLC created a massive 3,010-lb. ice cream treat for the festival. This massive strawberry scoop stood 5'6" tall and measured 6'2" wide. It was comprised of 733 containers of ice cream and enjoyed for free by thousands of festival attendees. 

The World's Largest Pizza

The largest pizza ever made had a surface area that measured an insane 13,580.28 ft^2. It was prepared by a group from NIPfood lead by Dovilio Nardi in Rome, Italy in 2012. The pizza was christened "Ottavia," which is a word of Roman origin meaning "eighth son." This 100% gluten-free pizza was not only an homage to the Roman emperor Octavian Augustus but was also meant to be good press for a health-conscious gluten free diet. 

The Hottest Chili on Earth

Spice lovers beware! Smokin Ed's Carolina Reaper Pepper may just be your match. This pepper, grown by the PuckerButt Pepper Company in South Carolina, is scientifically hellishly hot. According to tests conducted at Winthrop University which measure the compounds responsible for spicy flavor - called capsaicinoids - these peppers measure a whopping 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Jalapeno peppers only measure between 2,500-5,000 SHUs. 

The Most Expensive Hamburger Ever

The most expensive hamburger ever made was a huge burger crafted by Juicy Foods and Ovations Foodservices for Juicy's Outlaw Grill. The restaurant is based in Corvallis, OR. The burger was made on July 2, 2011, and cost $5,000. 

Most Cow Brains Eaten in 15 Minutes

Takeru Kobayashi is a Japanese competitive eater that holds numerous world records. In 2002, Fox broadcasted The Glutton Bowl, an intense competition sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. Contestants had to work their way through various rounds, eating things such as hard boiled eggs, whole sticks of butter, hot dogs, mayonnaise, and cow brains. Kobayashi took the final cow brain round by eating a 1/3 pound of them in just 15 minutes

Largest Bubble Gum Bubble Ever Blown

The biggest bubble gum bubble ever blown was blown by Chad Fell in Winston County, AL in 2004. His massive bubble had a diameter of 20 inches. The secret to his success? Fell says he used three pieces of Dubble Bubble Gum to create the massive bubble. 

Thu, 12 May 2016 03:33:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-food-world-records/isadora-teich
<![CDATA[8 Celebrities Who Somehow Survived on Questionable and Disgusting Diets]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-celebrity-diets/kristin-buchholz?source=rss

There's little doubt that being a celebrity can take a toll on a person's self-image. You can hardly blame them; we build them up in the press, hound their every move, and then the minute life happens, we love to kick them when they're down. And the tabloids love nothing more than to latch onto questionable celebrity diets.

Body image is absolutely everything in Hollywood, and since the early days of the film studios, celebrities have been doing all sorts of weird and wacky things in the name of a thinner, more toned, all-around more fabulous (and photogenic) version of themselves. No wonder there are so many weird celebrity diets.

While we like to think, these days, we're a lot more informed about what we put into our bodies and the long-term effects it might have on our health, it's fair to say that celebrities often let the pressure to look good onscreen affect their judgment when it comes to all things diet-related. 

Remember that banquet feast scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? The one where Indy and his posse sat down to a scrumptious feast that began with a scorpion and spider salad and ended with a chilled monkey brain sorbet? With some of these celebrities, that's not too far from the level of sheer disgustingness we're dealing with here. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but these weird, questionable, and for some, downright gross celebrity diets are all the proof we need that sometimes, the rich and famous will do just about anything to keep themselves looking trim!

8 Celebrities Who Somehow Survived on Questionable and Disgusting Diets,

Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé is reportedly a fan of the Master Cleanse diet, also sometimes referred to (appropriately in this case) as the Lemonade diet. The Master Cleanse is essentially an all-liquid diet that at its core basically consists of lemonade, salt water, and a laxative herbal tea. If it sounds too good to be true, that's likely because it is. Proponents of the diet claim that it's a panacea for all that ails you; you'll lose weight, feel energetic, and lose your cravings for unhealthy food. 

Sound a bit extreme? That's because it is extreme. The Master Cleanse is really more of a fast than a diet. Most people, if they stick to the plan, will lose a bit of weight, largely due to the fact that they are taking in exponentially fewer calories on this diet than they would if they were eating normally. Also probably because mixing all of those things into the same glass is more than a little disgusting. What's more? Once a dieter who has done the Master Cleanse goes back to a normal eating pattern, he or she is likely going to gain the weight right back again. 

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera, whose weight has fluctuated over the years, is allegedly a proponent of the Color Diet. So, what is it?

The Color Diet is really less of a diet than it is a way to get people eating more fruits and vegetables. The diet was the brainchild of an artist named Mindy Wensel, who in 2003 co-wrote the book with her two daughters after feeling inspired by the full spectrum of colors of healthy food. What's odd about the Color Diet is that it is only seven days long. You basically focus on a single color every day of the week and try to eat only foods of that color, with a little help from things like condiments.

However, just because the color of the day might be white, don't think you are going to get away with eating nothing but marshmallows on white bread. The diet has some pretty healthy guidelines to follow, which are vegetable-heavy and actually quite sound nutritionally.

Jennifer Aniston

If there's really going to be a taco truck on every corner of the USA, then the timing is exactly right for Jennifer Aniston. Aniston has recently shown an interest a diet called the Taco Cleanse.

However, you can take all those images of oily, cheesy tacos and put them straight out of your mind, because the Taco Cleanse focuses on vegan, tacos that cut down on simple carbohydrates by using corn tortillas. But perhaps the best part of the Taco Cleanse is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. In addition to allowing drinks (margaritas!) and even refried beans (yessss!), the Taco Cleanse promises a holistic, if not downright esoteric taco experience, promising that it "will bring all of your levels to new heights and increase your nutrimatter content a thousandfold." Which sounds like a whole bunch of hokum (What on God's green Earth is nutrimatter? You can't even answer that, because it's not a real thing), but who cares? Taco diet!

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian-West is no stranger to dieting. One look at her Instagram feed and you can see that she is schilling for just about every disgusting and questionable celebrity diet craze that has come to pass in the last decade. With that in mind, it should then come as no surprise to see that Kardashian-West has embraced yet another weird and disgusting diet trend - this one comes courtesy of your local emergency room. 

Kardashian-West has been quoted telling several media outlets that she is a fan of activated charcoal "lemonade," which she states makes her feel "cleansed and energized throughout the day." If that sounds fair enough to you, you probably need to learn a bit more about what activated charcoal actually is and what it does. 

Activated charcoal is sometimes used in emergency rooms for things like drug overdoses to absorb toxins that have been ingested. It's pitch-black, gritty, and reportedly tasted about as good as one might expect from a charcoal-based drink. But is it a healthy diet aid?

While using it for treatment in the context of a medical facility appears to be safe and effective (when used correctly), the evidence for using activated charcoal as a health and diet aid is sketchy at best. In fact, it has been shown that activated charcoal can interfere with certain medications, and slow, or even completely prevent nutrients from being absorbed from your gut. Consuming it in small amounts is fine, but the side effects of consuming too much include black stools, vomiting, diarrhea and/or constipation, and a black tongue and lips; a look that will undoubtedly be on display at the next Yeezy fashion show.  

Megan Fox

Megan Fox is just one of a multitude of celebrities that tout the vinegar diet as a way to do just about anything from keeping off the pounds to preventing disease and even clearing your skin. Fox (along with another noted hottie, Miranda Kerr) has gone on record as far back as 2010 saying that taking a few shots of vinegar a day (namely, apple cider vinegar) helps her to lose weight, and "just cleanses out your system entirely."

Unlike so many other strange and icky-sounding celebrity diet claims, this one may actually have a small slice of truth associated with it. While many, if not most of the wide spectrum of health benefits that people claim are cured by apple cider vinegar are simply unproven, there is a little bit of evidence to suggest that Fox might actually have the science on her side. According to one Japanese study, study participants who took a small dose of apple cider vinegar every day (as opposed to the water that the remaining participants took) did lose slightly more weight than those who did not. Participant lost an average of between one and two pounds - a number that hardly seems worth the energy of screwing the cap off the vinegar bottle.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon may seem like a bastion of Southern charm and good taste, but when she wants to drop a few pounds, apparently she is not above engaging in the occasional gross celebrity diet. Witherspoon, along with other celebrities like Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow, is allegedly a fan of the baby food diet. And no, this is not some smoothie-type recipe craze that you make in your blender at home (and add vodka, right?). We're talking about the small jars of actual baby food that you buy off the shelf in your local grocery store. You know, the ones for babies.

Apparently the baby food diet is one of the more popular (not to mention questionable) diets that famous people do when they want to trim down quick. The diet (if you want to call it that), basically consists of replacing breakfast and lunch with approximately 14 jars of baby food, which run between 25 and 75 calories each. 

In addition to being low calorie, baby food is also low in additives and preservatives, and comes in very portion-controlled, infant-sized jars. From a health standpoint, one could do a lot worse. However, be prepared to get some pretty funny looks from your fellow human beings.  As Jim White, a registered dietician with the American Dietetic Association told The Huffington Post, "Who wants to eat baby food 14 times a day? We’ve got to enjoy ourselves too, and chew our food. It’s just not livable, unless you’re in a retirement home."

Victoria Beckham

Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham is renowned for her teeny-tiny, birdlike physique. After the birth of her youngest child, daughter Harper Seven, Beckham allegedly turned to the Five Hands diet

The Five Hands diet dictates that you may eat exactly five handfuls of food per day. Yes, you heard that right. Five handfuls. Of your five handfuls, one or two may be fruits and certain low-glycemic veggies, and 2/3 of a handful may be legumes or sweet potatoes. All wheat products are off the menu, as are bananas. 

While this is a very strict diet, it is a little more forgiving as far as variety goes than your average celebrity crash diet, although the calorie count will likely not be high enough to support anyone who is serious about maintaining a workout routine while on this diet. 

Snookie Young

Nicole "Snooki" LaValle, formerly of that traffic accident of a reality show Jersey Shore, has enjoyed her celebrity status well after the show's completion, parlaying her reality TV experience into guest-hosting appearances on a multitude of television programs and even a few events for the WWE. 

However, Snooki was at least as well-known for her overly-tanned, over-the-top, slightly curvaceous sartorial appearance as she was her persona. Apparently, all that time in the limelight must have made Snooki want to shed a few pounds, because, for the last few years, she has been rocking a fitter, slimmer, and more toned version of the Jersey Shore Snooki that we all came to know and love. How did she do it? Apparently, Snooki went on a gross and rather questionable-sounding diet called the Cookie Diet, which was created by Dr. Sanford Siegel, a practicing weight loss physician.  

The Cookie Diet replaces breakfast, lunch, and snacks with... you guessed it... cookies! the goal is to eat approximately nine cookies in place of these meals per day. However, don't run out and start stocking-up on Nutter Butters just yet; these aren't just any old cookies. Cookie Diet cookies are essentially a low-calorie, high-fiber and protein version of a cookie designed to act as a meal replacement.

The upside of this diet is that if you stick to it, you will definitely lose weight, as you are cutting a lot of calories. However, the plan's calorie count is a meager 1000 to 1200 calories a day! For the 4'9" Snooki, that might just be enough, but for your average human who enjoys a bit of exercise, that is going to leave you feeling pretty hungry! Also, eating cookies at every meal is going to get pretty monotonous, and these particular cookies don't come cheap. A 21-day supply cost $100!

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:57:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-celebrity-diets/kristin-buchholz
<![CDATA[Foods That Weirdly Look Like Beloved Fictional Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/foods-that-look-like-cartoon-characters/ashley-reign?source=rss

Ever had that awkward experience where you were sitting around eating dinner and then suddenly, mid-meal, you noticed that a piece of your food looked a little... familiar? While food that looks like people has occasionally captured the attention of the masses ever since Jesus first appeared in someone's morning toast, the foods that you'll find here go a bit of a more whimsical route. You see, although the foods you'll find below may remind you of familiar characters, they tend to be ones you're more likely to have seen on a movie screen than met in person. These are foods that weirdly look like your favorite fictional characters.

Foods That Weirdly Look Like Beloved Fictional Characters,

This Maleficent Like Pumpkin Stem

This Grimace-Like Eggplant

This Incredibly Angry Angry Birds Shaped Onion

This Apple That Looks Like a Gaurdian of Ga'hoole

This E.T. Hashbrown that Wants to Phone Home

The Strawberry That Looks Like Mother Hen

This Jack Skellington Onion

Dunna Dunna Dunna Dunna Jam Batman!

This Ultra Creepy Apple That Wonders Why So Serious?

This Walnut That Looks Just Like Chewbacca

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:43:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/foods-that-look-like-cartoon-characters/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[12 Common Bugs You've Probably Eaten Without Even Knowing It]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bugs-you-eat-without-realizing/rylee_en?source=rss

Do bugs count as “clean eating”? You might want to consider this question if you care about your diet, because many seemingly healthy foods on grocery store shelves are filled with bugs you didn't know you were eating. In fact, the average person consumes about a pound-and-a-half of flies, maggots, and mites annually without even realizing it. The best part? All of this insect ingestion is in accordance with FDA regulations for food safety!

The buggy truth is, for a whole range of creepy-crawlies, the FDA Manual of Compliance Policy Guide specifies how many (and of what size!) can be in the food we eat. So, since it's “economically impractical to grow, harvest, or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects,” according to the FDA, it might be time to wrap your mind around all the unlisted ingredients that are probably in your kitchen right now.

The following list provides a gut-wrenching catalog of the most shocking, disgusting, and otherwise unappetizing bugs - from their larvae to their “fragments” - found in foods commonly bought and consumed in the United States. So, the next time you want to take an exotic tour of edible bugs, turn off the television and take a closer look at your dinner.

12 Common Bugs You've Probably Eaten Without Even Knowing It,


Cowpea curculio - a black, humpbacked weevil - might not be the extra ingredient you’re looking for in your black-eyed peas. But the cowpea curculio doesn’t really care about your preferences. During the winter months, females of the species lay their eggs in developing plant pods; these hatch into grubs, feed on the plant, and typically leave. The larvae that don’t make their exit, though, can end up in the cans in your local store.


According to the FDA, more than 60 parasitic cysts - like those containing Anisakis and its relatives in the nematode family - per every 100 freshwater fish are unacceptable, "provided that 20% of the examined fish are infested." But don’t worry if you happen to consume one of those 59 acceptable cysts: all that usually happens when you consume Anisakis is the parasitic worm attempts to burrow through your intestinal wall and eventually causes an immune response that leads to intense abdominal pain and vomiting. So what’s the trick for dealing with these cysts and avoiding illness? It’s recommended to thoroughly cook or hot smoke all fish to at least 140° for at least five minutes or to freeze it at 0° for 48 hours to kill all parasites.


Cheers! A reality long known to brewers but perhaps less obvious to novice beer drinkers is the presence of tiny sap-sucking bugs called aphids in the hops used to brew the beer we drink. Because aphids are one of the most common pests in temperate regions, they can actually be found in lots of the food and spices we consume. However, their affinity for hops has led the FDA to legally allow fewer than 2,500 aphids for every 10 grams of hops they inspect.

Thrips Sneak into Frozen Greens

Meet the thrip. Also known as everything from the thunderbug to corn lice, this slender, winged insect can actually be found in lots of places in the grocery aisle, but one of its favorite locales to hang out in is bags of green veggies in the frozen section. Thrips, like maggots, fly eggs, and earworms, are allowable in certain quantities and sizes in frozen asparagus, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. The last revision to the FDA guidelines for thrips in asparagus was in 1988, so it looks like these mainstays of the frozen section are probably going to be sticking around for a while.

Digested Wasps Make Figs Delicious

Who doesn’t enjoy that special, savory-sweet crunch of a fig? If you’re one of the many who does, you might have fig wasps to thank for it. Fig wasps exist in a symbiotic relationship with figs, providing essential fertilization services to the fruit as they hatch inside and feed on it. Some wasps even give their lives to the service, dying inside of a fig in the process of pollen delivery. However, when you consume wasps in figs, they're essentially unrecognizable. Enzymes in the fig digest the wasps, breaking them down into added protein. 

Squashed Cochineal Scales Provide Red Dye for Foods

Contrary to popular belief, beetles aren’t actually the bug that gives color to red dyed foods like imitation crab and yogurt. That’s an honor reserved for the cochineal scale, a species of scale insect that lives on prickly pear cacti. In order to provide vibrant red coloring for everything from red velvet cake mix to Starbucks’ Strawberries & Cream Frappucinos, female cochineal scales are squished into a bug slurry, and their pigment is extracted and added to food mixes. Never fear: the FDA requires food companies to label cochineal dye since it’s not only not kosher but also causes allergic reactions for some.

Caterpillars Get Comfortable in Frozen Spinach

“Spinach worms,” AKA caterpillars and their larvae, might be blended into your morning green smoothie if you’re using frozen spinach to make it. Like acceptable maggot levels in canned mushrooms, caterpillars in spinach are allowable in certain quantities and sizes. For example, fewer than “two or more 3 mm or longer larvae or larval fragments” can be present in 24 pounds of spinach as long as their aggregate length doesn't exceed 12 mm. That’s definitely some extra protein in your drink!

Earworms Add Protein to Canned Corn

Corn earworm is a species of moth that’s not just a major agricultural pest but can also be found in the canned corn we eat. In fact, for every 24 pounds of corn examined by the FDA, you can acceptably find fewer than “two or more 3 mm or longer larvae, cast skins, larval or cast skin fragments of corn earworm.” So, although you might not see a full-fledged moth floating among the golden kernels, there might be fragmented larvae dispersed throughout them. The least-larval option might be to buy fresh cobs and ensure their thorough cleaning.

Fly Eggs Fill Canned Tomato Products

You might want to think again before tearing into that next slice of pizza, considering the amount of fly eggs that are acceptable in lots of canned tomato products. Tomato paste, puree, juice, and sauce can all contain varying amounts of fly eggs and be legal for consumption. Tomato puree, for example, can contain 19 or fewer fly eggs per every 100 g, while tomato juice is limited to a more conservative 9 eggs or fewer per 100 g. Just to be clear, that’s about 20 eggs per 8 oz of tomato juice. Bloody Mary, anyone?

Beware of Maggots in Mushroom Cans

Good news! If you buy them in cans, mushrooms aren’t just a good source of vitamin D. They might also have an extra dose of protein and fat, courtesy of all the maggots that are permitted per can. The FDA says “an average of 20 or more maggots of any size per 100g of drained mushrooms and the proportionate liquid, or an average of 20 or more maggots of any size per 15g of dried mushrooms” is not allowed, but anything less than that and you're good to go. And, if size is your thing, FDA regulations say that fewer than an “average of 5 or more maggots that are 2mm or longer per 100g of drained mushrooms and proportionate liquid” is a-okay, too.

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:20:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bugs-you-eat-without-realizing/rylee_en
<![CDATA[Here Are the Best Drunk Foods Across America]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/drunk-food-in-america/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Getting drunk and eating greasy, disgusting/amazing food is truly one of the greatest things that you can do as adult. Drunk food is a special thing that anyone can make, but only a few select restaurants, and diners across America know how to do it right make food that can fill you up and get you thinking straight. But what is the best American drunk food? Is it a box of chicken fingers and garlic bread from Florida? Or is it a pile of french fries covered in everything but the kitchen sink from San Diego? It’s all of that and everything in between. Come along on our cross country road trip through the cities who really know how to treat a burgeoning alcoholic.

It can be hard to find good drunk food. You don’t want to eat something that’s too greasy because you’ll end up puking your guts out, but you also don’t want to eat a salad after you just drank a gallon of whiskey and sang fifteen Elton John songs at an underground karaoke bar. When you’re drunk the food you eat has to be substantial, it should have something melted on top of it, and if it can come with extra sauce then you need to make that happen. Let’s take a look at the best drunk food in the good ol’ US of A. 

What kind of late night drunk cuisine does your city have? And should it be included on this list? Leave us a comment if you think your city has what it takes. 

Here Are the Best Drunk Foods Across America,

Chardogs - Chicago, Illinois

There's plenty of filling foods in Chicago, but the chardogs from Fatsos Last Stand cost less than five bucks and they perfect for your long stagger home. 

Debris Fries - New Orleans, Louisiana

Bruno's debris fries are the only thing that can sober you up after a night of hand grenade soaked debauchery. They're soaked in melted cheese, roast beef, and horse radish sauce and they'll bring you back to life. 

'Da Bomb - Atlanta, Georgia

When you're in Atlanta and you want to eat 10,000 calories in one sitting (and let's be real, when you're drunk who cares?) you order Da Bomb. It's got chicken sausage patties, eggs, cheddar on grilled Krispy Kreme donuts. Woah.

Jack Mac - Charlotte, North Carolina

JackBeagle's has a hearty menu to go with their wall of taps, but the Jack Mac (macaroni and cheese pumped up on garlic with secret spices) is what you want to sop up all that tasty North Carolina beer. 

Street Dogs - Los Angeles, California

LA is full of great food, but the only thing that can quench your drunk hunger is a bacon wrapped hot dog served by someone grilling on the sidewalk

Gyros - Seattle, Washington

Seattle is known for many things, but it's about to start getting respect for its gyro game. At Aladdin Gyro Cery & Falafel you can spend less than five dollars and fill up your booze soaked belly. 

Chili Cheese Fries - Nashville, Tennessee

After a long night of rockin' in the country music capital of the world you need to get yourself to the Paradise Park Trailer Resort for some chili cheese fries. These fries are the ultimate party food. 

The Martian Landscape - Austin, Texas

At the Magnolia Cafe in Austin the best thing to order after you've been going HAM on 6th street is this good ol' fashioned plate of grilled potatoes smothered in cheese and green onions. 

Lobster Bisque Fries - New York, New York

The thick-cut fries at Brooklyn's Extra Fancy are doused in a savory lobster bisque and covered in liberal handfuls of lobster meat. $18 never tasted so good. 


Cheesesteak - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Some things are classics for a reason, and you can't go wrong with a philly cheesesteak. Just make sure you go to the right restaurant

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:52:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/drunk-food-in-america/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[What School Lunch Is Like in 8 Different Countries Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/school-lunches-in-other-countries/steve-wright?source=rss

Have you ever wondered what school lunch in other countries looks like?

You often hear that America has school lunches that are low in nutrition and flavor and promote bad eating habits to children. International school lunches, however, are certainly a mixed bag when it comes to providing everything a growing child needs while not costing the various governments millions of dollars.

Some countries, like Finland, have found a way to provide excellent school lunches that are free. Public school lunches in other countries, however, can get very expensive, with some schools in France charging the equivalent of a restaurant meal for food in their school cafeterias.

If you have ever wondered what school lunch around the world looks like, then this is the list for you. Keep reading to find out what kids around the world have at school lunch.

What School Lunch Is Like in 8 Different Countries Around the World,


Brazilian schools have the second largest lunch program in the world, feeding 42 million of the country's schoolchildren - for free. The government requires 30 percent of the ingredients for lunches to be sourced from local, family farms. By doing this, the country has helped four million farmers and also reduced childhood malnutrition at the same time. This also encourages children to stay in school longer as eating healthy, good quality food is often easier at school that at home.


The massive economic divide in China means that in some schools lunch is provided, while in others children have to bring their own food. China has recently been involved in a movement to cut waste and extravagance, and through this, the children who do not eat the lunch that is provided are given black marks that count on their end-of-year report cards. Lunches are traditionally Chinese dishes that use white rice, fish, and local vegetables.


The most unique aspect of Finnish school meals is that they are free. This change was part of a social revolution during WWII and Finns see the free school meals program as an essential part of their culture. The Finnish model means that school lunches cost eight percent of the education cost of each pupil. Each meal must have fresh and cooked vegetables covering half the plate, fish at least once a week, and berries or fruit for dessert, among other regulations.


There is no national school lunch program in France, so lunches there are funded by the local municipalities. This means that the wealthiest in Paris can pay up to $7 for a school meal, with an average cost being around $3 and low-income support being available. These three and four-course meals are provided to around 6 million children each day, with primary and middle school children having a set menu and high schools having a couple of options. Kids are also mandated to spend 30 minutes at the table to properly eat their food.


School lunches in Japan tend to be authentic, home-style meals as opposed to the fried, stadium food you see in the US. Most schools source their food from local farms and as a rule, the food is never frozen. The meals are balanced and lean heavily on traditional Japanese staples such as rice, fish, and soups. In many ways, it is a throwback school lunch system as the type and quality of the meals haven't changed much in four decades. The meals are also a communal experience as students serve their own classmates. Lunch periods are typically 45 minutes long and are used to teach children about community and nutrition.

South Korea

Most American kids would be pretty intimidated by a South Korean school lunch. Bringing lunch from home is unheard of in South Korea and the monthly cost for lunches is around $34 (with subsidies available). The lunches may be mysterious, but they are also nutritious and filling, with no microwaveable food and everything prepared fresh on the day it is served. Soups and fish are major staples of South Korean school lunches.

United Kingdom

School lunches in the UK had become such a problem that the government brought new legislation into effect in 2015 to make the meals healthier. Meals today must include one or more portions of vegetables or salad, while there may be no more than two portions of fried or pastry-based foods each week. The drive toward healthier eating was spearheaded by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. There is, however, a class divide that sees the poorer communities still eating school lunches that are not seen as nutritious enough compared to other countries.

United States of America

American school lunches are typically not fondly remembered by adults. Budget cuts in schools have seen the quality of school lunches eroded over the years to the point that First Lady Michelle Obama has become involved. Stats seem to back this up, noting that two out of three middle schoolers who eat school lunches regularly are overweight. 

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:11:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/school-lunches-in-other-countries/steve-wright
<![CDATA[Failed Fast Food Menu Items That Will Unsettle Your Stomach]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-fast-food-menu-items/isadora-teich?source=rss

Sometimes new fast food menu items can be fun. Just think back to the days when Burger King started offering $2 Hershey's chocolate cream pies, or when Taco Bell came out with their explosive Volcano Taco! 

Alas, fast food is not always the graceful home of innovation. Some new menu items clearly demonstrate that when it comes to "new fast food," the boundaries may have already been reached, with some gross fast food items lasting only a week on the menu. Leafing through the fast food history books, one finds that for every stuffed crust pizza success, there is a cream cheese-and-meatball stuffed-crust failure. 

Sometimes these major chains didn't understand their audience, didn't get what was going on in the world, or just forgot what tastes good. Take a look at these fast food items that failed and see some of the weirdest creations fast food chains around the world have dished out over the years.

Failed Fast Food Menu Items That Will Unsettle Your Stomach,

McDonald's McSpaghetti

As if Olive Garden wasn't enough of an insult to Italian food, McDonald's had to go and make the McSpaghetti. This was part of the McDonald's dinner menu, born of the establishment's inability to accept its identity as a cheap fast-food place unfit for such sophistication. Since its blatant failure in America, this way-sweet spaghetti is now only served in the Philippines, where they serve it with fried chicken

McDonald's Hula Burger

In the 1960s, McDonald's hoped to lure in Catholics that couldn't eat meat on Fridays with this very bizarre creation. The Hula Burger was a regular cheeseburger, only the actual burger patty was replaced with a pineapple slice. It turns out you can't just put a slice of pineapple on a bun with some cheese and ketchup and expect anyone to buy it. Indeed, barely anyone did. 

Burger King Enormous Omelet Sandwich

This sandwich sounds as appetizing as it looks. Even in a world of super-sized everything, customers were not buying this massive 730-calorie sandwich, which was the product of too many clashing ideas. If you need proof that this was an ill-fated, dated idea, look no further than the fact that the clip above stars Fonzworth Bentley, whose 15 minutes of fame came in the early 2000s as he rose to prominence for being P. Diddy's former personal assistant.

McDonald's McHotDog

This hot dog is a historic failure in America. The McHotDog is where consumers drew the line at fast-food mystery meat. Even the McSalads and other healthy menu items were more successful for the longtime establishment, even if not by much. The McHotDog left as mysteriously as it arrived but suspiciously reappeared in Japan on the breakfast menu in 2009.  

McDonald's Mighty Wings

These chicken wings, which McDonald's tried to sell at a dollar a piece in 2013, proved too expensive and too spicy for their customer base. In order to get rid of them, McDonald's ended up selling the wings for 60 cents a piece before discontinuing them. The wings were brought back for a limited time in Atlanta in 2016 to the confusion of pretty much everyone. 

DQ Breeze

Dairy Queen tried to cash in on America's healthy eating kick with the "Breeze" in 1990. It was a Blizzard made with frozen yogurt. Since no one goes to Dairy Queen looking for cruelty-free soy bison and unsalted salt, this tanked so intensely that most of the frozen yogurt spoiled before it was ever used. 

KFC Cheese Top Burger

This sandwich was released in the Philippines and subsequently blew up in America. The wacky burger caught the attention of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! writers, who did a solid job pointing out its fatal flaw: how do you hold it without taking a bath in processed cheese? 

McDonald's McLean Deluxe

In 1991, McDonald's tried to do diet-friendly food with the McLean Deluxe. It was marketed as being 91 percent fat-free. Apparently, the only way McDonald's could make an almost fat-free burger was to inject it with water and seaweed. Does this need further elaboration? 

Taco Bell Seafood Salad

This menu item sounds more like the name of a Southern California punk band than anything you would actually want to eat. Taco Bell tried to take on the Filet-O-Fish in the '80s with this monstrosity containing crab, whitefish, and shrimp. Not even in the '80s were people wild enough to trust Taco Bell with their seafood.

Pizza Hut Double Sensation Pizza

The title is provocative, compelling, and almost existential, but not nearly as perplexing as the pizza itself. Released in Singapore in 2012, this limited-edition holiday pizza was truly a nightmare before Christmas. It featured one crust stuffed with three kinds of cheese and topped with turkey, veggies, ham, and salsa. The second crust was stuffed with chicken sausage and cheese and topped with zucchini, chicken, and sauce. Oh, there was also a cherry in the middle.  

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 05:17:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-fast-food-menu-items/isadora-teich
<![CDATA[The Best Healthy Cereal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-healthy-cereal/ranker-food?source=rss

Hungry for a quick, nutritious breakfast? Look no further. This list rounds up the top healthy cereals on the market, from the fruit-filled to the crisp and crunchy. But healthy cereal doesn't mean boring cereal. Many good healthy cereals feature sweet, delicious flavors that complement diet-conscious whole grains. Some of these popular healthy breakfast cereals have even been on grocery store shelves for decades.

What varieties will you find on this list of the best healthy cereal? Since it was first introduced in 1924, Wheaties has satisfied breakfast fans with its hearty bran flakes. Famous athletes including Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Walter Payton have all appeared on the distinctive bright orange boxes for the brand. Cheerios is another good breakfast cereal that isn't loaded with sugar. In recent years, Kashi has become a go-to healthy breakfast cereal brand thanks to its whole grain-filled recipes. Other breakfast staples featured on this list include Life, Grape-Nuts, and Honey Bunches of Oats.

Do you have a favorite type of healthy breakfast cereal? Give the best brands a thumbs up to move them towards the top of the list, and please add any good cereals that are missing.

The Best Healthy Cereal,



Raisin Bran

Rice Krispies

Special K

MultiGrain Cheerios


Shredded wheat

Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal

Quaker Oatmeal Squares

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:24:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-healthy-cereal/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Bran Cereal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bran-cereal/ranker-food?source=rss

With its nutty flavor and healthful fiber, bran is a go-to ingredient in many breakfast cereals. But the grain can go far beyond the classic flake. In fact, the best bran cereal comes in many forms. Some good bran cereal is sweet and delicious, while other tasty bran cereal is made with diet conscious whole grains. A few of the most popular bran breakfast cereals have been on grocery store shelves for decades.

What varieties will you find on this list of the best bran cereal? Raisin Bran is one of the most popular – after all, "bran" is right there in its name. Kellogg's Raisin Bran has been a family favorite for many years, as have General Mills' Total Raisin Bran and Post Foods' Post Raisin Bran. Cracklin' Oat Bran is another delicious cereal packed with healthy bran and fiber. Wheaties, made from wheat and bran, has earned all-star endorsements from athletes including Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Chris Evert. Other tasty options featured on this roundup of top bran cereals include All-Bran, Multi-Bran Chex, and Fruit & Bran.

Which brand of these top bran flakes is your favorite? Vote the best breakfast cereals to the top of this list and add any great options that are missing.

The Best Bran Cereal,


Cracklin' Oat Bran

Raisin Bran


Raisin Bran Crunch

Total Raisin Bran

Multi-Bran Chex

Crunchy Corn Bran

Raisin Nut Bran

Oat Bran

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:23:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bran-cereal/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Most Insane, Nasty Things to Ever Happened in Buffets]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-you-can-eat-buffet-horror-stories/dukeharten?source=rss

Ever wander into a buffet and wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Or what happens on a busy Saturday night when the regulars are in full force? Wonder no more - below, we've compiled a list of the best (or worst) all-you-can-eat buffet horror stories. These gross food stories will have you alternately laughing and gagging at humanity's potential for gluttony. But beware: after reading these gross buffet stories, it might be a while before you can muster the courage to return to your favorite all-you-can-eat establishment.

The Most Insane, Nasty Things to Ever Happened in Buffets,

And They Say Kids Aren't Useful

"At a Golden Corral, I saw a family come in. Mom, dad, one kid, and one baby. The mom got a high chair on wheels for the kid, and then left the kid in a car seat at the table. She pushed the high chair to the buffet and proceeded to stack plates on it like her own personal table on wheels.

"She never put the kid in the high chair."

How to Tell the Bread Is Fresh

"I was about five at the time and my uncle took me to Hometown Buffet. He told me there was a trick to tell if the rolls were fresh or not. His trick was to pick up a roll, lick it, and then if it wasn't fresh enough, he put it back."

Vandal Seeks Revenge for Chocolate Fountain

"A few years back when Golden Corral first got the chocolate fountains, I went there and was going to try it out. As I was walking up to the fountain and I started to contemplate what I was going to have, a toddler takes his drink and just pours it into the fountain and ruins it. So anyway, the manager comes over and is going ballistic because they had just set it up for the day and now they would completely have to replace the chocolate.

"Shortly after, this man comes up and decides he wants some chocolate brownies, but he can't get any, as the machine is being purged in the back of the place. So what does he do? The guy just puts his tray down and leaves the restaurant, goes to the toddler's family's car, and slashes their tires. He was never caught after that. That man was a different kind of devoted that the world needs."

Nap Between Meals

"Worked at the Pizza Buffet. Dude came in for lunch buffet and ate a pretty good amount. Fell asleep in his booth for a few hours, then ate buffet again for dinner."

Match the Napkin to Its User

"I was once a customer at a Golden Corral in Florida and a morbidly obese guy came in. He was as wide as the table at which he was sitting. He pulled out a bath towel and tucked it in like a napkin. This dude came to play."

A New Dipping Sauce Applicator

"I once saw a really fat dude at a Chinese Buffet smear ranch dressing from his wrist to elbow, then as he ate, he brushed the food along the dressing before putting into his mouth."

Leave No Roll Behind

"Watched a lady get a to-go box and fill it up to the top. The bottom of the Styrofoam was about to give out when she dropped an egg roll on the ground. She then proceeded to pick it up with her toes (she was wearing flip-flops) and place it in the box."

Don't Let Incontinence Spoil a Good Time

"Once, while working at the Golden Corral, I witnessed this very big lady started soiling her pants on the way to the bathroom. The poop kept falling through her shorts on the floor, in front of the bars and everything and everyone. After going to the bathroom, she proceeded to go back to her table and keep on eating. True story."

Heart Attack or Flatulence?

"Once witnessed a man eat four plates of food piled high (I'm talking Southern food, so it was all fried foods), claim he was having a heart attack and clutch his chest, then let out the biggest, most foul-smelling fart I have ever experienced.

"After he laughed about it, he continued to go back and eat two more plates of entrees, and a plate of desserts."

Shell Your Shrimp

"My dad went with one of his weightlifting buddies to an all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet. The guy starts taking down shrimp at an incredible pace, without even bothering to deshell them.

"After consuming a couple pounds of the shrimp, he looks stricken and excuses himself. Dad follows him outside to see him leaning against a lamppost, dry heaving. The man eventually regurgitates what Dad could only describe as a 'shrimp log' - he basically puked up a compressed wad of shrimp shells, the way an owl pukes up a pellet of bones and fur after it eats a rat.

"When he was done, he wiped his mouth, lumbered back into the restaurant, and kept eating."

Wed, 11 May 2016 07:16:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-you-can-eat-buffet-horror-stories/dukeharten
<![CDATA[The Best Chocolate Cereal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-chocolate-cereal/ranker-food?source=rss

Yes, you can have chocolate for breakfast – if you're eating one of these chocolate cereals, that is. Many popular cold cereal brands bring the rich flavor of the dessert to the breakfast table. But which chocolate cereal is the very best is a matter of opinion. Some good chocolate cereal is sweet and sugary, while other tasty chocolate cereal is made with whole grains. A few of the most popular chocolate breakfast cereals have been on grocery store shelves for decades.

What varieties will you find on this list of the best chocolate cereals? You won't be surprised to see Cocoa Puffs here. Made from a variety of grains and chocolate flavoring, this delicious cereal has been a favorite of breakfast fans since it launched in 1958. Count Chocula is another classic breakfast food for chocoholics who love cereal. Cocoa Krispies combine the crisp, satisfying texture of classic Rice Krispies with a decadent chocolate taste. Other great options featured on this roundup of the top chocolate cereals include Chocolate Cheerios, Choco Crunch, and Chocolate Toast Crunch.

Do you have a favorite chocolate cereal? Give your favorite breakfast treats a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list and add any tasty cereals that are missing.

The Best Chocolate Cereal,



Cocoa Puffs

Cocoa Krispies

Cookie Crisp

Count Chocula

Cocoa Pebbles

Kellogg's Krave Chocolate Cereal

Double Chocolate Cookie Crisp

Oreo O's

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:32:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-chocolate-cereal/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Marshmallow Cereal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-marshmallow-cereal/ranker-food?source=rss

Who would have thought that marshmallows could be breakfast foods? Although they are typically thought of as dessert ingredients, these sweet treats make appearances in a variety of popular cereals. Some good marshmallow cereal is sweet and sugar-filled, while other tasty marshmallow cereal is made with whole grains. A few of the best marshmallow breakfast cereals have been on grocery store shelves for decades.

What breakfast staples will you find on this list of the best marshmallow cereals? Marshmallows shaped like pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers make Lucky Charms an especially fun cereal. This General Mills classic has been a family favorite since 1964. Boo Berry is another great marshmallow cereal to eat for breakfast – especially during Halloween. Marshmallow Alpha-Bits bring some extra sweetness to the classic flavors of Alpha-Bits. Other good options featured on this roundup of the top marshmallow cereals include Chocolate Lucky Charms, Count Chocula, and Marshmallow Mania Pebbles.

It's up to you to decide which marshmallow cereal is the best of the best. Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and add any delicious cereals that are missing.

The Best Marshmallow Cereal,

Count Chocula

Franken Berry

Lucky Charms


Kellogg's Froot Loops Marshmallow Cereal

Marshmallow Pebbles

Marshmallow Rice Krispies

Marshmallow Mateys

Marshmallow Mania Pebbles

Chocolate Lucky Charms

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:37:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-marshmallow-cereal/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Fruity Cereal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fruity-cereal/ranker-food?source=rss

There's just something about the combination of sweet fruit and hearty whole grains. Many of the most popular cereals on the market are either fruit flavored or bursting with tasty dried fruits, from raisins and dates to strawberries and blueberries. But what exactly makes the best fruity cereal is a matter of opinion. Some good fruity cereal is sweet and sugary, while other tasty fruity cereal focuses on natural ingredients and flavors. A few of the most popular fruity breakfast cereals have been on grocery store shelves for decades.

What breakfast favorites will you find on this list of the best fruity cereal? Fruity Pebbles has been one of Post Foods' most popular cereals since it was launched in 1971. Part of the appeal of this deliciously fruity breakfast food is its advertising, featuring characters from The Flintstones as spokestoons. Apple Jacks is another tasty fruity cereal that is popular with kids and adults alike. Cap'n Crunch was already a popular cereal, but the addition of Crunch Berries brought in scores of new fans. Other tasty options featured on this roundup of the top fruity cereals include Froot Loops, Raisin Bran, and Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.

Do you have a favorite fruity breakfast cereal? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and please add any cereals that are missing.

The Best Fruity Cereal,

Apple Jacks

Froot Loops

Raisin Bran


Raisin Bran Crunch

Fruity Pebbles

Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal

Kellogg's Special K Red Berries Cereals

Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries

Honey Bunches of Oats With Peaches

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:29:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fruity-cereal/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Kids' Cereal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kids-cereal/ranker-food?source=rss

A bowl of cereal is a go-to kids' breakfast for busy parents around the world. Many top brands specialize in colorful, fruit-flavored, and tasty cereals made especially for young – and perhaps picky – eaters. But as for which brand makes the best cereal for children, that's up to you to decide. The best kids cereal comes in many forms. Some good children's cereal is sweet and delicious, while other tasty kids' cereal is made with whole grains. A few of the most popular kids' cereals have been stocked on grocery store shelves for decades.

What varieties will you find on this list of the best kids' cereal? Frosted Flakes have been a favorite at the breakfast table for generations. Part of the appeal of this kids' cereal might be due its mascot Tony the Tiger, who always declares, “They're great!” Rice Krispies is another fun kids' cereal because its puffs snap, crackle, and pop when milk is added. Cheerios is often the first cereal that toddlers try when their teeth come in. Other good options featured on this top kids' cereal list include Golden Grahams, Fruity Pebbles, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Which brand do you think makes the best cereal for kids? Give your favorite breakfast foods a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and add any kids' cereals that are missing.

The Best Kids' Cereal,

Apple Jacks

Cap'n Crunch

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Froot Loops

Frosted Flakes

Frosted Mini-Wheats

Honey Nut Cheerios

Lucky Charms

Rice Krispies

Fruity Pebbles

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:26:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kids-cereal/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Taco Toppings]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/taco-toppings-and-ingredients/ranker-food?source=rss

The taco is a truly customizable food. Starting from its tortilla base, you can layer on a veritable buffet of proteins, veggies, and sauces to make your own delicious entree. If you're looking for ideas to jazz up your next taco bar, this list is for you. These are all the tasty things you can put on a taco, from the delicious standards to unique new flavors, as ranked by hungry users like you. The best taco toppings come in many forms. Some taco toppings are hot and spicy while other good toppings for tacos are creamy and delicious. Many of the greatest taco toppings are simply chopped fresh vegetables.

What items will you find on this list of the best taco toppings? Cheese is one of the most popular ingredients to add to tacos. Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, and Chihuahua are all great when shredded on top of soft or hard tacos. Hot sauce is another perfect condiment to add to tacos – and all Mexican food, for that matter. Made with ripe, creamy avocados, guacamole will add an authentic burst of flavor to any fiesta. Other delicious options featured on this top taco toppings list include tomatoes, lettuce, and sour cream.

Which taco topping should reign supreme? That's up to you to decide. Vote your favorite toppings to the number-one spot on the list by giving them a thumbs up, and add any options that are missing.

The Best Taco Toppings,



Hot sauce



Pico de gallo

Sour cream



Sweet Onions

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 04:35:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/taco-toppings-and-ingredients/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Flavors of Snow Cones & Shaved Ice]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/snow-cone-flavors-shaved-ice/ranker-food?source=rss

There's nothing quite like a frosty treat on a hot summer day. And when it comes to light, delicious refreshment, few desserts can top snow cones and shaved ice. These unique treats are made from crushed – or yes, shaved – ice, topped with sweet syrups in a variety of flavors. Whether you prefer your desserts light and fruity or sour and tart, there are snow cone flavors on this list for you.

What's the very best snow cone flavor? The answer comes down to a matter of personal taste. Tropical flavors like Pina Colada, Daiquiri, and Blue Hawaiian can transport you to an island paradise with every bite. Snow cone flavor ideas can get pretty inventive – how would you like to taste shaved ice flavored like wedding cake, or even ice cream? But not all shaved ice recipes push taste buds' boundaries. There's nothing wrong with a simple snow cone flavored with cherry, strawberry, or lime syrup.

It's up to you to decide the very best shaved ice flavors and snow cone flavors. Vote your favorite varieties up to the top of the list by giving them a thumbs up, and add any refreshing flavors that are missing.


The Best Flavors of Snow Cones & Shaved Ice,

Blue Hawaiian Snow Cone

Tropical Snow Cone

Vanilla Snow Cone

Coconut Snow Cone

Root Beer Snow Cone

Strawberry Snow Cone

Creamsicle Snow Cone

Mango Snow Cone

Passion Fruit Snow Cone

Cherry Snow Cone

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 04:59:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/snow-cone-flavors-shaved-ice/ranker-food
<![CDATA[Slurptastic Things You Didn't Know About Squeezits]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/squeezit-facts/jacob-shelton?source=rss

If you grew up in the '90s, no school lunch was complete without Squeezits, those iconic plastic bottles of sugary juice that, for some reason, always seemed to be yelling at you. Unfortunately, Squeezits only lasted for about 15 years, so it'll remain a mystery how the colorful screaming beverage could have evolved beyond changing colors and mystery flavors.

Even though the drink was short-lived, there are still plenty of nostalgia-filled Squeezit statistics that make you wonder, "Will Squeezits ever come back?" Here's a look back at some handy Squeezit facts you may have never slurped.

Slurptastic Things You Didn't Know About Squeezits,

One Squeezits Commercial Won an Advertising Award

If there's one thing Squeezits had going for it, it would be the insane commercials resembling a Deee-Lite music video. Adweek agreed. The commercial for Mystery Squeezits was named one of the magazine's best spots of July 1997 award.

There Was a Color-Changing Variety

In order to spice things up in the late '90s, General Mills launched the Color-Changing Squeezits line in 1996 when the brand was in fourth place behind Kool-Aid, Capri Sun, and Hi-C. Squeezit scientists created a color pellet that changed the drink's color when inserted into the bottle. 

The Brand Collaborated with LifeSavers

Squeezits didn't simply stick to its original flavors. In an example of General Mills brand synergy, the company launched a LifeSaver Squeezit line in 1995 featuring three flavors: Wild Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, and Tropical Fruit.

Denver Was the First Squeezit Test Market

Before unleashing Squeezits across North America, General Mills tested the product in Denver. After performing well in the Mile High City, the drink was rolled out to the Pacific Northwest and eventually the entire country.

Squeezits Contained Hardly Any Fruit Juice

Squeezits didn't contain much fruit juice. In fact, there was just 10 percent juice in those smushy bottles until the 1993 launch of Squeezit 100. The new line featured 100 percent juice in three flavors: Pilot Punch, Caped Grape and Acrobat Apple.

They Used Cutting-Edge Production Management Techniques

The teams making Squeezits used experimental management techniques. According to a 1990 article in Fortune Magazine, a Carlisle, PA plant that manufactured Squeezits boosted production by 5 percent by utilizing "superteams," a cross-functional, high-performance group that manages itself. Perhaps those so-called superteams were jacked up on Berry B. Wild?

Squeezits Made Their Debut at a Tradeshow

Squeezit mania began at the 1988 gathering of the Consumer Analysts Group of New York. For some reason, Squeezits' parent company General Mills thought it would be a great idea to drag a bunch of kids to the trade show and get them all sugared up.

They Made the Kool-Aid Man Quake in His... Pitcher?

In his 2013 book Salt Sugar Fat, Michael Moss detailed how Kool-Aid's parent company, General Foods, planned to combat the rise of Squeezits. The bigwigs added 5 percent fruit juice to Kool-Aid because moms didn't view their drink as a healthy alternative.

They Inspired a Mystery

In the '90s, Squeezits began including "mystery flavors" in their six-packs. The foreboding black bottles featured a new, unknown flavor. Reyn Buenaventura of the Eat.Geek.Play blog suspects one of the clandestine flavors was kiwi strawberry

One of the Characters Had a Conspicuous Personality Change

The grape-flavored Squeezit underwent a personality makeover. The original pouty-faced Grumpy Grape was later changed to the happier Gallopin' Grape. It's unclear just what made the purple Squeezit turn his frown upside down. 

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:10:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/squeezit-facts/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best WingStreet Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wingstreet-flavors-list/ranker-food?source=rss

When it comes to bar food, there's nothing quite like the classic chicken wing. Whether they're breaded, fried, grilled, or rubbed with spices, these savory morsels are a diner favorite at establishments around the globe. Restaurants like WingStreet – a sister company of Pizza Hut – make serving up fresh, tasty chicken wings their mission. Whether you prefer your wings mild or extra spicy, there are WingStreet flavors for you.

All WingStreet flavors start with the chicken wing, bone-out or traditional. From there, hungry customers pick a delectable sauce or dry rub to add extra flavor to the meat. Maybe they crave a sweet-and-savory combination, like that offered by the Hawaiian Teriyaki wings. Or perhaps they want something truly unique – wings coated with a spicy Jim Beam bourbon sauce could be just what they are craving. And for the truly daring, WingStreet offers their signature Buffalo Burnin' Hot wings with an over-the-top spicy kick.

So, what's the very best WingStreet flavor? That's up to you to decide, hungry reader. Give your favorite wing flavors a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and add any tasty WingStreet varieties that are missing.

The Best WingStreet Flavors,

Buffalo Medium Wings

Buffalo Burnin' Hot Wings

Dry Rub Ranch Wings

Dry Rub Cajun Style Wings

Hawaiian Teriyaki Wings

Buffalo Mild Wings

Spicy Garlic Wings

Garlic Parm Wings

Honey BBQ Wings

Naked Wings

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:16:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/wingstreet-flavors-list/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Flavors of Cupcakes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cupcake-flavor-list/ranker-food?source=rss

You're in the mood for dessert, but you don't want to fill up on a big slice of cake or a double scoop of ice cream. The sweet solution? The cupcake, a miniature treat that packs a giant dose of decadent flavor. There are types of cupcakes for every type of appetite, from the light and fruity to the rich and chocolate-filled. When you factor in all the different kinds of frostings, buttercreams, and ganaches pastry chefs can whip up to top the little cakes, it becomes quite a task to decide on the best type of cupcake.

What cupcake varieties will you find on this mouthwatering list? Perhaps you're a fan of the classics. Vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry cupcakes have been dessert case staples for generations. Maybe you like hints of savory flavors with your sweet. Salted caramel cupcakes could be just the snack you're craving. Or maybe you're a true fan of all types of sweet treats. Many good cupcake flavors are inspired by other desserts, like blueberry cheesecake and Oreo cookies.

Which cupcake types are the very best? It's up to you to decide. Vote your favorite cupcake varieties up to the top of this list by giving them a thumbs up, and add any sweet desserts that are missing.

The Best Flavors of Cupcakes,

Vanilla Cupcake

Funfetti Cupcake

Chocolate Cupcake

Peanut Butter Cupcake

Snickers Cupcake

Lemon Cupcake

Caramel Apple Cupcake

Snickerdoodle Cupcake

Pumpkin Cupcake

Oreo Cupcake

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:29:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cupcake-flavor-list/ranker-food
<![CDATA[Delicious Facts You Didn't Know About Bagel Bites]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bagel-bites-facts/stephen-tompkins?source=rss

The mere mention of Bagel Bites is bound to send any '90s kid into a nostalgic haze. The sounds of that infamous jingle, the omnipresent commercials starring professional skateboarder Tony Hawk - can't you just feel yourself being transported back to 1998? Even if you devoured the frozen snack by the 72-count Costco box, there are many Bagel Bites facts that you probably don't know.

Have you ever wondered, "How are Bagel Bites made?" After all, every time you tried to recreate them at home, they never tasted as good as the frozen kind. Seriously, where did they even get those tiny bagels?  Take a bite out of these toasty facts about Bagel Bites and find out.

Delicious Facts You Didn't Know About Bagel Bites,

They Were Originally Marketed to Moms

Before the days of Tony Hawk hyping Bagel Bites, the company aimed to appeal to moms. The thinking was that mothers would be the main buyers of the snacktastic treats. The marketing strategy eventually shifted to focus on tweens. Bagel Bites senior product manager Richard Yoder said in 2000 that "until mid last year, we were very much targeting moms as gatekeepers."

They Ran a Smear Ad Against Totino's Pizza Rolls

Similar to a political campaign, Bagel Bites ran an ad with a side-by-side photo of a Totino's Pizza Roll and a Bagel Bite, which stated the ingredients of the cheese in the two products. The goal of the ad was to show that Bagel Bites uses real cheese in their product, whereas Totino's Pizza Rolls are filled with an extremely processed and less healthy cheese substitute.

The Company Was Bought Out Just Six Years After Its Inception

When Bob Mosher and Stanley Garczynski invented Bagel Bites in 1985, they had no idea how quickly success would come. They made $1 million in their first year, $6 million in their second, and after that, big brands starting hounding them to sell. They held out until 1987, when they sold the company to John Labatt Co., a major Canadian food manufacturer.

They Were Invented by a Pair of Floridians

Bagel Bites were invented in 1985 by tennis partners Bob Mosher and Stanley Garczynski, in Fort Meyers, FL. The two invested $20,000 into the company and focused all their efforts on getting the frozen snack off the ground. It worked. They sold $1 million worth of Bagel Bites in the first year.

Heinz Scooped Up the Brand in 1991

In 1991, Heinz bought a large portion of John Labatt Co., which owned Bagel Bites. In the deal, Heinz snagged the tiny treats and began selling them under their Ore-Ida brand, which also produces other frozen foods.

Those Tiny Bagels Are Custom-Made

Before they even started trying to work on recipes, Bob Mosher and Stanley Garczynski knew they needed the perfect base for their concoction. They wanted an extra-small bagel, but there was only one problem: they couldn't find any. So they commissioned Lander's, a bagel company, to custom-make the teeny tiny bagels.

Tony Hawk Served as the Bagel Bites Spokesperson

Tony Hawk has become synonymous with Bagel Bites. The company used the hype surrounding the professional skateboarder's video game franchise and made him the spokesperson of the company. How could anyone forget those classic commercials with the Birdman hawking Bagel Bites from atop his board?

The Jingle Is Based on a Real Song

The name Bagel Bites is synonymous with its jingle: "Pizza in the morning/Pizza in the evenin'/Pizza at supper time/When pizza's on a bagel/You can eat pizza any time!" But the catchy tune you've been singing since the '90s is a twist on a song from 1957 by the McGuire Sisters called "Sugartime." You'll never listen to it the same way again.

1.24 Percent of US Households Eat 5 or More Boxes per Month

According to a survey of over 28,000 homes which was conducted from February 2014 to March 2015, 1.24 percent of US households devour five packs or more packs of Bagel Bites over the course of 30 days. There's no word on whether they were consumed in the morning, evening, or at supper time.

They Aren't Just Cheese and Pepperoni

That's right. Bagel Bites have come a long way since the '90s when cheese and pepperoni were the only options. Now, you can buy them in several varieties, including three cheese, buffalo chicken, and breakfast style with bacon, egg, and cheese.

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 03:37:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bagel-bites-facts/stephen-tompkins
<![CDATA[The Best Kinds of Cheesecake]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cheesecake-flavors-and-types/ranker-food?source=rss

Rich and decadent, with a signature velvety texture, cheesecake is a popular dessert around the world. These distinctive cakes are made with soft cheese, such as cream cheese, ricotta, or mizithra, sweetened with sugar and baked or simply chilled in a springform pan to hold their shape. From there, though, cheesecakes can be accented with any number of flavors. Cheesecake varieties can range from rich and chocolatey to light and fruit-filled. But the best types of cheesecake? Those are up to the diner to decide.

What kinds of cheesecake tempt your sweet tooth? Maybe you're a fan of the classic New York-style cheesecake. This spin on the tasty treat is known for its dense, smooth texture, resulting from the use of heavy or sour cream. If you prefer the fresh flavors of fruits and berries, you might crave a slice of strawberry or blueberry cheesecake. There are even cheesecakes that incorporate Oreo cookies and dark chocolate – the perfect choice for indecisive dessert lovers.

Feeling hungry yet? It's time to decide the very best cheesecake flavor of all. Vote your favorite desserts up to the top of the list by giving them a thumbs up, and please add any cheesecake varieties that are missing.

The Best Kinds of Cheesecake,

Strawberry Cheesecake

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake

Raspberry Cheesecake

New York Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Cherry Cheesecake

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:44:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cheesecake-flavors-and-types/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Salad Toppings (That Are Still Healthy)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/healthy-salad-toppings-ingredients/ranker-food?source=rss

The recipe for a classic garden salad starts with a bed of leafy greens. From there, though, the edible possibilities are nearly endless. There are dozens of delicious and nutritious ways to top your salad, from garnishing greens with fresh produce to sprinkling on crunchy dried nuts. Many good things for a salad are the ingredients you find at your local farmers' market, while other healthy salad toppings might be rare spices and oils.

What items will you find on this list of healthy toppings for salads? For a satisfying crunch with a punch of protein, almonds are a great salad topping. Raw almonds are the most healthy – and be sure to avoid sugar-coated and dry-roasted varieties. Kidney beans are another good topping to add to a salad to keep it healthy and filling. If you have a sweet tooth, try adding fresh fruit like grapes and apples to a healthy salad. Other mouthwatering ingredients featured on this roundup of the top healthy salad toppings include avocados, chickpeas, and tofu.

Do you have a favorite healthy salad topping? Give the best ingredients a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and please add any good salad toppings that are missing.

The Best Salad Toppings (That Are Still Healthy),

Balsamic vinegar

Black pepper

Olive oil




Lemon juice

Hard boiled egg

Chicken breast

Fresh Herbs

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 04:43:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/healthy-salad-toppings-ingredients/ranker-food
<![CDATA[Things You Didn't Know About Twinkies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/twinkie-facts/katherine-ripley?source=rss

The history of Twinkies begins in the early 1930s. The Continental Baking Company in Indianapolis had recently started a line of products under the brand Hostess. James Dewar, a baker at that facility, wanted to come up with a solution for the fact that the machines used to make cream-filled strawberry shortcakes sat idle when strawberries were not in season. He came up with the Twinkie, and it was Hostess's first big success.

Now that Twinkies have come back from the brink of death, public fascination with them is stronger than ever. This list is full of facts about Twinkies - some of which you might want to know if you've ever eaten one. If you've never eaten one, on the other hand, this article just might make you curious enough to try them.

Twinkies don't even try to claim that they're a healthy food item, and yet, they're still selling. Consider these Twinkie facts and decide: was the Twinkie worth saving?

Things You Didn't Know About Twinkies,

The Cream Is Injected

Ever wondered how the cream gets inside the Twinkie? It's injected with three needles. If you cut a Twinkie in half, you'll see that there are three distinct pockets of cream.

They Were Named After Twinkle Toe Shoes

The inventor of the Twinkie thought of a name for his creation when he passed a billboard advertising the "Twinkle Toes Shoe Company." He shortened the shoe brand's name and came up with "Twinkie."

Vegetarians Cannot Eat Twinkies

Twinkies are made with beef fat, so they are not vegetarian. Beef fat is actually used in a lot of packaged foods, so vegetarians should be wary.

They Used to Have Banana Cream Filling

Today, we can't imagine Twinkies being filled with anything but vanilla cream. But as it turns out, the original flavor of the cream filling was banana. Hostess had to switch it when banana rations began during World War II.

Twinkies Have Been Used as a Legal Defense

The so-called "Twinkie defense" was used by the lawyers of Dan White, who shot and killed Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to serve in elected office in the United States, in 1978. The lawyers argued that White was not fully responsible for his actions because he was experiencing a severe depression, and they pointed to his Twinkie binges as evidence of his condition. White was convicted of manslaughter instead of murder.

You Can Eat Nothing but Twinkies and Lose Weight

One nutritionist, Mark Haub, wanted to prove that it was possible to eat nothing but junk food and still lose weight. Each day he consumed 1,800 calories of Twinkies, doughnuts, Oreos, Doritos, sugary cereals, and a protein shake. In two months,  he lost 27 pounds.

They Grew Popular During the Depression

When they were first invented in 1930, Twinkies cost only five cents for two pastries. They were an affordable treat for Americans during the Great Depression, and they served as the first big success of the Hostess company, which started in 1919.

The Inventor of Twinkies Thinks They're Perfectly Healthy

James Dewar lived to 88 years old eating Twinkies and smoking a pack and a half of cigarettes every day. He fed Twinkies to his four kids, two of whom went on to play professional football. "Twinkies never hurt them," Dewar said. A foolproof execution of the scientific method.

Twinkies Have Some Surprising Ingredients

Steven Ettlinger researched and wrote an entire book on where the 39 ingredients in Twinkies come from. Apparently, Twinkies contain calcium sulfate, which is used in construction to make walls. They also contain cellulose gum, which is used to make rocket fuel, and corn dextrin, which is found in glue.

One Twinkie Has Been Going Strong for Over 40 Years

When Roger Bennatti started his experiment, the advertised shelf life of a Twinkie was 25 days. But he wasn't willing to take Hostess at their word. For three decades, Bennatti kept an unwrapped Twinkie on the chalkboard in his classroom. It became brittle, but did not grow mold or start to smell sour. After Bennatti retired, he passed the Twinkie along to a colleague. It's survived for 40 years and counting.

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 03:30:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/twinkie-facts/katherine-ripley
<![CDATA[The Best LaCroix Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-la-croix-sparkling-water-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

Sparkling water is having a moment. And out of all of the kinds of this refreshing beverage on the market, none has caught on quite like LaCroix. The lightly fruit-flavored water is set apart by its colorful cans and unique flavor combinations. All LaCroix flavors are guaranteed to refresh you on a hot summer day, but which one reigns supreme is a matter of personal taste.

What beverage varieties will you find on this list of the best LaCroix sparkling water flavors? Lime LaCroix is refreshing and delicious with a sharp citrus bite. Lemon and Orange are also popular flavors of LaCroix. But not every can focuses on just one flavor – Peach-Pear is a creative combination of two sweet, fruity tastes that is one of the best-selling types of LaCroix. Those seeking unadulterated refreshment may enjoy the classic Pure flavor option. Other crisp drinks featured on this sparkling water roundup include Cerise Limón LaCroix, Melón Pomelo LaCroix, and the tropical, love-it-or-hate-it Coconut LaCroix.

Which sparkling water should hold the number-one spot on this list? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite LaCroix flavors a thumbs-up to move them towards the top, and please add any thirst-quenching varieties that are missing.

The Best LaCroix Flavors,

Passionfruit LaCroix

Piña Fraise LaCroix

Lemon LaCroix

Apricot LaCroix

Orange LaCroix

Pamplemousse LaCroix

Múre Pepino LaCroix

Lime LaCroix

Peach-Pear LaCroix

Cran-Raspberry LaCroix

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:03:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-la-croix-sparkling-water-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[What the Average Diet Was Like in Medieval Times]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/medieval-diets/kellen-perry?source=rss

If you've ever been to the restaurant Medieval Times or eaten at a Renaissance Faire, then you've been horribly misled about medieval diets. The real story of medieval foods and cooking is actually simultaneously a lot more disgusting and a lot more boring, depending on who was doing the eating. But there definitely weren't any turkey legs, okay?

So what did people eat in the Middle Ages? Bread, soup, meat, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Does that sound boring? Well, they also ate porpoises and deer guts. How did people cook in medieval times? They cooked everything, any way they could, because they thought that even raw fruits and veggies were disease-ridden. Read on for some more interesting facts about the medieval diet. Huzzah!

What the Average Diet Was Like in Medieval Times,

Eating Breakfast Was for Gluttons and Laborers

You might think that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but according to medieval brainiac priest Thomas Aquinas, you're wrong and you're a big ol' glutton. Aquinas thought praepropere (eating too soon in the day) was one way to commit the deadly sin of gluttony. Breakfast, basically, was an "affront against God and the self."

The ideal meal plan in the Middle Ages was to not "break the fast," but instead skip breakfast, have a light midday dinner, and have a hearty evening supper. Some rebels had a sneaky Taco Bell-like "Third Meal" called reresoper ("rear supper") with wine and ale, too, but that was frowned upon. Laborers, apparently, ate something like breakfast, but it was literally just a small chunk of something to put in their stomachs so they didn't pass out in the fields. It wasn't exactly a full "English Breakfast."

Birds and 'Umble Pie' Were Christmas Dinner Favorites

Christmas dinner during the medieval period wasn't that far off from what we enjoy today. They roasted a variety of birds, depending on what they could afford. The rich ate goose, woodcock, or even swan (if the king allowed it!). They were a bit fancier and richer with their seasoning of the bird: a saffron and butter rub was a popular preparation. Poor folks ate geese, too, but they would have to spend a whole day's wages to get it. Both the rich and the poor ate so-called "umble pie" (the source of the expression "eat humble pie"), which was simply the "edible entrails of a deer or other animal made into a pie" and likely came from the French word for "deer entrails," nombles. Nom nom nom!

Beans Changed Everything

Umberto Eco argues that when the "cultivation of legumes began to spread" in the 10th century, it was such a game-changer for Europe that the humble bean is basically to thank for Western civilization surviving and prospering throughout the Middle Ages and into today.

It's a bold statement, but Eco makes a strong case: "Working people were able to eat more protein; as a result, they became more robust, lived longer, created more children and repopulated a continent." The European population did double within a few hundred years after beans hit the scene, and Eco thinks it's because poor people were finally able to tend the fields properly.

Prior to the widespread cultivation of beans, laborers were struggling to get their protein: "...the poor, in those remote Middle Ages, did not eat meat, unless they managed to raise a few chickens or engaged in poaching (the game of the forest was the property of the lords)."

Peasants Ate a Ton of Bread and Grains

So this is like the opposite of paleo, right? Most people in medieval Europe ate 2-3 pounds of bread and grains per day, including up to a gallon of (low-alcohol) ale. Grains such as wheat, rye, oats, and barley were boiled into porridge, made into bread, and, alas, only occasionally paired with poultry, pork, or beef (medieval folk instead ate peas, lentils, and fish to get their protein fix). For the record, 2.5 pounds of rye bread is a whopping 3,000 calories and a gallon of ale is an additional 1,500 calories... but considering that work days in the summer for a medieval peasant lasted as long as 12 hours, it was pretty easy to burn through all that bread.

There Was 'Fast Food' in Medieval Times

Sure, knights weren't riding their horses up to little windows and buying cheap food after a long day of jousting or anything, but there was a form of "fast food" in the Middle Ages. There weren't any Big Macs (or White Castle burgers!) to be had, but people did enjoy meat pies, hotcakes, pancakes and wafers prepared "for immediate consumption." Medieval fast food joints, like modern ones, had pretty poor reputations. Researchers at Penn State say that "the common view of them was that they were dishonest and dirty" and that some made "meat pies from tainted rabbit, geese and offal" or tried to "pass beef pasties off as venison." 

Baking Guilds Were Serious Business

Bread was so important to the medieval diet that commercial bakers formed powerful "guilds" that sort of functioned like a cross between a union and the mafia. Bakers that joined a guild paid dues that made them members of the exclusive club of bakers that worked in a given region (no rogue bakers allowed!). Those dues could pay off down the road if anything ever happened to your business or your family (like insurance, basically). These guilds also fiercely protected the family recipes of "master bakers" and made sure that no one was opening up bakeries using stolen secrets.

Raw Fruit and Vegetables Were Not to Be Trusted

Eating exclusively raw food is a modern trend that would have confounded medieval folks. Researchers from The British Library Board say, in fact, "All fruit and vegetables were cooked - it was believed that raw fruit and vegetables caused disease." The Boke of Kervynge ("The Book of Carving") from 1500, for example, warned against salads and raw fruit in particular: "Beware of green sallettes and rawe fruytes for they wyll make your soverayne seke." ("Beware of green salads and raw fruits, for they will make your master sick.")  Fresh herbs were fair game for medicine and cooking, but all other greenery needed the disease cooked out of it.

Medieval People Used Almond Milk

It may be a trendy "alt-milk" popular among vegetarians and vegans in the 21st century, but during medieval times, almond milk was prepared for pretty practical reasons. When the Church declared a fast day, for example, people couldn't eat meat or animal milk, so cooks turned to almond or walnut "milk" as an alternative, and even used it to make butter. It was also handy because it could be stored "with no danger of degeneration," unlike animal milk, which spoils quickly. Almond milk was such a common ingredient, in fact, that all existing cookbooks from the period call for it.

People Ate Whatever Meat They Could Get Their Hands On

Meat was fairly hard to come by for peasants in medieval Europe, but even the rich weren't picky when it came to what kind of flesh they were ripping into. Records from the time indicate that people ate "starlings, vultures, gulls, herons, cormorants, swans, cranes, peacocks, capons, chickens, dogfish, porpoises, seals, whale, haddock, hedgehogs, cod, salmon, sardines, lamprey eels, crayfish, and oysters."

One day in 1467, 6,000 guests of Archbishop Neville of York went through "104 oxen, 6 wild bulls, 1,000 sheep, 304 calves, 400 swans, 2,000 geese, 1,000 capons, 2,000 pigs, 104 peacocks, over 13,500 other birds, 500 stags, bucks and roes, 1,500 venison pies, 608 pikes and breams, 12 porpoises and seals" and washed all that down with "300 caskets of ale" and "100 caskets of wine." Which wines do you think pair well with porpoise and hedgehog?

Suckling Pig Was Basically Medieval Lobster (And So Was Sow's Womb)

The stereotype of a whole roasted pig or boar as part of a medieval feast is actually historically accurate. Pigs were considered "one of the most important sources of meat and fat" in medieval Europe. One the most sought-after types of pig? The suckling pig, which is just like it sounds: it's a baby pig that was probably sucking on its momma's teat just hours before it was roasted. It was considered to be a delicacy akin to how modern folks think of lobster or veal (which is basically "suckling cow," when you think about it). Historians, in fact, say that "the meat of the suckling young in general" was "in high esteem" at the time. The momma pig was considered a delicacy, too - or at least part of her was. Historians say "sow's womb" was a delicacy that appeared in medieval cookbooks.

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:38:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/medieval-diets/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[The Best Dr Pepper Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dr-pepper-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

Bubbly, refreshing, and uniquely sweet, Dr Pepper has become one of the most popular soft drinks in the United States and around the world. The beverage was first created in 1885, and quickly caught on thanks to its distinctive blend of 23 flavors. The soda has come a long way since then. Today, thirsty consumers can find all types of Dr Pepper varieties in a wide range of flavors. Some of these soft drinks are even limited edition or discontinued.

What kinds of sweet drinks will you find on this list of the best Dr Pepper flavors? Of course, the original Dr Pepper is one of the most popular soft drink varieties. This soda pop's 23-flavor recipe has remained a closely guarded secret for over 100 years. Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper is another good flavor available in many stores. Those watching their calories can turn to Diet Dr Pepper for a less filling type of pop. Other top flavors of Dr Pepper include Berries and Cream, Dr Pepper Ten, and Caffeine Free Dr Pepper.

Which of these Dr Pepper varieties belongs at the top of this list? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite flavors a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any regional, limited edition, or discontinued cans that are missing.

The Best Dr Pepper Flavors,

Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper Cherry Vanilla

Dr Pepper Berries and Cream


Dr Pepper TEN

Dr Pepper Red Fusion


Dr Pepper "Made with Real Sugar"

Limited edition.

Dr Pepper Vanilla Float

Limited edition.

Dr Pepper UK Variation

Dr Pepper Cherry

Heritage Dr Pepper

Tue, 17 May 2016 06:16:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/dr-pepper-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Nissin Top Ramen Flavors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nissin-top-ramen-flavors/ranker-food?source=rss

Tasty, filling, and quick to prepare, Nissin Top Ramen has become a go-to meal for hungry diners around the world. All kinds of Nissin Top Ramen are delicious in their own way, but some types of Nissin Top Ramen flavors are out of this world. Some of the best Nissin Top Ramen flavors are savory and rich, while others pack an extra spicy punch. Some kinds of Nissin Top Ramen are even limited edition varieties.

What kinds of savory soups will you find on this list of the best Nissin Top Ramen flavors? Chicken is one of the most popular types of Nissin Top Ramen. This savory meal can be cooked up in just three short minutes. Diners enjoy this soup as is, or might even add some fresh veggies to the mix for extra flavor and nutrition. Shrimp Flavor Nissin Top Ramen is another delicious option for a speedy lunch. If you prefer your noodles to have some spice, try Nissen's Oriental or Chili options. Picante Beef is another good Nissin Top Ramen flavor featured on this list.

Which of these quick meals are the very best top ramen flavors? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite types of ramen a thumbs-up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and add any ramen flavors that are missing.

The Best Nissin Top Ramen Flavors,

Nissin Top Ramen Chili

Nissin Top Ramen Picante Beef

Nissin Top Ramen Beef

Nissin Top Ramen Shrimp

Nissin Top Ramen Oriental

Nissin Top Ramen Chicken

Tue, 17 May 2016 06:22:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/nissin-top-ramen-flavors/ranker-food
<![CDATA[Gross, Surprising, and All-Around Weird Facts About Baby Food]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-facts-about-baby-food/katherine-ripley?source=rss

Commercial baby food did not exist until the 1920s, and if you're wondering what babies ate before then, they simply ate foods prepared at home or soft canned foods. When a mother who got tired of making baby food at home thought up the concept of baby food that came from factories, a booming industry was born.

But there are a lot of gross things about baby food when you really look closely at it. The gross factor goes way beyond the mushy texture. This list contains facts about baby food, including how baby food is made, and you might be surprised at what's in those little jars. It's no surprise that there's now a movement to start making baby food at home again. Take a look at these baby food facts and see why.

Gross, Surprising, and All-Around Weird Facts About Baby Food,

It's Only Half as Nutritious as Homemade Baby Food

A study that came out in 2013 concluded that store-bought baby foods only provide about half the nutrients that homemade meals for babies provide. This makes sense when you think about it; it's pretty much universally acknowledged that fresh foods are healthier for adults than processed foods.

Baby Food May Cause Tooth Decay

Commercial baby foods have such a high sugar content that they can actually contribute to tooth decay. Even though baby foods no longer add refined sugar, experts think that fruit sugar, when consumed without fiber, might be just as likely to cause tooth decay as refined sugar. Given that a lot of baby foods are strained and have a lot of water in them, it's likely they are severely lacking in fiber.

Baby Food Recipes for Adults Still Exist

Though the adult baby food product never took off, baby food companies are still writing recipes for adults which use baby food as an ingredient. Supposedly, different types of baby food are useful for making soups and cakes, but that just seems like a marketing ploy by companies that want to sell more of their product.

The Labels Might Be Exaggerating

Heinz' Cheesy Pasta with Ham baby food actually only contains 5 percent ham. Cow & Gate (a British brand) makes a Chicken Sunday Lunch baby food which contains only 10 percent chicken. It might not technically be false advertising, but it is misleading.

Gerber Tried to Sell Baby Food to Adults

In the 1970s, Gerber came up with a new product called Singles: ready to eat foods in glass jars for adults. They hoped that college students and young adults living on their own for the first time would be attracted to the product because of its convenience, but the effort was a complete failure and the line was quickly discontinued.

You Can Buy Full Dinner Baby Foods
In addition to your basic pureed peas, carrots, and pears, Gerber sells some baby foods that incorporate a whole dinner into one jar. You might try Chicken Orzo Zucchini or Ramen Dinner. It's questionable how good that tastes all blended together.
One of the First Flavors Was Liver Soup

Gerber thought liver soup was a great baby food, because the taste was "pleasingly bland," and liver is rich in vitamins and iron. Liver might be a nutritious food, but whether its taste is "pleasingly bland" is questionable.

It Has a Lot of Unnecessary Ingredients

It's common for baby food manufacturers to add rice flour or corn flour to their products to thicken them. Additionally, water is listed as the first ingredient in a lot of baby foods. While some water is necessary to puree solid food, using it as the primary ingredient deprives the food of nutritional value.

Some Baby Food Used to Contain MSG

Until around 1970, baby food made by Heinz, Beechnut, and Gerber had MSG added to it. MSG is essentially just a flavor enhancer, but there is evidence to suggest that it causes obesity and other health problems. Some watchdogs think baby food manufacturers are still sneaking MSG into their products under different names on the ingredient labels, but this is entirely unproven.

Rice Cereal Could Lead to Obesity

White rice cereal is often the first food given to babies after breast milk or formula, but Dr. Alan Greene, a pediatrician at Stanford University, is trying to change that. Greene argues that white rice cereal is "basically like feeding kids a spoonful of sugar." Greene thinks that this encourages children to develop a taste for unhealthy processed grains with no fiber, like white rice, white bread, and white pasta.

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:59:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/gross-facts-about-baby-food/katherine-ripley
<![CDATA[The Weirdest Foods from Ancient Roman Cuisine]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-foods-in-ancient-rome/carly-silver?source=rss

The people of ancient Rome may have lived thousands of years ago, but their diets were anything but old-fashioned. In fact, they chowed down on many foods we would shudder to even consider consuming today. The rich and famous, ranging from studs like Caesar and Antony to leading ladies like Livia, loved nothing more than to open their mouths and shovel in the oddest dishes our modern brains can imagine.

Even ancient writers loved to parody the weird things Romans ate. In his Satyricon, comic writer Petronius joked about the insanely lavish meal hosted by the freedman Trimalchio. So gauche it was gross, Trimalchio’s feast shows Roman foodies - and the nouveau riche - at their worst.

So what did ancient Romans eat? Gourmands like the gluttonous Emperor Elagabalus might decide to serve up parrot heads or dolphin meatballs; guests might season their dishes, no matter how fancy, with garum, a really gross-sounding sauce made out of fermented fish guts. They consumed the flesh of animals that came straight outta the arena, turned sacrificial blood into pudding and stuffed sausages, and cooked pests, making them into remedies for serious medical conditions. Gotta love those weird Roman foods! Vote up the weird foods from ancient Roman cuisine you wouldn't dare eat.

The Weirdest Foods from Ancient Roman Cuisine,


Instead of ketchup, the ancient Romans used another tasty condiment: garum! Sold by the amphora, a really big ancient container, garum was, according to the famous naturalist Pliny the Elder, “prepared from the intestines of fish and various parts which would otherwise be thrown away, macerated in salt; so that it is, in fact, the result of their putrefaction.” These fish innards were mixed with honey, vinegar, and a few other things to create garum, which also came in kosher varieties for the Judeans in the bunch.

Lamb brain

Brains were one of Apicius's favorite foods to gush about. One of his recipes included such bizarre ingredients as lamb brains, eggs, pepper, and rose petals. He also advises aspiring chefs on creating a jelly that includes lamb sweetbreads, raisins, moldy breads, and a whole lot more.


Weasels weren't regularly served up at Roman feasts, but they were sure handy if someone was suffering from epilepsy. Pliny the Elder wrote, as a treatment for epilepsy, "The brains of a weasel are also considered very good, dried and taken in drink; the liver, too, of that animal, or the testes, uterus, or paunch, dried and taken with coriander, in manner already mentioned." Also, weasel flesh, when combined with salt, supposedly helped heal people stung by snakes.

Sow's Womb

The ancient Romans really loved sterile sow's womb. That means they spayed their pigs before slaughtering them (or didn't let them have piglets). The most famous cookbook from antiquity, supposedly written by an ancient MasterChef named Apicius, detailed tons of recipes featuring this delicacy. One way to prepare a sow's womb was by cooking it in "pepper, celery seed, dry mint, laser root [similar to fennel], honey, vinegar and broth."


One of ancient Rome's most famous gourmands was the third-century emperor Elagabalus, who loved hosting extravagant parties more than doing pretty much anything else. Ancient gossip in the Life of Elagabalus reports that he was a true glutton who enjoyed serving even his attendants the greatest delicacies. The biography reports, "He served to the palace-attendants, moreover, huge platters heaped up with...heads of parrots, pheasants, and peacocks."

Peacock Tongue

Apicius lived in the first century and was a famous glutton who ate every delicacy under the sun. Elagabalus longed to be just like Apicius and even followed Apicius's alleged diet. Elagabalus ate "tongues of peacocks and nightingales, because he was told that one who ate them was immune from the plague." Not the smartest guy in the Eternal City!


While digging in Pompeii, archaeologists discovered the remains of a giraffe bone in the drain system of an ancient restaurant. Butchering marks were found on the leg joint, indicating that the animal was eaten; how it got there from the arena remains a bit of a mystery, especially since it's apparently the only giraffe bone ever recovered from an Italian excavation.


The Romans loved them some seafood... including the occasional dolphin. Even though laws against consumption of crazy cuisine were passed, the rich found a way around them. A guy named Rutilius bought seafood from a group of fishermen who used to be his slaves; as their patron, he convinced them to give him a good price... and some dolphin meat! Rumor has it some Romans even ate dolphin meatballs.


Roman dormice were actually much bigger than the mice seen today, but they still made for delicious dishes. In fact, Romans hand-raised dormice to fatten them up, keeping them in jars stuffed with nuts. Once the mice got chubby, Apicius recommended killing them and stuffing them with "pork and small pieces of dormouse meat trimmings, all pounded with pepper, nuts, laser, broth." 

Blood Pudding

Blood pudding was an easy dish to cook, since so many animals were sacrificed in Rome - or slaughtered in the arena - so blood was readily available. Apicius suggests mixing blood with egg yolks, spices, and nuts, then putting the sauce into an intestine and cooking that gory mixture to perfection. Interestingly, one reported method of detecting Christians in ancient Rome was to offer them a blood sausage, which they were forbidden to consume.

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 03:18:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-foods-in-ancient-rome/carly-silver
<![CDATA[The Grossest Things About Eating at a Buffet]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-buffets-are-gross/steve-wright?source=rss

Ever wondered, "What are the worst things about eating at a buffet?" The answers should start popping into your head pretty quickly: germs, throwing caution to the wind in terms of food safety, the fact that every single buffet looks like it has been frozen in time since 1970 - decor, patrons, staff, and food included.

The buffet seems like a no-lose situation in concept. It provides lots of food, both in variety and quantity, for a cheap price, AND you can refill your plate as many times as you like. But when you go out into the world and visit some of these restaurants, you realize exactly why buffets are gross.

This list of gross things about buffets may make you never want to eat at another Chinese Super King Massive Buffet for as long as you live. Your stomach is probably going to be flipping like a pancake as you realize just how many gross facts about buffets exist.

The Grossest Things About Eating at a Buffet,

The Food Can Sit There for Hours

Timing is everything when hitting up a buffet. While the food may not be of the best quality, there is certainly an optimum time to get it while it is fresh. Ideally, you want to get there within thirty minutes of the buffet opening. If you wait until just before the buffet closes, the food could easily have been sitting there for two or three hours at that point.

The other problem is that food can sit for hours before it ever reaches the table. One manager was fired from Golden Corral when a video emerged showing raw steak being kept outside by the dumpsters.

Food Poisoning Is a Real Possibility

Food poisoning at buffets comes in two forms. First, there are the mass outbreak cases. In this version, an entire buffet, or section of a buffet, has been contaminated and numerous people will contract salmonella or another food-borne illness. These cases tend to make the news and are easy to track. On the other hand, there are individual outbreaks. One in six Americans will get food poisoning at some point in their lives, and with $1.5 billion spent at buffets in 2005 alone, it is easy to see them as a culprit.

Anything That Legally Requires a Sneeze Guard Is a Bad Idea

That lovely and (hopefully) clear piece of glass or plastic that separates you from the food when you look over the buffet is actually called a sneeze guard - it's not just a gross nickname. Invented in 1959 by restaurateur Johnny Garneau, the sneeze guard is required by law for any retail buffet. Yes, this is a great invention, but should you ever be eating anywhere that requires its presence?

You Have No Idea if the Buffet Is Up to Code

There is a lot of trust involved when eating at a buffet. You have to believe the restaurant is strict about the health code and the items are cleaned, prepped, and generally taken care of. Some cities grade restaurants on their adherence to food regulations and require that grade be posted within five feet of the restaurant's entrance, but many don't. Which is how you could find yourself at a buffet that has pink slime growing in the ice machine. Maybe it adds flavor?

You Have No Idea What's Lurking in the Back

In 2013, a Golden Corral employee shared pictures of the dish room at their restaurant on Reddit, and oh, what a sight it was. Dishes stacked in precarious piles, food all over the floor, random bins everywhere, garbage overflowing - and an open box of broccoli perched on top of endless pieces of cardboard. Did that broccoli get served to customers? Who knows! But even if it didn't, peeking behind the curtain is a game you'll never win. Because buffets encourage the consumption of vast amounts of food, that means there are vast amounts of food remnants to be cleaned up by the staff. Which turns into a giant mess in the kitchen, which is also where the food you eat comes from. Ah, the circle of life.

Food Is Often Kept at the Wrong Temperature

There are very strict guidelines about at what temperature food should be served in order to prevent illness. The FDA advises hot food be kept and served at a temperature of 140 degrees, if not warmer. When you consider some warmers are designed to keep the food at 110-120 degrees, you can see how a buffet could be harming you without even realizing it.

People Don't Wash Their Hands

There are almost always signs in restrooms attached to food establishments instructing employees to wash their hands before returning to work. This is obviously critical all the time, but especially so at a buffet where so many different people handle each item. The bigger issue, though, might be that people don't tend to wash their hands as soon as they get to a restaurant. A study published in 2014 in the UK showed that just 12% of people were committed to washing their hands before eating. As a result, all sorts of bacteria from other diners can find their way to your food.

Lemon and Lime Wedges Are Disgusting

This doesn't just go for buffets, but for any restaurant that has unwashed lemon and limes available to squeeze into your drink. An ABC news study showed that 50% of the lemon wedges tested in 10 restaurants over three states had human fecal matter on them. Lemons and limes pick up bacteria easily and they are often not even washed before being put out on tables or next to the soda fountains. And when employees don't wash their hands after using the bathroom, the cut up a bunch of lemons and set them out for an unsuspecting public to consume... well, you can imagine the rest. Chipotle has recently moved all its lemons into a cooler behind the counter to combat some of these issues. Take note, everyone else.

One Pair of Tongs Can Be Used All Day

While there are strict rules on food temperature for buffets, there are no such regulations for the items used to serve your meal. Next time you grab a ladle or a pair of tongs at a buffet, take a moment to think about how long they have been out there and how many people touched them before you did.

Alternatively, you could use your hands to serve yourself and get arrested for throwing the serving tongs at a manager, in the style of one Portland, OR woman.

There Are Dirty Plates Everywhere

A research study showed that diners at buffets were less likely to go back for food a second or third time if their dirty plate was left on the table. Buffet owners, in a ploy to maximize their profits, often instruct busboys to leave dirty plates on dining tables until after the diners leave. It's good for business owners because their profits are higher, but bad for customers because they get less value for their money and have to eat in a dining room littered with dirty plates - a truly unappetizing sight.

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:59:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-buffets-are-gross/steve-wright
<![CDATA[Food Puns Too Clever for Their Own Good]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-food-puns/nathandavidson?source=rss

You can deny it all you want, but you love puns. You know you love puns. The only thing better than food jokes is actual food in your mouth. And these funny food puns and food memes are the cream of the crop. Puns are often accused of being the lowest form of comedy, but the truth of the matter is people who act mad when they hear puns are just angry that they didn't think of them first. Fortunately, the Internet has made puns fashionable again, and food has been targeted with some serious "pun-ishment." Get it? Cooking jokes. These funny food pun memes are full of double meanings, cooking comedy, and jokes that will make you the most popular dinner party guest the world has ever seen.

Food Puns Too Clever for Their Own Good,

Thyme is Money

Nice to Meat You

Batter Up!

You Butter Believe It

50 Cent's Favorite Dessert

Pepper Sprayed

Spice, Spice, Baby!

A Hole New Ballgame

Pickle for Your Thoughts

The Path of Yeast Resistence

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 04:57:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-food-puns/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Hilarious Snack Trays for Your Next Movie Night]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hilarious-snack-trays-for-your-next-movie-night/nathandavidson?source=rss

A true movie night isn't complete without a movie themed snack tray nearby and ready to be consumed. Sure, you can just eat popcorn and candy, but if you don't eat something related to the movie you're watching, you're only cheating yourself out of an opportunity to make movie night even more memorable. So before you embark on your next movie night adventure, check out this gallery of funny movie foods and snacks. Serving one of these might make your friends think that you're crazy, but if your friends don't want to eat a Terminator cake you need new friends anyway.

Hilarious Snack Trays for Your Next Movie Night,

Star Wars Cupcakes

Terminator Lava Cake

Lion King Vegetable Snack Tray

Silence of the Lambs Meat Tray

Batman Fruit Tray

Wizard of Oz Cupcakes

Cheese Tie Fighters

Captain America Fruit Tray

Big Lebowski White Russian Cake

Avengers Snack Tray

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:52:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hilarious-snack-trays-for-your-next-movie-night/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[The Best Canned Soup Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/canned-soup-brands/ranker-food?source=rss
When it comes to simple, but comforting meals, few dishes can top a steaming bowl of soup. But preparing this hearty entree doesn't need to involve hours of cooking. Many notable companies make delicious canned soups that are easy to heat and serve in a snap. The best canned soup brands come in many forms. Some top canned soup brands require the addition of extra ingredients to really sing, while other good canned soup brands have everything you need all in one container. Many of the tastiest canned soups have honed their recipes over decades.

What companies will you find on this list of the best canned soup brands? You probably won't be surprised to see Campbell's included here. Since 1869, Campbell's has been providing consumers with delicious canned foods. Tomato, Chicken Noodle, and Cream of Mushroom are among Campbell's most popular soup offerings. Amy's is another one of the best brands of canned soup available in stores. Progresso is a good soup for people searching for that homemade taste that they loved as a child. Other great companies featured on this top canned soup brands include Whole Foods, Lipton, and Pacific Foods.

Which canned soup brand deserves the top spot on this list? It's up to you to decide. Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and please add any tasty soup brands that are missing.
The Best Canned Soup Brands,

Imagine Creations

Nissin Cup Noodles

Lipton Soup Secrets

Whole Foods


Pacific Foods


Plum Organics



Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:09:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/canned-soup-brands/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Tortilla Chip Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tortilla-chip-brands/ranker-food?source=rss
They're salty, crunchy, and totally addictive. It's no surprise that tortilla chips have become a go-to snack for backyard cookouts and popular restaurants alike. But despite their relatively simple recipe – corn, salt, and water – store-bought tortilla chips can come in many forms. Some top tortilla chip brands are great for pairing with your favorite salsas, while others accent their corn taste with a variety of other flavors. Many of the most popular brands of tortilla chips are even gluten-free.

What companies will you find on this list of the best tortilla chip brands? You might be surprised to see Doritos make an appearance. Since 1966, Doritos have been a favorite among American customers. These crisp tortilla chips are known for their bold flavors, including Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, and Zesty Taco. Tostitos is another one of the best-selling brands of tortilla chips available in stores, offering many shapes that are perfect for scooping up your favorite spicy dip. Whole Foods shoppers know that 365 Everyday Value is a delicious tortilla chip company. Other great companies featured on this top tortilla chip brands list include Utz, Trader Joe's, and On the Border.

Which tortilla chip brand is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot, and please add any good brands that are missing.
The Best Tortilla Chip Brands,

Snyder's of Hanover

El Milagro





On the Border

Trader Joe's



Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:51:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/tortilla-chip-brands/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Spice Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/spice-brands/ranker-food?source=rss
Home cooks and professional chefs alike know that the secret to a delicious meal is the proper application of herbs and spices. But which brand sells the tastiest seasonings is a matter of personal taste. Some top spice brands offer whole spices that you can grind fresh for each recipe, while other good spice brands sell their seasonings already prepared. Many of the best spice brands also sell mixtures that can easily be incorporated into your favorite dishes.

What companies will you find on this list of the best spice brands? McCormick spices are available in stores across the United States. This great spice company was founded all the way back in 1889 and it is now one of the best-selling brands of store-bought spices. Simply Organic is another good brand that manufactures dried spices for ethically minded consumers. Dean & Deluca's fine spices and seasonings make great gifts for any home chef. Other great companies featured on this top spice brands list include Penzey's, Spice Islands, and Lawry's.

Which store-bought spice brand is your favorite? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and add any spice companies that are missing.
The Best Spice Brands,

Smart & Final

Morton & Bassett All Natural Chili Powder -- 1.9 oz

Simply Organic


Old Bay

Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning Blends


Spice Islands



Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:54:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/spice-brands/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Canned Food Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/canned-food-brands/ranker-food?source=rss
When it comes to cooking convenience, few inventions can top canned food. Whether your appetite hankers for garbanzo beans or hearty stew, tuna or pasta in tomato sauce, there's a canned food brand for you. The best canned food brands come in many forms. Some top canned food brands offer ready-made meals for busy diners on the go while other good canned food brands provide pre-peeled or cooked fruits and vegetables. Some of the most popular canned food brands have been around for decades.

What companies will you find on this list of the best canned brands? Bumble Bee Tuna is a popular pantry item in homes across the country. Since 1899, this company has provided consumers with canned favorites including tuna, salmon, chicken, and other items. Campbell's Soup is another great canned food brand featured on this list. No backyard BBQ is complete without a side of Bush's Baked Beans. Other popular canned food brands that appear on this top canned food brands list include Del Monte, Chef Boyardee, and Green Giant.

Which canned food brands do you keep in your cupboards? Vote your favorites to the top of this list and please add any great products that are missing.
The Best Canned Food Brands,

Bumble Bee


Great Value



Del Monte


Wild Planet

Green Giant

Dinty Moore

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:49:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/canned-food-brands/ranker-food
<![CDATA[The Best Kombucha Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kombucha-brands/ranker-food?source=rss
Effervescent, slightly sweet, and a little bit sour, kombucha is a love-it-or-leave-it kind of beverage. The drink is made by fermenting black or green tea with bacteria or yeast. Kombucha fans claim that this elixir can improve a drinker's health, from strengthening the immune system to warding off gray hair. Perhaps that's why kombucha is on the rise, with home-brewers and major manufacturers alike trying their hand at making this distinctive drink in a range of sweet and fruity flavors.

What companies will you find on this list of the best kombucha brands? Health-Ade Kombucha is non-GMO project verified and certified organic, kosher, vegan, and gluten-free. It's hand-crafted the “old-fashioned way,” and consumers love its fermented flavors. Carpe Diem is another good kombucha brand that is featured on this list.

Major tea brands like Yogi and Celestial Seasoning also make delicious kombucha in addition to their other beverages. Other great companies featured on this top kombucha brands list include Synergy, Kombucha Dog, and Beyond Brewing Company.

Do you have a favorite brand of kombucha? Give the best types a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and add any tasty options that are missing.
The Best Kombucha Brands,

Yogi Tea

Carpe Diem Kombucha Tea

Kevita Master Brew Kombucha

Reed's Kombucha

House Kombucha

Health-Ade Kombucha

GT's Kombucha

Kombucha Dog

Brew Dr. Kombucha

Synergy Kombucha

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:56:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kombucha-brands/ranker-food