Delicious Restaurant Creations Made With Girl Scout Cookies

Samoa cupcakes? Thin Mint cheesecake? Yes please! And these are only a few of the amazing-looking desserts made with Girl Scout cookies that our own Miss C rounded up for this great Mental Floss article.

While many of the treats are what you'd expect -like the cupcake or cheesecake, a few of them are really creative. The chocolate peanut butterfly above uses Tagalongs and looks like a work of art. But the strangest creation on the list might just be the Girl Scout lemonade ricotta gnocchi.

How many of these brilliant creations would you eat? 

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The Difference Between Whisky And Whiskey

When I started drinking liquor I was told by the supposed old hands of the whiskey world that the only difference between whisky and whiskey was the letter "E", but the truth runs much deeper.

The spelling actually reveals where the liquor was made- if it's spelled with an "E" then it was made in Ireland or the U.S., if it's spelled without an "E" then it was made in Canada, Japan or Scotland.

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So if country of origin is important to you then check the spelling, but if you're just trying to bend your elbow with a bit of brown then forget about the spelling and drink up, because it's all good!

-Via Tasting Table

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Twix Waffle

Believe it or not, there's a waffle under all that candy and icing. It looks like some restaurant is offering this, and unchained-lion, who posted the pic, mentioned that besides the Twix waffle, they also have KitKat and Kinder waffles. John Farrier called it a "balanced breakfast." Don't eat that, John! -via reddit

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The New McDonald's Straw Dedicated To Optimum Milkshake Consumption

McDonald's has always tried to personalize the experience of dining at their restaurants in every way possible, from the (formerly clowny) decor to the food packaging to the little golden arches on every napkin.

They even have the largest drinking straws in the fast food biz, which some people feel are partly responsible for the rise of obesity in America, and now McDonald's is about to make history again with their new S.T.R.A.W.

It stands for Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal, and it's the most over-engineered straw ever created, made to optimize consumption of McDonald's new half-mint half-chocolate shake.

Since no-one wants their chocolate to mint ratio to be compromised by poor technology, mcdonald’s turned to two highly-qualified engineering firms, JACE and NK labs to create the STRAW.

The STRAW is a J-shaped, snorkel-like vessel that provides optimal flavor flow dynamics. the tube has side openings to suck in both layers at once, and is engineered to work just as well at the bottom of the shake as it did at the top.

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The fact that McDonald's hired two engineering firms to create a new milkshake straw may seem a bit crazy, but if you're a fan of milkshakes you know you wanna try one!

-Via Designboom

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These Donuts Come With a Shot of Whiskey Inside

We've posted a lot of crazy donuts in the past, but we've never seen them with a shot of alcohol inside. You can get a hold of these boozy, sweet treats at Denver's Habit Doughnut Dispensary and you can choose any liqour inside including rum, whiskey and vodka. Popular combinations include the Plain Jane and Blazed infused with Fireball, the new French Toast with whiskey, the Carbon (chocolate and espresso) with Kahlua, and the signature Habit Jumbleberry with vodka.

The alcohol comes in a pipette shoved in the donut so you can inject it into your mouth directly or eat a drippy, bite of booze-filled donuts. Adding a shot to your donut only costs $2, or $24 for a dozen.

See more pictures of the awesome donut combos on Thrillist.

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The Pineapple Pizza Scandal

Pizza is pretty universal, but it varies from place to place. People will argue all day about pineapple pizza, which was developed not in Hawaii, but in Canada, which caused a small kerfuffle in that nation when President Guðni Jóhannesson of Iceland dissed pineapple pizza.

President Guoni Johannesson recently told a group of high school students during a Q&A that he was fundamentally opposed to pineapple on pizza — and that's not all. He went on to say if he could, he would ban pineapple as a pizza topping.

Johannesson clearly did not know his opinion would offend or even make the news. He responded on Facebook.

I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don´t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.

Seafood? It's not all that uncommon on European pizzas, although it was pointed out that "fiskmeti" should have been translated as "fish" instead of seafood. Fish pizza? Like anchovies? Everyone has their own tastes. In Sweden, they use all kinds of fruit and other pizza toppings an American wouldn't consider. -via Metafilter

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Which topping should never appear on a pizza? You can select more than one.

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Space Cake Has Worlds Inside

Pedagiggle made a birthday cake for four-year-old Ilyas with a space theme. She wanted to convey the idea of outer space inside the cake as well as the decorated outside, so she created a solar system for the interior. According to the posted instructions, she made the planets by baking cake pop orbs first, then she embedded them in a marble cake with the appropriate food coloring. She also made rocket cookies and Star Wars cookies. That had to be some birthday party! -via reddit

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The Small French Diner That Was Accidentally Awarded a Michelin Star

One of the greatest awards a restaurant can earn is a Michelin star, but in the case of Bourges' Bouche à Oreille, the award was a real surprise -largely because the restuarant is simply a small neighborhood diner. While the diner is good, it's by no means a gourmet, Michelin-star-level establishment. 

As it turns out the star was awarded by mistake as there was a mix up between the Bouche à Oreille in Bourges and the Bouche à Oreille in nearby Boutervilliers. The error was fixed after two days, but during that short period, the little greasy spoon was swamped with diners looking for the next great Michelin restaurant.

You can read most about the poor little diner and the fancy restaurant nearby over at Telegraph.

Via BoingBoing

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Unicorns Pretty Enough to Eat

On Sundays, Cake Wrecks showcases realy beautiful cakes to balance out the wrecks of the rest of the week, and this week's subject is unicorns. How do you make a unicorn cake? The main requirements are rainbows, gold, eyelashes, and a horn, at least according to the roundup of lovely unicorn cakes. Oh yeah, it helps if you have a little talent for food artistry. Those unicorns are even cuter in multiples, as these cake pops from Just Add Sugar make clear. Sweet!  

PS: Cake Wrecks also posted a collection showing how NOT to make a unicorn cake a few years back.

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Get Your Cheese on With This Outrageous Mac n' Cheese Donut

Donuts are beautiful things, but sometimes you want the satisfying, high-cholesterol goodness of cheese. For the times that you want a carb-heavy donut and cheesy deliciousness, consider a Mac n' Cheetos donut like this one from the geniuses at HellthyJunkFood.

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The creation might not technically be a donut, but it sure has that classic shape we all love and it more importantly combines everything you love about macaroni and cheese with fabulously artificial Cheetos flavor.

Via That's Nerdalicious

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Lord Bagel Vs. The Donut King

For me the donut will always be king, but some strange people prefer to bow down to lord bagel in the morning rather than praising the hole-y king of all baked goods.

And now this infiltrator is trying to pass itself off as a sweet breakfast treat, the bagel bringing his best friend the cream cheese schmear along for the ride.

Whether you're a fan of the classic donut monarchy or you're one of those savory sweet upstarts you'll appreciate this Buttersafe comic because both sides lose to the mighty god Java!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Ultimate Bagel Troll

This bagel seems created only to infuriate those who lay eyes on it. Creator Mike Bibgy's caption further proves that it is designed solely to troll people: "Ahh the classic baggel! RT if u love 2 eat bangles!"

Via That's Nerdalicious

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You Can Get Married At Taco Bell's Wedding Chapel

"Going to the chapel and we're gonna eat chalupaaaaas" -I guess that's how the new song is going to go now that Taco Bell's new Las Vegas location is offering a full service wedding package. Starting in the summer, people can order a $600 wedding bundle right off the menu that will include a ceremony on the restaurant's second floor which can accommodate up to 15 guests. The package comes with branded merch like champagne glasses, tees, a bow tie, a garter belt and a bouquet made from hot sauce packets. And, of course, they'll cater the affair with a 12 pack of tacos and a Cinnabon Delights cake.

I guess that's one way to think outside the bun.

Via Eater

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Passive Aggressive Neighbor Shuns Girl for "Smoking a Cigar" That Turns Out to be a Taquito

Few things are more obnoxious than a nosy neighbor -especially when that neighbor passively aggressively tells you not to smoke cigars when you could be viewed by children. Even when the person in question is a juvenile and it would be illegal for them to smoke cigars (or marijuana, which it seems like the neighbor is actually hinting at), it's not the business of their neighbor.

That passive aggressiveness is particularly terrible when the "cigar" in question is actually a taquito. Surprisingly, the teen, Sarah Holder, actually holds no ill will towards her meddlesome neighbor, but instead said “I feel bad because in my opinion [my neighbour] is crazy nice and I get where she’s coming from." 

Well, at least some people don't get so annoyed by their neighbor's nosiness. Buzzfeed promises to keep the world updated if the neighbor actually responds.

Via Some eCards

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Where to Find Cheap Valentines Day Meals

It's Valentines Day, and couples will be flooding restaurants tonight for the start of a romantic date. And nothing says love like scoring a thrifty two-for-one deal. Yeah, right. Well, married couples know that when one saves money, the other saves money, too, so you might want to be aware of the special deals that are available today. For example,    

If you go into Qdoba on Valentine’s Day you can get a free entrée when you order one entrée. There is a catch. In order to get this offer, you have to kiss someone at the register. Also, to be on the safe side, you should probably kiss your significant other (or at least someone you know).

I wonder if kissing one's mother or child counts. Check out a list of Valentines Day restaurant deals from Red Robin, Papa John's, Hooters, and more at Uproxx.

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Weird Valentine Dinner from 1971

What you see here is a Valentine dinner from the 1971 booklet 401 Party and Holiday Ideas from Alcoa. The recipes are about what you'd expect from a marketing company of the era. What is presented between the silverware is Jellied Ham Salad, which contains lemon-flavored gelatin, vinegar, mayonnaise, pimiento, horseradish, ham, and other abominations. You can see the recipe for the salad and the instructions for making your own heart-shaped cake pan and cake stand out of aluminum foil at Granny Pantries. The blog, which has the tagline "A place to appreciate the horrors of vintage cookbooks," also gives us a Valentine recipe for Two-in-One Valentine Salad, where you serve chicken salad in little hearts made of gelatin and tomato juice. Happy Valentines day! -via Everlasting Blort 

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What Would You Like for Dessert?

Douee went on a Disney cruise. After dinner, the waiter asked what they wanted for dessert. Douee said, "Nothing," and that's exactly what he got. Even "nothing" comes with flair! From the discussion under the picture, it turns out that Disney does this all the time on their cruises. Also, if you ask for "the same thing" after someone else orders, you might get a plate that says just that, before you get your real dessert. -via reddit

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Cuba's Flying Pizzas

Ever since the Cuban government expanded private enterprise in 2010 and legalized small and medium-sized businesses in 2016, people all over Cuba have been coming up with clever ways to make a buck.

Since most of these businesses involve creating and/or selling wares out of an individual's home budding entrepreneurs have to come up with creative ways to deliver products to their customers.

At A Mi Manera pizzeria creative delivery involves "flying pizzas", because owner Marta Castaeda cooks the pizzas on the roof of her apartment building and sends them "flying" down on a rope.

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This Great Big Story video showcases the neighborhood success story of A Mi Manera pizzeria, a shining example of the entrepreneurial spirit sweeping through Cuba.

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What She Really Wants for Valentines Day

Roses are nice, but they're really only there for looks. On the other hand, you can eat donuts on a stick! Or burgers on a stick! Or chicken nuggets on a stick! All the junk food on a stick! With a Valentines Day gift like this, we could eat ourselves sick. -via Buzzfeed

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Horrifying Fast Food "Hacks" Tested

Fast food chains serve up familiar food that rarely changes much, and when people get bored of eating the same old menu items they hack the menu- and share their creations on the internet.

This is exactly what the internet community wants and needs, so they encourage people to play Dr. Foodenstein and create new monster hacks- and the world of fast food is a scarier place because of it.

Sickening creations like the Saucy Buns from McDonald's (practically every sauce available on a bun) and the Protein Shake from Dunkin Donuts (bacon, eggs, coffee, sausage and cheese blended into a smoothie) are hacks gone wrong.

So who could possibly bring themselves to devour these monstrosities?

Brave Ben Wyman from Cracked put his stomach on the line for the sake of research, and he was so gung-ho about his terror-filled taste testing he actually created his own monster meal- the Tac-Urr-Acho-Dilla Grande Supreme.

This horrifying Taco Bell hybrid is a taco, nachos and a burrito stuffed inside a quesadilla, and Ben had to fight to bring it to life:

The staff were upset that I had predicted their next meal, and were insistent that they couldn't stuff a taco, nachos, and burrito into a quesadilla, citing small-minded concerns like "the tortilla isn't large enough" and "it would be an affront to the very concept of civilization." But I wasn't about to let them stand in the way of progress, and eventually they relented.

See 6 Horrifying Fast Food 'Hacks' (Tested) here

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Revenge of the Lunch Lady

In 2009, British chef Jamie Oliver visited Huntington, West Virginia, and was appalled at the processed food the schools were serving. He brought in a test kitchen and developed recipes that used fresh produce and a variety of ingredients (for the TV show Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution), but got little in the way of thanks. For one thing, the kids did not like the food. Another problem was that his dishes did not meet federal nutritional standards for the school lunch program. Besides, there was a set budget for meals that schools could not afford to step over. What to do? Cabell County food service director Rhonda McCoy went to work, and made it happen.

But to understand the difficulties in serving good food, that kids like, that meets federal nutrition standards, within a budget, in a school kitchen, you have to know a little about the changes the U.S. school lunch program has undergone in its 70 year existence. It's a story of differing goals, conflicts of interest, lobbying, budget cutbacks, subsidies, and grants. You'll get a good overview of McCoy's work and why it will be hard to replicate everywhere, at Highline.

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A Cocktail for Every Zodiac Sign

The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las Vegas believes that some people are inclined towards certain cocktails based on their zodiac signs. That's why they've developed a whole cocktail menu based on the signs of their customers -like the lover's potion for Aquariuses and the werly cup for Geminis below.

They were nice enough to share the recipes on Travel and Leisure, so if you want a cocktail based on your birthdate, don't miss the full list.

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24 Scientific Studies about Food

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Scientists study food because food is very important to all life. However, some of the experiments that have been done about food are strange, different, and something we certainly want to know about. For example, scientists who did the research would like us to know that toast doesn't always land butter-side down. Maybe it's just me- mine always lands butter-side down. John Green tells us about 24 food studies in the latest episode of he mental_floss List Show.  

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The Produce Butcher Will Chop Your Veggies For You

You can already buy packages of pre-cut salad or vegetables at your supermarket, but it might not be chopped the way you need it, and who knows how fresh it is? At Whole Foods in Manhattan, you can get yours custom-chopped by the new Produce Butcher, professional food cutter for fruits and vegetables. Then it will be done right, just the way you want it. But it's a bigger benefit than that to some folks.

This looks to be perfect for people who want fresh, large items like watermelon, or pineapple, and don't want to risk getting hurt prepping it. The elderly, or folks with disabilities could probably benefit greatly from this.

And then there's the rest of us, who are just lazy and want our dinner prepared quickly. Read about the Produce Butcher at FoodBeast -Thanks, John Farrier!

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LEGO Hamburger Restaurant

A new restaurant in the Philippines is completely LEGO-themed, down to the hamburgers they sell. Brick Burger in the Pasig City area of Manila sells hamburgers with buns shaped like LEGO bricks, that come in several bright colors! The entire interior of Brick Burger is decorated with LEGO toys, constructions, fixtures, and even walls covered with the familiar LEGO studs. Diners can even play with LEGO sets while they wait for their orders. Get a pictorial tour of Brick Burger at TVOM.

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I Got the Munchies

Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from Ernie Smith, the editor of Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. In another life, he ran ShortFormBlog.

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When the bar closes or the house party is broken up by the cops, college food suddenly seems like the best thing ever. Check out these dorm-room favorites.

“You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here,” Grammy award-winning songwriter Dan Wilson frequently sings to the unwashed masses at many a college town bar around the country. (Fun fact: He won that Grammy not with Semisonic, but for writing a Dixie Chicks song.) And often, they don’t go home. Instead, they go to restaurants made for easing the next morning’s hangovers. Or they do go home, but then they order late-night food that gets delivered to dorm rooms so fast, they freak. Today’s Tedium looks at the cottage industry of college-town food in all its dark alchemy.

The Pizza Place Where Gumby Still Lives

The saddest part about the evolution from traditional animation to 3D might be the fact that once impressive hand-crafted techniques for creating eye-popping visuals suddenly seem old hat.

Which means that Gumby is a forgotten icon of youth that rarely comes up anymore. The claymation bellwether hasn’t regularly been on the air since the 1980s, when it had a brief comeback on the back of an iconic Eddie Murphy sketch on SNL.

(Hollywood is full of blockheads, clearly.)

One place where the memory stays alive, however, is on college campuses, where Gumby’s Pizza menus have been sitting on mini-fridges since the ’80s. (In one case, however, Gumby’s declining name recognition actually led the local franchisee to change its name entirely. Sorry, Gumby.)

The Yelp reviews of the pizza and capital-I Important sides say it all: Gumby Pizza is perfect drunk food. Especially the Pokey Stix. Especially.

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The Grossest Foods From Every State

There are a lot of foods out there that may taste great and may actually be popular but are still pretty darn disgusting when looked at from an outsider's perspective. Foods like SPAM musubi, ambrosia salad and hot beef sundaes seem totally normal to those who love them, but to those from other regions, they may seem a bit gross -even if it's that kind of "eww that's terrible for you but I still want to try it" gross.  Thrillist has compiled the grossest dish from each state and the results are fascinating. 

While some things like carne adovada will seem at least worthy of a try to most readers, some of the items are hotly contested, like Cincinatti chili -which features either chocolate or cinnamon inside a thin chili and served on spaghetti. Of course, many readers disagreed with the choices, which only makes these kind of lists more fun. I, for one, have never even heard of "goop" and I've lived in California my whole life.

So feel free to discuss your state's grossest food in the comments after you check out the whole list here.

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Would You Drink Oreo Beer?

The Veil Brewing Co. of Richmond, Virginia, has unveiled a new brew called Hornswoggler Chocolate Milk Stout with Oreos. Head brewer Matt Tarpey says it's selling like hotcakes.

“We made 64 cases and quickly sold out within a few hours last week,” Tarpey said.

The Scott’s Addition brewery, located at 1301 Roseneath Road, has a small amount left on draft which will be available for the next few days or until it runs out.

I dunno, when you think of "two great tastes that taste great together," beer and Oreos are not the first things that comes to mind. -Thanks, John Farrier!

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The Restaurant with No Kitchen

At some restaurants, you sit down and they cook you some food. At others, you pick up the food and take it home. Now there's a restaurant in Helsinki that turns that idea on its ear. Take In doesn't even have a kitchen, but you sit down to eat take out food ordered from any of 20 other restaurants.

With no kitchen, guests at Take In choose from a curated selection of dishes from roughly 20 restaurants via an app called Wolt, the other sponsor of the pop-up. Guests eat their dinner in the Take In dining room. Take In offers bar service, and “hosting service,” helping get orders to the correct table. Guests who just want to drop in for a drink are welcome to do so. While it seems like a concept designed for solo diners, a Wolt spokeperson tells Monocle that the restaurant offers a solution for groups who can’t decide on what they all want to eat. The Take In pop-up started at the beginning of November, and will run through April 2.

It sounds like a fancier version of what we'd call a food court. Read more about this odd concept in dining at Eater.  -Thanks, John Farrier!

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World Of Warcraft Themed Cooking Show Launches In South Korea

World of Warcraft adaptations are an inevitable byproduct of the game's success, and so far the board games, movie, comic books, etc. that have come out make perfect sense for the franchise.

But South Korea has taken their love of WoW in an odd new direction- by creating the first ever World of Warcraft themed cooking show.

The show is called "Wow! Recipe? The Meal Is Ready", it's hosted by celebrity chef Choi Hyun-seok, an avid Warcraft player, and it debuted on January 20th.

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It's hard to tell where Warcraft fits into the show from the clip, but according to GameAbout "Choi a known WoW player, will cook dishes like 'Hell Hound Sweet and Sour Fish' and 'Murloc Soup' while guests share stories from and about the game."

Nothing says "Mmmmm!" like Murloc!

-Via endgadget

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