Universal Studios Hollywood Is Now Serving Butterbeer Ice Cream

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Anna Fox, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

A mainstay of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has apparated to the West Coast. That’s right—Butterbeer ice cream has arrived at Universal Studios Hollywood, Travel + Leisure reports.

If you want to get your hands on a cup of the sweet frozen treat, you’d better hightail it to the California theme park, because this offer is only available for the summer. The swirled dessert, flavored with brown sugar and vanilla, is served in a themed container.

Some fans have said the hard-packed Butterbeer tastes like the soft-serve ice cream spilling over the containers served at Universal Orlando.

This marks the first time that Butterbeer ice cream has been offered at the Hollywood location, and two other Butterbeer-flavored desserts—potted cream and fudge—will also be available.

Desserts aren’t the only new additions to Universal Studios Hollywood. As Inside the Magic points out, new magic wand spells—incendio and alohomora—have also been introduced to Hogsmeade Village.

Using your own interactive wand (purchased separately) and the right verbal cue, you can make a door open magically and summon flames to shoot out of a chimney. The "Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" show is also back with new effects.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

General Mills Is Recalling More Than 600,000 Pounds of Gold Medal Flour Over E. Coli Risk

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The FDA recently shared news of a 2019 product recall that could impact home bakers. As CNN reports, General Mills is voluntarily recalling 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to a possible E. coli contamination.

The decision to pull the flour from shelves was made after a routine test of the 5-pound bags. According to a company statement, "the potential presence of E. coli O26" was found in the sample, and even though no illnesses have been connected to Gold Medal flour, General Mills is recalling it to be safe.

Escherichia coli O26 is a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacterium that's often spread through commercially processed foods. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most patients recover within a week, but in people with vulnerable immune systems like young children and seniors, the complications can be deadly.

To avoid the potentially contaminated batch, look for Gold Medal flour bags with a "better if used by" date of September 6, 2020 and the package UPC 016000 196100. All other products sold under the Gold Medal label are safe to consume.

Whether or not the flour in your pantry is affected, the recall is a good reminder that consuming raw flour can be just as harmful as eating raw eggs. So when you're baking cookies, resist having a taste until after they come out of the oven—or indulge in one of the many edible cookie dough products on the market instead.

[h/t CNN]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer


If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.