It's Thursday, AKA pre-Friday. Here are six vital pieces of food news to know today, conveniently delivered in bite-size, easily digestible nuggets, including: why Alton Brown isn't eating at Chick-fil-A; Julia Child's surprising new audience; Starbucks' newest retail venture; an update on Coca-Cola's "anti-obesity" research scandal; and 7-Eleven's latest stab at a weird novelty food thing.
— Alton Brown is boycotting Chick-fil-A. No, it's not because of the company's oft-controversial politics: It's because the Southern chain recently axed coleslaw from the menu. "When they got rid of coleslaw, they broke my heart," the Georgia native tells the Gwinnett Daily Post.
— Culinary legend Julia Child has been introduced to a whole new audience: gamers. Twitch, a streaming platform where users can broadcast themselves playing video games, aired Child's iconic 1960s cooking show The French Chef for four days straight to celebrate the launch of its new streaming food channel. The result? Inside jokes and memes galore, plus a bunch of 18-year-old guys now know who Julia Child is. It's a win-win.
— The professor who headed up Coca-Cola's "anti-obesity" research group has resigned. University of Colorado professor James Hill is stepping down from his post as executive director of the college's wellness center (though he'll still teach at the school). Last winter it was revealed that Coke paid Hill more than half a million dollars to travel around the country preaching a pro-soda agenda.
— Yesterday during Starbucks' annual shareholder meeting, the company announced it's launching pumpkin spice latte K-cups. The coffee giant clearly sees plenty of money to be made in the single-serve coffee market, because it has also made a deal with Nestle to sell Starbucks-branded coffee pods for Nespresso brewers — only in Europe, however (at least for now).
— 7-Eleven has debuted another terrifying food creation: The convenience store chain, which previously hawked cheese-filled Doritos triangles, is now selling Slurpee doughnuts. This sugary pastry is not in fact frozen, but rather topped with "wild cherry"-flavored icing and sprinkles — and according to one reporter, it's pretty tasty despite an admittedly cough syrup-esque flavor. We remain skeptical.
— How are chocolate Easter eggs made? If you answered "with candy molds," well, yes, but have some imagination why don't you: Scientist/comedian/writer Dean Burnett investigates this seasonal treat and concludes that "all chocolate eggs are produced in secret warehouses by hideously mutated giant birds, forced to lay them all day every day in utter defiance of morality, reason or the laws of nature itself."
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