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People in France Are Brawling Over Discounted Nutella

Plus, Shake Shack jumps on the glitter foods trend

Jars of Nutella Photo by Manfred Segerer/ullstein bild via Getty Images
  • People love Nutella, and if it’s offered at a significant discount, people are going to lose their cool, apparently. The French supermarket chain Intermarché has cut prices on the chocolate-hazelnut spread by 70 percent, resulting in riots and brawls at grocery stores across the land. “They are like animals,” a shopper tells the Guardian. “One woman had her hair pulled. An elderly lady took a box on her head. Another had a bloody hand.” Calm down, folks.
  • Not even Danny Meyer can resist the hot trend of serving food dusted with edible glitter. Shake Shack, Meyer’s rapidly expanding burger chain, will serve a special glitter-spiked milkshake for Valentine’s Day. Dubbed the “Love Shack Shake,” the dessert is obviously inspired by the B-52s. It’s strawberry flavored, with whipped cream and glitter sprinkles on top.
  • The funeral for legendary French chef Paul Bocuse, who died last week at the age of 91, was held earlier today in Lyon. More than 1,500 chefs from around the world, including luminaries such as Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon, and Anne-Sophie Pic, were in attendance, paying respects by donning their white jackets. Roughly 1,000 people sat for the service at St. Jean Cathedral, and the overflow crowed watched on two large projection screens outside.
  • Ever since the Proclamation of the Republic was issued in 1916, Ireland has banned alcohol sales on Good Friday, the start of Easter weekend. The Irish Parliament has come to its senses and passed an amendment to the country’s Intoxicating Liquor Act, lifting the ban. Sláinte!
  • The Michelin inspectors, those elite dining judges who determine which restaurants make the cut for Michelin Guides in cities across the globe, are notoriously secretive. But one inspector in Chicago shares a juicy background detail: This person is qualified to critique restaurants because they are a former cook.
  • France, being the capital of Western cuisine, has a real problem with gourmet food thieves who poach fine comestibles such as oysters and aged cheeses. The government is attempting to stop these daring robbers by warning producers of thefts in the area via text messages, deploying police patrols with night-vision goggles, and flying drones with mounted cameras.
  • Finally, famous baker Amirah Kassem, founder of New York City’s Flour Shop, stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers on Thursday and made a rainbow explosion cake.