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Pumpkin Spice Cookie Straws Turn Any Starbucks Drink Into a PSL

Plus, McDonald’s has a new location in Chicago that looks like an Apple store, and more food news to begin the week

A starbucks pumpkin spice latte Starbucks
  • Pumpkin spice latte news and straw news have finally converged into one story. When PSLs return to Starbucks (possibly later this month) customers can sip them through PSL-flavored cookie straws, reports ABC 6 in Seattle. The edible beverage accessories are now available in grocery stores at $6.99 for a package of 20.
  • Here is a story about Henry Winkler, better known as the Fonz, making pizza at Brooklyn’s famed Lucali pizzeria. Also, it’s a New York Times headline that includes the word “ayyy.”
  • A giant, 40-pound durian recently sold for $2,500 at a market in Thailand, reports Bloomberg. The fruit was 10 times the size of a typical durian.
  • Chobani helped usher in America’s obsession with Greek yogurt, and now the company wants to turn the health food into a condiment. They yogurt is now available in 14-ounce, squeezable packaging, per the Takeout, making it an easy sour cream replacement.
  • This vending machine in Hiroshima, Japan, is dispensing fresh, hot, thin-crust pizzas. The machine, which operates 24 hours a day and is getting good reviews, operates inside a video and CD rental store, according to Sora News 24.
  • Genetic editing of crops is becoming faster and easier for food scientists. The Washington Post takes a deep dive into the future of food. “I think that despite all the hype over gene editing, everybody but a few science fiction writers has underestimated the magnitude of the revolution they are ushering in,” says Val Giddings, a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington-based think tank.
  • Finally, McDonald’s has a new location in Chicago that, per Eater Chicago, looks just like an Apple store. This flagship offers a glimpse at what Mickey D’s might look like going forward.

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