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The Pumpkin Spice Latte May Make Its Triumphant Return to Starbucks This Month

Plus, Papa John’s sales took a big hit in the wake of recent scandals, and more food news

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  • At the end of August, much of America will still be experiencing scorching temperatures, but that doesn’t mean Starbucks can’t shove a little fall down our throats. Business Insider expects the chain’s famous pumpkin spice lattes to return on August 28. ‘Bucks cafes are already receiving the necessary supplies required to make the seasonal beverage.
  • It’s not pudding, it’s budino. Taste examines the rise of the creamy Italian dessert on American menus.
  • Chris Bridges, better known as Atlanta rapper Ludacris, is a bona fide good guy. Luda has been going around to various Whole Foods supermarkets and buying groceries for people in need, reports the New York Times.
  • Food & Wine has uncovered what has to be the best new channel on YouTube. It’s called “Pasta Grannies,” and it features a bunch of Italian nonnas hand-making pasta and being adorable.
  • New York Times food critic Pete Wells loves the food from teen chef sensation Flynn McGarry. But, Wells does offer a word of advice for the phenom: Improve the service, young man.
  • Quartzy makes the argument that coffee at Starbucks is actually cheaper than a cup of joe at McDonald’s. Yes, Mickey D’s charges less per serving, but Starbucks coffee packs more caffeine, giving customers more bang for their buck.
  • Embattled pizza chain Papa John’s just reported second-quarter earnings, and the numbers were not good. PJ’s, in the wake of multiple scandals centered around founder “Papa” John Schnatter, missed the mark on profit, revenue, and same-store sales, reports CNBC. The company’s stock has taken a nose dive because of the news.
  • Here is a teddy bear made out of raw chicken. This monstrosity was spotted on nosey-neighbor social media platform Nextdoor.
  • Bad news for Britons at lunchtime: Brexit is apparently going to kill the sandwich. The United Kingdom imports much of the meats, cheeses, vegetables, and greens its residents would slap between slices of bread, and those goods are going to become much more expensive, according to Politico.
  • Celebrity chef Rachael Ray has a relatively new gig hawking her own line of supposedly top-quality dog food. Unfortunately, according to Fortune, the canine chow may contain potentially harmful chemicals. A $5 million lawsuit has been filed against the brand.
  • Japan is experiencing such an extreme heat wave, Munchies notes that the fake plastic food in restaurant windows is melting.
  • Impossible Foods, the vegetarian start-up that sells a “bleeding” veggie burger, makes an astonishing 500,000 pounds of its fake meat per month, according to Fast Company.
  • Tired: dry aging. Wired, per Insider Food: butter aging.
  • It’s the National Hockey League offseason, which means players from last season’s championship-winning team, the Washington Capitals, are participating in the time-honored tradition of consuming food and beverages out of the Stanley Cup trophy, per the Washington Post.
  • Shake Shack plans to install more automated-ordering kiosks than cashiers at locations in Seattle due to labor costs, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal.
  • Restaurant-delivery service DoorDash is the latest company in its field to announce a monthly subscription program. Customers can get unlimited deliveries for $9.99 per month.
  • And, finally, the Food and Drug Administration may have discovered the source of an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. The agency believes the lettuce may have been tainted by water from a nearby cattle-feeding operation, reports USA Today.