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Top 100 Food Trends in October

From Plant-Based Holiday Drinks to Oat Milk Chocolates

— October 16, 2021 — Lifestyle
From dairy-free egg nog to creamy chocolate bars, the October 2021 food trends reveal that oat milk is the season's star ingredient.

While oat milk is nothing new, the October 2021 food trends reveal that the non-dairy "milk" is being used in new and unique ways – not just as a base for smoothies and lattes. For instance, the Hershey Company recently unveiled a new 'Oat Made' line of chocolate bars that are vegan-friendly and made from an oat milk base. These new chocolate bars will be the cornerstone of the brand's new marketing push to promote its healthy, plant-based ingredient list.

Beyond chocolate, oat milk is also making its way into other desserts. For example, KFC recently added Oatley vegan ice cream to its menus in China.
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Smoky Chocolate Bars
Smoky Chocolate Bars
Solkiki's Smoked Chocolate Shares Richly Complex Flavors
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Vegan-Friendly Prepackaged Cakes
Vegan-Friendly Prepackaged Cakes
The Bells of Lazenby Espresso Tiffin Has 120-Calories Per Slice
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98
Seasonally Sweet Cafe Menus
Seasonally Sweet Cafe Menus
The Caribou Coffee Fall Menu Has Been Unveiled by the Brand
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97
Protein-Packed Legume Pastas
Protein-Packed Legume Pastas
JaziLupini Makes Grain-Free Pasta from Lupin Flour
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96
Delivery-Only Breakfast Concepts
Delivery-Only Breakfast Concepts
Nextbite Has Launched Three New Home-Delivered Breakfast Options
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95
Macadamia Milk Ice Creams
Macadamia Milk Ice Creams
Mauna Loa's Dairy-Free Ice Cream Comes in Rich Tropical Flavors
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94
Cheesy Southern Cuisine Snacks
Cheesy Southern Cuisine Snacks
Cheetos Crunchy Nashville Hot are Spicy and Authentic
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93
Seasonally Satisfying Cafe Drinks
Seasonally Satisfying Cafe Drinks
These Dutch Bros Drinks are Arriving for the Autumn Season
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92
Brewed Pretzel Beers
Brewed Pretzel Beers
Snyder Bier Tastes Like Snyder's of Hanover Mini Pretzels
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91
Marshmallow-Topped Potato Dishes
Marshmallow-Topped Potato Dishes
The Church's Chicken Sweet Potato Casserole is Traditional
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90
Pea-Based Protein Partnerships
Pea-Based Protein Partnerships
Meatless Farm Partners with Equinom to Deliver Yellow Pea Protein
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89
Superfood Potato Chips
Superfood Potato Chips
Jackson's Sweet Potato Chips are Cooked in Ancestral Oils
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88
Efficient Employee Retention Strategies
Efficient Employee Retention Strategies
Uber Eats for Business Launches New Service for Employers
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87
Kebab-Enthusiast Gift Sets
Kebab-Enthusiast Gift Sets
Man Crates Boasts the Kebab King Crate for Men Who Love Grilling
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86
Candy Bar-Inspired Biscuits
Candy Bar-Inspired Biscuits
MilkyWay Biscuits Offer a New Take on a Classic Treat
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85
90s-Inspired Cracker Flavors
90s-Inspired Cracker Flavors
The Goldfish Jalapeño Popper Flavored Crackers are Limited-Edition
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84
Saucy BBQ Sandwiches
Saucy BBQ Sandwiches
Jack in the Box's New BBQ Cluck Sandwiches are Slathered with BBQ Sauce
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83
Southwest-Inspired Brunch Dishes
Southwest-Inspired Brunch Dishes
Bob Evans Has a New Southwest Avocado Omelet for Fall
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82
Keto-Friendly Mug Cakes
Keto-Friendly Mug Cakes
Mug Cake Mixes by No Guilt Bakes are Sold in a Delicious Set
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81
Air-Popped Sweet Potato Chips
Air-Popped Sweet Potato Chips
Pop Bitties Sweet Potato Chips are Light, Crispy and Gluten-Free
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80
Plant-Based Canned Soups
Plant-Based Canned Soups
The Baxters Plant-Based Soup Range Now includes Three New Options
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79
Fruit-Flavored Aerated Gummies
Fruit-Flavored Aerated Gummies
Starburst Airs are Light and Pillowy with an Inflated Texture
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78
Vacation Rental Snack Services
Vacation Rental Snack Services
The 'Snackt' Delivery Service Provides Treats to Guests
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77
Sports-Themed Stackable Crisps
Sports-Themed Stackable Crisps
Pringles' Tailgating Stacks Inspire Bold New Flavor Combinations
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80s Ramen Revivals
80s Ramen Revivals
These Cup Noodles Flavors Reintroduce Classics from Decades Past
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75
Traditional Plant-Based Holiday Drinks
Traditional Plant-Based Holiday Drinks
These Elmhurst 1925 Products are Arriving for the Holidays
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Premium Hot Chocolate Products
Premium Hot Chocolate Products
Starbucks Signature Chocolate is Being Added to the At-Home Range
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73
Seasonal Cream Puff Desserts
Seasonal Cream Puff Desserts
Frisch's Big Boy Pumpkin Cream Puff with Bourbon Caramel is Seasonal
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72
Crunchy Bacon-Encrusted Pizzas
Crunchy Bacon-Encrusted Pizzas
The Little Caesars Bacon Cruncher Pizza is Arriving in Canada
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71
Non-Alcoholic Nootropic Hop Waters
Non-Alcoholic Nootropic Hop Waters
HOP WTR Sparkling Hop Water is Calorie and Alcohol-Free
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70
Juicy Sandwich-Burger Hybrids
Juicy Sandwich-Burger Hybrids
Sonic's New Grilled Cheese Burger is Available for a Limited Time
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69
Miniature Maple Pancakes
Miniature Maple Pancakes
Trader Joe's New Maple Poffertjes are Inspired by a Dutch Classic
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68
AI-Enabled Food Ordering Systems
AI-Enabled Food Ordering Systems
Presto Launched a Useful Speech Recognition Tool for Restaurants
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67
Recyclable Cheese Snack Packaging
Recyclable Cheese Snack Packaging
Cathedral City Snack Packs Will Now Feature Recyclable Trays
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66
Economical Coffee Subscriptions
Economical Coffee Subscriptions
Pret a Manger Offers a Coffee Subscription Plan to Its Customers
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65
Fast-Food-Themed Apparel
Fast-Food-Themed Apparel
McDonald's Partners with BoxLunch to Launch a New Line of Fan Merchandise
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64
Japanese-Inspired BBQ Sauces
Japanese-Inspired BBQ Sauces
Bachan's Japanese BBQ Sauce is Modelled After a Unique Family Recipe
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Ice Cream-Inspired Protein Powders
Ice Cream-Inspired Protein Powders
The Ascent Cookies & Cream Native Fuel Whey Protein is Tasty
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Oat-Based Soft Serves
Oat-Based Soft Serves
KFC Has Launched Oatly Vegan Ice Cream in China
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Boneless Chicken Thigh Bites
Boneless Chicken Thigh Bites
Wingstop is Adding Crispy Thighs & Thigh Bites to Its Nationwide Menu
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60
Italian-Inspired Snack Packs
Italian-Inspired Snack Packs
Veroni's Back-to-School Snacks Were Inspired by Light Meals
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Ultra-Fast Grocery Delivery Services
Ultra-Fast Grocery Delivery Services
Kroger and Instacart Launch 'Kroger Delivery Now'
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58
Fortified Immunity Support Drinks
Fortified Immunity Support Drinks
Weetabix On The Go Immune Support is High in Fiber
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57
Festive Family Focused Treats
Festive Family Focused Treats
The Nestlé Confectionery’s Christmas Line-Up was Unveiled for the UK
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56
Self-Care Candy Calendars
Self-Care Candy Calendars
Starburst All Pink #DoYou Challenge Calendars Encourage Self-Care
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55
Skull-Themed Toaster Pastries
Skull-Themed Toaster Pastries
The Limited-Edition Pop-Tarts Día de Muertos Box Honors Latinx Art
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54
Custom Cake Ordering Platforms
Custom Cake Ordering Platforms
Meijer Introduces Personalized Dessert System for Online Orders
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53
Better-For-You Oat Milk Chocolates
Better-For-You Oat Milk Chocolates
Hershey Set to Launch its First Vegan 'Oat Made' Chocolate Bars
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52
Simplified Sub Sandwich Menus
Simplified Sub Sandwich Menus
Potbelly is Introducing an Improved Menu with Three New Options
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51
Macaroni-Stuffed Grilled Cheeses
Macaroni-Stuffed Grilled Cheeses
Panera is Serving Up a New Grilled Mac and Cheese Sandwich
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50
Glow-in-the-Dark Crisps Cans
Glow-in-the-Dark Crisps Cans
Pringles Made Limited Sour Scream & Onion & Oooriginal Flavors
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49
Breakfast-Inspired Cookies
Breakfast-Inspired Cookies
Insomnia Cookies is Celebrating Back-to-School with New Sweets
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48
Candy-Inspired Seasoning Shakers
Candy-Inspired Seasoning Shakers
The TWIX Sweet Seasoning Shaker is Layered with Flavor
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47
Veggie-Heavy Flatbread Sandwiches
Veggie-Heavy Flatbread Sandwiches
Tropical Smoothie Cafe is Serving a New Green Goddess Flatbread
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46
Crate-Inspired Gift Sets
Crate-Inspired Gift Sets
Man Crates’ Gourmet Grilled Cheese Crate is Out of This World
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Fall-Themed Yogurt Launches
Fall-Themed Yogurt Launches
Oui by Yoplait Brings Back Apple Pie and Pumpkin Caramel Flavors
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Thai Culture Preservation Restaurants
Thai Culture Preservation Restaurants
Boonserm Premthada Preserved Ayutthaya Culinary Traditions
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Autumnal Ice Cream Menus
Autumnal Ice Cream Menus
The Dairy Queen Fall Menu Includes New and Returning Favorites
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Blackberry Cheesecake Hand Pies
Blackberry Cheesecake Hand Pies
Popeyes is Releasing a New Blackberry Cheesecake Fried Pie
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Low-Sugar Pumpkin Spice Cereals
Low-Sugar Pumpkin Spice Cereals
Three Wishes Pumpkin Spice Cereal Has Eight-Grams of Protein
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Mental Health Sundae Campaigns
Mental Health Sundae Campaigns
Selena Gomez Debuted the Selena Sundae at Serendipity3
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Retail Cereal Bars
Retail Cereal Bars
Stir's Shares Unique Cereal Products By the Bowl and Box
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Kid-Friendly Protein Snack Packs
Kid-Friendly Protein Snack Packs
Hillshire Farm SNACKED! Share Nine Grams of Protein Per Serving
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37
Date-Sweetened Chocolate Bars
Date-Sweetened Chocolate Bars
Bon AppéSweet is Vegan-Friendly with Zero Added Sugar
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36
Integrated Functional Mushroom Products
Integrated Functional Mushroom Products
Earth & Star Expands its Portfolio with Coffee and More
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35
Old-Fashioned Soda Shop Refreshments
Old-Fashioned Soda Shop Refreshments
Pepsi-Cola Soda Shop Includes Two Flavors
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Extra-Crispy Heat-Retaining Fries
Extra-Crispy Heat-Retaining Fries
Wendy's Reimagines the French Fry with 'Hot and Crispy' Method
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Sugar Cookie Chocolate Bars
Sugar Cookie Chocolate Bars
Hershey's Sugar Cookie Flavored Bar is Studded with Textured Pieces
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Noodle Soup-Inspired Sodas
Noodle Soup-Inspired Sodas
Nissin's Cup Noodle Soda Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
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Vodka-Infused Whipped Cream Shots
Vodka-Infused Whipped Cream Shots
Cardi B Set to Launch 'Whipshots' with Starco Brands
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Chef-to-Consumer Meal Subscriptions
Chef-to-Consumer Meal Subscriptions
CookUnity Creates an Elevated Dining Experience at Home
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Racecar-Themed Virtual Restaurants
Racecar-Themed Virtual Restaurants
Virtual Dining Concepts Introduces 'NASCAR Refuel'
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Restaurant-Grade Packaged Foods
Restaurant-Grade Packaged Foods
Momofuku's Packaging Reference Labels in Professional Kitchens
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Brain-Supporting Snack Bars
Brain-Supporting Snack Bars
Cerebelly's Smart Bars Support Growing Young Minds
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Sensorial Museum-Inspired Bars
Sensorial Museum-Inspired Bars
YOD Group Revealed its Mysterious Design for the Buddha-Bar Chain
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Asian Fusion Cuisine Noodles
Asian Fusion Cuisine Noodles
The Pot Noodle Fusions Range Includes Three Flavors
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Health-Focused Cultural Centers
Health-Focused Cultural Centers
Triptyque Architecture's New Mixed-Use Complex Redefines Health
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Gourmet Baking Powders
Gourmet Baking Powders
Loosey-Goosey Makes Baking Powder with a Vegetable Puree Base
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Japanese Snacks Subscription Boxes
Japanese Snacks Subscription Boxes
Bokksu’s Seasons of Japan Presents a Curated Taste Experience
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21
Customizable Macaroni Meals
Customizable Macaroni Meals
Mac-n-Choose Shares Gourmet Mac and Cheese with a Twist
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Next-Gen Food Menus
Next-Gen Food Menus
US Foods' Fall Scoop Features "Next-Gen Ideas for Next-Gen Diners"
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19
Limited-Edition Broccoli Cheese Bites
Limited-Edition Broccoli Cheese Bites
The Sonic Broccoli Cheddar Tots are Arriving Soon
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18
Croissant-Waffle Hybrids
Croissant-Waffle Hybrids
NYC's Croffle House Serves Sweet & Savory Croissant-Like Waffles
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17
Edible Beauty Serums
Edible Beauty Serums
You&Oil's Food Shots are Complexes for External & Internal Use
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Buildable Snack Kits
Buildable Snack Kits
Lunchables' Limited-Edition Lunchabuilds Feed Creativity
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Salted Caramel Baking Chips
Salted Caramel Baking Chips
Trader Joe’s Caramel Sea Salt Baking Chips are Great for Fall Baking
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14
Drinkable Whipped Creams
Drinkable Whipped Creams
Japan's M.G.K. Sells Whipped Cream in a Can with a Wide Straw
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Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Shake Shack is Serving Dominique Crenn’s Grilled Cheese
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12
Giftable Grill Master Boxes
Giftable Grill Master Boxes
Man Crates Provides a Grill Master Set With Tools & Flavor Enhancers
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11
On-the-Go Bamboo Utensils
On-the-Go Bamboo Utensils
Bambu’s eat/drink tool kit is lightweight and durable
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10
Premium Cookie Boxes
Premium Cookie Boxes
Last Crumb Takes Cues from High-End Streetwear and Designer Goods
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9
Memorable Dining Experiences
Memorable Dining Experiences
Le Pavilion Blends Landscape Architecture with Culinary Excellence
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8
Sustainable Refill Grocery Stores
Sustainable Refill Grocery Stores
Asda Introduced a Refill Store With Loose Format Products
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7
AI-Powered Personalized Cookbooks
AI-Powered Personalized Cookbooks
The Algorithmic Chef Identifies Ingredients & Assembles Recipes
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6
Cinnamon-Filled Korean Pancakes
Cinnamon-Filled Korean Pancakes
Trader Joe’s Sweet Cinnamon Filled Korean Pancakes are a Treat
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5
Unconventional Bakery Designs
Unconventional Bakery Designs
The Aera Cafe in Berlin Invites Customers into a Monochrome Space
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4
Blooming Seafood Appetizers
Blooming Seafood Appetizers
Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Fried Shrimp is Hand-Breaded
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3
Nutritious Meal Cubes
Nutritious Meal Cubes
MealCubes Recreates Healthy Meals in the Form of Candies
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2
Exclusive Collaborative Milk Shakes
Exclusive Collaborative Milk Shakes
Shake Shack and Milk Bar Introduce Two Limited Edition Shakes
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Limited-Edition Bacon Cheeseburgers
Limited-Edition Bacon Cheeseburgers
The New Bacon Cheddar Cheesy Burger Marks a Foodie Holiday
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