October Food Trends: FrankenSnacks

Flavor fusions that start in the boardroom have varying results, but the releases of these alien appetizers are always fun, and 2021 has plenty to offer.

Indeed, like mad scientists with unending supplies of lab specimens, brands of all types are banding up, testing new waters, and crossing over, creating monster mash-ups of flavors as well as weird preparations like freeze-dried cheese and whipped coffee.

Smartfood and Krispy Kreme, for two, are leading the charge with their limited-time flavor partnership.

Pepsi x Peeps promises a marshmallow flavored soda array in Peep-centric packaging in time for Easter (gross), and three of Jelly Belly’s Fabulous Five flavors represent brand partnerships with Sunkist, Coldstone Creamery, and whatever soda conglomerate currently operates A&W, Dr. Pepper, Crush, and … 7Up? Is 7Up back?

Falling into the category of a more full transformation, the beautiful bean footage at Bush’s Best now includes a highlight reel of bean-based chips and dips, Wendy’s Frostys are now a cereal, and Heinz has entered a new dimension with their sauce blends; especially with Tarchup and Hanch.

What monstrous mixology have you see lately? Leave your discoveries in the comments.

House of Wax

I’ve shared the super-easy recipe for recycled crayons here before, but this week we decided to give it a Halloween spin, attempting spooky color combinations like black and orange or purple and red.

Of course, we had to assign names to the new cray-ations: from top left, I give you Jack-o-lantern, Dracula’s Blood, Dead-end Road, Midnight Blue, Mermaid Sea, Candy Corn, Fire in the Sky, Ghostly Greys, and Swamp Thing. 😉

Tip: Because these are so fat, they’re great for gravestone rubbings. There are also often surprise color combos inside once you give these a crack — so get whackin’!

Blogtober Fashion-spotting

Do you remember those fashion-on-the-street features in the back pages of mags like Cosmopolitan and Marie Clare? The ones in which “good fashion” was represented by smiling, seemingly surprised women and “bad fashion” was lightly disguised with skinny black bars over the eyes of the beholden?

Inspired by those throwbacks but also hoping to put a more positive spin on things, I’ve been spying some blogtober fashion on the sly in my autumnal travels, no censor bars needed:

The side-braid and the Carmen San Diego hat combo are my favorite part of this pumpkinfest ensemble.
Sterling silver motif jewelry
Coordinated pinks and plaids at the goat pens… I also love the length on the dress.
Disney cuteness at the farmstand: this is actually the Disney x Loungefly mini-backpack, Alice in Wonderland edition.
More plaid, but with rock-a-billy flavor at Cruise Night.

Blogtober ’21 Theme: Do. All. The Things.

Part one.

Life list bullet item crossed off: corn maze. No, I’d never been through a corn maze before this month.
We made it.
Haunted hay ride at Whitney’s Farm in Cheshire
Rock-a-billy Frankenstein!
The Giant Pumpkin
Juli in the Giant Pumpkin
Life list bullet item crossed off: my first trike ride! Thanks to my friend Gino and his other-half Kim for setting up this amazing lunchtime treat!
‘Murrica! Photos taken at the Hudson River Skywalk
Blogtober shopping and trend-spotting – Jack Skelington patterns are alive and well
I think white pumpkins are trending
Bougie lunches in Hudson, N.Y. – Croque Madame at Le Gamin
Haunted Cruise Night at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport!