Dunkin’ Donuts Partners With Homesick to Make Special Holiday Candles

File this one under things weird things you never knew you needed. If you’ve got any Dunkin’ Donuts devotees on your shopping list, pay attention. By popular demand Homesick lifestyle brand and Dunkin’ have collaborate to release a limited release candle that smells like some of Dunkin’s classic coffee blends and treats.

“Flavors” include the ubiquitous Dunkin’ Original Blend and favorites like Old Fashioned Donut. The candles have notes of chocolate and caramel or nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, respectively.

The candles can be had for $34 as they are or for another $15 can come with personalized message printed on the jar.

Outside of fragrance based industries some may not be aware of the power of smell. It is more closely linked to memory than any of the other five senses. Dunkin and Homesick hope to reproducing happy memories for their candle customers. Especially considering how many will have very different holiday plans this year.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookie

Your favorite fall treat, a pumpkin spice latte, but in cookie form!

 

Ingredients

 

3 cups white whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 (15 ounce) can unseasoned pumpkin puree

2 cups light brown sugar

1 cup grapeseed or canola oil

3 tablespoons milk, divided

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice plus 1 teaspoon, divided

3 teaspoons instant espresso powder, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Instructions

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine (whisking) flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Combine eggs, pumpkin, brown sugar and oil in a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer until well mixed. Add 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, 2 teaspoons espresso powder and vanilla and mix until well mixed. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, mixing until just combined after each additional ingredient.

Use 2 tablespoons per cookie. Drop rounds of the dough onto the prepared pans. 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until firm and dry to touch. About 13 minutes. Let cool on the pans for 5 minutes. Then move to a cooling rack to cool completely. About 20 minutes.

Mix cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar until very smooth. Add the leftover 1 tablespoon milk and 1 teaspoon each pumpkin pie spice and espresso powder in a small bowl; beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Spread the frosting on the cookies.

 

Coffee mate to Offer Unusual But Interesting New Creamers Early 2021

Coffee mate (owned by Nestle) has a new coffee creamer flavors coming out in 2021 and these probably won’t be for everyone. They have not partnered with a candy bar or ice cream company to bring you yet another perhaps-painful-to-the-tooth sweet creamer as in the past. If you can believe it these creamers are for the folks who usually don’t take cream at all.

The new line is called “Unlocked.” The creamers in the Unlocked series will be coffee-flavored coffee creamers. But before you go Mr. Spock with logic, step back a moment and think on this: the purpose of this creamer is not to turn your black coffee into a cake or doughnut (and there isn’t a thing wrong with that if that’s what you like) but rather it is supposed to cut the bitter flavor of bad black coffee and make it taste more like a smooth, high-end brew.

Initially, Unlocked will offer two flavors. First, Classic Colombian that will have a rich, creamy flavor of rich roasted beans and bright notes of fruit. Second, Italian Espresso that is supposed to have subtle notes of chocolate, a smokey smell and a creamy texture.

Neither sound alarmingly awful and seem like they would add something to coffee for the “I’ll take it black” crowd when someone at the office makes a pot of sludge (again!).

These should starting hitting your local grocery’s shelves around January 2021.

 

Coffee as Therapy for MS Fatigue?

According to a study published in Nutrients, coffee can help reduce Multiple Sclerosis related fatigue for those who have milder cases.

MS related fatigue is a huge problem affecting about 70% of MS patients and the fatigue they report is more than just being tired. It as been described by many as “extreme exhaustion” which can occur suddenly for no reason or be triggered by things like stress, infections, digestion or simple activity. Most experts agree that there is no clear therapeutic recommendation to treat this fatigue.

However, researchers at the University of Regensburg Hospital in Germany saw that coffee helped patients with mild MS symptoms concentrate better and helped them achieve a more structure daily routine.

The study’s authors noted that in the absence of any severe side effects and any other effective fatigue therapy that coffee consumption might be an approach for some patients with MS-related fatigue.

The self-reported study was limited to just 124 subjects and is not conclusive. However, it is a step forward.

As always it is recommended that both those that are healthy and those who have acute or long-term illnesses consult with a doctor before making changes to their diet or trying new therapies.

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J.M. Smucker Joins in On Farm to Table Transparency Movement

The J.M. Smucker Company is hoping on the supply chain transparency bandwagon by starting to use blockchain technology.

Smucker’s partnered with Farmer Connect; this startup uses IBM’s blockchain to trace products from farm to table for consumers. Once a customer scans a QR code on the packaging of their coffee, their phone or table will take them to the Thank My Farmer website where they presented with information about where the coffee was grown, processed and exported. Smucker’s is trialing the software with their 1850 100% Colombian bagged coffee.

Sustainability and environmentally responsible brands are very important to many consumers who are willing to pay a premium for brands who meet their high standards. IBM’s blockchain technology provides this information in an easy way for both the producer and the consumer.

People also like a story that comes along with a hand-grown, hand-crafted product. Who produces it, their name, their history, their story can be equally valuable to a consumer. In vast ocean of faceless or celebrity endorsed products knowing the story of “the little guy” who grew your coffee or whatever the product is can has value.