The Best Things We Ate at the 2014 Vendy Awards

Originally posted 09/15/2014 12:55PM

The 2014 Vendy Awards (aka the “Oscars of Street Food”) blew into New York City’s Governors Island Saturday, along with a seemingly endless supply of yellow jackets and the occasional rainstorm.
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We Tried It (On Video!): Crazy-Hot Ghost Pepper Candy

Originally posted 06/26/2014 02:02PM

WHAT IS IT: Ghost Pepper Super Hot Candy Balls, a new candy made with two of the hottest peppers in the world ($9.99 for about 30 balls at

WHO TRIED IT: A brave team of staffers willing to sacrifice their taste buds to the pepper gods

WHY WE DID IT: The promise of ice cream at the end
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FILED UNDER: Food , Stuff We Love , We Tried It

Mariah Carey's 'Butterfly' Drink
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We Tried It: Mariah Carey’s Melodic Butterfly Drink

Originally posted 06/12/2014 06:10PM

WHAT IS IT: Butterfly, Mariah Carey‘s new bottled drink ($1.99 each at Walgreen’s nationwide)

WHO TRIED IT: Any staffers curious enough to come to our office taste test

WHY WE DID IT: Love of Mariah? Super thirsty? Free drinks? Motives differed.
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Yacon syrup
Left: Martin Barraud/Getty; Right: Foodcollection/Getty

We Tried It: Does Yacon Syrup Help You Lose Weight?

Originally posted 06/06/2014 01:25PM

WHAT IS IT: A molasses-like natural sweetener derived from an Andean root

WHO TRIED IT: Brooke Showell, contributor

WHY SHE DID IT: Because a spoonful (or three) of yacon a day keeps the pounds away, according to Dr. Oz
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Flavored vodka taste test

From Doughnut to Bacon: A Blind Taste Test of Flavored Vodkas

Originally posted 05/23/2014 04:58PM

Walk into a liquor store these days and you’ll find a dizzying array of novelty vodka flavors, from bacon to Cinnabon. (Yes, your favorite mall pastry can now get you drunk. Cheers.)
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Shailene Woodley's Drinkable Clay
Inset: Splash News Online

We Tried It: Shailene Woodley’s Drinkable Clay

Originally posted 05/13/2014 01:17PM

WHAT IS IT: A safe-to-consume, powdered clay mixed with water

WHO TRIED IT: Catherine Kast, PEOPLE writer/reporter

WHY SHE DID IT: Shailene Woodley drinks it, so it must make you look and feel amazing, right?

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Oprah Surprises Patrons for Launch of Oprah Chai
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We Tried It: Oprah Winfrey’s New Chai Tea

Originally posted 04/30/2014 01:54PM

WHAT: Oprah Winfrey‘s new Oprah Chai Tea, available at Starbucks and Teavana stores nationwide

WHO TRIED IT: Mark Marino, Deputy Editor,

WHY HE VOLUNTEERED: Pure curiosity — oh, and he loves Oprah.
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Domino's Fried Chicken Specialty Pizza
Courtesy Facebook/Domino’s

We Tried It: Domino’s Fried Chicken-Crust ‘Pizza’

Originally posted 04/15/2014 02:49PM

When I heard Monday that Domino’s had launched a line of fried chicken bites covered in cheese and pizza toppings, there was only one logical thing to do: Order all four flavors from my local New York Domino’s and get the verdict from my pizza-delivery-loving mid-60s parents, who happen to be in town from Wisconsin for the week.
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Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy Oreo Flavors
Courtesy Nabisco

Oreo Launches Two New Flavors: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

Originally posted 01/23/2014 04:05PM

What’s black and white and crunchy all over?
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FILED UNDER: Food , Food News , We Tried It

Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Cleanse

We Tried It: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop 3-Day Food Cleanse

Originally posted 01/14/2014 12:31PM

WHAT IS IT: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop 3-Day Food Cleanse

WHO TRIED IT: Catherine Kast, PEOPLE writer/reporter

WHY SHE DID IT: Pure curiosity
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