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Pizza Lab #47: Smokey Autumn Squash Pizza

As the Fall draws to a close and we all curse under our breath about the impending cold, let’s take one dip into the pool of delicious Autumnal foodstuffs. Pizza Lab has experimented with pumpkins before, but to avoid repetitiveness we went for a more alternate take on the edible gourd, and used a butternut squash instead. There was a point where we actually had trouble thinking up an overarching theme besides just “Fall” but we eventually decided to toss in some smokey flavors since it seemed like a nice complement. Oh, and also because we recently bought a food smoker and smoked meats are reeeeeeally good.

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Pizza Lab #46: Butterfingers Pizza

Though it’s being posted late, this was October’s Pizza Lab.  Since October’s main event is Halloween and we were due for a dessert pizza, we decided to take our inspiration from Halloween candy.  We’re both huge fans of the chocolate/peanut butter combination so we tend to return to it frequently.  Butterfingers and Reese’s are both at the top of my list of favorite candies.  Since we’ve already done a Reese’s peanut butter cup inspired pizza, we turned instead to Butterfingers.  We decided pretty quickly that we wanted to use Butterfingers, but figuring out what else to put on the pizza took a bit more time.  Obviously chocolate and peanut butter would be involved somehow.  But just putting chocolate, peanut butter and chopped up Butterfingers on would be a bit too similar to the Reese’s pizza.  We had to get more creative.

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The Snack Report: Choco-Chip Oreos

For some reason, limited edition and wacky flavor varieties of foods have become huge in the past few years. I assume it has something to do with the rise of social media since in the past, it was hard to reach any sort of significant audience and national attention simply by releasing a frigging soda-themed breakfast pastry, but alas, welcome to 2016. Hashtags dictate what every idiot does with their day and anything with more than six total fans can go viral in an instant.

One of the brands on the frontlines of this LE bombardment is the venerable Oreo. Nabisco sees fit to release them in every possible iteration you can imagine. While some of them are actually really good, some are overwhelmingly “meh”. The real crime isn’t necessarily trying out new flavor ideas, but really is releasing good new flavors, then taking them off shelves so they can think up new abominations like Swedish Fish Oreos or Limeade Oreos or who the hell knows, maybe Chicken Parmesan Oreos could be on the way.

Today, let’s take a look at their latest cookie mashup, Choco-Chip Oreos.

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Pizza Lab #44: Ice Cream Pizza

Ice cream is a staple summer dessert.  Technically you can eat ice cream year round, but summer is when it really shines.  They even send trucks out to practically deliver ice cream to your house!  While that familiar jingle is a welcome sound of summer, you have to admit, in the dark evenings of winter it’d sound kinda creepy.  You’re also much more likely to want to eat a freezing cold treat when it’s hot out than when it’s freezing outside too.  Since August is the last full month of summer we wanted to make this month’s pizza lab nice and summer-y.  It was also time for a dessert pizza.  So as you may infer from the previous sentences, summer + dessert = ice cream!

That’s right.  We made an ice cream pizza.  It seems impossible at first, since pizza is baked and ice cream is frozen.  But as I’m sure many of us are aware, cold/room temperature pizza is a delicacy of its own, and so the step up to frozen isn’t actually that far of a leap.  Ice cream cake is a beloved party dessert (unless you’re Erik), so why not ice cream pizza?

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The Snack Report: Breyer’s Ice Cream Cake Ice Cream

My name is Erik S. and I have a confession to make.

I don’t actually really like ice cream cake all that much.

There, I said it. I said it, I can’t take it back, and I regret nothing. But before the ice cream heavens rain fiery vengeance upon me, let me say in my defense that while I don’t dislike ice cream cake, I just vastly prefer regular-ass ice cream, and think the cake form is overrated.

Okay, still not good enough? Well luckily, I found some middle ground for everyone out there torn between ice cream and ice cream cake:

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