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NC restaurant offering tarantula burger

This burger has legs -- eight of them, to be exact.

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A North Carolina restaurant, celebrating Exotic Meat Month, is serving a tarantula burger, WGHP reported.

Bull City Burger and Brewery runs the exotic meat promotion every April, noting on its website that “We never met a meat we wouldn’t eat!”

The burger costs $30 and includes a beef burger, gruyere cheese, an oven-roasted tarantula and spicy chili sauce, WGHP reported.

But to bite into this burger, customers must enter a raffle. Customers must sign up for the Tarantula Challenge in the restaurant, then monitor Facebook and the restaurant’s website to see if their ticket is chosen.

If the winning participant eats the entire burger, they will receive a free T-shirt, WGHP reported.

Heinz introduces Mayochup, mayonnaise-ketchup combo, so when will you be able to find it?

Checking calendar ... no it isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke. Heinz is actually introducing a mayonnaise and ketchup mix called Mayochup.

Fox News reports that Mayochup is also known as fry sauce, fancy sauce and a multitude of other names with sauce worked in.

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But Heinz is mixing it’s two signature products Heinz Ketchup and Heinz Real Mayonnaise for the newest release.

The bad news is for those who want to try it, it is only available in the Arab Gulf states, Fox News reported. But hope is not lost. 

It will be launched in the U.S. if it gets 500,000 votes.

As of Thursday afternoon, 55 percent of the more than 461,000 votes are in favor of the new mashup with three days left to cast your lot.

Heinz Real Mayonnaise was recently released and is made with 100 percent cage-free eggs.

 

Wawa Day: Get free coffee on chain's 54th anniversary today

Want some free coffee? If you live near a Wawa convenience store, you can get a complimentary caffeine fix on "Wawa Day," a celebration of the chain's 54th anniversary.

>> RELATED STORY: Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream Tuesday

According to a Wawa news release, customers can get "free cups of any-size coffee" Thursday at any of the company's 790-plus stores in Pennsylvania; Florida; Washington, D.C.; New Jersey; Delaware; Maryland; and Virginia.

Wawa "expects to give away 2 million free cups" of java throughout the day, the company said.

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The press release continued: "In April of 2014, Wawa celebrated its 50th anniversary in convenience retailing and marked the milestone with the first Wawa Day event and the launch of The Wawa Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded to encompass most of Wawa's charitable giving. At its inception, Wawa and The Wawa Foundation set a goal to donate $50 million to causes supporting health, hunger and everyday heroes by 2018. During its 2018 Wawa Day celebration, Wawa and The Wawa Foundation are pleased to announce that they have met this goal as of early 2018, and over the past four years have donated $50 million to causes surrounding health, hunger and heroes throughout Wawa’s operating area."

Read more here.

Best Pizza in Every State: The winners are…

Everyone knows there’s amazing pizza to be found in every state, and several of your best spots claim to be “the best.”

But which places actually take the top spot?

The Daily Meal compiled a handy list that breaks down the best pizza in every state, as well as Washington D.C.

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According to The Daily Meal

In Massachusetts, Area Four in Cambridge has been called the best in the state.

In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Vetri is tops.

In Georgia, Duluth is the home of O4W, while Charlotte can boast North Carolina’s best, Pizzeria Omaggio.

For Florida, Delray Beach’s Scuola Vecchia Pizza has the best pizza for the Sunshine State.

Memphis’ own Hog & Hominy has the best pizza for Tennessee.

Empire Slice House in Oklahoma City is the best for Oklahoma.

No one can mess with Texas’ Home Slice Pizza in Austin.

Seattle is home to Washington’s best Serious Pie.

For Ohio, nothing can beat Crust in Cleveland.

New York is known for its pizza, but John’s of Bleecker Street is known as the best.

For the full list, click here.

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream Tuesday

Get ready for another free guilty pleasure.

Ben & Jerry's scoop shops are scooping out their ice cream for free tomorrow all around the world. 

From noon until 8 p.m., the popular ice cream company's stores will give everyone who stops by a cone of your favorite flavor for free. 

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It's the company's way to say thanks for another year of success, according to Ben & Jerry's Facebook event.

Every year there are long lines, so the company has come up with 10 ways to pass the line time like talking to strangers and starting a sing-a-long.

Ben & Jerry's has been giving free cones away since 1979.

Dunkin’ Donuts hosting free 4-hour cold brew tasting event Friday

This is not about fake brews. In fact, it’s about new brews that are very real.

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Dunkin’ Donuts, as part of a special nationwide cold brew tasting event, is offering a complimentary sample Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time, the company said in a news release.

Patrons who stop by participating Dunkin’ Donuts franchises during that four-hour time frame can receive a complimentary 3.5-ounce sample while supplies last.

The cold brew is prepared with a special blend of coffee that is placed in cold water for 12 hours, the company said in its news release. The result is a “uniquely distinctive, inherently sweeter flavor,” Dunkin’ Donuts said.

5 ways to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Rejoice, PB&J lovers: Now you have the perfect excuse to enjoy your favorite treat.

According to NationalDayCalendar.com, April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate:

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1. Make a PB&J. (Yes, this one is pretty obvious.) According to the New York Daily News, a 2016 survey by Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter found that the average American will eat nearly 3,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during his or her lifetime. Read more here.

2. Try something a little more adventurous. Is the traditional PB&J not really your thing? If you’re feeling brave, check out this recipe for Spicy Peanut Butter & Jelly Ramen:

3. Eat like the “King.” According to Elaine Dundy's book "Elvis and Gladys," Elvis Presley would eat "sandwich after sandwich of his favorite – peanut butter, sliced bananas and crisp bacon." Get the book here. 

4. Bake a cake. HuffPost raves about the School-Lunch Cake from Caroline Wright’s “Cake Magic!” cookbook. Check out the recipe here.

5. Help us settle the great debate. Which style of peanut butter better – crunchy or creamy? "Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky," the National Peanut Board says on its website. There's also a geographic divide: East Coast residents tend to like smooth peanut butter, while West Coasters like theirs crunchy, according to the site.

What do you think? Weigh in with our poll:

Buffalo Wild Wings’ customers top restaurant loyalty index

There are tons of casual dining restaurants to visit to enjoy a nice meal. From Applebee’s to Hooters, the possibilities are endless. But which one has the most loyal customers?

» RELATED: Arby's purchase of Buffalo Wild Wings part of shifting wing war

Foursquare, a location technology company, recently conducted a study to find out. For its first ever Casual Dining Restaurant Loyalty Index, researchers analyzed chains earning over $100 million in annual revenue according to Restaurant Business Online’s list of the top casual dining chains

They then used the patterns of Foursquare users, who had been active on the site for at least one year, to assess dining trends across four major categories. The sections were visit frequency; market penetration, the percentage of all CDR diners who visited the chain within a year; share of wallet, the percentage of the consumer’s total CDR visits that a particular chain captures within a year; and fanaticism threshold, the number of visits within a year required for a customer to be within the top 1 percent of customers. 

» RELATED: The best wings in Atlanta

After calculating the results, they found that Buffalo Wild Wings, which is owned by Atlanta-based finance company Roark Capital Group, came out on top. Analysts reported that its high penetration and share of wallet helped the eatery claim the No. 1 spot. 

“Fanaticism also increased year-over-year, due in part to a contingent of superfans most likely going wild for the chain’s Blazin’ Rewards loyalty program, which expanded in 2017 to serve all 1200+ locations,” the authors wrote.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Denny’s, Applebee’s and IHOP all followed right behind Buffalo Wild Wings to round out the top five

The researchers also highlighted a specific trends. They noted that alcohol, particularly beer, drives loyalty. They also pointed out restaurants providing a variety of food options for patrons as a loyalty indicator. Lastly, they said restaurants that merged, such as Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby’s, “helped brands increase industry presence, capture new audiences, and drive overall share of wallet.”

Want to know how other places fared? Take a look at the full report here

Blue Bell reveals new ice cream flavor

Blue Bell’s newest limited edition flavor combines the best of several worlds into one, but the best news might be that you can order it and have it shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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At first glance, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough might seem to be targeting the cookie dough ice cream fans, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see that it’s the people who love peanut butter cookies and chocolate — aka people who also love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — who will be seeking out this flavor.

>> On Austin360.com: With no Blue Bell in sight, putting other ice creams to the test

The Brenham-based ice creamery often releases limited edition flavors, which sometimes sell out quickly. This flavor is available in 1/2 gallon and pint sizes, and it’s one of dozens of flavors you can order ($129 for four 1/2 gallons) to have shipped anywhere in the U.S. You can’t place the order online, but you can call 979-836-7977 to find out more.

>> On Austin360.com: How to make a blueberry muffin ice cream

Red Lobster serving lobster and Cheddar Bay waffles for limited time

Red Lobster is getting in on the brunch trend with it’s own spin on chicken and waffles.

The seafood restaurant chain, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, announced Monday that lobster and waffles are on its menu for a limited amount of time.

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PopSugar reported that the sweet and savory dish contains fried lobster tail and can be drizzled with maple syrup.

Instead of the usual waffle batter, Red Lobster is making the batter from its famous cheddar bay biscuit mix, USA Today reported.

According to USA Today, the menu item, part of the chain’s Lobsterfest menu, has an average price of $19.99.

Other items that are part of Lobsterfest include lobster truffle mac and cheese and dueling lobster tails.

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