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Hot Ones™ New Boneless Chicken Bites Heat Up the Freezer Aisle

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New Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites ignite innovation in the frozen chicken aisle and offer the show’s fans and spice lovers an experiential variety of authentic Hot Ones sauce flavors

PHOENIX /PRNewswire/ — First We Feast’s, Hot Ones, has expanded its partnership with John Soules Foods and FoodStory Brands to launch five new flavors of Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites that are paired with the show’s authentic sauce flavors. The line rolled out this month in Walmart’s freezer aisle and will soon debut in other retailers across the country. The new Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites come in 18.6 oz. resealable bags, including heat-and-eat all-natural, white-meat boneless chicken bites, each paired with an official Hot Ones sauce packet.

First We Feast’s Hot Ones, John Soules Foods and FoodStory Brands launch five flavors of Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites

These new bites follow the impressive launch of the limited-time Hot Ones family-size product offering that was available exclusively at Walmart in the Spring. Based on its smashing success, the line has now expanded to include five new innovative flavors with varying levels of heat—created for all spice preferences—with Hot Ones famous and authentic hot sauces: 

  • Original (The Classic Sauce)
  • Spicy Garlic (The Classic: Garlic Fresno Edition Sauce)
  • Smoky Sweet (Los Calientes Verde Sauce)
  • Smoky Habanero (Los Calientes Rojo Sauce)
  • Barbacoa (Los Calientes Barbacoa Sauce)

“We are excited to expand our flavor assortment for the Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites with five of the most popular Hot Ones sauces that have been used on the show. It’s our goal to make the Hot Ones experience as accessible as possible to fans, and to introduce new shoppers to flavors they won’t find anywhere else in the frozen aisle,” said GM, First We Feast, Chris Schonberger. “After an amazing launch with Walmart, we’re looking forward to bringing Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites to other retailers and continuing to push the spice envelope at a national scale.”

New Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites are paired with the show’s authentic sauce flavors.

Hot Ones is a pop-culture phenomenon where host Sean Evans interviews celebrities while they eat progressively hotter and hotter chicken wings. Weekly, millions of fans watch to see if their favorite celebrities make it to “The Last Dab™.” Now, fans can ‘live the show’ with friends and family, mixing and matching the flavors, while following along with the wing-eating challenge, at home, and sharing on social media using the hashtag #HotOnesChallenge. 

“As a family-owned company, it brings us great joy to develop an at-home experience with Hot Ones that brings families and friends together,” said John Soules Jr. “We are proud to innovate alongside First We Feast and FoodStory Brands in a way that brings the Hot Ones show to life for consumers. Plus, we are thrilled to offer this type of flavorful heat profile that is not currently available in the frozen chicken category.” 

To learn more about the new Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites and find a store near you, visit: www.hotoneschallenge.com

ABOUT FIRST WE FEAST
Founded in 2012, First We Feast views food as an illuminating lens into pop culture, music, travel and more through its innovative slate of food-driven video franchises. Part of Complex Networks, First We Feast’s YouTube channel is home to flagship series—Hot Ones, The Burger Show, Feast Mansion, Tacos Con Todo, Gochi Gang, and Coneheads—with a community of 10 million highly-engaged subscribers and over 1.9 billion views to date. Through the success of Hot Ones, the brand has created an eight-figure commerce business featuring hot sauces sold on Heatonist and Amazon, Truth or Dab The Game, a footwear and apparel collection with Reebok, a TV show on truTV, “Hot Ones: The Game Show,” and much more.

“Hot Ones” host Sean Evans is nominated for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host at the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. First We Feast won Best Overall YouTube Presence in the 2020 Shorty Awards, and “Food Skills: Mozzarella Kings of New York” won the 2019 James Beard Award for Online Video, on Location. “Hot Ones” won the 2018 Shorty Award for Best Web Series, the 2020 and 2019 Webby Award for Food & Drink, and host Sean Evans won the 2018 and 2019 Webby Award for Best Web Personality/Host. First We Feast received the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Food Blog.

ABOUT JOHN SOULES FOODS
John Soules Foods is a leading national producer of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook chicken and beef products, including being the #1 producer of chicken and beef fajitas in the U.S. Established in 1975 by John Soules Sr., the company is now in its second generation of family leadership and remains headquartered in Tyler, Texas, with additional facilities in Gainesville, Georgia, and Valley, Alabama. We are proud to serve our customers and consumers with a broad portfolio of great tasting, high-quality chicken and beef items that are sold throughout the U.S. via retail, foodservice distributors, and restaurants. For more information about John Soules Foods and our products, visit www.johnsoulesfoods.com.

ABOUT FOODSTORY BRANDS
FoodStory Brands, founded in 2015, is a family-owned and led/operated consumer packaged goods company (CPG) based in Phoenix, Arizona with regional satellite offices across the country. We specialize in building brands, prime sourcing, product development, and speed-to-market solutions for our retail partners. We are passionate about finding and developing new food and beverage products with compelling brand ideas that bring the best stories to life. Our brands include Fresh Cravings® dips; Cocktail Artist® mixes and bar ingredients; Jurassic World and Minion Shaped Chicken Nuggets; and Hot Ones™ Boneless Chicken Bites. Beyond building brands, we deeply believe in giving back to the communities which we serve and consistently dedicate volunteer hours and financial resources to local AZ and national nonprofits. To learn more about FoodStory Brands visit, www.foodstorybrands.com.

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Refresh Spring Menus with Sweet and Savory Favorites

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(Family Features) Whether your favorite springtime meals take you to the patio or have you throwing open the windows to let fresh air in, enjoying the sunshine and warmth with sweet and savory dishes is a perfect way to celebrate the season. Better yet – bring loved ones together with recipes that are as easy to make as they are delicious for refreshing taste without the hassle.

The uplifting aroma and flavor of Envy Apples offer an invitation to savor small moments around the table, especially when used in simple favorites like muffins, sandwiches, pizza or pies for delicious dishes all day long. Celebrating spring can start with this ultimate apple experience, allowing you to introduce loved ones to new ways to rethink weekly staples.

Wake up with breakfast or brunch on the patio, highlighted by Apple and Date Muffins you can prepare fresh or bake ahead of time then reheat for an easy, breezy morning. Spring often means outdoor activities which require a recharge at lunch like these Apple, Bacon and Brie Cheese Toasties featuring the perfect pairing of sweet with savory.

Wind down the day with Stilton Cheese Pizza, an ultimate family favorite and shareable solution. Finally, cap off the excitement of warming weather and time outdoors with a slice of Classic Apple Lattice Tart served with a scoop of ice cream or custard.

These recipes and more start with the craveable texture and crunch of Envy Apples – a leading apple variety – that provide balanced sweetness with flesh that remains whiter longer, even after cutting, so your favorite meals look as delicious as they taste.

Visit EnvyApple.com to find more patio-perfect recipe inspiration.

Classic Apple Lattice Tart

Servings: 8-10

  • 2-3 sheets puff pastry dough
  • 5 Envy Apples
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar
  • ice cream, custard or cream, for serving (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 365 F.
  2. Use two sheets semi-thawed pastry to line fluted tart pan approximately 10 inches, pressing and trimming neatly to fit; chill 15 minutes.
  3. Peel, core and thinly slice apples into large bowl; sprinkle with sugar, lemon zest and cornstarch then toss well to evenly coat.
  4. Arrange apple slices in pastry-lined tart pan, laying flat.
  5. Beat egg with milk. Brush egg wash around pastry rim.
  6. Cut 1/2-inch strips from remaining pastry sheet and make lattice pattern over apples, crimping edges once lattice is completed.
  7. Brush tart with egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  8. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until pastry is golden. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with ice cream, custard or cream, if desired.

Apple and Date Muffins

Servings: 12

  • 2 Envy Apples
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup bran flakes
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • butter or powdered sugar, for serving (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line muffin pan with cupcake papers.
  2. Peel and core apples and dice finely; toss with maple syrup.
  3. In large bowl, combine flour, bran flakes, brown sugar, dates, pumpkin pie spice and baking powder; mix well.
  4. In separate bowl, whisk melted butter, egg and milk.
  5. Add half maple-apple mixture to dry ingredients.
  6. Pour wet ingredients into dry and fold together until mixed. Spoon evenly into muffin tin cupcake papers. Add 1 teaspoon remaining maple-apple mixture to top of each muffin.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes until muffin mix is set and apple topping is golden. Allow muffins to cool 5 minutes before removing from tin.
  8. Serve with butter or dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Stilton Cheese Pizza

Yield: 1 pizza

  • 1 tablespoon pizza sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1 storebought pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup stilton cheese, divided
  • 1 Envy Apple
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • fresh arugula leaves, for garnish
  • fresh basil, for garnish
  • toasted walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Combine pizza sauce and sweet chili sauce. Spread sauce over pizza crust.
  3. Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the stilton cheese.
  4. Cut apple in half then core and slice into thin wedges. Arrange apple over cheese then top with remaining cheese.
  5. Cook pizza 7-10 minutes until pale golden and starting to bubble. Add prosciutto and cook 2-3 minutes until golden and bubbling.
  6. Serve with fresh arugula and basil. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts, if desired.

Apple, Bacon and Brie Cheese Toasties

Servings: 2

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 teaspoon honey mustard, plus additional for serving (optional)
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 Envy Apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 3/4 ounces brie cheese, sliced
  • side salad, for serving (optional)
  1. Butter one side of each bread slice.
  2. Lay out two slices bread, buttered sides down. Top with honey mustard then layer with two bacon slices, apple slices and brie cheese slices. Top with remaining slices bread, buttered sides up, to create two sandwiches.
  3. Heat grill pan or frying pan and cook sandwiches until golden brown on each side and cheese is beginning to bubble.
  4. Cut sandwiches in half and serve with side salad or extra honey mustard, if desired.


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Envy Apples

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Unite Loved Ones with a Luscious Dessert

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(Family Features) Celebration-worthy treats are perfect ways to cap off days spent with those you love, whether there’s a special occasion or you’re simply looking for creative ways to share more moments together. As a beloved staple in American households for generations, pie provides a sweet, delicious way to bring family and friends to the table.

By bringing some of the most popular pie flavors together, the Tart Cherry Unity Pie offers the familiar, distinct sweet-tart flavor of Montmorency tart cherries that pair well with pecans, apple and pumpkin pie spice for a sense of nostalgia representative of family, tradition and celebration.

In this unique recipe, the bold and vibrant flavors of tart cherries take center stage, complemented by the subtle sweetness of apples and crunch of pecans. With their burst of brightness and acidity, tart cherries perfectly balance the other flavors to create a pie fit for any occasion.

U.S.-grown tart cherries are a particularly versatile ingredient that makes them an ideal partner for other beloved ingredients and flavors. In fact, as the demand for sour, less sweet food and beverages continues to gain momentum, they provide a multi-faceted, sweet-tart profile for favorite foods and drinks. While tart cherries are increasingly featured in a wide array of recipes, they remain a favorite ingredient in confectionary items and baked goods like pies.

Slow down your fast-paced world and savor a slice of this timeless dessert alongside loved ones for a moment of respite. With its sweet and tangy filling, flaky crust and tart cherry topping, you can indulge in life’s simple pleasures for a sense of coziness and comfort.

Visit ChooseCherries.com to find more celebration-worthy tart cherry desserts.

Tart Cherry Unity Pie

Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Tart Cherry Industry
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8

Pie:

  • 1 pie crust (9 inches)
  • 2 cups canned tart cherry pie filling
  • 2 cups canned apple pie filling
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Fit pie crust to 9-inch pie dish. Crimp edges and use fork to poke holes in bottom. Place pie crust in freezer to chill.
  3. In large bowl, combine tart cherry pie filling and apple pie filling. Set aside.
  4. To make streusel: In bowl, use fork to mix flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, pecans and salt. Pour butter over dry ingredients and mix until ingredients come together in clumps.
  5. To assemble pie: Pour cherry-apple filling into prepared pie crust and sprinkle streusel on top. Brush beaten egg onto exposed pie crust edges.
  6. Bake 25 minutes. At 10-minute mark, cover pie dish with foil to prevent crust from over-browning. After 25 minutes, lower oven temperature to 375 F and bake 30 minutes.
  7. To make pumpkin spice whipped cream: In large bowl or bowl of stand mixer, add heavy cream, powdered sugar and pumpkin spice. Use hand mixer or beater attachment on stand mixer to beat on medium-high speed 3-5 minutes until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate whipped cream until ready to serve.
  8. Let pie cool 2-3 hours then dollop pumpkin spice whipped cream on top, slice and serve.
  9. Substitution: Storebought whipped cream topped with pumpkin spice can be used in place of homemade pumpkin spice whipped cream.


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Give Comfort Food Classics an Authentic Mexican Twist

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(Family Features) If winter evenings have you stuck in a dinner rut, heat up the kitchen with family favorites everyone can look forward to. Shaking off the chill can start with a cozy blanket and comforting food that warms you from the inside out.

Soup is a wintertime staple thanks to its simplicity, and you can put a delicious spin on your next winter warmup with Mexican-inspired ingredients. Giving soup night a twist starts with Cacique Foods, one of the country’s top authentic Mexican food brands, that invites friends and family to share real moments while savoring authentic flavors.

This Smoky Chorizo and Chicken Pozole relies on the bold, hearty, spicy taste of Cacique’s Pork Chorizo combined with handcrafted Homestyle Salsa. Queso Fresco’s crumbly, creamy texture and milky, fresh flavor adds the perfect finishing touch, making this soup a perfect way to warm up weeknights with just the right amount of heat.

For a flavorful side that complements a variety of main courses while adding Mexican flair, consider Mexican Loaded Mashed Potatoes. This recipe is a familiar favorite with the unique twist of bacon and Pork Chorizo for a meat-infused recipe that will become a menu mainstay.

Plus, for an extra creamy texture, it calls for Cacique Crema Mexicana – an everyday table cream with a neutral, fresh-tasting flavor ideal for balancing out spice – and Oaxaca, a semisoft cheese with a mellow, buttery flavor.

Find more comforting recipes at caciquefoods.com.

Smoky Chorizo and Chicken Pozole

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6-8

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste (optional)
  • 1 package (9 ounces) Cacique Pork Chorizo
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 container (16 ounces) Cacique Medium Homestyle Salsa
  • 1quart chicken stock
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, trimmed of excess fat and diced
  • 1 can (25 ounces) white hominy, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Cacique Ranchero Queso Fresco
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  1. In large, heavy pot over medium heat, heat oil. Reserve 1/4 cup onion for garnish; add remaining onion to pot and season with salt. Saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high; add pork chorizo and break it apart with spoon. Cook chorizo undisturbed until deeply browned and cooked through, 3-5 minutes. Add smoked paprika and oregano; cook 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  3. Pour in salsa and scrape up browned bits from bottom of pan. Bring to simmer 1-2 minutes, allowing it to thicken slightly then add stock and bring to simmer.
  4. Stir in diced chicken and hominy. Decrease heat to medium and cook 8-10 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Taste and season with more salt, if necessary. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve bowls of pozole with reserved onion, lime wedges, crumbled queso fresco and chopped cilantro.

Mexican Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Prep time: 35 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes (about 9 medium potatoes), peeled and cubed
  • water
  • 6 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 package Cacique Pork Chorizo
  • 12 ounces Cacique Crema Mexicana
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Cacique Oaxaca or Queso Quesadilla, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Cacique Crema Mexicana Agria, for topping (optional)
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  1. In Dutch over, add potatoes and cover with water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes, or until tender.
  2. In skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels, chop into small pieces and set aside. Remove bacon grease from skillet and cook chorizo over medium-high heat, 6-8 minutes.
  3. Drain potatoes; add to pan. Mash potatoes, gradually adding crema Mexicana, butter, onion powder, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Transfer to greased 13-by-9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with cheese, chorizo and bacon. Refrigerate, covered, up to 1 day.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F. Remove potatoes from refrigerator and let stand while oven heats. Bake, covered, about 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes, or until heated through.
  5. Drizzle with crema Mexicana agria and chopped green onions.


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