'chain reaction' on Serious Eats

The Problems With Cinnabon's New Salted Caramel Center of the Roll Start With the Name

Cinnabon is jumping onto the sweet-meets-savory bandwagon by adding salted caramel onto a new limited-time-only treat. For those who haven't been to a mall food court in a while, the chain already features an item called the Center of the Roll. It's essentially the inner mass of a standard Cinnabon, cut into bite-sized pieces, served in a cup, to be eaten with a fork.* More

We Try Popeye's Mardi Gras Cheesecake

Though I don't eat a lot of dessert, I am one of the legions of fast eaters who will follow Popeye's into most any culinary battle, so I had no problem imagining a genre-redefining Mardi Gras Cheesecake experience. The reality? A bitter disappointment. More

We Try Starbucks New Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Like all elite athletes and abject slobs, I understand the importance of staying well carbohydrated; fruits and vegetables are cute, but I stick mainly to the grains, and I take those mostly in the form of beer, whiskey, and pasta. But despite my gravitation toward the crummier end of the natural foods spectrum, I could still make a case for the humble (and rarely fermented) oat as king of grains. More

I Like Pinkberry's New Grapefruit Flavor

When I'm hit by a Pinkberry craving—which come infrequently, but there's no denying them when they do—I never really bother with the flavors. It's the original I want, sweet-tart and refreshing, maybe with a few raspberries or mango chunks on top. But after trying the new grapefruit flavor, I'm starting to reconsider. More

Chain Reaction: Trying Pinkberry's New Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has been a terrific addition to the cultured dairy world. So has tart fro-yo, and I think Pinkberry churns out better frozen yogurt than most of the other chains and independent shops. That's why I had high hopes when the California-based company chose a small contingent of their stores to launch Pinkberry Greek: their fat-free, non-frozen take on thick, creamy, protein-packed Greek yogurt. More

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