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Energems chocolate energy supplements hit store shelves

BY Jason Owen

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Energems, a new "energy bite" made with real milk chocolate is hitting store shelves this spring, the company announced today. Charlotte, N.C., has been selected as the official city to unveil the new energy supplement, with expansion to other retail locations coming soon.

"Our research showed that people were searching for an energy product that tastes great, is low-calorie, easy to transport, jitter-free and allows the user to decide how much energy they need and when they need it. After years of development and taste testing, we are proud to launch a product that addresses all of these issues," states Joe Fairleigh, VP sales.

Each box of Energems contains nine "bites" made with real milk chocolate and energy blend, all wrapped in a coated shell. Energems are available in three flavors: Chocolate Charge, Mint Fusion and Peanut Butter Blast. One box of Energems equals three energy drinks.

Energems is now sold in more than 40 Circle K stores throughout the Charlotte area. "We are thrilled that Charlotte will be the first official launch city to experience our much-talked-about new product. Several thousand other stores will be following suit in the upcoming months around the country," Fairleigh added.

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Duncan Hines cooks up spring recipes

BY Jason Owen

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Pinnacle Foods’ Duncan Hines has added 15 new springtime recipes for adults and kids, the company said today.

"Duncan Hines strives to provide inspiring, innovative creations for our passionate bakers," said Joe DiPaolo, senior research chef for Duncan Hines. "Our Easter Egg Cupcakes are great for families to bake together. They are easy to make, but they are sure to impress as gifts or to decorate the dinner table for Easter."

The new recipes include:

  • Coming Up Daisy Cupcakes (see image below)
  • Key Lime Coconut Bars (Lemon Supreme cake mix, flakey coconut and Key Lime frosting creations)
  • Orange Crème Blueberry Cake (Lemon cake, blueberry pie filling and orange cream frosting all in one refreshingly delicious dessert)
  • Pink Lemonade Cake (Candied lemons and light-as-air Pink Lemonade frosting creations)

For kids, Duncan Hines presented these newest concoctions:

  • Cotton Candy Cupcakes
  • Pink Lemonade Neapolitan Cakelets
  • Bubble Gum Cupcakes
  • Peaches and Crème Pushpops, and more.

To see the full list of recipes, head on over to the Duncan Hines website.


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Reports: New grapefruit may cut drug interactions

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A new hybrid grapefruit removes the chemicals that interact with dozens of drugs and have led many to stop eating the fruit, according to published reports.

Reuters reported that Florida researchers had created a grapefruit, called UF914, that mostly removes chemicals known as furanocoumarins, which can interact with more than 80 drugs, including causing serious side effects in patients taking 43 notably statin drugs for cholesterol.

According to researchers, the chemicals stop enzymes in the body from breaking down certain drugs, which can lead to an overdose, and side effects can include everything from organ failure to sudden death.

The researchers said that while the levels of furanocoumarins in the UF914 grapefruits were not enough to produce harmful side effects, clinical trials would need to be conducted.

 

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