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Ravi Bangaroo

The Daily Dish: February 9, 2016

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Attention Caffeinated Chocoholics! Starbucks Releases New Molten Chocolate Lattes and Frappuccinos

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Starbucks is releasing a line of chocolate-centric drinks that put caffeine and cocoa front and center inside your morning grande cups. The coffee chain announced Molten Chocolate Lattes, Frappuccinos, and hot chocolate made with rich bittersweet mocha sauce and “chocolaty chips.” Starbucks is also releasing customizable GIFs if you share your hashtag StarbucksDate on social media channels.

The limited-time treats are available Valentine’s week through February 14, but there’s no word on if the extra-“chocolaty” drinks will appear on permanent menus anytime soon. 

KFC’s Latest Colonel Sanders Is Comedian and Hot Pocket Enthusiast Jim Gaffigan

Comedian Jim Gaffigan is the latest famous face to take over the role of Colonel Sanders, an honor that, since the Colonel’s resurrection last May, has also gone to Darrell Hammond and Norm MacDonald. As the newly appointed face of KFC, Gaffigan made his debut during Super Bowl 50 pregame broadcast, in a short commercial where Gaffigan has a nightmare about a “fake Colonel,” played by MacDonald, but wakes up in time to promote the chain’s latest menu addition, Nashville Hot Chicken. In case you missed the commercial Sunday night, you can watch it within this story in the News in Brief section. 

Italian Authorities Seize Thousands of Metric Tons of Counterfeit Olives, Mislabeled Olive Oil

Authorities in Italy have sized 85,000 metric tons of counterfeit olives as well as 7,000 tons of foreign olive oil labeled as “Made in Italy.” Nineteen counterfeiters in Italy face charges over their involvement the counterfeiting process, during which old olives from previous years’ harvests were coated with copper sulfate to revive their color. Copper sulfate is used in artwork as a coloring agent and was once used by physicians to induce vomiting — though the practice ended when it was discovered that oral exposure to the compound is toxic to humans. Police in Italy have also confirmed that another six people are now under investigation for selling foreign olive oil that was mislabeled to indicate that it was extra virgin olive oil directly from Italy. According to the Guardian, DNA testing showed that the oil was actually from Syria and Turkey.

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