The Daily Dish: March 14, 2016

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One in Five Americans Feels Guilty for Eating Cute Chocolate Easter Bunnies

There’s nothing we like better than seeing sweet animals in our Easter baskets that we can gnaw on. Chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and other cute animal-shaped treats may taste delicious, but according to a recent survey funded by Frito-Lay Cheetos, they make us feel guilty. Although 95 percent of us enjoy noshing on chocolate bunnies during the Easter season, around one in five survey respondents actually feel bad for eating cute candy animals. Even though a good portion of us feels a pang of remorse for eating bunny-shaped chocolate, 72 percent dive in ears-first into a chocolate bunny on Easter morning.

HomeTown Buffet and Affiliated Chains File for Bankruptcy for the Third Time in 8 Years

HomeTown Buffet and other affiliated buffet chains owned by Ovation, like Old Country Buffet, Ryan's, Fire Mountain, and Tahoe Joe's, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, its third in eight years. Ovation blames an undisclosed pending lawsuit from the previous owner of the businesses, as well as “unusual” sharp drops in sales. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early 2008 to cut its debt by $700 million and cut down on its 626 locations. The second bankruptcy was filed in 2012 to further diminish the number of restaurants to 494. To see the full story check out The Daily Meal’s News in Brief section.

Italy Wants the United Nations to Recognize Its Pizza as a National Treasure

On a lighter note, we all enjoy a piping-hot, authentic Italian pizza pie. Some might even say it’s just as iconic as the Roman Colosseum. Well the Italian government thinks so too, apparently. Italy is in talks with the United Nations to designate Neapolitan pizza as a cultural national landmark. The United Nations’ proposal argues that Neapolitan pizza is a remarkable part of the country’s culture and history, and adds $8.8 billion to the Italian GDP. Keep in mind this proposal only covers traditional Italian Neapolitan pies made with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, not to be confused with New York or Chicago pies.

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