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What's So 'Offal' About Haggis and Why's It Banned in the U.S.?

The national dish of Scotland is banned in America because it contains a certain outlawed ingredient. But whose idea was it to stuff a sheep's stomach bag and boil it? And what does it taste like?

Molasses: The Sticky Story of a Dark and Syrupy Sweetener

The wonderfully thick, dark syrup called molasses has been used in cooking for centuries and is still prized around the world today for its smokey sweetness.

Marzipan Is the Sweet Almond Treat You Need This Holiday

Some form of marzipan can be dated back to ancient Egypt. But today this sweet confection is as traditional a holiday treat as they get.

Is Oat Milk Really the Best Milk?

There's really no shortage when it comes to milk alternatives. But oat milk seems to stand out. Why is it so hot right now? And how do you make it?

What's So Delightful About Turkish Delight?

A favorite treat in British children's stories of the past, Turkish delight might be an unfamiliar taste to American readers. So, what is it like, and how do you make it? We get insight from the Culinary Institute of America.

Lychee Is an Underrated — but Seriously Sweet — Fruit

You might have seen lychees at an international farmers market and not known they were lychees. The dark red tropical fruit looks a little like raspberries and are packed with potassium — and sugar.

Vegemite Is the Curious Comfort Food From Down Under

Men at Work sang about the stuff in their 1981 hit 'Down Under.' But what is this thick, black spread anyway?

What's Inside Worcestershire Sauce, and How Do You Pronounce It?

This 180-year-old sauce can be used to add zing to just about any dish. But what's in it? And why is it so effective? And, most of all, how do you pronounce it anyway?

Paprika Is Way More Than Just Deviled Egg Dust

Paprika comes from the dried Capsicum annuum variety of red peppers, and can range in flavor from sweet to very hot.

Shallots Are Onions' Cute Little Cousins

Shallots belong to the same family as onions, leeks, scallions and garlic. They look like small, elongated onions but have a sweeter, milder flavor.

It's 2020. Of Course the McRib Is Back

McDonald's cult-favorite sandwich is back on the menu. But what in the world is it anyway?

Tiny Capers Pack a Big, Flavorful Punch

Capers are actually the flower buds of the caper bush. So where does all that flavor come from?

The Scoville Scale: How Hot Is That Pepper?

Is that pepper too hot to handle? See where it falls on the Scoville scale.

Heart of Palm Is Totally Delicious, Underrated and Much Better Fresh

Heart of palm, with a similar taste and texture to artichoke heart, is a staple in Central and South America and a healthy addition to almost any menu.

Pimento Cheese: The Southern Staple With Northern Roots

We usually equate the Masters golf tournament with azaleas in the South. But this year because of the date change, it got us thinking about that pimento cheese sandwich, which it's famous for.

Everything Really Does Taste Like Chicken, Including This Mushroom

The Chicken of the Woods mushroom is jam-packed with protein and easy to spot with its bright orange color and ruffled edges.

Could Breadfruit Be the Next Superfood?

This starchy, staple fruit that grows in the tropics has the potential to provide food security to millions. So what exactly is it and who's eating it?

Top Ramen's First 'Chief Noodle Officer' Pays in, Well, Ramen

What does it take to be a chief noodle officer? Top Ramen is hiring its first ever in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Irish Supreme Court Says Subway's Bread, Well, Isn't

If Subway's bread is legally not bread, then what in the heck is it?

The Halifax Donair Is Canada's Kitschiest Sandwich You've Never Heard Of

Canada isn't a country known for its cuisine. But there is one sandwich from Halifax with a cultlike following that you just have to try to believe.

Find a Gold Ticket, Win a Candy Factory. For Real

If you've ever dreamt of living out 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' now's your chance — golden ticket hunt, winning a candy factory and all.

Never Heard of the Slightly Boozy Old-time Drink Cronk? You Will

Cronk was a mildly alcoholic beverage, popular from about 1840 to 1910, that's once more being brewed and just might become a sensation again.

Prunes: They're Not Just For Pooping

Sure, eating prunes can help you have regular bowel movements, but these sweet dried plums can also help you build — and maintain — strong bones.

Why the Mint Julep Is the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby

The mint julep is as synonymous with the Kentucky Derby as big hats and seersucker suits. But how did this simple drink from the 1700s wind up at the world's most famous horse race?

Cheerios: 8 Fun Facts About Making Oats Into O's

This iconic cereal has a long and fun history. For instance, its original name wasn't even Cheerios.

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