Today is July 7, or 7-11, so you know what that means—free Slurpees for everyone! If you head on over to your nearest 7-Eleven, you can get a free Slurpee while supplies last. (Click here to see if yours is participating.)
When I was a kid, my dad took me to get a Slurpee quite often—I would say at least every other week. I don’t remember them having nearly as many flavors as they have today, but good old cherry was always good enough for me anyway. Remember drinking them on heat advisory days—much like the days we’re having this week—and gulping so fast that you gave yourself a brain freeze, and all of your friends laughed at you while you screamed “Argh! Argh, my head!” until it was over—just so you could return the favor when they, too, froze their noggins?
For those who live beyond the boundaries of Dairy Queen, a Blizzard is basically the King of Milkshakes. It's soft serve ice cream blended with a bunch of big chunks of stuff. A milkshake that requires a spoon, in other words.
Not to be confused with "macaroons," which are those giant delicious piles of coconut and marzipan. Macarons are small sandwich cookies, sort of like the evolutionary descendant of the Oreo cookie or the Whoopie Pie. These desserts are quintessentially French, and are thought to have been introduced to France in 1533 by Catherine Di Medici's pastry chefs.
However, the popularity of macarons particularly surged in 2001, when an innovative French pastry chef named Pierre Herme began introducing his pastries like a fashion show, brought onto a stage by models. The last pastry of each collection to be introduced was his seasonal macaron. The pastry world went wild!
Convergent evolution occurs in nature when two very dissimilar animals evolve similar structures or behavior. Birds and bats, for example, are completely unrelated - but they have both evolved very similar wing structures.
Snickers has spun off a lot of different off-shoots over the years. And don't get me wrong, those are interesting and add some nice variety to the line-up. Snickers Almond began as a special edition, and ended up sticking around. Dark Chocolate Snickers is always a welcome treat. Snickers Marathon: not a big fan. But in the end it all comes back to the classic Snickers bar.
(What can I say? We didn't have Wikipedia back then.)