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Chick-fil-A is giving away free sandwiches if you do one thing

Craving a classic Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich?

What about a spicy or grilled one?

You can get one for free.

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From June 1 to June 11, customers who download or update Chick-fil-A's new app, Chick-fil-A One, can get a free chicken sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich or grilled chicken sandwich, according to a Wednesday news release.

The app has mobile ordering, which allows customers to place orders based on their preferences and save those orders for the future.

"Menu items may be customized via the app, and food is prepared when customers 'check in' at the restaurant on the app. The check-in signals the kitchen to prepare the meal and ensures guests receive fresh food quickly and on their schedule."

Customers can also pay through the app and skip waiting in line.

Once users download the app they have until June 30 to redeem their reward.

But a sandwich isn't the only free item you can get from the app.

When you use the app, saves your choice preferences. Each time you use it again, you get closer to another, preference-based reward.

Deals and freebies for National Doughnut Day

June 3 is National Doughnut Day, which means your favorite bakeries and coffee shops will be serving up some pretty sweet deals on the sugary rings.

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National Doughnut Day was originally established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June.

Here's where you can expect to find freebies and discounts this year:

Krispy Kreme 

Krispy Kreme customers will get their choice of any free doughnut with no purchase necessary.

Dunkin' Donuts

Customers will receive a free classic doughnut with the purchase of any beverage.

National Donut Day is June 3! Get a FREE classic Donut with the purchase of any beverage! Donut miss out :)Posted by Dunkin' Donuts on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LaMar's Donuts

Print or show this Golden Ticket to get a free doughnut. The offer does not include specialty doughnuts.

A Free Donut for EVERYONE! Also receive a FREE 16oz LaMar's cup w/ Purchase. June 3rdPosted by LaMar's Donuts and Coffee on Tuesday, May 10, 2016Cumberland Farms

Receive one free doughnut with the purchase of a coffee or fountain drink between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m on Friday.

Shipley Do-Nuts

Visit a participating location between 5 a.m. and noon to receive a free glazed doughnut.

Entenmann’s

Ten people have a chance to win a year's supply of Entenmann's doughnuts through the company's sweepstakes on Facebook.

Duck Donuts

Get a free sugar doughnut with no purchase necessary. 

FREE Sugar Donut on National Donut Day! Valid June 3rd (No purchase necessary)Posted by Duck Donuts on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Honey Dew Donuts

Receive a free (Up)Beat Cancer Donut, which was created to raise cancer awareness, with the purchase of any medium-size beverage.

Don't miss the best day of the year THIS FRIDAY, #NationalDonutDay2016! Any customer who purchases a medium beverage...Posted by Honey Dew Donuts on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Giant Eagle

Every Friday, including National Doughnut Day, Giant Eagle offers a half-dozen doughnuts for free with the purchase a half-dozen doughnuts.

We're just three days away from National Donut Day! Stop in this Friday and when you buy six donuts, you'll get six free!Posted by Giant Eagle on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Best Ohio burger isn't a burger

Want to go?

WHAT: The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe

WHERE: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville OH

HOURS: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

INFO: http://maidrite-greenville.com/ or 937-548-9340

What makes a burger a burger?

Mental_Floss came out with a list of “The Best Burger in All 50 States,” and Ohio’s winner? The loose-meat sandwich at The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe in Greenville.

>> RELATED: 15 amazing burgers in Dayton

Here’s what Mental_ Floss writes about the sandwich:

"Many Ohioans know and love Swensons in Cleveland (including Akron native LeBron James), but few have heard of hidden gem Maid-Rite in Greenville. Established in 1934, Maid-Rite’s loose-meat burgers have a cult following among those in on the tasty secret, with many driving hours out of the way to get their fill of delicious Maid-Rite and Cheese-Rite sandwiches."

Some folks may have a beef with this selection because by definition, a hamburger consists of at least one ground meat patty. But don't try that argument with the locals.

"Beef is beef," said Matt Staugler, the executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. "It's such a well-known novelty here in Darke County, and I would be surprised if it didn't get that recognition."

The Maid-Rite sandwich has NO patty. It’s more like a sloppy joe. Well, sort of, but not really, because a sloppy joe consists of loose meat with tomato-based sauce. Staugler even admits: "It's a sloppy joe without the sloppy."

Unlike a sloppy joe, the meat for the Maid-Rite sandwich isn't fried in its own grease. "It's steamed ground beef with a seasoning put over it," said Mark Koontz, one of the members of the family that's owned and operated restaurant since it opened more than 80 years ago.

The loose hamburger meat has hint of sweetness. We asked, what is its secret ingredient? "A lot of love and family dedication," said Koontz, who added that he's been around that restaurant "ever since I was little."

The sandwich comes with your choice of mustard, pickle and onion, on a bun, for $2.05. Add a slice of cheese and the price is $2.30.

Just as intriguing as its loose meat sandwich is the outside of the Maid-Rite building. It's rather nondescript except for the fact that diners stick their chewing gum on the wall. Over the years, I’ve contributed to the thousands upon thousands of colorful hardened globs affixed to the bricks.

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to take a day trip, here it is. Or you can wait until July 26-31 when Darke County hosts the annual Annie Oakley Festival. While the festival will be held north of Greenville, the city will hold its annual Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales, with many local businesses participating.

On July 30-31, Greenville will also be holding The Gathering at Garst, which was named the Best Summer Festival for 2016 by Ohio Magazine based on a reader poll.

The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe may be jam-packed that week while Greenville celebrates its heritage, which includes the world’s most popular female sharpshooter, but the reward of a famous loose-meat sandwich is worth a shot. Koontz assures us that the diner will be ready to handle the crowds during the festivals. If you go, here's an insider's tip: Buy gum ahead of time so you can leave your mark on the outside wall. "We don't sell gum," Koontz said.

Do you think the loose-meat Maid-Rite Sandwich deserves to be called the best burger in Ohio? Tell us what your favorite burger is.

British restaurant owner gets 6 years for killing man with curry

An owner of an Indian restaurant in North Yorkshire, England, was sentenced to six years in prison after he served a curry dish containing peanuts to a customer with an allergy, resulting in his death.

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Mohammaed Zaman was sentenced Monday after being found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence among other food-safety offenses, The New York Times reported. The incident happened in January 2014 when Paul Wilson, 38, ordered chicken tikka masala from Zaman’s restaurant, Indian Garden, and specified he couldn’t have any nuts in his order.

Wilson had visited the restaurant previously and was given a container with "no nuts" written on top of it, the Times added.

He was found by a roommate dead after going into anaphylactic shock, prosecutors said.

According to authorities, Zaman cut corners by replacing almond powder in his recipes with a cheaper mix of groundnuts and hired undocumented workers to put together his curry dishes. There was an incident with another customer with a nut allergy three weeks before Wilson’s death.

"Time and again he ignored the danger and did not protect his customers," Richard Wright, told a jury at Teesside Crown Court, according to the Times.

Zaman had about $434,000 in debt, which led to his cutting corners, the Times reported. He also had a tendency to not be at the restaurant, allowing his employees to run the operations, and was not there when the curry was served to Wilson.

"Paul Wilson was in the prime of his life," Judge Simon Bourne-Arton told Zaman, according to the Yorkshire Post. "He, like you, worked in the catering trade. He, unlike you, was a careful man."

Read more at The New York Times.

Toss it or eat it? Congress looks to update food-expiration labeling

Congress wants to make it easier for you to understand what foods in your fridge are safe to eat and what you need to throw away.

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Legislation filed last week in both the Senate and House would set up nationwide standards for food expiration-date labeling.

Most foods are labeled with dates saying when the food should “sell by,” or tell you “best if used by,” “best before” and “expires by.” The difference between the dates and when the food is actually unsafe to eat could range from days to years.

The labeling on most of these packages has to do with when the food is at its best quality, not when it expires.

"Items at the grocery store are stamped with a jumble of arbitrary food date labels that are not based on safety or science," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said in a statement. "This dizzying patchwork confuses consumers, results in food waste, and prevents good food from being donated to those who need it most."

The bills would also distinguish between when the food’s quality is best and when it must be thrown out.

>> What do the 'sell by,' 'use by,' 'best by' labels on food really mean?

The USDA said the average American wastes 36 pounds of food each month, and misunderstood or unclear labeling plays a part in it.

"One of the most common arguments people seem to have at home is about whether or not food should be thrown out just because the date on the label has passed," said Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine. "It's time to settle that argument, end the confusion and stop throwing away perfectly good food." 

Twenty states have some form of food-expiration labeling laws. They would be overridden if the legislation becomes law.

The lawmakers listed a number of people supporting the bill, including top chefs, advocates and experts.

5 things to bring to a Memorial Day BBQ besides beer

What do you bring to a Memorial Day barbecue besides beer?

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On the holiday created to honor fallen veterans, we should pause and thank those who fight for freedom. And then cook some meat outdoors.

But if you’re not throwing the party, you are probably not cooking the meat. (If you ARE throwing the party, don’t forget to include ribs, or you may end up like Sad Grandpa.)

Here are five things you could bring to a Memorial Day celebration:

Mac and Cheese

It goes without saying that you’re going to bring a side dish, or you won’t get invited back, so we’re not going to focus on those. But here are a few tips: Try not to bring the same dish everyone else is bringing. Competition will be heaviest in the macaroni and cheese field.

There are two ways to make your mac and cheese stand out.

One: Bacon. This recipe from our intrepid food writers suggests bacon or pancetta, plus other gourmet options like mascarpone.

Two: Heat. If your picnic locale has electricity, you can plug in a crock-pot and keep that mac and cheese bubbling. Make sure to use a slow-cooker recipe.

Punch

You can bring beer, but how much more inventive is a pitcher of rum punch? The punch can be made more or less potent, depending on the audience, and this recipe (as suggested by Primer Magazine), hews to the critical elements of a successful tropical drink, “1 part sour, 2 parts sweet; 3 parts strong and 4 parts weak.”

Alternatively, our drinking expert, Bob Townsend, suggests a whiskey punch with rum, oleo-saccharum and other exotic ingredients.

Music

Scientific research suggests that a mixtape spiked with Frankie Beverly and Maze will make hamburgers taste better.

Since the concept of "the mixtape" now means streaming tunes on your smartphone, you can volunteer your Spotify subscription, in case the host runs out of ideas. It’s also not a bad idea to keep a battery-powered bluetooth speaker in the trunk, in case the host completely spaces out and forgets the music all together.

Consider using an iPod loaded with 2,000 tunes and an aux connector to a boombox or radio -- no bluetooth required.

Guitar

Remember that music can cause conflict. Think about the last time someone changed a song that you thought was a smash hit and the uproar that ensued. Self-generated music (i.e. when you bring out your acoustic guitar and start strumming “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore”) can also be welcomed or abhorred.

But if you can play and sing and can remember the lyrics to songs by John Prine, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and other proven campfire-friendly artists, then you could contribute something valuable to the event. (Check with your host.)

Your own cooler

With ice in it. So you can keep your punch and other backup items cold. Consider a lemon icebox cake.

Or a packet of gardenburgers, in case a vegetarian shows up. Or your own beer. Just in case.

Taco Bell reveals plans for new, sleek-looking restaurants

Taco Bell plans to swap out the company's familiar neon colors, fluorescent lighting and cartoonish visual displays for LED lighting, reclaimed wood and energy-efficient heating and cooling.

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Four new designs will take over existing restaurants in Orange County, California, this summer, with a broader revamp planned this year. 

“While all four restaurant designs each have a different contextual personality, they all share a commonality in expressing Taco Bell’s brand like never before,” said Marisa Thalberg, chief marketing officer at Taco Bell Corp. “From the open kitchen that showcases our freshly prepared foods to the community tables designed for friends to hang out, each of these formats fosters a modern, unique experience.” 

Deborah Brand, the fast food chain's vice president of development and design, told USA Today the changes were made with dinner in mind. 

“It’s no longer one size fits all,” she said. “Consumers are looking for a localized, customized and personalized experiences that reflect the diversity of their communities. The flexibility in bringing these four designs to life gives us just that.”

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Most of the company's customers complete orders via the drive-thru, and the company hopes to compete with more modern fast-casual restaurants like Chipotle for sit-down sales. 

Taco Bell hasn't been afraid to challenge competitors, but the results have been mixed. In 2014, the company added a breakfast menu to chip away at McDonald's dominance in the mornings, but a year later, breakfast still only accounted for 6 percent of Taco Bell's sales.  

Sales may be on the rise this year, however, after Taco Bell doubled down and started offering a $1 Morning Value Menu. 

As for dinner, Taco Bell started its transition to the more upscale last year when it opened two "Cantina" restaurants that serve alcohol. 

The company, which plans to open 2,000 new restaurants by 2022, alluded to expanding the Cantina concept when it announced its four new modern restaurant designs. 

“Building new restaurants is a key component to the overall growth and evolution of Taco Bell,” said Brian Niccol, chief executive officer at Taco Bell Corp. “Great design, great food and great economics is at the heart of our growth.”

Read more here.

Ben & Jerry's supports voting rights with 'Empower Mint' ice cream flavor

In the name of "benefiting democracy," Ben & Jerry's has released a new flavor with a political agenda. It's called "Empower Mint."

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The peppermint ice cream with fudge brownies and fudge swirls is meant to call attention to voting restrictions in states across the country.

"We need to have a democracy that represents everyone," founder Jerry Greenfield said.

Founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are passionate about this subject. The two were arrested at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year while protesting with Democracy Awakening -- an event aimed at curbing big money spent on campaigns and state laws targeting voting rights.

The founders chose to launch this new ice cream flavor in North Carolina, a state where they say certain voters -- "particularly Black people and their allies" -- are unfairly kept away from the polls. 

The Tarheel State requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls. In addition, citizens in the state can't register and vote on the same day. 

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Ben & Jerry's planned to be "on the ground" in the state -- an employee traveling around in a "scoop truck," raising awareness about voter registration and the Voting Rights Act.

"You can talk about very serious and very important issues but in a way that incorporates ice cream. And that's a way to connect with people on an emotional level and also on a gustatory level," Cohen told MSNBC.

The company has used this strategy before. Other flavors like "I Dough, I Dough" and "Save Our Swirled" were created to support same-sex marriage and fight climate change. 

The company has also dipped into the 2016 presidential race, creating a mint-based Bernie Sanders flavor.

Here's why Beyonce fans attacked Chick-fil-A

The Beyhive is swarming Chick-fil-A after at least two of the chain's restaurants posted messages with references to Beyonce's new album, "Lemonade."

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The 34-year-old singer released the album on April 23 to the delight of her loyal fanbase, and it has received widespread attention since then. 

The same fans who praised the album recently took issue with phrases posted on Chick-fil-A message boards claiming that the restaurant's lemonade is "fresher than Beyonce's."

Another sign read: "Sorry, Beyonce, our lemonade is better!"

Beyonce fans quickly responded in disagreement. Many people posted icons of bumblebees and lemons in the comments sections of photos on Instagram of the Chick-fil-A boards.

Other people avoided the Chick-fil-A/"Lemonade" feud, focusing instead on the quality of the chicken chain's drink.

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Caribou Coffee's parent company buys Krispy Kreme

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

JAB Beech, the company that owns Caribou Coffee, will acquire Krispy Kreme, JAB Beech officials announced Monday.

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The Luxembourg-based investment firm, which also owns Keurig and shares in Einstein Bros. Bagels and high-end shoe retailer Jimmy Choo, purchased the doughnut company in a deal worth an estimated $1.35 billion.

A senior partner at JAB said that the acquisition is part of the company's strategy to invest in brands with "significant growth prospects," the Associated Press reported.

Krispy Kreme's stock rose $4.06, more than 24 percent, to $20.92 on Monday afternoon. JAB will pay for each share of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., with a plan to close the deal in the third quarter this year

According to JAB Holdings, Krispy Kreme will continue to be independently operated from its headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The company said it will postpone its annual shareholders meeting, which was originally set for June 14.

Krispy Kreme, which was founded in 1937, has more than 1,100 locations internationally. About 300 of those are located in the United States, and other stores are located in countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Krispy Kreme said in March that it planned to open at least 120 new international locations and about 30 new shops domestically.

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