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Food in the news: Sweet news on two fronts

If you’re seeking more sources of sugar, we’ve got some news for you.

IHOP has introduced Double-Dipped French Toast.

One version is with cinnamon sugar, and is brioche bread, dipped in vanilla batter, then corn flakes and oatmeal, cooked on a griddle, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and crowned with whipped topping.

The other is brioche bread, vanilla batter. corn flakes, oatmeal and topped with lemonade cream and glazed strawberries.

You may remember pervious jazzed up breakfasts, such as stuffed french toast. These versions spent a year in development and are the crispy version of French toast. The flavors will be available through Sept. 20. Sort of like having three breakfasts, and dessert, in one.

Now for doughnut lovers

On Monday, Krispy Kreme launched a rewards program. Members will earn five points for each $1 spent at Krispy Kreme. Points can be redeemed for doughnut, coffee or other items. At 50 points ($10), members earn a free doughnut.

Members can also get a free doughnut for registering for the program and a free doughnut and coffee on their birthdays.

You can download the app to keep track of all this at www.itunes.com/appstore or Google Play. New features will be added later this summer, including a way to give points to someone else.

And speaking of sugar

The nutrition labels on products may add more information about sugar, such as the percent daily value. The recommended value set by a government advisory committee suggests no more than 10 percent of calories daily from added sugar.

That would be no more than 200 calories, or about 50 grams, in a recommended daily diet of 2,000 calories.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest loves the idea, pointing out that a 20-ounce sugary soda can have 130 percent of the sugar that’s supposed to be consumed daily.

More changes are being suggested for food labels, including making the number of calories more prominent and serving sizes more realistic.

The sugar industry is not amused.

Summer is food festival time

An update on food festivals in our state in August:

Aug. 8-9 — Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, Sneads Ferry, 45th annual. All-day street dance, fireworks and shrimp heading contest.

Aug. 8-9 — Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain, 38th annual. A honey of a festival, with arts and crafts and bees, along with a Sourwood Idol contest.

Aug. 14-15 — Fountain Peanut Festival, in, where else? Fountain, 8th annual. Main Street, entertainment, crafts, kids activities, foods, Peanut Princess Pageant. Pitt County.

Aug. 27-29 — Winterville Watermelon Festival, 30th annual. Watermelon fun of all kinds, seed spitting, eating, rolling, music. Outside Greenville, N.C.

Check back here for further festival news.

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