Hershey to kiddies: Don't be scared about Halloween candy shortage

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Things are looking up for candy lovers who feared they'd be boo-hooing this Halloween after hearing about a potential sweets shortage.

Hershey, the makers of Kit Kat Bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Twizzlers, said last week there would likely be a shortage of candy for the holidays, including Halloween. It blamed global supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine, which has slowed supplies of cocoa and oil used in food.

But now the company has changed its forecast.

"We actually have even more seasonal product available to the consumer this year than last year," said Hershey spokesman Allison Kleinfelter. She said the capacity constraints referenced during Thursday’s earnings call were because of an increase in consumer demand over the past few years.

"Moving forward, with higher inventory levels and more capacity, we believe we’ll be well positioned to deliver for the consumer whether they’re reaching for everyday or seasonal products," Kleinfelter wrote.

Time to make some pesto

I'm hearing reports that it has been a good growing season for basil, and that's good news for pesto lovers. Making your own at home is a terrific way to use up that abundance of basil. Here's how:

  • Remove 2 cups of basil leaves from stems and wipe with a damp paper towel. Pat the leaves dry.

  • In a food processor, combine the 2 cups of packed leaves, 2 garlic cloves, salt to taste, and ¼ cup toasted almonds, pine nuts or walnuts. Process until chopped.

  • Add ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese; process to incorporate cheese.

  • With the machine running, add about 6 tablespoons olive oil (or more as needed) until the mixture is smooth, but still somewhat paste-like. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Use pesto on grilled chicken or fish or tossed with freshly cooked pasta. You can also serve it as a spread on crostini as an appetizer.

If you're not using the pesto right away, you can store it in the freezer. Spoon the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, pop out the individual cubes and place them in a freezer bag. They’ll keep for at least six months.

Stir the frozen pesto cubes into pasta dishes and soups or thaw and serve as as an appetizer dip. You may need to add additional oil once the pesto is thawed if serving as a dip.

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Little Caesars piles on the pepperoni

Little Caesars new Old World Fanceroni Pepperoni has 100 pepperonis.
Little Caesars new Old World Fanceroni Pepperoni has 100 pepperonis.

Love pepperoni pizza? The latest pizza item from Little Caesars, Old World Fanceroni Pepperoni, comes with more than 100 slices of curled, crispy pepperoni, the chain says.

The pizza, available for a limited time, is $9.99. You can order the pizza online for pickup or use the Little Caesars Pizza Portale. The pizza will be available as a Hot-N-Ready item from 4-8 p.m.

Salad spot to open in Birmingham

A fast-casual chain eatery with an array of salad and bowl food options is opening in downtown Birmingham on Tuesday.

This is the first Michigan location for Sweetgreen, noted for its commitment to healthful foods. Sweetgreen is a nationwide chain, and the Birmingham spot marks its 170th restaurant.

The restaurant is at 167 N. Old Woodward in the space formerly occupied by a Grabbagreen location. The 3,000-square-foot space has seating for 34 inside and 14 on its outdoor patio.

Sweetgreen's menu includes a selection of composed bowl foods, salads and sides. There are also build-your-own options with an array of ingredients. Its Harvest Bowl and kale Caesar are popular. The latter includes kale and romaine paired with roasted chicken, tomatoes, Parmesan crisps, shaved Parmesan, a squeeze of lime and Caesar dressing.

The menu is seasonal and rotates five times throughout the year. Sweetgreen says produce for seasonal menus is delivered each morning, and it partners with local farmers. It says it's sourcing goat cheese from Zingerman's Creamery in Ann Arbor and sweet potatoes from Visser Farms in Zeeland.

The chain expects to open in Ann Arbor in the fall and in Troy by the end of the year.

A sampling of salad bowls at Sweetgreen.
A sampling of salad bowls at Sweetgreen.

For every meal sold Tuesday on opening day in Birmingham, Sweetgreen will donate a meal to local food bank Forgotten Harvest. . Hours are10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. sweetgreen.com.

Tacos and tequila in Wyandotte

Tacos N Tequila is now open on the corner of Oak and Street streets in downtown Wyandotte. It's part of the W Lofts and Suites being built on the site of the former Wyandotte Post Office, which closed in 2014.

A variety of tacos are available, including barbacoa, camarones, carne asada and carnitas as well as snapper, chorizo and chicken. They're priced from $5 to $6 and served in corn or flour tortillas. There are also several varieties of salsa and chips, which are house-made. Other offerings include flautas (chicken rolled in a corn tortilla and fried) appetizer, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and salads.

On the margarita menu, there are four variations, including a popular hibiscus-infused version. All are $12.

Outdoor patio seating wraps around the front and side of the building.

Contact Detroit Free Press food writer Susan Selasky and send food and restaurant news to: sselasky@freepress.com. Follow @SusanMariecooks on Twitter.

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