You may have noticed the prices of your favourite drinks going up and not even a little bit. The government taxes companies based on the sugar content of their drinks. For example, standard Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Fanta etc will have a massive price boost. However, diet drinks and sugar-free will remain the same. Find out more here.
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What is sugar tax?
The sugar tax was introduced on the 6th April 2018. Hoping it'll crack down on the amount of sugar in drinks to reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. Over the past decade, statistics have shown that health is declining due to too much sugar consumption and it has a correlation with the fact that drink brands have steadily risen their sugar content.
Companies will get taxed for drinks with a sugar content of more than five grams per 100ml. A higher levy is imposed on drinks with 8g per 100ml or more.
The price increase
To put things into perspective as to how you'll see it on the shelves, a standard can of full-fat coke has gone up by around 8p. A 1.75ml bottle of coke has increased from around £1.25 to £1.49. Other brands to have the same increase will be Irn Bru, Red Bull and Dr Pepper.
Fruit juices and drinks with a high milk content are not included in the tax along with Pepsi Max, diet Coke, Coke zero etc (of course, Gookie Dough is exempt too, panic over).
Other countries have introduced similar methods before and many have been successful. Mexico introduced a 10% tax on sugary drinks in 2014 and saw a 12% reduction. Of course, not everyone agrees with the tax and states that parents shouldn't be allowing consumption of sugary drinks.
What about food?
Of course, chocolate and sweets are also high in sugar so fizzy drinks aren't the only issue involved. There's a programme aiming for a 20% reduction in sugar by 2020 and this includes all goods sold in coffee shops and restaurants. The conclusion is to help the NHS and health crisis on problems such as diabetes and to protect public health.
So, there you have it, the facts! Any thoughts on the matter? Let us know in the comments below.
Cookie dough pop tarts are the real deal and make breakfast that extra bit special. However, sometimes you may be disappointed at the lack of filling and chocolate chips. we have your back so you'll never be pop-tart disappointed again. This is how you make Gookie Dough pop tarts, homemade and to absolute perfection.
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You will need:
(For the tart and filling)
One monster tub of Gookie Dough in a flavour of your choice
Four refrigerated pie crusts at room temperature
One beaten egg
(For the glaze)
Two tablespoons of butter, melted
220g of icing sugar
One/two tablespoons of heavy cream
One tablespoon of brown sugar
One teaspoon of vanilla extract
Mini semisweet chocolate chips
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Roll out each pie crust into a big square and then cut the square into four smaller squares. Take one square and brush the surface with your beaten egg.
Take your Gookie Dough and flatten out a small ball out in the palm of your hand and try to make a square shape. Pop the dough onto your pie crust. Brush another square pie crust with egg wash and then place in egg wash side down on top of the cookie dough square.
Grab the sides of the tart together so it is secure and place it on a prepared baking tray. Repeat these steps with the other 7 pop tarts.
Brush the tops of all the pop tarts with remaining egg wash and press the edges down with a fork to create a realistic look. Pierce two holes in the tops of the pastries to help them vent in the oven.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden-brown. Allow cooling.
For the glaze, combine the melted butter, icing sugar, heavy cream, brown sugar and vanilla until it forms into a thick glaze which you can still pour. Pour the glaze over the cooled pop tarts and sprinkle with your mini chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container at room temperature but best eaten the same day.
Breakfast goals! How to complete this gorgeous dish? Add a splash of chocolate sauce and perhaps a side of ice cream. Dessert for breakfast should never be frowned upon. *Recipe inspiration from Food Fanatic*
Picnic coming up and you need some tasty treats to go alongside your savoury snacks? Peanut butter is still the trend of the year and we aren't complaining. These double chocolate peanut butter cookies are a true delight when teamed with a glass of ice cold milk and will satisfy your sweet tooth during the heat. What could be better than oozing peanut butter which coats your tongue alongside the rich warm chocolate? Just be quick, or they'll melt (an excuse to eat more)!
We love connecting with all you cookie monsters through social media and looking at your creations gives us some real inspiration! Scrolling through the #gookiedough uploads on Instagram, we've found some mouthwateringly spectacular images that we have to share!
Why haven't we thought about this sooner!? Now you can have Gookie Dough for breakfast without feeling so guilty. It's only like having sweet treat cereal such as cookie crisp, right? Take the marshmallows out of your lucky charms box and mix them with any flavour of Gookie Dough you desire. The end result? Absolute sugar rush heaven. Image credit to @2StarvingSistas on Instagram.
Not sure what flavour to eat? Have all four! When in doubt, stack it up to the highest possible limit. If you're lucky enough to worry about what to stack in between your dough then just bake our Gookie Dough at 170 degrees to create a gooey warm cookie that melts in your mouth. That caramel sauce is giving us cravings! Image credit to @Licky Plate on Instagram.
Scoopin' It Up
What better way to enjoy the blazing sun than to pop your Gookie Dough in the freezer for a few hours and then scooping it with an ice cream scoop to make the perfect frozen treat. Top with cookie crumbs, nuts, cream and chocolate sauce for the 'gram. Image credit to @cinnaholic on Instagram.
Ice, Ice Baby
You melt my heart. Cooking our original Gookie Dough flavour and making two gigantic cookies, then sandwiching vanilla ice cream in the middle and adding triple chocolate fudge Gookie Dough. Get your mouth around that. Better be quick though, before the sun becomes your enemy and you've got a puddle instead! Image credit @ollie_eats via Instagram.
Yes, it really is as giant as you think it is! This bliss is a massive pop tart which is filled with cookie dough, topped with cream and then chocolate chips. Could a Thursday get any better? Maybe this can be your next football match treat? Your taste buds would definitely thank you. Let's just pretend calories don't exist for now. Image credit to @theflexibledietinglifestyle via Instagram.
Thank you to everyone who has been uploading pictures of their Gookie creations. Make sure you tag us in any pictures you upload by using @gookiedough and using the hashtag #gookiedough. Happy munching!
We've seen in previous blog posts that Gookie Dough tubs aren't just for storing your dough and then throwing them away. We love to encourage you cookie monsters to reuse and upcycle your tubs. Not only are they great for storage, you can make them into really useful pieces of equipment. Whether this is beauty, fashion or lifestyle related. Today, we're looking at how you can recycle your pots in the kitchen.
If you want to make your kitchen shelves colourful with pretty sweets and chocolates then our tubs look perfect on your shelves. Due to the plastic being see-through, you can really use this to your advantage. In our case, we used lollipops in the monster tub of Gookie Dough. However, when it comes to the smaller tubs, perhaps fill them with smarties and dolly mixtures for a vibrant splash of colour. A true focal point.
First of all, let's just take a moment to appreciate this colourful pasta. Yes, at first I thought it was flower petals or some strange cereal but it's so gorgeous! Instead of having packets shoved in the cupboard that are half open and left to go stale, using the Gookie Dough tub is so useful. The airtight pot allows food to stay fresh and is compact. No more ripped packets or disastrous spills.
Starbucks and Costa vibes are certainly present right now. Create a coffee corner in your kitchen which is perfect when you're in need of your caffeine boost. The use of coffee beans is becoming more common so why not turn your kitchen into a cafe. Another top tip is to keep the lid off if you're having guests around as the smell of coffee will linger through the air and get those nostrils sniffing in delight. You can thank us later for your morning fix.
What better way to make use of a Gookie Dough tub than to put cookies and biscuits into it as storage? Yes, that's right, your very own cookie jar courtesy of us. A cheaper way to store your yummy's compared to a jar from the shops. Not only that, but you're also saving the environment and doing some good for the planet.
Secure tubs that you can reuse with hardware plastic and a secure lid. The best part? You're saving money along with the world. Have any more ideas on how to upcycle your tubs in the kitchen? Let us know in the comments below!