[Bits and pieces] Norwegian butter crisis, Mountain Dew, and other food news from the web, 12.19.11

A butter sculpture of a cow jumping over the moon. This is enough to make a Norwegian weep. Photo courtesy of Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr.
  •  Because of a perfect storm of poor dairy production, the popularity of the high-fat Atkins diet, and the dire need for Christmas cookies, the people of Norway are in the midst of a butter shortage. Will they have to turn to margarine next? Oh, the humanity. (NPR)

 

 

  • A Chick-fil-A employee identified two Asian customers as “Ching” and “Chong” on their receipts. Is diversity and fairness too hard to grasp? (Eater National)

 

  • Pssst … Mountain Dew contains flame retardant. So do 10 percent of soft drinks sold in the U.S. Pass it on. (Gizmodo)

 

  • Here are some tips to tell if your olive oil is the real deal. (NPR)

 

  • Despite offering lower prices, big restaurant chains have suffered this year because of the economy. My tip: more free rolls. (The Street)

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