"Beyond Meat," the Mizzou-Created Faux Chicken That Fooled the New York Times

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Cluck yeah. | Caroline Yoo

"Chicken-Free Strips" by Beyond Meat were created in a lab at the University of Missouri. When we heard that both Mark Bittman and Alton Brown think this faux meat can substitute for the original without anyone being the wiser, we decided to taste test it ourselves and see what all the fuss was about.

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Rocket Fizz's Craziest Soda Flavors: A Gut Check Taste Test

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Jessica Lussenhop

When Rocket Fizz Candy & Soda Shop (6303 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-833-4614) opened just across the street from us, we knew there were going to be some crazy items for sale. Rocket Fizz boasts dozens of flavors of soda from run-of-the-mill cola to Snooki-flavored (yup). So we decided to pick up a few bottles and test them out.

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We chose seven sodas: "Seal Ya Later" (lovingly referred to as "Osama"), Bacon, Buffalo Wing, Sweet Corn, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Martian Poop and Ranch Dressing.

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Game of Dones: A Blind Taste Test of 6 Doughnuts Including Reigning Champ Pharaoh

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The worthy contenders. | Jessica Lussenhop/Kelsey Meyer

Back in March, Gut Check bought five plain glazed doughnuts from five local shops and pitted them against one another in a blind taste test. Pharaoh's Donuts (200 North Seventh Street) beat out Strange Donuts, World's Fair Donuts, a doughnut of humble origins from Schnucks and Donut Drive-In. Were you, dear Gut Check reader, amused? You were not.

We received an onslaught of e-mails and comments challenging the validity of our little test and scolding us for omitting your favorite dones. Your cries of anguish did not fall on deaf ears. Today we bring you a second attempt -- we call it Game of Dones: A Song of Icing and Fried. We raced to the four corners of the county and city to bring back reader-suggested doughnuts and put them through a trial by combat with reigning champ Pharaoh. Who will claim the Iron Done?

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St. Louis (and Gut Check) Taste Test McDonald's New Shakin' Flavor Fries

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The new Shakin' Flavor Fries. | Nancy Stiles

Those crazy guys over at McDonald's are always coming up with new, questionable ways to clog our arteries (ahem, McRib). Usually things make their way from the coasts out here to the heartland, but this time, we got it first. McDonald's is testing its new "Shakin' Flavor Fries" in St. Louis and northern California. Naturally, Gut Check had to do a taste test.

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Jellybean Milk Is Locally Based Prairie Farms' Curious New Seasonal Flavor

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Jellybean milk is less Pepto than the label would have you believe. | Jessica Lussenhop

Gut Check did a double-take at the grocery store when we first spotted the pink label. "Jellybean Milk?" Behold, the latest seasonal flavored creation from the milk geniuses at Prairie Farms Dairy, based in Carlinville, Illinois (they also have a milk processing plant in Hazelwood). Naturally we had to get to the bottom of it. We bought a quart of "Jellybean Milk," as well as its sister flavors "Easter Egg Nog" and "Chocolate Marshmallow Milk," and headed back to headquarters for a taste test.

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"It hasn't appealed to everyone, but we knew that it wouldn't," says Rebecca Leinenbach, sales program director for Prairie Farms. "We're just trying to have something for everyone. It's been more popular with children."

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How to Make "Black Velvet," a Guinness-Based Cocktail, for St. Patrick's Day

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Our Black Velvet. | Nancy Stiles

St. Patrick's Day is Monday (with celebrations starting Saturday), and usually that means green beer for all. But the more we thought about it, we figured there had to be a better cocktail out there to celebrate the luck of the Irish. That's when we stumbled across a recipe so foul-sounding we figured it was probably fantastic.

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