Food news - tasty treats and less meats

Item #1... University of Cambridge researchers found that raising the number of veggie options from 25 percent to 50 percent had the biggest effect on regular meat eaters but did not affect overall meal sales. Overall, increasing the number of vegetarian meals on the menu increased the number of vegetarian dishes ordered by 15 percent. One researcher said, "We discovered that changing the relative availability of vegetarian options had the strongest effect on those who usually eat more meat." 

Item #2... You likely have had a Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pie, and now there's a new twist on the classic: Caramel Apple Oatmeal Crème Pies. A reviewer says for the new flavor the filling is light and fluffy and almost mousse-like, while the apple pieces taste like pie. The new flavor should be available at a variety of retailers nationwide, including Walmart and Target.

Item #3... Walmart has been spotted selling York Peppermint Patty Hot Chocolate. It comes in a box with six packets, and Walmart's description says it, "contains the kind of milk chocolate that melts in your mouth. If happiness came in a mug, it would taste like this."

Item #4... Each month, Applebee's offers a deal on a boozy special. This month the featured drink (that you can get for $1) is the Vampire. Applebee's says the purple drink consists of "rum, strawberry, dragon fruit, passion fruit, and a dash of pineapple," and comes with a cherry on top

And item #5 (get ready to smile)... A video of a Scottish boy sharing his lunch with his pet Rottweiler has gone viral. The adorable moment was caught by the boy's mother, Stacey Reid. She hopes the video shows that not all Rottweilers are aggressive. In the video, Reid's son Ollie takes a bite of the food and then passes the rest of his lunch to the dog, named Bronson. Ollie starts hysterically laughing and begins passing down more food to Bronson, even exclaiming "Yum!" as the dog chows down.