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Bronx’s Kingston Tropical Bakery Hits the Big 4-0; Yup, Bacon-Flavored Soda Is Gross

• Way to go, mon: Kingston Tropical Bakery in the Bronx is celebrating 40 years. [NYDN

• Confirming what any sane person would have suspected, Jones bacon-flavored soda has a "salty, hammy" aftertaste and generally isn't too appealing. [Pop Candy/USAT]

• According to a survey, the average American will spend two of the year's remaining days engaged in holiday shopping and merriment, including more than three hours standing in line. [NYDN]

• Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, and Baz Luhrmann were among the eulogizers at the funeral of movie producer Dino De Laurentiis, the grandfather of Food Network star Giada. [USAT]

• McDonald's is doing just great, thankyouverymuch, says its chairman, Jim Skinner. He also claims the fast-food giant is "recession-proof," "own[s]" breakfast, has been "part of the solution" with regard to obesity, and a bunch of other stuff that will piss you off. [USAT]

• And now for the latest hard-hitting trend coverage from the New York Post: Doughnuts are popular. [NYP]

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