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A farm is growing pricey long-neck avocados and youll want them for your toast

Look at the size of that lad. Absolute unit. (Picture: Miami Fruit)
Look, youre either going to be r..

Look at the size of that lad. Absolute unit. (Picture: Miami Fruit)

Look, youre either going to be really into these avocados or find them strangely unsettling. Itll be one option or the other.

Whichever camp you fall into, you do have to acknowledge that these avocados are quite odd looking.

Theyre called long-neck avocados, or Pura Vida avocados, and have a strangely long section after the stone.

Miami Fruit, in Florida, grows the special avo breed, which can measure up to 3ft long.

Such big lads come at a high price – a single Pura Vida avocado can cost $47 (£39).

The farm sells the avocados in bulk depending on weight, starting at $47 (£39) for 3-6lb of fruit. How many avocados you get depends on how big they are, as theyre not uniform in size or weight. One avocado could weigh enough for that one box, meaning youd be paying that amount for one big bit of guacamole.

A farm in Florida is growing 'long-neck' avocados that are up to 3 feet long
Theyre 18 inches long on average, but can be up to 3ft (Picture: miamifruit)

The biggest box contains 35-45lb of avo for $197 (£162).

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Yep, the people who said millennials cant afford homes because they spaff all their money on avo toast might have been thinking of these fruits in particular.

Beyond their size, the long-neck avocados are much like any other avocado youll pick up from the nearest farmers market. Theyve got that lovely green exterior, theyll likely have an extremely brief window of ideal ripeness, and the farm says the flesh is thick, creamy, savoury, and slightly sweet. Sounds good to us.

We imagine that the neck bit is extremely satisfying to scoop out, too. They can grow straight for easy slicing potential, or curly, which makes them look slightly witchy.

Miami Fruit in Florida is growing 'long-neck' avocados that are up to 3 feet long
Imagine scooping this (Picture: miamifruit)

Each avocado is around 18 inches on average, but they have been known to grow up to 3ft long.

The avocados arent a new phenomenon – Miami Fruit has been growing them for years – but everyones paying attention thanks to a proliferation of long-neck avo pics on Instagram.

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We can understand why – the avocados look pretty impressive held up next to your head or arm for perspective.

Unfortunately if youre craving enough avocado to fill a baguette (just one long-neck one, we think, for a generous spread), youre out of luck. The Pura Vida avocados are only grown in southern Florida, so youre unlikely to find one in your nearest Sainsburys.

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Greggs is launching a hot evening meal deal for £4

Some of the new hot food options (Picture: Greggs)
Good news Greggs fans – the bakery chain is about..

Some of the new hot food options (Picture: Greggs)

Good news Greggs fans – the bakery chain is about to start serving hot food in the evening for dinner.

500 stores will stay open later to offer hot takeaway options.

After 4 pm the selected stores will sell a hot dinner main or hot sandwich with wedges and a drink for £4.

You can also get pizza and a drink for 2 pm after that time.

The menu aims to satisfy those on-the-go at dinnertime, looking for value, convenience and of course, great taste, Greggs said in a statement.

With 2,000 Greggs stores across the country, around one in four will offer the evening from Hot 2 Go counters, with the first ones opening on 21 September.

New additions to the menu, available in the deal and individually, include:

Greggs meal deal spicy chicken bites
The spicy chicken bites (Picture: Greggs)

Spicy BBQ Chicken Bites (from £1.50) – bbq flavour coated chicken breast pieces with a Heinz sauce pot.

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Southern Fried Potato Wedges (from £1) – potatoes and lightly sprinkled with southern fried seasoning

Greggs meal deal southern fried chicken goujons
The Greggs Southern Friend chicken goujons (Picture: Greggs)

Southern Fried Chicken Goujons (from £2.75) – chicken breast goujons coated in lightly spiced southern fried style breadcrumbs, with a dip of your choice.

Macaroni Cheese (from £2.75) – pasta with a cheddar cheese sauce, topped with a crunchy ciabatta crouton crumb.

New breakfast dishes are also being added to the stores with Hot 2 Go counters, including:

Greggs breakfast box
The breakfast box (Picture: Greggs)

Veggie Breakfast Box (from £1.90) – Heinz Beans, cheese omelette and mini hash browns.

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Gingerbread houses are out, but Cadbury Chocolate Cottage kits are in

Easy to make? Well be the judges of that! (Picture: Getty – Cadbury)
Gingerbread houses are so last ..

Easy to make? Well be the judges of that! (Picture: Getty – Cadbury)

Gingerbread houses are so last year.

That is if youre a chocolate fan, and instead want to opt for a Cadbury Chocolate Cottage kit instead.

The kit has been brought out for 2019 and has everything you need to make your very own house of chocolate (then see how long it lasts before you eat it).

It includes the limited edition Cadbury with gingerbread bars – so you can still get your Christmassy fix – which make up the front and back walls.

You then melt offcuts of Dairy Milk to use as cement, and then use standard Dairy Milk bars for the other walls.

Cadbury's Christmas Cottage Picture: Cadbury
Your finished creationg SHOULD look like the one on the box (Picture: Cadbury)

For the roof, youll have the Winter Wonderland bars, which feature little Christmas trees of white and milk chocolate, a Flake for the top, and white chocolate Buttons for decoration.

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The kit costs £16, but youll have to provide your own icing to make it look exactly like the pictures. Were sure youll want a little extra for dusting too, of course.

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Its proven so popular in the day that its been out that the confectionery company are already having to restock it. That should be done tomorrow (18 September), but youll likely want to snap it up quickly.

You can get yours on the Cadbury website.

You may think that its a little early to be thinking of the festive season, but stores like Sainsburys have already stocked up on mince pies and Christmas pudding.

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What the hell is a dry cappuccino?

But… coffee is wet? (Picture: Getty)
Coffee. It can be tall, short, extra hot, iced – there are almo..

But… coffee is wet? (Picture: Getty)

Coffee. It can be tall, short, extra hot, iced – there are almost endless variations for the perfect coffee order. But I think one thing we can all agree on is that coffee is wet.

Its a liquid. So its wet. Why then is it possible to order a dry cappuccino? And what on earth does that even mean?

We all love a pretentious coffee order. Dont pretend it doesnt make you feel alive to order an extra-hot-oat-milk-vanilla-babylatte-with-extra-foam.

But ordering a dry cappuccino will take you to the next level and will be sure to impress even the snarkiest barista in your local coffee shop.

So its pretty simple. A dry cappuccino has less steamed milk and a thicker layer of foamed milk than a regular cappuccino. Thats it. It has the same amount of actual coffee, and the same amount of milk – just the proportions of steamed milk and foam are different.

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On the other side of the scale is the wet cappuccino. Not to be confused with the regular cappuccino.

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A wet cappuccino has more steamed milk than a regular or a dry cappuccino, and just a thin layer of foamed milk on the top.

What we can glean from this information is that the dryness to wetness scale seems wholly dependent on the proportion of steamed milk. The more steamed milk – the wetter your cappuccino.

Simple. But do these cappuccino variations actually taste any different? Theres only one way to find out. Order them all and spend the rest of the day trying desperately to control your caffeine tremors.

And remember, cappuccinos arent the first drink to claim to operate on a sliding scale of wetness. If white wine can be dry then so can our coffee, dammit.

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