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Well, it is good to see that the final season of Game of Thrones started off with a little bit of all the Seven Deadly Sins, from Anger and Envy to Lust and Greed. But what about Gluttony?
Oh, they're letting the audience take care of that one.
As the fight for the throne comes to a close this year, it looks like the advertising ante has been upped with releases of special food products, commercials and recipes. If you’re planning the rest of your spring around a few Sunday night junk food and Game of Thrones benders, here are some of the more clever food tie-ins this side of Westeros.
Game of Thrones Oreos. These Oreo Cookies with designs from the various Game of Thrones houses are already selling on eBay for weirdly high prices, but I have to give props to Nabisco for creating a really well done Game of Thrones title sequence entirely out of Oreos:
HEB’s Game of Thrones Inspired Recipes. You don’t have to be a Texan like me to appreciate what a nifty supermarket HEB is, and now they’ve come up with a few of recipe ideas inspired by Game of Thrones. I know these tie-ins are just ways to get people to come and shop, but it's pretty tempting with ideas like “Cake of the North,” “Kale Drogo Flatbread,” “A Grilled Cheese Has No Name,” “Red Velvet Wedding Cupcakes,” or my favorite, “You Know Muffin (Jon Snow).” With Easter on its way, we’ll be in need of making some of those “Deviled Dragon Eggs.”
Jonnie Walker Limited Edition White Walker Blend. There has been Game of Thrones beer and wine out there for some time, but now a whisky blend is here for the big finale. I’m not a drinker, but I appreciate good marketing, and Johnnie Walker has found a great way to join the Game of Thrones party. Keeping their little dandy dude on the logo throws me off a bit, but they do have other whisky blends with various GOT House images on the packaging.
Mountain Dew’s “Can With No Name.” Not only has Mountain Dew’s advertising for this special edition can made it apparent that athletes like Holly Holm, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Marvin Bagley III cannot sing (many of them are too busy spending time off the couch and getting in shape), but they’ve come up with a very limited amount of color changing cans you probably aren’t going to be able to get a hold of. At least musicians like Chainsmokers and Quavo come in to add some rhythm to things.
Orville Redenbachers Popcorn Teaser. Of course a popcorn brand is going to capitalize on a huge amount of avid Game of Thrones fans gathering around the television, and Orville Redenbacher did it with a simple teaser tweet: “Popcorn is coming.” I bet Act II and Pop Secret are wishing they thought of this.
Now that we’ve all settled in to a new season, don’t forget the grub. Dragons might come over, and they eat whatever they want.