On April 29, Starbucks will add a brand new beverage to its menu: The Oprah Chai. Oprah designed this Teavana tea with Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz and Teavana teaologist, Naoko Tsunoda. She created this drink in order to benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which provides educational opportunities to children. The black tea is infused with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and rooibos; Starbucks will serve the unique blend as both a loose leaf tea and a latte.
Oprah isn't the first celebrity to put her name on a food product, though. Several other stars have branded beverages and edibles for themselves in order to increase their publicity, scope and bank accounts. The celebrity foods have had varying amounts of success; with Starbucks backing her, let's hope Oprah Chai sells better than some of the following products. Here's the top 10 most interesting celebrity food pairings of the past and present.
10 Danny DeVito's Limoncello
Danny DeVito created a signature limoncello in honor of his Italian heritage and love of drink. It all started in 2006, when DeVito appeared on The View still intoxicated from a night of drinking with his friend George Clooney. After admitting he had a few too many glasses of limoncello the night before, DeVito and the sweet Italian liquor became synonymous with one another.
9 Conjure Cognac by Ludacris
Speaking of celebrity alcohol, rapper Ludacris also took a stab at designing his own line of his favorite liquor. Ludacris worked with fourth generation cognac producer, Birkedal Hartmann, to create Conjure Cognac. The cognac is made with grapes from Cognac, France and is aged in oak barrels. The result has notes of vanilla, spice, toffee, and apricot.
8 Olympia Dukakis Greek Salad Dressing
7 Hulkster Cheeseburger
6 Stallone High Protein Pudding
Sylvester Stallone became famous for his roles as Rocky and Rambo, but who knew he had a pudding venture on the side? Stallone High Protein Pudding was not the kind of thing you'd put in your kid's lunchbox. With 20 grams of protein and no sugar, it was meant more as a supplement than a tasty treat.
5 Rachael Ray Nutrish
As a celebrity chef, it's not really a surprise that Rachael Ray has her own line of food. Nutrish, however, is not food for people but for their pets. Ray explained her decision for the pet line, "I love my dog Isaboo and as a member of my family, I need to make sure that she eats as well as the rest of us. With the launch of Nutrish, I now have the opportunity to share with other pet lovers, some of her favorite meals, flavors and special treats."
4 William Shatner Ketchup
3 Seagal's Lightening Bolt
2 Heidi's Fruit Flirtations
1 The Cheech Hot Sauce
Stand up comedian, Cheech Marin's new business is no joke. The Mexican American funny guy recently launched his own line of hot sauces, that have become wildly popular among both his fans and spicy condiment aficionados. Each bottle features a caricature of The Cheech himself, along with the name of the hot sauce flavor, which could be any one of the three: Smokin' Chipotle, Gnarly Garlic, or Mojo Mango.
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