PASTAMANIA | FOODBALLS FOR FOOTBALL FANS | For a ball-themed bite from this local pasta chain, ask for a portion of their minestrone and mushroom flavoured foodballs. Priced at $5.90 for 6pcs each serving gets your three balls in each flavour. These are available to dine in as well as home delivery. Those staying up to watch the games, take note: Pastamania have extended their opening hours till 4am till 13 July.
BREADTALK | FOUR WORLD CUP LIMITED EDITION BUNS | Caught with the World Cup fever, BreadTalk has created not one but four specialty buns: the Dillopillo (sambal chicken bun shaped after the armadillo mascot, $1.60), Go Goal! (chocolate and custard cream-filled football shaped brioche, $1.40), Jerseylicious (a football jersey-shaped brioche bread with lemon custard and chocolate icing, $1.50) and Superstix (bundles of cheese and seasame breadsticks, $2.30). Available until 13 July at all Breadtalk outlets in Singapore.
BUDWEISER | TROPHY-LIKE PACKAGING | You bought the rights, you flaunt it. Budweiser, one of the official sponsors, has given its usual white and red bottles a World Cup face-lift (or bottle-lift). Shimmery gold from top to bottom, the bottles are designed to look like the World Cup trophy. Sold at various Cold Storage outlets, these bottles (437ml) are priced at $6.80 each. Go ahead, kiss the bottle.
CANDYLICIOUS | MUNDIAL BALL WITH ASSORTED MUNDIAL CANDIES | Not one to miss out all the fun, Candylicious (Resort World Sentosa and Takashimaya Shopping Centre) has packed its fruit jellies (cherry, pineapple, banana, strawberry and orange flavours) into wrappers that represent the World Cup countries. What we found adorable: the mundial candies were filled into a football ball-shaped box. We reckon these are the saccharine sweets to keep your eyes awake for that exciting moment – Brazil's own goal, in the match against Croatia. Priced at $36.
COCA COLA | PACKAGING | Get your sugar fix with the trusty Coca Cola – partners with FIFA for 40 years (and counting). They have rolled out plenty of campaigns – from the Trophy Tour and Happiness Flag, to the World Cup packaging on their cans – in preparation for the biggest event this year. We like the green and yellow colours contrast against the vibrant red background.
KFC | THE SPECIALTY'S THE BOX | The World Cup's special offerings are a power packed 'Double Down Box' ($8.50). A hearty meal for one (and easily shared between two small eaters), the box comes with the seasonal Zinger Double Down (bacon, mayonnaise and melted cheese sandwiched between two filets of fried chicken) burger, a piece of original fried chicken, a side of four-piece onion rings and a regular-sized drink. All this in a special box with Cristiano Ronaldo’s autograph (do signature reproductions count?). If you cannot stomach this, but still want in on the World Cup action, add $3.50 to any KFC meal to snag a limited edition Ronaldo bottle (comes in red, yellow or green).
KRISPY KREME | TWO LIMITED EDITION DOUGHNUTS | Doughnuts with football themes went on sale from 9 June onwards at Krispy Kreme’s two outlets in Singapore (NTUC Income and TANGS Orchard). The doughnuts come in two varieties, one shaped as a football (they call it 'Goal!'), and filled with cookies-and-cream, iced in chocolate and topped with crushed Oreos and powered sugar. The other is a square-shaped doughnut ('Soccer Field') designed to look like a football field. It is chocolate filled and topped with vanilla icing and sugar crystals. Priced at $2.95 each.
MCDONALD'S | TWO SPECIALITY BURGERS | An official FIFA World Cup sponsor since 1994, McDonald's has always been one of the big players for this football event. This year they have rolled out two Brazilian burgers, the Beef Picante (large beef patty, two slices of turkey bacon and the Malagueta pepper sauce) and the Chicken Caramba (a fried chicken patty with sweet chilli lime sauce). The burgers are given an additional kick with chili flakes and chives on their buns. Priced at $6 for a burger, $7.60 for the McDonald’s meal – inclusive of fries and a regular *wink* Coca Cola.
PEZZO | SWEET TASTE OF PIZZA | Oreo cookie crumble, bananas, icing sugar and cheese (slice $4.50, whole pizza $24.90) – this is what fast-expanding pizza chain Pezzo is offering this World Cup season. The ingredients is laid out to mimic a football. Curiously (or smartly, depends on how you see it), it doesn't stop there – ten customers who accurately predict the winning team of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will get the chance to win an opportunity to drive a Maserati GranTurismo or Lamborgini Gallardo Spyder around the Formula 1 track. Don't give this one the boot, yet. Promotion ends on 13 July.
SUBWAY | IF PELE SAYS SO… | We're guessing Subway didn't buy the rights to use "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil". Instead, they've got Pele in place, touting the seven Subway Fresh Fit subs ($5 each; throw in an additional dollar to get a bottle of Ayataka green tea). That works too, we guess, although counting grams of fat (6 in each of the special subs) is so last World Cup season. #fatsarehealthytoo #eathealthy
TWELVE CUPCAKES | FLAGGED UP CUPCAKES | The most basic (and laziest) method to feel like part of the World Cup frenzy – stick a paper flag on it. The Japanese flag lays claim to the strawberry chocolate cupcake, Spanish flag – the rainbow vanilla, and America gets the chocolate banana ($3.20 each). The "themed" cupcakes (regular flavours stand) are available while stocks, or flags, last. We'll give them this though – at least they didn't jack up the prices.