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It’s 2010 – I’ll Clone to That!

Let’s celebrate the New Year by toasting with these awesome clones of the top-selling signature cocktails from famous restaurant chains:

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Chili’s Calypso Cooler

Gordon Biersch Specialty Cocktails (Raspberry Iced Tea & Cran Blueberi Lemonade)

Joe’s Crab Shack Joe’s Makin’ Me Java

Margaritaville Island Cocktail (Incommunicado & Havanas and Bananas)

Olive Garden Signature Cocktails (Limoncello Lemonade & Frozen Tiramisu)

Outback Steakhouse Coral Reef ‘Rita

Planet Hollywood Shooters (Blue Hawaii, Bubble Gum & Grape Crush)

Red Robin Sand in Your Shorts

Here’s to an amazing 2010. I hope your new year is filled with friends, fun and good food. Cheers!

Clone for the Holidays!

This time we’ve rustled up a few festive copycat recipes to help you celebrate the holidays:

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Pepperidge Farm Ginger Man Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar

DiSaronno Amaretto

Fiddle Faddle & Screaming Yellow Zonkers

Here’s to a great holiday season for all!

Some More Clone Recipes from the Web:

Check out these copycat recipes we found on the Web:

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McDonald’s Arch Deluxe

KFC Coleslaw

Hard Rock Cafe Tupelo Style Chicken

Hostess Twinkie

IHOP Pancakes

In-N-Out Double-Double Hamburger

Cinnabon Icescape (Strawberry, Orange & Mochalatta)

The KFC Coleslaw will blow you away, and be sure to watch the video with Todd on the Twinkie recipe!

Some Copycat Recipes from the Recipe Clone King

Here are some copycat recipes from Top Secret Recipes for you to try:06

Lohn John Silvers Batter-Dipped Fish

Applebee’s Low-Fat Asian Chicken Salad

Bailey’s Original Irish Cream

California Pizza Kitchen Dakota Smashed Pea & Barley Soup

Carl’s Jr. Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich

Chili’s Molten Chocolate Cake

Nabisco Old-Fashioned Ginger Snaps

McDonald’s Yogurt Parfait

Hope you enjoy!

New Book Unlocks Secret Recipes

In this YouTube video famous food cloner Todd Wilbur shows you some of the cool copycat recipes in his new book, Top Secret Recipes Unlocked. Check it out!

 TSR9-ver3The new book, which hits stores on November 24th, features 115 new copycat recipes for duplicating brand-name foods from Starbucks, Panera Bread, Krispy Kreme, Burger King, Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Soup Nazi, KFC, Skyline Chili, Kozy Shack, Carnegie Deli, Mrs. Fields, Popeyes, Subway, Orange Julius, McDonald’s, Chik-fil-A, Boston Market, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and many more famous American favorites.

Todd has sold over 4.3 million Top Secret Recipes books, and has shared his unique recipes on many national TV Shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, Live! with Regis & Kathie Lee, Maury, and Fox News. Todd — who coined the term “clone recipes” 22 years ago – is responsible for making this specialized cooking niche so popular today, and he is the only cookbook author who has made a career out of creating original clone recipes from scratch.

Top Secret Recipes Unlocked is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com, and signed copies are for sale on Todd’s website, TopSecretRecipes.com. This is Todd’s 9th trade paperback release since publishing Top Secret Recipes in 1993.

Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Recipes Are a Food Addict’s Best Friend

by Maria Giorgia, Associated Content

Author Todd Wilbur

Author Todd Wilbur

I am thrilled that Todd Wilbur, the creator of Top Secret Recipes, took time out of his secret decoding schedule to talk with me. His personality is bigger than his best-selling Top Secret Recipes books. By the end of the interview, I wanted to be a Top Secret Recipes apprentice!

Grab your favorite Top Secret Recipes beverage and snack, and enjoy the second half of my interview with Todd Wilbur, the cloning sensation behind Top Secret Recipes.

Maria: What was your worst cloning disaster?

Todd Wilbur: I had a lot of sink clogs from doing Kozy Shack® Rice Pudding. I went through batches and batches of rice trying to get it right. I didn’t know that when you put rice in your sink, it tends to swell up and clog the pipes. I had some serious plumbing problems because of that. Thus, I got an industrial garbage disposal. It’s a two horsepower garbage disposal that will liquefy chicken bones. No more sink clogs!

Maria: I would hope not, or you should get your money back!

Todd Wilbur: Yeah! The thing sounds cool, too. I sometimes turn it on just to hear it hum!

Maria: When you create Top Secret Recipes, is there a certain atmosphere that inspires you – rock and roll or silence?

Todd Wilbur: Sometimes music is playing. Silence sucks, too boring. What I’m doing is trial and error over and over and over, so I need something to entertain me. A lot of the time it’s music, a lot of the time it’s talk radio – Howard Stern.

In my newest book, Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2, the first line of the introduction says, “Cloning these famous recipes requires thousands of hours of work locked up alone in the kitchen with only the sound of the dishwasher and Howard 101 to keep me company.” He read that on his radio show in December and gave me a little plug because I mentioned him in the book.

It’s great to be able to listen to something. You can’t watch TV because you need to look down. You don’t want to cut off your finger. Listening to stuff is great. When it’s funny, it makes it even better.

Maria: Is there a food that you have not been able to conquer?

Todd Wilbur: There are a lot, actually. It is hard to do things that are made by a machine, candy bars, like Butterfinger®. It has that flaky, bright orange colored peanut butter center. I’ve not been able to duplicate the inside just right. Fig Newtons® have been tough. The pan pizza from Pizza Hut®, the crust is also tough. When you make pizza dough, you have to let it rise overnight. If it’s not right, you have to wait another day to try it again.

Maria: In what way has the internet hindered your success?

Todd Wilbur: People do not honor copyrights on the internet. We actually had to sue somebody and ended up settling out of court. He was copying our recipes, putting them in a book, and selling Top Secret Recipes as his own work by taking my name off it. We did not make any money there. In fact, we lost money. The legal fees cost us more than what we got in the settlement. It was a matter of making the guy stop. It still happens a lot.

Maria: Fans can purchase individual recipes at the Top Secret Recipes website. Will you offer a yearly subscription?

Todd Wilbur: No, we probably won’t do that. We look at offering the recipes as entertainment on demand, similar to what iTunes® is doing with songs. iTunes® would never offer a yearly subscription to get as many songs as you want, and we wouldn’t do that with recipes, either. It makes more sense to look at it as the iTunes® model where you pay per recipe.

Maria: Will you offer a Top Secret Recipes e-book?

Todd Wilbur: That is possible. We may do something like that in the future. That would be like buying an album of music on iTunes®.

Maria: Other than Top Secret Recipes, what else would you like to do?

Todd Wilbur: I would love to create and produce a TV show.

Maria: You have been on QVC for a while. Have you been approached by Food Network, or any other television outlet, about creating a Top Secret Recipes show?

Todd Wilbur: You must be psychic! That’s happening right now. It’s happening, and it’s happening fast. I am confident that you are going to see a Top Secret Recipes show very soon. It is too early to mention which network, but it’s going to be a big one! We are going to have fun and make it unlike any other show out there.

Maria: Your fans will be thrilled! Other than this exciting adventure, what will be your next Top Secret Recipes book project?

The first Top Secret Recipes book, 1993

The first Top Secret Recipes book, 1993

Todd Wilbur: The Top Secret Recipes Restaurant books are the most popular books. People will make a Twinkie once. But, entrees, appetiz appetizers, and desserts, these are things we make on a regular basis. I think you will see more like these.

So there you have it! Never before has anyone cracked the code for as many popular foods as Todd Wilbur. From the first Top Secret Recipes book, to his current best-seller, Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2, Todd Wilbur has changed America’s kitchens. You can get your own, autographed copies of his Top Secret Recipes books at his website, www.topsecretrecipes.com, or at various e-tailers and retailers.

 via Todd Wilbur, the Creator of Top Secret Recipes  – Associated Content – associatedcontent.com.

Todd Wilbur and His Top Secret Recipes Are Feeding Addictions Across America. Learn more About the Cloning Sensation and His “lost Summer.”

By Maria Giorgia, Associated Content

Todd Wilbur, the creator of Top Secret Recipes, marches to the beat of his own drumstick. This burger-busting bad boy ignited cloning fever with his first book, Top Secret Recipes, in 1993. Creating a Big Mac® is no big deal if you follow Todd Wilbur’s instructions. His Top Secret Recipes books show you how to prepare your favorite commercial foods at home.

I have followed Todd Wilbur since his career began simmering in 1993. It was a thrill for me to speak with him. After reading this, I hope you will join the millions of Americans who are proud “Clonies.”

Maria: You have created a great deal of Top Secret Recipes. Which of clones is your favorite?

Todd Wilbur: I have a sentimental favorite, which is the Mrs. Fields® cookie clone. That was my very first clone. It kicked off the Top Secret Recipes books. You’re familiar with that, right?

Maria: Yes, I am. In fact, those fake emails are still going around.

Todd Wilbur: They’re still going around. I saw that MSN had a list of the top 25 most common internet scams. That is one of them, and it’s still going around! I tried that recipe, and it tasted terrible. I thought it would be cool to make a better recipe and eventually a book of recipes. That is what started me cloning. Also, in this new book, Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2, the Red Lobster® Cheddar Bay Biscuits are a favorite because it’s such a requested recipe.

Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 has sold over 600,000 copies

Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 has sold over 600,000 copies

Maria: Each creation, like the Mrs. Fields cookie, has a story behind it. Which is the most memorable for you?

Todd Wilbur: The salsa from Baja Fresh® is. It is a black salsa that uses charred tomatoes. When I grilled the tomatoes, they were mushy and fell through the grates. I couldn’t figure out how to get them black enough. I figured I would go to Baja Fresh® and watch them make it. I went super early, like ten in the morning, hung out, and peered through the window. They were looking at me like some kind of weird stalker like, “Who is this guy? Boy, he’s hungry. We’re not even open for an hour!”

I went inside when they opened at eleven and hung out at a table. I got a giant Pepsi and kept my eye on the grill. Two hours went by – nothing. I thought, “I have to speed this up. I’ll order some salsa – a lot of salsa.” I ordered 30 tubs to go, which put the place into Baja “salsa code red.” They freaked out because they were not going to have salsa for the rest of the day.

Finally, a guy came out with a big box of cold, under ripe tomatoes and slammed them on the grill. Then I saw how they did it. Because the tomatoes were very under ripe and cold, they turned super black. I watched them make the rest of the salsa and walked out of there with a great recipe, which I put on the website, plus about two gallons of salsa.

Maria: Did they know who you were?

Todd Wilbur: No, they had no idea. I just went in there and ordered all the salsa they had. The place was crazy! It was pretty cool. Sometimes you have to take extreme measures.

Maria: Speaking of extreme measures: Have you ever had problems with or threats from any of the companies whose products you have cloned?

Todd Wilbur: No, we’re careful to not step on anyone’s toes. Legally, we put trademark symbols where they belong. I always say that they are my original recipes. They are Top Secret Recipes version of whatever the recipe is. We make the food and shoot pictures of the food that we make.

Companies don’t look at it as a threat to their business since you’re making the food at home. In fact, they look at it as exposure – more exposure and publicity. The book tour for Even More Top Secret Recipes was sponsored by KFC®. They wanted to pay me to promote the book and talk about how I love KFC® so much that I put six clone recipes in my book.

This has happened before. When I went on the Oprah show ten years ago, I cloned a sauce from T.G.I. Friday’s®, the Jack Daniels® Grill Glaze. They went with me to T.G.I. Friday’s® in Vegas, where I live. Executives from Dallas came out, opened the store, and we taped a reenactment of how I figured out that sauce for the Oprah show. At the end of the show, waiters from California Pizza Kitchen® ran through the audience and handed out pizza. We did a taste test with CPK®. A lot of the chains enjoy the publicity that they get from these books.

Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes trade paperback

Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes trade paperback

Maria: Which Top Secret Recipes clone did you have the most fun creating?

Todd Wilbur: I did a drink book two books ago called Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits, & Shakes. The first half of it is sodas like Coca-Cola® and 7Up®. There are smoothies from Jamba Juice®, Orange Julius®, and milkshakes from McDonald’s®. But, the second half is cocktails from restaurant chains! That was fun! I would go to the chains at eleven or right when they opened so I could sit at the bar and watch the bartender make the drinks without a lunch rush. But, you can’t take them home. You drink four or five of some of these drinks and you’re smashed. Then, you go home, take a nap, and you have to make them while you still remember what they taste like. Four or five drinks later, you’re smashed all over again! That was what I call the “lost summer.”

 *Stay tuned for part two of my interview with America’s favorite “Ruler of Replicas,” Todd Wilbur, and his Top Secret Recipes escapades.