(NEWSnet) – If you’re planning a family or friends gathering to celebrate the April 8 total solar eclipse, there are plenty of ideas on social media on how to make the eclipse gathering special.

Moon Pies and Eclipse chewing gum are among the everyday treats that have been featured in eclipse-themed retail displays and party planning lists on Pinterest.

But a number of food and drink businesses in the eclipse totality zone also have announced special editions of their products for those who wish to celebrate the day.


The possibilities includes adult beverages, including at least two created by Ohio-based breweries. Cleveland is one of the biggest cities in the April 8 totality path.

Sam McNulty, co-founder of the Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland, brewed a hazy IPA called “The Totality” last year to spark interest in eclipse discussions. The on-tap debut was a success, and local grocery Heinen’s decided to partner with the beer company for a canned collaboration.

Great Lakes Brewing Company, another brewery in northeast Ohio, has introduced its “Vanilla Blackout Stout” in honor of eclipse season.

For an all-ages friendly option, Sonic Drive-In has introduced a limited edition “Blackout Slush Float.” The cold drink features cotton candy and dragon-fruit flavors amid soft-serve ice cream and galaxy-themed sprinkles. The Blackout Slush Float is available at participating locations through May 5.

Big Cuppa, a coffee shop in Morrillton, Arkansas, has a variety of menu items to celebrate its city’s presence in totality. Its treats include “Blackberry Moon” latte, “Black Hole Sun” latte, and the “Moon Pie Frappa” served up with, of course, a Moon Pie cookie.

Ballreich Snack Food Company in Tiffin, Ohio, another city that will experience totality, has a limited edition release of its potato chips. The "Eclipse Chipse" package features a white cheddar and black pepper flavor.

And the “Eclipse Box” donut treat has been getting attention at The Donut Dude in Liberty Township / Butler County Ohio. Each variety of donut in the gift box portrays a different phase of the moon covering the sun.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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