Epic Meal Time: All Bacon Burger

As I am sure many of you know already, the guys over at Epic Meal Time are beasts. They put together meals that would cause most of us to go to the E.R. within an hour, and they do it time and time again. Heck, they even have an episode where they go to the doctor to show the effects these meals are (or oddly enough, aren't) having on their bodies.

Although we have posted a couple of Epic Meal Time bits here, I felt today was the perfect day for the All Bacon Burger, a meat monstrosity that will have you equal parts drooling and gagging. That is the beauty of Epic Meal Time: You run the full range that they do when you watch an episode. First, you get hungry. Then, you get kind of repulsed. Finally, you just feel tired. No, seriously, watch this and tell me I am wrong.

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While I can confidently say I do not have the intestinal fortitude to actually eat anything these guys make, it's still a riot to watch them do it. The real, underlying question now is, who is the first one of these guys to have a stroke? Seems inevitable when they make meat creations like this one.


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Geoff Beattie’s Rich Dark Fruit Cake

Geoff Beattie stills lives in the Queensland, Australia, house where he grew up. Now 68, he’s had an eventful life: wooing his wife, Elaine, over her father’s objections, building a dairy farm, and raising children. A spine injury caused him to hand over the farm work to his wife while he cooked for the family for a while. Then Elaine developed leukemia, leaving him heartbroken, with four children when she died at age 38.

In the weeks and months after Elaine’s death, Geoff suffered insomnia and barely functioned by day. “I’d be lying there and I just couldn’t go to sleep,” he says. “So I hit the bottle a bit. I’d had it. I don’t know if I’d get depressed. I’d get … sad, drink half a bottle of brandy.” He points to his kitchen cupboard. “I’d have the whisky ­bottles lined up above me cupboard there.”

Then, late one strange and divine night as he lay awake, lost and sunk deep in the depths of longing and despair, Geoff Beattie was struck by a profound and persistent compulsion to make marmalade. He rose from his bed and walked to the kitchen. He reached for his wooden chopping board and a bag of oranges and, as his ­children slept, he began slowly and carefully ­slicing orange rinds well into the night. He cut those orange rinds with such out-of-body ­precision that they were thin enough to dissolve on the tongue. On the stovetop he reduced his cooking liquid with such tenderness and innate understanding that, come morning, Geoff had created a marmalade so pure and so clear, it looked like the dawn sun had chosen not to rise outside his kitchen window that day but inside the glass jar he held in his hand.  

Beattie continued making marmalade and jellies and cakes, which were so impressive he began entering them in contests. He’s now won the national Florence Morgan Memorial Prize for Rich Dark Fruit Cake four times! Read the melancholy yet fascinating story of Beattie’s life, and get the recipe for his award-winning fruitcake at the Weekend Australian Magazine. -via Metafilter

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Krispy Kreme Makes a Box of 2,400 Donuts


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Be a pal and pick up a box of donuts while you're out, okay? This one will do nicely. In every way except one, it's the traditional way that Krispy Kreme packages its boxes of 1 dozen donuts: this box contains 200 dozen instead of just 1.

The box is 11 feet long and over 3 feet tall. You may need some help with it. And remember to lift with your legs, not your back.

Krispy Kreme's UK division made this special box of donuts (yes, sadly, these are not available for general purchase) as a prize for a contest. Some lucky person in the UK has secured an entire week's supply of donuts as a result.

-via First We Feast


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Horse Meat Sushi

I've never eaten horse before, but I'm always game for unusual meats. Horse as sushi? Sure, why not!

Casey Baseel of Rocket News 24 informs us that we may associate sushi with raw fish, but the term actually refers to rice mixed with vinegar. The meat involved can be anything, include horse. Baseel heard that a sushi restaurant in Tokyo called Nikuzushi offers horse sushi, so he visited to try it out. He says that it's pretty good:

Each cut had its own unique charms, whether the chewy nakaochi, firm akami, subtle char of the seared harami, or flavorful kick of the negi toro. What they all shared, though, was an exquisite deliciousness, accented by the meat juices mixing with the warm vinegared rice.

-via Foodiggity


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Ghostbusters Doughnuts

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie Ghostbusters (and the Blu-ray release), Krispy Kreme will feature two new Ghostbusters doughnuts from September 29 through Halloween. The Ghostbuster and the Stay Puft are both marshmallow-filled doughnuts with Ghostbusters icing decoration.

You can pre-order if you need five dozen or more of them. I hope that’s for sharing at work or at a party. If you really need five dozen marshmallow-filled doughnuts for yourself, shame on you. -via Daily of the Day


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Celebrating 50 years of Pop Tarts

Pop Tarts were introduced to the public 50 years ago. Really. I have a slightly embarrassing confession: I remember that. There was a rivalry between Kellogg’s Pop Tarts and Toast'em Pop Ups, but I found out from Uproxx that neither of these were the first fruit-filled toaster pastry introduced in 1964. Back then, they had no frosting, and no one considered eating them cold. Pop Tarts have an interesting history on their way to being the snack food that everyone makes fun of, but eats anyway. There’s not much fruit in them, and no one considers them health food, but we eat them anyway. We argue about whether to toast them or not, and we argue about which flavors are the best, but we eat them anyway.

The post at Uproxx is titled as a ranking of the best Pop Tart flavors, which no one will totally agree with. Blueberry is best (I’m eating a blueberry store brand toaster pastry as I type this), then cherry, then the rest are awful. But there’s a lot more to learn about Pop Tarts along with the ranking. What’s your favorite Pop Tart flavor? 

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The 6 Most Pretentious Dishes Rich People Pay Money For

We’ve posted an awful lot of restaurant dishes that are super expensive in order to generate publicity, and their price is justified by ingredients such as edible gold leaf and the jewel-encrusted souvenir dish they are served in. This is different. The list at Cracked contains dinner orders that come with theatrics or gimmicks, such as the Octopop.

The terrifyingly named octopop was conceived by Australian chef Adam Melonas at Dubai's Burj al-Arab hotel, presumably after he read the Necronomicon and mistook it for a confectionery handbook. Its basic idea is actually pretty simple: It's a piece of roast octopus on a stick.

However, in true mad scientist fashion, Melonas has added to the process until the end result barely resembles octopus or, for that matter, food. The waxy sheen and structure of the octopop are achieved by vacuum-cooking the octopus for 12 hours, then using a knife and an enzyme called transglutaminase (a substance commonly used to glue bits of meat together) to turn the perished cephalopod into a pretty, flower-like construct. The end result is dipped in spiced gel and stuck on a stick with some dill for you to try and figure out what the hell you're chewing on.

That’s just one of six really weird foods or food presentations that will set you back big bucks, described in the not-for-broadcast language of Cracked. -via Metafilter


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16 Artfully Made Hard Boiled Eggs

(Pikachu by Charaben Mania)


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Which came first--the Pikachicken or the egg? We may never know, but we can be sure that these eggs are as cute as they are delicious. Rocket News 24 rounded up 16 adorably crafted hard boiled eggs made in Japan. They include cows, bunnies, pandas, and strawberries.


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Your Autumn Burger: The Pumpkin Spice Fatte

With the recent hipster obsession with Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the other foods that jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, it only makes sense that we eventually have a pumpkin spice hamburger. And here it is. As a play on the latte, Pornburger calls their creation the Pumpkin Spice Fatte. But this one goes the latte one better: it actually contains a bit of pumpkin! And coffee, too! If the list of ingredients is too small on the picture, see it full-size at Pornburger.

You might love it, but I’m an old fart a purist. The cinnamon, ginger, and clove combination (with occasional allspice, nutmeg, and mace) is what makes pumpkin pie special. Or at least edible. If we put it in everything, we may as well just forget the pumpkin.  -via Time


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Chocolate Teapot



In the realm of British insults, calling someone a "chocolate teapot" is equivalent to telling them they're useless. Yet with the advent of the U.K. Nestle Product Technology Centre's victory in creating a chocolate teapot that can withstand several minutes of hot tea brewing, the phrase may not be such an insult after all. A group of scientists and engineers got together to make this crucial milestone in chocolate technology.

The design ingredients necessitated dark chocolate with 65 percent chocolate solids, which created a base that wouldn't melt quickly. Molding the base ingredients into a teapot with thick walls gave the end result more delicious stamina. The final product melts just enough per brew to give your cup of tea a light chocolate flavoring. I have a coconut tea that would work nicely. Bring it on!

Read more about the chocolate teapot and see a video of its construction here.


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15 International Menu Items from American Fast Food Restaurants

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Fast food is a booming industry, not only in our country, but all over the planet. Now, you have fast food chains like McDonalds and Pizza Hut moving themselves to as many different locations as they can in the world. One thing they seem to notice is, there needs to be area specific food for wherever they are putting up a new chain, or the place just will not succeed.

This means, you have McDonalds in different countries serving things that they would never serve here whilst also making sure they still have some American standards available for their varied customers. While the above lobster roll may be familiar to some New Englanders and Canadians, that is not necessarily the case for every other location. Most chains have never carried it, and that is just one example of many. Heck, that example is mild. How about a pizza stuffed with barbecue sauce and cream cheese? Yeah, this gets pretty odd.

Mental Floss put together a cool list of 15 items you can get at other fast food places around the world. Some of the food is familiar, some of it, not so much. Burger King's pumpkin burger being a prime example of just how WTF some of this stuff gets. But remember the old saying: one man's yuck is another man's yum. Sorry, I just made that up, but it stays.


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What Is a Sandwich?

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Oh, you think you know what a sandwich is. After all, we’ve eaten so many of them all our lives, from peanut butter and jelly in our lunch bags to foot-long hoagies. But along the edges, the definition can be blurry. Is an ice cream sandwich really a sandwich? Or a corn dog? How about a burrito? A s'more? The Atlantic turned to the legal definition (yes, there is such a thing) to give us the lowdown once and for all. It turns out that even some of the things named sandwich aren’t legally sandwiches! -via Buzzfeed


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Burger King Has a Black Cheese Burger

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We've seen hamburgers with black buns before. But this new burger offered by Burger King outlets in Japan goes even further. This is the Kuro Burger, which has buns and a cheese made with bamboo charcoal. The garlic and onion sauce has black squid ink and the patties have black pepper. You can see more pictures at Kotaku.

What other black foods could we add? Maybe caviar, Oreo cookies, and black beans.


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Delicious Advertising: A Billboard Made of Cake

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British confectionery brand Mr. Kipling used 13,360 cakes to make a billboard outside London's Westfield Center mall. The assembly of the billboard took seven hours, and after it was assembled, the public was allowed to sample the sweet advertising. The billboard was designed by food artist Michelle Wibowo, whose résumé also includes a portrait of Princes William and George made out of 16,074 pieces of Toblerone chocolate. Via Foodiggity.

 


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Pancake Stencils Bring Vader and Elsa to Your Breakfast

After looking at these pictures, my daughters asked me to make Frozen pancakes. I should be able to do that by just downloading Nathan Shields's stencils, then applying powdered sugar and cocoa. The stencils come in pairs so that you shade light and dark portions separately.

Shields is a famous pancake artist whose work we've featured extensively. I can't wait to see what he can create when he combines stencil work with his sculptural pancakes!


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A Website Dedicated To Secret Menus At Fast Food Restaurants

Some fast food chains have always had secret menus, while others have recently come around to the idea thanks to In-N-Out’s success with their secret menu, which makes customers feel like they've really mastered the art of eating out.

You used to have to search around online for posts detailing the contents of these secret menus, but now there’s a website dedicated to these deluxe dishes, and they're doing their best to gather every secret menu in one place- Hack The Menu.

They've collected 15 menus so far, for places ranging from Jamba Juice to Sonic, and they've even put together a list of healthy secret menu options, in case you're looking for some guilt free drive thru.

-Via DesignTAXI


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KFC Japan Is Giving Away Fried Chicken Keyboard, Earrings And More

KFC Japan has come up with an appropriately Japanese way to promote their fried food product- computer peripherals and earrings shaped like their famous “keñtakkii sutairu” golden fried chicken.

Fried chicken fans can win a USB mouse or thumb drive shaped like a drumstick, or some shiny dangling drumstick earrings by following KFC Japan’s Twitter account and tweeting about the contest with the hashtag “#KFCカーナルズデー” (“KFC Colonel’s Day”).

One lucky winner will be selected for each item, while the rest of the entrants are left dreaming of a day when fried chicken isn't just for dinner anymore.

-Via Kotaku


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Cooking On Mars - SpaceX Engineer Discusses Cooking And Eating Bugs

More and more people are coming around to the idea of eating bugs, and that’s a good thing because when traditional sources of protein grow scarce chances are there will still be tons of bugs.

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SpaceX engineer Andrew Rader created this deliciously informative video to demonstrate how easy it is to prepare a meal made from mealworms and crickets (and a lone scorpion) and dine like a space colonist.

Here's what Andrew is proposing:

We're going to Mars - but what are we going to eat? If we want to become a spacefaring people, we should consider broadening our culinary horizons.

Non-synthetic meat in a space colony makes no sense. At least most kinds of meat: shellfish and some kinds of fish might be options, but the best option in terms of efficiency and ease of production is to do what billions of people on our planet already do: eat insects.

As I discovered, it takes some getting used to :)

-Via Laughing Squid


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The French Fry Pizza Is Gluten Free!

And besides that, it's got to be delicious! Foodinese has perfected the complicated art of combining two of nature's perfect foods. To make your own French fry pizza, build an even layer of French fries in a circle, breaking up fries as necessary to do so. Then add mozzarella cheese, which acts as the glue that holds your pizza together.

Bake the crust for a few minutes, then remove it from the oven. Add the rest of your ingredients and bake for a few more minutes.

Suggestion for improvement: add beef gravy and cheese curd to make this a poutine pizza.

-via That's Nerdalicious!


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Espresso Served in Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Cones

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Alfred Coffee & Kitchen is a cafe on Melrose Place in Los Angeles. It offers a novel take on the espresso shot. You can buy your happiness fuel in little ice cream cones that have been dipped in chocolate.

It's like a chocolate-chip cookie shot, except with a lot more caffeine. In fact, I don't see why espresso couldn't be served in chocolate chip cookie shots, preferably ones dipped in chocolate, then wrapped in a waffle ice cream cones, then dipped in chocolate again.

-via First We Feast


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How To Make Homemade Cronuts

As many of you know, the cronut has been a serious staple of the pasty world for the last few years. Part crossiant, part donut, and all delicious. Though the fervor has died down a bit, it seems now would be the perfect time for you to make cronuts for some guests, friends, or fellow revelers and blow their minds with your awesome culinary skills. The reality is, they are not has hard to make as the world wants you to believe. 

I thought to further reitertate this point, what better thing to do than to post a simple to follow YouTube recipe for how to make your own Cronuts at home. Sorted Foods on YouTube have some great stuff on their page, so when you are done whipping up your cronuts, you should go check it out.

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A couple of things I will warn you before making this recipe. One, these things are addictive, so don't make dozens (as you may eat dozens). Two, when you offer them to people, pretend making them was like trying to climb Everrest. It will just make them respect how good they taste even more.


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This Artist Has Turned Rice Krispie Treats into an Art Form

Jessica Siskin, an artist in New York City, creates Rice Krispie treats that will make you pause and stare in wonder before gobbling them up. They're not just desserts, but works of art. From her studio dubbed "Mister Krisp," she takes custom orders, making special treats for birthdays and other celebrations.

My suggestion: a 1:1 scale sculpture of Clayton Rindlisbacher, the inventor of Rice Krispies.

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Möbius Bacon Strip

Begin moving forward at any point on the bacon strip. You will continue forever. Behold the infinite supply of bacon! Thanks to Instructables member PenfoldPlant, the dream is no long just a theoretical model, but a reality.

PenfoldPlant made his möbius bacon strips by twisting rashers of bacon around a rolling pin, then gluing them in place with a meat adhesive called transglutaminase. After letting the glue sit for a day, he removed the bacon from the rolling pin and baked it.

This is an adequate temporary solution. But I would like to see--someday--pigs that are genetically engineered to produce bacon like this. That would be more natural than just gluing bacon strips into a twist.


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Snackpocalypse

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Funny or Die brings us a parody movie trailer about a dystopian world where junk foods is king, but one girl stands out because she prefers apples. It stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Tyler Posey, and First Lady Michelle Obama.


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Bacon-Infused Bloody Mary Popsicles on Bacon Sticks

Bloody Mary science has, in the past few years, surged forward. The current pinnacle of human achievement in the field is the Bloody Mary that includes a whole deep fried chicken. You'll notice that the man holding that Bloody Mary is happy, but is laboring under the weight of it. It is a fantastic Bloody Mary but, perhaps, a bit too cumbersome. If you were attempting to consume it while driving a bulldozer or performing eye surgery, it could get awkward and difficult.

Thankfully, Perry Santanachote of Thrillist has a solution. His Bloody Mary popsicle gives you the same effect, but is designed for one-handed operation. To make them, you'll need bacon and vodka, and probably more than you might expect because you'll want to have some of each while preparing the popsicles.

You'll lay a few strips of bacon in vodka so give the vodka that bacony goodness and vice versa. Then wrap bacon around breadsticks and bake them until they form a glorious spear upon which you will mount the Bloody Mary. Freeze the Bloody Mary mix and vodka in a popsicle mold with the sticks inside. Do so overnight so that they're ready in time for breakfast.

-via Foodiggity


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How Do They Make Decaf Coffee?

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Craig Benzine explains how decaffeinated coffee is made. The answer is, of course, chemicals. The bigger question in my mind is why would anyone make decaf coffee. That's akin to non-alcoholic beer, which seems to defeat the purpose.

This is the premiere episode of mental_floss video’s new show The Big Question. Each Monday, we'll hear the answer to one burning question from readers.


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Fifteen Cereal Brands Breakfast Fans Want Back

People are mighty passionate about their breakfast cereal, and whether they eat it for breakfast, a late night snack or all day, every day like an adult-sized kid every cereal eater has their favorite brands. 

The only problem with being so enamored with cereal is the fact that your favorite brand might disappear from the market one day, leaving your bowl empty and alone and your spoon without a purpose in life. 

(Image Via Flickr)

This cereal changeup was especially hard on 80s kids, who were spoiled by the amazing selection of cartoon and celebrity endorsed cereals we thought we couldn't live without...until they were pulled from the shelves:

(Image Via ModernCollecting)

Take a trip down memory lane with these 15 Cereal Brands We Want Back, they'll make you hungry for a bowl of fun shaped crunchy corn and oat, and you'll see how boring most cereals have become by comparison.


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How to Make a Watermelon Grill

Grilling meat is one of the great joys of summer. But it's also hot. So very hot. Sometimes, you just don't want the temperature to be a single degree higher.

This grill by Sandra Denneler can help. Her fruit bowl is made of a hollowed-out watermelon with wood skewers serving as a grill. The legs are three celery stalks which are soaked in cold water overnight to stiffen them. Blackberries stand in for the charcoal briquettes--except in Hank Hill's version, of course. 

-via Craft


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Sprinkle Bakes Is Your New Favorite Website For Making Awesome Sweets

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There is no better time to be alive as a foodie than right now. Never before in history has it been so okay to be one of the people who really, truly, enjoys the essence of food. This has much to do with the fact that the interweb is full of foodies, and makes it easier for us to find each other. That rambling intro out of the way, I recently stumbled upon a site that is pretty much confectionary heaven. First heard about the site on SuperPunch, and since then, I have been on it every day.

Basically, you know all those food blogs that make dinner look extra delicious and make it sound exciting by mixing up ingredients and layers of flavor? Well, this site is like that, but with dessert. All I should have to say is creme brulee filled strawberries and you should already be drooling on your keyboard.

Trust me, go check out this site right now. Just make sure you have a bib on.

Sprinkle Bakes


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How to Cook Squirrel Brains


(Photo: Richard Heyes)

Don't throw away that squirrel head! You're not limited to just flank steak and thigh meat when you have a squirrel. You can also eat the brains. And if you don't know how, don't worry. Larry Woody of the Lebanon Democrat, a newspaper in Tennessee, can show you how. He writes:

When you dress your squirrel, simply skin the head and leave it attached to the body. When you cook the squirrel -- fired, or stewed in dumplings -- include the head.

Once it's cooked, use a knife handle to crack open the skull, like cracking a walnut, and scoop out the brains. Squirrels don't have a large brain -- I'd compare it to the average politician's -- but what little there is, is delicious.

If you've never tried squirrel brains, it's comparable to hog brains.

Yummy! I've never had squirrel brains, but I'd love to try them.

-via Dave Barry


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