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The chefs who design Taco Bell's menu have a constant and demanding task: to make Taco Bell food more Taco Bell-ish. The latest result of their ongoing efforts is Cap'n Crunch Delights. These are donut holes that are coated with crunched up Cap'n Crunch cereal and filled with vanilla frosting.
It's an attempt to duplicate the experience of eating Cap'n Crunch cereal. In this case, the creme inside represents the milk in a bowl of cereal.
-via Joe Carter
Freddy Cuteger is equal parts scary and adorable in this amazing cake by the Black Cherry Cake Company. This creepy cutie was created as the company's submission in a movie-themed cake competition. I don't know if he won or not, but he certainly should have and if he didn't, those judges better drink a little coffee because I hear Freddy has been known to visit people in their dreams and mark his territory all over their dream destination.
In 1985, Rodolfo Neri Vela, a Mexican scientist, served on a mission of the space shuttle Discovery. He brought tortillas. These proved to be an incredibly practical food in zero gravity. NASA astronauts have been using them ever since when attempting to make sandwiches.
That doesn't mean the results are always pretty. Pictured above is a cheeseburger made by astronaut Terry W. Virts, who is currently on board the International Space Station. The burger consists of broken up beef patty, cheese paste, tomato paste, and Russian mustard on a tortilla. He describes it as "VERY TASTY!"
-via First We Feast
KFC (and much of its fast food competition) is no stranger to gimmicks. Before the publicity on the infamous Double Down is even dead, it seems their team in charge of special promotions has revealed the latest odd offering designed to reel them in: edible coffee cups. The product, which they've dubbed the "Scoffee Cup," is designed to coincide with the launch of Seattle's Best coffee in KFC's stores across the United Kingdom.
The Scoffee Cup is a cup-shaped cookie coated in white chocolate and sugar. In a corporate explanation that makes my mind scream "What Could Go Wrong!?" the cups are designed to "slowly" soften after the coffee is poured inside them. But perhaps the strangest thing about this new offering is the fact that it's scented with various fragrances, including coconut suntan lotion, freshly cut grass and wild flowers, scents that a representative of the designer told Grub Street,
"[The smells] have a natural ability to evoke the positive memories we associate with warm weather, sunshine and summer holidays. Things that make everyone smile."
Read more about KFC's Scoffee Cups here.
Pecan pie is always a great treat, but those who truly adore the treat know that the best filling in the world still needs a light, flaky filling to really make the most of the dessert. If you've been having issues nailing the right crust, then maybe you should start thinking outside the pie -that is, consider trying an egg roll wrapper instead. It might sound crazy if you're used to traditional egg rolls that are filled with soy sauce, meat and cabbage, but if you've ever had sweet cream cheese won tons then you know the light dough can be a perfect balance of flaky and crunchy.
Want to try it yourself? Then head over to Capturing Joy for the recipe.
This person spends over three minutes cutting a carrot, but the end result is worth it. No, she’s not going to cut her fingers off, although that’s the impression you might get as that blade gets close to them. The artist is not identified, and I’m not even sure it’s a woman, but she has nice fingernails. The video is titled Cooking Class Heroes, but I would bet she’s a teacher instead of a student. You may want to skip through some of the middle parts, but do not miss the end. -via Boing Boing
You know what goes great with pizza? How about nail polish?
As part of its Valentine's Day promotion, Pizza Hut Australia has released a line of pizza-inspired nail polish with colors such as "Say Cheese," "Meat Me After Midnight," and "Dough You Need Me."
The nail polish will serve as prizes to a poetry contest, where people can submit pizza-themed poems as entries (the cheesier the poem, we assume, the better).
See how your pizza poem stacks up against the winners:
When it comes to whipping up a bite to eat, there's nothing like a sandwich. One can put just about anything in the fridge on a sandwich and have it be delicious. It's possible to please nearly everyone by making them a sandwich, from vegans to hardcore meat-a-holics. Start with a great loaf of bread and that's half the battle won.
In the linked article, BuzzFeed presents 32 sandwiches from countries all over the world. Quite a few of them look pretty tasty to me. What's your pleasure?
Zapiekanka, Poland | Image: Michrzan
Open-faced baguette covered in sautéed mushroom, onion, and cheese, baked in the oven
Medianoche, Cuba | Image: jamslopz
Mustard, pork, ham, cheese, and gherkins layered over sweet Cuban bread, pressed
This deep-dish pizza is wrapped all the way around the crust with strips of bacon- three and a half feet of bacon! Little Caesars announced today that they will offer the Bacon Wrapped Crust Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza for a limited time starting Monday, February 23rd. At $12, it’s just about the most expensive pizza the outlet offers. It’s not only wrapped with bacon, but it has pepperoni and bits of bacon as toppings. Read more about the new bacon-wrapped pizza at USA Today (link contains auto play video). -via Buzzfeed
(image credit: Little Caesar Enterprises)
Tomorrow is Mardi Gras, or Pancake Day as it’s known in many parts. It’s the final day before Lent, when all the rich foods and sweets need to be cleared out so they won’t tempt you during the fast. Still, many folks who don’t fast during Lent still celebrate Pancake Day. The colorful recipe you see here comes from Manchester, England, believe it or not, but chef Anyonita is an American who incorporated the New Orleans Mardi Gras colors into her recipe for Mardi Gras King Cake Fruit & Honey Pancakes at Anyonita Nibbles. It’s just one of many pancake and crepe recipes you may want to try out in a list at Buzzfeed.
La Confiserie CandyLabs in Montreal is known for handcrafted hard candy with shapes inside. Watching how they do it is mesmerizing. After they cook and flavor the candy, it gets manipulated -a lot. All that manipulation to make the designs goes on in a hurry to keep the candy at the right temperature, consistency, and shape. I was impressed with how clean the process is, despite how much handling the candy goes through. The entire process takes about three hours. If you’re in Montreal, you can see them do this live! -via mental_floss
Twitter user Overtime Queen had a brilliant idea: make a scarf that she can eat! It will keep her both warm and well-fed.
She used 15 packs of a type of gummy candy that comes in 50-inch strings. Her knitting needles are actually chopsticks. With them, she elegantly wove citrus soda and cola-flavored strands into fabric.
The final product is about 10 by 6 inches, so she probably needs about 100 more packs to make a full size winter scarf.
The chalky little candy hearts that say something sweet like “kiss me” or incomprehensible like “me too” are ubiquitous this time of year. You’ve seen them all of your life, but did you ever wonder when they became a thing?
The story of conversation hearts began in 1847, when a Boston pharmacist named Oliver Chase longed for a way to get in on the apothecary lozenge craze. Lozenges were quickly gaining steam as the medicine conveyance of choice, and were also popular remedies for sore throats and bad breath. But making lozenges was complicated and time-consuming—the process involved a mortar and pestle, kneading dough, rolling it out, and cutting it into discs that would eventually become lozenges.
There had to be a better way, and Oliver came up with it. Inspired by the new wave of gadgets and tools that hit America as it industrialized, he invented a machine that rolled lozenge dough and pressed wafers into perfect discs. Oliver had inadvertently created America’s first candy-making machine, and before long, he had abandoned his pharmacy business to crank out miles of what would become New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) wafers.
The candy was just the first step. The message came later, and the heart shape even further in the story, which you can read at mental_floss.
Gnocchi are dumplings, normally boiled and then pan-fried. But Steve here decides he’s going to deep-fry them. He mentions that they popped a little last time, so he’s going to turn the fryer up a little hotter. What? When he removes the gnocchi, you’ll see why that might not be the best idea -unless you are looking for a laugh. Steve, the video host, came to reddit to address some questions about the situation. Be aware that the audio is only in one channel -your equipment is probably fine. -via Viral Viral Videos
Thursday was World Nutella Day, a celebration of that wondrous hazelnut chocolate spread made by the Italian company Ferrero. To celebrate, Elizabeth of Sugar Hero made huge Ferrero Rocher candies. These are small balls of hazelnut and chocolate--luxurious bits of joy that are about an inch wide. Elizabeth's version is fully 5 inches across!
They aren't simply enlarged versions of Ferrero Rocher candies. Such a concoction, Elizabeth explains, would not be able to hold together consistently. Instead, she made spheres of hazelnut chocolate mousse and cake that give you the same delicious experience.
Food wrappers amount to millions of tons of additional garbage ending up in landfills each year, but the fact that they make food products far more portable and help keep them fresh means they’re not going away anytime soon.
So how do we reduce wrapper waste yet retain their usefulness? Swedish design duo Tomorrow Machine have offered a solution in the form of compostable and reusable packaging.
Tomorrow Machine's package designs come in two package waste reducing forms- a compostable container that dissolves in water and the Sustainable Expanding Bowl:
A biodegradable, cellulose wrapper fits snugly around freeze-dried food. Pour hot water into a spout, and not only will the food insta-cook, the wrapper will blossom open and morph into a bowl.
It was a day that would live on in poultry infamy- the day hundreds of chickens gave up their tender wings for the sake of one epic eating contest starring a man named Pat Bertoletti and a competitive cheater named Mick Foley.
Mick is a professional wrestler so he knows the value of showmanship, but his underhanded fanny pack stuffing tactic got him ejected from the game, while Pat went on to eat an (g)utterly amazing 444 wings and win Wing Bowl 23.
It was a day that Pat won’t soon forget, a day that proved he has what it takes to eat way too much food in one sitting, and the start of a new foodie feud with last year's wing champ Molly Schuyler.
-Via The Daily What
When you crack open a can of chunk light tuna you expect to see chunks of light colored tuna flesh floating in oil or water, but nobody expects to see a strange little critter staring back at you from inside the can!
A concerned mum from Arnold named Zoe Butler made a somewhat frightening discovery when she opened a can of Princes tuna chunks and found:
“a purply thing, a gut sack or intestine – then I turned it round and pushed it with a fork and saw it looking back at me.”
The little head is thought to be a juvenile crab missing its legs, but I prefer to think of it as the "prize inside" promotion of the tuna tin world- a free crab head in every can!
-Via Fox5 San Diego
There are plenty of geeky foods out on the internet, but not many places where you can order them in the outside world. Thankfully for those in Portland, there's Nom*Ables. This bakery isn't just full of sweet treats, it's also packed with all kinds of great geek stuff.
For example, the treats up top are called "S'mordor" and the one right above this is part of the Cornetto Trilogy Series called "You've Got Red On You." Nom*Ables even sets up shop at local conventions like the Wizard World Portland. They said they used to attend the ChocolateFest, which is at the same convention center on the same weekend every year, but the Wizard World better suits their demographic.
On the upside, if you don't live in Portland, you can still get a hold of your own Combustable Lemon Curd and Pokenoms through their online store.
Scientists have learned how to unboil an egg. But can they make a reverse boiled egg? Apparently with a few supplies and a delicate touch, yes!
This video is in Japanese, but the step-by-step instructions make it easy enough to follow without a knowledge of that language. Wrap tape around an egg, which I assume is to help it maintain structural integrity. Then place it inside a stocking, tie off the egg in the middle, then spin the egg for a long, long time. After you then boil the egg, it should have the yolk on the outside and the white in the middle.
-via Rocket News 24
Zeon and I recently went to Portland to check out the Wizard World there. What we didn't know is that the comic convention always lines up with the city's annual ChocolateFest -which seems appropriate since they no doubt bring plenty of attendees to one another's convention.
As you may have guessed, the ChocolateFest is a convention based around chocolate -not just eating it, but the production, cooking and history of the delicious treat. But aside from celebrating one of nature's greatest gifts, the festival also celebrates nature itself in that it is sponsored by the World Forestry Center and all proceeds go to support the center. -So you not only get to sample tons of exquisite, gourmet chocolates, you also get to support a good cause at the same time.
As a chocolate snob who has never been able to find anything quite as good as the chocolate I had in Switzerland, I was blown away when I discovered Cocotutti, which was one of the handful of companies that weren't local to Portland. The company made the best chocolates I've ever had. They were not only as rich and smooth as the Swiss chocolates, but they also had utterly amazing flavors like balsamic strawberry and lemon with lavender. I'm still kicking myself for not buying an assortment, but I was trying to save money since I was on vacation.
The festival also offered alcohol tastings so you could do wine and chocolate samples. Here I once again made an amazing discovery -though not with wine, but vodka. That's because Portland company Wild Roots makes and incredible infused vodka with Oregon's favorite berry, the marrionberry. Unfortunately, you can't buy this stuff out of Oregon, so if you live in the state, grab a bottle and celebrate your location.
As for ChocolateFest, the bottom line is that it's a great event for a great cause and if you make it, plan on getting drunk on chocolate before getting drunk on wine or booze because the delicious candy selection is certain to get your head spinning.
We've seen a previous execution of this idea that involved baking a whole Oreo inside a croissant. Nick Chipman of Dude Foods offers a version that is even simpler and more promising. He took premade chocolate chip cookie dough and cut it into triangles matching the size of canned croissant dough triangles. He wrapped one around the other, then baked them together. He says that it was both flaky and chocolatey, which is exactly what we're looking for.
Illustrator Bea Crespo and photographer Andrea G. Portoles' artistic project BrunchCity pairs miniatures grouped to represent cities placed on top of foods for which the city is known. Some are more obvious choices than others, such as the placement of Brussels on a Belgian waffle; others are a tad more obscure. All are a fun bite.
See more Brunch City photos here. Is your city represented? If not, what would you select as your city's corresponding food?
Panda Express is a chain that’s sort of like a fast food version of American Chinese recipes. Buzzfeed assembled some Chinese folks of different generations to sample some dishes from Panda Express, and, to no one's surprise, their opinions varied. There's no mention of how long the taste-testers have lived in America (and we can assume they’re in America from their accents). What struck me is how the older generation is altogether less judgmental about the food. After all, whether something is “authentic” matters less than whether you like it. And at any restaurant, there will be offerings you like and some you don’t like. -via Tastefully Offensive
It's a bit more unconventional than Cherry Coke in the US. But in Takko, Aomori Prefecture, Japan, garlic flavored soda is not a surprising product. That's the garlic capital of Japan, which produces garlic beer and garlic ice cream in addition to regular bulbs of garlic.
Audrey Akcasu of Rocket News 24 reports that the new drink is called Takkola, a combination of the name of the town and the word "cola." The soda is a simple combination of ground garlic and cola. It's supposed to be good for your heart, but, presumably, not for your breath.
From PBJ to BYO Oreos! The folks at Foodbeast TV give a video demo of how to take your Oreos from sober to drunken in a few easy steps. I noticed that some readers on other posts of this video commented that they thought the filling should be either left on or mixed into the drunken filling. Hey, that's the perfect excuse to make a second "compare and contrast" batch! -Via Foodbeast
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If you're preparing to visit the United States for the first time, you might want to read up on traditional American cuisine. You can probably find some burger joints scattered throughout the country to keep you fed. But to experience true American food, you should get away from the tourist areas and eat like the natives.
When on Earth has a helpful guide to 10 American foods. They are commonplace in American restaurants and supermarkets, but foreigners often think of them as strange. Try them! You'll enjoy fried rattlesnake, bull testicles, pickled pigs' feet, and akutaq, which is a Native Alaskan dessert consisting of polar bear fat, seal oil, snow, and berries. Dig in!