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. 

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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:

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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. 

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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.

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How to Cook Squirrel Brains


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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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Oatmeal Creme Pie Creme Pie

Becky McKay went totally meta with this dish. She started with Little Debbie brand oatmeal creme pies, which are thin, sweet cakes between sugary creme. You can eat an entire box of them in one sitting. Or I can. But Becky resisted temptation and instead used them to make a creme pie creme pie.

For this beauty, she combined 6 Little Debbie pies, 4, tablespoons of butter, 8 ounces of Cool Whip, and 12 ounces of canned vanilla frosting. Delicious!

My suggestion: Becky should next use this entire pie as the filling for a giant Swiss Roll

P.S. Be sure to check out our interview with Becky.


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Sushi Restauranteur Teaches the Proper Way to Eat Sushi

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Sushi restauranteur and chef Naomichi Yasuda, who founded Sushi Yasuda in midtown Manhattan before returning to Tokyo to open another restaurant, is a big name in sushi. Here he explains his version of the proper way to eat sushi. Although some of his suggestions might seem to have little impact, the delicate flavors of sushi can be easily altered with the strong tastes of soy, wasabi and ginger. And I thought the only rule about how to eat sushi was "often." What do you think? Via Viral Viral Videos.


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Library Cake: Literature Has Never Been So Delicious

Facebook user Kathy Knaus, who — from the information I can glean from her profile — I assume resides in Vienna, Austria, posted this picture to her Facebook photo album entitled "cakes." Knauss commented that every item in the album is one of her culinary creations. One commenter complimented Knauss, telling her how special her children must feel to have a mom capable of such cake coups. Knauss jokingly responded, "Or they will just remember having a mom who liked playing with icing and ... frequently up to her elbows in cake batter." Her time spent "playing" certainly amounts to greatness. This cake is a work of art! Check out Knauss' Facebook album here. Via i09.


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Tim Horton's "Buffalo Crunch Doughnut"

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The Canadian hamburger chain Tim Hortons is breaking into the state fair food business with this outlandish dish: the Buffalo Crunch Doughnut. It's a series of interlocking doughnuts dipped in buffalo sauce, then sprinkled with tortilla chip crumbs. The hole the center serves as a bowl for more buffalo sauce, in which you can then dip more totilla chips. You can choose either the hot or the mild flavors, the latter of which includes ranch dressing.

(Ranch dressing on a doughnut? Yuck!)

Tim Hortons is currently selling this delight at the New York State Fair, which ends on September 1. It costs $2 and your soul.


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Now THAT Is How You Peel and Serve a Pineapple!

When it comes to peeling pineapples, I didn't think there were too many methods. This video showed me I was wrong. At first, it seems like this guy's pineapple peeling method is actually somewhat time consuming, but then you realize he does it all within a minute, and it hits you how impressive it is. Plus, he is not just peeling it. He is peeling, bagging, and serving to go.

Pretty sure one of my fingers would be in that bag with the pineapple slices if I tried this.

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Huge props to this guy, though. Pineapple is delicious, and handing someone a bag of fresh pineapple is like handing someone a pitcher filled with the delicious nectar of life.

Also, pineapples must kind of secretly fear this guy. He is their Jack the Ripper.

(Wimp)


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Arby’s $10 Meat Mountain

Arby’s made a poster to show all the different kinds of meats they use on their various sandwiches. The idea was to counter the perception that they only serve roast beef. The poster, shown here, inspired customers to ask if they could have “that” sandwich.

The answer is now yes; yes, you can have a $10 pile of meat between two buns, but you’ll have to know to ask for it as it won’t be on the menu.

That mound includes: 2 chicken tenders; 1.5 oz. of roast turkey; 1.5 oz. of ham; 1 slice of Swiss cheese; 1.5 oz. of corned beef; 1.5 oz. brisket; 1.5 oz. of Angus steak; 1 slice of cheddar cheese; 1.5 oz. roast beef and 3 half-strips of bacon.

That’s a lot of meat on one sandwich. You might want to ask for a fork, too. -via Metafilter


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Convincing Meals Made From Unconventional Ingredients

Some chefs will tell you that their food’s visual appeal is just as important as its flavor, which usually means it’s not going to taste very good, but the meals in this series of photos by TQ Lee are not only great looking- they're inedible!

The delicious looking dishes in TQ's photo series "Inedible" are made out of fun stuff like phone cords, teddy bear fleece, and LEGO bricks, but they look so good you'd never know

TQ masterfully combines colors and textures so each "dish" closely resembles the real meal he's referencing, but his dishes have more visual appeal than real food, and far more exotic flavors.

-Via Laughing Squid


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Trick to Ensure Your Corn on the Cob is Silk Free

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Do you like a nice, hot piece of corn on the cob with butter and salt, particularly during the summertime? Chef John at Food Wishes demonstrates a way to cook and shuck a piece of corn so that it's silk-free, all in under five minutes. Via 22 Words.


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Bananas: An A-Peel-ing History

The following article is republished from Uncle John's Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader.

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According to one legend, the fruit that Eve found irresistible in the Garden of Eden was not an apple, but a banana. Is it true? Who knows? But for thousands of years, the banana has been a source of pleasure …and sometimes trouble.

HOW THEY SPREAD

* Bananas are believed to have originated in the rain forests of Southeast Asia, where a variety of species still grow.

* Arab traders brought the banana to the Middle East and Africa in the seventh century. But these weren’t the large fruit we know today -they were just a few inches in length. In fact, some historians believe “banana” comes from banan, the Arabic words meaning “finger.”

* By the late 1400s, bananas were a staple food along the western coast of Africa where Portuguese sailors collected plants and brought them to the Canary Islands, between Africa and Spain.

* In 1516 Tomás de Berlanga, a Spanish priest, brought banana stalks to the New World, to the island of Hispañiola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic). And he took plants with him to the mainland when he was made bishop of Panama in 1534.

* Another priest, Vasco de Quiroga, brought banana plants from Hispañiola to Mexico in the mid-16th century. From there, bananas spread and flourished through the Caribbean basin, leading many to believe -erroneously- that they were native to the region.

COMING TO AMERICA

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The Horse Collar Is the Ultimate Stadium Food

It's called the Horse Collar because it's shaped like the harness and because you'll need a stout draft horse to drag you home after you eat one. As you might expect, Green Bay Packers fans invented it. You can count on Cheeseheads to develop the heartiest, greasiest, most dangerous game foods on Earth.

Heath Barbato, the executive chef at the Packers' Lambeau Field, says that it's a roll with a 22-inch kielbasa, beer cheese, and fried sauerkraut.

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Watercolor Style Paintings Created Using Ice Cream

it seems like a shame to waste a bunch of perfectly good ice cream, but if it’s for the sake of creating art then I guess it’s okay.

Actually, using a bunch of different colored ice creams instead of paint sounds like a delicious way to create an original work of art! 

Artist Othman Toma claims to paint mini masterpieces with different flavors of ice cream and popsicles, but there has been a bit of controversy surrounding Othman's works on Reddit, and not just because his artwork has started to attract ants.

Redditors claim the Iraqi artist couldn't possibly get such bright, clear colors by using ice cream, but who doesn't like a bit of mystery with their artwork?

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All-Bacon Restaurant in Montreal

Montreal will soon have a restaurant and bar that serves bacon food and bacon drinks in a bacon atmosphere. Anthoni Jodoin figured everyone would like a butcher shop-inspired eatery with plenty of bacon on the menu, and so he presents Bar Brutus, featuring bacon sandwiches, bacon hot dogs, bacon martinis, bacon vodka, bacon-wrapped everything else, and yes, even bacon poutine! Their Facebook page is in French, but it has plenty of pictures. Newsweek profiled the business, and says,

The restaurant will put a twist on beloved snacks and comfort food, including the very special 100 percent–bacon hot dogs, which Jodoin thinks are the tastiest item on the menu. In case you were worried about not being able to clog your arteries and get drunk at the same time on food, Bar Brutus has you covered with the Jagerpoutine—french fries topped with cheese, bacon and caramelized onions drizzled with a Jagermeister gravy.

Bar Brutus will be open as soon as it receives it liquor license. Meanwhile, we can dream. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Mom Creates Bento Boxes Representing Each Prefecture In Japan

It must be hard for young Japanese students to keep track of every single prefecture in Japan, since there are 47 in all, but one mom came up with a really fun way for her kids to keep track of them all while eating their lunch.

Twitter user Sasariri created these really cute bento box lunches featuring a map of the prefecture cut out of seaweed, and some include food products shaped like items associated with the region, like the carp-shaped windsocks of Kyoto or the Tokyo Tower.

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Chocolate and Lime Flavors: Toothpaste Just Jumped The Shark

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Toothpaste has always served one major purpose. To get your teeth clean. But over time, toothpaste companies have often tried odd ways to bring in new clients by offering up strange alternatives. Like this color changing toothpaste, for example. But I will go on record to say that I think maybe, just maybe, Crest just jumped the toothpaste shark. A quick glance at the above photo will tell you all you need to know.

Apparently, Crest thinks we need to be more "adventurous, inspired, and dynamic, and they think we are going to be able to achieve that by indulging in, what sound to be, terribly flavored toothpaste varieties. When your toothpaste is bottle is telling you that you need to be more adventurous, and proceeds to pour a minty chocolate paste onto your brush, something is wrong. If you need to be more adventurous, maybe just go for a nice hike?

They are also offering vanilla mint (which truthfully, doesn't sound that awful) and a lime mint combo that sounds like something out of my foodie nightmares. We give Crest points for being brave, but this feels like jumping the shark to me, and I didn't even think toothpaste could do that.

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A Day in the Life of a Pizza Tool

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This guy put a GoPro camera on his pizza tongs while he worked at a pizza parlor. What you’ll see is pizza after pizza coming out of the over all hot and tasty. It’s downright mesmerizing, and you’ll find yourself checking out the various ingredients and starting to crave a slice or two yourself. Oh look! That one has shrimp on it! There are some toippings I can't quite figure out, but they're most likely delicious anyway. Someone in the comments suggested that he next put the camera on the pizza slicer, but I would imagine that would be quite dizzying. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Japan McDonalds Now Carries Couple-Sized Jumbo Sodas (Because Japan)

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It seems the sizes of soda cups in certain fast food chains has grown from cup sized single servings to barrells that a small army could live off of for three weeks. Japanese versions of the McDonalds chain is now offering a jumbo sized coke. But there is a slight catch, as you can see from the photo above. The drink is massive, but comes with a reminder that you are either destined to die alone, or that you at least have someone with you who loves you enough to take the journey to the other side with you.

There is, after all, nothing more romantic than the person who is willing to get diabetes with/for you, is there? Also, seems a great way for the fast food chain to remind people they should not be guzzling back that much carbonated sugar water by themselves. Either that, or remind them of the constant looming shadow that is is their epic loneliness.

Either or.

(Kotaku)


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Deep Fried Tequila Shots

Amy of the food blog Oh, Bite It goes by the motto "a kitchen sink is the sign of a great day!" If you're lucky enough to attend one of her parties, you'll have a great time eating, drinking, or this case, both at the same time.

She made deep fried tequila shots by cubing pieces of angel food cake, dipping them into tequila, then deep frying the cubes until they were golden brown. To simulate the traditional salt, she dusted the shots with powdered sugar.


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I Made a Taco Pizza

Because we have been married for 10 years, she did not even look at me funny when I proposed the idea.

Perhaps my saintly wife has come to understand me. Perhaps I've worn her down. In either case, I am a lucky man.

For you see, my taco pizza made with 3 whole Taco Bell tacos required her assistance to make. She makes perfect pizza dough, so I asked her to make me a batch.

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Magic Tricks You Can Do With Eggs

Eggs are one of the most magical foods- they’re a great source of protein, totally delicious any which way they’re cooked, and they each come in their own handy hard-shelled carrying case.

People all over the world enjoy eggs, and surveys show that an inordinate amount of people still really like magic, so clearly the world needs someone to show us how to do magic with eggs.

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BuzzFeed Video has come to the rescue with this informative tutorial video that shows 4 egg tricks that may seem like pure magic, but there's no sorcery involved- just science!

-Via mental_floss


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Taiwanese Chain Restaurant Offers Toilet Themed Dining Experience

When folks are looking to have a fun time eating out they typically choose to meet up at a themed restaurant, usually something Hollywood, animal or historical era related, but a restaurant chain in Taiwan dared to be different by going full blown gross with their theme.

The chain is now called Modern Toilet, and as you can guess from their name they serve up all sorts of deliciously disgusting dishes in a dining room where guests sit on toilets, eat out of toilets, and sometimes pose for hilarious photos with the chain’s toilet mascots.

Here's what the restaurant's website has to say about this real stinker of an idea in themed dining:

We are a group of “muckrakers” following our dreams. It all started when one of us was reading the manga, Dr. Slump on the toilet – and the rest is history. In the beginning, we mainly sold ice cream – a big pile of chocolate ice cream sold in containers shaped like a squat toilet. By continuing to come up with great ideas and making improvements on old ones, we have expanded over the past few years from just ice cream into a fully-fledged theme restaurant with stores all over Taiwan.

-Via Our Awesome Planet


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Bikin' on Bacon: Behold the Bacon-Powered Motorcycle

Picture it: you're sitting on the freeway in traffic with the windows open, and the deliciously unmistakeable scent of bacon comes wafting into your car. Traffic is bumper-to-bumper, so you can't even take the nearest exit and hunt for a 24-hour diner to satisfy your increasing desire for some crispy strips. How are you going to release your bacon frustration? Easy — call the 800 number of Hormel, because it's probably their fault.

Hormel has manufactured the bike pictured above, which runs on biodiesel fuel derived from bacon grease and emits bacon-scented exhaust fumes. The bike will be featured in an upcoming documentary, Driven by Bacon, about a bacon-lovin' man who travels from Austin, Texas to San Diego, California. The doc will be presented to what is certain to be an enthusiastic crowd at the San Diego International Bacon Film Festival on August 29th. 

It might not be a Harley, but it reserves the right to be called a hog. Via Lost at E Minor. 


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Cuban Sandwich Corn Dog

Have you ever eaten a Cuban sandwich? A good Cuban is a delight! The typical ingredients are roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. Put them in a bun and mash it under a hot sandwich press. Remove it from the press before attempting to eat.

The gastronomically adventurous staff at Thrillist made this corn dog with a Cuban flair. They deep fried it because, well, everything is better deep fried.


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How to Grill Fish on Pineapple Bark

This is clever! It had never occured to me to use pineapple as a cooking tool. I should definitely try this the next time I have access to a grill.

Kristen of the food blog Make the Best of Everything sliced the bark off a pineapple, then bound it with twine around slices of mahi mahi. It takes a bit longer to cook than directly over the grill. But I suspect that it's worth it to infuse the fish with pineapple juice.

-via Messy Nessy Chic


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18 Food Monstrosities That Will Give You a Virtual Heart Attack

Pleated Jeans has rounded up 18 culinary obscenities that will kill you if you look at them directly. So, as when combating a Gorgon, use a mirror.

Pictured above is a pizza of imprecise origin, but known around the internet as a "real American pizza." Because it obviously is. Burgers, fries, and chicken nuggets are great as individual food items. So, logically, they would also be great pizza toppings.

I'll mentally stash this idea for the next time it's my turn to cook on date night with the wife.


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