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Tag Archives: Food

KFC Makes Nail Polish That Tastes Like Chicken

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Their slogan is “Finger Lickin’ Good”, so it sort of makes sense, doesn’t it? See, as part of a promotional effort in Hong Kong, the local KFC office has apparently created nail polish that looks just like regular nail color, but happens to taste of delicious fried chicken. That way, well, you can spend your days looking entirely normal with your fingers in your mouth. They come in two flavours: Hot & Spicy, and Original Recipe. They were conceived and developed by McCormick, the spice company behind KFC’s secret spice and herb mix, and are allegedly completely safe to consume. The polishes are not being mass produced yet; the company is showing early prototypes off in promotional pics and asking fans to vote on which flavour they’d actually like to see being made. Whether it does ever make it into the wild, let alone stateside, is anyone’s guess.

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The Flatev Is Like A Keurig For Tortillas

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Keurig is probably having a fit at its brand name being used this way, but perhaps they should be happy that they’re now so closely associated with pod-based single-serve appliances. In this case however you won’t be brewing yourself a steaming mug of Joe, but a crispy tortilla instead. The Flatev uses pods, much like the Keurig, only these ones are filled with all the ingredients necessary to make a tasty, fresh tortilla at home. Pick your dough, and your crispiness level, press a button, and sit back as the machine does the rest. To get your own, you’ll have to pledge at least $239, but you get a batch of 48 pods to start with. We don’t know how much each pod will set you back but it’s not like this is meant to be the most cost-efficient cooking method.

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Otto’s Over-Fired Broiler Gets Up To 970C/1700F To Cook The Perfect Steak

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Did you know that a lot of fancy steak houses cook their meats by broiling them? Yeah, it’s not just by dropping a good cut on a hot grill that you can cook up a steak; given the right temperatures, infrared radiation will get there faster, and possibly better. Otto’s Over-Fired Broiler uses two separately adjustable infrared gas units that reach their 970?C/1700?F operating temperature within 3 minutes. You then just have to place your steaks inside and broil them one minute per side to create a delicious crust that locks the juices in, while the interior remains moist and tender. The size of the grid accommodates even the largest slabs, ensuring even Texas-sized portions get cooked to perfection. It’ll cost you €590 or about $665USD to own, and if you live stateside, you’ll have to wait until October 2016 to get it.

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Can’t Eat Too Much Salt? This Fork Will Zap Your Tongue With Electricity To Simulate It

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Ever stick your tongue on a battery to see if it’s still got juice? Yeah, we all do. So you probably know that the tiny electric current it generates sort of tastes salty. Well, the Electric Flavouring Fork pictured above uses that principle to simulate the effects of salt, for those who are on low sodium diets. It’s being developed by Hiromi Nakamura at Rekimoto Lab, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, at the University of Tokyo.

The handle of the fork incorporates a rechargeable battery and electric circuit. When the user inserts the head of the fork into the mouth with food while pressing a button on the handle, a certain level of electric current is applied to the tongue. The degree of saltiness differs depending on eating habits, age, etc. This time, three current levels were available. The prototype costed ¥2,000 (approx US$17.7) in addition to the cost of a fork.

So clearly this is not a product you can buy just yet, but it’s interesting to see it’s something being worked on. You’ll have to forgive us for not getting too excited though; we won’t rest until someone invents a fork that makes broccoli taste like fries.

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Next Job On The Chopping Block: Pizza Delivery Guy. Dominos Is Testing A Pizza Delivery Bot

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There’s a lot of chatter these days about robotization, automation, and the impact it’s going to have on our lives. The reality is, it already has a huge impact, and it’s going to grow. Dominos Australia is testing the DRU, Domino’s Robotic Unit. It’s an automated delivery bot that can roam the streets all by itself, and bring you your order with no human intervention. To avoid hungry hoodlums stealing your food in transit, the compartment can only be unlocked with a smartphone app or a special code you’re given when you place your order. The company already tested the bot with a few customers in one neighbourhood, and everything went well. Don’t expect to see this at your door tomorrow though, since there are a host of regulatory requirements to meet before a fleet can be expanded beyond the prototype shown above. Still, it’s just a matter of time.

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Pyro Pop Popcorn Will Burn Your Tastebuds

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Spicy food fiends will look for every opportunity to crank the heat level up. These guys will be stoked to find out about Pyro Pop Popcorn, which are cooked in chili-infused peanut oil. This way the heat isn’t just sprinkled on top, but baked right in. And we’re not talking just a little spicy; they mildest version they have cranks the power up to 100,000–350,000 on the Scoville Scale. They come in three flavours (Red White and Bleu, Salt & Vinegar, and Cheddar Dill) and cost $5 for a 1.6oz. bag.

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The Edible Spoon Maker Makes Edible Spoons

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We’re not sure why anyone would spend money on a machine that makes edible spoons, except for maybe the sheer novelty of it, or an extreme reluctance to wash your utensils. Whatever the case, it seems that such a device is in the making. It uses typical pre-made dough, from the likes of Pillsbury or Pepperidge Farms, and will output a crispy spoon in as little as three minutes. The spoon-shaped surface is non-stick of course, and it’s in every other way like a panini maker. We don’t know how much it’ll cost or even when it’ll be available, but you can sign up on their website to be notified of when it’s closer to launch.

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Make Your Own Popsicles at Home With The FRIOPOP Bags

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Stick it to the man, and make your own damn popsicles at home. Why settle for highly sugary, artificially flavoured candy when you can cool off from the summertime heat with your own, made-at-home popsicles? The FRIOPOP bags are just, well… popsicle-shaped plastic bags that you can fill up with whatever tasty concoction you want. After a couple hours in the freezer, just unwrap and enjoy. They come in one size, 8oz., but if you want smaller ones, just, you know, fill them up less. And of course, you wouldn’t expect this stuff to be expensive, and you’d be right. It’s $7 for 100.

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Darth Vader Toothpick Dispenser

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Ok… we said we would stop talking about Star Wars stuff. We know. But how can you resist a Darth Vader toothpick dispenser? The toothpicks stealthily hide in his cape, and every time you need a new one you depress a lever at the back, his outstretched hands reaches in there and returns to the initial position with a new ‘Lightsaber’. It’s a novelty item, sure… but it’s Darth Vader handing out toothpicks, so there’s something a little amusing to see such a powerful character stuck with such a mundane task. It’s $34.95 on pre-order.

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