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Chips and Soda In One: Mountain Dew-Flavored Cheetos

Mountain Dew Flavored Cheetos

 

Mountain Dew goes great with Cheetos, but it doesn’t necessarily follow through that Mountain Dew-flavored Cheetos would taste good. It sounds extremely strange and unusual, but it’s an actual snack that’s available in Japan. It’s packaged in cups and were “made in cooperation with Pepsi, to ensure an authentic taste experience.”

It’s hard to imagine Cheetos not being cheesy or Mountain Dew not being fizzy–but hey, we won’t knock it until we’ve tried it.

Mountain Dew-flavored Cheetos is being sold for $3.80 a cup.

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When Two Become One: Nendo’s Double Helix Chopsticks

2-In-1 Double Helix Chopsticks

For someone who hasn’t gotten the hang of using chopsticks yet, these 2-in-1 Double Helix chopsticks sure look complicated. But don’t be deceived by the twisted end, because it won’t affect how you’re supposed to use them at all. In fact, you’ll be able to use them like regular old chopsticks, because you won’t be holding the helix portion while you use them to pick up your food.

Designed by Nendo, the Double Helix chopsticks solve the first-world problem of storing chopsticks. The helix allows each of the sticks to fit perfectly with the other, decreasing the chance of losing one of sticks when you’re carrying them around.

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CES 2014: Eye Candy? ChefJet 3D Prints 3D Confectionery

ChefJet

3D printing has come a long way since its advent. Food printers are something that a lot of people have been working on (given the high demand and interest in these devices), as are candy printers. For the latter, 3D Systems is all too happy to introduce the ChefJet Pro, which they unveiled at CES 2014.

Two different models were announced: the ChefJet Pro (under $10,000), which will be able to print colorful 3D confectionery, and the ChefJet 3D (under $5,000), which can only print monochrome treats.

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Easy-to-Make Foods Made Easier: Food Blue Print Place Mats

Food Blue Print Place Mats

If you’ve always wanted to be an engineer but didn’t have the brains or the aptitude for math and technical stuff, then here’s your chance to become an engineer of a different sort: a food engineer. You really won’t get a license from this or anything, but you will get a quick tutorial on how to make a bunch of tried-and-tested treats and popular dishes that will make people come back for more.

You won’t need books and you don’t need to sign up for any classes. In fact, all you need are these quirky Food Blue Print Place Mats and you’ll be able to whip up people’s most requested dishes in no time, starting with PB&J and s’mores. (Yeah, you’d be surprised at how a lot of people actually don’t know how to make some of this stuff.)

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Spice Up Your Holidays: Sriracha-Twisted Candy Cane Cookies

Sriracha-Twisted Candy Cane Cookies

Some people like it hot. Not hot as in piping hot, but hot as in spicy, Sriracha hot. That might be fine for a bunch of food and drinks, including popcorn and candy canes, but what about Christmas cookies? You’ll have to be the judge of that by baking your own batch of these sweet and spicy candy cane cookies.

The white part is plain sugar cookie dough, while the red bit is the red spiced dough where the sweet peppermint in traditional recipes is replaced with Sriracha instead. The result is something that you’ve probably never tried before.

You can find the recipe here.

VIA [ Food Beast ]

TellSpec Is A Real-Life Tricorder For Your Food

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Imagine being able to point a device at a piece of food and having it tell you exactly what ingredients and chemicals are in it. Well, that’s exactly what the TellSpec claims to be able to do.

The device utilizes a small Raman spectrometer, a unique cloud-based algorithm and a simple smartphone app. Scanning a food item on the plate or in a shopping aisle is as simple as aiming TellSpec at it and pushing a button. It beams a low-powered laser at the item and analyzes the reflected light waves to identify the chemical makeup of the food.

The team behind the TellSpec analyzed 3,000 different foods and created an expansive database based on the spectrographic signature of those foods. Technically, it’s also able to analyze foods that aren’t in this database, with a claimed 97.7% accuracy. However, there are limitations. It’ll scan the surface of foods, but anything buried beneath an opaque layer won’t register, for instance; it’ll tell you what’s in the Twinkie dough, but stay mum on its delicious filling. The team is also hoping to expand on the database by allowing end users to add to it.

TellSpec will set you back $320 with a pledge to their fully-funded IndoeGogo, with shipping slated for August 2014.

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Meaty Holidays: Santa Claus Meatloaf

Santa Claus Meatloaf

The holidays are in full swing! The tree is up, the presents are wrapped and piled neatly underneath, and everyone’s heading over to grandma’s to meet, catch up, and present some random relatives with some ugly Christmas sweaters. Then there’s that one relative who comes to the party with some creative-but-creepy-looking Santa Claus meatloaf.

If someone actually does show up with something that at least resembles the one pictured here, then you’ll know where they got the idea from: Chef Charles Phoenix.

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Check Out This Fancy $500 Ready-to-Eat Dinner

Expensive TV Dinner

TV dinners often look crappier in real life than what’s being advertised on the box. If you think about it, you shouldn’t really expect a completely satisfying and wholesome meal out of the box, since it did come frozen and is ready-to-eat after nuking it for a couple of minutes.

Redefining ready-made dinners  is Chef Charlie Bigham and his extremely fancy dinner creation that will please even the pickiest of people. It’s being dubbed as the fanciest, most luxurious TV dinner that money can buy. For starters, there’s the amuse-bouche of Beluga caviar. The main course of lobster, wild turbot, fresh diver-caught scallops, smoked salmon and oysters that are poached in Dom Perignon champagne sauce follows. If that’s not enough, there’s also fresh white Alba truffle with creamy mashed Yukon Gold heritage potatoes on the side and a 24-carat gold leaf crumb to complete the meal.

The entire dinner costs £314.16 (about $500) and was available starting last December 4th.

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Bah, Humbug! Candy Cane: No Flavor, No Stripes, No Christmas Spirit

Bah Humbug Candy Cane

Not feeling the Christmas spirit? Bogged down with so much work that you feel like being a Scrooge this year? You don’t have to give up your love for candy canes even though you might not be feeling the holiday cheer. If the usual red and green stripes are rubbing you off the wrong way, then you can simply go for the Bah, Humbug! Candy Cane. It’s got no flavor (no peppermint, just plain candy!), no stripes (you can’t go wrong with pure white), and no Christmas spirit (I’m not sure this is a good thing, but if you aren’t feeling it, then why force it?)

It’s the kind of thing that goes perfectly hand-in-hand with the Gift of Nothing. The Bag! Humbug Candy Cane is available online for $5.99.

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