Milk Vodka, Kit Kat Sushi, Ben & Jerry’s Pint Slices, and a U.S. Guinness Brewery

Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.

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And on This Farm They Had Some Vodka

Science is a wonderful thing. The milk of a herd of grass-fed English cows is being made into vodka by a sixth-generation dairy farmer and experimentation-loving distiller named Jason Barber. The Black Cow “pure milk vodka” label that Barber co-founded with Paul Archard released its first batch back in 2012. By separating the milk into curds and whey (with the former used to make cheeses), the duo utilized a particular yeast strain to convert lactose in the whey into milk beer which then gets processed into vodka. Said to display smooth character that finishes creamy, the unique spirit has taken home a number of awards, no doubt included among them being one for “most interesting thing to happen to milk since Hostess debuted a line of ice cream treats”.

Via NPR The Salt

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They’re Giving Us a Break

On February 2nd, a Kit Kat Choclatory shop in Ginza, Tokyo started selling “sushi” made with Kit Kat candy bars.

These get-’em-before-they’re-gone creations are going for 3,000 yen (about $26.00 USD) and as it seems to go with life’s most delicious things, are a limited-run deal. Each article is made by swapping out steamed, vinegared white rice for puffed rice coated in white chocolate, which gets topped with miniature Kit Kats and in some cases, wrapped with nori. As for the Kit Kats themselves, this is Japan we’re talking about after all, so they go beyond the standard milk chocolate, instead serving up a colorful palette of flavors like pumpkin pudding and Hokkaido melon among others.

Via That’s Nerdalicious

A Li’l Slice of Cold, Cold Heaven

Ben & Jerry’s just keeps raising the ice cream bar. For all those times when the labor involved in scooping your ice cream out of a pint-sized container and into a dish was just a bridge too far, they’ve sliced your regular pint of dreaminess into discs suitable for consuming on-the-go without the need for a spoon. Naturally, these contain all the usual cake and candy bits and elegant confectionery ribbons you’ve come to expect of the brand, and naturally they’re drenched in a delicious chocolate coating as well. Because Ben & Jerry’s got sliced ice cream class and they’ve got sliced ice cream style. [Video courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s YouTube channel.]

Via FWx


Time to Wield a New Brewery

Guinness is set to open its first new brewery in the United States in over six decades.

Spring 2017 will see the construction of the new middle-sized facility, which it is hoped will be up and running no later than this Fall (just in time for the bicentennial anniversary of the Ireland-based brewer’s first exports to the United States). While Guinness’ stouts will continue to be produced on the Emerald Isle, the new brewery—visits to which will come complete with a “Guinness visitor experience”—will craft beers with a U.S. market in mind, from its home in Baltimore County, Maryland. We’ll be sure to say “Cheers” when it arrives.

Via Foodbeast

*Mention of a product, good, or service in a Friday Fourplay posting does not constitute and should not be interpreted as an endorsement either from Anthony Beal or Flavorful World LLC. Vendors are not notified ahead of time that their products/services will be featured, thus Flavorful World will at the time of posting have had no related interactions with said vendors or any sample of their products/services by which to judge them. As such, we have no idea what these vendors are like to work with, or about the quality of their merchandise and are unqualified to vouch for them as reputable. Our Friday Fourplay lists are posted in the spirit of our having come across something that looks and sounds engaging, and thinking that perhaps our readers will think so too; no more, no less. With that in mind, patronize these establishments and vendors at your own risk.

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