Okinawan Salted Vanilla Ice Cream, Exploding Anti-Theft Beer Glass Security, Singapore’s Got Durian Wine, and London’s Lobster Corn Dogs

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.

Photo credit: Morinaga Milk News Release
Photo credit: Morinaga Milk News Release

Okinawan Salted Vanilla Ice Cream

Japanese dairy producer Morinaga Milk Industry Co. Limited has released a new soft serve vanilla ice cream that counts yuki-shio (“snow salt”) among its ingredients.  Derived from the rapid evaporation of underground seawater, the powdery additive is calcium- and magnesium-rich, with a mild flavor.  The product will only be available for a limited time, though, so parties seeking a tasty way to simultaneously beat the summer heat and restore precious minerals had better get it while it’s cold.

Via RocketNews24

Photo credit: Devour
Photo credit: Devour

Exploding Anti-Theft Beer Glass Devices

Cider maestro Kopparberg is determined to guard its logo-emblazoned drinkware at your local pub. Its pint glasses come equipped with custom security devices that explode ink all over any drinker carrying one more than 100 meters from the bar. Taking mild inebriation and plain old absent-mindedness into account, this seems to extend beyond proportionate response to the potential danger of people consciously stealing glasses (though what do I know? Perhaps I’d feel differently if I entertained more often.)  Regardless, I have not recently come across a surer implied threat to stave off acts of theft.  Hopefully, it won’t deter return customers as well.

Via Devour

Photo credit: TheDrinksBusiness.com
Photo credit: TheDrinksBusiness.com

Singapore’s Durian Wine

Said to have a “rich, creamy color” and “buttery” flavor notes, the first wine made from the durian fruit has been created in Singapore. Durian, for those not in the know, is a large, spiky fruit that when sliced open, releases an odor so offensive that it is known to have been banned from being brought into various hotels or onto transportation modes throughout Southeastern Asia. The wine, created by doctoral students Christine Lee and Fransisca Taniasuri at the National University of Singapore, is made of 100% durian, and was engineered as part of a three-year research project.

Via TheDrinksBusiness.com

Photo credit: Thrillist
Photo credit: Thrillist

Lobster Corn Dogs in Mayfair, London

Kudos to the kitchenmaster at Polynesian cuisine mecca Mahiki.  The lobster corn dogs that recently joined the menu at its Rock Lobsta bar are no limited-time availability; those darlings are there to stay. And all of us are luckier for it.

Via Thrillist

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