England’s Edible Rum-Soaked Kraken, French Gold Cricket Chocolates, Russia’s BDSM Chupa Chups Lollipops, and Japan’s Garlic Black Beer

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.

Image credit: Thrillist
Image credit: Thrillist

Devour…the Kraken!

With the final weekend before Halloween ’13 about to begin, this first entry one seemed to arrive right on time. There can of course, be no more fitting weekend nor holiday season in which to sink your teeth into a hearty serving of mythical creature, preferably while swinging a flagon of ale back and forth as you partake in singing a pirate shanty in some forgotten language. At any rate, North Kent, England is where it’s going down, at a charming locale called The Rag Factory. Obviously, there’s a tongue planted firmly in the cheek of the person who organized the ad campaign for this team-up between the ever-talented Miss Cakehead and The Kraken brand rum, because as we all know, there’s no such thing as a kraken (they were hunted to extinction by ancient ancestors of the jackalope, as is common knowledge). The bits of the “kraken” being served up following its edible autopsy back on October 17th are actually made of white chocolate, rum cake, and other wonderful demonstrations of the deceptive nature of appearances; in this case, delicious cake that just happens to resemble remnants of a terrifying aquatic murderbeast.

Via Thrillist

Image credit: Foodbeast
Image credit: Foodbeast

Chocolates Paved With Gold (Crickets)

I get that insects are a sustainable food source destined to grow in importance as the number of sustenance seekers in a growing global population eventually outdistances the availability of resources. Really, I do. And I get that many people love chocolate like they love their children, and that eating gold-dusted things never gets old, because nothing says “Envy my luxurious lifestyle! Envy it!” like ingesting precious metal flakes along with your food. Still, these confections from chocolatier Sylvain Musquar give me pause. I wonder how much more interested I’d be in tasting the crickets and the chocolates individually. Speaking as a man who’s never tasted a cricket, I don’t think I’d want this to be my introduction to insects as food, as I’d first want to experience Jiminy’s conscience-guiding protein in all its unadorned purity. Dusting him with gold and fixing him atop a cube of French chocolate would make a wonderful second encounter, however. Might be high time I found a source of unembellished roasted crickets to try.

Via Foodbeast

Image credit: Graphic Design
Image credit: Graphic Design

BDSM Lollipops, Adult Only

Moscow-based FIRMA has introduced to the world a brand of adult-oriented lollipops to launch in Russia later this year. Coming in three flavors (Toys, Fetish, and BDSM) from candymaker Chupa Chups, the lusty lickables will be available (under the brand name “SUCKER,” which I’m having trouble interpreting in anything less than three different, and completely unrelated way) in shapes fashioned after various sex toys. I can’t help but think that depending on the success of this first wave of suggestive 18+ treats, we could all find ourselves staring down the barrel of a massive battery-operated candy boom when the product promoters turn their attention toward a SUCKER 2.0 series in the not-too-distant future.

Via Design Taxi

Image credit: RocketNews24
Image credit: RocketNews24

The Garlic Black Beer of Aomori

Aomori, Japan’s leading producer of garlic, has brought drinkers a craft beer with a flavor said to rise back up the throat after it is swallowed.  The dark-as-cola brew is also said to leave in its wake a taste sensation not unlike that which follows eating a large serving of gyoza (a style of Japanese dumplings of which I am more than casually fond.)  Crafted by Shoji Kudo, the beer counts ‘black garlic’ paste among its brewing ingredients.  The result is a beer that seems destined to inherit the full measure of either undying love or unmitigated contempt of those who dare sample it.  I like to think I know which camp I’d fall into, but until this beer it makes its way stateside, I can only speculate…and relish the continued pleasantness of my breath.

Via RocketNews24

*Mention of a product, good, or service in a Friday Fourplay posting should not be interpreted as an endorsement either from Anthony Beal or Flavorful World food and drink blog. 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 simple 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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