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.
Craft Beer Jelly Beans
Jelly Belly is perhaps unequaled when it comes to creating unorthodox jelly bean flavors. Its history of nailing taste elements with precision must be what drove its latest unveiling: a jelly bean that tastes like craft beer. So exacting was Jelly Belly in duplicating the experience of enjoying the alcoholic beverage, that the candy is said to actually smell like sour mash. The smell of fermentation proved a poor deterrent to customers, however. The first release of the beer-flavored beans sold out in a single day.
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This past New Year’s Eve, Londoners Sam Bompas and Harry Parr treated a crowd of British celebrants to a fireworks display that in addition to dazzling the eyes, also smelled and tasted like fruit. These “multi-sensory” fireworks are the latest creation of these two food artists, and were created by coordinating blasts of mist bearing strawberry, banana, and cherry flavors with the fireworks bursts. To round out this world-first illusion of ingesting colorful incendiary displays, the duo also covered the masses in banana confetti, and employed peach-flavored snow and bubbles filled with orange-flavored smoke.
Mitchell Strahan and his mother want all of us to use protection when we have our fun (with wine). They are the creators of the Wine Condom, a product for which they’ve created a Kickstarter campaign. Made of 100% rubber, the wine condom is intended to function as an alternative bottle stopper to cork. Said to work just as well on beer and soda bottles, they are disposable after one or two usages.
America’s First Cat Café
KitTea, scheduled to open in San Francisco in late Spring, will be the first of its kind in the United States: a café described by its owners as being “part ‘gourmet tea house’ and part ‘cat and human oasis.”’ Feline cafes (not to mention owl cafes, rabbit cafes, and more) are already popular in Japan and other parts of the world. Can’t wait to see how they’re received here in the states.