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.
Taco Bell’s Makin’ It Happ’n, Cap’n
We’ll soon have Taco bell to thank for encouraging us all to get more childhood cereal into our diet. Still in the testing phase, but seeming destined to be filling and thrilling hungry stomachs nationwide before long, is its Cap’n Crunch Delights dessert line. Doughnuts holes that get coated with crushed Cap’n Crunch cereal would sound good enough to many people like myself, but these also get filled with cream tasting of sweetened cereal milk. Just when we thought that neither sugary breakfast cereal nor doughnuts could be further improved upon, we get this. If pressed to condense my feelings of cautious anticipation into a single word, I would simply say, “Sweet.”
Via Grub Street
Have your Cup and Eat it Too
A steaming hot cup of coffee can be a delight that is at once doubled anytime one enjoys said beverage with a tasty cookie. In the UK later this year, KFC will roll out coffee (not just any coffee, but Seattle’s Best, no less!) sold in edible cookie cups. Not only do these cups, likely to be in stores by summertime, give every outward appearance of a standard drinking vessel thanks to logo-branded sugar paper wrapping their outer surfaces, but they are lined inside with a layer of white chocolate. Infused, for good measure, with aromatics like “Coconut Sun Cream, Freshly Cut Grass, and Wild Flowers” (to evoke pleasant warm weather sensory associations as one sips), these cups are the child of a partnership between KFC and food scientists at the UK’s The Robin Collective. While I do hope that these perform well enough abroad to make their way stateside, I must confess to simply being happy that KFC seems to have taken at least a short breather from sandwiching existing food items between pieces of fried chicken.
Break Me Off a Piece of..Wh-What? It’s What Flavor?
When the newest location of the specialty store chain known as the Kit Kat Chocolatory opens in Sapporo, Hokkaido in Japan, it will carry new butter-flavored Kit Kats. It’s an idea that sounds a lot less odd when you consider that a large number of Japan’s dairies are located on Hokkaido and that the popularity of past limited-edition Kit Kat flavors has been driven in large part by drawing on local culinary traditions. Perhaps with the advent of the Chocolatory Special Butter Flavor Kit Kat when the store opens on March 7, we will see the tiresome jocular phrase “Just call me butter, ‘cause I’m on a roll!” replaced for good with “Just call me butter, ‘cause I’m a Kit Kat flavor!”
Wood You Hold My Beer?
Copenhagen-based beer giant Carlsberg is planning a green initiative that will see its popular brews sold in bottles made of wood. These would mark the world’s first 100% biodegradable wood-fiber beverage bottles (even the bottle caps would biodegradable), as well as an exciting step forward in environmentally conscious packaging. Time will tell how easy it is being green, but losing that satisfying clinking sound made when one beer bottle strikes another seems like a small price to pay for such an investment in our planet’s future.
Via Food Republic