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.
Queso Sera Sera
Selecta brand ice cream found in the Philippines has some wonderful flavors in its repertoire. Among them is one that for all my food adventuring, I had not seen before: cheese. Selecta Quezo Real is a bright orange-colored ice cream infused with bits of real cheese and said to embody a sweet-savory flavor profile that while generally better received by first-time tasters than they expected, remains something of an acquired taste. I believe it. But I’d still give it a go, if only in appreciation for them using real cheese and none of the dreaded “pasteurized cheese food product” I see encroaching on more and more of my local market’s cheese aisle.
What the World Needs Now is…Literally Anything Else
I want this to be a joke. I still hope it might turn out to be one.
The passing of each new day seems to find fewer people capable of blowing their noses without sharing photos of it on social media. As a result—or at least a by-product—of that obsession, we now have the Selfie Spoon. Or perhaps more accurately, because the makers of Cinnamon Toast Crunch have sense of humor that is as unspeakably cruel as it is marketing genius, we now have the Selfie Spoon. Either way, news has been making the rounds this week about the cereal brand bestowing a 30-plus-inch extendable pole with a spoon at one end upon the masses. I’m not sure what to feel sadder about: the fact that this item got invented in the first place, or that the things are, as of this writing, completely sold-out. Personally, I wouldn’t touch this with a ten foot spoon, but maybe I’m just getting crotchety in middle age, as there’s obviously—for better or worse—a market for things like this. [Video courtesy of Cinnamon Toast Crunch YouTube channel]
Yes, This Will Do Just Fine
Topping the list I just started of awesome things you can buy for 170 yen in Japan are these croissants that Japanese cafe chain Pronto is laying down. The good news is that they’re stuffed with Kit Kat candy bars. The better news is that the Kit Kat Croissants are available in matcha green tea flavor as well as traditional chocolate. Word has it that they’re especially good warmed, as I’ve found most croissants to be. The still better news is that so far, there doesn’t seem to be any mention of these being a limited-time deal, so as of this writing, I’m feeling cautiously optimistic that they’ll be sticking around for a while.
They Don’t Wobble and They Don’t Fall Down
A line of drinkware finally exists for the less graceful among us (and having shattered my share of barware, I must count myself in that number). Mighty Mug Barware is designed to resist being spilled or knocked over in a way that’s pretty ingenious: When set down,each glass vacuum-seals to the surface it is placed upon however lifting it straight up releases that seal. As one might imagine, the company has exceeded its $5,000 Kickstarter goal more than 4 times over as of this writing. A $30 pledge is enough to score you a set of two, so this could be a good train to get on if like a certain handsome and much-loved drinker who shall remain nameless, you no longer have any matching barware.