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.
Tricks are for Flavored Cups
Despite a deceptive premise, its purpose is noble enough: get people to drink more water, since many of us don’t drink enough of it. The Right Cup has an Indiegogo campaign going as of this writing, to get funded to produce its line of plastic tumblers infused with aromas and FDA-approved flavoring agents that evoke fruity scents and tastes. The idea is that drinking water from such a vessel will effectively tricking the drinker’s senses into thinking the water is flavored with the fruit it simulates. Available in Apple, orange, Lemon-Lime, or Mixed Berry, the product is aimed at enhancing the drinking experience without adding sugar and calories to the waters, as happens with certain flavored water products. Not a bad goal, really, and if the cup proves to be as talented at fruit impersonation as is hoped, one we can all drink to.
No, It’s Not a “Recreational Device” for Adults
The device recently added to Washington State University’s food science research team (affectionately dubbed the “Electric Tongue”) looks nothing like an actual tongue. It is however, designed to function like one, given its capacity for discerning between flavors such as salty, bitter, sweet, sour, and more. With a collaboration between a WSU research team and Washington winery Chateau Ste. Michelle marking its one of its first tests, the machine has gone on to outperform human wine tasters in some (but thankfully not all) areas related to interpreting wine nuances. Wonder which wine it has determined to pair best with the taste of awesome.
Get Your Own Piece. I’m Breaking Off Nothing!
If you owned a chocolate confectionery (assuming that you don’t), how would you celebrate serving your millionth customer? Whatever you just answered, Nestle Japan’s Kit Kat Chocolatory probably has your commemorative gesture beat. The store plans to sell 500 limited-run Kit Kats covered in edible gold leaf to celebrate their millionth patron and also the approaching new year. The candy will sell for 2,016 (get it?) yen, or about $16.00 USD. And now that the news is out there, prepare to have your hopes dashed if you reside in the U.S., as they won’t be available here. It’s okay, Japan. We’re still friends, you and I; but, I’ll admit it’s getting hard not to feel a little slighted. Just a little.
Burgers in Red Leather
Ketchup leather—sheets of dehydrated, seasoned tomato paste designed to melt onto a hot burger like cheese, thereby eliminating bun sogginess that accompanies standard ketchup—is a food innovation that causes me to raise an eyebrow for reasons having nothing to do with it as a concept. I’m just compelled to wonder what legions were clamoring for a solution to the alleged problem of too much ketchup soaking into their hamburger buns. Don’t get me wrong; this re-imagining of a beloved condiment by Chef Ernesto Uchimura of Los Angeles restaurant Plan Check is exciting. For better or worse, it sets the stage for all manner of other “leatherized” condiments to follow. But I’m having trouble seeing it as a purported solution to some kind of dilemma or as a culinary revolution, as some media suggest. But hey, prove me wrong, leathery one. I’ll happily eat crow if you do, provided I can have it with some ketchup leather.
Via Tech Insider
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