McDonald’s Japan’s Choco-Fries, A Cadbury Creme Egg Cafe, Bone Broth K-Cups, and an Animated Chef Cooks For You

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: McDonald'
Image: McDonald’

When I Say “McChoco”, You Say “Potato”

Starting this January 26th, McDonald’s  restaurants throughout Japan will begin a limited-run on selling French Fries drizzled with chocolate sauces. Sweet and salty as me, this get-it-while-it-lasts menu item breathes new life into classic french fries, aided by the flavors of cacao and white milk chocolate. Because french fries and chocolate are both delicious in their own right, and because their combined might stands only to be even more so, this seems like a good train to get on. Better hop aboard while you can, as they’re only slated to hang around until mid-February (though one hopes they wouldn’t depart before Valentine’s Day, since I have to think chocolate-drizzled french fries beat hell out of your typical heart-shaped box of mystery candies as far as romantic gift-giving goes.)

Via McDonald’

Image: Cadbury
Image: Cadbury

The Cafe You Never Knew You Wanted or Needed

Let me hear from you if I’m not alone on this, but I’ve always had something of a love-hate relationship with Cadbury Creme Eggs. I wouldn’t go so far as to call them unpleasant-tasting. I think they’re good. Sweet. Creamy. But I don’t think I’ve ever finished one, because their filling is just so, so, SO very sugary that my taste buds tend to tap out early. A single bite of one is sufficient to sustain me all year. For those with warrior tongues through which the blood of tigers run, however, London has opened a restaurant devoted to celebrating the classic treats by serving only dishes made using them. Opened today, the Crème de la Crème Egg Café will serve up toasties, tray bakes, S’mores, and more, its every menu offering made with Cadbury Creme Eggs. Every single one. And however you feel about that, you’re right.


Image: LonoLife
Image: LonoLife

Paleo Up That K-Cup, Son!

Like any good food trend, bone broth has had its share of unsolicited opinions lobbed at it. From skepticism over its vaunted health merits to complaints that in its relatively brief moment in the sun, it has already reached a point of oversaturation in the hearts and minds of the general populace. I don’t know whether the fact that it can now be purchased in K-Cup form for brewing via Keurig machine will do much to counter that argument. But at least the pods used by company LonoLife (which markets its Paleo bone broth K-Cups in Chicken or Beef varieties) are made of 100% recyclable materials. That’s worth raising a cup, no?



Le Petit Chef, Le Grand Idée

Antoon Verbeeck and Filip Sterckx are the brains behind the artistic collective called Skullmapping. The video above illustrates just how good they are at what they do. Here they use their considerable prowess at 3D projection mapping techniques to tantalize the eyes and stomach alike, treating diners to a tabletop performance in the form of a tiny animated chef that cooks meals right on their plates. You have to hand it to the little fellow as he hustles steak and veggies larger than himself onto a grill, or risks life and limb in his effort to pull off the perfect bouillabaisse while beset on all sides by angry sea creatures. Soon after the animation ends, servers arrive to present the meal “prepared by” the tiny chef. One can only imagine that few diners ever leave any food behind, since knowing my chef might have sustained grievous bodily injury in pursuit of my meal would certainly incite me to clean my plate. [Video courtesy of Skullmapping on Vimeo]

Via Mental Floss

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