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.
Chocolate and caramel have always made tasty bedfellows. That much was evident long before the Twix candy bar existed. But now that the two tastes are available in spreadable form, it’s been reaffirmed. Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats has created two forms of the Twix Spread that it’s currently marketing in England only! (Oh why, great and powerful Mars, why? Hath we displeased thee?) Just the latest in a an ongoing line of candy-inspired spreads and sauces over there, Twix features chocolate spread swirled through with caramel and crunchy cookie (biscuit, if you’re reading this from the U.K.) pieces. Glad I’m not in Nutella’s shoes right now, ’cause I think it’s about to be on. There can be only one…
Finally Something I Want to Happen On my Watch
A wristwatch has been created that can house a tiny little bento meal. No, it’s neither gone into mass production, nor is it for sale to the average consumer as of this writing. But the prototype, created with help from a master timepiece crafter to build it, a plastic surgeon to cut the vegetables, a respected chef to cook the meal, and a diorama expert to layer the cooked items into the watch’s housing, is a fascinating concept. Brainchild of Kyoto-based Takii Seeds, it also features pop-out chopsticks and measures just a scant 30 millimeters. I suppose if I can’t have a wristwatch that summons Superman to help me out of danger, this bento watch just might be the next coolest thing.
Fried Chicken Ice Cream
The word “Karaage” refers to a of Japanese fried chicken. It’s delicious enough to have inspired a festival devoted to it, as one’s going down next month in Fukuoka prefecture, located on Japan’s southwesternmost island of Kyushu. Among the array of highly interpretive foods and dishes to feature the salty snack will be Karaage Ice Cream. It remains to be seen whether attendees of the event happening April 2-3 will witness the advent of a new era of meat-flavored frozen dairy treats, or merely a one-off created out of sheer curiosity. And while the phrase “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should” springs to mind in terms of the places we often take our food, I don’t mind admitting that the curiosity is infectious.
The Colonel Travels to the “Roof of the World”
A new KFC has opened this week in Lhasa, Tibet. Despite thousands of KFC restaurants already located throughout China, it is Tibet’s first of its kind, and was received with as much fanfare and throngs of eager eaters as one would suspect, given how delicious fried chicken is. This isn’t to suggest that the project to bring KFC to Lhasa was not met with protests over sticking points from the cruel treatment of chickens raised to be food, to protecting Tibetan cultures. But for the most part, the new restaurant seems to be a pretty welcome presence (judging by the opinions expressed by the humans, at least. I was unable to reach any area chickens for comment.)
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