The World’s Hottest Chip, Sweet Bacon Beats, China’s Space Grapes, and Pumpkin Spice Fries

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: Paqui Chips
Image: Paqui Chips

Go Ahead and Fear This Reaper

Though the reaper that Blue Oyster Cult sang about never gets a qualifier in his (or her, ‘cause it’s 2016!) name, we’re pretty sure the Carolina Reaper ain’t the one. It’s known as the world’s hottest chile pepper, and you may recognize its work from cartoons of yore in which characters are depicted turning incandescent red from head to toe or just straight up bursting into flames after putting something to eat or drink into their mouths that was too hot. Because testing the limits of our palates is always a good time, chip company Paqui has released a tortilla chip (yes, “chip” singular, since they’re sold individually) flavored with the hotter-than-hell peppers, and the effect of said scorchers on the unprepared has been videocaptured for posterity here. Why the ladies needed to be wearing sport bras for the segment is beyond me, but, hey, a video director I am not.

Via Mashable

Image: Pixabay
Image: Pixabay

Bacon Beautiful Music

We’ve all hear the immortal question asked: “Oh, bacon…what can’t you do?”

Well, Comedian Reggie Watts has gone ahead and added yet another entry to the list of things that bacon can do. Using strips of Hormel Double-Smoked Black Label bacon, he’s constructed an impressive musical work from the sound of the pig strips cooking. Apart from the bit of spoken-word stuff added, the beat is composed nearly exclusively of the sizzling, crackling sound of everyone’s favorite meat candy crisping up in a hot skillet, mixed with the tapping and scraping of the spatula used to turn the stuff. It’s worth a listen, with the caveat that there’s a good chance you’ll come away hungry.

Via Foodbeast

Image: Pixabay
Image: Pixabay

Rocket Vines

China just shot grape vines into space.

“What’d they do that for?” you ask? Why, in hopes of unlocking mutant abilities in the grape vines, natch.

Yes, I’m serious. Why do you have that look on your face?

Growing grape vines in space, it is hoped, could trigger mutations in the vines that could aid them in adapting to some of China’s harsher climates. It’s no secret that China has been gaining ground in the winemaking game for quite a while now, but some of its vineyard areas have proven less-than-hospitable in terms of sustaining grape growth. This recent mission to the stars is exploring new avenues to producing excellent wines, and endeavor that I can’t help but applaud. Whether these Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauuvignon vines will boldly go to newfound viticultural horizons remains to be seen, but good on China for shooting for the moon.

Via The Guardian

Image: McDonald's Japan / Twitter
Image: McDonald’s Japan / Twitter

‘Cause Why Not, That’s Why?!

From September 28th through October 31st, McDonald’s Japan patrons can chow down on French fries drizzled with Pumpkin-Choco Sauce. I think we all saw this coming, did we not? I’m withholding judgment on whether this is a good or bad thing for potatoes, French fries, chocolate, or pumpkins, since I’ll not have the opportunity to try them. What I will say, is that it’s a pretty enough dish (though visual appeal can only carry certain foods about so far). The proof will present itself soon enough once the product hits the market. I for one, can’t wait to hear what the public thinks of them, so if you’re among the fortunate ones who get to taste these, please tell us about your experience!

Via International Business News

[Top image: McDonald’s Japan / Twitter]

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