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Take Back The Picnic: Edible Ants

Giant Toasted Leafcutter Ants from ThinkGeek

Want a real way to keep ants away from your picnic? Eat them. No, not those tiny little walking black dots that get lost in the folds of the picnic blanket. To truly get their attention, you need to gobble up their leaders like you’re Andrew Zimmern. These Giant Toasted Leafcutter Ants from ThinkGeek are just the thing. Real, edible ants, toasted just for you and put in a jar—just like any other snack. Each ant measures about an inch long and are said to have a nutty, bacon-like taste—a perfect compliment for the cold fried chicken and potato salad.

January 21, 2011   No Comments

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Go Mini At CES

In one of the most unexpected launches at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Reese’s® brand, makers of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, today, unveiled the latest mini-innovation in candy snacks – Reese’s Minis. Billed as the “Next Big, Little Thing™,” Reese’s Minis are making history as the smallest Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ever, and the first snacking candy to be introduced at CES. In fact, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is The Official Candy of the Consumer Electronics Show.

It might not be the biggest news out of CES 2011, but it could be the littlest. Well, the most edible at least. Taking advantage of the electronics show to announce a new miniature product may be commonplace, but The Hershey Company usually isn’t involved. However, when the announcement is regarding Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, they get the benefit of the doubt.

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January 7, 2011   2 Comments

‘Drinkify’ To Your Heath With Tropicana Tropolis

PepsiCo's Tropicana Tropolis is set to  'snackify' beverages and 'drinkify' snacks.

Well news of this sort is sure to inspire ridicule. At the very least, in how it is presented. PepsiCo announced that they want to ‘snackify’ drinks and ‘drinkify’ food. Yes, they used those words. From the CEO of PepsiCo:

“We see the emerging opportunity to ‘snackify’ beverages and ‘drinkify’ snacks as the next frontier in food and beverage convenience.”

And the result? Tropicana Tropolis, a new “portable kids snack” that will be available in three fruit blends starting at the end of this month. Named CherryWorld, GrapeWorld and AppleWorld, the fruit squeezers are designed to appeal to kids while “an online universe will allow them to discover the fun in fruit through interactive games”.

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January 3, 2011   No Comments

Saltine Bling

Golden Saltine Necklace by Emily Elizabeth Jewelry

Food-inspired jewelry will never go out of style (as long as we keep eating, that is). However, it’s usually not the lowest rung on the food chain that gets the gold. Usually. In this case, it does get the gold. Literally. The un-fanciest of crackers, the lowly saltine, has now become elevated in status with the Golden Saltine Necklace. The 14 karat gold-plated brass cracker, handmade in New York by Emily Elizabeth Jewelry is stylish, unexpected and fun. I wonder if there is a real saltine under all that gold?

Click on the link and also check out two other food-related items, a turkey wishbone, and a gold-plated fortune cookie. Yes, that’s right: a gold-plated fortune cookie.

May 5, 2010   No Comments

Spin And Dip

B. Smith Lazy Susan with Serving Bowls Set

Everybody loves dip; not everybody loves everything that goes with it. Carrots and cauliflower pieces are often passed by for a pretzel stick or some kind of chip. In the end, salty and starchy wins over healthy and natural. However all that reaching over the veggies is sure to cause some sort of guilt trip. Better to just spin them out of the way altogether.

The B. Smith Lazy Susan with Serving Bowls Set features a revolving base allowing for the best snacks to always be within reach. The four porcelain serving bowls each hold 11-ounces, while the top large bowl hold 21-ounces. The bowls are all microwave, oven and dishwasher safe so clean up and prep is a breeze. A small tea light in the center helps to keep the dip warm, no matter how many broccoli florets get passed by.

March 10, 2010   No Comments

Go Ahead: Double Dip That Chip

The Ooma Bowl

The dreaded double dip: nobody likes it except the dip-ee. But perhaps blame should not only fall upon the offending dipper, but also on the host. People will double dip: it is a fact of life. While there is no getting around human behavior, there is a solution to this understandably important problem.

The Ooma Bowl designed by Thomas Both gives hors d’oeuvre-lovin’ partygoers a chance to double dip to their heart’s content. The two-bowl design of the 16-ounce capacity (in total) dish is perfect for any number of combinations: chips and salsa, beans and rice, veggies and dip. A little this and a little that, and it doesn’t matter in which order–and all without any of that icky unintentional sharing.

February 27, 2010   No Comments



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