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In Japan, you eat the leaves of autumn before it goes away

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 8 October 2014

The Japanese love their autumns so much they’ve found a way to eat them – in the form of maple leaves fried tempura style. The snack is considered to be a must-try delicacy for visitors to Osaka, where it is fried in sizzling vegetable oil with lightly sweetened maple batter. The recipe gets even more […]

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Chinese noodle chef adds opiates to his cooking to keep his customers coming back

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 4 October 2014

Is this a story of an unethical restauranteur abusing the trust of his customers, or is it the sorry tale of a gastronomical underdog who had a stroke of entrepreneurial brilliance? Earlier this year a restaurant owner in Xi’an, China, was discovered to have been adding opiates to his noodles so that his regular customers would become addicted to them. When his ruse was discovered and he was questioned by police he admitted to spending 600 yuan ($100) on poppy shells which he secretly added to his recipe. Talk about a secret ingredient!

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Guy does experiment to see which bag of chips has the best return on investment

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Friday 3 October 2014

How many chips are actually in this bag? Is it just full of air? How much am I paying for each chip, really? These are some of life’s nagging snack mysteries. And thanks to Science and Dan Gentile over at Thrillist, they’ve finally been solved!

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Pizza rolls get a Halloween makeover with these stuffed pizza skulls

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Mmmmm death never looked – and smelled – so good! Beth of Hungry Happenings just revolutionized what people will be serving at their next Halloween party. These stuffed pizza skulls were made using a specialized pan with skull-shaped molds and simple ingredients like dough, pepperoni, cheese, tomato sauce, and the souls of a thousand babies. […]

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KFC Japan has some of the weirdest promo products we’ve ever seen

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 25 September 2014

I’ll have what these KFC Japan executives and marketing people are having. KFC Japan recently launched a promotional campaign that gives fans a chance to win one of these fried chicken drumstick-inspired items: an iPhone 5s case, a head pillow, a mouse, a keyboard, and a USB. I now, amazing right?!

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Krispy Kreme UK’s box of 2,400 donuts is the stuff of legends

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Have you ever seen anything more divine in your entire life? To promote its new Occassions offering, Krispy Kreme UK recently created the Double Hundred Dozen, a colossal box of 2,400 donuts. Nope, that wasn’t a typo. 2,400 Original Glazed donuts in a three and a half-meter long box! It took eight employees to fill […]

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Would you eat what death row inmates had for their last meal?

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 23 September 2014

We’ve got to admit this is a bit morbid. Still, what an idea! Death Row Dinners, which aims to serve what prisoners on death row ate for their last meal, is a pop-up event due to take place next month in East London’s Hoxton Square.

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In Japan, Burger King launches an almost all-black cheeseburger

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Friday 12 September 2014

Of course a cheeseburger this bizarre had to come from Japan! Burger King has been selling the Premium Kuro Burger – ‘kuro’ meaning ‘black’ – since 2012. Its bamboo charcoal-colored bun and squid ink ketchup has been a hit with the customers, prompting the company to release the Kuro Ninja, the same burger but with a slice of bacon for a tongue, last year.

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This bizarre contraption makes pudding out of a single egg

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 10 September 2014

All-egg ‘desserts’ aren’t my thing, but they might be yours. And if they’re your thing, then you’ll be super impressed with this Japanese-designed  egg-spinning dessert maker. The Okashina Tamago Mawashite Mawashite Marugoto Purin, or, awkwardly translated as ‘Pudding whole turn turn funny eggs‘ machine takes a single egg at a time, which is then spun around for about 2 minutes.

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This lucky kid gets served colourful animal pancakes thanks to his cool dad

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 9 September 2014

After looking at these culinary artworks, ordinary pancakes just won’t cut it anymore. Treating pancake batter as his canvas and dye as his paintbrush, one cool dad makes edible artworks for his son by turning the beloved breakfast staple into colourful portraits of animals and dinosaurs. We’ve seen other amazing pancake artworks before, but this […]

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Small things that are surprisingly big: series shows what 200 calories look like in different meals

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Monday 8 September 2014

The website Wisegeek give us the lowdown on what different food items look like when proportioned into 200 calorie quantities. After proportioning foods like smoked turkey, soda, candy, fruits, and veggies, they took photos to give us a better idea of what meals we should/shouldn’t partake if we’re on a healthy diet. ‘According to the U.S. […]

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The back of this cake reveals an intricate library interior

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 3 September 2014

Now this is a cake that I wouldn’t mind not eating! At first glance, the front of this cake looks simple enough, a pair of doors, some shrubs, a library sign. But when you head on over to the back, an intricate world is revealed – the cake actually contains the intricate interiors of a […]

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Artist makes all kinds of edible art using rice krispies

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 2 September 2014

Whereas most people would see lip-smacking candy, New York-based Jessica Siskin sees art and a business opportunity! Late last year, Siskin attended a friend’s potluck party, wherein she was assigned to bring dessert. Not knowing how to make average desserts like cake, she decided to make an edible Rice Krispie treat sculpture, specifically a surfboard […]

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What a four-year-old diner really thinks of fancy shmancy food at a Michelin starred restaurant

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Friday 29 August 2014

Some parents wouldn’t be caught dead taking their kids out to a family-friendly restaurant, let alone a Michelin-starred one. But The Bold Italic have flipped the tables and introduced a very interesting (and funny) series where they take kids to fine dining restaurants to get incredibly real reviews of the food served to high-paying customers. In […]

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In Japan, a burger that looks like the earth

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Have you ever been so hungry you thought to yourself: ‘I could eat an entire planet!’ Yeah, I sometimes get that too. The Orbi Yokohama science museum in Japan is currently serving a burger that you could say is pretty close to home: the Earth burger. The not-so-appetizing burger closely resembles our planet with its blue and green bun. It’s the product of a collaboration between BBC and Sega, and is priced at 470 yen (around $4.50)

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