First, let's get something straight. I appreciate the standard, go-to gifts as much as the next mom, but nothing screams "I bought this 5 minutes ago" than flowers or a box of chocolates. Don't phone it in, people! Mother's Day may … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Just say no: Polaroid returns with an instant camera shaped like...the Instagram icon.
- "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme song prompts school lockdown.
- You should watch "Room 237," a fan theory documentary about "The Shining."
No one can play Audrey Hepburn as well as Audrey Hepburn.
Through the magic of computer-generated imagery, the Galaxy chocolate company -- known as Dove outside the U.K. and Ireland -- has brought the deceased movie star back to life for a lovely one-minute commercial by ad agency AMV BBDO and visual-effects company Framestore. … Read more
I've always heard that smell plays an important role in how food tastes. I didn't expect that color could also sway the taste buds. A study published in the Journal of Sensory Studies found that the color of a cup can influence the way people taste hot chocolate.
Betina Piqueras-Fiszman, a researcher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, and Charles Spence, a professor at the University of Oxford in England, subjected 57 participants to what may be one the tastiest science experiments ever.
The participants tasted samples of hot chocolate served in four different colors of plastic cups: white, cream, red, and orange. The sippers preferred the flavor of the beverage in orange or cream-colored cups. … Read more
The chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker treat that is known as a s'more is one that usually requires a great deal of preparation. No, not the normal food preparation one normally partakes of in the kitchen; rather instead of chopping boards and knives, s'more prep requires kindling and tree branches. Unless of course there happens to be a handy s'more-making machine nearby.
The Indoor Flameless Marshmallow Roaster brings the camping to the kitchen counter and leaves the campfire behind. The countertop device plugs into a standard AC outlet and measures about 14 inches by 14 inches with … Read more
Sweet! Nestle has randomly put a GPS tracking device into half a dozen chocolate bars sold in the U.K. and Ireland, giving candy connoisseurs a chance to win 10,000 pounds ($16,218) upon discovery.
As Obi-Wan Kenobi would probably say, it is as if millions of British dentists suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. … Read more
Who says you can't take a picture and eat it too?
Cocoagraph, a company based in Philadelphia, provides a unique service that allows shutterbugs to turn any image (be it a scan or a smartphone snapshot from Instagram) into various sizes of chocolate. You even get to choose the kind of chocolate you want depending on the level of cocoa content. … Read more
Jeff and I find ourselves in a conversation about candy in this morning's preshow that bleeds over into today's recorded episode. Why? Well, we heard a story about Steve Jobs proposing a Willy Wonka style contest to celebrate the sale of the millionth original Apple iMac.
It comes from a book coming out soon called "Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success," and it talks about how Steve wanted to put a custom gold ticket inside a single iMac box that would land the winner a trip to Cupertino, Calif., for a tour of … Read more
Geek love can be a challenge on Valentine's Day. Roses are too old-fashioned, and chocolates are dull--unless they happen to be ThinkGeek's zombie head chocolates.
The $9.99 Chocolate Zombie Head Bon Bons show your special geek that you love him for his tasty brains, not his muscular World of Warcraft avatar.
Each box holds six grimacing, growling dark chocolates filled with cherry cordial brains in a particularly startling shade of red.
Give a box to a loved one and make a romantic pact that whoever turns zombie first will quickly be put down by the other.
Take … Read more
Kitchen gadgets spin, whiz, and whir so often that we have come to expect them to.
Considering that their job is to manipulate food into presentable and edible creations this is not much of a surprise. However, when a gadget comes along that finds its utility in silence, that doesn't have to mean it isn't doing what it is supposed to be doing. And if it doing what it is supposed to be doing involves doing it with chocolate, then nobody is going to raise a fuss.
The popular Zoku line of freezer pop makers has added a … Read more