Unwrapped 2.0 is about to invade your television sets with a new host, Alfonso Ribeiro, and a new set of behind-the-scenes looks at how your favorite packaged foods get made. In honor of the show’s past and future delights, here are 14 fascinating facts in the world of mass food manufacturing.
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White Castle is known the world over for its diminutive, and cheap, slider hamburgers. However, what if the burgers weren’t designed to cost less than a buck? What if they cost over 400 times that? One food blogger has been looking into just that, creating a massively expensive White Castle burger out of fancypants ingredients.
Nick from Dude Foods, who is no stranger around these parts, has just unleashed one of his most ridiculous creations yet: the $400 White Castle slider. What makes it so expensive? He topped it with two expensive cheeses, Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Hook’s 15 Year Cheddar, then ladled on $200 worth of Italian white truffles. He wasn’t done, however. Finally, the slider received generous portions of duck foie gras, Russian caviar and a fried quail egg. Oh yeah. He also topped it with 24K gold flakes. It’s not fancy unless it’s gold.
If you have a whole lot of money to burn and the hankering to turn something lowbrow into something decidedly high brow, give his outlandish recipe a try. One thing to note, however: He said it tasted terrible.
Brunch: It’s not breakfast or lunch, and when you’re hung over it tends to take place well after both of them. Brunch is a time to lazily sip on mimosas and hungrily chomp on breakfast fare (or burgers). Not all brunches, however, are created equal. Some are typical, and some, like these, offer plain cool and plain bizarre ways for you to spend your weekend afternoons.
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The last couple of years have seen the rise of the insanely convenient food delivery app. The only downside? Delivery food is not, on average, good for you. Most of it is downright unhealthy. One delivery app, Eat24, is trying to change that with the addition of a ‘healthy button.’
The company recently unveiled an aggregate system that uses a series of algorithms to determine what menu items are healthy enough to eat without breaking any of those vaunted New Year’s resolutions. It’s not the kind of thing that will just jut out obvious options like turkey burgers. The algorithms were designed by nutritionists so you can expect actually healthy instead of fake healthy.
This healthful button has already launched nationwide, so if you use Eat24 on the regular, and you want to cut down on the chimichangas, try it out.
The last few months have seen many tech pundits claiming that the ‘Internet of things’ is a mere five years away. As you can see from reading this blog, it may come even sooner than that. 3D printers that crank out food are all over the place, and now Hershey’s is getting in on the game with a chocolate printer.
Note. This is not a printer made out of chocolate, to be given to Printshop enthusiasts on their birthdays or whatever. The CocoJet Printer, made by Hershey’s and a company called 3D Systems, prints stuff out of chocolate. This could be a boon to small businesses that specialize in candy and want to be able to print any shape they want.
The companies did not announce when this thing would be available on store shelves, nor have they announced a final price. Those familiar with the product, however, suggest it will be expensive, clocking in at anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000. That’s a small price to pay for a chocolate bar shaped like your dog.
The worlds of 3D printers and food have been slowly colliding for the past couple of years. But even though the technology is there to magically print delicious recipes right in the comfort of your own home, the price hasn’t exactly been right. One company is trying to change that by releasing a food-based 3D printer at an affordable price-point.
This week’s CES electronics conference saw XYZPrinting announce their 3D Food Printer, which prints out dough-based foods in layers ranging from .8 to 6.4mm, with a maximum print size of 7.8 in. by 5.9 in. by 5.9 in. So, if you are thinking cookies, cakes and, potentially, even pasta, you are in the right headspace. Also, it’ll allow you to hop online to download shapes, so that chocolate chip Smaug will finally be within your grasp.
What’s the price? Well, they haven’t announced it officially, but many analysts predict it’ll come to store shelves at the very attractive price of $500.
Photograph by Sarah Helena Rijpkema
Conventional wisdom indicates that salt water, while looking refreshing, offers no source of adequate hydration. Thus, crops could never hope to be grown in the stuff. However, a group of researchers in the Netherlands just proved that conventional wisdom wrong by creating a salt potato.
The potatoes were grown using a steady diet of salt water under exacting conditions. The result? A sweet and slightly salty potato that tastes, and smells, unlike any other spud out there. Also, they just might make a French fry that doesn’t need extra salt.
The big news here is that the researchers suggest this same process could be used to grow other crops using salty sea water. There has been no word if the reverse will prove to be true. In other words, the world still waits for fresh-water-weed.
Conventional wisdom indicates that a giant ball be dropped to ring in the new year. It happens in Times Square, often with musical accompaniment, just in case you have some kind of memory disorder. However, some cities around America said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to that ball, opting instead to drop food items. Here are some.
Presque Isle, Maine dropped a giant sardine to celebrate their canning industry.
Tuscon, Arizona chose a gigantic 15-foot taco to celebrate, uh, how much tacos rule.
Mobile, Alabama went with an oversized MoonPie — not because they are made in Mobile — because residents of the city eat more of them than anywhere else in the country (really.)
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It has been scientifically proven that turkey and mashed potatoes are some of the best things you can put in your mouth. That being said, it’s not as if anyone has begun topping their burgers with the stuff. Nobody would do that, right?
The Mashed Potato Burger at Wendy’s Japan features a layer of mashed potatoes, a burger patty and, oh yeah, a bunch of turkey meat. The Pretzel Turkey Mashed Potato Burger also contains turkey and mashed potatoes, but ups the ante with the inclusion of gravy and honey mustard. That’s a whole lot of sauce.
Each of these sandwiches can also be ordered with a chicken patty instead of a burger, in case you want to double up on the poultry. These starchy sammiches will be available until the end of January.
There are some things as predictable as the onward march of time. Cats will always be jerks. Rents will always be high. McDonald’s will always sell their signature burgers and fries. That last one? Maybe not as set in stone as once thought if this new Australian cafe has anything to say about it.
McDonald’s Australia quietly launched a cafe called The Corner, which is filled to the brim with healthy options. Also, there isn’t a Big Mac to be had, which is great news for fans of health and horrible news for fans of that Big Mac song. They do serve burgers, but they are locally sourced and healthier (in other words, they won’t stave off mold for fifty years.)
It’s being billed as a sub-division of McCafe and that clown Ronald is nowhere in sight.