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Here is a $400 White Castle Burger Just Because

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.

Food Delivery App Adds Healthy Button to Help Avoid Cheeseburgers

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.

Hershey’s Also Jumps on the 3D Food Printer Train

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.

Affordable Food Printers Will Soon be an Actual Thing

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.

Researchers Create Potato Grown in Salt Water

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.

Some States Eschewed Ball Drops in Favor of Food Items This NYE

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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Wendy’s Japan Has Started Topping Burgers With Turkey and Mashed Potatoes

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.

McDonald’s Australia Launches Healthier-Food Cafe

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.

Shake Shack Files For a Massive $100 Million IPO

Burgers are big business, as anyone in the burger business can tell you.  Burger joints reign supreme over any other kind of restaurant, making twice the dough of their nearest competitor, pizza parlors. So, with that in mind, it should come as no surprise that NYC darling Shake Shack has just filed for a $100 million initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

What does this mean? Well, for one, expect to be able to buy and sell Shake Shack stocks in the near future. You should also expect many new franchise locations to open up around the world. The company plans to open ten new locations per year, capping out at a ludicrous 450. They are also rebranding themselves under the new label ‘fine casual.’ It’s sort of like casual Friday if, instead of finally being able to eschew that suit, you had to wear one of those dumb tuxedo t-shirts.

The documents outlining the offering have some interesting facts about the company, including their plans to open multiple locations in Russia and the success of the Middle East market, which already boasts twenty locations. It looks like the golden arches may face some stiff competition from brisket burgers in the near future.

Introducing Somabar, The Robot Bartender For the Home

There will come a day, as seen in every sci-fi movie ever, in which humans are no longer needed in the workforce, permanently replaced by robots. Help speed the dystopia along by pre-ordering this spiffy robot bartender.

The Somabar, currently funding on Kickstarter, is an all-in-one robot bartender for the home. You just pop in the ingredients you want and let the machine do the rest. It connects to the Internet, so the list of available cocktails is constantly updated. Never again will you have to suffer through the humiliation of having to lift a spoon to mix something by hand.

Somabar has already blown through its initial funding amount, so this thing will see the light of day. Of course, if you get weepy and start crying about your ex to this bartender, it probably won’t give you any advice.