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World’s Hottest Pepper Grown in South Carolina

For some people, hot peppers are a good option for giving their grub a decent kick. For others, however, it’s a way of life. These pepper chasers are constantly on the hunt for the most painful peps they can stuff in their mouths. Well guys, you may have met your match.

Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Co. in South Carolina has just earned himself a world record with his mouth-defying Carolina Reaper pepper. It’s the hottest the world has ever known, beating out the previous record holder by a scorching 300,000 Scoville Heat Units. In case you were wondering, that means this pepper clocks in at over 2.2 million units. In other words, please do not eat this pepper. Again, unless you are absolutely insane, do not eat this pepper.

If you are one of those people who hates heeding warnings, you can pick some up for $20. This may sound like a good price, but please consider the twenty gallons of milk and the hospital stay.

Watch Kelsey Nixon come face to face with the Carolina Reaper on a fiery episode of Kelsey’s Essentials on January 23 at 12:00 PM ET.

Scientists Can Now Send Text Messages Using Vodka

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Text messages. You can’t live with ‘em. You can’t live without ‘em. Well, maybe only the latter is true. Living without good satellite coverage is certainly difficult. However will you find out if someone thought that cat picture you sent was lol-worthy or not? Don’t worry. Scientists have long searched for a new way to send text messages when coverage is a problem. The solution? Vodka.

It’s true. A research team from York University in Canada figured out how to use everyone’s favorite hangover causer to send a text message. Now you can send drunk texts using the same substance that got you there in the first place! Paradoxical but fun. Essentially it works by a receiver that measures minute levels of the alcohol, which then translates into the text messages.

This won’t be replacing the current method anytime soon, but it could be implemented in remote areas one day in the future. In the meantime, you can always use your vodka stores to clean up dirty nickels or something.

McDonald’s Japan Announces Bizarre ‘American Vintage’ Menu

Americans are occasionally suggested to be loud, boorish and, well, just plain gluttonous. McDonald’s Japan has just announced a rather strange new menu that plays with that notion of American gluttony, which is odd considering McDonald’s America had a McHand in creating it.

The menu is called American Vintage and comes in three varieties, each representing a different decade of American culture. The 1950’s American Diner features some wild burgers that were absolutely never served at an actual American diner, including one that is topped with both mashed potatoes and an egg. The 1970’s Soul Food menu features a bunch of items that have “hot and groovy” in the name, but otherwise seem like regular sandwiches topped with salsa. Finally, the 1980’s Pop Culture menu throws barbecue sauce, bacon and something that appears to be relish into the mix. What, no Max Headroom or Alex P. Keaton?

These menus will be available across Japan for the next few months.

Forget Salt — Milwaukee Begins Using Cheese to Thaw Roads

Are you knee deep in the middle of what experts call a wintry mix? Are your roads more slippery than an eel covered in petroleum jelly? Before you break out the course salt, take a gander at what city officials have been doing in Milwaukee in order to keep roads safe from slippage.

The city of Milwaukee has begun using massive amounts of cheese brine to thaw the roads. According to officials, provolone and mozzarella do the trick nicely, thanks to their high salt content. Why not just use salt? Well, Milwaukee is one of the country’s biggest cheese manufacturers and, according to officials, using cheese is actually a lot cheaper than springing for some salt.

KFC Arabia Now Puts Jalapeno Poppers On Everything

Once there was a time when the idea of a deep-fried jalapeño stuffed with cheese was a novel concept. However, a lot has happened in the world since the early 1990s. We have the Internet now, and Cronuts. The poor jalapeño popper has been left in the cold. One fast food chain in one section of the world sure is trying to bring the popper back, however.

KFC Arabia is busy putting jalapeño poppers on just about everything. The fast food chain has just unveiled a series of sandwiches that all feature the cheesy thingamajigs. The Chicken Poppers Sandwich is a hero that combines fried chicken strips with the hor d’oeuvre while the KFC Royal Poppers Sandwich throws the whole thing on a more traditional bun. The “royal” in the name is a mystery.

The poppers can, of course, be purchased as a side if you are wary of putting an entire tray of appetizers on your sandwich.

Hangover Taxi Offers Travel, Juice and Soup

Tis the season to stay out all night drinking with friends. After all, there may or may not be work in the morning. If you, however, find yourself needing to get somewhere while your hangover hangs over you like a cartoon anvil, there is now a way. Introducing the hangover taxi.

The service is called Kab-U-To Work and is currently available in select regions of the UK. You give them a call. They pick you up, and, like a doting mommy, help you through the worst of your hangover as they ferry you to work. This doting includes headache medication, juice and a steaming bowl of Kabuto soup. The Japanese soup company is behind the whole thing, actually.

They are looking to expand beyond England, with New York City being the next likely candidate. Get those 3am shots ready, New Yorkers.

This New Zealand Cafe Uses High Speed Tubes Instead of a Waitstaff

First video killed the radio star. Then the Internet killed the video star. That’s just how it goes when technology keeps advancing at a rapid clip. Well, waiters and waitresses had better look out because, if the future has its way, they’ll be replaced by a series of high speed tubes.

New Zealand based C1 Espresso Cafe recently set up a novel pneumatic tube delivery system for orders. It’s like something out of the show Futurama, or, well, any bank. The tubes already deliver orders to the kitchen, but starting in January they will help food travel to awaiting hungry stomachs. When the system debuts, the tubes will only be used for burgers and fries so actual human beings are still needed for drinks and those moist towelette thingies.

Just how fast are these tubes? Burgers will cruise along them at a perky 87 miles per hour. Not bad, technology.

This Michigan Restaurant Hired an Alligator as a Greeter


When we think of alligators, we tend to imagine scenarios in which they skulk inside our houses at night and steal away with our children. We don’t, however, picture them making a decent living as a restaurant greeter.

Hold on to your (hopefully not) alligator skin wallets. A rambunctious gator named Wally just landed a sweet gig at a Michigan restaurant.  The eatery, appropriately named Cajun Gator, will open next week. Wally will lounge out front looking vicious and handing out those beeper things when it gets crowded.

Cajun Gator had to petition the city to allow Wally to obtain gainful employment. Fortunately, they voted 4-2 in his favor. It’s good to know that even in this economy, an honest lizard can pull up his boot straps and find some good restaurant work.

Domino’s Israel Releases Vegan Pizza Pie

Make your own vegan pizza and show Domino’s up.

There is an age old question that goes “is a pizza still a pizza if it doesn’t have cheese?” Opinions on this vary, but to many vegans, having the opportunity to eat something even vaguely pizza-like is a bona fide treat. Many small pizza places have started serving vegan pies to accommodate these customers, however the big chains haven’t followed suit. That is, until now.

Domino’s Israel has just unveiled a completely vegan pie. This pseudo-healthy carbo-nanza replaces the usual mozzarella with soy cheese and is topped with these weird colored things they are calling vegetables.

If you happen to live in Israel, you can pick one up for around $20. Play a prank and order one topped with real pepperoni and real sausage. Hilarious!

Scientists Finally Invent Cavity-Free Candy

It was a good gig while it lasted, dentists. Your days of numbing our mouths and forcing us to peruse old copies of Highlights magazine are numbered. Why is that, you ask through a full breath of laughing gas? Scientists have invented candy that doesn’t cause cavities. Suck on that!

It’s true. Researchers at a biolab called Organo Balance are claiming to have finally perfected the formula for nonstop candy gluttony with absolutely no dental repercussions. The secret lies in a delicate balance of various mouth bacteria, with special care given to adding extra Lactobacillus paracasei. These “good” bacteria are known to bind the cavity-causing agents found in the “bad” bacteria. The result? A happy mouth filled with candy and a guilt-free conscious.

However, it must be noted that this candy still has a bunch of empty calories and a ton of sugar. So it’s not like it suddenly turned into broccoli or anything.

Note: Kelsey’s Homemade Pomegranate-Lime Lollipops (pictured above) may not prevent cavities, but they’re worth it.