Rarely are foods so hyped that they need to create their own Instagram account, but that’s exactly what happened with Dunk-a-roos. First launched in 1990, they consisted of a snack-sized package with ten small cookies and a side of frosting. As the name implies, the cookies were meant to be dunked into the frosting before eating. They were discontinued in the US some time during 2012, but just today, General Mills announced that they’ll be making a comeback this summer. Read more for a trailer and additional information.
SodaStream made a big carbonated splash for their 2020 Super Bowl commercial, and it features “science guy” Bill Nye, alongside Alyssa Carson, a teenage astronaut hopeful. For those who don’t know, Alyssa Carson trained with the Advanced PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) Academy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. This program gives students hands-on experience researching the upper atmosphere and helps them practice technical human spaceflight operations. Read more for the video and additional information.
Today, Ben & Jerry’s officially announced it’s releasing a new flavor, Netflix & Chill’d, and it’s going to be peanut butter flavored with real fudge brownies and salty pretzel bits inside. To celebrate the partnership with the video streaming platform, Ben & Jerry’s said that it plans to release the flavor worldwide to over 20 different countries, a first in the brand’s history. Read more for an early taste test video and additional information.
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Astronauts are not able to experience a home-cooked meal in space aboard the International Space Station, since their prepped food is cooked in briefcase-like “food warmers” strapped to the walls. That all changed this past Christmas day, as many astronauts enjoyed baking freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies, thanks to a three-way partnership between space-outfitter NanoRacks, hotel-chain DoubleTree by Hilton, and ZeroGKitchen, a New York City startup. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to eat any of them. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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ETH researchers have managed to create shimmering chocolates that give off a colorful sheen without the addition of colorants using a process that imprints a special structure on the surface create a targeted color effect. This process is similar to that of a chameleon, whose skin surface modulates and disperses light to display specific colors. Read more for a video and additional information.
Overwatch: The Official Cookbook is great for the holidays, either as a gift or to make your own treats, and it’s being offered for just $18.29, this weekend only, originally $35. Not just a picture book, this cookbook comes packed with a host of authentic recipes inspired by the game’s diverse heroes hailing from all corners of the universe. Product page. Read more for someone showing how to make two recipes from the book and additional information.
You’ve most likely seen the Le Creuset Star Wars collection, and now, characters from the iconic space opera are back, but in Instant Pot form. This new line is available exclusively at Williams Sonoma, and the Instant Pot “Star Wars” collection features five new designs, with prices ranging from $80 to $120. The smallest being BB-8’s Instant Pot Duo Mini, which is a three-quart pressure cooker in the droid’s signature orange, gray, and white livery. It’s perfect for smaller meals and side dishes with seven functions: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Many gamers would prefer to stay close to their displays in marathon Fortnite or Call of Day gaming sessions, but sometimes, hunger calls. Kellogg’s-owned Pringles just might have a solution, and it’s called the “Hunger Hammer”. Simply put, it’s a gaming headset that doubles as an automatic chip dispenser that feeds you hands-free. Read more for a video and additional information.
Air Protein, developed by a Bay Area startup, uses NASA technology to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) into protein, similar to plants. During the 1960’s, the U.S. space agency devised a way to use CO2 as food during their extended missions, and in their research, scientists discovered a class of microbes called hydrogenotrophs capable of converting carbon dioxide into protein. The resulting powder could be used to create pastas, shakes, and now, a meat alternative. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Ever wonder what would happen if you opened a soda that has been shaken a little too much at the bottom of the ocean? Well, Commander Chris Hadfield, a former Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space, shows you just that and explains the phenomenon. Put simply, carbonated drinks, like seltzer or soda pop, get their fizz from dissolved carbon dioxide. When these are opened, the liquid is exposed to pressure imbalance (i.e. pressure outside is lower than the pressure inside). If the can or bottle is shaken before opening, it will increase the pressure inside, which means the top is popped, an explosion ensues. Read more for the video he recorded a few years back and additional information.