How To Make Ramen Brownies With Whiskey Caramel


“I have occasionally eaten dry ramen as a snack, but it’s also a genius way to add crunch and visual interest to desserts if you don’t want to or can’t use nuts or seeds. Also, if you do have mysterious packets of ramen in your pantry, I wouldn’t judge you if this is how they met their fate. Truth be told, if they’ve been hanging around a while, they kind of deserve this treatment. They’ve been here for you. All along. Flavor-wise, of course, ramen doesn’t add a whole lot; there’s a reason MSG is the yin to its yang. But here’s a shining example of teamwork in action: this is why we bring in chocolate, caramel, and a hefty splash of whiskey.” w/ photos

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Bees Swarm Street Vendor

“Watch as this street vendor prepares a batch of Mochi cakes despite the presence of thousands of deadly bees swarming the area as the rolling pin plots its course through the soft cake. A knife makes short work of the scraps and a layer of sugar and black sesame is wrapped tightly in the blanket of gooey ricey goodness. Many claim that this small stand at the base of Phoenix Mountain, Dandong, sells the best mashu in all of Dongbei, China!” — Rumble Viral

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Domino’s Create New Delicacy With Fruit-Based Spicy Pizza Topping


The pizza delivery chain has come up with a novel topping for some of its outlets in India, a spicy banana recipe with plenty of kick for veggie fans. As well as thin slices of green bananas, the South Zesty Veggie pizza includes chillies and bell peppers. Domino’s resident pizza designer Narender Jaravta came up with the recipe and was keen to incorporate bananas as they are often used in cooking in southern states in the subcontinent.” w/ photos

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Tofu McNuggets Exist


The Tofu Shinjo Nugget creation is a crazy-looking combination of tofu, vegetables and a deep-fryer. Specifically, a McDonald’s spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the ingredients are something like, “vegetable-studded patties concocted from a mix of soybeans, onions, carrots, and shinjo, a sort of starch–fish paste concoction.” So a note to vegetarians: they are NOT vegetarian. We’re going to need a LOT of fries with that.” w/ photos

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Algorithms Help Make Quality Grilled Cheese?


“Said by Greg Hernandez, The Melt’s vice president of operations, to be the first of its kind in the retail food industry, the Smart Box was a design, 10 months in the making, created specifically to allow The Melt’s urban locations to deliver grilled cheese sandwiches that are still hot and chewy, and not soggy. You know, like a grilled cheese sandwich ought to be… At the bottom of the box, there’s an aluminum heat mass. Plugged into an electrical outlet, the mass heats to 210 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point the box can go mobile. A small light turns from red to green, letting the store manager know it’s time to go.” w/ photos

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Americans Try Thai Snacks

“From krob kem to curry puffs to shrimp snacks, the Thai have quite a few exotic snacks. Watch as BuzzFeed staffers try some common snacks from Thailand. Do they find them delicious or disgusting? Watch and find out.” — BuzzFeedYellow

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Lab-Grown Cheese


“The team first studied animal genomes to isolate the gene sequences responsible for producing milk protein or casein. After optimizing the genes to work within yeast, they synthesized the gene from scratch in a genetic compiler, base pair by base pair. There’s no need to touch a cow in the making of the cheese. These synthetic milk genes are inserted into yeast cells which begin manufacturing caseins. After the cells have been left to do their thing for awhile, the scientists separate yeast from caseins, add sugar, water, and vegetable oil. They now have real (synthetically derived) milk and can make any cheese using traditional techniques.” w/ photos + videos

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