- Look out, chili heads. There’s no high like that feeling that comes from downing a pepper that rates highly on the Scoville scale, but tucking into the hottest pepper in the world might be biting off more than you can chew. Someone ate a Carolina Reaper — which rates at 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units — and wound up in the hospital with “thunderclap headaches.” Fortunately, the patient was not diagnosed with any longterm medical issues.
- Necco Wafers — those chalky little candy discs — are mostly derided by people who are aware of them, so it makes sense that the company might shut down. But now that the company might, you know, shut down, the wafers are in high demand. Candystore.com says sales of Neco products have increased by 50 percent.
- Rumors of craft beer’s demise have been swirling for a while, but has the bubble finally burst? Year-over-year craft brewery closures increased by 42 percent in 2017.
- Pete Wells on ice cream sundaes: “You may be asking yourself: What kind of sociopath complains about ice cream sundaes? I am wondering about this, too. I just know that when I see one, I am almost never as excited as the servers seem to think I ought to be.” Pete Wells is that kind of sociopath.
- As if Dole Whip couldn’t get any better, Disneyland is now serving Dole Whip doughnuts.
- A Quiet Place, the new horror flick starring A-lister Emily Blunt and her husband and Office alum John Krasinski, features many scenes with no spoken dialogue. This is making viewers hyper aware of all the noises they make while snacking on popcorn and Milk Duds.
- It shouldn’t really be a surprise that this $215 Crossfit meal kit is just a box of raw meat.
- Listeria fears strike again, and Whole Foods is recalling a line of fancy cheese.
- With corporate giants such as Walmart and Amazon making big moves in the grocery-delivery business, the little guys must work extra hard to keep up. “This is where society is going, and we have to figure out how the small farm plays a role in it,” Pennsylvania chicken and pig farmer David Nowacoski tells the New York Times in an in-depth analysis on the subject.
- Professional photographer Celeste Noche argues that Instagram perpetuates racist food stereotypes by labeling Western cuisines as status quo, while everything else is other-ized. Noche recently discussed this subject on the Racist Sandwich podcast.
- Here’s a New Yorker essay written from the perspective of “the only kitchen knife in your Air BNB.”
- Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Kate McKinnon, and Martin Short dined at New York City mega-clubstaurant Tao earlier this week. Best meal ever?
- Sell out while the getting’s good, Salt Bae. The restaurant group that runs Mr. Bae’s steakhouses (as well as a bunch of other restaurants) is now valued at $1.2 billion. The flesh-and-blood internet meme should get some of that money before his 15 minutes are up.
- People seem to be growing tired of Starbucks’s novelty Frappuccinos — older people, that is. The teens would still rather spend money on Frapps than clothes.
- A homeless shelter-based Girl Scout troop in New York City is selling cookies for the first time. “The biggest impact that we see and when you talk to the girls you’ll hear them say, is that they belong to something, they have a sisterhood within the other Girl Scouts,” says Meredith Maskara of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York.
- Hero chef José Andrés is once again setting up operations for his World Central Kitchen in Puerto Rico.
- Finally, “She Makes Fancy Ice Cubes for a Living” sounds like something from that House Hunters Plot Twitter account.
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