Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Monday, August 15, 2016.
3D Printed Pizza Is Coming to a Theme Park Near You
Once upon a time, when we thought we’d be sending people to Mars much sooner, a team of scientists worked on a space-grade 3D printer that astronauts could use to easily cook food in zero gravity. Although the mission to Mars isn’t quite ready, the 3D printing technology is. Researcher Anjan Contractor started BeeHex to bring customizable 3D printing technology to theme parks, concert venues, sports arenas, and other similar venues. His food of choice is, of course, pizza. BeeHex’s machine is designed so that chefs can insert pre-made ingredients into separate sauce, cheese, and dough nozzles. The machine is also self-cleaning and can reset itself every four minutes.
Panda Express Reveals the Chork: A Chopstick-Fork Hybrid
In a world of innovative utensil hybrids, the spork has always been the undisputed king. But thanks to some clever plastic manipulation, the chork is our new favorite way to eat. First spotted at Panda Express, the chork is a hybrid with chopsticks on one end and a four-pronged fork on the other. Panda Express has not yet announced their commitment to the chork, but we assume they’ll be singing its praises very soon.
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice K-Cups and Frappuccinos Come to Grocery Stores
It's baaaack. If you're a fan of beverages flavored with pumpkin spice, you'll be overjoyed to hear that Starbucks has announced that its Pumpkin Spice Latte K-Cups for Keurig (at $9.99 for a 10-pack) will be returning this year. In addition, for the first time, you’ll be able to buy bottled versions of Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos for $16.99 per 15-pack of 9.5-ounce bottles. No precise release date for either product has been announced, but last year, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice items began appearing on Sept. 8.
Burger King Australia Uses Holographic French Fries Packaging to Scare Away Seagulls
Hungry Jack’s, as Burger King is known in Australia, has come out with limited-edition packaging for its fries, but it isn’t just for looks. The holographic paper creates a glittering surface that reflects light, which apparently confuses and wards off hungry sea gulls — apparently a major cause for concern Down Under. In case anybody misses the point, the company has dubbed the new container “The Pack That Scares Gulls.”
eBay Expands Online Wine Business in the UK
More wine online is coming. eBay has announced plans to expand their online wine shop. The company recently partnered with a new platform called Worldwine Vines to offer selected vintages to its customers in the U.K. While the soft launch of the service consists of only 135 wine choices, the company expects to increase its range to 1,000 by the end of the year, with more being added for 2017.
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