Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Smell Like Ramen With Soup-Scented Bath Salts from Japan
Life is a now complete for anyone who has ever secretly wanted to relax in a big bathtub full of soup, because soup-scented bath packets are now available from Japan. According to Rocket News 24, the bath powders look exactly like those little flavor packets that come with instant ramen, except they’re huge and meant to be poured into a hot bath. They come in many flavors, including miso soup, beef bowl, curry, and fried noodle. The powders are available from the Village Vanguard novelty products website for about $3.15 per packet.
Krispy Kreme Wants to Give You a Free Doughnut on Election Day
Today is Election Day, and United States citizens can indulge in a free doughnut at Krispy Kreme after exercising their right to vote. All you have to do is stop into a participating Krispy Kreme location wearing an “I voted” sticker. “We want to sweeten Election Day by saying ‘thank you’ to those who participate at the polls,” said Jackie Woodward, chief marketing officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, in a press release. “It has been a long election season, and we think a free treat is the perfect way to reward voters.”
Apple Redesigned the Peach Emoji and Everybody is Sad
A new emoji rollout is usually cause for celebration. But the news of the latest emoji redesign is being met with disappointment around the internet: the peach emoji has been redesigned so it no longer looks like, well, a posterior, according to Buzzfeed. The new emoji lineup was released last Monday with a preview of Apple’s new iOS 10.2. There’s an avocado now, and a very useful “facepalm” emoji. But the peach emoji no longer looks quite as much like a human bottom as it used to, and people are very sad about it. The new peach emoji is more spherical, and turned to the side so the cleft no longer goes right down the middle of the graphic. It looks more like an actual peach, but according to internet reaction, people seem to have liked the double entendre potential of the old one better.
Hershey Replaces Student’s Stolen Kit Kat With 6,500 New Ones
When his car was recently broken into on campus, Kansas State University student Hunter Jobbins was annoyed, but ultimately relieved that the culprit stole only one Kit Kat candy bar. According to Today, the thief left a note, claiming he was hungry and decided to take the candy bar when he saw that the car doors were unlocked. At first Jobbins was annoyed, but then decided the note was kind of funny, so he posted it to Twitter. Among those who took notice was the official Twitter account of Kit Kat, which responded, “Who steals someone’s Kit Kat?! WHO DOES THAT?! Shoot us a DM and we’ll replace it for you.” Hershey’s ending up sending him 6,500 Kit Kat bars, enough to fill his little car to the roof. Jobbins drove around and handed them out on campus, but said he made sure to keep enough for himself to last the rest of the year.
Arby’s Runs Out of Venison Sandwiches
Arby’s has been testing a sandwich made of free-range, farmed venison in a small number of restaurants in deer-hunting states, and they have proven to be extremely popular. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, the test began at an Arby’s in Nashville on Monday, Oct. 31, and that location was sold out of venison sandwiches by lunchtime. On the first day of the test in Atlanta, the sandwiches sold out in about 90 minutes, and Arby’s officials say that at some of the restaurants in Minnesota and Wisconsin, all the venison was gone in about 15 minutes. Given the success of these initial tests, it seems likely that we will see venison sandwiches again soon.