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Mouthing Off

By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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Thanksgiving Gravy Candy and More Absurd Sweets

Meatball Bubble Gum

I have a high tolerance for candy. My preference is for mini bars that have a good ratio of chocolate to caramel to something salty and crunchy (I'm looking longingly at you, Take 5 bars!). I can, however, also blow through non-chocolate items like Skittles or even Nerds.

But there are some candies out there that are so ridiculously gross and silly that I won't have anything to do with them. You can say, “They're just regular candy dressed up as something silly.” And you'd be right. Still, I'm going to leave all the gummy internal organs and pickle gumballs for someone else. Read more >

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How to Smell Like Bacon and Drink in Church

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. This week there was glow-in-the-dark ice cream, bacon deodorant and more. >>

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The World's First Fry Museum, How to Open Beer Like a Pilot

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The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week. Read about competitive dairy tasting, a museum dedicated to fries and the best new way to open a beer. >>

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Ramen Cakes, Piessants and More Cronuts

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week. Read about ramen cakes, piessants and cheese made with armpits >>

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The Best Drinking Buddies are Cats and Penguins

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The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week. Penguin bars, cat wine and more >>

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Texting Teapots and Smelly iPhones

Pizza Cocktail

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week. Potatble pizza, the ultimate hangover cure and more >>

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A Cheeseburger Controversy and Bacon Weaves

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week. MORE >>

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The Future of Food: Canned Bugs, Ramen Pizza & Fast Food Frankensteins

Mooning Mooncake

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week.

NSFW Mooncakes: In honor of China's Mid-Autumn Festival this week, F&W offered a mooncake master class and shared bizarre mooncake trivia. Now we present the next generation of mooncakes, ones that literally moon you. This Hong Kong store baked up a batch of butt-shaped mooncakes. We’ll stick with the classic, non-grossly anthropomorphic shape.

The McEverything: A brave journalist with a sad bucket list ordered all 43 sandwiches offered by McDonalds (including breakfast sandwiches) and created a towering monster held together by bamboo sticks. The McEverything came out to $141.33 (one dollar went towards a Diet Coke).

Ramen Crust Pizza: Ramen burgers might not be able to compete with this. Serious Eats whiz J. Kenji Lopez-Alt created a crispy, bubbly 30-minute ramen-crust pizza (a.k.a. college kid dream food) with instant ramen noodles, pizza sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and pepperoni. It looks quite tasty.

Man Eats 49 Garlic Cloves: This past weekend in Dorset, England, a talented man named Oliver Farmer ate 49 raw bulbs of garlic in just five minutes at the World Garlic Eating Competition. His prize: $173 and the knowledge that he will be vampire-proof for the foreseeable future.

Canned Flavored Bugs: It’s the future of snacking: canned, ready to eat, flavor-packed bugs. Available in seven-can variety packs for $40, the bugs come in flavors like bacon and cheese grasshoppers, BBQ bamboo worms and sour cream and onion dung beetles. Perfect for a Halloween-themed party dish—or an alternative game day snack.

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Fall Preview: Blue Cheese Lollipops & Hot Ginger Ale

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week.

Mutant Lobster Found: A six-clawed lobster was recently caught off Hyannis, MA by a fishing boat featured on the Discovery Channel show Lobster Wars. The 10-year-old, four pounder “Lola” has a normal right claw, but her left is made up of five mini claws. Sorry, lobster claw-lovers, you won’t be seeing Lola on a menu any time soon. She is currently on display at the Maine State Aquarium.

Chopstick Straws: Soup Sticks could revolutionize how we eat ramen. Part straw, part chopstick, they enable the ramen eater to both scoop up noodles and slurp broth. This is bad news for the spoon business, unless you consider how stupid you would look drinking soup through a straw.

Hot and Fizzy Ginger Ale: You know how good a can of ginger ale is after being left in a hot car for a couple of days? Starting October 21, a hot version of Canada Dry’s ginger ale will be sold in Japan. Autumnally flavored with ginger, apple and cinnamon, the hot and spritzy drink will be pre-heated and dispensed from vending machines.

Gender-Biased Eggs: Kids don’t want your dumb adult eggs. They want eggs for them! Prior, a Norwegian purveyor of eggs and chicken, has introduced Princess Eggs (eggs in a pink carton with a princess on the label) and Pirate Eggs (eggs in a blue carton with a pirate on the label).

Blue Cheese Lollipops: When you don’t have time for the cheese course after dinner, just take it to-go in the form of Lollyphile’s new blue cheese lollipop. For an appropriate pairing, the sweet, salty and pungent candy should be enjoyed not with wine but with grape soda.

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Don’t Throw Away Your Severed Toe, Do Eat Beer For Breakfast

First Hello Kitty Wine, Now Beer

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week.

Bar Needs Toe: If you have a spare toe on hand…err…foot, then we know where you can donate it. A Yukon bar is missing the key ingredient for its legendary “sourtoe cocktail”—which is any drink or shot that includes a severed, mummified human toe. (This is real. People actually donate frostbitten toes to the cause.) Recently, one patron walked into the bar, ordered the toe with a shot of whiskey and gulped the whole thing down. Clearly pre-aware of the $500 fine for swallowing the toe and his intentions, the gentleman had the cash ready, slammed it on the bar and walked out. The bar's owners are currently on the lookout for a new toe so if you know of any, direct them to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City.

Hello Kitty Beer: If there’s been one problem with beer, it’s clearly that it doesn’t yet appeal to five-year-old girls. Thankfully, there is now Hello Kitty beer for sale in China. It comes in fruit flavors like lemon-lime and peach and is sold in cans illustrated with imagery of the joyfully cavorting cartoon. Order a six-pack for your next My Little Tailgate.

Maple Moose Chips: Canadians have been given the chance to pick a new flavor of Lay’s potato chips. Their choices: Creamy Garlic Caesar, Perogy Platter, Grilled Cheese & Ketchup and, the most Canuck of the bunch, Maple Moose. The brave folks at Serious Eats gave them all a try, including Maple Moose, which they describe as having an “acrid mustiness that’s just unpleasant.”

Sushi Doughnuts: They’ve been crossbred with croissants, shaped like cats, and now doughnuts are being made to mimic raw fish. Sold in Thailand at Mister Donut, the nigiri-shaped doughnuts are frosted with cream (the rice) and topped with tuna- or salmon-hued jelly. We’re wondering when the doughnut trend is going to go full circle (full doughnut?) and come back around to doughnut-shaped doughnuts.

Spreadable Beer: The best way to start your day with beer since the breakfast stout, Birra Spalmabile is a lot like jam but with way more beer. The spread, which is a collaboration between Italian chocolate maker Napoleone and the Alta Quota brewery, comes in light and dark and is designed to be used as a cake filling, frosting, cheese accompaniment or simply spread on toast.

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