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How Many Licks to the Center of a Lollipop? The Answer, Revealed

by in News, February 21st, 2015

LollipopsYou know the old commercial: How many times would you have to lick a lollipop in order to reach the coveted center of a Tootsie Pop? One, two, (crunch) three? Although it ended with the wistful assertion that “the world may never know,” science has finally provided an answer: about 1,000.

Cleverly avoiding the vexing issue of the premature bite, researchers at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Florida State University immersed hard candy in a water current, formulated a theory for how flows cause dissolving and shrinking, and made a few calculations to come up with their lollipop-lick estimate.

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Is This the World’s Most-Expensive Peanut Butter?

by in News, February 19th, 2015

Standard Reference Material No. 2387How much do you pay for a typical jar of peanut butter? Three or four bucks, maybe five? For super-typical peanut butter, though, you can expect to pay a bit more: $761 for three six-ounce jars, which works out to be about $254 per jar.

That’s how much the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, charges for its pasty PB known as “Standard Reference Material No. 2387.” And if you want to know what’s so unusual about the government agency’s peanut butter, aside from its catchy name, the answer is: nothing. Nothing at all. Which is precisely the point.

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What Makes Popcorn Go ‘Pop’?

by in News, February 17th, 2015

PopcornHere are a few of the things most of us know about popcorn:

1. We love the way it tastes and smells.
2. We especially love it while we’re watching a movie.
3. Sometimes, when we’re feeling decadent, we like it with butter.
4. Other times, when we’re feeling more virtuous, we enjoy it more or less straight up.
5. There’s nothing quite so distinctive as the sound it makes when it pops.

Here’s one thing you probably didn’t know: why it makes that distinctive popping sound when it pops.

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Say Halo to Beyoncé’s New Home-Delivery Meal Service

by in News, February 15th, 2015

BeyonceDream of having a body like Beyoncé’s? Well, dream on, dreamgirls. But now, at least, you can follow her diet regime and have it delivered to your door.

The most-nominated woman in Grammy Awards history (calm down, Kanye) has just launched a vegan home-delivery meal service, 22 Days Nutrition, in partnership with her trainer and exercise physiologist Marco Borges. The meal program, based on Borges’ “22 Days Nutrition challenge,” which Beyoncé and Jay-Z embarked on back in the winter of 2013, is based on the idea that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, meaning that, on day 22, you’ve more or less locked in a good habit (put a ring on it!) or kicked a bad habit to the curb.

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You’ll Heart These Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Food on a Tiny Date

by in Holidays, News, February 14th, 2015

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How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day today?

You could cook an elegant meal for your special someone, your family or your sweet self. You could sit around and eat a big box of bonbons. You could go out to a fancy restaurant — or a not-so-fancy one. Or you could let two tiny hamsters do the celebrating for you.

Seriously, there is so much to love about this absurdly adorable video of tiny hamsters going on a tiny date, taking a tiny gondola to a place called Tiny Tony’s Restaurant. (“Tonight’s special: Perciatelli Pasta with Red Quinoa Meat Balls,” reads a tiny hand-lettered sign perched on a tiny easel.)

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What Do You Get When You Cross a Doughnut with a Babka? A Doughka!

by in News, February 12th, 2015

La NewyorkinaThe best food mash-ups are the kind that make you think, “Wait, that wasn’t already a thing?” Because it seems like they should have been there all your life.

Into that category one might place the “doughka,” a doughnut/babka hybrid recently whipped up by Fany Gerson, chef and owner of La Newyorkina, an artisanal Mexican icy-treat-and-sweeterie, and Dough, a handmade-doughnut destination, both in New York City.

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Hershey Wants to Make Your 3D Chocolate Dreams Come True

by in News, February 8th, 2015

3D SystemsThere’s nothing like the face of a kid eating a Hershey bar, or so the old jingle goes. But imagine that kid’s face checking out a 3D-printed version of his own face eating a Hershey bar. Whoa, meta!

The cast-in-cocoa possibilities are endless, thanks to the CocoJet 3D printer, a 3D chocolate printer introduced by 3D Systems and The Hershey Company last month at CES. Users can choose dark, milk or white chocolate and then watch as it is liquidly streamed into a preprogrammed design or a shape of their own choosing. Bespoke chocolate cards and customized cake toppers may be only the beginning.

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Starbucks Can Boost Your Mood — and Your Home’s Value

by in News, February 6th, 2015

Coffee Shop SignFor many of us, proximity to coffee is the key to happiness. But did you know it might also be the secret to boosting your home’s value?

In an excerpt from “Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate,” Spencer Rascoff, the CEO of the real estate website Zillow, and Stan Humphries, its chief economist, grind a few numbers and brew up a fairly convincing argument that the nearer your home is to a Starbucks, the faster it appreciates. “Moreover,” the real estate mavens contend in the excerpt, posted on Quartz, “Starbucks seems to be fueling — not following — these higher home values.”

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WATCH: What Would Be Your One Last Bite?

by in News, February 4th, 2015

There can be only one: your very last bite — ever. Have you ever thought about what it would be? In the all-new Web series One Last Bite, FoodNetwork.com asked chefs, bloggers and actors from around the country that very question, and their answers are simply mouthwatering.

In the series premiere episode, blogger Gaby Dalkin, of What’s Gaby Cooking fame, selected a pair of sweet and savory specialties to enjoy as her last bite: Carne Asada Fries loaded with citrus-marinated beef and creamy, smoky guacamole, plus a hunk of her now-famous Slutty Brownies, three layers of decadence featuring chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sandwich cookies and rich brownies.

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Flyers Agree: Sitting Near Someone Eating Smelly Food Stinks

by in News, February 4th, 2015

Airplane FoodYou know what stinks? Sitting next to someone on a plane who cracks open a container of super-smelly food. Memo to pungent-meal-loving travelers: The people seated near you, especially the unfortunate passenger(s) sharing your armrest(s) and immediate airspace, do not want to spend the duration of the flight smelling your food.

Forty-eight percent of airplane passengers surveyed by the airport shuttle service GO Airport Express said they considered it rude to bring food with strong odors onto planes, Mashable reports. Interestingly, more women (52 percent) than men (43 percent) disapproved of the behavior. Meanwhile, 12 percent of those surveyed thought the practice should be banned by airlines altogether.

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