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Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof!

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof!

So…I kinda went on a bender at World Market, buying as many Kinder products as I  could get my grubby little hands on. The reason being: this strange youtube series on Kinder surprise egg unwrappings. I don’t even know how I discover these sorts of things…probably while surfing through funny cat videos. It’s always the funny cat videos.

Sadly, Kinder surprise eggs aren’t available stateside, as it’s apparently a choking hazard to have toys encased in food or something. I remember Disney having a similar product that wasn’t as good, but I digress. Child-safe Happy Hippos for everyone!

The packaging for the hippos is fun and colorful. The size easily fits into a purse/satchel for late night movie sneak-ins. And I really dig foreign nutrition information. Why doesn’t the U.S. refer to calories as “energy” so real life can be more like a videogame? The happy hippo itself, is more of a caterpillar shape than anything. And some of them look like they’re rolling their eyes with indifference. Along with the suspicious neck-beard looking chocolate shavings on the underside of the biscuit, I’m lead to believe they’re, in fact, hipster hippos. Dissection

The thin outer wafer has a nice crispy texture that I like in these kinds of snacks. When I bit into one of the biscuits I couldn’t help but think that the chocolatey cream inside the hippo was blood. So naturally I laughed like a maniacal madman while eating these. I like how these hippos aren’t too sweet, especially compared to the other Kinder candies. They give you a hit of sweetness that satisfies your chocolate cravings without sending you into a diabetic coma.

Mr. Hippo: Um, excuse me. I only eat locally sourced farm-to-table.

Mr. Hippo: “Um, excuse me. I only eat locally sourced savannah-to-table.”

At $4.99 for 3.62oz of eye-rolling (and probably back-talking) hippopotamii, I can’t recommend getting these Happy Hippos. As an alternative, I’d get a box of Hello Panda at $5.99 for 9.1oz of essentially the same snacky desert biscuits. Chocotastic endangered species goodness with a value? Yum!


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by Bananaketchup

What just makes that little darn ant, think he could move a rubber tree plant? Umm…My guess would be to avoid being lightly salted, toasted, and made into a Columbian snack. 

From the creators of such delicacies as Canned Unicorn Meat, the wizards at Think Geek give us Edible Giant Toasted Leafcutter Ants. Doing my best Andrew Zimmern impression (short of shaving my head bald), I dive into the wonderful world of bizarre foods.

For some reason, I was anticipating a big mason jar full of ants, suitable for wannabe Pokemon trainers of all ages. The jar is pretty small, with maybe 15-20 ants per freshness-sealed container.


These leafcutter ants are definitely not your everyday, generic army ants that invade your grandma’s kitchen craving pie. Each individual ant is HUGE and intimidating. Before munching down on one, I had one of those “What am I doing with my life?” moments of existentialism.

Thankfully (or unthankfully if you’re into insect-flavored Gushers), the abdomen section didn’t explode in my mouth with ant guts when I bit into one, as I feared. The texture is crispy and somewhat chewy. The ants indeed have a nutty, smokey, bacon-like flavor. If I did a blind taste test, I would probably guess they were krill shrimp cooked with bacon salt, but then again there’s a lingering aftertaste that screams “cree-ee-ee-py crawler!”

Even though I would go as far to say that the taste was actually good, I just can’t picture eating handfulls of ants as a snack on movie night. That would make a midnight screening of Never Say Never even more awkward than it should be. Half the battle is getting over that little voice in your head telling you that you’re eatting a bug that once happily roamed the earth, collecting leaves that were probably used to build a summer vacation home for his tiny ant family. Poor poor Timmy the Ant.

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by Tondagossa


You may remember that roughly a year ago I participated in the infamous Week of Bacon.  This year, I unfortunately missed out on the bacon induced mischief.  When my brother informed me that the Capital Bacon and Beer Bash will be taking place November 20th at the National Harbor, we quickly secured our tickets.  And with bourbon and maple flavored bacon swimming in our dreams, we came up with this fun idea of extending the Week of Bacon the best way we know how –  by doing some bacon-themed stories.  I mean c’mon, a week just isn’t enough, right?

I’m going to kick this party off with something you may be eating around this time of year, maybe while watching some scary movies: popcorn!  But this is no ordinary popcorn.  It’s popcorn that’s been altered, mutated with bacony flavors – JD’s Bacon Pop.  Does it succeed in reminding me of one of my favorite foods?  Hmm… maybe.

First of all, look at this crazy packaging.  The bacon man mascot looks like a character pulled straight out of an old cartoon.  To add to the whimsical and fun nature of this treat, they’ve even added phrases like “Don’t Burn Your Bacon!” and “Shake your Bacon”, which double as helpful tips for optimizing your tasting experience.  Luckily the instructions are all pretty standard: pop until there are 2-3 seconds between each pop, shake, and enjoy.  Oh, and be careful when opening it.

Okay, fine.  The packaging is somewhat amusing.  But how does it taste?  The first few bites had just a hint of the bacony goodness I was expecting.  It definitely comes off very mild at first.  But then it gets a bit stronger with each successive mouthful.  Halfway through the bag, I was finding that the popcorn seemed like a cross between pork rinds and bacon.

There are definitely a few bites in there that have the bacon flavor dead on the money.  Other times, there was a bit too much smokiness, where the artificiality of the flavor was obvious, or just too little flavor.  Aromatically, it smells just like breakfast should smell like.

Overall it was a fairly satisfying crunchy, bacony, porky experience… that just so happens to pair well with beer.  My main complaint?  It makes me want the real thing.

What was the last bacon or bacon-like food you enjoyed?

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