Would You Pay $56 For These Five Fancy Potato Chips?


By Cooking Panda

I’m sorry, what?

We all have that one person in our lives — that foodie who pays way more money than we’d ever consider to taste all those bizarre and hyped-up foods that we only ever hear of after they go viral, or we see it on TV. And you know what? More power to those foodies; I might not be willing to wait four hours for a rainbow-hued bagel, but I’m glad there are people out there who are — my Instagram feed is infinitely more delicious-looking for it.

However, sometimes it just goes too far.

Per the Independent, a Swedish microbrewery called St. Erik’s has just released what they are deeming the “world’s most exclusive potato chips.”

Let your mind run wild for a moment, folks: are the chips rainbow? Covered in gold? Made out of edible diamonds?

The answer to all of the above is no: they are, however, prepared by some of the most talented chefs from the Swedish National Culinary team, and feature a variety of exclusive and premium ingredients the Nordics have to offer.

Oh, yeah: and they cost around $56 (£46) for five individuals chips.

Per the Independent, the chips are made from Ammarnas potatoes, Matsutake mushroom, truffle seaweed, dill, leksand onion and India pale ale.

“For the best taste experience,” the website suggests, “These chips should be savored with St. Erik’s India Pale Ale.”

Of course they should, St. Erik’s… of course they should.

Unfortunately, the exclusive boxes were part of an extremely limited edition promotion by St. Erik’s, and according to the website, they are all sold out. All income that was generated from the sale of the uber-fancy-shmancy chips was donated to charity, however, so perhaps in the end foodies can breathe a sigh of relief that their money went to a good cause.

Sources: Independent, St. Erik's / Photo credit: St. Erik's

Tags: exclusive, IPA, microbrewery, Potato Chips, st. erik's
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Scientists Say This Beer Might Actually Be Good For You


By Cooking Panda

If you love hoppy beers, crack open your favorite double IPA — even better if you can find a triple IPA — kick back, and savor the words you are about to read.

Hoppy beer may very well be the best form of alcohol that you can drink.

We just heard a resounding “duh” from lovers of hoppy brews. But here’s the thing: The bitter beer is way less harmful for you than liquor and hop-free beers. Sorry, pilsner lovers. (Do you exist?)

A study published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism employed what researchers called the “binge-drinking mouse model,” in which we can only imagine they threw the mice a wild house party for 12 hours straight. It turns out, the mice who consumed hoppy beer had way less fat on their livers than the ones who drank ethanol and beer without hops.

“Taken together, our data suggest that hops in beer markedly attenuated acute alcohol-induced [fatty liver],” the researchers concluded.

Beer has other nutritional benefits as well, including vitamins B2, B6, biotin, niacin, riboflavin and folate, which could help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to Dr. Erik Skovenborg of Aim Digest.

Some beers have a decent amount of antioxidants, and the beverage can also stimulate digestion and increase breast milk production.

Hops were originally used in beer to preserve them for longer storage but are now a key ingredient that brings beer all sorts of complex flavors: often citrusy, earthy or floral and nearly always bitter.

“Our data suggest that hops content in beer is at least in part responsible for the less damaging effects of beer on the liver,” the researchers wrote.

We’re still not sure if your favorite IPA is actually healthy for you, but it’s at least a good excuse for us to kick back and enjoy the occasional brew.

Sources: Alcohol and Alcoholism, Aim Digest / Photo Credit: E and A/Instagram

Tags: Beer, beer good for you, healthy alcohol, hoppy, IPA
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