Your Dreams Are Coming True: Healthy Gummy Bears Exist (Photos)

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Healthy junk food is one of those things that many of us dream about. But let’s face it, it’s rare to see a well-executed version that can completely satisfy a craving without some mental gymnastics.

Gummy bears are certainly no exception to this. With the hilariously disastrous short-term effects that tons of people have said the sugar-free gummies have on their digestion, there’s certainly a bit of risk involved when you decide to snack on them, and many folks don’t feel that this is worth it.

Now, thanks to two guys’ genius idea, healthy, organic matcha gummies are coming, and they are jam-packed with nutritious powdered green tea that you don’t need to boil water, measure and stir to enjoy. The gummies are devoid of gluten, nuts, milk or soy, so a lot of people with dietary restrictions can enjoy the supplements too.

“We have always been tea lovers and Green Tea connoisseurs,” Adam and Jahangir, the creators of Matcha Bears, wrote on the product’s Kickstarter page. “Our affinity for matcha grew once we realized it had so much more to offer than regular tea. It kick starts healthy lifestyles, and has helped Adam lose an abundance of weight in a healthy, sustainable way.”

Matcha has many health benefits; the green powder is said to boost metabolism and is packed with antioxidants fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals that include vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium, according to Matcha Source. Nutritionally, matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than your typical steeped green tea. Plus you’d have to drink around 10 cups of the stuff to even come close to the perks you get from matcha.

“One day, when thinking about matcha, Adam’s mind wandered, thinking about edible forms of matcha, and he saw that the market was saturated with cakes, cookies, and other delectable, sugary sweets,” reads the Kickstarter description. “There were no real ‘healthy’ edible forms of matcha, and Adam knew that needed to change.”

So far, the gelatin-free supplements have 79 backers who have pledged $7,435 out of their $15,000 goal, as of the evening of Sept. 26.

If you want a month’s supply of the stuff, you can pledge at least $20. There are a few more increments up to $200, which will get you as much as a year’s supply of the bears.

Sources: Matcha Bears/Kickstarter, Matcha Source / Featured Image: Thomas Rosenau/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images Matcha Bears/Kickstarter

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This Meal Kit Is So Easy, If You Buy A $400 Oven (Video)

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Do you love meal kits but hate to cook? If so, the Tovala might just be the product for you! 

Oh, but there’s just one tiny catch: You’ll need to spend $399 on the not-a-microwave, not-an-oven eponymous cooking device first (video below).

It’s a bit of a commitment, but if you’re a lazy cook and just want quick, healthy instant meals, it could be worth spending the $36 for three meals per week for one person or $72 for two people, notes The Washington Post. That includes shipping and is a bit pricier than services like Blue Apron, for which a two-person, three-meal plan will cost you $59.94.

Tovala faces an uphill battle, especially since almost all customers who use meal kit delivery services like Blue Apron bounce after six months, according to Grub Street. But the folks behind Tovala say that their offering is a little different.

“Anyone who has tried Blue Apron and stopped using it is our target customer,” chief executive David Rabie told The Post. “The meal kits, they pitch themselves as convenient, but at the end of the day, a lot of people don’t want to spend 45 minutes cooking.”

How does it work? The Tovala is a type of steam convection oven, which sort of resembles a toaster oven and has a bunch of different settings, like “bake,” “broil” and “steam.” Just scan a barcode for your meal, and it will automatically know how to cook your food so that it comes out tender, juicy, crispy or however your dish is supposed to taste. You can even gravely overcook your chicken, and it will still come out juicy, said Rabie.

The Kickstarter-launched project has already sold 700 of the oven devices and will likely ship out more than 10,000 meals by mid-July, said Rabie. There are a few special diet plans available, like vegetarian and paleo.

The Post tried cooking a bunch of Tovala food and found that it comes out pretty good, although the device “unsurprisingly works best with the delivered meals,” they said. The cooking process for the meal service food usually takes around 15 minutes and often comes in multiple trays, but the cool thing is that you can put them in together, and they’ll both be done cooking at the same time.

So what do you think? Would you buy one of these gadgets?

Sources: Washington Post, Grub Street / Photo Credit: Pexels, Tovala via Washington Post

Tags: blue apron, Kickstarter, meal delivery, meal kit, Tovala
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Someone Invented A Wine Gas Mask (Photos)

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Have you ever been so infatuated by a glass of wine that you just want to breathe in its aroma nonstop without ever having to take your nose out of the glass?

If you can relate to this dilemma, an entrepreneur named James Piatt has exactly the gadget that you need (photos below). It’s called the Wine Glass Mask (yes, just like a gas mask) and it is designed to seal around your nose and mouth while you sip, allowing you to fully enjoy the intoxicating smell of your wine while you swirl it into your mouth.

“The complex taste of a wine is a combination of smells and flavors,” Piatt says on his Kickstarter page, where he is hoping to raise $78,000 to get the gadget into production. “Wine Glass Mask was designed to focus the bouquet and concentrate the smell of fruits, spices, herbs and flowers while controlling the flow of oxygen. As you breathe in you notice an intensified aroma because none of your experience is lost.”

The proper way to enjoy a glass of wine, experts say, is to look at the wine first, noting the color and texture, swirl it around in your glass, sniff it, and then have a taste, notes Wine Enthusiast.

Instead of blowing glass and spinning the molten material into a cup shape, Piatt makes his cups by pressing the glass into an ergonomic mold, so that you can do both at the same time.

“Our quality glass factory has already produced a small batch of Wine Glass Masks in glass from a sample mold,” he adds. “We are delighted with the results. … Your wine drinking experience will never be the same.”

Starting at $15, you can pledge money to get this project off the ground, and you’ll receive your chosen package of Glass Masks, which come in multiple colors and ship anywhere in the world. So far, he has only raised a little more than $1,000, but we have faith that these wonderful devices will make it far in life.

“As red wine breathes wine molecules combine with nitrogen and oxygen in the air,” Piatt explains. “The venturi nozzles on the front of the Wine Glass Mask reduce the flow of oxygen and nitrogen and increase their velocity entering the wine aroma mixing chamber as you breathe in. The added air speed lifts more wine vapors off the surface enriching the aroma and flavor.”

Sources: James Piatt/Kickstarter, Wine Enthusiast / Photo Credit: James Piatt/Kickstarter

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Check Out A Gadget That Makes Salads In 60 Seconds (Photos)

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If you love salads but you get tired of making them at home, there’s a new gadget for that! In the pictures below, you’ll get to see just how it works to help you make a salad in about 60 seconds.

The 60 Second Salad Maker is currently on Kickstarter, a website for the organization that helps people with creative ideas make those projects realities. This kitchen device is patent pending, and has outdone itself as far as raising money to become a success. So, what is it?

At first, it looks like a plastic colander, but instead of holes, it has slits, which are actually used to slice the vegetables. You put your salad and toppings in the slotted bowl, rinse everything, then put the base on top of the bowl (which acts like a lid), flip it over and slice right through the available openings. Twist and slice some more to get everything down to salad-size. That really takes the extra time and effort out of chopping veggies one by one on a chopping board.

There’s even a neat little feature called the “wave cam” that allows you to twist the bowl around while on the lid so that you can slice from every angle. Check out it out in the pictures below:

You don’t only have to use the 60 Second Salad Maker to slice veggies, think about fruit salads too! They can be just as much of a pain to make, and honestly, sometimes they’re way better than regular old veggie salads.

The product is dishwasher safe, which is a relief, because cleaning through each of those slits with your hands could get messy, especially if you sliced some juicy tomatoes.

With the time that it takes to raise the necessary funds, go to production and get things moving along, Kickstarter expects to have these nifty little bowls available to the public by May 2017. I guess that means we should be keeping our eyes peeled in the spring, so that we can get our hands on our own 60 Second Salad convenience.

Source: Kickstarter (2) / Photo Credit: Kickstarter

Tags: Kickstarter, salad, Salad Maker, Veggies
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This Amazing Whisk Cleaner Just Made Baking A Cinch

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While it’s undeniable that most of us love the results of baking (aka, the warm and yummy treats that come out of the oven), sometimes the process of assembling the ingredients gets a little messy.

Specifically, we’re talking about the whisks: those pesky little utensils are almost impossible to clean easily and effectively. Butter clumps, batter sticks, and there are so many crevices to try and tackle.

Now, however, there’s a new Kickstarter campaign slinging a Whisk Wiper, which purportedly will make cleaning whisks simple, all while cutting down on food and water waste.

Essentially, all you have to do is line up your whisk loops with the Whisk Wiper as you pull it on before you begin to whisk together your ingredients. When you’re done doing your thing, you simply just pull the Whisk Wiper back off your whisk, and watch as all of your food is gathered neatly on the top of the wiper, while your new whisk cleaner itself emerges clean and ready to be used again.

Sounds pretty remarkable to us, to be honest.

The wiper itself is some sort of magical 3D-printed plastic, which easily slides up and down your whisk, and rests patiently near the handle at the base while it’s being used. For now, you obviously have to buy the matching whisk (how else would you ensure the Whisk Wiper would actually fit the one already sitting, probably only half-cleaned, in your kitchen?) but not to worry; if you’re not in the mood to splurge on a new whisk, the founder has announced plans to make a more universal (think one-size-fits-all) Whisk Wiper in the future.

As of Nov. 4, the Whisk Wiper has more than $55,500 in pledges, which is much, much more than its initial $10,000 goal. If you are interested in buying your own Whisk Wiper, you can try to snag one on the Kickstarter for $23 (the early-bird $19 option is no longer available) or get two for $46. The estimated delivery on the Whisk Wiper is March 2017.

Happy (and clean) whisking!

Sources: Whisk Wiper/Kickstarter / Photo Credit: Whisk Wiper/Kickstarter, Whisk Wiper/InstagramTags: baking, easy cleaning, Kickstarter, kitchen utensil, new whisk cleaner, whisk, whisk wiper
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This Smart Machine Is A Coffee Lover’s Dream Come True

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Could this be the multi-functional coffee maker all of us caffeine addicts have been waiting for?

It’s possible, folks: there’s a new coffee machine slated to hit the market called GINA, and apparently it is able to perform three distinct functions, which is sure to meet your coffee needs on any given day.

GINA was produced by the same fine people who gave us the Goat Story Coffee Mug, and has a similarly beautiful design which is sure to look great in anybody’s kitchen. But GINA isn’t just beautiful; she’s got brains too.

GINA’s Kickstarter pages bills the device as “the first smart coffee instrument with a built-in scale and an app enables you to brew coffee with pour-over, immersion and cold drip.” What makes her special is that she comes with a built-in Bluetooth scale that actually weighs your ingredients for you, which makes striking the perfect balance between coffee, water and time an absolute breeze.

Basically, users just connect GINA with an app via Bluetooth on their phones to transfer and save their favorite brewing data combos; they will also be able to browse other users’ favorite brews and see what the online community is sharing on a public feed.

Gina’s specially designed valve allows users to choose whether they want a pour-over coffee, an immersion brew, or  cold drip. At the moment, GINA can brew only 25-ounces at a time, which is just over four cups of coffee.

If you’re interested in purchasing a GINA, you can still pledge $160 or more on its Kickstarter page to receive one coffee machine in your choice of color (either black, white, or steel) around April 2017. 

Sources: GINA/Kickstarter / Photo credit: GINA/Kickstarter

Tags: bluetooth, coffee, coffee machine, GINA, Kickstarter
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Behold The Magic Measuring Spoon Of Your Dreams

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One of the best things about growing up was transitioning from dreading having to sit down to dinner with my family (I was a very picky eater, and had “more important things to do”) to getting excited over recipes, and gradually becoming a better chef.

No meal, no matter how complex or simple, can be created without the essentials, though; you need your ingredients, and you need your tools. Food has to be measured by something, and cooked on something in order to be served.

So that’s why this new 4-in-1 measuring spoon called Polygons is proving to be such a hit for amateur and professional chefs alike.

“Polygons is the origami-like measuring spoon that lays flat and folds to 4 different sizes to fit your cooking and baking needs,” reads the tool’s KickStarter page.

Essentially, the company called Polygons Design has created a new, multifaceted cooking tool that is able to transform into multiple measuring spoons. While the Polygon is a flat device naturally, it features several remarked areas across its surface; all you have to do is pick it up along any of its marked measuring figures, and the spoon adheres to your desire — shapeshifting forms.

And what’s more, it’s super easy to clean. All you have to do is use some hot water and a soapy sponge.

The KickStarter also gives other suggestions on how to use the device; you can use its flat surface like a knife, and scoop/spread your ingredients (like jam) onto food. Because it’s flat, it is also easy to store, and takes up hardly any space in your kitchen cabinet.

If you’re interested in getting your own set of Polygons spoons, you’ll need to pledge $33 on the company’s KickStarter page now. You used to be able to pledge less, but the spoon is such a hit that the cheaper pledges are no longer available. The estimated delivery is January 2017, and they’ll ship anywhere in the world.

Source: Polygons Design/KickStarter / Photo credit: Polygons/Kickstarter

Tags: cooking utensils, Kickstarter, measuring spoon, origami, polygon
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This Magical Machine Makes Cocktails In The Push Of A Button

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Are you an aspiring mixologist, but also kind of lazy? If so, you’re in luck!

The world’s first app-controlled robotic bartending appliance (say that five times fast) is now in its final phases of manufacturing, which means that soon, you can have this handy-dandy appliance in your kitchen, crafting thoroughly mixed cocktails with infused bitters in seconds.

The appliance is called Somabar, and essentially can make cocktails for you the same way that pod coffee makers can. Somabar operates six refillable “Soma Pods” (sort of like the grown-up version of K-Cups) filled with different kinds of liqueurs, syrups, mixers, and bitters to experiment with.

What’s more, the Somabar is expected to be available in five different colors, and is actually Wi-Fi operated, which means you can order your drink with the click of a button, and pick it up whenever you so desire.

“We have a passion for cocktails. So we spent the last three years designing the robotic bartender we always wanted in our own kitchens. We’ve been obsessed with three principles: Performance, Perfection and Price. As a result, Somabar delivers mouthwatering bitters infused cocktails in under 5 seconds and is priced the same as an affordable smart appliance,” reads the Kickstarter.

“While drinking delicious cocktails and sharing them with your friends always makes for a great night, making them is a pain. Even if you had a recipe book, jigger, strainer, twisted bar spoon, cocktail shaker and a mixing glass, you probably don’t have the wealth of experience that a bartender or mixologist has. No problem, because Somabar does. It takes the pain out of making great cocktails and requires you to do just one thing, press a button.”

Really beats competing with nine strangers to catch your bartender’s eye on a busy night, no?

You can pre-order the snazzy units for $429 at the Somabar website now.

Source: Somabar/Kickstarter / Photo credit: Somabar/Kickstarter

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The Country’s First Native American Restaurant Could Help Define A Beautiful And Unrecognized Cuisine

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Whether your ancestors immigrated to America from Italy or China, there is probably a restaurant just blocks away from your home where you can enjoy their native cuisine. A place where you can connect with your roots through food, where you can sense where you came from by appreciating the nuances of cooking techniques, of carefully selected ingredients.

Long before Americans began tasting German dishes and seeking influence from Mexican flavors, Native Americans were foraging for chokecherries and mastering the cooking of wild game. But while European tastes have a vast presence in American restaurants, Native American cuisine is all but invisible.

The Sioux Chef, a team working for the recognition of pre-colonial cuisine in modern kitchens, is on its way to change that — by opening an indigenous restaurant.

Heading the effort is Sean Sherman, 42, a chef from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He’s spent the last 30 years working in restaurants in the Midwest and the last few years wondering why the techniques of the nearby Lakota and Ojibwe tribes are so chief to him and so obscure to others.

“Why is it that you can find cuisine from all over the world in our many great cities, but not the food that comes from right under our feet, the food that is Native to our regions and the Indigenous Peoples?” Sherman wrote on The Sioux Chef’s Kickstarter page, the main fundraising effort for the project.

The campaign has already surpassed its $100,000 goal, with two weeks left to continue fundraising.

Sherman isn’t new to speaking out about Native cooking. He opened Minnesota-based The Sioux Chef as a catering and food-education business in 2014. The next year, he and business partner Dana Thompson opened the Tatanka Truck, which serves indigenous foods from Minnesota and the Dakotas. And now, after much success and media exposure, they’ve set their sights on opening The Sioux Chef, an Indigenous Kitchen. 

It will be the first Native American restaurant of its kind.

The team’s vision for the restaurant includes a 120-seat dining room, as well as a garden, a conference room and a kitchen large enough to hold workshops for visitors. They plan to use the space to continue meeting with Native chefs, to host performances by Native artists and to showcase traditional preparation of indigenous foods.

Sherman’s dishes are graceful and colorful, composed of foods used by indigenous groups for centuries: sunflower, chokecherry, elder flower, fir.

Absent are wheat flour, sugar, and dairy — government-issued foods that replaced traditional Native cuisine many years ago, according to The New York Times.

Below is Sherman, part of the Oglala Lakota sub-tribe, plating food at the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation.

The Sioux Chef plans to use additional incoming donations to make the Indigeneous Kitchen less of a restaurant and more of a community space. They envision a sustainable wood-fired cooking line and, down the road, locations in other regions.

Support for the project would suggest that is more than likely.

Sources: The Sioux Chef/Kickstarter, The New York Times / Photo credit: Becca Dilley for the Heavy Table via The Sioux Chef

Tags: indigenous, Kickstarter, native american, native american food, restaurant
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Of Course There’s Now A New Way To Play Beer Pong

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Are you so good at beer pong that you have run out of ways to make it trickier? Do you need a cool new party trick, or maybe a handicap to practice with on your own, so that you dominate when you’re with friends?

If this sounds up your alley, you might be looking for a way to shake up the classic game. What better way to do that than with a little gadget that moves your drinks around while you are trying to score?

Chip in $40 to the Pongbot Kickstarter, and one of these little beer pong robots could be yours:

“Pongbot is a robotic cup holder that creates a moving target,” creators Alan Dorfman and Jayson Esterow wrote on the Kickstarter page. “Instead of tossing a ping pong ball at a group of stationary cups, Pongbot spins, darts, and randomly changes direction. This makes beer pong more fun, more exciting and a lot more challenging!”

Dorfman and Esterow have been perfecting the Roomba-like device for a couple of years now, so they are looking to raise $100,000 to help them start producing Pongbots on a larger scale.

The Pongbot holds one Solo cup (or five, if you use it with the caddy) and features LED-lighting, edge sensors that are supposed to keep your beers from falling off the table and a remote control, in case you want to try to foil your opponents yourself. If that’s not your thing, it can also move around on its own.

“Pongbot absolutely raises the bar on everyone’s favorite party game — use it at pre-games, college and frat parties, tailgates, barbecues or when you are just hanging out!” the Kickstarter page says. “You can also play with non-alcoholic beverages, or no beverage at all! It’s a game of skill — man vs bot! Play it solo, one-on-one or in teams.”

One thing to keep in mind: if you’re using the five-drink caddy, you’ll want to make sure there is a beer in each corner or it might trip up the edge sensors and fall off your table — or at least that’s what happened to the people from Engadget.

We’ll assume this won’t be a problem for you, since you’ll keep the beer flowing at your party, right?

Sources: Pongbot/Kickstarter, Engadget / Photo credits: Pongbot/KickstarterEngadget

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This Guy Wants To Publish A Drake-Themed Cookbook

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If you’re reading this, it’s not too late to help fund a Kickstarter project for an unofficial Drake cookbook.

Atlanta resident and Drake fan Ben Devore needs to raise $20,000 more by August 17, for his dream to come true.

“If you’re like most people, then food and Drake are two of your favorite things,” his Kickstarter description reads. “With this project, I’m aiming to combine those interests into a collection of unique and delicious Drake-themed recipes sure to impress even the biggest music and culinary buffs.”

His inspiration for the book came about, he wrote, as he was whisking an egg wash while listening to Drake’s “10 Bands” — specifically, the lyric, “…in the Six cooking with the wrist motion.”

Devore’s proposed cookbook promises to include recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, desserts and drinks. The title of each dish is a nod to a Drake hit. Think “Back to Baby Back Ribs” and “Hotline Wings.”

My personal suggestions include “Pop(corn) Style Shrimp,” “Too Good Tacos,” “Best Brownies I Ever Had” and, of course, “Pound Cake.” I trust Devore has hit at least one of these marks.

Drake’s days as an actor on Degrassi aren’t neglected, either; the book includes instructions for “DeGrassi-Fed Burgers.”

Devore has a full-time job at an advertising agency, but he said his book will deliver not only delicious recipes, but top-notch photography and “extremely entertaining hip-hop puns and references,” as well.

The project, titled If You’re Eating This It’s Too Late, has received just $205 of its needed $25,000. He hopes to release the book by the fall of 2017. Nevertheless, Chef Devore seems optimistic online.

“I believe the estimated completion date gives me plenty of time to complete the project, but if there are delays I will be sure to maintain full transparency with my backers through regular updates,” he wrote.

Much of his transparency comes from his Instagram account, @whisk_god (a reference to “6 God”, which he uses to document the project). The latest video, posted three weeks ago, looks promising, featuring a bubbling strawberry reduction.

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Pledging at least $15 will get you a “Whisk God” sticker. Give $25 and you’ll get your name listed in the book’s “Special Thanks” section. The rewards will, you guessed it, only improve with larger donations.

Click here to donate and watch Devore’s video explaining the project.

Source: Kickstarter / Photo credit: ReconEG/Reddit

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This Brave Little Toaster Can Predict The Weather, Then Remind You To Pay Your Bills

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We all know about the brave little toaster, but this new Kickstarter-funded appliance is brave and bold in a whole new way.

Why? Because its functions span beyond simply toasting your bread — that’s toaster amateur hour now. This updated kitchen model called the Toasteroid applies microfilament technology and an accompanying smartphone app not only to predict the weather on your toast, but to remind its users to pay their gosh darn bills on time.

“Toasteroid is NOT just a toaster,” reads its KickStarter page. “An ordinary toaster turns bread brown and that’s the ONLY thing a toaster can do. Toasteroid can be your personal Weather Forecaster, Private Messenger, and Doodle Pad. It can do all of the above with simple commands from your smartphone and still make the most perfect piece of toast you’ve ever had.”

“Toast awesome images, the weather, send toast messages, and everything in between to cure your morning blues!” the KickStarter page adds.

Essentially, the Toasteroid connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth, thus enabling the mobile app. From there, users can select a vast array of designs to emblazon on their toast, including pre-made templates or a draw-your-own-design type option. For those of you who aren’t morning people, and find it too difficult to look outside your window, you may also use the Toasteroid to print the day’s weather forecast for you.

Real toast experts, who pride themselves on their discerning toast palates, never fear. Not only does the Toasteroid come with all the cute, aforementioned perks — it actually sounds like a pretty solid toaster, allowing users to choose the exact level of tastiness they prefer their bread to be browned.

As of August 16, the Toasteroid is able to boast more than 980 backers, and has also reached over $91,000 of its $150,000 goal, with 33 days left to pledge. The Toasteroid is predicted to begin shipping to its pledgers in July 2017, and will retail at $85 a pledge, or $65 for the miniature version.

Source: Toasteroid/KickStarter / Photo credit: Toasteroid/KickStarter

Tags: Kickstarter, kitchen appliances, toast, toasteroid
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If You Prefer Cider To Beer, Then We’ve Got Some Great News For You (Video)

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Over the past few years, Americans have fallen head over heels for craft beer. The trend has become so popular that some customers are even attempting to brew their own beer for the ultimate small-batch experience.

Unfortunately, however, as many of us know, the process of brewing your own beer is both complicated and, unsurprisingly, beer-centric.

That’s where Alchema comes in. Funded through Kickstarter, the new machine allows customers to make their own hard cider, mead, and wine, all in the comfort of their own homes (video below).

Even better? The Alchema utilizes all of the latest technology to ensure that the process is as safe and easy as “making a pot of coffee.” According to Eater, the device includes an app, scale, fermentation monitor and special UV light to ensure that the right ingredients are added at the right time and in the right amounts, and that no unwanted bacteria contaminate the beverage.

If you’re intrigued by the concept, you’re not alone. The Alchema has already generated over $53,000 from 195 backers. Considering the fact that the device’s makers hope to make $80,000 by September 9, we have a feeling that they will reach their goal.

Anyone who has ever attempted to make their own wine or beer knows how complicated it can become. In a statement, Alchema’s CEO stated, “Almost two million Americans have attempted to home-brew, but it usually turns out disappointing in terms of flavor or complexity to use. We want to make home-brewing easy and fun for everyone to create and share over and over.”

Personally, we’re more than sold on the Alchema. Donations on the device’s Kickstarter page start as low as $5, but you will have to give at least $299 in order to get your hands on an actual machine.

Check out the video below, and then get to pledging! We’re sure that the resulting cider, mead, and fun will be more than worth it!

Sources: Eater, Alchema/YouTube / Photo credit: Alchema/Kickstarter

Tags: Alchema, Beer, Cider, Craft, Kickstarter
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This Coffee Grinder Is Wi-Fi-Enabled

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Coffee is a way of life for many Americans. Most of us cannot even fathom starting the day without a cup of Joe, and quality is becoming an increasingly important aspect of our daily caffeine fix following the rise of the third way coffee movement.

Unfortunately, however, trips to your local artisanal coffee shop can add up quickly, relegating many individuals to the sub-par world of stale beans and drip coffee that characterizes home-brewed coffee.

Luckily, however, thanks to a recent Kickstarter campaign, there’s new hope for the world’s broke coffee snobs. According to The Verge, a revolutionary Wi-Fi-enabled coffee grinder has been developed by a firm named GIR, or “Get It Right.”

Entitled “Voltaire,” the grinder’s creators claim that their product can detect whether or not coffee beans are stale, using a variety of sensors and measurement standards. While the details of the technology remain a little cloudy, the product apparently generates a “freshness” scale for the beans enclosed in its hopper according to their “temperature, humidity, bean mass, volume, ‘gas concentration,’ and ‘volatile compound release.'” 

When the beans become stale, the Voltaire will either notify its owner or automatically order new beans, depending on the setting selected.

Despite the fact that the Wi-Fi-enabled grinder might seem like a niche product, the Voltaire has already raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter, and its funders seem very enthused about the product. While you can currently purchase a Voltaire on the crowdfunding site, all of the low-cost units have already sold-out.

If you consider yourself a true coffee cognoscente, however, you can still snatch up a $199 unit. Options include upgrading to a “pour-over stand, a steel-and-copper tamper,” and even a “hand-crafted marble tamping tray.”

Nevertheless, before you balk at the price, you might want to add up how much money you spend at your local coffee shop every year—the number might surprise (and alarm) you!

Source: The Verge / Photo credit: Voltaire/Kickstarter

Tags: coffee Grinder, GIR, Kickstarter, Voltaire, Wifi Enabled
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The Barisieur: Wakes You Up With Freshly Brewed Coffee (Video)

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The Barisieur, which has been described as a “designer coffee and tea alarm clock,” has raised over $225,000 on Kickstarter, which shows how much the world wishes they already had such a useful invention. It’s so obvious, yet so brilliant, that it makes you wonder how no one has ever thought to create such a contraction before.

This alarm clock can be used to prepared coffee or tea to ease you into the day. In addition to the smell of the freshly brewed beverage and the sound of bubbling water alleviating the pain of interrupting your slumber, the Barisieur also reportedly encourages a nighttime ritual so the body and mind can get ready to relax and fall asleep.

As the Barisieur utilizes induction techniques, not only will it boil water in an efficient amount of time, but the heating surface will stay cool as a result, which makes the machine safe to use. For those who enjoy milk with their coffee or tea, the contraception includes a milk vessel to keep it cool overnight. As the machine has a USB port, you can charge your phone while waiting for your coffee to be ready.

Based on the photos in the Kickstarter campaign, the Barisieur need not only be used as an alarm clock. Place the innovative invention next to your computer and enjoy a single cup of coffee or tea while working.

The early bird Kickstarter specials are sold out, so you need to pledge about $385 if you hope to be one of the first to receive a Barisieur. 

Source: Kickstarter / Photo Credit: Kickstarter

Tags: coffee, Kickstarter, Tea, The Barisieur
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Enjoy Fresh Tortillas In 90 Seconds With The ‘Keurig Of Tortillas’ (Video)

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Flatev, an “artisan tortilla maker” that has been referred to as the “Keurig of tortillas,” aims to make fresh corn or flour tortillas in under 90 seconds (video below).

“Because they’re fresh when you eat them, not when you buy them, they’re even better than what you can buy at a bakery,” according to the Flatev ad below.

Carlos Ruiz, the co-founder and CEO of the company, developed the Flatev because he struggled to make homemade tortillas when he lived in the U.S. and missed authentic ones entirely when he moved to Europe, as noted by Verge.

“You know that age-old problem, when you want to make fajitas at home but just don’t want to settle for store-bought tortillas?” Wired inquired. “We’ve all been there. Thankfully, a new company has the solution.”

The machine uses pods of dough in a variety of flavors to prepare the tortillas one at a time, and unlike the Keurig, the pods are reportedly recyclable. The dough is also all-natural and gluten-free, so all of your friends and family could enjoy your fancy new appliance without the need to worry about dietary restrictions. The pods will be 79 cents each, so I’d personally just Google a gluten-free recipe myself, but to each his own.

The company initiated a Kickstarter campaign and has managed to pass its initial goal of $50,000 within a matter of days. As the retail price of a Flatev artisan tortilla maker will be $437, those who pledge the Super Early Bird or Cinco De Mayo specials were able to get one for $199. The most dedicated VIP backers will receive 10 tortilla makers and 480 pods of dough for $2,799.

Sources: Eater, Verge, Kickstarter / Photo credit: Flatev via Tech Insider

Tags: appliance, Flatev, Keurig, Kickstarter, tortillas
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New Start-Up Uses Lasers To Engrave Chocolate

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Roses are red
Violets are blue
I don’t have a card
Will chocolate do?

Here’s hoping all you romantics out there are better poets than I am, because there’s a new Kickstarter campaign for a start-up that wants to help you deliver heartfelt messages to your loved ones — on chocolate.

Founded by Michael and Jennifer Sauvageau, Noteworthy Chocolates is a “chocolate stationery” company that uses lasers to engrave writing on slabs of Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate sustainably sourced from Ecuador, according to their Kickstarter page. The “stationery” will be available in dark, milk and white chocolate varieties.

According to News Times, the sweet idea came to Michael last fall on his 45th birthday when, as he was leaving an events expo at the Javits Center, he realized that everyone there appeared to be handing out chocolate. 

“I started wondering what kind of novel things we could do with chocolate and what we could do to personalize it,” he told News Times.

And thus began the Sauvageaus’ joint foray into the world of chocolate and lasers.

After months of research, the couple was able to test the feasibility of their idea at the Innovation Center, where they mastered a method that allows them to engrave their chocolates via laser without compromising their quality.

“It was really amazing to watch the whole process as it unfolded,” Jennifer told News Times.

According to the start-up’s Kickstarter, Jennifer is allergic to seven of the eight major allergens, which spurred the couple to consider carefully what kind of chocolate they felt was appropriate for the company. So, sourcing “premium soy-free chocolate” was a priority.

“[Our chocolate is] crafted in small batches in the French artisan tradition in the US with only the finest non-GMO ingredients,” Noteworthy Chocolates’ Kickstarter page explains. “The dark chocolate shares equipment with milk and white chocolate. Their facility is free of peanuts, eggs, wheat, shellfish and fish and the chocolate is soy, peanut and gluten-free.”

As of April 28, their Kickstarter campaign to help fund the endeavor has raised nearly $14,000 of its $27,000 goal. There are 17 days left to donate.

“So far, everything has been improvised, so we’re excited for what we can do with more space and professional equipment,” the Kickstarter reads. “With your backing, we will create a certified kitchen and laser lab, purchase lasers and other equipment, order professional chocolate molds, develop the website, and then make and send all the yummy rewards!”

The Noteworthy Chocolates Kickstarter page can be found here, if you’d like to donate. And even if the recipient of your edible sentiments rejects you, you can rest assured that, at the very least, “no chocolate is harmed in the laser engraving process.”

Sources: Noteworthy Chocolates/KickstarterNews Times / Photo credit: Noteworthy Chocolates/Kickstarter

Tags: chocolate, Kickstarter, start-up, valentines day
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Kickstarter For Wine Dispenser Raises Insane Amount Of Money!

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An alcohol company’s crowdfunding campaign for its wine dispenser startup raised an impressive $100,000 in just 15 hours.

In less than a day, Somm by SYNEK — a new wine dispenser startup — exceeded its $100,000 goal, as funding continues even further, Eater reported. The fascinating countertop dispenser “learns” the preferences of drinkers over time, according to startup founder Steve Young. 

Not unlike a Keurig coffee-maker, Somm uses a vessel to hold up to three bottles of wine at one time and leaves the wine almost perfectly preserved. Young told Eater that the vessels, called “sylos,” can fit in a standard wine rack and are eco-friendly. 

The sylos reportedly work with the machine to chill and aerate the wine bottles, and consumers can log their drink choices on a corresponding smartphone app that orders more wine when it starts to run out. 

Somm is looking at a Christmas 2016 launch, and will retail for $299.

Wine drinkers, rejoice!

Sources: EaterSomm by SYNEK Kickstarter / Photo credit: Eater 

Tags: Kickstarter, Somm, Synek, Wine Dispenser
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