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You may know Dominique Ansel as the creative dessert wizard who has brought uniquely delicious and exceptionally Instagram-worthy desserts into the world. 

No doubt, I’m talking about the man who invented cronuts (croissant-donuts), milk-and-cookie shots, and even a rare Oreo cookie spread. 

Yep. He may be the master of a special form of dessert wizardry, which allows him to come up with extremely novel (and again, exceptionally Instagrammable) desserts. 

But this latest summer treat may be one of his strangest creations yet: watermelon soft serve. 

And no, I’m not only talking about watermelon flavored soft serve ice cream. I’m talking about an actual fresh watermelon slice filled up and served with watermelon soft serve. 

This crazy dessert is called the What-A-Melon Soft Serve (even the name is endearingly creative!) and it’s made with homemade watermelon soft serve ice cream served in a hollowed out fresh-cut ripe watermelon slice.

To make things even wilder, the soft serve comes with a side of sea salt and the watermelon slice has some chocolate “seeds” on the side. What-A-Melon, indeed. 

I know it’s hard to imagine, so you’ll just have to see it for yourself: 

Happy 2nd Birthday, #DABJapan! To celebrate, we're launching our brand new What-a-Melon Soft Serve this SATURDAY at our #Omotesando shop, made with a slice of juicy fresh watermelon filled with our homemade watermelon soft serve ice cream, chocolate "seeds," and a little container of sea salt on the side that you can sprinkle on it finish. Happy summer, #Tokyo! ?? #whatamelon #softserve #icecream #birthday #DABJapan #DominiqueAnselJapan #watermelon ?2??!! ?????????ó??ó????2??????????????!??????????!!? ????????????2???????????ó??????ó??????! ???????ó?????????????ó?!??ó?ó???????ó????? ?????????????????????ó??????ó?????????!???????????????????????!???ó??ó????#??? #?????????ó??ó #????ó? #??? #???

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Red, refreshing, and probably healthier than your regular ice cream treat. 

What do you think? Would you try it?

I guess if you like watermelon, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t. I’m personally not a watermelon fan, but I can still appreciate the cuteness of this creation. 

The What-A-Melon Soft Serve was created to for Dominique Ansel Japan’s second anniversary celebration on June 24. 

And yep, you guessed it, it’s not yet available outside of Japan. But maybe one day. A foodie can dream. 

And if you need some more fruity foodspiration, the What-A-Melon Soft Serve is not the only fruit-based treat Ansel has created. 

Check out these beautiful Kiwi Sorbet Bars being served up in London: 

Kiwi sorbet, vanilla ice cream and milk chocolate coating? That’s all we need to hear. 

Kiwi get a flight to London, please?

Source: Delish / Photo credit: marinaphotographyhenna/Pixabay

Tags: Dominique Ansel, soft serve, summer, Watermelon
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Chef Puts Taco Seasoning On Watermelon; Internet Rages (Video)


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So, who reading this has heard of the Food Network show called “Man Crafted” (video below)?

I just learned about it today, but apparently one of the chefs who appears on it — a man named James Briscione — made quite a splash in the online foodie community for doing things to a watermelon on camera that people take serious issue with.

Namely, he cut the melon up into little cubes, stabbed the bite-sized chunks with a toothpick, and then finished off his culinary creation by sprinkling a fine dusting of salt and taco seasoning on top.

To be fair, I have never tried watermelon with taco seasoning before; I have, however, sampled different combinations that I never thought would work with watermelon, and been pleasantly surprised.

Watermelon and feta? It’s delicious. Watermelon with just a little bit of lime juice? Out of this world.

Taco seasoning, however, just doesn’t do it for my appetite’s imagination, and apparently most of the internet agrees, because people have been reacting extra negatively to the mere notion of the idea.

“This is terrible,” writes one distraught Twitter user.

“I honestly thought the guy would accidentally cut his finger off – what happened was way worse in my opinion!” adds another.

“That’s a weird way to cut watermelon but okay,” another Twitter user said in the beginning. Upon seeing that Briscione was not using salt, but taco seasoning, however, the Twitter user continued: “I need to try salt on watermelon somet- OH GOD WHY.”

What do you think of the combination? Would you give it a try or do you agree with all of the baffled and even furious diners of the internet?

Source: Kelly/Twitter / Photo Credit: Pexels

Tags: food abomination, food network, man crafted, taco seasoning, Watermelon
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This Is What Happens When You Drop A Rubber-Coated Watermelon 150 Feet (Video)


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Can you guess what would happen to a watermelon if you dropped it from 100 feet in the air? Yeah, probably. It busts. Actually, this one looks a little more like it exploded.

What happened to the regular watermelon, although fun to watch, was not the news of the day for YouTube group “How Ridiculous,” who films themselves doing crazy things and posts to YouTube in response to suggestions from readers. The real news is what happens with the rubber-coated watermelon.

So, the group takes the second watermelon and uses a spray-on rubber material called Line-X to coat and protect it. They then drop the coated watermelon from 150 feet in the air. Surprisingly enough, it not only stays intact, it actually bounces! Where a normal watermelon would explode, the rubber coated watermelon bounced.

You’ll notice in the video below that the guys did admit that beneath the rubber coating, the watermelon definitely broke. There is some speculation in the comment thread that suggests it only stays intact because the coating is so thick, and that makes the result somewhat less impressive. To be honest, I’m more impressed with what happens later.

After seeing that the watermelon is still in one piece (thanks to its protective layer), the guys continue to try and break it, now by swinging a hatchet down on it several times. To my astonishment, it still doesn’t even crack! That’s pretty amazing.

At the end of the video, you’ll see proof that there’s actually a watermelon under there when they use a table saw to open it up. You know, in case everyone is starting to wonder. That’s when it’s revealed just how thick that coating of rubber really is.

Crazily enough, when they open the rubber layering, it is revealed that the inside of the watermelon did not take the hits nearly as well as the outer protective layer. The actual meat of the water melon falls right out onto the ground. However, the rind itself only suffers one hole in the bottom. See for yourself in the video below!

Source: How Ridiculous/YouTube / Photo credit: live_fit_stay_fit/Instagram

Tags: Watermelon, YouTube Video
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The 13 Cutest Watermelon Gifs You Will Ever See


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It’s National Watermelon Day!

We know you love watermelon, but do you love it as much as this guy?

Or this guy?

Or this champ, who loves watermelon so much that it makes his eyes bulge with happiness?

Or this terrifying beast, who goes in straight for the kill?

Maybe you prefer to savor your food a little more and nibble on it.

You might even like to lick off all the refreshing watermelon juice, like this impeccably-groomed little guy:

Eating watermelon can be tricky. Where do I start? Why does it keep moving when I try to take a bite?

Perhaps you prefer to dive in headfirst.

Wait for it…

Whoops! A much safer technique involves cradling the tasty treat like the preciousssss snack it is…

Or sharing it with a friend…

Good food tastes best when shared with good friends, as these three buddies know better than anyone:

Sharing is caring, especially when it comes to nature’s candy.

Everyone has their own favorite way to eat a watermelon. Here’s how we like to do it:

Featured Photo Credit: im1naturer/YouTube

Tags: cute animals, dogs eating watermelon, food gifs, National Watermelon day, Watermelon
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Learn How To Skin A Watermelon With This Amazing Hack (Video)


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Watermelon is the king (or queen) of all summer fruit. It is delicious, refreshing, and incontrovertibly associated with warm weather and good times.

In fact, watermelon is so delicious that it makes anyone who possesses it into the life of the party. During the summer months, we make a point of never showing up at a gathering or party without one of the juicy red fruits—we can’t even imagine a better hostess gift or potluck contribution.

If you’re not a watermelon fanatic already, however, prepare to become one with this amazing—and amusing—hack (video below).

Considering our unwavering love of watermelons, we spend a lot of time on the Internet searching for recipes and tricks for eating our favorite fruit. It was on one of our most recent searches that we found this incredible clip, demonstrating how to skin a watermelon.

Before you become too awestruck, you should know that the video doesn’t actually show how to skin a watermelon. What it does show, however, is a mind-boggling, aesthetically pleasing trick to make people think that you know how to skin a watermelon!

Watch the video below, and then prepare to be the most popular person at your next party. We promise that the time and effort will be well worth the looks on your friends’ faces!

Source: Mark Rober/YouTube / Photo credit: Mark Rober/YouTube

Tags: food hacks, skin, Watermelon
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Square Watermelons Are Real; Your Argument Is Invalid


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The future is now: Hundreds of square watermelons are being grown each year in Japan, and they are just as visually shocking as you might imagine.

Apparently, the fruit is cultivated for upscale markets across the island nation, where they regularly sell for upwards of $80. Before you die of sticker shock, however, you should know that square watermelons have been bought for as much as $860, demonstrating the financial lengths that some individuals are willing to go to for the novelty fruit.

According to The Huffington Post, square watermelons were originally cultivated to fit more efficiently into refrigerators. Baby watermelons are placed inside of special boxes, forcing the fruit to take the shape of its container as it grows, resulting in a cubic adult melon.

Unfortunately, though, despite the food’s hefty price tag, square watermelons are not good to eat. In order to produce the most aesthetically pleasing fruit possible, growers harvest the melons before they are ripe, rendering them almost inedible.

If you are left wondering why anyone would ever pay $80 for an inedible fruit, you’re not alone. While expensive fruit is a customary gift in Japan, we can’t imagine the disappointment of receiving purely ornamental food as a present.

We suggest that you feast your eyes on the stunning images below, before heading to the grocery store for a cheaper watermelon — on which you can actually feast. We’ll stick to crowding our refrigerators with edible fruit for now, thank you very much.

This is a bizarre night lol square watermelon lol #squarewatermelon#toypoodle

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Watermelon squares. Yum. #WatermelonWednesday #squarewatermelon #watermelon #wednesday #square #fruit #cube #green

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It really is SQUARE!! #squarewatermelon #?????? #shikoku

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Source: The Huffington Post / Photo credit: Cardston Payne/Instagram

Tags: japan, square, Watermelon
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Watch This YouTuber Blow Up A Watermelon In Slo-Mo


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DIY celebrity YouTuber “CrazyRussianHacker” is known online for his constant vlogging of his unique experiments (video below). 

A few weeks ago, he taught the internet how to make liquid nitrogen ice cream, as reported by Food Beast. In continuation of his summer food theme, the YouTube star and several friends took a watermelon, stuffed it with a mortar (which is a powerful kind of firework)— and then blew it up.

Just for some flair, they documented the entire thing — from his repeated failed attempts to the final, pulpy red explosion — in slow motion.

Check out the video below:

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Sources: Foodbeast, CrazyRussianHacker/YouTube / Photo credit: Mashable

Tags: Watermelon, YouTube
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Forget Hot Sauce And Lemonade! Queen Bey Invests In Watermelon Juice


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Queen Bey is at it again. A little more than a week after Beyonce released the wildly popular “Lemonade,” a visual album promoting black female empowerment, and began her “Formation” world tour, the singer has invested in WTRMLN WTR, a line of cold-pressed watermelon juice.

Beyonce revealed the reasons for her investment in a press release, stating, “I invested in WTRMLN WTR because it’s the future of clean, natural hydration; as partners, we share a simple mission to deliver accessible wellness to the world.” 

The pop superstar went beyond a simple statement of intention, however, suggesting, “This is more than an investment in a brand, it’s an investment in female leaders, fitness, American farmers, and the health of people and our planet.”

While these may seem like lofty claims for a simple economic investment, recent trends suggest that Beyonce has become a global force to be reckoned with. Red Lobster, which is mentioned in the singer’s hit song, “Formation,” saw a huge spike in sales following the release of the single, and the lemon emoji has seen a major rise in popularity over the past week.

WTRMLN WTR is currently available at Costco, Amazon, and Whole Foods, but we expect to see a large spike in sales following the pop star’s announcement. A drink that promotes female empowerment, physical health, and the American economy? Sign us up!

Source: Eater / Photo credit: WTRMLN WTR via Eater

Tags: beyonce, Formation, juice, lemonade, Watermelon
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