Food in the News: Gigantic Pumpkins, Scary Beers and Top-Selling Candy

Photo: Laura Fenton
Photo: Laura Fenton

Extra Large Pumpkin – In the spirit of fall, and of course Halloween, we wanted to talk about a awesome world record. Breaking the world record for biggest pumpkin is a squash grown by Wisconsin’s Chris Stevens. It weighs more than 1,800 pounds and will be on display at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) until Halloween. It’s a lot lighter in color, than you’d expect, and actually kind of ugly.

Top 10 Scary Beer Names for Halloween – LA Weekly created a fun list filled with creepiest beer names, just in time for Halloween. The top creeper is Fallen Angel Black Death Chili, which is an English beer made with the world’s hottest chili, the Naga or Death Chili. Second place goes to Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

Top-Selling Candy From Around the World – Curious about what candy bar are super popular in a country other than your own? Check out this article then! In the U.K., candy lovers chow down on Bounty, a chocolate bar filled with milk chocolate. Rice candy is a hit in Japan. In Italy, Perugina’s Baci is really popular. They are basically chocolate bonbons filled with hazelnut chocolate cream and topped with a whole hazelnut. I’d love to try all these great treats!

The Craziest Vending Machines – Do you ever get sick and tired of the typical candy bars, pretzels and drinks in the vending machine in your office? Yep, me too. I don’t think I’d get as bored if I had one of these cool vending machines mentioned in this story. A Japanese vending machine holds seafood, that you can actually try to fish out. It’s kind of like the crane game. A Scandinavian machine cooks up French fries to order!

Perfect Pasta – The Chicago Tribune has a very informative article running today all about how to make the perfect homemade pasta. For all the novice chefs out there, you’ll be happy to know that there are only 10 steps involved to make this excellent meal. If you’ve never made your own pasta before, make sure to check this article out.

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