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If you're anything like me (god help you), you've had a bunch of conversations over the years as to what "mystery flavor" Dum Dums are all about. I've always assumed that they just wrapped a certain number of lollipops at random with that wrapper so that the flavor was a surprise—but that they were still just the standard flavors. BZZZZT, WRONG, says Mental Floss! Apparently, the truth is that a mystery flavor is any hybrid created when two flavors overlap in production. Otherwise, they'd have to stop the line in between batches and clean the equipment. I guess this is good to know, but the loss of a conversation piece is always a little bittersweet.
"Which is more evil: Coke or Pepsi?" asks Mother Jones, subtly. They've created a side-by-side comparison of the brands according to various metrics, from health problems to social justice issues to environmental concerns. To wit (although most are a bit more serious):
How do you get Americans interested in your product? "Just Add Sugar," says Rebecca Mead in this week's New Yorker. You can't read the whole thing there unless you subscribe, but the gist is that if you want to import almost any food (here, Greek yogurt is a prime example), you'll need to sweeten it up if you want Americans en masse to jump on board. (Locally, consider PollyOdd's "limoncello for the American palate.")
Or actually, just add sugar to everything regardless: Bourbon is about as American as it gets, but according to BloombergBusinessweek, the current key to growth in that market is a healthy dose of maple flavoring. To each their own, but what makes me really queasy is this reductive jargon from a Jim Beam exec: "We think females are now participating in flavored bourbon at twice the rate they are in the unflavored bourbon."
Bonus! For a far more interesting read on women and whiskey, Serious Eats looks at the new book Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey, and touches on stories of women who were prosecuted as witches and burned at the stake because they were making whiskey.
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