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This Dark And Mysterious Charcoal Crepe Cake Is To Die For

Just when you (and frankly, I) thought that the charcoal food trend had exhausted itself into an opaque abyss, out comes Lady M from the depths of their own imagination to offer a sleek, jet-black charcoal mille crepe cake. Truly something out of any sweet lover’s darkest dreams.

Home to the famous, Instagram-able mille crepes, Lady M has launched a brand-new flavor for fall that captures seasonal vibes via an inky and mysterious charcoal cake. It features 20 lace-thin layers of charcoal-flavored crepes between coffee and charcoal-infused pastry cream.  The shady French pastry is then finished off with a charcoal ganache and ringed with cacao nibs. It’s to die for.

The sinister snack is only available through Halloween at the Lady M location in Irivine, CA, so your spooky sweet tooth needs to make haste — or find yourself mourning the loss of this murky mouthful.

Cue sinister laugh track.

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Black Fried Chicken From Japan Looks Hauntingly Delicious

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This was a pretty big year for the humble fried chicken: Troves of restaurants began creating their variations of Nashville Hot Chicken, we saw fried chicken ramen, and even fried chicken apparel. We also discovered that the beloved dish was the key to unlocking social media success.

Well, as the year draws to a close, we discover the haunting beauty of black fried chicken.

SoraNews reports that convenience store chain Lawson in Japan has created a unique fried chicken item. Known best for their Karaage-kun, bite-sized fried chicken, Lawsons recently introduced a new flavor to their stores: black hole.

It seems the new flavor is thanks to a promotion with a popular anime/manga called Space Brothers, hence the black hole branding.

The fried chicken itself comes in boneless, bite-sized pieces that feature a jet-black exterior. This was achieved through a combination of bamboo charcoal, squid ink, and black pepper.

Despite looking kind of sus, SoraNews reports that the fried snack actually tastes really good. Unfortunately, it will only be in Japan for a limited time. Fried chicken aficionados who happen to be in the country this time of the year, be sure to give it a shot.

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‘Charcoal Lattes’ Will Be The Next Drink Flooding Your Instagram Feed

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With Pink Drinks and Unicorn Lattes becoming crazes in the coffee shop world, we’ve finally come back full circle with a black colored drink. Well, charcoal to be exact.

These beautiful Charcoal Lattes have been spotted throughout coffee shops in London and Australia, and they’re  just as photogenic as any other colorful drink you’ve seen over the last year.

Once you go black you never go back #charcoallatte

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Instagram user Pavie V. got one of these lattes at Farm Girl Cafe in Notting Hill, saying it tasted like, “Charcoal with cashew milk and agave syrup.” Not sure how good that is, but at least we have an idea of its unusual taste.

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If you’re not familiar with the recent activated charcoal trend, which has been deemed safe to consume, there are supposed health benefits that people use for digestion and detoxification. This has led to “Black Lemonades,” and “Charcoal ice cream,” which have slowly made some noise on social media feeds.

We’re out here in California, so we can’t confirm how good or bad these lattes are, but we remember the trendy Starbucks Unicorn Frap was terrible, and people still flocked to get their pictures of it. Sometimes you just have to do it for the ‘gram.

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This Barbecue Bible Comes with Everything You Need for Grilling Including Charcoal and a Cutting Board

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If there was ever a Swiss Army Knife of books, it’d be the Biblia Definitiva Do Churrasco (Bible of Barbecue). The novelty cookbook was released in March as a promotion to Tramontina, a Brazilian line of kitchen ware. The book contains everything one would need to barbecue and look boss doing so.

The bible has a page made entirely out of coal to help jump start your grill, while another helps you sharpen your knives. There’s even a page that unfolds into an apron. The best thing is that everything is categorized in the order you’ll be needing them from charcoal to serving tray.

Sadly, it looks like the Bible of Barbecue is only available in Brazil. Though if anyone’s making a trip out there…

Note: Barbecue enthusiasts should have some minute experience if they plan on using the book. Pretty sure it doesn’t come with a first aid kit.

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Fast Food

Dunkin’ Donuts Thailand Has All-Black Chocolate-Flavored Donuts

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We’ve already seen McDonald’s all-black burgers, Vegas Premium’s 12-inch all-black hot dog and Aya Cemani’s all-black cock (chicken). This time around, Dunkin’ Donuts Thailand is rolling out a line of 27 inky (obsidian, raven, stygian) donuts guaranteed to make your inner 3m0-g0tH-ch1ld squee (you know, on the inside).

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From Charcoal-Choco-Chili to Charcoal Blue Mint to Charcoal Banoffee (banana toffee), Dunkin’s take on the monochromatic food trend definitely sounds tastier than anything we’ve seen in the past. According to Rocket News, “these doughnuts took a year in the making as Dunkin’ Donuts carefully selected what they thought were the best combination of ingredients.”

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For anyone still feeling a little squeamish (these things do look kinda dead after all), rest assured: the charcoal doesn’t affect the donuts’ taste at all. So you can indulge your morbid sweet tooth with all the comfort that your non-charcoal eating tastebuds can handle. Suh-weet.

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Behold the 12-Inch Long All-Black Hot Dog and Please Try Not to Be a Freaking Perv About It

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I wish I could say my mind didn’t ever go *there* after seeing this thing, but I am sadly much less evolved than I’d like to pretend. But don’t let my personal shortcomings stop you. Dirty minded or not, this 30 centimeter (or ~11.8 inch) all-black hot dog is still the coolest f*cking thing you’ll see all day.

Sold at the Vegas Premium Hot Dogs in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, the “Black Terra Hot Dog” gets its color from the edible bamboo charcoal powder used to make it and – believe it or not – actually doesn’t taste like ash. In fact, the gorgeous pigment is used as a natural food dye all throughout Asia, doesn’t affect the dog’s taste “at all,” and could even be “good for your health,” according to Oddity Central.

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So go ahead, take a bite. Take a picture. Share it with the world. Just, erm, try to avoid the “#deepthroat” hashtag, deal?

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Show the World You Mean Business With a BBQ Briefcase

Just because the 4th of July is over, doesn’t mean the celebration has to stop — and that includes during your office lunch hour. Did you buy too many burgers and hot dogs for your backyard fiesta? That’s okay, you can take the left overs with you and grill them on this handy Darwin Triangular BBQ.

It’s almost like the mullet of BBQs — business on the outside, party on the inside. Don’t be fooled by its small demeanor, you can fit 4 burgers or a few hot dogs on the grill rack comfortably. You might get looks carrying around a bag of charcoal, but it’s better than a brown bag lunch.

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