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The Real Reason We All Love To Order Ginger Ale On Planes

No one is really sure why, but ever since ginger ale and airplanes have both been around, they’ve gone hand in hand. I can’t remember why I first ordered ginger ale on a plane as a kid, but since then, the only other drinks I order on planes now are packed to the brim with booze. Some people still have a fear of flying.

Redditor muki_mono began a revolution when she asked the world of Reddit for their thoughts. “I always see people drinking ginger ale on planes, but almost never off them. I drink the same thing on planes than I do on solid ground, and it’s not ginger ale, but I keep feeling like there’s something everyone else is in on and I’m not.”

It’s magic sky juice.

As you can imagine, the thread erupted with a barrage of epiphanies, explanations and assumptions, all entertaining or informative. One Redditor referred to ginger ale as “magic sky juice,” while another pondered on the relativity of ginger ale, simply stating, “it’s just sort of…tradition.”

Most people believed that it helps settle an upset stomach, and frankly, I tend to agree with them. It’s settled my stomach more than once, especially as a child. That being said, there were some people slightly more qualified than your average Redditor who have a different opinion.

Sherry Ross, M.D., from Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, believes that, “It’s not the ginger providing the relief. . . You’re buying into the power of suggestion. We’ve learned from our mothers and grandmothers, who brought us ginger ale and chicken-noodle soup when we were sick as kids, that ginger ale works. . .Those types of foods have powerful messaging to our brains and that alone makes us feel better.”

As it turns out, it’s not the ginger in ginger ale that makes us feel better, but rather it’s a combination of nostalgia and a placebo effect.

I’m still getting ginger ale on every plane I board ’til the day I die.

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Packaged Food

Bush’s Releases ASIAN BBQ Baked Beans, Just For A While Though

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Baked bean lovers, prepare to take a journey to the east. Bush’s Baked Beans is releasing a limited-time Asian BBQ flavor.

Instead of the staple maple, brown sugar and bacon notes that Bush’s is known for, the new flavor will boast a taste of Asian-inspired spices. One of the main things you’ll apparently notice is the “umami” flavor of the beans. Also, a little ginger.

Pretty stoked to try this. Could go great as a chili or some kind of asian-inspired hot dog.

The cans are already shipping out to select grocery retailers. You can find them for about $1.94 for a 22-oz can. Prices may vary depending on location.

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Packaged Food

Lay’s ‘Do Us a Flavor Winner’ Is Not Cappuccino

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Many potato chip fans may remember a few months ago that four Frito-Lay’s test flavors hit the shelves. America snacked on them and snacked on them hard in order keep their favorite on the shelves. The finalists in the “Do Us a Flavor” competition were: Mango Salsa, Wasabi Ginger, Cappuccino and Bacon Mac & Cheese.

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It looks like Wasabi Ginger came out on top as it was officially named the winner of the contest. Those of you who remember our taste test and prediction back in July now know that, yes, we called it. While we did enjoy Cappuccino more than the other two runners-up, we’re guessing everyone else didn’t.

USA Today reports that Meneko Spigner McBeth, the creator of Wasabi Ginger, was declared the winner on Monday at a dinner for the finalists. McBeth will receive either a year’s worth of Lay’s Wasabi Ginger sales or $1 million, whichever figure ends up higher. Not bad.

H/T USA Today

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Features

We Compare Lay’s Cappuccino Flavor & More to The Real Thing

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Lay’s recently announced four new test flavors for their Do Us a Flavor campaign appearing on shelves at the end of the month. Some may remember that they launched a similar campaign last year, between Sriracha, Chicken and Waffles and Cheesy Garlic Bread. While it’s been heavily debated, Cheese Garlic Bread came across as the winner (I was rooting for Chicken and Waffles). Now it looks like Lay’s is at it again, this time with three four new flavors: Mango Salsa, Wasabi Ginger, Bacon Mac & Cheese and Cappuccino.

The flavors were chosen through a meticulous process of elimination and popularity before making it to the development phases. So definitely not out of a hat, people. The winner will receive either $1 million or one percent of their winning flavors sales, depending on whichever is higher. Solid, right?

We were sent a bag of each to the FOODBEAST office. The staff tried each flavor and rated each of them.

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Mango Salsa

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Created by Julia Stanley-Metz who recognizes her husband Rick for the inspiration — a man who loves to cook with exotic flavors and ingredients. Julia also makes fresh mango salsa for her family straight from the garden, which brought upon the Mango Salsa chip. Mango Salsa sounded awesome awesome in my head, but I was pretty not into it. Maybe because I associate Mango’s with sweet and juicy.

Marc:

TOO WEIRD. It’s like mango juice in chip form, not about that life.

Elie:

Not a fan of the taste, but I can respect them trying it.

Charisma:

WHY.

Dominique:

It tastes like someone just squeezed mango juice over it. Doesn’t blend at all.

RATING: 4/10

NOTES: The chips tastes both like mangos and salsa. Just not as compatible as an actual salsa.

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Cappuccino

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Suggested by Chad Scott, currently working on his Ph.D., the Cappuccino flavor was inspired by his local barista’s concoctions. The Cappuccino chip starts off pretty sweet with a clash of saltiness to it. Really liked this. Was prepared for an over seasoned chip with tons of coffee flavor that would make me choke. Instead, I was pretty surprised with how nicely the sweet and salt balance worked. Though a little too much on the sweet side.

Marc:

More of a dessert chip, possible best with vanilla bean ice cream.

Elie:

I’m kind of down. One of those chips that works in taste, but keeps getting cock-blocked by your mind trying to figure out what’s going on.

Charisma:

Tasted like a thin churro then when the aftertaste hits, it’s all south.

Dominique:

Okay as long as you remind yourself it’s a dessert chip.

RATING: 8/10

NOTES: Cappuccino tastes pretty close. Provided you enjoy your cappuccinos a little on the sweet side.

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Bacon Mac & Cheese

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Full-time Ohio firefighter matt Allen makes “family meals” at the firehouse whenever there’s training. His signature dish is bacon mac and cheese, which was a huge hit among his fellow fighters of fire. I delight in bacon as much as the next guy, maybe not Marc, but I just wasn’t into this. That being said, this will probably be America’s #1 choice. Just wait.

Marc:

I could not care less about bacon anything anymore. Sorry.

Elie:

This one was actually the most palatable of the bunch, but it’s such a drowned and uninspired flavor combo I had to put it at the bottom of the list.

Charisma:

So much potential but ended up with a lackluster flavor. I hate to say it but, “Needs more bacon.”

Dominique:

Just tastes like a cheese chip. Needs moar bacon.

RATING: 6/10

NOTES: Tastes more like cheese powder that has a bacon flavor. Not nearly as close to real bacon mac and cheese.

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Wasabi Ginger

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Created by Meneko Spigner McBeth, who loved sushi since she was a little girl learning how to make handmade rolls from her grandmother. Her taste for spicy foods like wasabi inspired the Wasabi Ginger flavor. I don’t throw the world “Love” around too much, but yeah. Tasted exactly how it sounded and maybe even a little better. Definitely ate a few more than I should have.

Marc:

This makes the most sense to me.

Elie:

Functionally the best chip of the four. I could eat an entire bag, surprised this hasn’t been created before.

Charisma:

Mouth Heaven.

Dominique:

If this doesn’t get chosen, I’m moving out of the US.

RATING: 10/10

NOTES: Tastes like the best parts of both wasabi and ginger. Though not too heavy on the wasabi side, but enough to give you a taste.

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So there you have it. Wasabi Ginger is the FOODBEAST staff’s #1 pick. Keep an eye out for all four Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contenders when they hit shelves July 28.

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Hit-Or-Miss

7-Eleven Michigan Launches Exclusive Ginger Ale Slurpee, Makes Other 49 States Super Jealous

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Why is it called ginger ale if it isn’t, by Wikipedia definition, an ale? Same reason root beer is called beer: that fuddy-duddy process by which its made, fermentation. Now, whether or not you’ve got an upset stomach or simply appreciate ginger ale for the slightly spicy, golden elixir that it is, 7-Elevens in Michigan have just created a reason to wish Canada Dry was in fact alcoholic, if only so we could use it to drown our sorrows.

Now available exclusively in Michigan, is the brand new 7-Eleven Vernors Ginger Ale Slurpee. According to a press release, Vernors is the 150 year old, Detroit-based ginger ale company that exacts 80% of its sales in Michigan alone. The new flavor is the first regional-only Slurpee flavor of its kind for the brand.

And to think, all anyone else of us got was stinkin’ chili mango.

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Packaged Food

Caffeinate Your Egg Salad with DoubleKick Caffeinated Hot Sauce

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It’s noon. You’ve been staring at your cubicle walls all day, trying to figure out if you can pull off boredom-suicide with a canister of printer ink and a 30-year-old floppy disk that fell behind your cabinet in the 90s. Lunch is just around the corner, but will your egg salad really bring you around from this midday slump?

It can, with DoubleKick Caffeinated Hot Sauce, a condiment so fine it begs infomercial-esque prose! Described as a hot sauce combining Asian and Southwestern influences, plus a little ginger and sweetness (a la everyone’s favorite Sriracha!), DoubleKick promises to excite your palette, and kick start your brain.

Just ignore that “IBS” comment by the first guy on the linked site. Because hot sauce + caffeine.

DoubleKick Caffeinated Hot Sauce $10 @DoubleKick Sauce

H/T ThinkGeek + PicThx Drool’D

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Recipes

Here’s How to Make a Pad Thai Martini

Here’s the thing, I never really expected to find this recipe. Even as I was typing the words into Google, they never felt like a real thing. But as you can tell, here it is: the recipe for a Pad Thai Martini. And here we go.

The original recipe, courtesy of Ryan Patti over at Ceci n’est pas une martini, called for this weird Asian rice and peanut beverage, similar, it seems, to milk tea. But when my local H Mart failed to provide, I had the brilliant idea of switching out the “peanut” part with a can of Thai tea and a spoonful of Thai peanut satay sauce. Which resulted in our version ending up more like alcoholic curry sauce than an actual cocktail.

If you do manage to find the elusive concoction, however, the recipe below should get you the desired effect—which I can only assume is sweet yet savory liquid Thai heaven in a glass. Or, if you don’t find it, you can always try using regular rice punch + peanut rum instead of vodka. Or you can try infusing your rice drink with regular whole peanuts. Feel free to experiment and let us know what works (or doesn’t work) in the comments below!

In any case, just remember that at the end of the day, you’re still trying to make a Pad Thai Martini, and you deserve any and all the consequences that go along with that.

Pad Thai Martini

INGREDIENTS:

  • Vodka (we used Hangar One Mandarin Blossom)
  • Chiao Kuo Rice and Peanut Beverage
  • Soy Sauce
  • Hot Pepper Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 inch ginger
  • Salt and pepper

1. To garnish, grill (or thaw) 1 shrimp and skewer it with a cube of extra-firm tofu and a small lime wedge. Chill. Set aside.

2. Start the martini mixture by placing the ginger, lime, soy sauce and sesame oil in the bottom of the shaker. A few cranks of salt and pepper will suffice. Muddle. Add the vodka and peanut/rice drink. Shake, pour, garnish.

The genius of this martini is in the canned peanut/rice drink. The short list of water, sugar, fried peanuts and starch, ensures the drink is uncomplicated. The lime, shrimp, tofu and seasonings all work together to create the flavor of traditional Pad Thai.

Original recipe credit: Ryan Patti / Ceci n’est pas une martini

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Sweets

Jelloware Cups

Trying to be a little more green these days? This perfect disposable cup is entirely edible and is made out of agar agar. This product comes in two flavors, lemon-basil and ginger-mint. Some Bacardi with a ginger-mint cup? As they say, “For the experience!” (Thx Gizmodo)