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America Is NOT The Country Where People Eat The Most Ice Cream

The United States is unabashedly proud of its sweet tooth, especially when it comes to ice cream. Around the country, we’ve got the frozen treat in tons of different forms. From traditional scoops of vanilla and ice cream sandwiches made with cookies to other iterations, like ice cream rolls and mochi ice cream, it would seem like we’ve got it all when it comes to the beloved delight.

While we definitely consume our fair share of ice cream, a new annual report from consumer insights juggernaut Mintel reveals that the U.S. has some work to do when it comes to ice cream consumption. We’re not the country that consumes the most overall ice cream or even the country that consumes the most ice cream per capita, which is shocking considering how much of the stuff we go through every year.

Mintel’s research indicates that in terms of total tonnage, our country plowed through 2.7 billion total liters of ice cream in 2016. While we dwarfed the competition below us (Japan was next on the list at 756 million liters), China ate a whopping 1.6 billion more liters than we did to take the top spot. Considering China is the place that reportedly invented the dessert to begin with and has a leg up on America in total population, that makes sense.

However, in terms of how many scoops each person went through in 2016, we don’t even crack the top 3. Per capita, Norway takes the top spot at 9.8 liters per person, followed closely by Australia (9.4) and Sweden (8.9). Granted, if you take Mintel’s data for our total consumption and factor in the Census Bureau’s estimate of the United States population, we don’t fall too far behind at roughly 8.3 liters per person. But we’ve definitely got some catching up to do if we want to be the nation known for having the most love for ice cream.

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20 Breathtaking Steps To Cooking Bacon & Pancakes On A Norwegian Mountaintop

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Sometimes the trek between the bedroom to the kitchen to cook breakfast can be downright difficult. Even then, sometimes things don’t go as planned. The next time anyone’s feeling sluggish in the mornings, look to redditor Oelund as an inspiration. This dude not only took the trouble to wake up and cook, but even managed to do it outdoors. Atop a mountain.

In a simple 20-step guide, pretty much anyone can be as epic as this guy, provided they have the dedication to see their breakfast through. We post a lot of FoodPorn on this site, but prepare yourselves for some pretty dirty EarthPorn.

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Pick a mountain.

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Walk to the mountain, or drive if you’re more inclined to do so. Whatever gets you there with enough steam to go ahead with your adventure. Aim for an area with snow. You’ll see.

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Climb the mountain. Probably the toughest of the 20 steps. Don’t look down, amiright?

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Unpack and assemble your gear. Bacon, water, pancake mix, gas stove and aluminum pan. If you forgot to pack these, don’t even bother to take in the view. Just go back and get them first.

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Taking a gas stove and aluminum pan, add your bacon and begin cooking.

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Inspect your bacon. Nobody’s around to criticize your cooking skills. Prepare it however you enjoy it. Also, check out the view.

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Cook the rest of your bacon.  You’ve earned all the extra protein.

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Once again, take a minute to enjoy the view. Don’t eat all the bacon at once. There’s still pancakes to be made.

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Add water to your skillet. You brought water, right?

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Add water to pancake mix. You could also make the pancakes from scratch, but who wants to lug around all that extra stuff. Because instant pancakes.

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Shake the mix like you’re the king of the world. If you wanna do a Tarzan shout, it’s probably the only acceptable time to do so.

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Pour pancake mix onto hot skillet. Mmmm bacon grease.

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Start cooking your pancakes, allowing the bacon to waft into your nose. I lied earlier about bacon conservation. If you’re still feeling peckish during the pancake cooking experience, allow yourself to snack on some cooked bacon.

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The most beautiful sight on Earth.

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If you even wanna wrap them together, all the better. Sorry Mother Nature, I’m staring at this bacon-wrapped pancake at the moment.

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Cut some snow out from the ice bank. Remember?

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Add some snow, the cleaner the better, into a small shot glass.

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Pour some whiskey in. Any hard liquor will do really, but since you just scaled a mountain, it’s probably OK if you brought some daiquiris.

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Drink up and take in the gorgeous sight.

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Take a panoramic shot of the view to show off on social media. Get ready to walk off all that pancakes and bacon.

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Picthx Oelund

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Artist Eats His Own Hip for a Romantic Dinner with His Girlfriend

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That awkward moment when cannibalism becomes art.

Norwegian artist Alexander Selvik Wengshoel got a hip replacement and convinced his doctor to let him use it for his performance art. Although he initially wasn’t sure what he’d do with it, he ultimately decided to cook his hip and eat it.

Wengshoel, 21, was born with a hip deformity and told The Local that he spent the entire year trying to convince his doctors to let him film his hip replacement procedure, and he even got to keep the hip.

“The hipbone had been such a problem for me for over 20 years, and it was just a way of making it better again,” he said. “It had been so hard to have it in my body, and when I took it out, it turned into something else, something romantic. It was a natural process I felt I had to do to move on.”

Of course, he didn’t just sit home alone, eating a plate of hip while watching Mad Men in his underwear, he actually made a special event out of it for him and his girlfriend. They shared his hip bone over a romantic dinner and had some potatoes au gratin and some wine. You have to appreciate a guy who cooks for his girlfriend.

I had to boil off the meat to get to the bone, and when I started scraping off the meat, I took off a little piece and I thought, ‘why not do it?’ It’s not every day I will have a piece of human flesh which is mine and which it is possible to eat.

Wengshoel received mixed reactions from his colleagues at the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, as some liked it, while other told him it was not really art. If you asked Wengshoel, however, he said it tasted like “wild sheep.”

H/T The Norway

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Teenager Tattoos a McDonald’s Receipt to His Arm, This is Why We’re Doomed

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An 18-year-old from Lørenskog, Norway inked himself with a McDonald’s receipt this week. In other news, popsicle dildos exist and Canada won’t take back Justin Bieber.

Apparently, Stian Ytterdahl’s friends decided he was too active with the ladies and decided that making him choose between tattooing Barbie on his rear or a receipt on his arm would be a proper punishment. Luckily, Ytterdahl made the right choice and chose the latter. The tattoo parlor claimed it was the strangest request they’d ever gotten and offered to tattoo their shop’s receipt on his other arm for free. Naturally, he agreed.

“Now I’m a living billboard,” Ytterdahl said to Romereskes Blad. “I think all this is just fun. Maybe it won’t be as fun when I’m 50 or 60 years, but it’s my choice.”

On the bright side, at least he’ll always remember what he ordered for lunch that day.

Picthx Romereskes Blad

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This Video of Dancing Sushi Is Supposed to Convince You to Eat More Sushi – Yes, Really

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Because anthropomorphizing animals has always been an effective food marketing technique, a new line of ads from the Norwegian Seafood Council features some very interpretive dances from The Human Sushi, a performance group literally bent on translating popular sushi recipes into art.

Watch as these shining, smiling pieces of salmon, avocado and shrimp get cut down by enemy chopsticks and curl into the fetal position to await their inevitable transportation from the table to your mouth.

Because some days, you just feel like destroying something beautiful.

H/T Buzzfeed

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Apparently, There’s A Fairy Tale Ice Cream Castle in Norway

The story (a product of a collaboration between two design agencies, FRANK and Scenario Interior Architects, and the Norwegian ice cream makers, Diplom-Is) goes a little like this:

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Norway is Running Out of Butter

The people of Norway are experiencing a shortage of butter. That could spell trouble for the upcoming holiday season overseas. Originally believed to be a result of a diet craze in Europe consisting of high fat intake and low carbs, the shortage of butter is now looking to be something much more. It looks like the bad weather in the country is causing farming problems.

The Foreigner reports:

“Norway’s butter, cream, and bacon shortage was previously thought just to have been due to low carb diets. However, the cows have produced 20 million fewer litres of milk this year compared with 2010.”

The dairy delight is selling for four times it’s regular price over in Norway.

So the next time you sit down to eat your breakfast, take a second to appreciate the buttery delight resting on top of your syrup drenched waffles.

via: Huffington Post Photo Credit: melodi2