Hit-Or-Miss Sweets

Rainbow-Colored Macarons Might Be Too Beautiful To Eat

Macarons (not to be confused with macaroons, the soft coconut cookies) have always been notorious with color. A large part of their allure, outside of whatever delicious heavenly matter they’re made of, is their bright and vivid colors.

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Who wouldn’t be attracted to that?

Redditor spartan1977 decided to make macarons at home one day while employing her 4-year-old son as her culinary assistant. She decided to shake things up and try to create something new and special, and did she ever.

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The macarons she made turned out to be a hit, garnering loads of adulation and praise all over the internet. Many Redditors jokingly accused her of parading around on the website as Spongebob Squarepants trying to peddle his Pretty Patties, which actually pose a striking resemblance to regular brightly-colored macarons.

On the other hand, many user were grateful for the beautiful creation, some even vowing to make them for their own social gatherings.

For more information on how to make these bad boys, check out the Reddit thread here.



Photo Credit: Flickr


The World’s Shiniest Fruit Looks Absolutely Unreal


Quick, word association: Shiny. Go.

Gold? Easily distracted birds? Firefly-era slang? Fruit?

If you said that last one, you’re either confused about what the word “shiny” means, or you’ve seen pictures of Pollia condensata. This remarkable specimen is not only the world’s shiniest fruit but also the world’s shiniest living thing. Not that anyone’s keeping track.

This blue bunch of African berries took the iridescence generally limited to butterflies and beetles and made it better. Basically, the berry’s got layers of fibrous flesh artfully arranged to create the most bang for its buck. In other words, what the bugs and birds do, these blueberry things do it best. Also, this paragraph was brought to you by the letter B.

Apparently, though, the color is there only for, like, scientific means. P. condensata is all about self-preservation, so by being sexy, it tricks birds and other animals into eating and pollinating it and all that tricky stuff. Sadly, you won’t get much from this berry in terms of food.

Not so sadly, Grist knows what’s up:

But so what if the fruits are bright and shiny and gorgeous and have no substance? So’s Carly Rae Jepsen, and have you stopped singing her song even once this summer? You have not.

H/T reddit/PicThx Grist