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This Hands-Free Toothbrush Will Brush Your Teeth In 10 Seconds

Working in any facet of the food industry, having clean and healthy teeth is a must, especially if you fear the dentist more than a late-night visit from Satan himself.

The new Amabrush is supposed to change the teeth-brushing game completely. Apparently it’s the world’s first “hands-free” tooth brush that is capable of brushing your teeth in a mere ten seconds.

There are three parts that make up the gadget: the mouthpiece, the hand piece, and the toothpaste capsule.

Made from antibacterial silicon with built-in micro channels, the mouthpiece connects to the handpiece, which creates strong vibrations needed to get your brush going correctly. Each toothpaste capsule is FDA approved and should last users about a month.

Because the average person should spend about 180 seconds brushing their teeth twice a day, the device is estimated to save them about 100 days worth of time.

If you’re interested in cutting your toothbrushing time in half, or wish to give your teeth that extra TLC needed from all those hours spent stuffing your face, you can find out more about the Amabrush on their Kickstarter page.

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McDonald’s Will be Using Fresh Beef by 2018 — But Will That be Too Late?

Last week, McDonald’s announced that they would be using fresh, never frozen beef in any of their Quarter Pounder burgers starting sometime in 2018. After this change is rolled out nationwide, all Quarter Pounders will be made fresh when ordered every time.

As any fast food aficionado will be able to tell you, “fresh, never frozen beef” is the big selling point for rival chain, Wendy’s. Don’t worry, they had plenty of shade to throw on Twitter about the announcement. But Wendy’s savage social media manager isn’t the only person who’s unimpressed by this transition to fresh beef.

The big question being discussed both in the news and in the Twitter-verse is this: Can frozen beef really save McDonald’s? And why has it taken the corporation until 2018 to get to this point?

First things first, is this transition to fresh beef going to pull McDonald’s out of its slump?

If you’ve been following the journey of Mickey D’s, you probably know the company has been trying to reform its menu options for the past couple years.

In August of 2016, the company removed artificial preservatives from chicken McNuggets and removed high-fructose corn syrup from its buns. Starting in 2005, McDonald’s has been launching healthy lifestyle marketing campaigns in an effort to let consumers know the chain is onboard with eating trends of the moment.

The corporation even went through an executive shakeup two years ago to find a CEO to hopefully steer the company in a more promising direction. After failing to keep McDonald’s on pace with its competitors, former CEO Don Thompson stepped down in 2015 and was succeeded by British executive Steve Easterbrook.

Despite these moves, McDonald’s stock continues to drop and sales are waning; last month, McDonald’s acknowledged that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012, mainly to other fast food rivals.

Needless to say, it’s been a saga.

With these numbers, it makes sense that consumers and industry experts alike are questioning whether or not this move can pull the chain out of this recent depression. It certainly doesn’t help that Wendy’s public skewering has made this move to fresh beef appear more transparent and late-to-the-party than ever.

We were all thinking it, but Wendy’s just went and said it. And what Wendy’s tweet pointed out is the thing that really makes me hesitant.

I can respect that McDonald’s is making this move; I know they’re doing it to save face and sales, but I’m happy my Quarter Pounders will be fresh from 2018 and on. But why have I, and other burger-lovers, had to wait until this point for the idea of fresh beef to even be a possibility?

The wait from now to mid-2018 is now obviously a logistical one, but McDonald’s is a 62-year-old company. Now consumers like me are probably wondering why the majority of those six decades were spent selling us a frozen meat option.

Most of us can acknowledge that when McDonald’s says it will be transitioning to fresh beef, what the company means is it won’t be using frozen beef anymore. But, truthfully, it makes it sound like what we’ve been eating is even grosser than we ever imagined.

This then makes the reality of it all pretty gross to begin with.

I can’t help but wonder if this announcement will hurt McDonald’s, rather than help it. I can easily see why patrons might pull their business until fresh beef is introduced, or even stop visiting their local McDonald’s in favor of a chain that’s been ahead of industry trends like this.

Bottom line: It may have been wiser to wait until fresh beef was being used nationwide, rather than give patrons a year to question what they’ve been eating.

As preemptive as this announcement may have been, I doubt this brief debacle will topple McDonald’s. After all, the company is trying to improve its products for the better, and many consumers are still looking for convenience rather than quality ingredients, which is something that will play in its favor.

But I’d be lying if I said everything — from the too-early announcement to the Twitter firestorm — hasn’t made me question my go-to fast food favorite.

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This Machine Makes Instant Cocktails At The Push Of A Button

It was a whole process the first time I learned how to mix a martini. Though a cathartic experience, it would definitely be easier if I could push a button and have one ready to drink in seconds.

A new invention promising to be the Keurig of cocktails seems to have solved that, says Dose.

The Somabar is essentially a robotic bartender that will make cocktails for you the way a pod coffeemaker would. The machine operates six refillable “Soma Pods”, which are similar to K-Cups. Different kinds of liqueurs, bitters, syrups, and mixers are available to play with.

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The Somabar even goes one step further than a Keurig in that it is Wi-Fi operated. This means you can create your drink from anywhere in the house with your smartphone and just come pick it up when you’re ready.

If the trend of turning any kind of beverage into a Keurig-like machine continues, we may never have to interact with a living person to quench our thirst ever again. Though, unfortunately, you will have to add garnishes and shake the drinks yourself.

Still, a bartender that won’t cut you off…

You can pre-order units for $429 at their website now.

Images: Somabar

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7 Essential Pizza Prints Every Pizza Lover Should Have

There are a lot of people out there who claim to “love” pizza. However, these basic fans don’t know how to commit to pizza. You, on the other hand, want to live and breathe pizza, not just eat it. And you’re not alone! A few visually talented people clearly in lifelong pizza relationships created seven ways to keep your one, true love close to you.

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Pizza Socks

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Warm, sticky, garlicky…pizza was made for feet, but wearing these socks is the only time pizza should be on the ground.

Where to buy: $14.99 at Odd Sox


Pizza Panties

pizza panties

Now, this item is really between you and your pizza, but this is a good option for closeted pizza lovers (looking at you, vegans) who want to show their love without marching in the pizza pride parade.

Where to buy: $5.00 at Target

 

Pizza Backpack

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Who are you gonna trust with your prized belongings? Your hands or your pizza backpack?

Where to buy: $34.99 at Target

 

Pizza Dress

pizza dress

Pizza is as classy as you make it. Take your pizza dress out on a date and let it hug your curves. You know, where its sister pizzas went.

Where to buy: $44 at Sourpuss Clothing

 

Pizza Tie

pizza tie

For the working professional, nothing says dedication and “I can be trusted with your Excel sheets” like a pizza tie.

Where to buy: $36-45 at Zazzle

 

Pizza Onesies

pizza onesie

On a rainy Saturday, pull on your pizza onesie and binge on Netflix and pizza. Or maybe it’s sunny out and you’re just having a bad day. Rest easy knowing that your onesie has your back. And your legs. And everything else except your feet, hands and the delivery bill.

Where to buy: $129.95 at Beloved

 

Pizza Bedsheets

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At the end of a long day, everyone just wants to fall into the loving folds of their pizza. These sheets are the ultimate safe space for your body, your feelings, and your late night munchies.

Where to buy: $219.84 at Rage On

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New Caffeine-Filled Peanut Butter Will Wake You Up As Much As Your Espresso

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Caffiene addicts no longer have to stick to coffee or energy drinks. They certainly don’t have to pull a Jesse Spano. Now there’s a new peanut butter that’s heavily caffienated for those looking for an edible fix.

Created by Steem Peanut Butter, the Caffeinated Peanut Butter features the same amount of caffeine you would get from two cups of coffee in two mere tablespoons. To be exact, a two tablespoon serving has 170 milligrams of caffeine.

According to Mashable, the caffeine-heavy peanut butter was created as a hangover cure among friends. One of the creators, Chris Pettazzoni, says they’ve been tinkering the recipe for a while. The caffeine content of the product was so high, however, that they stopped drinking coffee altogether.

The product is available for about $4.99 at select grocers and online. We should probably keep a jar around the office. Might save us a fortune in Starbucks.

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E. Coli Contamination Forced This Major Brand To Recall Its Water Bottles

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Niagara Bottling Company announced that they are issuing voluntary recall of water bottles due to a possible E. coli contamination.

ABC News reports that one of Niagara’s spring sources has a “positive indication” of E. coli. According to the company, this means that the water is contaminated with either human or animal waste. Since Niagara wasn’t notified in time by the spring source, they are recalling water products made in two Pennsylvania facilities: Hamburg and Allentown.

The water bottles are sold under 14 store brands: Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaw’s, Shoprite, Western Beef Blue and Wegman’s.

E. coli contamination can lead to diarrhea, nausea, headaches and cramps. Those with weaker immune system (infants, children, seniors) may face a higher risk.

Consumers are asked to keep an eye out for product codes beginning in F (Hamburg) and A (Allentown) with “Best By” dates of Dec. 8, 2016 through Dec. 16, 2016. They’re advised to either throw out the bottles or return them to the stores for a full refund. If they plan on drinking the water, however, Niagara advises that the water be boiled for a full minute and allowed to cool before drinking.

So far, no injuries or illnesses have been reported.

Photo: Niagara Bottling

 

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This Giant Ice Cream Scoop Gives You Pint-Sized Scoops

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Have you ever read the serving size on your favorite pint of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream? Well in case you haven’t, it says that pint of yours is four servings. We here at Foodbeast refuse to believe those pints a) serve four people and b) would serve you four times. Let’s be real, it’s a single serving pint for one, and this Giant Ice Cream Scoop proves it.

Yes, that may look like a kid’s cone, but it’s just your average cake cone stacked with an entire pint of ice cream, NBD. This ridiculously large ice cream scoop fits an entire pint’s worth of ice cream in one scoop, thus proving our one pint per person theory. At $60, the scoop is ridiculously pricey considering it’s way cheaper to grab a spoon and go to town on a $4 pint. Just sayin’.

Giant Ice Cream Scoop, $60 @ Fancy

H/T + PicThx That’s Nerdalicious

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This Wine Bottle Hoodie is So Cute it Makes My Head Hurt

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It’s gotta be tough keeping your wine from getting too chilly on a cold winter’s day. You wouldn’t want it to catch anything. Thankfully, someone came up with a sensible solution to prevent such an inconvenience: Wine Bottle Hoodie.

The miniature hoodie zip-up comes in gray. Much like its life-sized counterpart, the product features everything a real hoodie would have. Well, except arm holes. Because having wine sit out in your household can get pretty boring, why not spend money to add a sense of novelty to your alcohol?

The Wine Bottle hoodie is available through retailer Urban Outfitters for $20. The snug jacket is a blend of cotton and polyester and should be machine washed.

H/T Design Taxi