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Watch What Happens To A Tooth When Left Inside A Coke Bottle For A Week

We’ve all heard the old adage, soda rots your teeth. Have you ever wondered if there was actual truth to that? YouTuber DaveHax gets to the bottom of this with a simple experiment.

Using his six-year-old nephew’s recently lost tooth, he dropped it into a bottle of Classic Coca Cola for a few days just to see what would happen. After the third day, he noticed there was some discoloring and decided to leave the tooth inside for full week.

After carefully straining the bottle, Dave notices that the tooth has gone from pearly white to dark brown/black with noticeable corrosion and a layer of gunk outside. The roots of the tooth, which was initially thinner, had now become flexible and came apart with even the slightest of pressure.

Overall, the tooth was completely stained and devoid of any white. Dave decided to refill the bottle and leave it for another 24 days, completing a month-long cycle inside the soda. He says he’ll post another update after the month comes to a close.

Definitely going to take a break from sodas for a while after viewing this. Remember kids, always brush your teeth.

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PANCAKE BALLS Are The Ultimate Form Of Pancakes In Bite Size

I love breakfast and everything associated with the meal. When savory items are combined with the sweet components, a perfect meal is born. On a recent food crawl with fellow Foodbeast Reach, we stopped by Grits in Fullerton, CA, to try what the chef proudly refers to as Pancake Balls.

While crude-sounding upon first impression, the pancake balls are so much more than their names suggest.

Chef Cody Storts, the genius behind these balls, prepares the staple three different ways.

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The first are the Maple Bacon Coco Puff Balls, for lovers of chocolate. They’re made with candied bacon, ganache, and topped with maple bacon syrup and Coco Puffs. The candied bacon adds the slightest amount of saltiness to an otherwise sweet-heavy dish. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

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Next there are the Toasty Balls made with a cinnamon pastry cream, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and roasted sweet apples. This dish tasted as if we were eating a plate of freshly baked cinnamon rolls for breakfast, but with less butter.

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Finally, the best of the bunch brunch, were the Thai Pancake Balls. These are made with fried pork cutlets, cilantro, shallots, jalapeño, fish sauce, and maple syrup.

Now before you lose your minds over the thought of combining fish sauce and maple syrup, Grits does it in a way that they pair so perfectly together, it’s a harmonious bite of sweet and savory.

Seriously, guys. We’ve yet to finish a dish and immediately order another box to-go for later in the day.

Reach had this to say:

Top 3 things I’ve eaten this year.

You can find the dishes available at Grits daily. The two sweet pancake balls are $13 and the savory costs $16. We advise eating them fresh. As awesome as they are, like all pancakes, they’ll get soggy once thrown into a box for a period of time.

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9 Sweet Ways To Turn Grilled Cheese Into A Dessert

I think we owe the grilled cheese an apology. Two pieces of bread, butter, cheese — is that all we think the grilled cheese can do? Well, no more. It’s time we bust grilled cheeses out of the box we’ve put it in and let them explore their true potential!

First and foremost, the dessert grilled cheese. You heard right. Dessert. Grilled. Cheese. Prepare to appreciate grilled cheeses in a whole new way when you take in these nine takes on the grilled cheese sandwich.

Nutella, Strawberry and Brioche Grilled Cheese

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Did I also mention that whipped mascarpone and crunchy pistachios are also stuffed into this bad boy? It just gets better and better. Brioche is the perfect dessert cheese to use, and I think we all know that Nutella goes with EVERYTHING. Literally everything.

Blueberry and Brie Grilled Cheese 


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Sweet brie and juicy blueberries make the most unexpected grilled cheese combo. I would also pack in some blueberry jam to add some extra sweetness. Top it off with a healthy heaping of powdered sugar and you’ve got yourself a simple, but dessert-worthy grilled cheese.

Bananas Foster Grilled Cheese

News flash: cream cheese is a cheese too. Even better is when cream cheese is paired with bananas, caramel, and Biscoff cookie spread. Melt all that together on two thick slices of French bread: the most dessert-like of all the breads.

Donut Grilled Cheese

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A little salty and sweet treat, the dessert portion of the grilled cheese is all in the bread here—or all in the donut, in this case. Good ol’ American cheese is the way to go here; it’ll really play up the salty and sweet combination more than a saccharine cheese, like brie, would.

Funfetti Ricotta Grilled Cheese

Our friends over at POPSUGAR always know how to keep things sweet. And, of course, that there is nothing funfetti can’t fix. Fun sprinkles on top of a decadent Ricotta cheese mix? Yes, please. It looks almost as good as it tastes!

Chocolate Grilled Cheese


This one is so simple and straight to the point: chocolate grilled cheese. Your regular grilled cheese (bread and American cheese) but with a layer of smooth chocolate. Both chocolate spread or melted chocolate will be accepted.

S’mores Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese will give you strong cravings for summer. Marshmallow + chocolate + graham crackers = s’mores. Throw two grilled donuts on either side of this chocolately gooiness and what have you got? Heaven, you say? Close. A s’mores grilled cheese.

Raspberry and Chocolate Grilled Cheese 

Raspberry and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Put fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, and chocolate spread in between two pieces of grilled Italian bread. For cheese, brie or marscapone would both be delicious…you could even do both. Go crazy.

Waffle Grilled Cheese

#waffle iron #grilledcheese. Okay, I’m a convert.

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You KNOW there’s maple syrup all over this business. White cheddar and vanilla make a surprisingly great pairing as the “cheese” portion of this grilled cheese. For a little extra sweetness (it wouldn’t be a proper dessert without as much sugar as possible) jam and a good amount of maple syrup both inside and out will please your sweet tooth.

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Did A Nazi Billionaire Create the Gummy Bear?

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In 2013, the candy world mourned the death of Hans Riegel Jr., a scion of the German-born entrepreneurial family behind the ubiquitously edible Haribo Gummi Bears. En route to a multi-billion dollar fortune, the Riegels made these munchies the most delicious, yet problematic, snacks in the game. 

German candy kaiser Hans Riegel Sr. of Bonn, Germany founded Haribo (an acronym for Hans Riegel, Bonn) in 1920. A trained confectioner, he started his own really small business. Riegel invented the gummy bear in 1922—inspired by dancing circus bears—and soon the candy became popular with the likes of Alfred Einstein and an exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II. The latter monarch dubbed them “the best thing to come out of the Weimar Republic,” the democratic German government formed in his home country after he was exiled.

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During World War II, though, the Riegels became a bit suspect. Their business suffered, Riegel Sr.’s sons were prisoners of war, and employees were few and far between. But when the German government rallied many prominent businesses to compensate the hundreds of thousands forced into labor during the war, but Haribo didn’t join in the effort. As a result, it’s been speculated the Riegels used forced labor to keep the business afloat. Time reported in 2000, “Haribo, makers of the jelly bear candy sold around the world, was named in the German parliament as having used forced labor, a charge it denies.”

After Riegel Sr. died in 1945, his two sons built the company up to unprecedented heights. Since the 1980s, they’ve dominated Americans’ sweet teeth, boasting fans worldwide. Despite its success, though, in recent years, Haribo also sold racist candy.

Written by Carly Silver, HistoryBuff

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Chocolate Ramen Just Became A Thing In Japan And We’re Drooling

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We’re HUGE fans of combining saltiness with the the rich sweetness of chocolate. This includes chocolate-covered potato chips and more recently Japan’s McDonald’s fries drowned in chocolate sauce. Now, a ramen joint in Japan has unveiled another innovative dish: Chocolate Ramen.

RocketNews24 got a sneak preview of ramen chain Mensho‘s upcoming bowl of chocolate ramen. The Tokyo-based ramen spot is set to debut the new dish beginning Feb. 1.

Made with a soy broth, the base is infused with chocolate. The dish itself is then topped with more chocolate that dissolves as the meal progresses. The combination of sweet and salty is akin to how Mexican mole sauce combines sweet and spicy. It works magically.

Sources from RocketNews say that the best way to go at this dish is to mix the chunks into the broth to get a sharp and clean flavor.

The dish will only be available from Feb. 1 through Feb. 14, designed as a Valentine’s Day promotion.

Photo: RocketNews24

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How The Beloved Churro Became A Disneyland Staple

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Come the wild—presumably brightly clothed—summer of 1985, a new outdoor amphitheater was arriving at Disneyland. Called Videopolis (which later became Fantasyland Theatre), the concept was to be akin to a teen hangout that would vibe sort of like a nightclub…if it was inside Disneyland and for teenagers, so use your imagination here.

Jim Lowman headed up Fantasyland restaurants at the time, so he needed new eats for the coming attraction of Videopolis. Lowman went to the Long Beach Grand Prix that year, where he bought some churros, and, as all people do, enjoyed the hell out of them.

Realizing the beloved pastry would be killer for Videopolis, he reached out to the company, J&J Snack Foods, and struck up a deal to bring churros to Disneyland’s Videopolis. However, he didn’t want the six-inch churros he dug immensely at the race, since he figured it’d be the equivalent of two pieces of popcorn at an amusement park, so he asked the company to make the churros a foot-long.

The churros were an instant hit at Disneyland, even before Videopolis opened.

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See, to test the snack’s draw, Lowman stationed a churro cart near the Mark Twain Riverboat exit. Rumor has it there were already more than two dozen people trailing the car before it even parked. When Videopolis opened two weeks later, with two churro carts inside, the doughy cinnamon madness couldn’t be contained! So new carts opened around the park.

And now it’s pretty much impossible to not eat a churro at Disneyland. Or state fairs. Or restaurants. Or home. Honestly, churros might have nicotine in them because damn.

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These Look Like Regular Apples, But Look What Happens When You Take A Bite

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We stumbled upon a really curious fruit, recently. Melissa’s Produce carries a very unique apple called the Hidden Rose Apple. On the exterior, it kinda looks like a Pink Lady Apple. The interior, however, is a completely different story.

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The Hidden Rose features bright red fruit under the skin. Hidden Rose, get it?

Balancing both sweetness and tartness, the apple features a juicy, crisp and rich flavor.

From Oregon, the uniqueness of the apple makes it the perfect choice for food art or even a small gift for fruit enthusiasts.

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If cooked the apple will still be able to maintain a firm texture. Imagine making a beautiful pie with a few of these babies. Obviously, you can also eat it raw too.

The apples can be found seasonally between the months of November through December. Prices, however, will vary depending on the availability of the fruit.

 

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This Ice Cream Bar Ditches Popsicle Sticks For Pretzel Sticks

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On a hot day, ice cream bars can be a godsend. But once you get down to that wooden stick holding everything you cherish together, you’re left with nothing but an emptiness in your soul. Luckily, at Natural Products ExpoWest, we discovered SaltiSweet. Made with Boulder Ice Cream, the Colorado-based dessert brand, the ice cream bars are skewered on a pretzel stick.

There’s an extra layer of snack to enjoy.

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The Boulder Ice Cream is wrapped around a “Salti” pretzel and combines the two snacks into one super snack you won’t have to throw away once the ice cream stops. As we all know, sucking the ice cream off that wooden stick is a necessary vice. Now, you can just eat it.

Set to launch in March, SaltiSweet comes in Vanilla, Vanilla with Sprinkles and Vanilla with Nuts. While initially sold in the Rocky Mountain region, SaltiSweet will be heading to more stores throughout the US.