Milk Vodka, Kit Kat Sushi, Ben & Jerry’s Pint Slices, and a new Brewery

Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.

And on This Farm They’re Giving Us a Break

On February 2nd, a Kit Kat Choclatory shop in Ginza, Tokyo started selling “sushi” made with Kit Kat candy bars.

These get-’em-before-they’re-gone creations are going for 3,000 yen (about $26.00 USD) and as it seems to go with life’s most delicious things, are a limited-run deal. Each article is made by swapping out steamed, vinegared white rice for puffed rice coated in white chocolate, which gets topped with miniature Kit Kats and in some cases, wrapped with nori. As for the Kit Kats themselves, this is Japan we’re talking about after all, so they go beyond the standard milk chocolate, instead serving up a colorful palette of flavors like pumpkin pudding and Hokkaido melon among others.

hey Had Some Vodka

Science is a wonderful thing. The milk of a herd of grass-fed English cows is being made into vodka by a sixth-generation dairy farmer and experimentation-loving distiller named Jason Barber. The Black Cow “pure milk vodka” label that Barber co-founded with Paul Archard released its first batch back in 2012. By separating the milk into curds and whey, the duo utilized a particular yeast strain to convert lactose in the whey into milk beer which then gets processed into vodka. Said to display smooth character that finishes creamy, the unique spirit has taken home a number of awards, no doubt included among them being one for “most interesting thing to happen to milk since Hostess debuted a line of ice cream treats”.

Ben & Jerry’s just keeps raising the ice cream bar. For all those times when the labor involved in scooping your ice cream out of a pint-sized container and into a dish was just a bridge too far, they’ve sliced your regular pint of dreaminess into discs suitable for consuming on-the-go without the need for a spoon. Naturally, these contain all the usual cake and candy bits and elegant confectionery ribbons you’ve come to expect of the brand, and naturally they’re drenched in a delicious chocolate coating as well. Because Ben & Jerry’s got sliced ice cream class and they’ve got sliced ice cream style.

Time to Wield a New Brewery

Guinness is set to open its first new brewery in the United States in over six decades.

Spring 2017 will see the construction of the new middle-sized facility, which it is hoped will be up and running no later than this Fall (just in time for the bicentennial anniversary of the Ireland-based brewer’s first exports to the United States). While Guinness’ stouts will continue to be produced on the Emerald Isle, the new brewery—visits to which will come complete with a “Guinness visitor experience”—will craft beers with a U.S. market in mind, from its home in Baltimore County, Maryland. We’ll be sure to say “Cheers” when it arrives.

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