Friday Fry #14

by Jeanne

Maoam Frisky Fruit Wrappers Students at a Catholic high school in Germany complained about new Bonn-based Haribo sweet wrappers which they claim portray fruit being frisky.  Turns out to have been a hoax initiated by pupils at the school who admitted writing it and posting it on the Internet as a joke. The candy images (pictured above) are however, real packaging. Great publicity.

Eating Right According to a recent Food Marketing Institute survey more than 600 of 1000 Americans surveyed said a barrier to better nutrition is that it costs more to eat healthy foods. The solution lies within your perspective. The Boston Globe article points out that we think nothing of spending $3.00 for a latte but balk at $3.00 for quality fruit. The challenge is that to eat cheaply you have to spend some time in the kitchen and planning meals.

Spice It Up Pepsi Holiday Spice is here. The Sacramento Bee has a few tips, not to mention commentary on the limited time cola offering. The soda is a combination of ginger and cinnamon (and perhaps clove me thinks) is available through December.

Martini on the Rocks If martinis are more your style how about the $10,000 martini being offered at the Algonquin Hotel.  What’s so special about this martini?  Why there’s a diamond at the bottom.

A Durable Tortilla  A food scientist has found that by mixing the right proportions of ingredients and altering the structure of the tortilla while it’s baking, its shelf life can be extended from about two weeks to more than a month.  Appears that astronauts could be the benefactors of this innovation. In 2003, according to the Tortilla Industry Association, tortillas cornered 32 percent of the sales for the U.S. bread industry, making them the second most popular bread type in America with sales that far surpass those of whole wheat bread, bagels and rolls. Sales are expected to hit $6.1 billion next year doubling the size of the industry since 1996. According to the association, tortillas have 32 per cent of the market for all types of bread, compared with 34 per cent for white bread.