Produce an anti-corruption photo and win a year's supply of Ben and Jerry's


I've posted before about Ben "Ben and Jerry's" Cohen's Stamp Stampede project: Cohen is calling on enemies of corruption to stamp messages opposing the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on dollar bills. Citizens United allows for unlimited political spending, on the grounds that money is speech and corporations are people.

Cohen's running a competition to produce the best Stamp Stampede promotional photo: grand prize is a year's supply (52 pints) of Ben and Jerry's ice-cream.

The 2nd Annual Stampede Photo Contest is currently underway and will end on January 18.

Gingerbread Optimus Prime

Caroline Eriksson's gingerbread Optimus Prime was constructed for Norway's Gingerbread Gallery contest. It really is the standout of the competition, though this ramshackle house Stave Church from Runar Solbern is pretty impressive.

Science of the perfect chocolate-chip cookie


J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, chief creative officer for Serious Eats, delved very, very deep into the science of making the perfect chocolate chip cookie. He's got a very specific definition of "perfect" ("...Barely crisp around the edges with a buttery, toffee-like crunch that transitions into a chewy, moist center that bends like caramel, rich with butter and big pockets of melted chocolate... with crackly, craggy tops and the complex aroma of butterscotch...that elusive perfect balance between sweet and salty").

But the food science in his piece is deep and fascinating, and provides a kind of road-map for any definition of cookie-perfection. If you've ever wondered about the chemistry of eggs, sugars, flours, rising agents and butter, and how they interact with mixing, cooking, "resting" and cooling, this is pretty much the ultimate, definitive guide thereto. I also defy you to read this without developing a craving for chocolate chip cookies.

Read the rest

Cthulhoid Coca-Cola tee


The bad news is that Tee Fury hasn't sold this smashing Obey Cthulhu/Coca Cola tee since July. The good news is that you can vote for them to bring it back. Vote!

Obey Cthulhu (via Seannan McGuire)

HOWTO make gingerbread polyhedral dice

Our Nerd Home has a great guide to the finicky, difficult, but ultimately incredible art of constructing gingerbread polyhedral dice, with a little help from our old friends, graham crackers.

Read the rest

Breakfast cereal TIE-fighter


Here's Brock Davis's clever solution to the age-old problem of sculpting recognizable Star Wars spacecraft from everyday contemporary breakfast cereal: "Crispix, 2 Cheerios and a tiny bit of frosting to hold it together."

Cereal TIE fighter (via Neatorama)

HOWTO make pixelated cookies


Back in 2011, Love Making in the Kitchen created some smashing pixelated Zelda cookies, using the method documented in this video.

Read the rest

Glowing ice-cream made with jellyfish proteins


The Lick Me I'm Delicious ice-cream company has created a limited run of glowing ice-cream that uses jellyfish proteins in its recipe; when they're licked, the agitation causes them to glow. A scoop costs £140.

Read the rest

Monster portraits made from candy mosaics: TOTALLY SWEET!

Eric writes, "I am Eric Millikin and I am an experimental artist from Detroit who has created a series of portraits of monsters, each built out of Halloween candy. I call this series 'Totally Sweet.' So far, this series includes everything from classic monsters like The Bride of Frankenstein to modern killers from slasher movies. And I've been taking requests; one of my favorites has been Gort, the alien killer robot from the 1950s sci-fi classic, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.'"

Read the rest

Feed the Beast: London's extreme horror-cake shop opens with an edible devil-horse


Miss Cakehead writes, "Feed The Beast, the world's most extreme cake sho,p is open. Guests coming along will be able to see, and feast on the 'flesh' of, this showstopper cake by The Tattooed Bakers - a Devil Horse cake dripping in rum, literally. The beast has Kraken Rum pouring from its nose into a skull-surrounded font. It was cut open by the mighty Kraken Hunter and guests at the opening party who wanted a top up could simply place their glass under the stream for an instant supply of The Kraken Rum. It took The Tattooed Bakers over 200 hours to complete, shown in the stunning attention to detail, and anatomically correct detailing. The cake flesh was of course made from red velvet."

Read the rest

Hot ginger ale in Japanese vending machines


Today, Coca-Cola Japan puts a new kind of hot Canada Dry ginger-ale for sale in its vending machines. The drink is meant to appeal to people who enjoy traditional Japanese hot ginger drinks, and is mixed with apple and cinnamon.

Read the rest

Palatable dishes from McDonald's feedstock


McDonald's threw a PR event in NYC whereby real chefs were invited to make palatable dishes out of the raw feedstock of the McD's supply-chain. Above, Jessica Foust's "slow-cooked beef with blueberry pomegranate sauce and Mac Fry gnocchi."

Read the rest

Oreo-breaded deep-fried cookie ice-cream


Behold! Dudefood's oreo-breaded deep-fried ice-cream, produced by de-cremeing a bunch of oreo-style cookies, pulverizing their carapaces, mashing the creme in with cookies-and-cream ice-cream, emballing the adulterated ice-cream, rolling the balls in the powdered husks, and deep frying the lot.

Read the rest

OMG Nipple! cake in honor of Amanda Palmer's Daily Mail song

A sugary-sweet coda to Amanda Palmer's song for the Daily Mail with its climactic "OMG NIPPLE!" Some of Amanda's fans in Minnesota baked her a nipple-cake [link NSFW, especially if you W at the DM] sporting "5 different skin tones, 2 piercings, 2 tattoos, a mastectomy scar, a tan line, freckles, and a birth mark."

Read the rest

Cthulhu pie!


This amazing Cthulhu pie may have originated on a message board (cached copy) with a user called Bear Bibeault, or maybe not. Do you know?