According to NPR, the average American literally ate a ton of food last year, with most of the food consisting of cheese, sweets, potatoes and grains. The data, provided by the USDA, indicated that we each consume about 630 pounds of dairy per year and 185 pounds of meat and poultry. Americans consumed 273 pounds of fruit and 415 pounds of vegetables, but the majority of vegetables were starch-heavy corn and potatoes.
All that is topped off with 141 pounds of sweetener, including 42 pounds of corn syrup, and 85 pounds of fats. The USDA estimates the average American eats nearly 2,700 calories per day, which is significantly higher than the 2,000 recommended for an average person.
Huffington Post recently released it’s ‘Naughty & Nice’ list of this year’s seasonal restaurant items, which includes everything from a gingerbread martini to red velvet hot chocolate. While some of these concoctions look rather tasty, some should go straight to the top of the naughty list.
According to the NY Daily News, a new vending machine is being tested to create freshly baked pizzas. The machine works by pressing a ball of dough into an 8-inch pie. Pizza sauce and cheese are spread over the dough by a spinning platform. The pizza then bakes for about 90 seconds before being delivered in a box along with a disposable pizza cutter, napkin and two spices.
One of Saturday Night Live‘s most popular sketches is being immortalized in its own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. The ice cream maker launched its new flavor, Schweddy Balls, in honor of the sketch starring Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin. The flavor will be available nationwide and features vanilla ice cream flavored with rum and a mix of fudge covered rum balls and chocolate malt balls.
The State Fair of Texas has crowned its latest Most Creative winner for its annual Big Tex Choice Awards: deep-fried bubblegum. Creator Justin Martinez dips a marshmallow in bubblegum-flavored extract, covers it in bubblegum flavored dough and deep fries it before covering it in blue icing and chiclets. Take a look at the video to see how he does it.