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Carvel

Carvel's Fudgie the Whale Now Comes in Beer Form

Carvel
Carvel

Most people know Fudgie as the whale-shaped ice cream cake that's a staple at Carvel ice cream stores everywhere, but the chocolatey treat is now taking a new, adult-friendly form. Fudgie the Beer, a stout brewed with chocolate crunchies and fudge, has just been released by Carvel, much to the delight of now-grown fans of Fudgie the Whale cakes, which were first created in 1977.

The beer was made in partnership with Captain Lawrence Brewery, a craft beer microbrewery based in Elmsford, New York. Carvel recommends pairing the beer, which has an ABV of 6 percent, with roasted or smoked foods, as well as desserts containing chocolate or espresso flavors.

A beer shake
Carvel

The company has even provided a recipe for a beer float to serve up at your next summer party:

(Serves 4)
1. In a blender, combine 12 ounces of stout and 4 cups of Fudgie the Whale cake, purchased at any Carvel shop. (Note: Too much stout will render the shake too watery.)
2. Sprinkle Carvel chocolate crunchies around the rim of the glass.
3. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

The beer is currently available at the Captain Lawrence beer hall in Elmsford, but it'll be limited to two four-packs per person. So you might want to act fast before supplies are gone. Check out Carvel's video below to see how the beer is brewed.

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Bibo Barmaid
Bibo Barmaid Is Like a Keurig for Cocktails—and You Can Buy It Now
Bibo Barmaid
Bibo Barmaid

To make great-tasting cocktails at home, you could take a bartending class, or you could just buy a fancy gadget that does all the work for you. Imbibers interested in the hands-off approach should check out Bibo Barmaid, a cocktail maker that works like a Keurig machine for booze.

According to Supercall, all you need to turn the Bibo Barmaid system into your personal mixologist is a pouch of liquor and a pouch of cocktail flavoring. Bibo's liquor options include vodka, whiskey, rum, and agave spirit (think tequila), which can be paired with flavors like cucumber melon, rum punch, appletini, margarita, tangerine paloma, and mai tai.

After choosing your liquor and flavor packets, insert them into the machine, press the button, and watch as it dilutes the mixture and pours a perfect single portion of your favorite drink into your glass—no muddlers or bar spoons required.

Making cocktails at home usually means investing in a lot of equipment and ingredients, which isn't always worth it if you're preparing a drink for just yourself or you and a friend. With Bibo, whipping up a cocktail isn't much harder than pouring yourself a glass of wine.

Bibo Barmaid is now available on Amazon for $240, and cocktail mixes are available on Bibo's website starting at $35 for 18 pouches. The company is working on rolling out its liquor pouches in liquor stores and other alcohol retailers across the U.S.

[h/t Supercall]

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An Eco-Friendly Startup Is Converting Banana Peels Into Fabric for Clothes
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A new startup has found a unique way to tackle pollution while simultaneously supporting sustainable fashion. Circular Systems, a “clean-tech new materials company,” is transforming banana byproducts, pineapple leaves, sugarcane bark, and flax and hemp stalk into natural fabrics, according to Fast Company.

These five crops alone meet more than twice the global demand for fibers, and the conversion process provides farmers with an additional revenue stream, according to the company’s website. Fashion brands like H&M and Levi’s are already in talks with Circular Systems to incorporate some of these sustainable fibers into their clothes.

Additionally, Circular Systems recycles used clothing to make new fibers, and another technology called Orbital spins those textile scraps and crop byproducts together to create a durable type of yarn.

People eat about 100 billion bananas per year globally, resulting in 270 million tons of discarded peels. (Americans alone consume 3.2 billion pounds of bananas annually.) Although peels are biodegradable, they emit methane—a greenhouse gas—during decomposition. Crop burning, on the other hand, is even worse because it causes significant air pollution.

As Fast Company points out, using leaves and bark to create clothing may seem pretty groundbreaking, but 97 percent of the fibers used in clothes in 1960 were natural. Today, that figure is only 35 percent.

However, Circular Systems has joined a growing number of fashion brands and textile companies that are seeking out sustainable alternatives. Gucci has started incorporating a biodegradable material into some of its sunglasses, Bolt Threads invented a material made from mushroom filaments, and pineapple “leather” has been around for a couple of years now.

[h/t Fast Company]

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