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What Do Decades-Old Military Rations Taste Like?

Military and civilian MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) are made to have a long shelf life, but not necessarily a decades-long one. That hasn't stopped adventurous YouTuber Steve1989, who has been testing MREs from around the world and sharing the experience with viewers.

His first review features a Vietnam-era survival ration can of candies and vitamins from 1967. He has since upped the ante with his taste tests, moving on to ration containers that include 39-year-old beef hash, 61-year-old peanut butter, and 65-year-old sugar. He has wisely backed out of trying a few items, including a cheese spread found inside a ration from 1970 that had obviously spoiled.

The video above shows a more recent (and less cringe-worthy) review of a roughly 45-year-old U.S. Coast Guard Survival Ration, which includes fortified biscuits, jelly candies, and a large chunk of "tropical" chocolate. The experience is a mixed bag, with some of the items being described as "edible" and "perfect" (ahem, "... except for being hard as a rock") while others are met simply with sounds of horror and disgust.

Steve1989 also manages a website called MREinfo.com, and has a Patreon profile where people can help fund his culinary adventures. Check out the clip above and follow those links if you are craving more of this bizarre experiment.

Images via YouTube // Steve1989

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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Hate Red M&M's? You Need a Candy Color-Sorting Machine
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You don’t have to be a demanding rock star to live a life without brown M&M's or purple Skittles—all you need is some engineering know-how and a little bit of free time.

Mechanical engineering student Willem Pennings created a machine that can take small pieces of candy—like M&M's, Skittles, Reese’s Pieces, etc.—and sort them by color into individual piles. All Pennings needs to do is pour the candy into the top funnel; from there, the machine separates the candy—around two pieces per second—and dispenses all of it into smaller bowls at the bottom designated for each variety.

The color identification is performed with an RGB sensor that takes “optical measurements” of candy pieces of equal dimensions. There are limitations, though, as Pennings revealed in a Reddit Q&A: “I wouldn't be able to use this machine for peanut M&M's, since the sizes vary so much.”

The entire building process lasted from May through December 2016, and included the actual conceptualization, 3D printing (which was outsourced), and construction. The entire project was detailed on Pennings’s website and Reddit's DIY page.

With all of the motors, circuitry, and hardware that went into it, Pennings’s machine is likely too ambitious of a task for the average candy aficionado. So until a machine like this hits the open market, you're probably stuck buying bags of single-colored M&M’s in bulk online or sorting all of the candy out yourself the old fashioned way.

To see Pennings’s machine in action, check out the video below:

[h/t Refinery 29]

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Try New Oreo Flavors Each Month With a Cookie Club Subscription Box
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The best cookies are the kind that are delivered directly to your doorstep. Now, as delish reports, the Oreo cookie brand is offering that service to its customers on a monthly basis. Oreo fans who sign up for the Cookie Club will receive a curated box of goodies around the beginning of the month.

Each subscription package comes in a box decorated with the cookie’s iconic design. Inside recipients will find two snacks, which can be any combination of the brand’s many cookies and candy bar flavors (such as classic Oreo and golden Oreo cookies as their examples).

The delivery also includes a recipe card and an Oreo-inspired gift. That gift could be a mug, a hat, a game, or any piece of Oreo-branded swag the company can fit into the box. According to one Amazon user, the box for January included cinnamon Oreo cookies, chocolate hazelnut Oreos, Oreo hot cocoa mix, Oreo socks, and a recipe for cinnamon Oreo mug cake.

The subscription costs more than it would to purchase the cookies from a store, but for true fans the higher price tag may be worth it. The Cookie Club is an opportunity to try out new Oreo flavors that you may have had trouble finding otherwise. It also makes a great gift for any adventurous cookie fans in your life. Subscriptions are available to purchase exclusively through Amazon in 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month packages, with the prices for each coming out to around $20 a box.

[h/t delish]

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