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Pizza Hut Uses Pungent Fruit as a Pizza Topping in China

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While pepperoni and mushrooms are very popular on pizza in the United States, other countries around the world fashion their pizzas with regional and cultural favorites to cater to local tastes. Pizza Hut is slowly rolling out Malaysian-imported durians as a topping and as a crown crust throughout China.

If you’re not familiar with the durian, it's a large Southeast Asian fruit with brown spikes all over its rind. It's referred to as "the king of fruits," and although the fruit has a mildly sweet taste to it, durians are mostly known for thier pungent and intensely disgusting smell—one that’s described as everything from an old gym sock to sour milk and rotten meat. In fact, the fruit smells so bad that it’s banned on many public transit systems throughout Asia.

Pizza Hut started using the foul-smelling fruit in smaller provinces throughout China in 2015, and the fast food chain begins rolling out the topping to larger cities this year. "The durian pizza is a unique innovation that’s created a lot of buzz among our customers," a Pizza Hut spokesperson told Munchies. "The balanced fusion of durian, cheese, and pan dough has turned out to be a delicious, perfect match and combines the unique durian flavor with a much lighter smell."

This is certainly not the first time Pizza Hut used strange and unusual ingredients to top a pizza or stuff a crust. In 2014, Pizza Hut in Hong Kong baked salmon fish roe and cream cheese inside of a pizza crust, and their other Chinese offerings also include an avocado and prawn combo.

[h/t Munchies]

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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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