|Candy is Dandy
|Water (?) Pong
|Contrary to popular belief, there are some
official rules of beer pong that do not
involve alcohol consumption.
In the World Series of Beer Pong the rules
allow for liquid substitution. If beer is not
to your liking players can opt to consume
water instead of alcohol during the event.
And many in the competition do just that.
Even satellite events leading up to finals
find most contestants using water.
This year, the Seventh Annual World
Series of Beer Pong Championships will
take place in Las Vegas Jan. 1-5, 2012.
Players vie for cash prizes and a high
ranking on the new an international beer
pong ranking system.
Somehow we don't think this water-pong
will ever replace the revered original.
|A growing number of confectioners have crossed what
may be the final frontier in candy flavoring:
candy made with beer.
They've worked out technical kinks -- beer burns at the
high temperatures used to make many kinds of candy --
and developed a market for sweets they describe as
"hoppy," "malty" and "yeasty."
Behind the new round of testosterone-friendly sweets is
an attempt to correct a gender-imbalance in the $17.5
billion U.S. chocolate market: 90% of U.S. women buy
chocolate compared to 82 percent of men, according
data from Mintel Group, a market research firm.
A majority of chocolate is likely consumed by women,
because women buy more chocolate for themselves than
men do, and because men tend to buy chocolate to give
to women.None of the candy contains alcohol, makers
say, which burns off in the cooking process.
While makers typically don't test for the calorie count,
most assume calories are equivalent to non-beer candy
Forget the Cork
Whisky's reputation as the liquor of choice for refined drinkers may
have just taken a hit. Last week, beverage-maker
Scottish Spirits (which is actually based in Panama)
introduced a blended whisky packaged in a 12 oz. can.
The company is marketing the innovation as perfect for outdoor
occasions and is testing out the new containers in small markets
in the Caribbean and Africa, with hopes of expanding in the future.
But some angry whisky aficionados are arguing that their beloved spirit
has been robbed of its cachet. Will whisky in a can catch on?
Our guess, in a word, is no.
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