Thursday, May 27, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Ok, I love a bit of candy nostalgia and I was bummed out when I heard that the Wonka Bar was being discontinued. Not only did I like the milk chocolate with graham cracker bites, but I loved that the song “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket!” came to mind when I saw or ate them.
Imagine my delight while in the Omaha airport, I saw this new line of Wonka Exceptionals. This one, the Scrumdiddlyumptious bar promised milk chocolate with bits of toffee, crunchy cookie and peanuts as well as a chance at…a golden ticket. So, I bought it. And it was yummy as my co-worker and I eagerly tore the rainbow iridescent package to discover that alas, we would not be going on a trip around the world with a golden ticket. And like any good Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fan, I immediately burst into the “Cheer Up, Charlie” song. Oh, well, at least we had the chocolate bar.
Farewell Wonka Bar…
(Apparently it was so tasty, I didn’t have the sense to take a photo before we had eaten half of it!)
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Lauren had an unfortunate mid-flight incident last week involving her phone and a can of Ginger Ale . . . the result was slightly damp, slightly sticky, and a head phone jack that was (more than slightly) not working. Since I've had the misfortune of spilling a quarter cup of coffee into my laptop keyboard, I could both feel her pain and offer a few solutions. Ironically, when one food threatens to your electronic gear another food can come to the rescue . . .
Every food product contains a certain amount of moisture. Relatively dry foods (like rice) contain lower levels of moisture (12-14%) that when place in a sealed container in sufficient quantity can control the humidity in the container headspace. This equilibrium relative humidity (%ERH) in the package is established when the dry food absorbs moisture through the headspace from the damp component. The rice in this way is acting like a desiccant that is lowering the moisture in the surrounding enviornment (think of it as a natural version of those DO NOT EAT silica gel packets you'll sometimes find in your box of new shoes).
Lauren gave her phone 36 hours in the rice bag and she was back in business and ready to fly again on Monday. In the case of my abused laptop, the N, K, and L keys were never the same. If you are ever in a similar situation, power down your electronic device as soon as possible and then get your equipment to a place where you can gently and slowly dry it out.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Did you have a favorite ice cream novelty as a kid? What did you choose from the ice cream truck?