Snack on social media with Birds Eye Mashtags

There might not be an emoticon for hunger, but thanks to Birds Eye Foods' new Mashtags potato snacks, kids and adults can eat social-media symbols like hashtags, smiley faces, @ signs, asterisks, and hearts.

Noshing on letters and numbers is nothing new. We've been eating alphabet soup and cereal for years. But updating kids' food with tech-savvy symbols seems inevitable.

"Social media is all about conversation and we're confident Mashtags will resonate across various groups of people," Birds Eye brand manager Pete Johnson said in a statement. "We're constantly looking for ways to innovate and inspire consumers and hope that Mashtags will get people talking around the table and help to make mealtimes more enjoyable."

Mashtags will be available in the United Kingdom in March from Birds Eye UK. … Read more

The 404 1,294: Where we give you the evil eye (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Miracle Berry tablets make sour food taste sweet.

- Man implants magnets in his ears to use as invisible headphones.

- Crazy Ants that will destroy your electronics.

- Inside Atlantis, the new Amazon for illegal things.… Read more

The 404 844: Where we're all missing the point (podcast)

Your favorite snacks from the '90s, including Gushers, Fruit by the Foot, and Handi Snacks are making a comeback on today's show, and we're also talking about what happens on the Internet every 60 seconds, new top level domains, and the worst sound in the world, CONFIRMED.

We're also debuting a new Stump the Host segment today! Enjoy today's episode of The 404 Podcast!

The 404 Digest for Episode 844

What happens on the Internet every 60 seconds. ICANN approves expansion of top-level domains, .sex included. 20 snacks that will make you miss the '90s. Whining is the worst sound in the world, study confirms.

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Jelly Belly-wrapped Mitsubishi EV's sweeten Chicago candy expo

Electric vehicles are sweeter than ever now that four Mitsubishi i vehicles, wrapped in Jelly Belly graphics, have invaded the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2011 in Chicago.

The Mitsubishi i vehicles, along with a pair of Mitsubishi Outlander crossovers, were whipping around the Windy City on Monday and Tuesday showing off for attendees of the Sweets & Snacks Expo.

About 500 companies and more than 15,000 national and international confectionery and snack industry professionals attend the trade show each year.

The Mitsubishi i will be available for test drives at Mitsubishi dealers beginning in November. The EV has a … Read more

Frito-Lay snacks on electric delivery trucks

PepsiCo subsidiary Frito-Lay announced on Wednesday that it plans to add more than 176 all-electric trucks to its delivery fleet over the next year and a half.

Five all-electric trucks have been deployed for the company's New York routes this month, with plans to implement a total of 21 all-electric trucks by the end of the year that will include the company's Columbus, Ohio- and Fort Worth, Texas-area routes.

Another 155 all-electric trucks will be added to Frito-Lay's U.S. fleet by the end of 2011. The company already has six EVs operating in its Canada fleet.… Read more

SnackBot: Polite host, research platform, vending machine

Cravers, I'd like to introduce you to SnackBot. He is exactly what he sounds like: a robot that brings you snacks. He wanders around a place, say a hotel lobby during a convention, with a tray of sweets.

This, people, is what robots are for: Bringing me food. Or beer. Or making sure I don't have to wait in line at the counter for something. This has always been the promise of full robotics--they are made to be servants. They'll happily navigate crowds doing jobs nobody else wants to do (could you imagine this guy answering your … Read more

Because sometimes cherries are the pits

I'm not usually one to champion gadgets that only serve one purpose, but I suppose I can at least appreciate when a single-purpose kitchen tool makes an attempt at improving its efficiency.

And improving efficiency is exactly what this Cherry-it Pitter accomplishes. Instead of the single cherry pitted by the gadget's predecessors, it pits up to four at once, storing the waste in a compartment that can be emptied easily after cleanup.

Maybe you won't be using it very often, but imagine yourself as you prepare to make your next cherry pie. A gadget like this makes … Read more

Babyboop bowl adds style to predinner snacks

It wasn't until I began to peruse the MoMA Store's Web site last year that I learned a valuable lesson about hors d'oeuvre: presentation is everything!

I'm no stranger to creating pretty presentations. In fact, many of my friends for whom I've cooked a meal will tell you that I care almost as much about how a plate looks as how it tastes. What I don't do, however, is spend much time thinking about how to serve predinner snacks, and so most of these end up gracing the coffee table in the same bowls … Read more

Brazilian bowl goes creepy crawly

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...a bowl?

No, this beautiful piece of artwork isn't meant to be used as a weapon to threaten your enemies--it's a bowl created for the MoMA Store's Destination: Brazil collection. The collection celebrates designs, culture, and lifestyle elements from Brazil, which explains the centipede design that inspired this bowl.

The bowl is constructed from 44 independently moving pieces that are each made from a composite of coconut fibers, sugar cane, and wood. Since each piece moves separately, you can rearrange the bowl in a huge variety of … Read more

This bowl might make you famous

My friends would tell you that I'm an entertainer. And they'd be right: one of my favorite things to do is cook a nice meal and serve it to people, even if it's not a special occasion. Whether it's for a quiet dinner for me or a dinner party over the holidays, I like to make sure my food is presented nicely on my plate before I eat it. They do say "you eat with your eyes first," right?

Maybe that's why I like the MoMA Design Store and their pretty selection of … Read more