Ice Cream, Anyone? The Ice Cream Flavors of the World

Ice cream is among the most favorite desserts in the world. It is a frozen dessert made out of dairy products that offers a large variety of choices because of the creation of different flavors that suit the cravings of people all over the world.

There are several different flavors, which are basically defined by the ingredients that are contained within the recipe of it. What appeals to the taste buds and gives people the greatest satisfaction when eating this frozen delights are the most common flavors that have enticed the senses. According to the International Ice Cream Association, the top flavors enjoyed in the market today are the following:

1. Vanilla
2. Chocolate
3. Butter pecan
4. Strawberry
5. Neapolitan
6. Chocolate chip
7. French vanilla
8. Cookies and cream
9. Vanilla fudge ripple
10. Praline pecan

There is safety in knowing that the above mentioned flavors are the ones that people are familiar of. However, it is difficult to believe that the creation of flavor is one dimensional. The other side of the coin when you flip it will allow a different experience when it comes to eating ice cream. In Japan, the creation of the weirdest and the wackiest flavors would have to be one that it has pioneered. These flavors though very complex in nature and seemingly out of this world are probably testament of the ability of the Japanese to invent things that are particularly unique.

Among the distinct flavors created in Japan are the following:

1. Fish
2. Octopus
3. Squid
4. Ox tongue
5. Sweet potato
6. Fried eggplant
7. Wasabi
8. Eel
9. Shark fin noodle
10. Oyster

These are only a few examples of the different flavors invented in Japan. Although these flavors are generally considered as not really the usual flavors that you would like to grab a taste of, they are actually edible and only prove that culture can always be fused with the food that you eat. The flavor that Japan has invented, if you look at it in a different light, is actually their way of combining their own culture into their own version.

The ingenuity of Japanese flavors is probably the most unimaginable invention in the history of ice cream making but it offers a different side in this industry. From the luscious vanilla and chocolate flavors, the elite and creamy goodness of cookies and cream and chocolate chip, and even the weird and crazy octopus and squid ice cream, ice cream flavors had definitely developed a lot since its discovery. For each flavor that come a long the way is a history waiting to unravel. Truly, the ice cream making business had given birth to the most class and even the most unlikely creations to tickle your taste buds.

15 Ways to End Boredom and Keep Busy to Stop Overeating

If the first thing you do when you are bored is plop on the couch with food and watch TV then it’s time for change. If you cannot think of anything to do to stop being bored how can you possibly stop overeating? You can also stop overeating by keeping your mouth happy. So, I have included some tips to sooth your cravings. Don’t give up and run to the fridge. Here are some ideas to keep you busy. When you are having fun and enjoying yourself, it’s easier to avoid the fridge and stop overeating. With 15 ways listed below you are sure to find something you enjoy doing to end boredom. Let’s start having some fun.

1. Get together with some friends and go through all your dresser drawers and closets and find strange assortments of clothing to put together. Have everyone dress up as weird as they can using wild colors and patterns that clash. Find weird objects throughout the house to use as part of your outfits to make them really outrageous. Do something crazy with your hair and make up. Take pictures of each other striking different silly poses. Make sure to get someone to take a group photo. You can either use the pictures for a slide show, a fun scrapbook or post them online for all your friends and family to enjoy.

2. Using post it notes, write out dozens of reasons why you love your spouse or kids and stick them up around the house where they can find them.

3. Check out coach tours in your area. You could find a tour bus that takes you to a nearby town you have never visited. You could have an excellent time meeting new people. Spend some time looking through all the offers and decide which one sounds the most enjoyable to you. Be spontaneous and get out of the house for the day.

4. Play solitaire Scrabble. Take out your Scrabble game and turn over all the letters so you can see them. Now, start putting together words on the Scrabble board as fast as you can. You must use all of the letters. If you get to the end and you cannot finish using the letters, then you will need to reformat some of the words until all of the letters are used successfully and you have absolutely no letter tiles left.

5. Chew on cinnamon or other flavored toothpicks. You can make your own flavored toothpicks by simply using cinnamon oil, or other oil-based flavors used for hard candy.

Simply take 1 ounce of any oil-based candy flavoring and mix it with a couple of ounces of water, three or four packages of sugar substitute and stir it up. Next, pour it onto a cookie sheet. Then take toothpicks and lay them out in one layer in the flavoring on the cookie sheet. Move them around until the liquid is soaked in. Let them sit for a day or two until they are completely dry and then, you have your own flavored toothpicks. If you have a craving for sweets, just chew on one of your delicious flavored toothpicks.

6. Throw ice chips up in the air and attempt to catch them in your mouth.

7. Instead of giving in to a craving for something fattening, grab your sweetie and make out. This is much more fun.

8. Take a trust walk with your partner. Put a blindfold on them and lead them around. See how much they trust you to guide them without falling or bumping into things. Next, let them put the blindfold on you and let them lead you around.

9. Have a follow people date. Go out somewhere that people walk around to different places. Pick out someone to follow and just follow them everywhere they go. You never know where you will wind up. It could be somewhere really fun that you would have never gone. If it becomes impossible to keep following them, choose someone new and start over.

10. Take pictures of your 100 most favorite things and make a scrapbook out of the pictures. Write catchy captions underneath each photo.

11. If you have stairs in your home run up and down the stairs and see how many times you can do it. Not only will this keep you busy, but it will also burn a lot of calories. See if you can top your best each day.

12. Start at one end of the house and start running until you get to the other end of the house and see how many times you can go back and forth before getting too tired. This is a fun game to play with the kids and an effective way to get exercise without it feeling like exercise.

13. Start a walking club. Get together with friends, find a nice park or walking track and meet each day to go for walk. If you don’t have any friends who want to walk with you, you could put up flyer’s in the grocery store, community center, Laundromat or local library to find others to walk with in the park. You could also check out your local YMCA and see if there are others interested in walking with you. This is a superb way to meet new people and make new friends. And bonus, it is great exercise and burns lots of calories.

14. Go on a tool finding mission. Do all your tools seem to come up missing? Do you spend more time looking for a tool than doing the actual project that needs to be done? Get a box and go through the whole house, garage, shed and yard and round them up and put them in the box. Now set up a nice area in your garage where all the tools can go. Next time you need a tool for a project, you’ll actually be able to find them.

15. Does your pet do the craziest things? Make a video of them and put it on YouTube.com. Pull out your video camera and just start taping. You are sure to catch them doing something funny. Now edit the video and add some fun captions and music and post it for everyone to see.

Coffee Flavor Varieties

There was a time, not that long ago, when a cup of coffee was simply a cup of coffee. The only variety depended on the quality of bean and how much cream and/or sugar each individual chose to add to their cup. However, modern coffee technology has added an almost endless selection of flavors and varieties to the morning wake up drink. With the expansion of coffee house businesses and single cup coffee brewers, the flavor count has risen exponentially. Some of these flavors are pretty common, while some are actually quite unusual or strange. Most every coffee drinker is familiar with flavors such as hazelnut or French Vanilla, but what are some of the strangest and less common flavors that one might stumble across?

Bacon Flavored Coffee – It would seem like a perfect fit. Coffee is the quintessential morning drink and bacon is the quintessential morning food, why shouldn’t they be put together into a single package? Probably because bacon, while a wonderful treat in itself, is not a flavor that is often craved in other items. There is a reason that one will not find bacon flavored yogurt or a bacon flavored sports drink anywhere on the market.

Corn Coffee – Corn is one of the base links in the food chain. Beyond corn on (or off) the cob as a popular side dish, corn syrup and/or corn starch appear in just about every item that can be dug out of the common pantry. In addition, corn is commonly used as feed for most types of livestock, which means that just about every type of meat that was not hunted down in the wild used corn in its production. Taking this into account, shouldn’t corn get a crack at flavoring the coffee bean too?

Roasted Dandelion Root Coffee – Now, call me crazy, but looking at those unwanted weeds out on the lawn, at no time did it occur to me that I should try to strain hot water through their roots and see how it tasted. But, obviously it did occur to somebody, because this drink does exist. However, it should be noted that most recipes for this beverage also include such large quantities of sweeteners and spices that it is a wonder how much of the original taste from the weed still exists.

Acorn Nut Coffee – Hazelnut and walnut related flavors have proven to have widespread success, so it makes sense to extend the reach to the entire nut family as a whole. However, why acorn nut coffee exists but cashew related flavors have yet to be produced is anybody’s guess. The one primary problem with this flavor is that it is not uncommon for squirrels to try to steal the user’s drink.

Some other examples of strange coffee flavors I have encountered include banana macadamia nut, Strawberries ‘n Cream, Peaches ‘n Cream, and just about anything else you can imagine. However, to turn this article on its head a bit – possibly the strangest beverage I have encountered is a coffee flavored brandy. A depressant that tastes like a stimulant – too much worlds colliding for my taste.