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Next level milkshakes

22 Jan

Milkshakes should be simple things made from ice cream and flavoring elements like chocolate, coffee, caramel or various fruit syrups. Maybe with an additional component, like sprinkles or a dash of bourbon. They are served in big, tall glasses with a thick straw and different types of fruit on top, depending on what flavor you’ve picked for the milkshake itself. That’s a milkshake. But what if there are 10 different things that are all delicious and also happen to look pretty good. Why not just put them all together and create a delicious monster milkshake?

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That there’s a thin line between food and art is something that Black Tap confirms with her over the top, huge, amazing, wonderful milkshake creations. And even though it might only takes 5 zips before you get in a sugar coma, these next level milkshakes are a feast for your mouth, your eyes and your Instagram page as well.

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So, why would these creations improve someone’s Quality of Life? At first, I mean, look at them! I just can’t get how they stay up like that with all those ingredients, but they sure look incredible! I don’t think someone would buy it to actually drink it, but it’s just a nice accessory to show off with on social media, as some already did. Just a thing to enhance your material wellbeing, but also your emotional wellbeing, by getting more and more likes on your pictures. But, let’s be honest, who doesn’t get happy from these delightful treats!

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Tomorrow’s meatball

16 Dec

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Even if you’d know what they are made of, these meatballs still look quite tasty. And that is exactly the idea. The Danish designlab Space10, also known as the “external Innovation Center” by Ikea, wants to examine whether it’s possible to make sustainable food like algae and insects more attractive by putting them in a familiar form. In this case, the form of a meatball, which makes it no surprise that the project is called: Tomorrow’s Meatball.

Many people have noticed that our current eating habits aren’t very sustainable. Our meat production consumes huge amounts of clean drinking water. It also significantly contributes to global warming. Combine this with the strong growing world population in the coming decades and we can conclude that the future probably won’t be that bright. Therefore, the Space10 team questioned itself: what kind of meatballs will we be eating in about twenty years?

However, the team is aware that some creations might not look very appetizing. Still, Kaave Pour, the creative brains behind the initiative, is convinced that effective design can help to overcome the first thresholds. Take sushi. That’s a good example of how design can encourage people to get to know certain foods. Since sushi has become popular, we think it’s perfectly normal to eat seaweed, algae or raw fish, and I think the design of sushi has played a crucial role in there. Inspired to this, Space10 designed a series of design meatballs where you probably would like to take a bite out of, even if you would know what’s actually in it.

meatball 1The first meatball is made of artificial meat that’s grown in a laboratory. That may not sound so tasty, but there won’t be many people complaining about anymore if half of our planet will be under water as a result of climate change.


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The Wonderful Waste Ball is designed as a response to the large amount of food that is thrown away, even though it’s still good to consume.



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The Mighty Powdered glove Ball is so rich in nutrients that you can almost replace it with an entire meal. It contains vitamins, minerals, proteins and unsaturated fats.



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This nutty meatball is full of proteins and looks delicious. It seems to be completely ready to be packed some environmentally friendly wrap to put it on the shelf of an organic grocery store.



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Algae are very nutritious and can grow almost anywhere, without using too many resources.



meatball 6This meatball looks almost too good to eat. Thanks to the 3D printer, we can now get protein from food that initially doesn’t looks so delicious – such as insects – and turn that into a delectable meal.


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In 80% of all countries it’s normal to eat insects, so it seems only a matter of time before the other 20% (read: the Western world) follows.


I think these meatballs might not improve people’s quality of life at first sight, but it will definitely affect it. I do think that people find the new kinds of meatballs interesting, but they might react a little shocked when they hear what’s really inside. Maybe, if you wouldn’t tell them, they’d just try it.

One time I saw an experiment on TV where they gave 2 guys a bonbon. For them it was just a delicious white chocolate sweet, but what they didn’t know was that it was made of something else than chocolate. I don’t really remember what it was, but I think something like mashed potatoes could be an alternative for the inside of a white chocolate bonbon. So, they put the sweet in their mouth, expecting the taste of the chocolate. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t see this one coming. When they tasted ‘the other thing’ instead of the chocolate, they were pretty shocked. Afterwards they told the host of the show that if they had known it was something else than chocolate, they could’ve been prepared to this and wouldn’t have found it as disgusting as they thought now. This shows that food that looks like something else, misleads people. This can ward off their trust in the new kinds of food that looks like food they already know. On one hand I can see why Space10 wanted to create something that looks familiar to people, but on the other hand I think, by misleading them, they wouldn’t give them their trust in the future when it comes to ‘new food’.

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Eatable Music

20 Feb

Have you ever felt sad, without any chocolate around or any ‘feel good’ music to cheer you up? Wohlfahrt Schokolade found the perfect solution to combine these two things, just to make you feel better. So no more crying faces and sad days! I’m going to make sure you won’t have to feel bad again, with this eatable piece of music!

eatable music 1What is it?

Wohlfarth Schokolade is a chocolate producent in Berlin, which combines music with chocolate. The company produces chocolate Gramophone plates which aren’t only edible, but actually produce music! The idea behind the concept is simple: put it 5 minutes in the refrigerator, take it out and put it carefully on the turntable, choose 45 revolutions per minute and enjoy the music!

Why is it cool?

I think this piece of choco vinyl is a really original and fun concept. I mean, how has anyone ever thought about this? Although, the idea of music and food is a great combination for lots of people. It’s really cool to get something like this as a gift, but I think there’s a more important reason for people to buy this. When you have a bad day, you could listen to the music at first. Afterwards, you could eat the chocolate, just to feel better. I really think this can brighten up your day! It will improve the Quality of Life, because the music & chocolate have a happy effect on people!

I’d combine this Coolhunt with Development & Activity (leisure/hobbies) and Emotional Wellbeing (positive affect) from the Felce & Perry Model. Music is usually used in your free time, also Leisure. People use music to relax or as background music when they do other activities. Also, the chocolate has a positive affect on you, because of the ‘phenyl ethylamine’ that’s in it. This matter stimulates the brains in a positive way. That’s why chocolate makes you happy, and why it belongs to Emotional Wellbeing on the Model of Felce & Perry.

eatable music 2Why does it have future growth potential?

I think this eatable gramophone plates do have future growth potential, because of their originality. Nowadays, people want something special, something fun and something new. Everybody knows what chocolate and gramophone plates are, but when you combine these two, you’ll get a whole new product.

The company is even expanding its assortment, with, for example, chocolate meat. This is perfect for vegetarian, because it’s made of cacao of Bio-quality. They’re trying to create lots of tastes for every person, so everyone could enjoy this delicious taste of music!