This something different—black spring water! Inspired by nature, Blk. is the first functional beverage that enables you to experience the power of Mother Nature’s secret weapon, fulvic trace minerals. They play a critical role in the growth of plant life, assisting in the transport and absorption of nutrients inside the plant cell. When fulvic acid reacts with water, the resulting beverage is black, which adds to the drink’s attraction. “The color is what gets people listening in the first place,” say the creators.
Now for the polar opposite of our first item—clear coffee. CLR CFF is transparent java, which looks just like water but is said to taste just like a cup of cold brew.
The drink was created by big coffee drinkers and Slovakian brothers Dávid and Ádám Nagy by treating high-quality, arabica coffee beans with a secret method that has “never been used before.” The drink does not stain your teeth or your clothing.
CLR CFF packaged in a bottle, and you can drink it on the go or even make cocktails with it. We’d like to know if it tastes just as good as a freshly made cup of cold brew.
Naturally Pink Chocolate
Chocolate has only been available in three main varieties—dark, milk and white. Apparently, it’s time to add a fourth color to the list— Ruby pink.
Zurich-based Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest cocoa processor, has spent the last 13 years trying to produce naturally pink chocolate out of ruby cocoa beans, a variety o grows in Ecuador, Brazil, and the Ivory Coast. The Swiss company is the first to convert it into pink chocolate through a sophisticated process.
Unveiled in Shanghai in 2017, ruby chocolate is reportedly sweet yet slightly sour, with a distinct natural berry taste befitting its color. The confection has already been tested in key markets, and Barry Callebaut claims that it has received great feedback. Sadly, we’ll have to wait a few months before feasting it ourselves—it won’t be on sale for another next 6 to 18 months.
Named Blue Nun, this electric blue vino is the latest innovation by Spanish wine company Gik. The wine is a blend of red and white grapes from four different areas in Spain—La Rioja, Castilla-La Mancha, León, and Zaragoza. The bright blue color is made with a pigment found in grape skin, called indigo, and a non-caloric sweetener.
The vividly colored drink, which tastes like a sweet white wine, was created by six 20-something Spanish entrepreneurs who wanted to do something different. Mission accomplished.
Colorful Christmas Trees
Green Christmas trees are so last season. Now it’s all about a tree of a different color—at least according to the folks at Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm in Belvidere, New Jersey.
Purple, silver, hot pink, light blue, electric blue—the colorful tree of your sugar plum dreams is now a reality. They may not look real, but we assure you, they are! So how do they do it? With a latex based paint that’s fire proof.
With the lines between food, art, and science constantly blurring in Japan, it’s not surprising that food writer and “mad scientist” Kurare would be inspired to apply these psychedelic principles to one of the country’s most popular and beloved dishes—udon noodles.
In 2015, Kurare posted photos of neon pink udon noodles swimming in an equally neon green broth, topped with two slabs of blue tofu, as well as a similar purple and blue variation. The tweet, which dubs the dish “electrical noodles,” went viral.
Kurare says that he used basic “fluorescence chemicals” like new coccine and riboflavin for color, a technique he has employed with numerous other dishes. “I’ve already made fluorescent-colored cream, curry, and Japanese sake.”
In 2011, Indian scientist Dr. Mohamed Babu created technicolor ants by feeding colored sugar water to those with translucent abdomens.
Babu conducted the experiment in his backyard after his wife noticed the ants turning white as they drank spilled milk. He gave the creatures the brightly colored sugar drops and watched as their transparent stomachs matched the food they were eating. Some of the ants even wandered from one color to another, creating new combinations in their bodies. Babu mixed the sugar drops with an edible rainbow of red, green, blue, and yellow and placed them in his garden to attract the insects.
Blue beer is not just a Smurf fantasy. Japan-based Abashiri Brewery in Hokkaido has a blue brew the company claims is all natural. That means there are no artificial dyes or Walter White-made meth crystals mixed in— the blue color comes from seaweed, flowers, water from melted icebergs, and Chinese yams.
Abashiri Beer’s Okhotsk Blue Draft was first introduced in 2009 as a gimmicky, quaffable paean to the frigid Sea of Okhotsk, but thanks to online curio depot Firebox, the courageous American or homesick Tokyoite can order it in $21 four-packs, filling a demand neither likely had.