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Random Tue Oct 06 2009


beanboozled.jpgI'm not sure if this happens to everyone's kids over the summer, but my two kids sprouted some very serious candy cravings during the lackadaisical months. So last night, when the request for "dessert" came up, my husband was prepared: He had a Jelly Belly BeanBoozled game.

Not for the weak of stomach, the game consists of a box of jelly beans and a spinner that directs players to jelly beans of a certain color. Green might be Juicy Pear or Booger; black is Licorice or Skunk Spray; white is Coconut or Baby Wipes, and so on. We went through about 20 napkins, and spitting was most definitely allowed (in the sink). My first taste, a yellow-white jelly bean, was either Popcorn or Rotten Egg. I couldn't be sure which it was; it tasted like eggy popcorn. The black Skunk Spray flavor was deemed "like eating a match," while the Baby Wipe was oddly tolerable--it kind of had that unusual savory-sweet combination that cupcake makers around town are playing with. After biting into the Barf bean, my son shoved a banana in his mouth to clean his palate. My daughter hovered over the sink. The dog turned out to be the real winner. He happily moved from player to player, gobbling up the Canned Dog Food, Moldy Cheese and Pencil Shavings no one else could tolerate. A mom can only hope this run in with Barf and Skunk Spray might curb the candy cravings.

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Aharona / October 8, 2009 3:39 PM

This is the most adorably obnoxious game I ever heard of! I think I might have to get it!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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