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Listen To Your Chocolate--It Can Tell You How Good It Is

Dan learns what listening to chocolate can tell you about it, how our brains play tricks on our tongues, and why charging more for wine can make it taste better. 

This Is The Sound Of Good Chocolate

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Trust us: you can tell a chocolate's quality by the sound it makes when you break it. Listen for examples of good vs. bad chocolate bars.
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An 11 Year Old Offers A Lesson in Hot Sauce

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Full disclosure: I’m a caliente wimp. But 11-year-old hot sauce enthusiast (and founding president of The Sporkful Junior Eaters Society) Nathaniel Goodyear thinks he can change that. 
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Building Better S’mores, Inside Out Or In Pie Form

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

S'mores combine superb flavors and textures in a format that's structurally problematic. Graham crackers splinter upon bite impact, resulting in a s'more I'd like s'less of.
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Having Guinness and Pepperoni Rolls with Morgan Spurlock

Monday, August 11, 2014

He's well known for his less-than-flattering portrayals of excess and gluttony, but Morgan Spurlock seems to apply the mantra "all things in moderation" only "in moderation." 
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From Flurry to Blizzard: Ranking Weather-Themed Desserts With a Meteorologist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

There are a lot of desserts named after severe weather phenomena, but not all of them are created equal. We asked tornado alley's top meteorologist, Gary England, to help us rank some of these desserts, based on the severity of the weather they are named for. In addition to Gary England's dessert rankings, the newest episode of The Sporkful includes a conversation Paul Breslin about how weather affects our tastes. Breslin is a professor with the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University. He also works with the Monell Chemical Senses Center, researching taste perception.

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I Dreamed of a Dairy Queen Blizzard Last Night

Friday, July 25, 2014

I was eight years old when Dairy Queen introduced their now-famous Blizzard. A perfect concoction of ice cream and candy, it nurtured the young eater that I was, and led me to gain more than a few pounds during that magical summer. Years later, working a dead-end temp job in Chicago, my life had a lot less magic. But the Dairy Queen Blizzard visited me in my dreams one night, giving me solace and hope. The dream was so vivid and so intense, that I spent most of the next day writing a poem about the Blizzard; and I share that fine poem with you now. 

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Is This A Sandwich? Or #NotASandwich

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sporkful host, Dan Pashman, throws down over what does and doesn't constitute a sandwich...beginning with his controversial stance that a hot dog is NOT a sandwich. He's joined by participants from a variety of backgrounds, including John Hodgman, Micki Maynard of the New York Times, Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty, and the Planet Money team (who recently reported on why the state of New York defines a burrito as a sandwich).

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Spiral Cut Watermelon: A Summertime Treat For Any Size Face

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Melon balls look nice, but they roll all over the plate. Squares and rectangles are fine but boring. By employing the same spiral cut technology used for Easter hams, we can eat watermelon better.

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How to Find Deliciousness in Your Kids' Table Scraps

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Eating off children's plates is part of the everyday dining experience for parents. But can you find hidden gems? Watch Dan Pashman's video guide to what's edible and what's just too gross.

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Anthony Weiner Leaves No Child's Mac and Cheese Behind

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

How do you find deliciousness among the detritus of your kids' table scraps? Do you ever sneak treats when your kids aren't looking, or try to get them to order the thing you want to eat at a restaurant, since you know they won't finish it anyway? If so, what's the best way to do it without them catching on?

Next week on The Sporkful we'll talk about all this and more when we cover Eating While Parenting.

Our guests will include Hillary Frank of WNYC's parenting podcast The Longest Shortest Time and Arun Venegopal of WNYC's Micropolis, plus a special cameo from former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. Listen to the above preview, in which I ask the congressman about his policy on whether to eat his two-and-a-half year old son's leftover scraps.

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How to Eat off Your Children's Plates

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Like burying beetles and blowflies, parents are natural scavengers. When our little kids finish eating, we swoop in to survey the scene and forage for the tasty morsels they've left behind. Most of the time, however, it's slim pickings. I've identified a hierarchy of small children's table scraps, to help parents decide where to draw the line between edible and trash-worthy. Here they are, from the ideal scenario to the bottom of the barrel...

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The Hot Dog King of Chicago Hangs Up His Hat

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

There's no shortage of hot dog and sausage joints in Chicago, but one restaurant inspires a level of devotion unlike any other--Hot Doug's. People come from all over the country to wait in line for hours for a taste of their exotic sausage concoctions and Chicago style hot dogs. Doug has turned down million dollar offers to expand, and recently, he announced that he's closing up shop in October. Dan Pashman travels to Hot Doug's to find out what makes it special and why Doug is walking away. Also in this show, Dan explains why hot dogs are sandwiches and covers the time that hot dogs defeated the Nazis.

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4 Tips for Beating Bad Buns and Overcoming Overcondimentation

Monday, June 30, 2014

As we head into July 4th weekend it's time to look at some of the common barriers to hot dog enjoyment, and cover the solutions.

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Are Hot Dogs Sandwiches?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

When it comes to the correct definition of a sandwich, Dan Pashman is a strict constructionist. But despite his conservative approach to sandwichdom, he considers a hot dog to be a sandwich and was shocked - and angered - to learn others don't agree. 

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Is the Creator of Stuffed Crust Pizza Sorry?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tom Ryan invented the Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza, as well as McDonald’s McGriddle. We talk to the culinary mad scientist about how he came up with these innovations - and how to best enjoy them.

 

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Eat Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Baseball season is in full swing and if someone takes you out to a ball game, you'll likely ask them to buy you some peanuts and Cracker Jack. Before you place your order, you should know what you're in for. 

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8 Tips for Summer Food Festival Success

Friday, May 23, 2014

Food festivals can confer great rewards, but they also come with great peril. Here's how to get the most out of the summer food fest explosion.

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The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Belgian Waffle

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The woman who brought the Belgian waffle to America says we're doing it wrong. But there's hope.

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Eating With Kelis

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Her milkshake might bring all the boys to the yard, but these days, the songwriter-chef is using dairy products for more than just innuendos. She talks about the differences between making an album and making a meal, and why she compares herself to a cast iron skillet.

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Pizza Legends Patsy and Carol Grimaldi: The Sporkful Interview

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In the wake of the recent passing of Carol Grimaldi, we're replaying this classic Sporkful interview with a pair of New York pizza legends.

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