The year 2014 is nearly behind us, soon to be nothing more than a series of memories of the things we've eaten, places we've eaten and people we've watched eat. Join us as Snacktaku looks back at the year inside the world's stomachs.
Our bread and butter, only better than that. Bread and butter is pretty bland stuff, unless you're talking a nice warm crusty loaf with freshly-churned seasoned butter. Oh god. Here are some reviews.
Is there any greater event in the snacking world than the introduction of a new limited edition flavor of Oreo cookie? How about two new flavors? I have tasted Marshmallow Crispy and Cookie Dough Oreos, and my findings may surprise you.
Back away slowly, America. These flavors — they are not for your ilk. Do not follow me into madness, for that way lies Mountain Dew flavored Cheetos and more than 127 million Japanese people.
WARNING: Viewers are advised the following clip contains footage of a grown man licking his fingers a lot.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to stay at one of Atlanta's premiere medical hot-spots, where I was sliced open to have my innards fiddled with. Afterwards I was presented with this magnificent feast. It was almost as pleasant.
Here are some things you really shouldn't watch.
I cannot stop watching this. Can you guess what is?
Despite having proven otherwise time and time again, McDonald's still gets people asking if the horrifying image of pink chicken goop which circulated in 2010 is what's inside their Chicken McNuggets. Here's what's really happening inside McDonald's nugget factory.
Is it that time of year already? Of course it is, I've already had three limited-time only McRib sandwiches since they came back a week or so ago, and there are more in my future. It's probably a good time to find out how they're made.
Every year Frito-Lay holds a contest that allows consumers to design their own potato chip flavor. It generally ends horribly.
Last year Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" contest awarded the wrong person a million dollars for suggesting potato chips that tasted vaguely like garlic bread. Now the contest returns, and we have a chance for redemption.
Earlier this week Frito-Lay announced the four finalists in its annual 'Do Us A Flavor' fan-made potato chip flavor contest — Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Wavy Mango Salsa and Cappuccino. Which one wins my mouth?
As Kotaku East has proven time and time again this year, Japan's concept of a hamburger is very odd.
That's exactly what's happening next month with burger chain Lotteria is releasing the "Chocolate and Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Burger." It goes on sale February 6 for 390 yen (US$3.77)—just in time to gross everyone out for Valentine's Day!
And by disgusting, I mean, revolting. And by revolting, I mean that I might actually want to eat this. Maybe not.
The black buns? We've seen those before. But why, Burger King, why black cheese? Why?
As Kotaku first reported earlier this month, Burger King rolled out a black cheeseburger in Japan. Now, McDonald's Japan has a black burger of its own.
I was in Japan last week. So you bet your ass I was going to track down and eat a black hamburger.
All that and a very special sandwich from Korea...
In South Korea, KFC's take on the Double Down is, well, something else. You might have seen the promotional pics. Let's have a look at pics of the actual sandwich.
Thanks to my Kotaku East compatriots, I feel like I never have to actually taste any of these things.
Your typical ice cream in Japan is rather vanilla. Things usually don't get much crazier than green tea. But in some places, the ice cream gets downright strange. Viper ice cream, anyone?
I seriously hope you're not eating breakfast while reading this post. In fact, if you are, I apologize.
Asia seems to have a fascination with scatalogically-themed things. From the dessert restaurant in Taiwan and Japan (with a location in NYC), to now Burger King China's latest cold beverage, the PooPoo* Smoothie.
That new Final Fantasy cafe in Tokyo? Oh, it looks wonderful. The blue ramen it's serving? Not so much.
That's just way too much.
You hungry? Like really, really hungry? Well, have I got a meal for you.
Have you ever heard of nattou (納豆)? It's fermented beans that are slimy, sticky, and smell like socks. I quite like nattou, but many foreigners (and some Japanese) think it's utterly repellent. Sounds like the perfect food for a speed eating contest!
Meet Tae Ryun Huh. She isn't today's hamburger hero. She is the hamburger hero of a lifetime.
Snackology is the scientific study of snacks, but every now and then those other white coats want to get in on the sweet snacking action.
We've all been there: You're holding a big ol' hamburger with both hands, you bring it to your mouth to take a bite, and the whole burger falls out all over the place. But guess what, there's an "ideal" way to hold a burger. This is it.
An important question is finally answered.
It's late at night, you've got a pocketful of crumpled bills and coins, and your hunger exceeds your self-esteem. Thanks to a clever hack, now all you have to do is send your budget to a special email address to generate a maximum calorie Taco Bell menu.
Here at Snacktaku we're all about portion control, so when science tells us a fully-cooked human cadaver would contain roughly 81,500 calories, we reach for the freezer bags.
We couldn't possibly eat all of this without something to drink.
While vacationing in Buenos Aires, Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo sampled Coca-Cola Life, a special green-canned version of America's favorite sugar water developed specifically for Argentina and Chile. How does it taste?
The world has seen some unusual Pepsi flavors. But the reigning champ for variety and inventiveness is still Japan.
Nobody asked for this. Nobody.
Never forget the Japanese french fry famine of 2014.
I hope you've brought your appetite and love of french fries. Because in Japan, a fast food chain is rolling out an all-you-can-eat french fry buffet.
This. Is. Terrible. McDonald's will only be offering one French fry size in Japan: Small.
What's coming up in 2015 for Snacktaku? Expect more video reviews, more horrible Japanese burgers, more horrible fast food mash-ups and more things to put in your mouth than a (heavily edited ending).