Boozy ice pops
We get the oddest news releases, sometimes on topics ranging from caffeinated jelly beans (yes, really) to the how-tos of raising milk cows in your urban backyard (also yes, really). Still, any email with the subject line "Making drinking easier just in time for summer" deserves a peek, if only to investigate the latest developments in funnel technology.
You remember the boozy frozen pops trend from this past summer? Turns out some people are too impatient to wait for the spiked ice pops to freeze, and their haste is causing "slushy messes." GoodPop Frozen Pops' solution? Pour your preferred booze into a glass, upend a GoodPop watermelon, strawberry or chocolate milk ice pop in it and let it melt into, you know, a slushy mess. We think a funnel could take care of that.
About those jelly beans. ... Seems Fairfield-based Jelly Belly has started making Extreme Sport Beans, little 1-ounce bags of jelly beans that contain 50 mg. of caffeine (the equivalent of half a cup of joe), plus electrolytes and vitamins. We'd expected the candies to come in flavors such as Red Bull or Jolt, but nope, these "energizing beans" come in "extreme watermelon," "extreme pomegranate" and "extreme cherry." Those flavor extremities have us slightly alarmed, but perhaps if we drop the beans in a glass with 2 ounces of booze and a frozen pop. ...
BBB at Humphry Slocombe
Speaking of frozen confections, San Francisco's Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream -- the same folks who gave us boozy Secret Breakfast ice cream -- is offering up a sweet homage to Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon, which is turning the big 4-0. A special edition flavor, Beach Blanket Babylon Goes Bananas, will be available at both Humphry Slocombe ice cream shops (in the Mission and at the Ferry Building; www.humphryslocombe.com) through June 16. The name is a nod to Silver's Club Fugazi debut, but the flavorings -- roasted banana and apple ice cream with frosted peanuts -- salutes the show's most iconic characters: Snow White, Banana Carmen and Mr. Peanut.
"Beach Blanket Babylon is filled with unforgettable characters," says Humphry Slocombe founder Jake Godby, "which made creating the flavor more a matter of deciding what we had to leave out."
We're relieved to report that no ginormous hats were harmed in the making of the ice cream.
-- Jackie Burrell, Staff