We all saw Saddam Hussein cooking lamb soup for his army on New Year's Eve, but of course that couldn't have been the end of the story. As soon as the TV segment aired, fellow dictators all over the world must have been ringing Saddam's phone off the hook for the recipe. "We feel like such a bunch of jerks," they probably told him. "We've only been handing out trail mix and sproutburgers for New Year's. But golly, if our boys could just get some lamb soup in them--whoa, Nellie!"
A Beer That's Really Filling
The next phase for chocolate makers is apparently going to be exotic fillings: coffee, tea (with either milk or lemon), cheesecake paste, even red wine. First out of the gate is Dios, a white chocolate candy with a filling of sweetened, solidified beer.
An Early Clue to the New Direction?
McDonald's is testing a non-burger restaurant concept in Hartsville, Tenn. The Golden Arch Cafe sounds like one of the jukebox-'50s Diner Revival restaurants that were popping up all over a couple of years ago: It has a salisbury steak/fried catfish menu.
Take a Pepsi Breakfast
It looks as though we'll never get to try Pepsi A.M., a breakfast cola with 25% extra caffeine. The main reason it flopped in test marketing, said a representative of the BevMark consulting firm, was that though Americans--particularly those younger than 25--have no problem drinking cola at breakfast, they are uneasy about buying it just for that purpose: "They really don't want it thrown in their faces as a substitute for milk and orange juice."