It would probably be good for us (and our teeth, and our weight) if we didn't like sweet flavors so much, but this liking appears to be a particularly human characteristic, right from birth--human milk is the second sweetest in the mammalian kingdom. (The sweetest: elephant milk.)
Another Reason Taverns Were So Dark
Why are beer steins made of pottery and other opaque materials? It's a tradition from the days when nobody could quite predict what color a beer was going to be--or what might be floating in it. Until the first Pilsner was brewed in 1842, you really wouldn't have wanted a glass beer mug.
Brand on the Run
The Wall Street Journal reports that Quaker Oats is test-marketing microwaveable single-serving cups of oatmeal called OatCups that can be eaten on the run (or maybe on the jog) and don't even need milk. They're targeted at professional-class working women--Quaker has been hanging OatCups samples on doorknobs in upscale neighborhoods.
Anything for Le Food
Say hello to these restaurant products: Shrimp Tasties, low-cholesterol imitation shrimp chunks for sprinkling on pizzas and pasta; a line of wholesome herbs and spices with the curious name Heart-Loc; a versatile salad bar tong that can pick up meats, breads and other large foods, as well as greens, which is called, of course, Le Tong.