Monday, November 22, 2010

Violet! You're turning violet, Violet!

As you, my faithful readers, probably know, I am absolutely overjoyed when some outlandish idea from the movie world becomes reality. I've talked about it a number of times before on this blog and, much to my overjoying joyous joy, it's coming to pass once again.

Almost every person I talk to about Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (which is pretty much everyone I meet) remembers a few key scenes in the movie. They remember these certain scenes because they were horrified by them. Such scenes include when Augustus gets stuck in the chocolate pipe (almost dying in the process), Charlie and Grandpa Joe almost getting chopped up to bits in the fizzy lifting drink room (almost dying), the freaky tunnel scene (that made some of us want to die) and, of course, Violet Beauregarde chewing the three-course meal gum and then swelling up to giant blueberry-sized proportions (and. . .almost dying).

Now, out of all these moments of this "children's" movie, which one do you think is becoming a reality?

Hint: Look at the title of this blog post.

That's right, it's the freaky tunnel scene.

I'm kidding, thank heavens. Scientists are currently working hard on creating a gum that would work just like the three-course meal gum Violet chews. They're making this gum using microcapsules that each hold a different flavor. Some of these microcapsules would dissolve when they come into contact with the saliva (probably the appetizer flavor), others would burst when they were crushed by your molars (the main course) and others would still hold out until "vigorous chewing" would take place (dessert).

Now, this wouldn't be like the so-called "Everlasting Gobstopper" real-life attempt, which only lasts around a half-hour if you don't actually suck on it, this would be a breakthrough in scientific technology. This kind of technology could be used to help alleviate world hunger in the future. However, in the mean time, they're just focusing on candy.

You can get the full story here, but, in the meantime I'd like to ask you, faithful readers, do you think this is a good idea? Do you really want a multi-course meal flavor in your gum? If so, what would you want your meal-gum (the marketing team will probably have to come up with a better name than that) to taste like?

Me? I'll take a tomato basil soup for the first course, chile verde burritos for the second course, and a mint fudge brownie for the dessert. I think I could handle each one of these courses in a warm liquid consistency. I mean, let's face it, no matter how advanced these flavors get, it's always going to be that same texture.


--jeff * said...

hasn't the jones soda "thanksgiving meal" drinks taught us that meals should stay as meals and not become snack foods?

The Former 786 said...

I thought "buttered popcorn" jellybeans did that.

For some reason savory flavors don't seem to work in candy form. I wonder why.