Fun 301: How To Enjoy Eating & Drinking

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Eating junk food and snacks can be more enjoyable

  • Prepare them yourself
    • Apple chips – cut apple slices, sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on them and let sit for 2 hours
    • Cheesy Chex Mix
      • Mix the following and pour into a glass pan
        • 3 cups chex cereal
        • 2 cups mini pretzels
        • 1 cup cheese crackers
        • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
        • 1/2 stick melted butter
      • Bake at 325° for 15 mins
    • Fried Potatoes
      • Cut potatoes almost all the way through
      • Drizzle olive oil and butter and some salt and pepper over the top
      • Bake at 425°F for 40 mins
    • Fruit roll-ups – puree fresh fruit and spread thin on parchment paper, dry for 5-8 hours in warm oven
      • Fortune cookie roll-ups – fold them into fortune cookies
      • Gusher blunt – roll up Gusher candy inside them
      • Dessert sushi – wrap Rice Krispies treats, Swedish fish, and Twizzlers with it
    • Grilled cheese sandwiches
      • Turn a toaster on its side and put cheese on the top of both bread slices
      • Bake them between two baking sheets to make many of them at once
      • Put 2 slices in one slot to keep the insides untoasted for sandwiches
    • Hot dogs
      • Make them in a coffee pot on a coffee machine
    • Pizza – mix 1 cup Greek yogurt and 1 cup self-rising flour
      • Pizza cupcakes – put pizza dough inside muffin tins, add whatever toppings you want and bake
    • Popcorn
      • Popcorn pops better when stored in cold places like the refrigerator
      • Make your own microwave popcorn
        1. Dump half a cup of popcorn into a brown paper bag
        2. Fold the top over a few times
        3. Cook in the microwave for 90 seconds
        4. Add salt and butter to taste
      • After making a bag open the bag slightly, flip over and shake out the kernels into the trash
    • Ramen and noodles
      • Make them in a coffee pot on a coffee machine
      • To make cheesy ramen noodles pour boiled water over the noodles, stir and drain, mix with 1/4 cup cheese and 1/4 cup milk
      • To make prison ramen bake it in a plastic bag mixed with water, spices and leftovers
    • Tacos
      • Bake the taco shells to harden them, add rice and cheese when baking if you want
      • Make a portable taco salad by mixing taco ingredients into a bag of Fritos or Doritos
      • When making hard-shell tacos, put the cheese layer on the bottom so the meat melts it and keeps the taco together
      • Wrap a soft tortilla around a crunchy one to hold everything much better
        • Optionally, add beans and cheese between them
    • Taquitos
      • Microwave taquitos evenly by stacking cross-wise to each other in a square
    • Tortilla chips
      1. Cut corn tortillas into chip-sizes
      2. Arrange on a baking sheet
      3. Spray oil and sprinkle salt
      4. Bake at 350°F for 10 mins
    • Tortilla shells
      • Place tortillas on an upside down muffin pan between the muffin holes and bake
  • Improve them
    • Bacon
      • Wrap French fries with bacon before putting them in the oven
      • Weave bacon and cook in the oven for 400°F to add to sandwiches or burgers
        • Prop the weave up during baking to make it into a taco
      • Bacon taco salad bowl
        • Put bacon on the underside of a muffin tin covered with aluminum foil and bake
        • Make cheese bacon balls by wrapping cheese in bacon and baking
    • Burgers
      • Make mac and cheeseburgers by putting macaroni & cheese on a hamburger patty and covering with bread
      • Put a thumb indentation in the middle of a burger to make it cook flat instead of round
    • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
      • Use maple syrup instead of jelly
      • Grill the sandwich to make it better
      • To keep jelly from soaking into bread on sandwiches, spread peanut butter on both sides of the bread and put the jelly in the middle
    • Various other improvements
      • Add cinnamon to apple sauce, pear sauce or oatmeal
      • Add taco seasoning to carrots for an original flavor
      • Add celery sticks to a low peanut butter jar for a quick to-go snack
  • Eat them with more creativity
    • Burgers
      • If a large burger is falling apart, flip it upside down
    • Pizza
      • Make a pizza bib by flipping a pizza box around on your lap so the lid covers your chest when open
      • Rip a pizza box lid into quarters to make 4 plates for it
    • Tacos and burritos
      • Eat tacos over a tortilla to make another taco when food falls out
      • Burrito holder – use a coffee mug
      • Taco holder – put it between the tines of a fork
    • Breakfast
      • When eating pancakes, cut a hole through the middle and fill with syrup
      • Pour the last part of a bag of cereal through a strainer or sifter to get rid of the cereal dust
      • Pour milk over an upside-down spoon to prevent it from spilling out
    • Other junk food
      • Cut slits in corn dogs to stuff them with condiments
      • Dip fries straight into a ketchup packet
      • Unroll the rim to increase the ketchup capacity on fast food disposable ketchup containers
      • To speed up the flow of ketchup out of a glass bottle, put a drinking straw in it
      • Remove the metal bar from Chinese takeout containers to fold it into a plate
    • Various snacks
      • Portable snack pouch – reverse a hoodie
      • Instant chip bowl – open a bag of chips and roll up the bottom of the bag inwards until the chips are even with the bag opening
      • Improvise a spoon out of the lid of a yogurt, pudding or apple sauce container
      • If a spoon keeps dumping over yogurt, rotate the spoon 180° to rest it
      • Shake cans of mixed nuts before eating them so that the larger ones will rise to the top
      • Cheetos and Doritos
        • Pour into your hand instead of grabbing to avoid dust on fingers
        • Eat with chopsticks to avoid dust on fingers
      • Microwave a Nature Valley bar for 30 seconds to prevent crumbs when you eat it
      • Pringles are more accessible if you put a piece of paper inside the container and slide it out
      • If you want to know if gum is sugarless fold it in half, sugarless gum will break but sweetened gum will bend
    • Fruits and veggies
      • Dip cauliflower in barbecue sauce
      • It is fully safe to eat the stickers on fruit and even the glue in it is FDA approved
      • Buy bananas in various degrees of ripeness, meaning you’ll have a ripe one to eat every day
      • Stab strawberries from the bottom with a straw to remove the stems
      • Open bananas from the opposite side of the stem to keep from “strings” sticking to the banana

Try some of the innumerable varieties of desserts you can make

  • Fruits
    • Caramel apple slices – cut out the inside of half of an apple and pour in hot caramel, let it harden in the freezer and then cut into slices
    • Chocolate bananas – dip bananas in chocolate, add sprinkles or crushed nuts and freeze until it hardens
    • Chocolate strawberries – put chocolate and strawberries together in an ice tray
    • Frozen bananas
      1. Peel 2-4 ripe bananas and let them sit in the freezer for 1 hour
      2. Slice up and put in blender
      3. Add chocolate chips or peanut butter to preference
    • Fruit popsicles – put a variety of fruits into a plastic cup, pour orange juice over it, let freeze with popsicle stick in it
    • Hard smoothie – mix yogurt, strawberries and pistachios and put in the freezer
    • Kiwi chocolate pops – cut kiwifruit into 1 cm slices, stab with a popsicle stick, dip in melted milk chocolate and freeze
    • Nutella and bananas – Mix Nutella with bananas, then spread onto bread
    • Nutella and strawberries – Spread Nutella on French bread and add strawberry halves
    • Nutella strawberries – cut off the top of a strawberry and take out the insides of strawberries, add Nutella and use the top as a lid
    • Strawberry shortcake roll – Roll up strawberry pieces inside white bread with the crust cut off
    • Yogurt strawberries – cut strawberries in half, dip in yogurt and freeze
  • Cakes and sweet breads
    • Bacon cinnamon rolls – unroll cinnamon rolls, roll bacon up into it and bake like normal
    • Coffee mug brownies
      1. Mix sugar, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, and flour in a mug
      2. Pour in water, vanilla and oil
      3. Mix until lumps no longer appear
      4. Microwave for 1 minute and 40 seconds
    • Coffee mug cookie
      1. Microwave 1 tbsp butter/margarine for 30 seconds
      2. Add 2 tbsp sugar, 3 drops vanilla extract and 1 egg yolk
      3. Stir with a fork, then add 4 tbsp flour
      4. Add chocolate chips or marshmallows or M&Ms or Oreos, then microwave for 2 mins
    • Cookie bowls – put cookie dough on an upside down muffin tray, bake like normal and fill it with other dessert items like ice cream
    • Cookie pizza
      1. Flatten cookie dough on a baking sheet and put a layer of Nutella over it
      2. Sprinkle Oreo crumbs, sprinkles, marshmallows, caramel bits, peanut butter, coconut flakes, M&M’s or chocolate chips all over it, then bake until melted
    • Ice cream bread –  mix 2 cups of any flavor ice cream with 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour until all flour is moistened, then bake in greased bread tin at 350°F for 45 mins
    • Ice cream cone surprise – fill ice cream cones with tasty ingredients, wrap it in foil and bake it or heat it over a campfire
    • Ice cream cupcakes – bake cupcakes straight into ice cream cones
      • Alternately, stick an ice cream cone on top of cupcake batter for it to rise into it when it bakes
    • Kit Kat brownies – pour a bottom layer of brownie mix in a cake pan, lay out kit-kats, pour the rest over it and bake
    • Lumps of coal – crush up a whole package of Oreos, mix in 5 cups of marshmallows, add 4 tbsp butter and bake in large tray
    • Nutella cinnamon rolls – add Nutella on top of cinnamon rolls before baking
    • Nutella cookies – mix 1 cup Nutella, 1 egg and 1 cup flour and bake at 350°F for 6-8 mins
    • Nutella S’Mores pizza – spread a thick layer of Nutella on a flat crust pre-made pizza dough, sprinkle mini-marshmallows over the top and grill for 10-15 mins
    • Orange rind cinnamon rolls – prepare cinnamon rolls inside orange peel halves
    • Oreo brownies – mix 1 package oreos, 5 cups marshmallows, 4 tbsp butter and bake
    • Oreo kettle corn – mix crushed Oreos with popcorn, melt white chocolate and drizzle over the bowl
    • Pancake muffins – pour pancake mix into cookie trays 3/4 full, push in fruit or chocolate chips on top, bake at 350°F for 12 mins
    • Peanut butter cup pie pops
      1. Cut out dough into circles and place peanut butter cup in between 2 of them
      2. Make ridges with a small stick and stab through with popsicle stick
      3. Pour caramel and chocolate syrup onto it, then bake
    • Reese’s cookie brownies
      1. Smash cookie dough into bottom of muffin tray
      2. Place Reese’s cup or Oreo on top of it and top with brownie mix to 3/4 full
      3. Bake for 18 mins at 350°F
    • Rolo-stuffed Ritz crackers –
      1. Place one Rolo candy large-side down on each Ritz cracker and place on a baking sheet
      2. Bake at 350°F for 3-5 mins
      3. Add another cracker on top and push down a little, then let cool
  • Ice cream and popsicles
    • Ben & Jerry’s sandwich – cut a horizontal slice out of the ice cream box, place between 2 cookies and remove paper
    • Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream Sandwich – bake a cinnamon roll, then cut ice cream horizontally and place ice cream in the middle
    • Gummy bear popsicles – freeze gummy bears in Sprite with a popsicle stick in it
    • Ice cream cake – stack ice cream sandwiches horizontally into a tower, then cover with frosting and syrup
    • Nutella popsicles – mix 2 cups of cool whip, 6 tbsp of Nutella and 1 cup of milk, then pour into popsicle molds and freeze
    • Oreo ice cream – crush up Oreos and put into a paper cup, pour in milk, place popsicle stick in it and freeze
    • Root beer float popsicles – Let root beer freeze at an angle on one side of a popsicle mold, add liquid vanilla ice cream and freeze
    • Wendy’s Frosty – allow 3 cups vanilla ice cream to soften in the fridge for an hour, mix the ice cream with 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup Nesquik powder in a blender until smooth
  • Roasting marshmallows
    • Stuff Rolo Minis candy inside marshmallows before roasting them
      • Also try chocolate chips, peanut butter cups, strawberries, and anything else that comes to mind
    • Unbend a wire hanger to roast marshmallows easily over an open fire
      • Use a clean garden rake to roast many at once
    • S’Mores – roast marshmallows, put between graham crackers and add a square of chocolate
      • Use Oreos instead of graham crackers
      • Use fudge-striped cookies instead of graham crackers
    • Baked S’Mores – bake marshmallows in between graham crackers on a baking sheet and pour chocolate over it
    • Indoor S’Mores – layer pan with chocolate chips, add a layer of thick marshmallows on top, throw on stove on medium heat, then spoon onto graham crackers
    • S’Mores cookies – make a S’More, then wrap it up in cookie dough and bake
  • Hard candies and other ideas
    • Butterfinger bark candy bar
      1. Microwave 12 oz of chocolate chips in a dish in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until completely melted
      2. Spread melted chocolate on a foil-lined baking sheet
      3. Microwave 20 oz candy corn in a separate bowl 90-120 seconds, or until melted
      4. Stir candy corn very quickly, then stir in 1.25 cups creamy peanut butter, mix well to combine
      5. Carefully spread candy corn mixture over chocolate layer
      6. Microwave another 12 oz of chocolate chips in a dish in 30-second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted
      7. Spread melted chocolate over candy corn layer
      8. Chill in fridge for ~1 hour, until set, then cut with knife or cookie cutter
    • Cereal treats – mix any cereal and mini marshmallows into a greased bowl, microwave for 30 seconds, let harden for 1-2 mins, then mold into bar form
      • The most popular version of this involves Rice Krispies with marshmallows added
    • Chocolate bowls – dip balloons in chocolate and wait for them to harden, then fill with dessert
    • Jelly worms
      1. Pack straws in a cup and tie together with a rubber band
      2. Melt jelly or make Jello and carefully pour into the straws
      3. Once it is set, rinse with warm water for the worms to slide out
    • Jello Oranges – cut oranges in halves, pull out orange slices leaving the rind, fill with Jello and let harden, then cut into slices
    • Jolly Rancher popsicles –  Place popsicle sticks evenly on wax paper, set 3 Jolly Ranchers on the end of each popsicle stick, bake at 200°F for 5 mins
      Mint brittle – place mint candies next to each other on a cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes
    • Toasted Starburst – roast Starburst candies over a fire with chopsticks
    • Whipped Nutella butter – mix Nutella, peanut butter and whipped topping together and eat
  • Make preparing it better
    • Oreo seasoning – take the chocolate cookie part of oreos, crush into powder and put into a dispenser
    • Use an ice cream scoop to put muffin batter into muffin trays to make them the same size
    • Frosting
      • Instead of using frosting, use ice cream that has been warmed to where it can be spread with a knife
      • Place a big marshmallow on top of cupcakes 5 minutes before they’re ready
      • Whip frosting inside a mixer to double its size
    • There is always a tendency to overcook brown sugar
      • Throw a wet paper towel in the box, then cook in microwave 20-30 seconds
    • Bake cookies in a muffin tray to keep them from spreading or becoming hard
    • Bake pre-packaged cinnamon rolls on a waffle iron
    • Cut cake without mess by running your knife over hot water, drying it off and cutting the cake, reheating a few times for the whole cake
    • Make better chocolate cakes by adding 1 tsp vinegar
    • Melt chocolate easily
      • Cut the chocolate into very small pieces and place in bowl
      • Heat in 15 second bursts, resting for 15 seconds each time
      • Repeat until desired consistency is achieved, stirring lightly when it starts melting
    • When there isn’t much left in a Nutella jar, add ice cream to finish it off
  • Eat it better
    • Eat popsicles without a mess by stabbing it through a muffin paper
    • Use an upside down colander to hold cake pops and popsicles
    • Eat Hershey’s Kisses by pulling the foil and the paper strip at the same time
    • Turn a cupcake into a cupcake sandwich by breaking off the bottom and putting it on top of the cupcake
    • Enjoying cookies
      • To dunk cookies in milk, stab them with a fork
      • Break up Chips Ahoy and put into a bowl, add milk and eat it like cereal
      • Crush a bunch of Oreos in a bowl of milk and eat it like cereal
    • Eat ice cream in a sugar cone without a mess by placing a mini marshmallow on the bottom of the cone
      • Alternately, put sprinkles at the bottom of the cone
    • Hard ice cream
      • Microwave ice cream in 10 second bursts for about 30 seconds per liter
      • Slice ice cream inside the container to create reasonable portions
        • Slice it vertically in half to create a bowl
      • Slice a hard ice cream cake by running a large knife under very hot water before slicing
  • Store it better
    • Put an ice cream container in a sealed freezer bag to keep it soft
    • To verify ice cream is good press on the top of the container, if it presses down it was thawed and refrozen, but has been properly stored if it’s solid

There are various types of drinks you can enjoy

  • Most drinks fit a conventional model of a few major categories
    • Steeping anything in hot water is a tea
    • Carbonated beverages usually have tons of sweetener to make soda
    • Anything with alcohol that isn’t straight alcohol is a mix drink
    • Powdered drinks are ready to be placed in water and mixed with drinks
    • Smoothies are most things sweet and thick
  • There are some amazing drink recipes worth trying
    • Apple cider – hollow out an apple, pour in apple cider, add a lemon slice and a cinnamon stick
    • Banana smoothie – freeze 2-4 peeled bananas, put in blender, add chocolate chips or 2 tbsp peanut butter
    • Double chocolate chip frappe – blend 1 cup milk, 2 tbsp sugar, 1/3 cup chocolate chips, 3 tbsp chocolate syrup, 2 cups ice and 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
    • Gatorade – add salt to Kool-Aid
    • Ginger cider – mix ginger ale and apple cider together
    • Healthy smoothie – add 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 serving protein powder, 3 oz yogurt, 1 cup liquid, 2 cups fruit and 1 cup greens
    • Mountain Dew Baja Blast – mix 75% Mountain Dew and 25% Blue Powerade
    • Nutella hot chocolate – mix Nutella and milk and heat in the microwave
    • Rainbow mist – Freeze water with various food coloring, add the ice to a glass in layers and fill it with Sierra Mist
    • Soda slushie – freeze soda for 3 hours to near-freezing
    • Starbucks Nutella – ask for a Cafe Misto with a pump of chocolate and a pump of hazelnut with caramel drizzle
  • Drink preparation can be easier with some tricks
    • mix fruits in proportions good for smoothies and store in freezer bags
    • When making a powdered drink, apply a piece of tape to the container to run the spoon against
  • Keep drinks readily available in the fridge
    • Shake up a soda bottle before refrigerating to keep it carbonated
    • Empty sodas into a fridge by opening the top and setting the open side towards the fridge shelf, then opening the other side and pushing them in for them to stand up and slide in
    • Rip a 12-pack in half at its weakest point and stand both sides upright in the fridge
    • Put some paper towels or towels under the back of a box of sodas to have them roll forward as you grab them
    • Use a binder clip to make a can pyramid in your fridge
  • Cool drinks with ice
    • Try to prevent diluting the drink
      • Wrap a drink with a wet paper towel and put in the freezer for 15 mins
      • Use frozen grapes
      • Keep a pitcher cold by floating a plastic cup of ice in it
      • Fill the ice tray with the drink itself or a good mix-in
      • Spray a can of compressed air upside down on the drink
      • Wrap a drink in a cloth and put it under cold running water for 10 mins
    • Freeze fruit with water in an ice cube tray for a new flavor addition to a drink
    • Boil water and then freeze it for perfectly clear ice cubes
  • The act of drinking itself can be improved
    • Tapping the side of a shaken can of soda can prevent bubbles building up
    • Sprinkle salt on a napkin or coaster to prevent the drink from sticking to it
    • Sip your drinks to enjoy it fully, especially if the drink has plenty of calories
    • Stab a straw through a muffin paper to keep flies away
    • On a soda can, slip a straw through the tab to keep it from rising out of it
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