5@5 - Understanding cacao (and your chocolate bar)
September 26th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

White, dark, milk, bittersweet, semisweet - whatever your chocolate persuasion, it's easy, delicious and even healthy(!) to be livin' la vida cocoa.

But how does that perfectly unassuming cacao bean make its merry way into shiny foil wrappers around the globe? We'll let you in on a little secret: It doesn't involve tiny orange-faced, green-haired men.

Here to raise the bar on your level of chocolatey understanding is Ray Major, the head of the development team at Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker.

Five Facts About the Origin of Chocolate: Ray Major

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Doritos inventor to be buried with the snack that made him famous
September 26th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
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Arch West, the Frito-Lay marketing executive credited with inventing Doritos, passed away of natural causes last week at the age of 97, and his family plans to honor his legacy in a lovingly cheesy way. The Dallas Morning News reports that at his graveside, service in Dallas, Texas on October 1, the family will be "tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn," according to his daughter Jane Hacker. "He'll love it," she continued.

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Box lunch: Self-checkout suffering and snacktastic memorials
September 26th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  •  Man vs. machine: Grocery store edition. More self-service checkouts are getting bagged in favor of personal contact. - USA Today

  • How 'bout them apples...in your cereal bowl? - Serious Eats

  • Are students still living off ironed grilled cheese and microwaveable ramen, or is there a deeper education cooking? - Guardian

  • The marketing genius behind Doritos, Arch West, has passed away at 97. His family will properly send him off the only way they know how: by sprinkling Doritos in his grave. - The Dallas Morning News

  • The Phoenix Diocese is in hot (holy) water with some of its constituents after restricting Communion with actual wine. - The Arizona Republic
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Superdeluxe sodas
September 26th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to get our grub on, we listen up.

Fall is new everything season! And that includes sodas. So unless you’re a kid in a school district with a soda ban in effect, you should check out these amazing drinks. School kids can try them after class.

Avery's Beverages
The Connecticut-based company has been around for 100 years, making small-batch sodas with well water and cane sugar. And then there’s their ‘Totally Gross Sodas’ line. The Toxic Slime is a bright blue mix of ‘blue raspberry’/orange/lemon. Bug Barf is green, made with kiwi and pineapple. The newest Gross flavor is the passionfruit and lime Fungal Fruit. I understand that these sodas actually taste good but I’m not touching Kitty Piddle Soda, which is yellow, under any circumstances.

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