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The Final Food Science Lab: Beverages and Sweets!

Sad news, friends. Last night was our last night of Food Science lab! But we went out with a bang:

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Mmmm… peanut brittle. Made by another group, but they said it was super easy, too!

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This class was all about beverages, crystallization, and candy, so we started the class with a fun tasting: Starbucks COFFEE!

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Our professor is the head of Food Service over at the UNC hospitals, so he had some of their Starbucks staff come over to lead the tasting. We were given two types of coffee to try. First we smelled it, then we sipped it, and then we ate a piece of complimentary pastry to see how it changed the flavor (for example, eating gingerbread with the Christmas blend coffee — made the ginger flavor stand out a ton more!).

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So much fun! They used French press instead of regular drip because apparently French pressing keeps the oils in the beans in the drink, giving it more intense flavor. Interesting!

Then, after our final lecture, we moved on to lab! My team was assigned vanilla ice cream. Check out this old school ice cream maker:

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I seriously need an ice cream maker — it came out SO good!

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My group also made fudge!

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It was tasty, but my mom makes the best fudge in the world, so it didn’t even compare ;) Apparently I’m a fudge snob. Heh.

The best food of the night was hands down these AMAZING homemade chocolate peanut butter cups that another group made. So epic.

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And for aesthetics, these cute lollipops won :)

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Our professor did a good job this semester about making sure we always had real dinner-type food during the labs (since class was 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.), especially ones like last night where all we made was sugar! (For example — last week to go with our pies we had “Thanksgiving paninis” stuffed with turkey, cranberry, and stuffing! SO good!)

Last night, he brought us some sushi from another one of their hospital restaurants. Yum!

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To go with the sushi, our group was assigned to make Egg Drop Soup. I was in charge of this while the others did the fudge/ice cream.

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It came out rather tasty, if I do say so myself! I never understood how the egg part of Egg Drop Soup worked until last night — apparently you slowly stir in the eggs, already whisked, when the soup is otherwise all ready to go. Once the eggs are in, you take the soup off the heat immediately and serve!

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It was a big hit and a perfect compliment to our sushi dinner :)

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What a fun last class! I’ll be sad to not have any more fun cooking labs, though. Next semester we have the second part of the class (with the same professor) — Food Service/Management. We’ll be spending a lot of time at the hospital, receiving deliveries, cooking, learning to order food and plan budgets, etc. It should still be really interesting, if not as awesome as cooking :)

I’m off to school — I have a presentation in one of my classes today, eeek! Wish me luck :)

Comments

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black says:

    All of your treats look awesome! Esp the brittle! :)

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    I really want an ice cream maker too! What a tasty assignment :)

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    Good luck today. That ice cream maker looks rather new to me. I use an old fashion wooden ice cream maker that you use outside with rock salt and you actually have to turn the crank. It makes superb ice cream and builds up your muscles to boot. Needless to say we make very little ice cream at our home. We are really going to miss your food presentations. Don’t stop taking pictures of food, we love it.

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    I want to take that class just for this night in the lab. Yum! :D

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    No class I have taken could compare to that.

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    Those lollipops are so pretty. Now that I know how egg drop soup is made, I never want to eat it. But, then again, I’m fussy about watery eggs.

    Good luck on the presentation!

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    That was seriously the coolest class ever!

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    These dishes look amazing!! I want those Peanut Butter cups.

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    I miss food labs! I had them all the time in college…just one of the awesome things about going into a profession involving food!

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    Good luck with the presentation! And very tasty-looking items. But I like the egg drop soup the best!

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    Woo looks great!!!

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    That soup you made looks great! Any chance of a recipe? : )

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    Your class seriously sounds like so much fun!! Interesting about the coffee….I never know whether to believe that stuff.

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    This class sounds so much fun!!!

    Good luck with your presentation! I’m sure you’ll rock it! I have one to do tomorrow morning at 9am! Woo hoo!

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    I want to take this class!! :)

    I love the old school ice cream maker!

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    Such a fun class :)
    Good luck on the presentation!

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    I realllly reallly wish I could take a food science lab! I have loved all your lab recaps!

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    What a great class! I think every class should end with sushi. :)

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    can we get that peanut brittle recipe?? pretty pleeeeeeeeeeeease :)

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    Wow! That class looks like it would be sooo much fun!!!!!!! How long did it go on, and how did you find out about it?

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    Thanks for the shout-out on my fudge! Glad I still rule. ;-)

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    I wish my classes were tasty like yours!!

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    Please share the Egg Drop Soup recipe!!!!!

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    Sounds like the best food lab of all!

    I had a presentation in my Science of Food lab today, too. Go get ‘em, girl!

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    Anne, I read your comment on tweet about someone stated on your blog that almonds are not vegan. In my diabetic management book they are considered a meat substitute and also unsaturated and monounsaturated fat. So if it is a meat sub. then I would consider that a vegan, wouldn’t you?

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    Ha, it IS a sad day when Cooking Labs are no more. But what a fun class to end on!! I’ve been meaning to do homemade pb cups – thanks for the reminder!

    And um, Mama P’s fudge recipe is…?? ;)

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    Any chance we get the recipe for homemade peanut butter cups? I think those would make an excellent Christmas gift! They look delish. Great post!

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    I second elise’s request for the peanut brittle recipe… that dark color looks fannetastic!!

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