The Ice Cream Canteen Keeps Your Favorite Frozen Treat Cold for Hours

The Ice Cream Canteen
The Ice Cream Canteen

In 2017, Jordan Stern was living in a camper van, craving ice cream. He wished he had a container designed to keep ice cream cool, even on the road and in the great outdoors, no freezer necessary. Two years later, Stern has launched a Kickstarter for the world's first double-walled, vacuum insulated container made specifically for transporting pints of ice cream.

"There is nothing available now to take ice cream anywhere," Stern said in a press release. "You can barely get it home from the store without it melting. When I started telling people about the idea, everyone told me a different way that they would use it, and I realized this could be a great product."

The Ice Cream Canteen works like a travel mug, except for perfectly cold ice cream rather than hot coffee. The vacuum insulation keeps the ice cream cool enough to keep it from melting, while also acting like a koozie to keep your hands warm (though you still might get brain freeze). It reportedly keeps ice cream cold for around four hours, depending on the type of ice cream and various other factors.

Three Ice Cream Canteens on a picnic table
The Ice Cream Canteen

The Ice Cream Canteen is designed to fit all conventional ice cream pints. Just grab your favorite pint of ice cream—be it Häagen-Dazs, Halo Top, Ben and Jerry’s, or something artisanal—and drop it into the canteen. Screw on the watertight, insulated cap, and off you go. You can also use the canteen to store ice cream spooned from a larger container.

Take it to a barbecue, on road trips, to the drive-in, camping, or just sit in bed and eat an entire pint without getting your hands frozen (no judgment). For even better insulation, put the canteen in a cooler. “When inside a cooler with ice, The Ice Cream Canteen can work up to twice as long as it would on its own,” the Kickstarter page explains. Even if your ice cream does eventually melt, the leak-proof canteen will keep it from spilling all over everything else in your cooler.

Buy an Ice Cream Canteen for yourself on Kickstarter for $35. It comes in three colors: mint, coconut, and stainless steel. If all goes well, the canteens will start shipping in March 2020, just in time for your spring break trip.

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Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad

Cheerble
Cheerble

No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.
Cheerble

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.
Cheerble

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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The Long, Fascinating History of Chocolate

Wikimedia Commons//Public Domain
Wikimedia Commons//Public Domain

Walk into just about any grocery or convenience store today and you're sure to find row upon row of chocolate in every imaginable form. While we have come to associate this sweet treat with companies like Hershey, chocolate has been a delicacy for centuries.

All chocolate comes from the cacao tree, which is native to the Americas, but is now grown around the world. Inside the tree’s fruits, or pods, you’ll find the cacao beans, which—once roasted and fermented—give chocolate its signature rich and complex flavor. While we don't know who first decided to turn cacao beans into chocolate, we certainly owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.

In this episode of Food History, we're digging into the history of chocolate—from its origins to the chocolate-fueled feud between J.S. Fry & Sons and Cadbury and much, much more. You can watch the full episode below.

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