Hottest food trends: adult Coco Pops, 'Dumb Donald' beer and grilled cheese hacks

Mörk Chocolate Brew House in North Melbourne serves up a gang-busters good chocolate cereal.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House in North Melbourne serves up a gang-busters good chocolate cereal. 

We're eating … ADULT COCO POPS

Mörk Chocolate Brew House in North Melbourne has added a selection of new hot chocolates to its menu, but it's the chocolate cereal splashed with 70 per cent dark chocolate milk that gets our vote: clusters of dark chocolate-coated puffed rice and popping candy, buckwheat cereal, mini cinnamon meringues, caramelised hazelnuts and sour cherries.

We're drinking … HONEY BOURBON

The Grove Experience Distillery in Western Australia has joined forces with a local beekeeper to create Margaret River Honey: an American-style spirit that's the bee's knees (it's technically bourbon, but only Kentucky distillers can use that label). The first small-batch release of 108 bottles is available from thegroveexperience.com.au.

Fresh miso soup in bowl with tofu and mixed vegetables Hot List for Good Food June 28 (28/06). Images for Chocolate by Kirsten Tibballs, Mork Chocolate cereal, Honey Bourbon, kombu, Fit mixes, dumb Donald Trump beer, galaxy desserts.

Kombu forms the base for dashi. 

We're cooking with … KOMBU

This dried kelp has been a foundation of Japanese cooking for centuries. Packed with umami thanks to high levels of glutamate, it makes a nourishing vegetarian broth when heated in near-boiling water, and once softened, simmered for half an hour and finally strained. To make a classic dashi, add katsuobushi (bonito flakes) before simmering.

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Fit Mixes allow you to create healthy protein balls, sans blender.

We're obsessed with … FIT MIXES

Bliss balls are great in theory, but not everyone has raw cacao powder and pea protein in the pantry. Sally O'Neil from The Fit Foodie blog doesn't have a blender, either. That's why she created bliss ball packet mixes that are fructose-free, high in protein and vegan-friendly. Flavours range from cookie dough to strawberry crumble. From $14.50 at fit-mixes.com.

Chocolate Creme Brulee from Chocolate by Kirsten Tibballs (Murdoch Books) Photographer Greg Elms. (Can only be used to promote cookbook.)

Chocolate creme brulee from Chocolate by Kirsten Tibballs (Murdoch Books). Photo: Greg Elms

We're reading … CHOCOLATE BY KIRSTEN TIBBALLS

Owner and head pastry chef of Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School in Melbourne, Kirsten Tibballs, is releasing her second cookbook this Friday, Chocolate. Recipes are straightforward, generally quick to make and always decadent. A sneak peek revealed highlights such as chocolate creme brulee and chocolate-coated honeycomb.

toasted cheddar cheese sandwich turkish toast Hot List for Good Food June 28 (28/06). Images for Chocolate by Kirsten Tibballs, Mork Chocolate cereal, Honey Bourbon, kombu, Fit mixes, dumb Donald Trump beer, galaxy desserts.

Can grilled cheese actually get any better? Yes. It can. 

We're learning … GRILLED CHEESE HACKS

Toasting sandwiches in a press this winter? Instead of greasing up the hotplates with spray oil or smearing butter on the outside of your bread to avoid sticking, try spreading whole egg mayonnaise on the outer edges – it creates extra crunch and an appetising golden finish.

Hot List for Good Food June 28 (28/06). Images for Chocolate by Kirsten Tibballs, Mork Chocolate cereal, Honey Bourbon, kombu, Fit mixes, dumb Donald Trump beer, galaxy desserts.

A vegan galaxy doughnut by Sam Murphy (@sobeautifullyraw).

We're loving … GALAXY DESSERTS

You may be familiar with the rainbow food fad that appeared in everything from bagels to sushi rolls, but somewhere over the rainbow another trend is taking food to new heights. Christened "galaxy desserts", home bakers are icing cakes, doughnuts and cookies with swirls of midnight blue and amethyst purple before speckling them with edible glitter to realistically resemble space. Check out these vegan beauties from Sam Murphy (@sobeautifullyraw). One small step for man, one giant leap for Instagram.

Hot List for Good Food June 28 (28/06). Images for Chocolate by Kirsten Tibballs, Mork Chocolate cereal, Honey Bourbon, kombu, Fit mixes, dumb Donald Trump beer, galaxy desserts.

Spiteful Brewing's Dumb Donald beer label. 

We can't believe that …  THERE'S A BEER FOR TRUMP HATERS

Chicago-based Spiteful Brewing released an imperial IPA this week for craft beer lovers and Trump haters. Called Dumb Donald, the label features a satirical March of Progress, including an ape with Trump's head. "Pop open this key lime DIPPA and pretend you're on a far away island where people like Dumb Donald simply don't exist," it reads.

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