Stefan A. Slater


If I could build a shrine to coffee, I probably would. I need my daily intake of caffeine pretty badly, and if I don’t get it… well, I can pretty much say goodbye to productivity in general. Needless to say, I would love if my PB&J became a CPB&J.

Steem, the Massachusetts-based company behind the spread, notes that the product features an entire cup of coffee’s worth of caffeine in a single tablespoon. Steem’s co-founder, Chris Pettazzoni, told the Boston Herald that, “It’s a time-saver; your two favorite products in one jar.”

So how do you add caffeine to peanut butter in an all-natural way? Well, green-coffee extract is added to each jar, which gives the peanut butter it’s energetic kick. As far as other ingredients go, the peanut butter features only the necessities: salt, peanuts, peanut oil and agave nectar for a little extra sweetness.

Product Page: ($4.99)

[Boston Herald via The Consumerist]


It seems like every nation has their own unique traditions during New Year’s, and Japan is no exception. During New Year’s, it was often traditional for Japanese shops (including markets) to close down for the holiday. So, with dining-out options limited, folks would then dine on osechi ryouri over the course of several days. The dish, which is served in stackable bento boxes, features a cornucopia of symbolic goodies–for instance, shrimp typically represents the elderly (because they’re hunched over).

Interestingly, Nintendo is coming out with their own osechi ryouri for 2016 to be sold in Japanese department store Takashimaya. Nintendo’s version is Super Mario-themed, and it comes with special cards. The price is pretty steep ($225), but since it’s meant to last a few days, it might be worth the price.

(Culture Lab via Kotaku)


These clever Moon Glasses from Tale Design actually mimic the various moon phases as they’re being filled with your preferred beverage (though white beverages work best).

Two small glasses (2.7 fluid ounces) will run you about $24, while the larger (5.7 ounces) glasses go for about $30. The glasses are sent from South Korea, but orders over $100 are shipped for free – and they do ship internationally.

Product Page: ($24-$30)

(Japaaan via RocketNews)

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Hot and buttery.

Thanks to Village Vanguard, you can celebrate all things toasty and doughy with their newest line of bread-inspired cushions, slippers and backpacks. The Japanese novelty company will be releasing the bread-themed goodies this November, but you can check out some of their offerings after the break.

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Beginning Sept. 24 and running until Nov. 4, Taco Bell and PlayStation will be giving away gold, limited-edition Playstation 4 consoles every ten minutes to lucky gamers/taco fans.

The console comes with a special DualShock 4 controller (both the console and the controller feature a gold and black color scheme) and a copy of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.

In order to participate in the giveaway, you have to head over to your nearest Taco Bell and purchase any Big Box. After purchasing the box, you’ll receive a code which you must text to a certain number. Then, and only then, will you know if you’re a winner.

If you don’t want to waste money on Big Boxes (and your health is important to you), a code can also be acquired via an old-school mail-in request. You could also wait and submit a request for a single code online after the first month of the giveaway.

(PlayStation via Polygon)


If you’ve ever seen traditional samurai armor, then you know that the craftsmanship is absolutely astounding. Now you can actually buy some affordable armor from Samurai Age (albeit in miniature form) that are accurate recreations of sets of armor that were worn by famous warriors in Japanese history.

These samurai armor sets are certified as “Wonder 500” products by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The “500” title is a prestigious one, as it denotes that the armor is one of 500 goods, products or services that are considered by the Ministry to be the best of the best. The armor can be used to protect your favorite figurines, or to cover bottles of wine, shochu or sake. From RocketNews:

Designed to fit over 900-millilitre (35-ounce) sake (Japanese rice wine) and shochu (Japanese distilled liquor) bottles, the Samurai Armour Bottle Cover range also works perfectly for 750-millilitre (25-ounce) wine bottles.

As for the pricing, they’re pretty affordable, especially considering how well they’re made. The Date Masumune at the top left, for example, is priced at 7,020 yen or $58.23.

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Who doesn’t love old school VW vans? They’re an iconic symbol of the 1960s and California’s surfing heritage, and in recent years they’ve become popular collector cars.

If you can’t get your hands on the real thing, at least your beer can ride in style.

This VW Van Cooler features eight-inch rubber tires that can handle the toughest of parking lots and the sandiest of beaches. It has a carrying capacity of up to 24 16-ounce bottles (with ice, of course), a drainage hole that’s cleverly tucked away underneath the rear bumper and a long, telescoping handle.

Unfortunately, while this cooler won’t cost as much as an actual VW, it is still rather expensive at $500.

Check out some more pics after the break…

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The Empire might be evil, but they’re big on cookies and candy. In fact, the average Stormtrooper helmet works perfectly as a candy dish (or as a drum if you’re an Ewok).

These cool Star Wars Candy Bowls are perfect for passing out candy this Halloween. You can go with either Darth Vader’s helmet or a Stormtrooper’s helmet. Yeah, I think I’m definitely choosing the Dark Side this Halloween.

Product Page: ($14.99)


Designed by Paolo Ulian, these concept “finger cookies” might have an odd appearance, but their design does seem pretty practical. Because of their shape, you can easily dip the cookies into a wide range of sweet stuff (Nutella being the obvious choice).

It’s kinda like Bugles chips – only better.

(Toxel via Neatorama)

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If the Colonel was still kicking, and if it was his birthday, I’m pretty sure he’d commission Aussie Branka Njegich to make one of these KFC cakes for the celebration. Depicted above in all its sugary glory, this KFC cake doesn’t actually feature any chicken, corn or potatoes.

“It’s all cake,” said Branka to The Daily Mail. “The only things that aren’t edible is the Pepsi can obviously and the little boxes.”

Apparently, the gravy’s made from caramel, the corn’s made from jelly beans and Starbursts and the mashed potatoes are actually made from vanilla buttercream. Gosh, I can’t decide if I want fried chicken, cake or fried chicken cake for dinner now.

Check out the Instagram post after the break…

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