- Mavens Creamery will be rolling out durian-flavored ice cream to 18 Costco stores in the Bay Area starting in early October.
- The ice cream comes in green and yellow colored pints and is made with fresh durian.
- Sisters Gwen and Christine Nguyen had the idea for Mavens Creamery back in 2014 when they taught themselves how to make macarons and ice cream through YouTube videos and experiments in their garage.
- Known for their macaron ice cream sandwiches, Mavens Creamery is currently sold in stores like Safeway and Whole Foods.
- The ice cream brand also appeared on an episode of “Shark Tank.”
Durian-flavored ice cream will be available in Costco stores in the Bay Area next month.
Sisters Gwen and Christine Nguyen are the co-founders of Mavens Creamery. Wholesale giant Costco initially approached them years ago for their macaron and ice cream sandwich products, but the pandemic interrupted those plans, according to SFGate.
- Duangduen, a Thai woman, called on local media for help after she was smacked with a durian and left with a bloody face by a debt collector in Lamphun province, Thailand.
- She admitted to borrowing about 20,000 baht (approximately $545.44) from a money lender last year to open a shop with her friend. Due to financial struggles, she said her interest repayment turned into 700,000 baht (approximately $19,090.51).
- The loan shark reportedly sold the arrears to debt collectors who then threatened Duangduen and her friend and raided their houses.
- The debt-ridden woman has since contacted an official government department that deals with debt management for help, but Duangduen said she is still being threatened by the debt collector.
A woman was left with a bloody face after she was smacked with a durian by a debt collector in Lamphun province, Thailand.
The Thai woman, identified as Duangduen, parked her motorbike in front of the Chang Rong Temple in the Nai Mueng subdistrict to answer a phone call when she was allegedly slapped in the face with a spiky durian peel on July 17 by a woman she said was her debt collector.
- Those who hate the strong, distinctive smell of the durian fruit can now rejoice due to Thailand’s newest non-stinky variety.
- The Pak Chong-Khao Yai cultivar was introduced last week at a durian festival hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
- The fruit is reportedly an offshoot of the popular Mon Thong strain grown in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province.
- Thailand is the world’s leading durian exporter, having made 187 billion baht (approximately $5 billion) in the last year.
- Durian’s aggressive odor, which has been likened to that of gas leaks and used socks mixed with onions, is off-putting to many, with the fruit banned in most hotels, airlines and public transport in Asian cities.
Those who hate the strong, distinctive smell of the durian fruit can now rejoice due to Thailand’s newest non-stinky variety.
The Pak Chong-Khao Yai cultivar was introduced last week at the Pak Chong-Khao Yai GI Durian Festival hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, where beauty queens and durian connoisseurs alike tried the new variant.
- In Pizza Hut Taiwan’s Durian Water Gold Pizza, large chunks of durian add creaminess and softness to the pizza’s standard base layer. Meanwhile, a mango sauce introduces a sweet and tart flavor to compliment the offensive, fruity flare of the durian.
- Small pieces of Pizza Hut logo-shaped cheese made with even more durian is topped on the pizza. Finally, coconut powder is dusted on the crust for a refreshing taste from those last few bites.
- If pizza is not your thing, the pizza chain also released Durian Cheese Tang Yang Chicken, a fried chicken version where large boneless chicken thighs fried to crispy perfection are topped with more mango sauce, durian cheese and shredded coconut. The umami and juiceness from the chicken create a hearty meal combined with the sweetness and creaminess from the tropical flavors.
- At 539 yuan (approximately $80) for the durian mango pizza and at 239 yuan (approximately $35) for the durian cheese chicken, the items are now available in limited quantities and exclusively sold online and in Pizza Hut stores in Taiwan since June 28.
Pizza Hut Taiwan launched a new pizza and fried chicken flavor made with durian, mango and cheese on June 21.
The chefs over at Pizza Hut must have had a lot of creative freedom over the last year, previously releasing pizzas made with interesting combinations from oreos and popcorn chicken to dim sum and tartar sauce to pig’s intestines and pig’s blood.
Japanese YouTuber iChang RM became tearful after finally eating durian for the first time in two years.
YouTuber couple iChang and Jimmy left Hong Kong last month after being stuck there since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They moved to Malaysia and have been living in the Southeast Asian country ever since.
In a bid to address food waste in Singapore, local scientists have developed an essential medical use for discarded durian husks.
More sustainable durian: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists developed a process that turns husks from the popular Southeast Asian fruit into antibacterial gel bandages, Reuters reported.
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The controversial Southeast Asian “King of Fruits” is back and more expensive than ever.
Cedrick Tan, the Singaporean student behind the “MelonBoy,” is back at his fruit-to-console transformation game.
This time, the 24-year-old set his crafty eyes and hands on the durian — arguably the last thing some people would want to touch and smell for some “Super Mario Bros. 3.”
A food technologist from the Philippines has combined durian and alcohol to create a probiotic concoction that’s easily healthier than your usual beer.
Kriza Faye Calumba, who hails from Davao province — home to many of the country’s durian products — says that the probiotic alcohol is the product of her thesis at Louisiana State University, where she obtained her master’s degree on a Fulbright scholarship.
A package of durian fruit caused a commotion at a post office in Germany, resulting in the evacuation and hospitalization of six people.
A total of twelve German postal workers received medical treatment due to nausea reportedly caused by the fruit’s pungent smell on Saturday, according to CNN.
A newly created Facebook page of a Thai fruit store has already received a couple of thousands of followers after it featured photos of ripped men with durian.
Bsamfruit Durian Delivery, which created its Facebook page on April 11, attracted more than 2,500 followers in just 13 days thanks to topless, hunky men holding and preparing durians, according to Mothership.
A man from Thailand died last month after mixing durian and wine together despite warnings from his friends.
The man’s body was found at a bus stop on August 14 at around 6:30 a.m. near Pattaya, Thailand with a bottle of alcohol and the fruit, according to The Star. Authorities estimated that he had been dead for five hours.