Friday, January 26, 2007

Caffeinated Donuts

I'm a total caffeine freak. Unfortunately, I don't like the taste of coffee. Too bitter for my sweet little pallet. I drink tea, but I'm usually too lazy to go about making it and letting it cool, and because of my "sweet little pallet" I wind up loading it up with sugar – supersaturating it, in fact, because it's very hot. So what do I do? Cola. A cold Pepsi first thing in the morning. Another around lunch. And I'm not above getting one for supper, either. Yes, it's pitiful, but I can't help myself. You think that's bad, you should have seen my cola habits as a teenager! Chocolate, too, has a good caffeine value for my buck.

But I always feel a bit self-conscious, especially when I'm carrying around a can of Pepsi at 8 AM. No, there's no rule against drinking cola first thing in the morning, but it's like drinking booze in the morning – it's just considered a little weird. If only I could consume something more "breakfast-y" and get my recommended daily dose of caffeine, like others do with coffee.

Well now a scientist has solved my dilemma – caffeinated pastry!

Dr. Robert Bohannon, a molecular scientist living in Durham, NC, has developed what he calls Buzz Donuts™ and Buzzed Bagels™, pastries that contain the caffeine equivalent of one or two cups of coffee. Using the skills of flavoring experts, he was able to overcome the bitterness of the caffeine. Now he's marketing his perfected pastries to companies like Krispy Kreme and Starbucks. (His disappointingly bland webpage:

Hey, Doc, powder me up some of your deep-fried rings of caffeinated dough, please! I'll take a dozen!


Maggie said...

Put me in for a solid dozen! That's funny. I was happy to note that this was not the extent of his scientific career. Often I hear these things in the news and think, my God, what a waste of science and brain. But, now that I consider it, even scientist would want to do some fun side stuff, right?

Angry Lab Rat said...

Sure. He may have developed rapid tests for Avian Bird Flu and HIV, but guess what he'll be remembered for!