When Nancy and I were at Safeway today, we saw this can of Self Heating Wolfgang Puck Rich Espresso Latte on sale for $2.69. Self Heating Can!?! We had to try it, especially when we saw the list of warnings on the side. How many food products have more warnings than nutritional information?
Just think about it. One misstep in latte preparation and you have to flush with water for 15 minutes! Wolfgang Puck wants to put the danger back in novelty beverages. And, for that, I salute him.
So, how does it work? Well, there are six steps of instructions on the side of the can. I was afraid of the can after reading all the warning, so Nancy volunteered to do the actual work. One step in, we were already in trouble, the tab broke so Nancy had to get a butter knife and wedge the can open. I was nervous that she was going to accidently puncture the chemical heating pouch. I prepared to flush her. That's how much I love her, I'm willing to flush her for fifteen minutes after she accidently touches Wolfgang chemicals. Depending on where the chemicals spill, the flushing could actually be fun.
Luckily, she didn't puncture. So, she depressed the chemical pouch and released the fluids.
Eight minutes later, we had self heated latte to share. It wasn't bad. The aftertaste was a bit weak, but the initial burst of latte flavoring was actually pretty good.
So, we decided taste of product: 8 out of 10.
Scariness and difficulty of heating procedure reduces the product to 3 out of 10.
And I have to come up with another excuse to flush Nancy with water for fifteen minutes. Maybe Emeril makes a self-heating gumbo I can wash off of her.