Atoms & Eats


I don’t often use the expression ‘one-of-a-kind’ on this blog, but I think today’s gift idea truly stands alone. And not in a ‘cheese stands alone’ kind of way. Although, it is certainly a gift for the foodie on your list. Or a science nerd. Confused? Read on.

cocktail moleculr

The big idea here is molecular gastronomy – essentially the magic combination of science and culinary arts that reinvent what was previously thought possible in the kitchen. If you’ve ever sat there wondering why chocolate comes in bars and not noodles, or why spherical jelly beads generally taste like fish instead of something yummier, then you’ll enjoy MOLECULE-R’s offerings of molecular gastronomy kits to help you whip up exotic offerings like chocolate spaghetti and mint caviar. Molecular gastronomy is a technique already used by master chefs and bartenders worldwide – the idea behind the kits is to even the playing field a little (although to that end, pro chefs will get a kick out of these as well).

MOLECULE-R

Each kit comes with the tools and additive sachets to concoct culinary experiments that turn convention on its head. The Cuisine R-EVOLUTION kit pictured above uses four tactics to achieve results. Namely, you can use the kit’s tools for Gelification (imagine pesto spaghetti or a fruit salad encased in rum), Spherification (try topping your salad with balsamic vinegar pearls), Emulsification (whip up a light flavoured foam to swap out for heavy sauces), and Siphon Whipping (low-fat whipped topping for dessert anyone?) Learn the tricks of the trade with the included instruction booklet and 50-recipe DVD for an interactive experience.

Cocktail R-Evolution

 

Got a bar star on your hands? Opt for the Cocktail R-EVOLUTION set to add a splash to your next party. Like the Culinary set, you’ll learn techniques from a 30-recipe DVD to help you concoct beverages like layered martinis or a mojito in the form of a bubble that bursts in your mouth. Suddenly those $12 cocktails at your favourite lounge will feel laughably simple when you begin whipping up your own lime foam and gelatin shooters.

Molecular Gastronomy Recipe

 

What I love about this gift idea, honestly, is that it’s a gifty gift. What I mean by that is it’s definitely one of those things you’d more frequently buy as a gift for someone, as opposed to a treat for yourself. It can be a challenge for me as a gift guide blogger to try and find things with universal taste appeal when it comes to say, decor, clothing, or even books – but with a gift like this, the target demo is so easy (basically anyone that loves to play around in the kitchen or at the bar), the gift is so amazingly cool, and the price point from this Canadian company is so bang on ($58.95 per kit) that it just screams ‘Canadian Gift Guide’! The fact that it comes beautifully packaged and likely isn’t on the radar of the bulk of your to-buy-for list makes it that much more special.

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You can buy the MOLECULE-R starter kits on their website alongside the slightly pricier Siphon R-EVOLUTION Kit, which is centred around the brand’s culinary whipper tool (also available for purchase separately). In addition, supplementary additives and refills are available, if say, you absolutely flip for the Caesar Salad Espuma (made using the Siphon Whipping technique) and eventually run out of a key ingredient.

Molecule-r WhippedIf you’re ready to get your hands dirty in the kitchen – or if you’ve got a foodie on your gift list and no idea what to surprise them with – you may be in luck. One lucky winner is going to win their choice of the Culinary or Cocktail R-EVOLUTION kits. Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by March 20th with your preference of kit: Culinary or Cocktail + name me ONE additive from your selection (you’ll see details on the product page).

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around March 21st to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: You can earn two bonus entries when you Like MOLECULE-R on Facebook & leave them a comment with which tactic you’re most excited to try, and / or when you Follow MOLECULE-R on Pinterest and repin any of their pins. Be sure to leave your FB username (or link to your post) + your Repin in the comments below so I can credit you. 

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94 Responses to “Atoms & Eats”
  1. Jenny says:

    This is hilarious; it’s almost 3am, I’m up late working on my biochem presentation when I see this post! I watched the video on their site and I LOVE this so much – I am a molecular biology and biochemistry major and I almost went into chemistry after taking organic chem so I am definitely a science-nerd. This is like the easy-bake oven but for grown-ups/science-geeks!

    CUISINE R-EVOLUTION looks super fun and amazing! (addictive: Soy Lecithin)

  2. Debbie Bashford says:

    Oh how fun are these kits!! I watch all those cooking shows and cooking competition shows and have been intriqued ever since Marcel Vigneron wowed me with it on Top Chef.
    CUISINE R-EVOLUTION additive Sodium Alginate

  3. Jayne Myers says:

    The culinary R-Evolution would be my first choice. It was a tough choice because both look like they would be fun to have.
    .

  4. Debbie Bashford says:

    I follow them on facebook and commented as Debbie Bashford https://www.facebook.com/MOLECULE.R/posts/615556878470588

  5. Debbie Bashford says:

    I follow them on Pinterest and here is my re-pin http://pinterest.com/pin/284712007665232485/

  6. Joan G says:

    Great way to impress your guests – I like the Cuisine R-Evolution the additive is AGAR AGAR

  7. leah says:

    Major coolness and great conversation starter. I’d choose culinary for sure. I have liked and commented on their fb page. :)

  8. janicour says:

    I was so impressed by these products. What fun. I would buy the culinary products, and loved the additive popping sugar. Liked and commented on facebook with Janice E Cournoyer.

  9. Julie G. says:

    Cool kits! I prefer the culinary one & would choose kappa-carrageenan as my additive.

  10. nicoleroannef says:

    This giveaway has me super excited. Maybe it’s because I never got the Chemistry set I wanted as a child. I would love to start experimenting with the culinary set and see what I can do with Xanthan Gum

  11. nicoleroannef says:

    I follow MOLECULE-R on facebook as Nicole Flax

  12. JENNIFER HART says:

    I WOULD LIKE THE CULINARY KITS AND THE ADDITIVE AGAR AGAR-THANKS!

  13. Christine S says:

    Definitely the Cuisine R-evolution with a whipper refill as my additive. This is such a cool thing and would be a great gift for my daughter who is a Cyto genetic & a molecular genetic lab geek.

  14. nicoleroannef says:

    I follow MOLECULE-R on Pinterest as NicoleRoanne and repined
    http://pinterest.com/pin/414753446903180416/

  15. Francine says:

    My preference is the culinary & my additive is POPPING SUGAR

  16. ALICIA M says:

    I would choose CUISINE R-EVOLUTION additive Sodium Alginate

  17. ALICIA M says:

    liked and commented on FB as Alysha Millette

  18. Juliee Fitze says:

    I like the popping suger with carbonated sugar

  19. Taps says:

    Cocktail + Popping sugar

  20. If I won…I would like the Cocktail R-EVOLUTION set…I love to have my girlfriends over to impress them with my newest found martini recipe. This product would certainly put an authentic spin on my creations!

  21. One of the additives from my choice of Cocktail Revolution set is Cold Soluble Gelatin. Liked and left a comment.

  22. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d like the CUISINE R-EVOLUTION kit, and one of the additives is Agar agar.

  23. Victoria Ess says:

    I liked them and commented as Victoria Ess:

    https://www.facebook.com/MOLECULE.R/posts/615671898459086

  24. I like the culinary R-Evolution

  25. Donnas says:

    Amazing; I’d go for the Cocktail R-Evolution with the additive of Cold Soluble Gelatin.

  26. Donnas says:

    I like MOLECULE-R on Facebook and commented as Donna Lee

  27. Donnas says:

    Follow on Pinterest as Dawnalees and pinned
    http://pinterest.com/pin/301107925056278652/

  28. Scott Hayes says:

    Cocktail R-Evolution with cold soluble gelatin

  29. Susan says:

    I would love to win the Molecular Gastronomy set. One additive in this set is Xanthan Gum.

  30. GARRY S says:

    MOLECULAR-R

  31. Pat B says:

    The Cuisine R-EVOLUTION kit One additive is Soy Lecithin

  32. Sean Pynaert says:

    culinary and agar agar

  33. Lori says:

    Id want the Cuisine R-EVOLUTION kit (additive calcium lactate)
    what a neat idea! I love these! and I know a few other people who would want one too

  34. Ann C says:

    great ideas I like the Cuisine kit,,would be a hoot to have this or any of the kits

  35. John Crawley says:

    I opt for the Culinary kit and my additive is soy lecithin

  36. Jasen H says:

    Culinary kit – Sodium Alginate

  37. will says:

    id choose the culinary kit, and one additive is soy lecithin

  38. S. Hirano says:

    Maybe my husband would cook me dinner if he had a cool kit like this! I would choose the culinary kit, and one additive is agar agar.

  39. Elizabeth R says:

    Oh definitely the culinary kit, with the agar agar.

  40. CUISINE R-EVOLUTION additive Sodium Alginate.

    Why haven’t I heard of these before? So cool!

  41. patricia says:

    would love the kit with the agar

  42. intensev5 says:

    I like the culinary kit — it has Xanthan Gum in it

  43. Lynn A says:

    I would be interested in the Cuisine R-Evolution and Iota Carrageenan.

  44. thomas rusinak says:

    I hope I would not start consuming too much!!

  45. shelsbels says:

    culinary with agar agar

  46. Stacey M says:

    I like the cocktail kit with Cold Soluble Gelatin additive.

  47. diane p says:

    My preference is Cuisine R-Evolution and the agar agar additive.

  48. Michael E says:

    Culinary kit for me please – it has Sodium Alginate in there. Yum.

  49. Carol Oddy says:

    Culinary is my preference, desserts look so good!

  50. lucy says:

    My preference is Culinary.

  51. Carolyn Flanagan says:

    OMG I want to learn how to make the blue drink that looks like it’s glowing in the video that would be so cool!!!

  52. I choose Cocktail Revolution set and the Cold Soluble Gelatin.

  53. Lisa says:

    I choose Cocktail Revolution with Gellan Gum.

  54. Chantelle says:

    I would love the cocktail revolution kit and it has Xanthan Gum but both kits come with that.

  55. Tegan says:

    This is actually super cool, I’m adding it to my potential husband gift list…

    If I won, I’d want the CUISINE R-EVOLUTION kit with Xanthan Gum!

  56. Jamie B says:

    I’d love the Cocktail kit, if only for the Sodium Alginate!

    I posted on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MOLECULE.R/posts/616508418375434

  57. Terri says:

    I love the cocktail kit. I have been dabbling with fancy jello shots and this would step it up a notch. The additives like Soy Lecithin don’t sound tasty but it sure looks good

  58. aimee says:

    chocolate spagetti

  59. mindingearth says:

    I would choose culinary and one additive is agar-agar.

  60. Tracey says:

    I would like the culinary kit and loved the additive popping sugar.

  61. Sarah says:

    I would choose the culinary kit with Xanthan Gum

  62. kristen_anne says:

    I would choose the cuisine kit with Sodium Alginate!

  63. I would select the culinary version – although I do like both kits!!!! Agar-Agar

  64. mousecat says:

    I’d chose the cocktail kit
    Ingredient: Xanthan Gum

  65. Lori P says:

    I’d like the Culinary kit. One food additive from this selection is Xanthan Gum.

  66. angela mitchell says:

    I prefer the Culinary Kit. One additive is Calcium Lactate.

  67. Suzie M says:

    I would chose the culinary & the pooping sugar additive

  68. Suzie M says:

    Like them on facebook, would love to be able to do the bubble on the drink
    Suzie Magee

  69. eleanor says:

    CUISINE R-EVOLUTION kit with the additive Xanthan Gum sounds it would be lots of fun to try

  70. Leah says:

    I like the culinary with popping sugar additive!

  71. Ali Grotkowski says:

    Culinary with Agar Agar! :)

  72. KellyPC says:

    Cocktail with Cold Soluble Gelatin sounds pretty interesting!

  73. Sandra S says:

    I like the Cuisine R-Evolution and one additive is agar agar

  74. Andrea Amy says:

    Cocktail and Cold Soluble Gelatin

  75. stacey h says:

    i love them both – but i think i would get more use out of the cocktail (additive is Soy Lecithin).

  76. Vanessa says:

    I would go with Culinary and agar agar :)

  77. Marla says:

    Calcium lactate for the molecular mixology kit

  78. Carol M says:

    Oh boy, though choice. I’ll go with Cuisine R- Evolution and additive agar agar.

  79. kolagirl says:

    CUISINE R-EVOLUTION additive Sodium Alginate

  80. stressia says:

    I have always wanted to try this! My preference would be Culinary R-EVOLUTION Kit. (Additive: Sodium Alginate)

  81. Alison K says:

    My preference kit would be the “CUISINE R-EVOLUTION” & one additive from my selection would be, “Soy Lecithin”. Let’s make foam!

    Bonus Entry: Followed MOLECULE-R on Pinterest and repin their pin http://pinterest.com/pin/190347521723053186/

    Thanks.

  82. Mary-Jane Treleaven says:

    I would pick the Cuisine R-Evolution and would love to use the additive ‘popping sugar’.

  83. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    My favourite would be the culinary kit with Calcium lactate

  84. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ve liked and commented on their website – Elizabeth Matthiesen.

  85. sarah p says:

    I would choose Culinary, and one of their food additives is xanthan gum.

  86. sarah p says:

    followed on pinterest and pinned http://pinterest.com/pin/88383211409509821/ sarah perry

  87. sarah p says:

    liked and commented on their facebook page, sarah perry

  88. Tiffany Wisman says:

    Both of these kits would be AMAZING for a creative foodie freak/creative bartender like me! My additive is Xanthan gum!!! I really want to WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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