Trick or Treat? The Remaining 17 Android Releases

Trick or Treat? The Remaining 17 Android Releases

Summary: First, there was Cupcake. Then it was Donut. Then Eclair, and now Froyo. With the imminent release of “Gingerbread”, Android fans may be wondering what versions are coming down the pike. Here are some suggestions.


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  • Perhaps the most quintissential dessert from the Southern United States, its origins are clouded in mystery. However, recipes for the red flour cake, which is traditionally colored with natural beet root food coloring date back to the late nineteenth century. Considered to be a derivative of the Devil's Food Cake, which originated around the same time, it is flavored with processed cocoa and typically topped with cream cheese or a buttermilk frosting. The 1989 film Steel Magnolias, in which the cake is prominently featured in the shape of an armadillo, has caused a resurgence in the dessert's popularity in the United States in the last 20 years.
  • While best associated with Scotland, which has numerous recipes and commercial brands of this popular unleavened biscuit, it is popular all over Great Britain including Ireland, and in other countries including Denmark and Sweden. Traditional recipes call for white sugar, butter, and oatmeal flour, but white flour is commonly used today in commercial shortbread products. Shortbread is named for its crumbly texture, from an old meaning of the word “short”, which is caused by its high fat content that inhibits the formation of long protein strands, aka “Shortening”.
  • Perhaps the most widely-known Italian desssert, the basic recipe which is composed of layers of espresso coffee-soaked ladyfinger (Savoiardi) biscuits, sweet wine or liquor such as marsala, port, dark rum or cognac, Marscapone cream cheese and Zabaglione cream. Cocoa powder is usually sifted on top to complete the presentation and to add a bitter counterpart to the sweetness of the dessert. It is widely believed that Tiramisu is a modern dessert, dating back only to the late 1960s.

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  • RE: Trick or Treat? The Remaining 17 Android Releases

    What! No Sta-Puff Marshmallows. The Googleplex needs a Sta-Puff Marshmallow Man.
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    • RE: Trick or Treat? The Remaining 17 Android Releases

      @General Chat

      that's 'Sta-Puft' 'ya need to re-watch Ghostbusters...
  • cause the custard to thicken faster due to copper's improved heat conductiv

    Small amounts of copper helps stabilise the egg proteins for a firmer foam.