HR Strange But True!
February 01, 2007

Your workplace wellness program's goal of getting workers off the coffee-and-donut breakfast may have gotten a little more difficult ... or easier, depending on how you look at it.

Robert Bohannon, a molecular scientist in North Carolina, says he has developed a way to add caffeine to donuts and bagels without the bitter taste. He says he is now pitching his Buzz Donuts and Buzzed Bagels to Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, and Dunkin' Donuts.

"I had the idea for caffeinated pastries several years ago, but the bitter taste of the caffeine would always overwhelm the flavor," says Bohannon. "I eventually worked with some flavoring experts and designed a method to mask the bitterness, which led to successfully adding the caffeine equivalent of one to two cups of coffee to the food item."

He says he has applied for a patent on the idea along with a method of controlling the amount of caffeine contained in the food.

"Some people get their caffeine buzz from soda, chocolate, and other sources besides coffee," says Bohannon. "The Buzz Donut and the Buzzed Bagel lets them get the caffeine buzz by simply eating a delicious pastry item."

So, how would your workers react to this invention? Would they cut down on their intake of calories because the donut or bagel would be pulling double duty? Or, do you think workers might seek to double their buzz by eating caffeinated donuts and drinking coffee?

Source: Buzz Donuts

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