What happens when some Ivory Coast cacao farmers get to taste the end product of their labors for the first time? A rather touching mini-doc shows their reactions.
was comprised of a giant cylindrical chocolate block that was carefully organized in 10 stacked layers, with flavored shapes used to create different geometric patterns. As a crank-turned blade similar to a cheese slicer grazed shavings off the top, the hidden layers were slowly revealed.
The Girl Scouts published the first recipe for Some Mores in 1927
, and it just took off. The s'more has become an All-American campfire treat … and the combination of warm gooey marshmallow, melty chocolate, and crisp graham cracker has inspired a bunch of other s'more-inspired recipes. I give you: Triple dipped apples
. Mini donuts
. Stuffed cookies
. Ice cream
. Chocolatier ice cream
. Homemade pop tarts
. Krispies Bar
. Pie pops
. Frozen. [more inside]
In a small gallery of six images wired.co.uk shows how the branded chocolate eggs are created.
The pictures don't seem to show you *precisely* how they make get the fondant middle into the 'egg' but the six pictures do illustrate some of the chocolatey magic. [more inside]
Forget West-bank selzer. Who cares about Zohan's hummus? The dawn of a new era: Chocolate. Schwarma.
For the latest edition of The Food Lab J. Kenji Lopez-Alt made 1,536 cookies in search of the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
was held today (in Chicago) with America’s Baking Competition
finalist Francine Bryson and her (no kidding) Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Pie!
And with National Pie-Day
coming up in January, again
, you'll be all ready for the Great American Pie Festival
next April with the National Pie Championships
Or stay at home and try out the winning recipes
from last year (mostly non-bacon, non chocolate, non-peanut butter fruit pies, but still...Pie!)
On the cusp of a new century, Hildebrand’s,
a German chocolate company, produced a set of cards depicting the year 2000.
Amaze Your Friends, Solve World Hunger; How to Create Chocolate out of Nothing! [slyt]
The true secret of Easter
- but are toys
replacing candy (or, more awfully, live animals
) as the traditional Easter gift? And is that a bad thing?
Columbia students stuff Nutella in their pants to the tune of $1,000s a week.
(SLNYT) Last month one of Columbia’s undergraduate dining halls began serving Nutella every day, not just in crepes on weekends. The problem was that the Columbia students went through jars and jars of Nutella — at least 100 pounds a day. Apparently they were not just eating it in the dining hall. They were spiriting it away in soup containers and other receptacles, to be eaten later.
I'd been searching for this
for some time and recently discovered that someone had unearthed it. [more inside]
India mourns Dr Verghese Kurien who passed away today
at age 90. If you have eaten butter in India, or been able to add a spot of milk to your tea, then you've experienced the impact
of Operation Flood — the largest dairy development program
in the world. Operation Flood helped India become the world's largest milk producer by 2010–11, with close to 17 percent of the global production. Gujarat-based co-operative, the "Anand Milk Union Limited", often called Amul, was the engine behind the success
of the programme. While much more can be said
about Dr Kurien's work with dairy farmers, cooperatives, milk production as well as his awards and honours
, his best known
legacy is perhaps the creation of
the Amul brand. The little girl who knew
just how to poke India's funny bone has her very own Previously
Now I agree that to some people using half a kilo of chocolate to make 12 biscuits may seem excessive. But I can tell you I don't put a price on alleviating human suffering.
- Nigella Lawson [more inside]
Le Club des Croquers du Chocolat
(The Chocolate Cruncher's Club
) is an exclusive private association of 150 connoisseurs who gather four times a year to sample and judge the best in French chocolate. Clotilde Dusoilier,
the blogger behind the well-known Paris-based food blog Chocolate and Zucchini, gives her readers a peek inside its workings
. [more inside]
PacMan is SO last year
. The current king of retro gaming 'look' is the Space Invader, with Waffles
(as part of an art installation
, or DIY
) and Chocolate
! Or you can knit an Invader with a free pattern
or take the San Diego Space Invader Walk
Justice at Hershey's
students on a cultural exchange program say Hershey treated them like serfs. [more inside]
The Making of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
. Most quotes are from the "making of" documentary from 2001, now on YouTube in four pieces: 1
(also see featurette
). The cast reunited on Today show
earlier this week. [via]
[vimeo 8:48] — They began their voyage in their apartment, using a homemade machine to process cacao beans. Over time they cultivated their creation, sourcing beans from family farms in Madagascar, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Each bar is handmade with incredible reverence for the process and history of chocolate. They are bound in ornamental papers and golden foil like a collection of rare books. Each bar offers its own story of flavors, and no two are exactly alike. [more inside]
Earlier this week news bubbled up that a hedge fund manager with a Bond-villain nickname had made a Bond-villain move: "Choc Finger" bought a whopping 241,000 tons of cocoa beans -- 7% of the world's cocoa supply and enough to make 5 billion chocolate bars -- driving prices to 33-year highs
. [more inside]
Playing with Fire and Water
is a blog by a freelance chef who creates some of the most interesting
and delicious looking
food creations. The best part? The accompanying science behind it and recipes. Amateur chefs and food nerds, eat your heart out. [more inside]
Ice cream sundaes are good, but what if you could eat the bowl?
On a suggestion from his son, Michael Ruhlman, food writer and critic, figures out how to make a chocolate chip cookie ice cream bowl... and tells you how to do it too.
Q: You like chocolate? You are a person who likes the chocolate finger that we are currently testing
A: Yes! I am! I like chocolate!
Q: You like chocolate! In fact, you are a person who likes chocolate as much as a company likes money
A: YES I LIKE CHOCOLATE
AS IF IT WERE MY PROFESSION!! TELL ME MORE ABOUT IT!
Q: YOU ENJOY THIS FLING
YOU SEXY CONSUMER. [more inside]
Are you entertaining guests for Easter dinner? Don't forget the dessert. Here are the 50 Best Dessert Recipes
. Chocolate lovers in your family? No problem. The 50 Best Chocolate Desserts
. Maybe you're partial to cake. Okay, Mom's Best Cake Recipes
. Here's to yum.
According to legend, Einstein was eating chocolate when he came upon the theory of relativity. These sites are all about chocolate and candy in general. Chocolate Obsession.
Hyperbole? Maybe. Just a little. Ok, a lot. Chocolate does have a lot to offer, though. It is a one of a kind food characterized by a truly unique and intense flavor. The idea of Jim's Chocolate Mission
came after a discussion with friends about the greatest chocolate bar. Was is the Wispa? Galaxy? Clark? The Chocolate Review
is most likely to review English chocolate because that's where they're from, but they also do imports. [more inside]
Grace Jones in chocolate.
That isn’t a clever illustration of an assembly line of Grace Jones heads on the cover
of her new album, Hurricane
. Those are real chocolate Grace Jones heads
made from 16 moulds of her head and body.
It's a bickie
, not a cookie. Named after the winner of the 1958 Kentucky Derby, it's Australia's equivalent to the iconic Oreo
. How do they make
them? How do you eat
them? Tim Tams! They almost
make up for the Vegemite.
What happens when a former NASA software engineer and a co-founder of Wired magazine decide to start up a chocolate company
? TCHO Ventures is trying to make single-bean varietal chocolate varieties that best express the component flavors of chocolate
, which they've identified as "chocolate
", "floral", "earthy", and "citrus". To test this concept, they've been "beta-testing" their chocolate in plain brown wrappers, and collecting feedback
. The result is good chocolate, with just a hint of viral marketing.
A brief history of chocolate slavery:
That Chocolate is an oligopoly
might surprise a few people. Chocolate's Bittersweet Economy
(pdf) shows that seven years after the industry had agreed to abolish child labour, little progress has been made. Cross-border Migration of Working Children
has still been left out of Harkin-Engel Cocoa Protocol Process.
Reflects on the politics of cocoa and chocolate.
With Halloween approaching you might consider a Fair Trade
approach to Trick or Treat. (If Chocolate slavery doesn't make you throw up a little maybe this will.
Sold all over the world but banned in the US in 1997
under a law passed in 1938
. Kinder Surprise
are now under attack in Germany
. No magicodes for you!
Steve Gisselbrecht writes about his experiments taking chocolate from beans to bars
at home. [more inside]
is a festival that probably pre-dates Rome, and which later became known as St. Valentine's day. It had everything; sacrifice, cake, nudity, spanking and a love lottery. What do we get? A card. If we are lucky. But, who was Valentine
? Did Chaucer
make the whole thing up? [more inside]
An entertaining stop-motion animation from an AdHack (a DIY-ad startup) user.
The audio is slightly unsafe for work, and it gets a bit weird and, uh, extra-chocolatey near the end, but it's certainly worth 30 seconds out of your Valentine's Day.
It's an advert for chocolate
. It's a man in a gorilla suit
drumming to a track
by Philip Collins Ltd
. It's been very popular
. It's won awards
. It's been spoofed
. And it's been mashed-up... some bad (Metalica (sic)
, Guns and Roses
), some good (Bonnie Tyler
, A Skillz
, Bon Jovi
, Deep Purple
) and some utterly sublime ('Enders
). But great adverts
don't always equal great sales
. Bonus: Monkey Drummer
Chocolate and the Beer of the Ancients
. New archaeological evidence suggests that primitive beer brewers
were the first to discover
the goodness of chocolate.
Make your own Halloween candy bars
. The take on a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
is superb. However, to temper chocolate properly, you'll need an accurate kitchen scale.
The behind-the-scenes video
is pretty cool.
From Bach to Tupac, you can always expect the unexpected from Tay Zonday.
Mr. Zonday has experienced some fame as of late, thanks to shock jocks Opie & Anthony.
Tay is quite the original artist and is, shockingly, unsigned. So, if you know any A&R guys that are looking for new talent, please let them know! My personal favorite is his karaoke cover of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up".
Although, the Darth Vader
remix of Chocolate Rain is pretty friggin' sweet, too.