The art world's food fetish is nothing new, triggering equal parts salivation and repulsion we gorge on so-called 'food porn' every day, saturating our screens with sugar. But beneath that candy-cane filter there's a darker side to our fetishisation of all-things sweet. With their Twix noses, salami decolletage and strawberry laces spewing from donut-shaped carverns, James Ostrer'
s saccharine-warped creations are delectably disturbing. Born out of a textbook childhood junk addiction, his new series Wotsit All About
takes sugar worship to the extreme, sculpting mutated, larger-than-life candy characters from truck-loads of pick 'n' mix favourites. Pushing his sitters to the extreme he smothers them in cream cheese, frazzles and ice-cream cones, the food masks leaving a claustrophic, bitter-sweet taste on the tongue. Interview
with the photographer. [NSFW]
Teddy Gray's Sweet Factory
is a short and sweet documentary by Martin Parr about a traditionally owned and run confectionery factory in the British Midlands. [via kottke
"Looking back on it, one of the things that's crazy is I don't think I even realized that first of all, Joe Flaherty is supposed to be a vampire but he's howling like a werewolf. [laughs] I just took that for granted, and it must've been years until I saw it and was like "Wait a minute, that's a joke!" Furthermore, Count Floyd's always wearing a turtleneck which is the least vampire thing ever."
"Splitsider kicks off its new column, Sketch Anatomy, with television writer Bill Oakley breaking down SCTV’s "Dr. Tongue’s Evil House of Pancakes"
). Oww owww oowoooooo!!!
Hart Crane was a poet, one who was known by and friends with other notable poets
. The poet e. e. cummings claimed that "Crane’s mind was no bigger than a pin, but it didn’t matter; he was a born poet
" (Google books preview). Tennessee Williams said he could "hardly understand a single line" but insisted he wanted to be buried at sea at the "point most nearly determined as the point at which Hart Crane gave himself back." Crane had his critics — Marianne Moore and Ezra Pound come to mind, and William Carlos Williams wrote "There is good there but it’s not for me"
— but Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg
used to read "The Bridge" together, John Berryman wrote one of his famous elegies on Crane
and heavyweight Robert Lowell included his “Words for Hart Crane”
in "Life Studies." Science/Fiction author, James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon)
also wrote that "nobody seems to have noticed that Hart Crane really was the first space poet
," quoting lines from his epic The Bridge
in the story Mother in the Sky with Diamonds
. Those are all words by other people, why not read a few from Crane? [more inside]
and Beef on Weck
aren't the only culinary legacies coming from Buffalo, NY. Sponge candy is an airy, cripsy, delicious confection made with the magic of chemistry (video)
. [more inside]
It's not exactly the top of many people's "Favorite Sweets" list, but there is something hypnotic
about watching ribbon candy being made.
“Movie theaters wanted nothing to do with popcorn,” Smith says, “because they were trying to duplicate what was done in real theaters. They had beautiful carpets and rugs and didn’t want popcorn being ground into it.” Movie theaters were trying to appeal to a highbrow clientele, and didn’t want to deal with the distracting trash of concessions–or the distracting noise that snacking during a film would create. - So Why Do We Eat Popcorn At The Movies Anyway
? (Smithsonian Mag)
is an ASCII-based web RPG. Collect candy, farm lollipops go on epic quests, and win! [more inside]
What makes a sweet street treat even better? Awesome artists. From Southern China, Sugar Painting makes elaborate, edible toffee masterpieces by carefully draping hot sugar onto cool marble
. In Chongqing they make super floral sugar floss in a rainbow of colours.
This artist from Xian blows hot sugar as if it were glass.
From Istanbul, Tarihi Osmanlı Macunu
(aka Traditional Ottoman Candy) is made with five different flavors of thick taffy spiraled deftly around a stick, creating a delicious lollipop. Dragon Beard Candy
from Thailand is not only tasty but a great way to learn about geometric progression. And while a Thai banana pancake may seem pretty straightforward, there are always ways to jazz it up
. [more inside]
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?
I'd been searching for this
for some time and recently discovered that someone had unearthed it. [more inside]
Candied salted bacon
"We want to warn you ahead of time that it will take all of your strength to not eat the entire pan before it all cools. It's just as tasty cold mind you, but while warm it's a perfect food that will take you away to your happy place
. If you claim to not have a happy place, the warm candied, salted bacon will provide one for you." Now what else can we do with it? Bite-sized Bacon Caramels
and Candied Bacon Fudge
perhaps? (Not to be confused with Bacon Caramels
and Bacon Caramel Fudge
The Guide to Trading Candy.
(SLYT) Buzzfeed gets into the Halloween spirit by scaring kids onto the fast track toward embittered adulthood.
Dave and Duncan off the inspirational (and cancelled) MTV reality show 'The Buried Life
' star in a parody of Rihanna's We Found Love video
along side a bunch of spray paint and candy.
of the 2012 Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest
are in. The winner: Occupeep DC
. Runners up: Peepius Maximus
, What People Think Peeps Are
(based on the popular meme
), The Black Peep
(based off of DC's Black Cat
music venue), and Just Peeped
(based off of the 2011 British Royal Wedding
). In addition to the finalists
, check out Peeps in Washington
, Political Peeps
, the full gallery of submissions
that the Post received this year, and the winners from 2011
, and 2007
The Candy Critic
This candy catalog shows (almost) everything from Ramen candy
to Kit Kat apple vinegar
is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their Snickers wedged into their scanners, or why.
It's no secret that Aimi Eguchi
is beautiful and talented. But human? Not exactly. [more inside]
Forever Alone? No one to talk to? Not anymore! Cleverbot
is chatbot AI that learns from people and provides a surprisingly realistic simulation of inane chatter
. It's also a Beatles fan. [more inside]
Filed under strangely fascinating: Popin' Cookin', powdered miniature sushi that one makes oneself and eats as a candy
. Wait for the salmon roe at the end. There is a type of sweet in Japan that’s sold under the category of "intellectual education candy". These are sweets you must make yourself using the ingredients contained in the box. This way, children can enjoy the process of making candy, which allows them to develop their creativity.
The non-edible version, Konapun
. [more inside]
Dragon whiskers, honey skein, King's Dessert, Kkultarae, a Korean street vendor shows how to make 16.000 honey strings in two minutes
. More looks at the making
, the wows of appreciation are worth waiting for and a close-up at the end. You can try making some
yourself. What it tastes like
. [more inside]
Did you ever wonder how they come up with new Jelly Belly™ flavors
? Me neither, but this article
's actually kind of interesting. Did you know that Blueberry was invented for the 1981 Presidential Inauguration
? Some people review
the flavors (even the awful
ones). Of course, you can mix
the flavors (previously
) - but some people take it so much further
than others. And the inventor's story
has been made into a film
! [more inside]
"The most complete and up-to-date illustrated Candy Teacher
that is out on the market, with complete instructions in the manufacture of all the different classes of candy made for the wholesale and retail trade." (Charles Apell, 1921
) [more inside]
What's disgusting, looks like a peanut and tastes (vaguely) like a banana? A Circus Peanut
! They are so reviled, they merit a page on bad-candy.com.
Strangely, though, Circus Peanut sales are up, at least according to "USA Today"
(most interesting link of this post). How can this be? I've never met anyone who likes them (except for one person -- see [more inside]). Margaret Husfelt of Houston, Texas
is equally confused. SOMEBODY must like them. The little suckers have a Facebook fan page
, and they are, perhaps, palatable in a Jello recipe
(here's an alternate recipe
) or dipped in chocolate
. Heck, Jolene Sugarbaker likes them in her salad
. And if you're really brave, you might want to try a Circus Peanut Margarita
. But don't be surprised if you get ostracized. Some people
will never understand
. Where's the love? [more inside]
Something vivid and sweet for Friday:
takes beautiful photographs.
Cool Hunting interviews
Friday Frivolity. We use only the finest baby frogs, dew-picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in the finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope, and lovingly frosted with glucose.
for the infamous Crunchy Frog
. No frogs were killed in the making of this recipe. (via Neatorama)
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]
Research shows that a new trend for pre-teens is posting how-to videos explaining the finer points of crushing up smarties, inhaling the dust, and then puffing out powered sugar.
: America’s favorite candy wafer roll!
Of course you can eat them. But did you know kids are smoking them? How to smoke Smarties with the best!
What do you do in the face of such unwelcome PR?
Perhaps the best option is silence.
Learn in 7 easy steps,
Better than candy cigarettes.
Some of these videos have been around since 2007 so why are they catching on now?
This is the American candy,
not to be confused with the European chocolate confectionery. (via and via) (related previously)
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]