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My name is Cybele May and I love candy.

Candy Blog. Mentioned in passing in a couple previous FPPs, this incredibly in-depth and long-running site deserves a closer look. Candy obsessive Cybele May has ranked thousands of candies since 2005 on a ten-point scale from 'superb' to 'inedible'; taken an in-depth look at candy purveyors from from Just Born to Trader Joe's to See's; brought back news of the yearly All Candy Expo; and of course, compiled The 110 Essential Candies for Candivores. And as if all that weren't enough, there is now a podcast, Candyology, with the first three episodes devoted to Halloween candy, peanut butter candy, and chewing gum.
posted by showbiz_liz on Dec 10, 2014 - 38 comments

The Secret History of the Toll House Cookie

The entire creation story of the Toll House Cookie™ is full of half-truths and outright misinformation. It’s time we knew the truth about the history of chocolate chip cookies. (sl, the Toast.) [more inside]
posted by pie ninja on Dec 5, 2014 - 44 comments

Don't judge a chocolate bar by its couverture.

Wondering what the best chocolates in the world are? Don't simply Google it, as you'll get a lot of distorted, out-of-date, and uninformed opinion. Instead, look to the experts at C Spot, Seventy Percent, and the International Chocolate Awards, with last year's award winners including Pacari 70%, Friis-Holm's 55% Dark Milk Bar, and the truffles at Paul A. Young. This year's World competition is ongoing, with some results in for the Americas, Europe, and Canada.
posted by shivohum on Nov 1, 2014 - 29 comments

"This is why white people are so healthy"

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.(SLYT)
posted by Purposeful Grimace on Jul 30, 2014 - 54 comments

Chocolate Mill

Chocolate Mill 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.
posted by frimble on Jul 26, 2014 - 20 comments

I'll have s'mores.

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. Pie. Popcorn. Mini donuts. Stuffed cookies. Dip. Ice cream. Chocolatier ice cream. Homemade pop tarts. Macarons. Cups. Fudge. Krispies Bar. Truffles. Cheesecake. Pie pops. Bites. Milkshake. Empanadas. Trifles. Frozen. [more inside]
posted by julen on Jul 6, 2014 - 25 comments

SUCCUMB TO THE CRUMB

Lucifer capers in an unaired vaguely Kenneth Anger-y commercial for Cadbury's flake bar.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jul 2, 2014 - 22 comments

Chocolate and water DO mix!

Molecular gastronomy at its most basic: Chef Heston Blumenthal makes chocolate mousse in five minutes using nothing but chocolate and water. (Heston Blumenthal (previously, pre-previously) [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A on May 13, 2014 - 29 comments

Ever Wondered How Cadbury's makes thier Creme Eggs? Wired.co.uk shows us

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]
posted by Faintdreams on May 4, 2014 - 41 comments

You Like-a the M&M's? The M&M's is good?

Forget West-bank selzer. Who cares about Zohan's hummus? The dawn of a new era: Chocolate. Schwarma.
posted by ericbop on Feb 6, 2014 - 41 comments

"Stop making cookies!"

For the latest edition of The Food Lab J. Kenji Lopez-Alt made 1,536 cookies in search of the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
posted by Karmeliet on Dec 20, 2013 - 54 comments

Many recipes for candy

Make your own candy (canes). Konpeitō. Pop rocks. Rock candy. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Dec 13, 2013 - 28 comments

Don't Forget it Jake, it’s Pie-Town.

Pie-Town 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 in Florida. 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!)
posted by Smedleyman on Nov 17, 2013 - 24 comments

Where will we be in the year 2000?

On the cusp of a new century, Hildebrand’s, a German chocolate company, produced a set of cards depicting the year 2000.
posted by frimble on Oct 10, 2013 - 36 comments

More proof that math trickery can be used for good or evil.

Amaze Your Friends, Solve World Hunger; How to Create Chocolate out of Nothing! [slyt]
posted by quin on Oct 4, 2013 - 22 comments

Bunny Bounced

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?
posted by Artw on Mar 31, 2013 - 31 comments

Hotkey ',' to Corner the Global Energy Market.

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.
posted by grobstein on Mar 7, 2013 - 100 comments

A bit of nostalgia for canucks who were kids in the 1970s (youtube vid)

I'd been searching for this for some time and recently discovered that someone had unearthed it. [more inside]
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Jan 26, 2013 - 30 comments

Operation Flood

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.
posted by infini on Sep 8, 2012 - 12 comments

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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]
posted by Trurl on May 15, 2012 - 128 comments

Qu’ils mangent du chocolat

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]
posted by Diablevert on Feb 22, 2012 - 12 comments

The Shape Of Things To Come (Down From The Sky)

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.
posted by oneswellfoop on Dec 1, 2011 - 18 comments

There's a frown in every Hershey Bar

Justice at Hershey's students on a cultural exchange program say Hershey treated them like serfs. [more inside]
posted by Lanark on Sep 10, 2011 - 62 comments

"the oompa loompas did not have their blueberry driver's licenses... they were shorter than I was wide"

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, 2, 3, 4 (also see featurette). The cast reunited on Today show earlier this week. [via]
posted by jessamyn on May 18, 2011 - 74 comments

Imagine there's no goverment

Worse than Iraq: 253 days without a working goverment - a new world record, and no solution in sight. [more inside]
posted by iviken on Feb 21, 2011 - 49 comments

"Nutella is more than just a 'chocolaty hazelnut spread,' it is a way of life."

February 5 is World Nutella Day! [more inside]
posted by dcheeno on Feb 4, 2011 - 64 comments

The Candy Man Can

A dude eats nothing but Christmas candy for a week.
posted by gman on Dec 26, 2010 - 66 comments

Food of the Gods

Mast Brothers [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]
posted by netbros on Nov 25, 2010 - 30 comments

Cocoa Puffed

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]
posted by chavenet on Jul 22, 2010 - 46 comments

Happy Easter!

THE BUNNY GETS IT (slyt)
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese on Apr 4, 2010 - 62 comments

Eat Up! Don't Play With Your... Fire and Water?

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]
posted by battlebison on Nov 19, 2009 - 10 comments

World's next top brands set to rise in the east

The world's next Coca-Cola or Starbucks is more likely to emerge from Asia, the Middle East or South America They comprise Juan Valdez Café, a Colombian coffee chain; Almarai, a Saudi dairy and fruit-juice company based in Riyadh; Patchi, a Lebanese boutique chocolate chain; ChangYu, China's biggest wine producer; and United Spirits, India's largest liquor group, which owns Scotch whisky Whyte and Mackay.
posted by nam3d on Jul 20, 2009 - 35 comments

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl Sundae

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.
posted by SansPoint on Jun 18, 2009 - 62 comments

Naughtly, but not that naughty

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]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 17, 2009 - 90 comments

These Lists Are Evil, But Yum

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.
posted by netbros on Apr 6, 2009 - 17 comments

When No One Understands You, Chocolate Is There

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]
posted by netbros on Feb 8, 2009 - 39 comments

Grace Jones in chocolate

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.
posted by joeclark on Dec 10, 2008 - 93 comments

Tim Tam Slam

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.
posted by ninazer0 on Nov 23, 2008 - 73 comments

Another Man Done Gone

Carolina Chocolate Drops rock the piedmont. [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin on Nov 20, 2008 - 23 comments

Beta-testing Chocolate

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", "nutty", "fruity", "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.
posted by kaszeta on Oct 2, 2008 - 26 comments

Do you have a little chocolate craving?

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. Bitter Chocolate 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.)
posted by adamvasco on Oct 1, 2008 - 26 comments

Schockoladespielzeugkombinationseier

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!
posted by tellurian on Aug 9, 2008 - 54 comments

Candy bar cross-section ID quiz

Identify the candy bar by its cross-section.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Jun 27, 2008 - 80 comments

From beans to bars

Steve Gisselbrecht writes about his experiments taking chocolate from beans to bars at home. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Apr 28, 2008 - 17 comments

Art Good Enough To Eat

Smartie Art by Prudence Emma Straite; who previously has made works of Dali (and whole rooms) from chocolate and the Pope (and the Coliseum) from pizza. (Radio 4 doc - real audio) (PS. The blue Smartie is back)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 16, 2008 - 12 comments

Love is a lottery

Lupercalia 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]
posted by asok on Feb 14, 2008 - 27 comments

Amusing (if Messy) Stop-Motion Valentine's Day Ad

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.
posted by dbarefoot on Feb 14, 2008 - 15 comments

And they've got antioxidants!

Last minute valentine idea: Chocolate Ganache Truffles. "You'd have to go a long way to screw it up." (video, expect an interstitial)
posted by rouftop on Feb 13, 2008 - 19 comments

One Gorilla Drumming

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), ACDC, Guns and Roses), some good (Bonnie Tyler, Subsource, A Skillz, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Nirvana) and some utterly sublime ('Enders, Bodyrockers, Cameo). But great adverts don't always equal great sales. Bonus: Monkey Drummer. (Previously)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 23, 2007 - 38 comments

Chocolade Haas

Chocolate Bunny. From artist Sander Plug.
posted by GuyZero on Nov 27, 2007 - 23 comments

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