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Make your Magnum ice cream bar pop-up shop

August 20th, 2014 by Rosa

If you’re not following me on Twitter, you missed this cool post on Chocablog about a pop-up shop in the UK that will let you design and make your own Magnum Ice Cream bar. Very cool, and I want one!

PS: I think magnum doesn’t quite have the same connotations in England as it does here…

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Kinder Toys blog

August 19th, 2014 by Rosa

While I was in Switzerland, I was jealous to see that Kinder Eggs were for sale there. They are illegal in the U.S. and Germany because they mix toys with chocolate, which I think is silly because the toys are safely encased in a plastic shell and thus separated from the chocolate.

I found this hilarious blog about Kinder Egg toys while trying to Google information about the toys that weren’t in the eggs I didn’t bring back from my Swiss vacation. It makes me wish we could buy the Eggs here, but then I guess they wouldn’t be special anymore.

Edited 8/19, 9:30AM EST: Thanks to commenter Rick Swartz for letting me know that Kinder Eggs were quickly unbanned in Germany due to public outrage. Wish we could get them unbanned in the U.S. I think that would take some lobbying pressure from Kinder/Ferrero.

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M&M eating styles

August 14th, 2014 by Rosa

The folks at CandyStore.com have an extremely thorough blog post detailing all the different ways in which people eat their M&M’s.

Options include melting them under a desk lamp, sorting them by color, or freezing them first. Me? I sort them and try to let them melt in my mouth, but sometime I get impatient and crunchy.

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Chewing gum flavored milkshake

August 13th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Kotaku, news that you can get mint chewing gum flavored milkshakes in Japan. Sounds gross to me, but I don’t like gum, so maybe I’m biased.

 

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Maison Kayser chocolate tart food porn

August 12th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Serious Eats, check out this drool-worthy slideshow of how Maison Kayser bakery uses chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate to make their scrumptious looking tarts. I’ll take two, please!

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Peep in a vacuum

July 31st, 2014 by Rosa

Ok, this is a bit late since prime Peeps season is long gone, but it’s so cool I’m going to share anyway. From Slate’s Bad Astronomy blogger Phil Plait, check out what happens to a marshmallow Peep in a vacuum.

For the science behind what’s going on, you’ll have to read Phil’s explanation.

 

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British candy quiz

July 30th, 2014 by Rosa

From the folks at Yolli, a fun candy quiz where you guy the candy bar from its wrapper. I only got 30/40 because I didn’t recognize some of the British bars. Can you do better?

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Bad news for chocolate lovers’ wallets

July 29th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Slate, more news on price hikes for chocolate: Mars is going to raise chocolate prices by about 7%, while Hershey’s will raise their prices by 8%. Prices on cocoa beans just keep going up! I hope some of that price hike is trickling its way down to the actual cocoa farmers.

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Edible blown glass made of sugar

July 24th, 2014 by Rosa

Aureole is a restaurant that I will likely never be able to afford to eat at. Thanks to Serious Eats, however, I can vicariously visit through this behind the scenes photo slideshow. It documents how Aureole uses glass-blowing techniques to make little sugar globes to decorate their desserts.

Photo from flickr user roboppy (aka Robyn Lee)

It’s amazing. And why Aureole is so expensive. Think of the labor costs!

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Child labor and chocolate bars

July 23rd, 2014 by Rosa

Via Knile, here’s a sobering piece from Vice on how cocoa farms in Côte D’Ivoire have a child labor problem. I am very curious as to which chocolate makers are buying the conflicted cocoa. Anyone know?

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