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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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Foosball + gumball table

July 22nd, 2014 by Rosa

Via the internets, I have learned that there’s a foosball table that uses gumballs as balls, so that everyone wins! Awesome, if only gumballs tasted better.

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Lindt’s chocolate hegemony grows

July 15th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Emma, news that Lindt, which already owns Ghirardelli, is buying up Russell Stover as well. Lindt predicts that this acquisition will help them reach sales of $1.5 billion in North America next year. That’s a lot of chocolate!

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More cute candy from Japan

July 8th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Kotaku, with a hat-tip to my friend Steve, check out the amazing candy wizards at Amezaiku Yoshihara that make incredible candy art.

 

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Chocolate quadcopter

July 3rd, 2014 by Rosa

Via Slate, someone built a working quadcopter (like a helicopter, but with 4 prongs where rotors go) with a base made of chocolate. Because… why not? You can eat it if it crash lands!

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Hot glue gun, but for chocolate

July 1st, 2014 by Rosa

Here’s a fun new Kickstarter that looks pretty cool, especially if you’re big into decorative baking: the ChocoLazer Chocolate Melting Gun.

I’m not sold on the name, but the idea is pretty cool – it’s like a hot glue gun, but instead of glue sticks, it melts chocolate sticks. The controlled melting of the chocolate lets you make pretty chocolate designs. Looks pretty nifty!

You can check them out in the video above, or at their Kickstarter page. $25 gets you a ChocoLazer!

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Is chocolate the way to stop overpopulation?

June 17th, 2014 by Rosa

If you don’t listen to RadioLab yet, you should! They also have a fun blog where they write about things that don’t fit in the radio show. Robert Krulwich recently mused on how chocolate could save the world from overpopulation – people who eat more chocolate have fewer babies!

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Gummy bear + potassium chlorate = FIRE!

May 29th, 2014 by Rosa

Back in the day, I’ve reviewed a giant gummy bear and a giant gummy worm, both products from the folks at Vat19. Now they’ve released a video of what happens when a giant gummy bear meets a big beaker full of potassium chlorate.

Why does that happen? Potassium chlorate oxidizes the sugar in the gummy bear. The more sugar, the more fuel for that fire.

And of course, don’t try this at home. Duh. Do try to see if your science teacher will do it under safe conditions. FOR SCIENCE!

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