Bon Appétit has a slideshow of “19 foreign candies to buy while traveling“. For some reason, they’ve got Japanese Kit Kats in the slideshow header but not in the actual slideshow, which is a shame because Japanese Kit Kats are awesome.
Which reminds me, I’ve got some cheesecake flavored ones stashed away from this past March. I should find those…
Via Eater, here’s good news for anyone with an extra $133,000 lying around and a wish to take care of potty business in a bathroom made entirely of chocolate: you can buy a sink, toilet, tub, and bidet made entirely of chocolate! For that aforementioned $133k.
Apparently the company that made the chocolate plumbing fixtures is called “Choccywoccydoodah“. That they are not called “Choccywoccydoodoo” is just a missed opportunity.
More detailed photos, price breakdown, and ordering information can be found here.
Here’s yet another post on baking with chocolate from Serious Eats. We’ve got a triptych! The last is a long and thorough write-up all about chocolate baking, from cacao percentages to chocolate types.
More on baking with chocolate from Serious Eats. This time, an explanation of why unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder can’t be subbed for each other. The former has cocoa butter; the latter does not.
From Serious Eats, a description of the difference between Natural and Dutched cocoa powder. Honestly, I never pay attention and just use whatever we’ve got in the can at home, but it does make a difference, apparently.
This is not exactly candy, but it was so cool that I had to share: Serious Eats with a long and informative write-up on how bees make honey. Spoiler alert: honey is bee vomit!
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…
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.
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.
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.