Hot glue gun, but for chocolate

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!

Gummy bear + potassium chlorate = FIRE!

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!

Washington Post Peeps diorama contest winners!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter with a fruitful post-Easter candy sale haul! If you stocked up on Peeps, you can get a head start on next year’s Washington Post Peeps diorama contest.

This year’s winners are up online. A black-and-white rendition of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech took the top prize. I found it impressive, but part of the appeal of Peeps is their neon coloring. I felt they lost some of their magic rendering them in black and white.

Selfies: A Retrospeeptive was my personal favorite: cutely creative while still being cheerful!