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Making Chinese Word Candies

Making Chinese Word Candies

Goldthread takes us inside a factory that makes special good fortune candies, each of which has a meaningful Chinese character in its center. Using soybean, black sesame, and maltose, their artisans handmake each rope of candy by stacking contrasting layers then stretching them smaller and smaller to reveal the letters.

Edible Chocolate Safe

Edible Chocolate Safe

Pastry and chocolate artist Amaury Guichon continues to wow us with his spectacular edible creations. His latest build is a tabletop safe made entirely from chocolate. Its door has a working gear mechanism, a hinged door, and houses a stack of gold bars filled with vanilla sable and vanilla caramel.

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The History of Chocolate

The History of Chocolate

Chocolate has been one of the world’s favorite confections for thousands of years. But it hasn’t always been the sweet treat we know and love today. Mental Floss host Justin Dodd takes us through the earliest known uses of cacao beans, and explains the process that turns it into chocolate.

Rocket Candy Dispenser

Rocket Candy Dispenser
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3… 2… 1… lift-off! This rocket-shaped candy dispenser helps launch your day into orbit with a candy fix. It holds up to 16 ounces of candies like Skittles, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, gumballs, or nuts, and automatically dispenses by the handful using a motion sensor. Runs on 3 AAA batteries.

Candy Coffee Table

Candy Coffee Table
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Do you crave sweets all the time? Then you’ll have a hard time resisting this custom coffee table packed with candy treats. Created by Served Sweet, the colorful resin table has hundreds of candies permanently trapped inside of a smooth resin shell. They also make sprinkle-filled coasters and trays.

Twix French Macarons

Twix French Macarons
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Ma-Ka-Rohn makes delicious French macarons in all kinds of tasty flavors. They also make limited-edition treats inspired by popular candies. Their latest creation is a Twix macaron with a Twix-infused chocolate ganache, a Twix-infused caramel center, and a shimmery bronze shell. They’re available only through 4.16.2022.

The History of Gummy Bears

The History of Gummy Bears

We love us some gummy bears. There’s something so perfect about their chewy texture, fruity flavors, and adorable form that makes them special. Mental Floss series Food History looks back at the origins and evolution of the tasty candy treat, which first took their bear-shaped form in the 1920s in Germany.

Candy Dispenser iPhone Case

Candy Dispenser iPhone Case

To celebrate the purchase of his new iPhone 13 Pro Max, Matty Benedetto of Unnecessary Inventions wanted a case that nobody else has. So he got to work designing, fabricating, and assembling a case that not only protects his phone but can launch pieces of candy into his mouth. He’s gonna need a bigger pocket.

Hilliard’s Craft Beer Brittle

Hilliard’s Craft Beer Brittle
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Say cheers to Hilliard’s Craft Beer Brittle. Cooked in copper kettles, and packed with crunchy spanish peanuts, fresh brewed beer from the Shovel Town Brewery creates a buttery, nutty flavor with enough hoppiness to balance things out. Perfect for microbrew fans.

Woodturning a Jawbreaker

Woodturning a Jawbreaker

We’ve seen jawbreakers face off against a blow torch, a hydraulic press,and a sanding belt. But Ben’s Worx used his power (tools) for good not evil, turning a Monster Jawbreaker into a work of art by turning it on a lathe, coating it in resin to preserve the design, then turning it again to form a new sphere.

How Cake Sprinkles Are Made

How Cake Sprinkles Are Made

Whether you call them “sprinkles,” “jimmies,” or “hundreds and thousands,” these colorful candies are a fun way to add edible decor to desserts. Go inside the Cake Mate factory to see the process that transforms shortening, sugar, colors, and flavorings into this festive topping.

Hotel Chocolat Chocolatier’s Table

Hotel Chocolat Chocolatier’s Table
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The Chocolatier’s Table is the ultimate gift for chocolate fiends. It’s packed with nearly 3 pounds of exquisite treats as delicious to eat as to gaze upon. Among the delights are single-origin Colombian milk chocolate with caramelized milk and sugar, spicy chili pralines, Biscuits of the Gods, and a to-die-for brownie and blondie.

Saving the World

Saving the World

Buttered Side Down’s latest video is a blatant advertisement for Welch’s Fruit Snacks. Regardless, we think he did a brilliant job integrating the juicy treats into his usual POV shenanigans while showing off his sponsor’s product in the best possible light – as the Earth’s savior.

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Bottle Cap Plinko Machine (w/Candy)

Bottle Cap Plinko Machine (w/Candy)

Over on Etsy, you can find a variety of bottle openers that have a Plinko-style drop mechanism. But Thompson Woodworks built the best version we’ve seen, combining the bottle opener with a Skittles dispenser that triggers only if you land your bottle cap in the proper tray at the bottom.

How Candy Corn Is Made

How Candy Corn Is Made

We’ve seen two different ways how NOT to make candy corn, now watch how the pros do it. This 2014 clip from The Washington Post takes us inside of the Jelly Belly factory in Illinois for an explanation of the “kernel” making process starting from individual ingredients until they’re bagged and show up on store shelves.

Cinnamon Bun Snickers

Cinnamon Bun Snickers

Snickers really do satisfy, and soon they’ll become an acceptable breakfast food. These limited-edition candy bars add cinnamon bun flavor to the nougat, mixed with the usual peanuts, caramel, and chocolate for what should be a delicious flavor combination. A Walmart in-store exclusive coming 10.2021.

Playing a Chocolate Record

Playing a Chocolate Record

If you know how to make a silicone mold, you could easily make yourself a record out of chocolate or candy. But would you want to put one on your turntable and gunk up the stylus? Techmoan bought a chocolate record from Etsy seller FoodIsArt to see what it sounds like when played. Freezing the disc helps quite a bit.

Skittle Pixel8r

Skittle Pixel8r

This bit of geeky fun comes courtesy of builder JohnO3, who created a machine which works like a giant dot-matrix printer. Except in this case, it deposits colorful and tangy Skittles to create its prints instead of droplets of ink. He provided the full build details on Instructables, should you want to build your own candy printer.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Chocolate

Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Chocolate

Dr. Bronner’s is best known for their invigorating liquid soaps, but after learning that many of the farmers sustainably growing palm oil for their products also grow cocoa, they teamed up with Swiss chocolatiers to create six yummy vegan bars incorporating 70% cocoa, coconut sugar, almonds, and hazelnuts.

Warheads Ales + Hard Seltzers

Warheads Ales + Hard Seltzers

Go back to the 1990s and pucker up for Artisanal Brew Works‘ Warheads-inspired adult beverages. They come in extreme sour flavors like black cherry, watermelon, blue raspberry, and lemon. They’re available at Artisanal’s Saratoga Springs, NY taproom and from select retailers in NY, MA, NJ, southern CA, and eastern PA.

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Candy Changes Colors

Candy Changes Colors

Denver-based Hammond’s Candies offers another glimpse inside their factory, where a pulling machine gradually stretches candy in such a way that it appears to change from a deep navy blue to a brilliant electric shade. The effect happens as more air is introduced into the sugar, improving the candy’s chew at the same time.

Sander vs. Jawbreaker

Sander vs. Jawbreaker

YouTube channel Sander VS subjects various objects to a belt sander so we can see what’s in the middle. Think Hydraulic Press Channel meets What’s Inside. In this clip, they sand down a giant jawbreaker, revealing its colorful insides and leaving a fine layer of edible sawdust. They then do the same to a Rubik’s Cube and a golf ball.

Making a Skittles Donut

Making a Skittles Donut

You could make a Skittles-flavored donut by sprinkling some of the chewy candies on a glazed Krispy Kreme, but the guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel prefer to make donuts with industrial equipment. Using a custom-machined tool, they squish some M&Ms and Skittles into toroid shapes. They look like giant Life Savers.

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookbook

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookbook
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Easter is around the corner, so there’s no better time to stock up on Mini Eggs candies. Cadbury’s official cookbook offers home bakers 60 different recipes which incorporate the crunchy-shelled chocolate treats, including puddings, brownies, cookies, cakes, and even milkshakes.

Polaroid CandyPlay 3D Candy Pen

Polaroid CandyPlay 3D Candy Pen
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Unlike other 3D printing pens, Polaroid’s CandyPlay pen outputs designs using candy instead of plastic. It heats up to melt and extrude candy to make freeform sculpted edible artworks. Its sugar-free candy refills come in in strawberry, orange, lemon, apple, grape, and cola, and assorted flavors.

M&M Macro Photography

M&M Macro Photography

Photography Jens Heidler of Another Perspective uses ordinary objects to create extraordinary images. To make this video, he captured time-lapse macro footage of M&Ms melting in a fish tank. As the sugary shells slowly dissolve, colorful patterns emerge in the candies’ watery grave.

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