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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Making a Candy Dispenser iPhone Case

Making a 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.

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.

Sriracha Chocolate Bars

Sriracha Chocolate Bars
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Combining and balancing flavors in an unexpected yet delicious way, these milk chocolate bars have been infused with sriracha hot sauce and a dash of pink Himalayan salt, resulting in a perfect mix of sweet and spicy. The 2.5 oz. bars are sold in a three-pack.

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Smashmallow Marshmallows

Smashmallow Marshmallows
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Skip the ordinary marshmallows, and head straight for Smashmallows. These sweet treats satisfy your cravings with flavors like strawberries and cream, cookie dough, cinnamon churro, mint chocolate chip, and toasted vanilla. They’re made with organic cane sugar, and under 100 calories for four puffs. Can’t decide? Try the variety pack.

See’s Elegant Heart Box

See’s Elegant Heart Box
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Less is not more when it comes to sending Valentine’s Day love. Go big with See’s Candies’ biggest-ever heart box selection. Celebrating the legendary California chocolatier’s 100th anniversary, the huge Elegant Heart is filled with three pounds of the best milk, dark and white chocolates, and ridiculously mouth-watering truffles.

Making a Chocolate Motorcycle

Making a Chocolate Motorcycle

Expert pastry chef Amaury Guichon shows off the creation of an absolutely amazing work of candy art. We watched in awe as he sculpted and airbrushed chocolate to build his edible motorcycle sculpture, complete with a detailed engine, a curly coil spring, intricate wheel spokes, and an amazing sugar glass headlight.

Cacao & Cardamom Valentine’s Day Heart

Cacao & Cardamom Valentine’s Day Heart
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Make Valentine’s Day extra special this year with this deluxe candy box. Award-winning chocolatier Cacao & Cardamom fills their substantial 1-pound candy box with 26 pieces of their colorful and exotic chocolate treats. They also make a smaller 13-piece version.

Pocket Latte Chocolates

Pocket Latte Chocolates
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Grab a boost of caffeine any time with Pocket Latte’s ready-to-eat coffee snacks. Each square of their caffeinated chocolate has roughly the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. They come in cream and sugar, dark roast, hazelnut, and lavender-vanilla flavors. Sold in packs of 12 or 24. You can grab individual bars at Vat19.

LEGO Candy Cane Catapult

LEGO Candy Cane Catapult

To celebrate the holidays in these times of social distancing, Jason Allemann created this little machine that can fling candy canes at a recipient so they don’t have to go rummaging around his candy bowl with their grubby hands. He built the gizmo using the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor Set. Full build details here.

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