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Making Akita Dog Candies

Making Akita Dog Candies

Montreal’s CandyLabs shows us how they make hard candy treats featuring the face of an adorable akita dog. There’s something so satisfying about watching all that gooey hot sugar as it’s worked into shapes, then rolled smaller and smaller before being sliced.

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.

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Candy Birthday Gift Boxes

Candy Birthday Gift Boxes

Looking for a fun and nostalgic birthday gift for a parent or grandparent? Woodstock Candy packs gift boxes with candies that were available during the year of their birth – assuming they were born in 1989 or earlier. Depending on the year, they might find Razzles, Wax Lips, Pop Rocks, Zots, or Turkish Taffy among other classic sweets.

How Peeps Are Made

How Peeps Are Made

Easter just isn’t Easter without some Peeps. Take a 360º video tour of the Just Born candy factory with Food Network to see how these colorful marshmallow treats are born, including a part of the assembly line called the “Sugar Shower.” Did she really use the word “peepsinality” or were we just hearing things?

Skittles Giants

Skittles Giants

Jumbo the rainbow! A new version of the popular sweet and tart candy is headed into stores. The big difference? Skittles Giants are three times the size of regular Skittles. At this point, they’re only available in the UK, but we imagine that the import market will eventually start shipping these stateside.

KitKat Variety Pack

KitKat Variety Pack

Japan loves their KitKat bars. They make them in all kinds of flavors, like green tea, melon/mascarpone, strawberry, and many more. Now taste some of these unusual variants here in the states with this pack of 21 mini bars, all imported from Japan. Amazon also has all kinds of other flavors if you’re feeling adventurous.

Handmade Candy Factory

Handmade Candy Factory

Popular Mechanics presents the best kind of factory video – one without narration or commentary. This clip will get your sweet tooth buzzing as workers at Hammond’s Candies plant make candy canes, marshmallows, and other goodies the old-fashioned way. The Denver-based company has been creating sweet treats since 1920.

Kekao Chocolate Subscription

Kekao Chocolate Subscription

Do you or someone you care about really, really love chocolate? Kekao offers monthly subscriptions and gift boxes, each loaded with some of the most delicious craft chocolate bars from around the globe. It’s a great alternative to the ordinary Valentine’s Day heart-shaped box. They also sell individual bars starting around $4.50.

Breakfast Lollipops

Breakfast Lollipops

Enjoy a complete four-course breakfast buffet featuring two strips of bacon, a glazed strawberry/coconut doughnut, and maple waffle-flavored suckers, thanks to the guys over at Vat19. Candy. It’s part of a nutritious breakfast!

Jawbreaker Guitar

Jawbreaker Guitar

Jawbreaker candies are known for their toughness, so Burls Art decided to work with them much like any other building material, sawing and sanding them, then coating them in resin to create a truly sweet “flying V” guitar like no other.

How It’s Made: Candy Canes

How It’s Made: Candy Canes

It may not be Christmas quite yet, but it’s always a good time for candy. Sit back, relax and enjoy the fascinating process behind the creation of these colorful holiday treats, from machines that pull hot sugar, to ones that transform a 100 lb. block of candy into a thin and twisty rope.

Candy Baller Machine

Candy Baller Machine

We always thought that round candies were made using molds, but it turns out some of them are made by spin-carving spheres from a rod of sugar, like the ones shown in this video from candy machinery maker Loynds. We want to see a Bingo ball picker that works this way.

Making Gourmet Pocky Sticks

Making Gourmet Pocky Sticks

Bon Appétit pastry chef Claire Saffitz continues to expand her gourmet snack portfolio, this time taking on a tasty treat from Japan. Can she pull off the crispy and sweet combo moves required for delicious chocolate, matcha, cookies & cream, and strawberry flake Pocky?

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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.

How to Make LEGO Gummies

How to Make LEGO Gummies

The King of Random lives up to their name with this classic clip, taunting both our geeky and hungry sides with homemade gummies which look like LEGO blocks and minifigs. The video was inspired by SFHandyman’s how-to on Instructables.

Making Gourmet Twix

Making Gourmet Twix

Bon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz is back in the test kitchen to make yet another popular snack. With their layers of chocolate, caramel, and crunchy cookies, it turns out that the shape, flavor, and texture of Twix bars are incredibly challenging and frustrating to replicate.

How Marshmallows Are Made

How Marshmallows Are Made

A tour of the production line at Mr. Mallo’s Van Damme marshmallow factory in Belgium, where an army of robotic machines extrude and squirt out tubes of sugar, gelatin, glucose syrup, dextrose, and other ingredients come together to form bite-sized sweet treats.

Making a Cotton Candy Flower

Making a Cotton Candy Flower

Here in the US, cotton candy is typically just a big fluffy pillow of spun sugar, but in China, it’s often turned into amazing works of edible art by street vendors. Watch as this candy chef in Chongqing, China turns sugar into an intricate multi-color flower. Oh the humanity at 8:11!

Carolina Reaper Pebbles

Carolina Reaper Pebbles

These candies start out with the texture and tartness of Nerds, but then smack you upside the head with the spice of one of the most intense peppers out there, the Carolina Reaper. Imagine eating little bits of hot lava, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect.

How KitKats Are Made

How KitKats Are Made

Nowhere are KitKat candy bars more popular than they are in Japan. So we can think of no better place to see how the treats are made, then at the Nestlé Japan Kasumigaura factory. After viewing the whole playlist, we wondered if we just watched a Wes Anderson movie.

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KillKat Evil Wafers

KillKat Evil Wafers

Artist and toy designer Andrew Bell of Dead Zebra gives us a true case of “death by chocolate,” with an awesomely deranged vinyl collectible inspired by a certain popular candy bar. In addition to the regulare 6″ size, there’s a humongous 14.5″ King Size variant.

Melting a Jawbreaker

Melting a Jawbreaker

Wanton destruction of candy is a crying shame, but there’s just something so satisfying about watching the layers of this jumbo jawbreaker being melted away into a pile of goo by a 1900ºF heat gun. Let’s Melt This‘ video was sped up by about 3x for effect.

Candy Candy Candy

Candy Candy Candy

Some of us here at Awesomer HQ have a sweet tooth, so we decided to round up a few candies which you can buy in giant bags – from 2 to 15 pounds. Whether you like PEZ, Atomic Fireballs, Swedish Fish, Lemonheads, Runts, or even Gummi Bears, they can all be supersized.

Making Gourmet Snickers

Making Gourmet Snickers

Bon Appétit pastry chef Claire Saffitz continues to elevate classic candies and snacks. This time she’s going after the good old Snickers bar, with a slightly more refined version. We know hers will be packed with peanuts, but will they really satisfy?

Making a Giant Gummy Pizza

Making a Giant Gummy Pizza

Novelty shop Vat19 is known for some truly crazy gummy candy creations. Recently, they enlisted the help of gummy bear expert, Derek, to make what is almost certainly the world’s largest gummy pizza. It’s not for sale, but you can buy a slice or a mini pizza.

How Bubble Gum Is Made

How Bubble Gum Is Made

This classic How It’s Made takes us inside the Dubble Bubble factory, where they make mass quantities of chewy, fruity gum meant for blowing bubbles. And if you ever wondered if it was okay to swallow your gum, the “made of plastics and rubbers” bit might dissuade you.

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