Tag Archives: Confectionery

Have a break, don’t have WiFi

No, they haven’t got the copy wrong. This week in Amsterdam, Kit Kat are offering free No Wifi Zones in Amsterdam – echoing their ‘Have a break…’ campaign message. Customers in the designated zones are unable to use WiFi as the signal is blocked within a five-metre radius, with the aim of encouraging real conversations and a less stressful, work-free environment.

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Breathable chocolate

A lipstick-shaped aerosol that sprays particles of dark chocolate into the mouth is being hailed as the next big thing for calorie-conscious consumers. (Many tx Natasha)

David Edwards, the Harvard professor who invented the spray, says that it only takes “a touch of chocolate” to satisfy our tastebuds. “When you breathe the chocolate into your mouth, it dissolves immediately. Le Whif is a new approach to eating – by breathing.”

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Make life sweeter

What’s up? Lonely? Homesick? Flunked an exam? Whatever the diagnosis, Happy Pills has your prescription. This candy store in Barcelona is the ideal place to get a little pick-me-up (cheers Emma).

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Goat caramels

Billed as a ‘farmstead confectionery’, Vermont’s Big Picture Farms is dedicated to blending the sweet creamy goodness of goat milk into candy. As founder Louisa Conrad explains, the short fatty acid chains found in goat’s milk make for a smoother taste in their caramels. Conrad runs the business with her husband Lucas Farrell – both trained artists who have since turned to goat farming, cheese-making and confections.

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Choc printer

3D printing has taken a sweet new turn with the development of the ‘Choc Creator 1’ – a printer that creates custom 3D treats. Designed by Choc Edge (headed by Dr Liang Hao from the University of Exeter), the printer will begin retailing on ebay for £2,500.

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Good deed decadence

Danish chocolate brand Anthon Berg opened a pop-up chocolate shop for a day where people paid with the promise of a good deed, rather than cash or credit. “The Generous Store” in Copenhagen priced its boxes of chocolates with over 30 different good deeds, including serving breakfast in bed to a loved one and cleaning a friend’s house.

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A Los Angeles cupcake shop, Sprinkles, has introduced a 24-hour cupcake automat.

Customers can pull up to the pink machine, swipe their card and select one of eight flavoured cupcakes for $4.

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Fashion factory

For her London Fashion Week show, luxury accessories designer Anya Hindmarch brought her collection to life in a whimsical, Willy Wonka-esque theatrical installation.

The fantastical catwalk for accessories was created with the help of Dior couture set designer, Michael Howells. Entitled ‘All I’ve Ever Wanted’, the set featured a conveyer belt with clutches opening and shutting like oysters, musical wind-up handbags and explosions of sweets and confetti.

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Papabubble is a candy sanctuary hidden deep in Sibuya, Tokyo selling artisanal caramel.
The sweet shop has collaborated with multimedia artist Yuka Otani to produce “Sweet Vessels”, an edible work of art on sale in the store. Otani has also made life-size glasses and wine tumblers out of candy, designed to gradually melt and re-crystalize over time.

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Choco cocktail

The Chocolate Research Facility sells over 100 flavours in its three Singapore outlets. This summer, the brand will introduce 10 new cocktail-inspired flavours wrapped in colourful drink stained packaging, designed by the in-house team.

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