Tag Archives: Confectionery

We all scream for ice cream

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It doesn’t matter how old you are, the tinkling chimes of an ice cream van never fails to excite the child in us. But what if you don’t have any change? Or you’ve just got out the shower? Or you’re trying to avoid your touchy feely neighbour who is also legging it outside in eager anticipation?

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Get your fix

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“Don’t play with your food.” A message that’s been drummed into many of us since we learned to hold a knife and fork. But whether it’s turning mash potato into a volcano erupting with gravy or arranging a cooked breakfast into a novelty face, the temptation is too much for some. Food should be fun, no?

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Eye candy

Life was like a box of chocolates for our fictional friend Forrest Gump. Or his Mum, at least. But perhaps he’d have had more of an idea of what he was going to get if he’d bought a redesigned box of liquorice All Sorts (or just read the chocolate box inlay guide).
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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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Cupcake-omatic

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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