‘Tis the season for Easter candy, including the MVP of seasonal sweets, Cadbury Creme Eggs. As good as these ooey gooey treats are on their own, I went searching for recipes that transformed the humble Cadbury Creme Egg into something more, and oh boy did I find some creative incarnations: Cadbury Creme Egg Brulee, anyone? Click on the gallery for 7 recipes to make your Easter dessert spread one to remember!
It took a team of 14 bakers, pastry chefs, and candy artists nearly 3,000 hours to create the world’s first edible pop-up hotel in Soho, London. The Willy Wonka-esque wonderland welcomed its first guests this week, a couple who enjoyed a carpet made of meringues, bouquets of sugar roses, fudge windowsills, spongecake pillows, 100 pieces of edible art, and a clawfoot bathtub full of caramel corn, which sounds incredibly uncomfortable, especially if a stray kernel found its way into one of your body cavities, but that’s neither here nor there. Check out a few more pictures of this massive sugar coma waiting to happen, after the jump! Keep reading »
Big news on the colorful gummy candy/fantasy autocannibalism front! A place called FabCafe in Japan is offering a new service that uses 3D body scanners to create a realistic, life-size replica of your body–made entirely of gummy candy. Amazingly enough, the entire process costs just $65, but there are only 9 spaces available in the gummy replica workshop (I sense an eBay bidding war is imminent). FabCafe is marketing the gummy replicas as a great gift idea for men to give to their romantic partners. I can’t decide if this story is disturbing or delicious, so I’m going to call it disturbelicious, and no, I’m not sorry. [Gizmodo]
It’s 27 pounds, 36,730 calories, $150 worth of pure gummi candy. The Party Python is now available for purchase Vat19. It comes in blue raspberry and green apple and red cherry and blue raspberry. Seriously, if it came in sour gummi, I would buy it for Amelia for her birthday and leave it in the office for her to snack on all year. But it’s regular gummi, so I’ll have to keep looking for her b-day present. [Buzzfeed]
When a nine-year-old Ukrainian boy found his parents’ life savings stashed under the couch, he did what any kid with a sweet tooth and a touch of psychopathy would do: he paid off an adult acquaintance to help him convert the $4,000 nest egg to Ukrainian currency, and then he went to the candy store. And spent all of it. Yep, while most children might snag a few bucks and call it good, it seems this particular child’s candy compulsion was so strong, it was worth setting up a multi-currency money laundering operation. I used to think I was clever for concealing my identity to score extra free samples at Costco, but damn, this child’s scheme is next level. Also? We all might want to stock up on vegetables now, because this kid is obviously going to take over the world someday, and there will be no room for kale in his totalitarian Candy Land. [Huffington Post]
Finally a team of physicists has devoted the proper time and effort to answering the age old question, “Is it better to bite into a round piece of candy, or continually suck on it?” In a paper poetically titled, “Sticky physics of joy: On the dissolution of spherical candies,” researchers from the University of Graz in Austria described the results of an experiment in which they placed spherical candies in a water bath made to replicate the pH levels and movement of a human mouth and observed the way they dissolved over time. The researchers expected the candy to vanish exponentially, but their findings indicated that the candies dissolved at a constant linear rate instead. What does this mean for candy enthusiasts? Keep reading »
We were totally obsessed with boozy popsicles this summer, but once the weather cools down, we’re going to have to put down our cocktails-on-a-stick and reach for a treat that won’t give us a brainfreeze. A worthy replacement for fall? Homemade lollipops! These bellini-flavored lollipops would be perfect for wedding favors, party treats, or just as an exceedingly glamorous way to get your afternoon sugar hit. Let the licking begin! [Etsy Weddings]
As I’ve mentioned about a billion times before, I’m totally obsessed with everything British, so when I saw these candy bars–which combine traditional British pudding flavors, chocolate, and a colorful Union Jack design–I was sold. Crafted in honor of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, they’re swirled with fun ingredients like toffee, strawberry, white chocolate, and meringue. Sounds bloody delicious, right? I fancy the whole set. [$4.79 each, Firebox]
The Japanese girl group AKB48 is under fire for filming a series of suggestive candy ads that some claim promote homosexuality. The group’s ads for a sugary gummy candy feature the members of the group clad in school girl uniforms passing a piece of the candy between one another using only their mouths. Watchdog groups claim this ad promotes the gay lifestyle and is overly suggestive, despite the fact that none of the girls actually touch lips in the thirty-second spot.
The candy makers are standing behind the ad, and say that it’s one of the most popular commercials they’ve ever run (surprise, surprise). AKB48 is hugely successful in Japan and across Asia; last year they made more than $200 million in sales. The band features more than 60 (!) members and has its own dedicated performance space in Tokyo. [Yahoo]