Here’s what you need to know about what you’re looking at right now:
- These life-sized, disembodied baby heads are made entirely of white chocolate.
- They were created by Conjurer’s Kitchen (those people who make the STD cupcakes) for a private commission. (OMG, WHO!?)
- They are horrifying.
OK. That’s all. I need to go eat a chocolate bar right away to get me back in touch with my love of sugar. [Gizmodo]
Forget about the 12 days of Christmas — for chocoholics, Decembers is all about the 25 days of CHOCOLATE. For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to grow up with the Advent calendar tradition, it’s a calendar with 25 tiny boxes, which each contains a piece of chocolate inside. This festive Advent calendar from Starbucks gives you a piece of chocolate every day throughout the month of January until Christmas, plus five tiny presents inside. Don’t tell Santa that your sweet tooth has been very naughty this year. [$29.95, Starbucks Store]
I am certain that I am a woman. Here’s proof: these two mammary glands, my monthly menstruation and, oh yes, I am utterly addicted to chocolate.
The way I eat chocolate — the way I fiend for it — you’d think there was some Darwinian motivation behind it. Throughout my life, I have always kept a bar in the freezer or surreptitiously brought the chocolate chips back to my bed for a midnight to three a.m. snack. And I’m not alone; the US consumer eats about 12 pounds of chocolate a year.
So, why am I craving the brown stuff almost every day? I know people dub themselves “chocoholics,” but is there any proof that doing cocoa is actually physically addictive? And if we’re chowing down the 3,400-year-old treat like it is going out of style, is it really that bad for us? It seems like I had only heard conflicting reviews of my go-to taste bud charmer, so I wanted to sit the jury down myself and get a verdict once and for all. Keep reading »
The sophisticated palate knows: A balance of savory and sweet makes the most satisfying treat. But even the least sophisticated tastes can appreciate the merits of chocolate and bacon. But together? Well, if you like dark chocolate and you like bacon (is there anyone who doesn’t?), you’re going to dig their love child, Mo’s Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar by Vosges. Once your mouth knows the bliss of consuming hickory smoked bacon, Alder wood smoked salt and and 62 percent dark chocolate together, no other chocolate bar will do. [$7.50, Vosges Chocolate]
My acne-ridden youth (okay, fine, it was like 20 zits total) engrained in me that chocolate was a pimple-flaring, oil-producing skincare devil to be avoided at all costs. In my more recent, better-skinned years I’ve turned to the dark, 80% cocoa variety to cure me of late-afternoon nap compulsion and early-morning sugar cravings, but I never suspected that the chocolate could actually be to thank for my clearer, more radiant complexion. A new report in the Journal of Nutrition discovers what may in fact be the Best News Ever: not only do women who eat more chocolate tend to have smoother, more hydrated skin, but chocolate itself is choc-full of antioxidants that help to shield skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Keep reading »
Based on a very unscientific opinion survey, approximately 90% of people think red wine fudgesicles are proof of divine intervention, while the other 10 percent (ahem, Julie) gags at the thought of them. If you’re part of the majority who would love a refreshing lick of wine and chocolate on a stick, check out the recipe here. Cheers to summer! [A Beautiful Mess]
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]
Your old printer has served you well. It’s dutifully churned out term papers, contracts, and last-minute photo gifts. But wouldn’t it be nice to upgrade to a printer that prints chocolate? Seriously though: a team of researchers in the UK have devised a machine that does just that. Apparently the magical chocolate printer works like other 3D printers currently used in manufacturing, creating a 3-dimensional shape by slowly building up very thin layers of material, which in this case just happens to be the most delicious material known to man. At the moment, the chocolate printer is still a prototype, but lead scientist Dr. Liang Hao has big plans: “Chocolate has a lot of social purposes,” she says, “so our intention is to develop a community and share the designs, ideas and experience[s].” Yep, a chocolate-themed social network. The future sounds pretty delicious, huh? [BBC News]
Can this be true? Or is it a ganache-induced fever dream? The Little Chocolate Shop, a chocolate factory in Leyburn, Yorkshire, UK, is allowing guests overnight stays in their “chocolate suite.” The suite features “edible furnishings, a chocolate fountain and a fancy dress box filled with Wonka-esque accessories, aprons and toques,” which will be replenished daily. WHAT. You had me at “Wonka.” And that’s not all: Guests can watch chocolate being made at the factory and end their stay with a “chocolate breakfast.” Chocolate breakfast — two words that sound so right together. This chocoholic fantasy is only available until April 8th and all proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer UK. The “chocolate suite” only sleeps four, so gather your friends to fight amongst themselves now. That might really be worth a hunger games. [Telegraph UK]
The key to my heart and my happiness is food. And the best food in the world is chocolate. Last week, I was gifted a delicious bar of spicy chocolate from Dylan’s Candy Bar — the well-known shop of Ralph Lauren’s daughter Dylan Lauren. Just now, I went back online to reorder, but they don’t seem to have the special holiday flavor in stock. No problem! Instead, I’ve chosen their sea salt varietal — a sweet but salty dark chocolate bar. As one fellow fan reported, the sea salt is like “crack crystals.” This is one addiction I support.