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Nov 15, 2013

Color Coded Candy by Emily Blincoe

Austin-based photographer Emily Blincoe has been experience with shapes and texture inside of different color families. In this series, she takes on candy, gum, and other sweets. 

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May 10, 2013

Recipe: How to Make Whiskey, Caramel, Marshmallow, and Bacon Bark

On first glance, this recipe might seem a little too on the nose. Like, crafted just so people on the internet will go "oooooo" and re-pin it and keep talking about bacon and whiskey like they're the first person to ever realize that delicious things are tasty. But, if you look a little closer, 

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Feb 06, 2013

How to: Make Whiskey Sriracha Candy at Home

My friend and collaborator Capree sent me this recipe for whiskey and sriracha-flavored homemade candies, with the comment, "some sorta ManMade somethin'." I was seriously intrigued, and followed up with "even though they're heart-shaped?"...mostly just to see what she'd say. I expected some kinda Valentine's Day comment, but she came back with:   

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Jan 10, 2013

How to: Make DIY Bacon Pixie Stix

Candida introduces this inspired/totally crazy how-to thusly, and I couldn't say it better myself. "Bacon Pixie Stix are the perfect combination of insanely awesome, and totally wrong.  They are, as advertised, pixie sticks - with bacon.  Make these award-winning treats for your next social occasion, and surprise your friends with a sweet, tart, bacon-flavored boot to the head." Done!   

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Nov 06, 2012

State of the Art: The Electoral College Explained in M&Ms

To remind you of exactly how the presidential elections work in the U.S., Christoph Niemann offers this little visual primer...in M&Ms.  

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Oct 17, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: October 17, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Artist Mike Boon created an alphabet from candy, in which each letter is built from a sweet that starts with the same.

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Jul 18, 2012

How to: Make Sriracha Lollipops

created at: 07/18/2012

Sriracha, that addictive blend of chiles, garlic, vinegar, and sweetness is experiencing a shot at ubiquity, and I couldn't be more thankful. It's good enough to eat out of the bottle...standing in front of your pantry...at 1:30 in the morning...squirted directily into your mouth. Or something.

But more excitingly, it's also now being incorporated

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Jun 18, 2012

How to Make Drunken Gummies - Cocktail Candies for Grown Ups

created at: 06/18/2012

Candy and cocktails. Not just cocktail-flavored candies, but sweet little chewy guys, full of actual spirits and the classic flavors of the mixed drink that inspired them. In short: Best. DIY Project. Ever.  

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May 23, 2012

Video: Turning a Giant Jawbreaker on a Lathe

created at: 05/23/2012

To be filed in your "I Didn't Know This Was Possible" folder - you can turn a jawbreaker on a lathe with traditional woodworking skews and chisels.

Doing so highlights what's so fun about eating jawbreakers in the first place: the many laminiated layers of color, which slowly get revealed as the candy is removed.

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Apr 30, 2012

Hungry for Knowledge: Brains Made of Food

created at: 04/29/2012

 

Italian artist Sara Asnaghi has remained the human brain through a medium of something that's always on our minds (no, not sex): food. The series, titled What Have You Got In Your Head, features brains made from a variety of foods like chili peppers, sugar, coffee grounds, bread and candy.  

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Mar 20, 2012

How To: Make DIY Lucky Charms Marshmallows

created at: 03/20/2012

Nobody doesn't like Lucky Charms. I mean, some of us might opt not to indulge in them as of late, but c'mon...you love them. They're freaking magically delicious! How can you not?

And, of course, the best part of Lucky Charms is the marshmallows...those seemlikethey'dbetoofirmbutarejustright perfectly bitable contrast to the oats, which are basically there only to play a supporting role and to line your stomach with something other than sugar so you can eat more marshmallows.

You can actually buy the marshmallows in bulk, so you can add them to your Grape Nuts and Bran Flakes and other grownup cereals, as well as to ice cream and chicken

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Feb 13, 2012

How to: Stamp Your Own Message on Conversation Hearts

Unless your seven years old, and presenting a gift to that classmate you have a crush on, you not gonna get away with a generic box o' candy this year. (If you are seven years old and giving candy to a crush, you're a total stud, and thanks for reading ManMade).

But playing with the classic treat and getting a personalized message with a handmade custom set of conversation hearts? It can get no better.  

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Dec 12, 2011

A Candy Coated DSLR

Pentax has released some crazy digital SLR cameras, including a bright red one and a weird robot version, but they've got nothing on this Canon 7D, which looks like it was sprayed with a hose full of Nerds and Skittles.

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Nov 03, 2011

MicroWhat: Before and After Photos of Things Being Microwaved

You've done it. Microwaved something just to see what would happen? As long as its safe and metal-free, and you're willing to clean up the mess, it can be hours of (basically) free fun. Well, except for the radiation poisoning and all the other crazy stuff that comes from using one.

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Oct 31, 2011

How to: Make DIY Pixy Sticks in Gourmet Flavors

Pixy Sticks are one of those nostalgic childhood treats - along with Lik-M-Aid/Fun Dip and Frankenberry - that I still turn to as an adult, because of the ridiculous fact that it tastes like nothing but sugar and citric acid. I figure, if you're gonna eat junk, eat junk. And, they're still crazy fun to eat. 'Cause, as it turns out, flavored sugar in a straw is a mostly brilliant idea.

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Sep 09, 2011

Deep Fried Bubblegum. It [Too] Is a Thing.

This year, the summer State Fair continues to outdo itself. First deep fried Kool Aid, then deep fried sticks of butter. And now? Fried bubblegum. As award-winning deep fry master Abel Gonzales remarked upon inventing the butter trick...."Where do you go from here?"

Apparently, to the dime store candy aisle.

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Jun 01, 2011

Gummy Bearskin Rug

created at: 06/01/2011

Sometimes, I see things that confirm my faith in humankind.

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Apr 25, 2011

How To: Make Peep S'Mores

Chances are, if you pop into your neighborhood grocery store or pharmacy this afternoon, you'll be greeted with all sorts of post-Easter clearance, including candy that's at least 75% off. Especially boldly colored peeps. But what to do with those rows of almost-stale sugar coated staples?

Why, make them actually enjoyable by surrounding them with chocolate and graham crackers, of course.    

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Mar 02, 2011

How To: Chocolate-Dipped Beer Marshmallows

Yes, that's right. Marshmallows, made with beer. Dipped in chocolate. With a crunchy pretzel topping.

Inspired by a treat from Chicago candymakers Truffle Truffle (which I know well from a local shop), Emma Christensen

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Dec 23, 2010

How To: Make Homemade Marshmallows

created at: 12/22/2010

I actually don't think I like marshmallows. I mean, Lucky Charms are pretty good, and I don't mind a s'more once a year, but I say keep them away from my hot chocolate.

But, admittedly, I've never had real marshmallow. A light and fluffy, just-sweet-enough tasty treat whipped up at home. And looking at this recipe, I'm pretty sure I could be convinced otherwise.  

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