Sweets and Snacks Facts

Sweets & Snacks make food interesting. Read how chocolate works, how ice cream works and even why Krispy Kreme doughnuts are absolutely irresistible.


Any parent who's planned a festive first birthday party only to have the guest of honor sleep through the proceedings or seem a little lost and forlorn will love the idea of a smash cake celebration. Let your child dig in -- literally.

It's snack time! Are you craving something sweet, salty or savory? If you need help making a decision, check out our gallery of mouth-watering classic snacks.

Snacking between meals is a universal habit. If you're tired of the same old boring snacks and want to try something new, look no further! Check out these snacks from around the world.

As the holidays approach, the prospect of holiday weight gain looms. Learn some helpful habits to help you avoid the holiday belly bulge.

From rustic scenes of campfires and cozy winter nights in front of the fireplace, s'mores are the stuff memories are made of. We've got the history of this gooey dessert, as well as some variations on the classic recipe.

The sugar cookie may seem like the unimaginative half-brother of the much-ballyhooed chocolate chip cookie, but it actually has its own long history and distinguished pedigree.

Find yourself dreaming about mounds of sweet, delectable candy? You aren't alone. The average person in the United States eats 10 pounds of chocolate per year -- and that's just chocolate! Join the ranks and check out this candy image gallery.

American french fries have nothing to do with France. It is named for the cooking term frenching, which means to cut in lengthwise strips. Find out more about french fries, including what the are actually called in France.

Carob is naturally sweeter and can be healthier than cocoa powder, but it can't compete with the flavor of chocolate. Learn more about where it comes from and how to include it in your recipes.

Popcorn is low in fat, high in fiber, and just downright tasty. Learn 20 things you didn't know about popcorn, such as what to call unpopped kernels and popcorn's scientific name.

You know you love the salty goodness of a potato chip, but where did the potato chip come from? Learn the history behind this salty treat.

My friend told me that Wint-O-Green Life Savers throw out sparks when you bite them in the dark. We stood in a closet, she bit down on a Life Saver and it was true! Where do those sparks come from? What makes the wintergreen flavor so special?

Ever wondered why a popsicle is called a quiescently frozen confection"? Confused as to what quiescently frozen confection even means? Find out your answers to these questions.

Fortune cookies are one of those things that entertain and amuse almost everyone, but how are fortune cookies made? Learn about it in this article.

I've got three questions: What is a marshmallow? How do they make marshmallows? And why do they call them "marshmallows"?

Ever wondered what the difference between jelly, jam and preserves is? And while we're on the topic, what exactly is Jell-O? Check out this article to learn the answers to these questions.

Ever wonder what chewing gum is made of and why it doesn't dissolve in your mouth? Find out your answers in this article about chewing gum.