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How do they make hollow chocolate Easter rabbits?

Every Easter you can buy all sorts of hollow chocolate candies -- chocolate eggs, chocolate rabbits, and so on. The funny thing is that the hollowness seems to actually give them a different taste or texture somehow. Find out how in this article.

How do they make marshmallows?

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

What is root beer?

What exactly is root beer? Check out this article to learn all about root beer, how it's made, and why it's called "beer" in the first place.

What are homogenization and pasteurization?

When I buy milk at the store, the label says "homogenized pasteurized milk." What are homogenization and pasteurization?

What are genetically modified GM foods?

I've been reading about genetically modified (GM) food. It seems to be stirring up quite a controversy. What is GM food all about?

Can flour explode?

Is flour inflammable? I heard that if you were to burn flour it would explode. If so, what is in flour that makes this happen?

Why do apples and potatoes turn brown when you slice them?

You've just sliced a delicious apple and you turn around for minute and its brown! Find out why apples and potatoes turn brown when you slice them and how to keep them from keeping.

What are hot dogs made from?

You know you love having one at an afternoon baseball game, but do you know what a hot dog is actually made from?

Can water go bad?

People often store water for emergencies, but you might be surprised to find out that water can go bad just like fresh food. How can you store it safely?

How do you make clear ice cubes?

How do I make clear ice like they have in restaurants?

In a kitchen oven what is the difference between the bake setting and the broil setting?

Baking and broiling are completely different ways to cook food, but how? Check out this article to learn what baking and broiling mean and what you use each for.

What is sodium nitrate in processed meats, and is it harmful?

Sodium nitrate (NaNO3) and its close relative sodium nitrite (NaNO2) are preservatives that you find in lots of processed meats. Learn why they add these preservatives to food.

How does popcorn work?

Popcorn certainly is unique, but have you ever wondered how it actually works? Check out this article to learn what makes popcorn pop and more.

What is the big deal about milk? Why do people treat it like some kind of miracle drink?

You see these commercials like "Got Milk?" and "Milk -- it does a body good," and when I was a kid my mother made me drink a quart of milk a day, and doctors recommend that kids drink lots of milk at school, etc.

What exactly is pastrami?

You've been eating pastrami since you were a kid, but you've never really known what it is. Well take a bite out of this article and finally learn the answer to one of your deepest concerns.

What is carrageenan?

I'm a health nut, and I notice that most foods I eat have normal-sounding ingredients except one -- this carton of soy milk I am looking at has water, soy beans, sugar, salt, vanilla and then this stuff called "carrageenan." What is carrageenan?

How does a rice cooker know when to turn off?

There are a number of appliances, like rice cookers, that "know" when they should turn off. Learn how this technology works to help your appliances running smoothly.

Why do many foods have High Altitude Cooking Instructions?

Most any packaged food that involves boiling (like boxed macaroni-and-cheese dinners) will have "high altitude" cooking instructions. Find out what this means and why it matters in cooking.

How do they make maple syrup?

You love the taste of it on your flapjacks, but just how do they make maple syrup? Read this article on maple syrup to find out how this deliciously sweet condiment is made.

What is the difference between jelly, jam and preserves? And what exactly is Jell-O?

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.

What is chewing gum made of?

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.

Where do corn oil and corn syrup come from?

Where do corn oil and corn syrup come from? When I eat corn on the cob, there's not any oil or syrup in it, so where do they get this stuff?

Why Does Lettuce in a Bag Stay Fresh Longer Than a Head of Lettuce?

Many of the foods that you buy wrapped in plastic today use what is called modified atmosphere packaging, or MAP. How does this packaging lend to keeping your lettuce fresh? Find out here.

Ultimate Guide to Low-fat Baking

A fascinating article that explains the techniques and science behind low-fat baking!


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