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.


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How the Necco Wafer Has Lasted This Long

These colorful, chalk-like wafers hit the market in 1847. But they certainly aren't the most flavorful of treats. So why are they the classic candy we love to hate?

What's So Delightful About Turkish Delight?

A favorite treat in British children's stories of the past, Turkish delight might be an unfamiliar taste to American readers. So, what is it like, and how do you make it? We get insight from the Culinary Institute of America.

Find a Gold Ticket, Win a Candy Factory. For Real

If you've ever dreamt of living out 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' now's your chance — golden ticket hunt, winning a candy factory and all.

The Definitive Guide to Jerky: It's Not Just Beef Anymore

Beef jerky has been around for hundreds of years, and these days there are lots of options that aren't beef-based, like soy-based jerky, vegan mushroom jerky and the unusually delicious coconut jerky.

That Frozen Treat From Dairy Queen? Not Really Ice Cream

You may be a huge fan of Dairy Queen's Blizzard treat, but this may be news to you: That frozen stuff isn't ice cream. In fact Dairy Queen doesn't sell ice cream at all.

The Pili Nut Is a Nutritional Powerhouse Worth Cracking

These nuts could be some of the healthiest we've ever come across. So why can't the pili nut crack the health food market?

It Took a Court to Decide Whether Pringles Are Potato Chips

Pringles aren't like other potato chips. And back in 2007 Procter & Gamble sued to declare the snacks weren't even potato chips at all.

What's All the Buzz About Manuka Honey? 

This native New Zealand 'liquid gold' honey may make you want to abandon the bear. But does it really have medicinal properties, and why is it so expensive?

Here's Why Macadamia Nuts Are So Delicious and So Crazy Expensive

The mildly flavored, slightly oily, softly crunchy macadamia is prized all over the world, but grown mostly in Hawaii.

Ruby Chocolate: This New Confection Is Pink Perfection

Ruby chocolate is a growing worldwide sensation, but the exact recipe and processing techniques are closely guarded secrets.

Chocolate: Big Cravings and an Even Bigger Carbon Footprint

A new study finds that, on average, it takes 264 gallons (1,000 liters) of water to make a single chocolate bar. Now that's a hefty footprint.

Would You Pay $56 for Five Potato Chips?

Because that's how much these exclusive Swedish crisps cost. At more than $11 each, they're the world's most expensive. The money's going to charity, but still …

Why is sugar sticky?

When the sweet stuff is mixed with water, it suddenly wants to bond with everything it encounters. Why so clingy, sugar?

How Junk Food Works

Junk food is a miracle of edible engineering. Food scientists have figured out how to trick our brains into eating all that salt, sugar and fat without thinking about the calories. How do they do it? While you're learning, I'll get some Ding Dongs.

Why do sweet and salty taste so good together?

The marriage of salty and sweet is one that shouldn't work but magically does. Our tongues recognize flavors for a reason -- and when it comes to sweet and salty, biology is hard at work.

Is chocolate addictive?

From intense craving to shame over loss of control -- this is the life of the chocoholic. Is the term chocoholic just a joke, or does science say there's something to it?

10 Easy Poolside Snacks

Summer days by the pool call for delicious, nutritious snacks that are quick to prepare. While you're splishing, splashing and having fun in the water, let your taste buds have some fun with these 10 easy poolside snacks.

10 Unexpected Ice Cream Flavors and Ingredients

Americans eat more than 15 pounds of ice cream each year, but there's more to the creamy, cool concoction than classic vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Check out these 10 unexpected ice cream flavors and ingredients. We dare you to try them!

What Is Nougat?

Nougat is the stuff inside candy bars that makes them so fluffy and delicious. Yet it looks different in a Snickers bar than it does in a 3 Musketeers. What gives? Here's what you need to know about nougat.

10 Great Snack Ideas for the Beach

A day at the beach is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but nothing can stress you out faster than going hungry after all that swimming and running around. Luckily, we've got a few snack ideas for your trip down the shore.

Abridged History of Food: Who Invented Chocolate Chip Cookies?

One woman's empty pantry led to what is perhaps the best-celebrated cookie of all time. Who invented the chocolate chip cookie, and how long has it been around for?

Abridged History of Food: Ice Cream Cones

As far as edible containers go, the ice cream cone is one of the best inventions ever. But how did it come to be? Who first plunked a scoop into a crispy, sugary cone?

What's the Difference Between Ice Cream, Gelato, Frozen Yogurt and Custard?

Americans love frozen desserts. But ask someone what the difference is between ice cream, gelato, frozen custard and frozen yogurt and you'll probably get a blank stare. So how do these popular treats differ?