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.

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.

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 …

Or is the famous flavor simply made up?

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?

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?

If you've never eaten food that has a strong, pungent aroma, it might be tough to see the appeal. But many connoisseurs can't get enough of the so-called stinky cheese varieties. Which ones are most revered -- and most flavorful?

Americans love frozen desserts. But ask someone on the streets what the difference is between ice cream and gelato, and you're likely to get a blank stare. What separates frozen custard from frozen yogurt?

Who doesn't like chocolate? There's a version for every palate -- milk, semisweet, dark. Which is your favorite?

Willy Wonka may have developed a number of unusual chocolate-covered inventions at his famous factory, but even his strangest confections can't beat some real-life combinations people are trying.

You've polished off half a scoop and gotten to your favorite part - where cool confection and cone meet. As you take that first, creamy, crunchy bite, you wonder, "Where did it all begin -- who invented the ice cream cone?"

Airlines are cutting back on pretty much everything lately -- especially food. Don't worry, any one of these 10 snacks should tide you over until you get to the next terminal.

Whatever form chocolate takes, it's sure to please the senses. Check out these chocolate pictures, but be sure you have some to nibble on nearby.

These candy cane inspired pictures will give you ideas for the many ways to use them in your holiday decor. Check out this candy cane image gallery.

This candy wonderland decor image gallery will help get the holiday spirit going. Check out these candy wonderland decor pictures.

Not only is peppermint candy used to decorate a tree during the holidays, it also can settle your stomach if you're not feeling well and freshen up your breath if you've had to much onion-infused fare.

Building gingerbread houses are a fun and timeless holiday activity. It's amazing what creative gingerbread architects can make with just cake, frosting and candy. Learn how to take your gingerbread house to the next level.

A skilled decorator can turn a simple slab of cake into a masterpiece using frosting, fondant and the right embellishments. Discover new ways to turn cakes and cupcakes into fabulous works of art.