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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Food Origins: The Ice Cream Cone

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?"

10 Great Snacks for the Plane

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.

Chocolate Pictures

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.

Red and White Striped: Candy Cane-inspired Pictures

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.

Candy Wonderland Pictures

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

Candy Canes and Peppermints

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.

Gingerbread Houses Pictures

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.

Classic to Artisan: Cupcakes and Cakes for a New Era Pictures

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.

The Secret Life of Fudge

Oh, fudge, that wonderful candy with a rich, deep flavor and thick texture. It's the guilty pleasure of choice for many chocolate lovers, and fudge, in all of its many flavorful incarnations, isn't that hard to make -- if you have a little patience.

Smash Cakes 101

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.

Classic Snacks Pictures

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.

International Snacks Pictures

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.

Enlightened Desserts Pictures

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

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About S'mores

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.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sugar Cookies

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.

Candy Pictures

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.

What are French Fries?

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.

What is Carob?

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.

20 Things You Didn't Know About Popcorn

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.

Where did the potato chip come from?

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.

Why Do Wint-O-Green Life Savers Spark in the Dark?

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?

Why is a Popsicle called a quiescently frozen confection?

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.

How do they make Fortune Cookies?

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.

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.

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"?