Posts tagged with "Chocolate":

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Behold the “candy desk,” a secret stash of treats in the U.S. Senate

For those in attendance, the State of the Union can be exhausting. Standing up, sitting down, standing up and clapping politely for hours saps the energy of even the most ardent politicians. If viewers at home see senators sneaking out of the House during tonight's speech, don't worry: those elected officials are probably headed for the Senate's "Candy Desk." The history of the desk is short and sweet: In 1965, Senator George Murphy (R-CA) began stocking Desk 80 with candy for his fellow legislators. According to Architect of the Capitol, "In every Congress since that time, a candy desk [sic] has been located in the back row on the Republican side of the aisle and adjacent to the chamber's most heavily used entrance." The Candy Desk raises some vital questions: are there treats in the replica desk in the Kennedy Institute's replica Senate Chamber? Are they edible? During the 114th Congress, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) is assigned to Desk 80. In a January 2015 press release (and the video above) Sen. Toomey mused on the responsibilities of the Candy Desk steward:
"The Candy Desk duty is Mounds of responsibility. I campaigned for this assignment on the platform of life, liberty, and the pursuit of Peeps and hope Pennsylvania's treats will sweeten the bitter partisan atmosphere. I plan to stock the Candy Desk with Pennsylvania's finest chocolate and deliciousness to ensure a surplus of sweets. We are home to the best confectioners in the world. Hershey's, of course, is headquartered in Central Pennsylvania. Mars makes Three Musketeers in Elizabethtown. Just Born creates Peeps in Bethlehem. And we are proud of our smaller candy makers too including Asher's in Kulpsville, Wilbur Chocolate in Lititz, Josh Early Chocolates in the Lehigh Valley, and many, many more."
AN reached out to the senator's Washington, D.C. office to find out what candy Sen. Toomy prefers. Bill Jaffee, Toomey's press assistant, stated that the desk is currently stocked with "Kit Kats, Hershey’s almond bars, Peanut Chews, Pennsylvania Dutch chocolate caramels, Milky Way, and Mike n' Ike." In a great show of bipartisan goodwill, Democrats may partake in the snacks, too.
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Two Words: 3D Chocolate

Chocolate purveyor Hershey has jumped onto the 3D printing bandwagon. While not as aesthetically ambitious as Nendo's venture into custom sweets, there's something to be said for remaining true to the iconic, albeit simple, kiss-shaped treat. Initial ventures took from a few minutes to more than an hour to print; if you're really hankering for a chocolate fix, you might be better off grabbing a bag of the pre-fab variety.
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Delicious by Design: Nendo builds a “molten-chocolate wave” lounge in Paris

Named M&O Designer of the Year, Nendo is contributing a Chocolatexture Lounge to the Maison et Object exposition in Paris later this month. Dubbed "a deliciously regressive space," it houses a selection of chairs created by Oki Sato (aka Nendo) for such manufacturers as Moroso, Emeco, and Cappellini—all upholstered in cocoa brown textiles. They will be set among an array of 2,000 aluminum pipes, which, the designer said, will be painted and installed to evoke "a rippling, large molten-chocolate wave." But there is more to the lounge than confectionary allusions: There's an actual chocolate creation that will be available. Visitors to the booth will have the opportunity to purchase one of 400 boxes of chocolates that have been preciously rendered in distinctly non-Platonic solids. On the tongue, the texture of each morsel will be different—assuming one can bear to eat such exquisite and rare entities. This isn't the studio's first foray into such sweet design. In 2014, they created chocolate villages to populate ice cream cakes by Häagen-Dazs (below). In light of Nendo's affinity for chocolate as a material, the recognition as designer of the year, we'll say, is just desserts.
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Edible Artwork> A shareable chocolate bar from Snarkitecture

Tis the season for unique design objets. A collaboration between Snarkitecture and the artisans at Dandelion Chocolate has created the Break Bar—a double entendre name, indeed. The bar proved a challenge to produce, with only 50 bars molded daily by the chocolatiers. Total output: A limited edition of 500. An excerpt from the designers' description of the product yields a clue to its academic ambition. "The break between the architectural volume of the rectangular bar and the irregular topography of its interior continues Snarkitecture's exploration of the space between the familiar and the unexpected." (Remember, this is a chocolate bar—albeit five ounces of 70 percent Belizean Maya Mountain chocolate—we're talking about.) While the bipartite design ensures there will be no physical problems (i.e., chocolate crumbs and shards) in sharing the confection, there's no such guarantee that confirmed sweet-tooths will be psychologically inclined to part with with it. Lest the Scrooges among us balk at the Break Bar's $45 price tag, keep in mind that all profits from the sales of the candy will go to Southern Exposure, a San Francisco not-for-profit arts organization. And if you happen to get lucky and find a white ticket wrapped inside the package, you can trade it in for a prize even rarer than the Break Bar itself: a non-edible gypsum sculpture of the piece, also designed by Snarkitecture.