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Why is syrup sticky?

Water isn't sticky, and sugar on its own isn't sticky either. So why is syrup—a heated, melty combination of water and sugar—so very, very sticky? Emily Elert of MinuteEarth explains the sticky molecular structures of...

Casdoce (カスドース), a confection made for lords & emperors

Traditional castella sponge cakes, introduced to Japan by Portuguese merchants circa 1550, are cut precisely into bite-sized pieces before they're soaked in bright yellow egg yolks and boiled in a sugar water syrup. T...

Simple summertime blueberry (or almost any fruit) crumble

Summer blueberries, sugar, salt, lemon juice, and a thickener like corn starch or flour. Top that yum with a separate mix of rolled oats, all purpose flour, salt, and baking powder plus a mix of butter and sugar. Bake...

Sweet (& savory) morning buns with chef April Bloomfield & Tartine

In the kitchen at Tartine, San Francisco's popular bread bakery and cafe, chef April Bloomfield observes how their morning buns are made. Tartine's Chad Robertson mixes the ingredients and preps the dough with layers ...

The science of milk

Milk is poured into cereal. We might want milk for our cookies or hot chocolate. We can use milk to bake. It's usually in our cheeses, butters, and ice creams. Milk is often the first thing we drink as newborn babies....

Incredible Amezaiku candy animal sculptures by Shinri Tezuka

Goldfish and octopuses that look like glass, tiny real looking pandas, shiba inu dogs, rabbits, dragons, and snakes... all edible. In the art of Amezaiku (飴細工), artisans craft small candy lollipop sculptures. D...

What causes cavities?

When a team of archeologists recently came across some 15,000-year-old human remains, they made an interesting discovery: the teeth of those ancient humans were riddled with holes. So what causes cavities, and how can...

How is Victorian Nectar Drop candy made?

...and why are lemon drops, cough drops, and fruit drops all called drops? In this video by Tallahassee, Florida's Lofty Pursuits artisanal candy makers, we get an up close look at how their restored candy equipme...

The Hidden World of Chocolate

You've seen chocolate... but have you seen it under a scanning electron microscope? Johns Hopkins University grad student Jennifer Dailey leads students through a bit of chocolate testing: heating and cooling chocolat...

Howard Lee’s hyperrealistic drawing illusions

Turning hyperrealism into a video guessing game, illustrator and illusionist of sorts Howard Lee draws objects on paper that attempt to reach photographic levels of detail. Above, his Drawing Trick with Marbles. B...

Amezaiku (飴細工) Japanese Candy Sculptures by Ame Yoshihara

Ame Yoshihara sculpts taffy candy into adorable "Amezaiku" animals, a traditional Japanese folk art that dates back to the 700s. This video from SweetsTales showcases his craftsmanship, as well as Ame-pyon, Yoshihara'...

Fig. 1: How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

The average American eats 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) of sugar every day... that's around 66 pounds of sugar every year for each person. How are we consuming that amount? From Fig. 1 by University of California, learn m...

Gotta Eat! and Classifying Organisms – Crash Course Kids

Why do we eat and how does what we eat help classify what we are? In these first two episodes from Crash Course Kids, Sabrina Cruz explains why all living things eat. Also, try the simple energy source experiment in ...

Why do carrots taste sweeter in the winter?

From the University of California’s Fig.1 series, Molecular Biologist Liz Roth-Johnson explains why cold weather makes carrots taste more sweet: Because plants are immobile, they must develop defense techniques aga...

Lemon bars with olive oil and sea salt

Savory, tart, bitter, and sweet from The New York Times: Melissa Clark demonstrates how to make lemon bars with a sophisticated twist by adding olive oil and flaky sea salt. She writes: My mother wasn’t a baker, b...

How are candy canes made?

If you've ever wondered how candy canes are made, look no further! Above, this Tallahassee artisanal candy maker demonstrates how to make candy canes by hand. Watch them cut and twist the ingredients into a shimmery-s...

Why do leaves change color?

The arrival of autumn is a great reason to talk about chemistry: When tree leaves change from green to reds, oranges, yellows, and browns, we're seeing the tree's green chlorophyll fade away, revealing hidden autumnal...

Sugar: Hiding in plain sight

We know that sugar is a big part of candy, ice cream, and sweet drinks, but did you know that added sugars are included in 3/4 of the 600,000+ products found in the average grocery store? And...

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