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The Eight Best Candy Stores In Los Angeles

Candy. It can screw with your teeth and your cognitive performance. But whatever, sometimes we just want to throw ourselves into the sweet oblivion of a sugar high. There's more to it than the dopamine uptake in your brain, however. There are also the buried associations; a lazy Sunday spent at the cineplex, slumber parties in the summer, that ice cream truck that was always stationed at the local park. It seems that sugar has crept into almost every cherished childhood memory.Certainly, L.A....

Garage Geniuses: The Basement Chocolate Factory MacGyver Would Be Proud of

If MacGyver loved dark chocolate, Potomac Chocolate might be his chocolate of choice. Its founder, Ben Rasmussen, creates award-winning chocolate out of his Woodbridge, Va., basement using equipment he hacked together himself. “I very much am a do-it-myselfer,” Rasmussen said. “I love building the machines. I have a friend at my day job who says all the time that he thinks that the chocolate is secondary to the building of the machines. I correct him every time that I do very much enjoy...

Unbelievably, This Quadcopter Is Made of Chocolate – Video

Some really strange things have happened in the world (and to the world, for that matter) because of us humans, but that's not always a bad thing, as a certain video on YouTube ever so gleefully shows.The thing in the video below, and the image above of course, is a quadcopter. That, in itself, is not so amazing.After all, quadcopters, sometimes called quadrotors or quadrocopters, have been making the news every other month for the past couple of years. What is, however, unusual about this...

Think chocolate can't get any better? These Willy Wonkas beg to differ

Meet the new Willy Wonka: Timothy Childs is a former space shuttle technologist who's building a 29,000-square-foot chocolate factory on prime waterfront property in the Embarcadero. He stands in the factory's laboratory inspecting a sample of split-open cocoa beans, pointing out the ones that have been properly fermented and talking intensely about the hedonics of chocolate -- as in the hedonistic sensation of eating it, how it melts in the mouth, when it starts to break apart and the way...