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My earliest memories are garish and plastic. I remember the rough acrylic fur of my mustard-yellow teddy bear—his large, flat eyes affixed to his face with glue. I remember the strange ding-dong of a red rocking apple toy with a weighted bottom and a bell somewhere in its middle. It wore a big, black smile on its painted apple face.   I might wish that my first memories were recollections of sunbeams and soft green grass, but like most of us, I spent my early years in an artificial, but not...

Are the “Snozzberries” in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Referring to Male Genitalia?

Domenic V. asks: Is it true that the snozzberries in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory were dicks?Given the dark undercurrent of Roald Dahl’s works, perhaps it wouldn’t be surprising if his famous snozzberries mentioned in the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) made into the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), were, in fact, penises. (Although having such on a wallpaper intended for kids to lick would have safely moved the character of Wonka from “a little...

I Am Local 6: The Chocolate Factory finds recipe for success

October 13, 2017GOLCONDA, IL – One business has been making life sweeter in southern Illinois for the past 40 years. The staff’s passion for creating fun and tasty sweets brings people to the Chocolate Factory from all around the country.Tucked inside Shawnee National Forest sits a southern Illinois staple. Staff work to mix, make and paint the sweet treats.“A little ghost coming out of the tower,” said Rebecca Brandon, showing off the intricate designs on a chocolate bar before...

DNA: Making Bean-to-Bar Chocolate in a Chandler Backyard

A chocolate factory hums in a Chandler backyard. It's located just past a leaf-covered trampoline, in a guest house. The property and chocolate operation belong to Denae Hostetler. Denae crafts chocolate the hard way. She sells that chocolate under the DNA Chocolate label. Her stuff makes the competition taste like candle wax. Denae’s chocolate operation takes place in a kitchen, tiny living room, and large closet.She spends 12 hours a day making chocolate. Because she has to look after her...