Year of the Pig Gift Guide

Swine-themed accessories, snacks and drinks to celebrate Chinese New Year

According to the Chinese zodiac, the pig is the last of the 12 animals (the reason for which varies in several myths) and exemplifies wealth. This year, 5 February marks the beginning of another year of the pig. To celebrate this Lunar New Year, we’ve rounded up several swine-themed items—from sweets to sneakers and beyond. “Year of the Pig” Old Skool Sneakers Made in collaboration …

Computer-Generated Candy Heart Messages

From “SWEAT POO” to “TIME HUG” and “HOW U HOT,” research scientist Janelle Shane’s computer-generated candy heart messages are unlike any we’ve seen before. Shane (who runs the fascinating blog AI Weirdness) says she collected all the legitimate candy heart messages she could find, and then created a learning algorithm (or “neural network”) for them to mix and match new messages—and the results are nothing …

Anya’s Real Fruit Licorice

An all-natural reimagining of the classic sweet treat

On one of our last excursions of 2016 to Brooklyn’s food market Smorgasburg we fell in love with a classic candy reimagined. Anya’s Licorice embodies many of the attributes we’ve all come to seek in foods: all-natural and made by hand in small batches. But beyond that, the brand has taken a familiar sweet treat and delivered both the ideal texture—well-balanced between soft and chewy—and …