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 …

IFNi Coffee Candy

The Japanese roasting company creates an all-natural treat from roasted, ground beans

We came across IFNi Roasting Co’s coffee candy in Tokyo. The roastery and wholesale coffee sellers (who also have grand plans to develop their own, original coffee equipment) have a small café in Shizuoka where they are based. Made in collaboration with a Japanese candy factory, these coffee candies are created from roasted and ground beans—there’s no liquid, instant coffee or synthetic ingredients. You can …