By TEJAL RAO OCT. 24, 2018 The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be. The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be. By TEJAL RAO OCT. 24, 2018 Photographs by SPENCER LOWELL The seven-story Don Quijote megastore in the Shibuya district of Tokyo is open 24 hours a day, but it’s hard to say when it’s rush hour, because there’s always a rush. A labyrinth of aisles leads to one soaring, psychedelic display after another presided over by cartoon mascots, including the mascot of Don Quijote itself: an enthusiastic blue penguin named Donpen who points shoppers toward toy sushi kits and face masks soaked with snail excretions and rainbow gel pens and split-toe socks. The candy section is vast, with … [Read more...] about In Japan, the Kit Kat Isn’t Just a Chocolate. It’s an Obsession.
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Photographs by CHRISTOPHER PAYNE OCT. 24, 2018 For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet moments are made. For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet moments are made. Photographs by CHRISTOPHER PAYNE OCT. 24, 2018 by INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS Like any good immigrant, I know on which bodega shelves to find the food portals to my childhood. I know where to turn, where to crouch, where to bow before the ready-made boxes to make Colombian buñuelos, pandebonos, pandeyucas and arepas. But the one food item I cannot find in San Francisco is the candy of my childhood. I grew, as we say in Colombia, a punta de Bon Bon Bum. The strawberry lollipop was such a central part of my diet, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was made of equal parts Valle del Cauca sugar and red dye No.40. Bon Bon Bums (pronounced like the French bonbon and the English “boom”) are lollipops … [Read more...] about Inside Colombia’s Beloved Candy Factory
By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Photo Illustration by MASSIMO GAMMACURTA Whenever I land in a new country, before I’ve even left the arrivals hall, my mind turns to shopping. Not the boutiques or cosmetics counters, no duty-free sunglasses and designer perfumes for me. No, the pressing calculus as I make my way to baggage claim is driven by drugstores, kiosks, supermarkets and vending machines. In a new port of call, I like to know what sort of candy I’m dealing with. As with breakfast foods, I believe candy is often tastier the less expensive it is. I like my confections approachable. Low-rent. Basic. Shot through with … [Read more...] about These Are the World’s Best Candies. Want to Fight About It?
On March 12, the National Book Critics Circle awarded the late Ellen Willis the top prize in its criticism category for The Essential Ellen Willis, a collection of over 40 years’ worth of Willis’s writing. Willis, who served as the first-ever pop critic for the New Yorker in the early Sixties, died of lung cancer at the age of 64 in 2006. She began writing for the Village Voice in the early Seventies, and became a staff writer here in 1979, where she remained as a writer and senior editor for the next decade. Edited by her daughter, journalist Nona Willis Aronowitz, The Essential Ellen Willis is a wonderfully motley assortment of essays, reported features, and political commentary. It also includes a generous helping of articles that originally appeared in the Village Voice. On the next page, you can read a piece she wrote for the cover of the July 29, 1981, issue, “Escape From New York,” which appears in the anthology. They don’t look real to me How can I … [Read more...] about Read ‘Escape From New York,’ From Ellen Willis’s Award-Winning Anthology
Families should reduce exposure to synthetic chemicals found in food colorings, preservatives, and packaging materials as a growing body of research show they may harm children’s health, according to a policy statement and technical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics released online today. The statement also suggests improvements to the food additives regulatory system including updating the scientific foundation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s safety assessment program and retesting all previously approved chemicals. We asked Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, FAAP, an AAP Council on Environmental Health member and lead author of the policy statement, to tell us more about these concerns. He is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine & Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. What are the growing number of studies showing us? Over the past two decades, an accumulating body of science suggests some food additives can … [Read more...] about Research shows some food additives may harm children’s health