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How 1.2 Million Cadbury Eggs are Made Every Day

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Easter’s around the corner, and a giant fuzzy rabbit is already prepping to make his rounds with pastel baskets stocked with jelly beans. (Hide your kids.) Along with the general festivities, the holiday also calls for the obligatory hurrah for Cadbury Creme Eggs, which are admittedly quite good.

So, since it’s Friday, we encourage you to waste the last hours of work watching machines squirt Cadbury Creme Eggs into chocolate molds, fuse them into egg-shaped capsules and usher them off to millions of sweet-toothed dreamers around the world.

A few major disappointments, however: there’s no human-sized bunny shitting out chocolate eggs and oompa loompas wrapping them up in colored foil. Yikes.

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How Pringles Are Made [Bad News: They’re 2/3 Potato Flakes]

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Ever wanted to know how Pringles are made? Apparently someone in the eighties already did the leg work for you. This delightfully vintage film goes through the entire process of the classic tube we know so well.  From making the tube itself to the full journey of each chip — it’s a great inside look for the curious foodie.

You learn a few uncomfortable things, like the fact that chips are one third water and two thirds potato flakes, plus seasoning. However, there’s some savvy stuff to learn as well, like how the dough scraps from cutting out the chips are reused (less waste!) and the potato rounds are fried in concave molds that give them their signature curve. It’s the kind of superfluous information that’ll come handy during Tuesday night trivia. A tasty win.

H/T How it’s Made

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See How Frozen Pizzas Are Made (Hint: Sauce Waterfalls and Pizza Cookie Cutters)

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Hold up: Before you pop that DiGiorno in the oven, perhaps you’d like to know where it came from? The good ol’ Science Channel created an enlightening five-minute look at how your favorite frozen pizza is crafted.

The video details the steps in constructing this frozen food staple. It starts off well enough, the dough is made from scratch and formed into shape by a pizza cookie cutter of sorts.  However, things start getting a bit iffy once sauce and toppings come into the mix. A waterfall of tomato sauce soaks the pizza dough with the runoff being collected back into the sauce reservoir. After getting a dusting of mozzarella, the discs get showered in curiously grey “meat toppings” before getting blasted in a gigantic freezer and wrapped in plastic sleeping bags. Any “less than perfect pizzas” get mercilessly rejected by a machine.

There is close to zero human interaction during this entire process, save for the occasional sample pizza inspected by a worker. Sorry, no toque-toting chefs dicing up fresh bell peppers here.

H/T Serious Eats + Picthx YouTube