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Watch How Gummy Candy Is Made, From Skinning The Pig To Mixing The Colors

I can remember as a kid, one of my elementary school teachers told the class that gelatin was made out of cow and pig bone. I thought it was fascinating, and promptly removed it from my mind, as the subject never came up again in my adult life, until now.

Belgian filmmaker Alina Kneepkens put together a video showing the entire gummy making process, but in reverse. By the end of the video, you see that the gelatin-based candies are made up of pig skin before they get their cute shape and sweet taste.

Yup, unless it’s a vegan product, your favorite gummy bear, sour watermelon rings and sour worms were once part of a cute and cuddly pig, but so are most of our favorite foods.

It might be a little shocking to watch, but the process actually looks pretty cool, probably because it’s shot so beautifully.

Check out the mesmerizing video below:

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Six Reasons Why Sour Candy Is The Best Kind Of Candy

So, your Sour Patch Kids addiction concerns your family and friends, who don’t understand that you can’t quit anytime you want. If you’ve gotten tired of reminding them that you’re only hurting yourself, then we’ve bundled together all the tenuous logic you’ll need for a lifetime of denial. Go ahead, pop a couple Lemonheads that you can only hope will get rid of the shakes as you suck on these facts.


Prove Your Worth to Society


Many of the best conflict resolution strategies are invented on the playground. Determining who’s the toughest by seeing who can stand the most Warheads in their mouth at one time should be how we determine our next president.


Fight Fucking Cancer


Well, not directly. But sour candies like Lemon Drops are used by patients undergoing chemo and radiation therapy since it helps promote salivation. Many cancer medications also cause severe changes in taste, which sucking on Lemon Drops can help regulate.


Develop Strong Bones (to Crush Your Enemies)


Citric acid (i.e. the sour salt used in finishing tons of sour candies) can actually help your bones absorb calcium. This is because it easily bonds with minerals, helping your stomach to absorb nutrients AND SCIENCE.


There’s Nothing Like the Taste of Sour in the Morning


Pregnant women should keep some LemonHeads or other sour food stuffs near their nightstand, since this helps curb morning sickness. Unless you’re carrying Guy Fieri’s baby… then, you’re automatically sick no matter what you do.


Save Yourself From Heartache


A wise man once said that you can’t lose a game that you’re not in. With sour salt’s well-documented acidic properties, those Sour Patch Kids are actually playing a prank on your smile. Those gaps in your jagged grin will make it easier to spit out watermelon seeds, but not pick up the ladies. So at least you’ll never know heartbreak. But you will become progressively more interested in the thrilling world of professional wrestling with each tooth you lose.


Reward Your Sweet Tooth… If You Have Any Left


Portion control is a huge factor in effectively combating weight gain and, while only a tobacco lobbyist could successfully argue for candy’s beneficial effect on diets, the prepackaged servings of many sour candies can be a good outlet for your confectionary craving. Especially if you suck instead of chomping, these pungent little bits might be a sour-then-sweet cheat treat.


CES SPOTTING: This is What 3D Sour Candy Looks Like


3D printing has become the food industry’s preferred fascination of late, from 3D printed pizza dough topped with tomato sauce to 3D chocolate face sculptures. The most recent delight was spotted at CES 2014 in the form of 3D geometric candies and chocolate by the brains over at 3D Systems.

The actual printer, ChefJet, comes in two sizes: an 8x8x6″ countertop build for single color confections and a 10x14x8″ build (the Pro) for full-color desserts, priced at around $5,000 to $10,000 respectively. Recipes include chocolate, vanilla, sour apple, watermelon and cherry. The designs look like they’ve been pulled from Willy Wonka’s science class, with intricate multicolored octahedrons and dodecahedrons filling clear glass containers.

Check out a gorgeous close up snapped by Cool Material:

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Here’s a Little Boy Ingesting His First Atomic Warhead, Subsequently Does the Harlem Shake

Considering my affinity for sour candy, watching a 3-year-old consume his first Atomic Warhead candy warms my heart in a way drinking hot cocoa in a cabin in the woods in the midst of a winter storm could never do.

With that in mind, here’s a video of a young boy named Brayden eating his first Atomic Warhead. According to the YouTube video’s description, the family of the boy “warned him it was super sour, but he wanted to eat it anyway.” Of course, cute sour faces will ensue, followed by some curious dance moves as he realizes the worst of the sour pain is over:

(h/t HuffPo)


Candy and Toilets: Sour Flush

As a rule of thumb, you should never eat anything that’s coming out of the inside of a toilet and you should definitely avoid eating said substance off of a toilet plunger. I think, however, this product is probably the one and only exception to this rule.

Sour Flush candies are in the same vein as Baby Bottle Pops, only instead of a candy rubber nipple, it’s a candy rubber plunger and instead dipping into a baby bottle, you’re dipping into the bowels of a plastic toilet. You can choose from Sour Apple, Blue Raspberry or Watermelon flavors. Bon appetit FOODBEASTs!

($2 @ Neatoshop/$14.25 for a 12-pack @ Amazon)


Comparable pH Levels: Battery Acid and Sour Candy

When I was younger, my parents always told me, “Candy will rot your teeth!” Using the best deductive reasoning a precocious five-year-old could muster, I came to the conclusion that couldn’t be true. I mean, how could something that tastes so good corrode me from the inside out? Again, I was five so that logic seemed pretty sound at the time. It wasn’t until much later down the line that I learned that virtually everything that tastes good is bad for you. Apparently, that sentiment is most true when it comes to sour candies.

Your teeth’s enamel starts to wear away when you start munching on anything more acidic than a 4 on the pH scale. To give you some comparison, water has an acidity of 7 and battery acid is at a 1 on the pH scale. The acidity of your average candy of even the mildest of tangingess start around a 3 to a 2.5 of the pH scale, and I’m not talking about the really sour stuff here, I’m talking about Skittles and your typical gummy bear.

The insane thing here is that some of the heavy hitting sour candies like Wonka Fun Dip powder and Altoid Sours  measure up around a 1.8 and 1.9, respectively. WarHeads Sour Spray tops the charts with a 1.6 pH level, a mere 0.6 pH away from battery acid.

I feel like what my parents said to me all those years ago should have been amended to “(Sour) candy will rot your teeth!” At least then, the advice they gave me would have been more accurate when I chose to ignore it.

(via Gizmodo)


Caffeinated Nixie Tubes

A sour powder candy with a caffeinated boost. Each tube comes complete with 200mg of caffeine and 8g of powder. Comes in 5 different flavors: cherry, lemon/lime, fruit punch, watermelon, and blue raspberry. The recommended consumption method, other than just pouring the entire tube down your throat, is pouring the contents of the tube under your tongue and letting it dissolve; swishing it around in your mouth; savoring the flavor and then feeling the buzz; and then swallow. Sounds like another substance that’s a little less legal…($7.99 @ ThinkGeek)

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    Craving: Jolly Rancher Screaming Sours

    I had a full bag of these gummy sour delights last week following a trip to Fry’s Electronics with my buddy Marc. Little did I know I consumed the better half of 1,000 calories in the bag I took on, but, it was 1,000 calories well worth it. The flavors pictured above are the wondrous Apple, Cherry, Orange and Watermelon, each more luscious than the next. If you don’t have a Fry’s Electronics near you, you can pick some up direct from the CandyWarehouse.