Making candy canes by hand is a mesmerizing process

One of my favorite things: seeing the process of how things are made from things I've never ever wondered how they get made. Take for instance this awesome hand made candy cane, which starts as dark and yellow sugar goop that looks unrecognizable. » 12/19/14 12:25am 12/19/14 12:25am

Why Sugar Doesn’t Spoil

Two foods are left out on the counter – fresh tomatoes and a bowl of sugar. Within a week or so, one will develop black spots and the other remains pristine, albeit perhaps a little clumpy depending on the humidity of the air. But why? » 11/17/14 6:15am 11/17/14 6:15am

Something Amazing Happens When You Chill Sugar Cubes in Liquid Nitrgoen

It's not something most people would stumble across. But Mikhail Svarichevsky has found that sugarcubes glow bright green in UV light when they've been dunked in liquid nitrogen. » 10/24/14 5:30am 10/24/14 5:30am

Burning artificial sweeteners releases some bizarre shooting webs

Our favorite destroyer of objects, the red hot nickel ball, is back. This time it's torching artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Sweet N' Low and Truvia. Splenda and Sweet N' Low put up honorable fights but essentially caramelizes. Truvia, however, starts shooting out these weird spider web looking things when burned. » 10/10/14 12:29am 10/10/14 12:29am

What Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Doing to Our Bodies?

They're what stimulate your sweet tooth without adding girth to your waistline; they give diet colas and sugar-free snacks a saccharine kick without the consequences. At least that's the idea. But these sweeteners have been the subject of hoaxes and misinformation for years, slowly discrediting their wondrous health… » 10/08/14 2:35pm 10/08/14 2:35pm

Boiling Coca-Cola turns the soda into this gross black goopy tar

The delicious diabetes drink commonly known as soda is a true scientific wonder. We know it's crap but we love it anyway. CrazyRussianHacker wanted to show just how much crap (and sugar) is in one bottle of Coke so he boiled out all the water in the soda to see what was leftover. The refreshing soda becomes this… » 6/03/14 10:45pm 6/03/14 10:45pm

A Tequila Sweetener Could Help Reduce Diabetes and Obesity

Tequila is the answer to many of life's problems—and now, a sweetener made from the stuff might just be the answer to our diabetes and obesity pandemics, too. » 3/20/14 9:20am 3/20/14 9:20am

The Truth About Aspartame and Your Health

A quick online search of Aspartame will provide you with numerous opinions about this artificial sweetener. Some claim it causes things like cancer, seizures, multiple sclerosis, lupus, memory problems and brain tumors. Just about every governmental organization in the world, regulating food products, have deemed it… » 2/27/14 7:15am 2/27/14 7:15am

The Climbing Walls In This Former Sugar Factory Look Like Candy Heaven

The industrial silhouette of a former sugar refinery in Montréal has gotten a pretty sweet makeover, being transformed into a fully-equipped climbing gym. Now, Allez-Up's sky-high ceilings house faceted white walls studded with colorful holds, like bits of candy in a saccharine mine. » 2/25/14 5:20pm 2/25/14 5:20pm

3D Printed Sugar Is Intricately Beautiful

Forget medical applications and guns: when 3D printing is this beautiful, I don't care if the result is only good for sweetening my coffee. » 7/18/13 5:39am 7/18/13 5:39am

How Much Sugar Really Is in Food?

Sugar is sweet, sugar is delicious, sugar is lovely but sugar can be so terribly bad for you. How much sugar is in foods and drinks you love? Like a soda or orange juice or cereal or even baked beans? Sugar is everywhere! That white cocaine powder adds up. BuzzFeed made a video visualizing the actual grams of sugar… » 4/05/13 9:00pm 4/05/13 9:00pm

Boeing's Concept SUGAR Plane Plugs In Like a Prius

In November of 2011, American commercial airlines consumed 48.3 million gallons of fuel—every day—and paid a total of $49.8 billion that month to do so. And with increasingly tight operating budgets, fuel efficiency has quickly become a primary concern for the airlines. Boeing thinks one possible solution is its new… » 12/26/12 12:00pm 12/26/12 12:00pm

What Would Happen If Those Coca-Cola Polar Bears Really Drank Soda?

I once loved everything about soda. Its amazing refreshing ability, its sweetness, its bubbles—it was magic in liquid form. But of course it came with the cost of ridiculous amounts of sugar and calories. So I cut back. But for people who don't cut back on soda? Watch out. Here's what would happen if those cute… » 10/10/12 8:20pm 10/10/12 8:20pm

Sugar Could Charge up Gadgets Just Like it Gives a Jolt to Kids

Lithium-ion batteries are the most common technology powering modern devices. But lithium itself is a rare metal that's hard to come by, and countries that have to import it are developing alternatives. In Japan, researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have discovered a way to make a sodium-ion battery that … » 9/24/12 10:00am 9/24/12 10:00am

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Really Bad for You?

One minute you read that high fructose corn syrup is making America fat. The next, you see a commercial in which happy people laugh at anyone who'd be foolish enough to think that corn could be bad for you. » 3/08/12 2:00pm 3/08/12 2:00pm

7 Tools to Keep That Sugar High Going

It's November 1st, which means you're going to have to wait an entire year for the opportunity to dress up like a serial killer and harass your neighbors for free candy, without police intervention. In the meantime, here are seven gadgets to satiate your sweet tooth and keep that sugar high going. » 11/01/11 4:35pm 11/01/11 4:35pm

Scientists in Sugar Shock After Finding Sucrose Doesn't Melt

Researchers and confectioners alike have known for years about sugar's finicky melting point, but have always attributed it to either impurities or their equipment. University of Illinois scientists, however, have discovered that the real reason is because sugar doesn't melt, it decomposes. » 7/26/11 5:20pm 7/26/11 5:20pm

The Real-World Bitcoin Business Is (Kind of) Booming

Bitcoin is everyone's favorite made-up digital money, sure. But whadya know? Turns out there are plenty of legitimate brick-and-mortar shops out there that are ready to conduct awkward-yet-satisfying bitcoin transactions with you in the flesh. Have a look: » 6/30/11 3:30pm 6/30/11 3:30pm