Confectionery Roundup: Waiting an hour for hot chocolate; a sour candy a day keeps the anxiety away; and committing the horrific crime of...posting food photos?

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LOS ANGELES , January 19, 2024 () –

The latest in what's going on in the world of confectionery:

The hot chocolate that's also a tourist attraction

Would you wait in line outside for over an hour in freezing temperatures just to get a cup of hot chocolate? That's what locals and tourists alike are doing to get a cup of cocoa at Glace by Noglu, an ice cream shop on New York's Upper East Side.

Glace by Noglu recently sold a record 1,200 hot chocolate in one day, despite the cost being upwards of $10. So why so popular? Because there's nothing ordinary about this hot chocolate!

To start, the beverage comes in such flavors as s’mores, crème brûlée, peppermint and cookies ‘n’ cream. The cups are first decked with a fire roasted marshmallow rim, then filled with hot chocolate and topped with a scoop of homemade marshmallow fluff or a scoop of ice cream.

Sounds like a hot chocolate worth waiting an hour for.

The primary source of this information is The New York Post.

Latest prescription for panic attacks: Sour candy

There's a lot of medications out there meant to combat anxiety and panic attacks. But if you need something cheaper and more readily available, try a sour candy.

That's according to Jason Singh, MD, a physician in Virginia, in a TikTok post that has 1.4 million views.

“Popping a sour Warhead at the first sign of anxiety or panic attack, as a doctor, I can tell you this actually works really well and I’ve shared it with a lot of my patients,” Singh said.

Singh explained that the sour candy helps because the taste of something intensely sour diverts attention away from the panic attack. As the taste buds get engaged by the overpowering flavor, this sensory experience disrupts feelings of anxiety, he added.

Singh may be right, but it might be best to seek a second opinion.

The primary source of this information is Everyday Health.

Crime dosen't pay...even if you're just posting food photos

Several crimes in Virginia are considered misdemeanors. Crimes like driving under the influence, assault and battery, and perhaps the most dangerous crime of all:

Advertising food on social media without a permit.

Richmond-area cake pop maker Kelly Phillips found this out the hard way recently. Right before Thanksgiving, Phillips prepared a batch to sell at a holiday market featuring local handmade goods. On her KP’s Kake Pops Facebook page, Phillips posted a photo of her kitchen counter filled with an assortment of cake pops.

It sounds innocent. Except it's not, according to state law. On Dec. 1, a food safety official informed Phillips she was operating her cake pop venture without a necessary permit from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Failure to rectify the situation, the official said, could lead to a misdemeanor charge.

Phillips was told she was violating the rules on uninspected products by having a booth at a craft show instead of a farmers market and by promoting her cake pops and other goods on social media.

Don't do the "crime" if you can't do the time.

The primary source of this information is Virginia Mercury.


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