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A Trail of Candy

Friday, May 6th, 2011 by benjamin

I love this photo. Other than being appealing simply because it is delicious fruity jelly candy, it has a shallow depth of field and enough in the foreground to give context to the main image.It also uses the rule of thirds, just like last week’s photo. In addition, the human element is what makes this photo great. It gives us a sense of what it might be like to eat a long trail of candy like the guy in the picture is doing.

Food eat

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A Taste of Home in Every Bite

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 by benjamin

Nude Photo Shoot with GumFor those of you who are keeping up, researching the new guy here, and cyber stalking me, you already know that I once took a trip to Thailand to become a Buddhist monk. It was a heck of an exciting trip to take for many reasons. However, it was not all fun and games, not that you likely expect a lot of fun and games in a Buddhist monastery. I experienced a good bit of loneliness and culture shock there, even though I was among friends and knew a good bit about the culture I was in.

Something that helped me out was chewing gum. No, I am not making this up. I had gum for my plane ride and took to having some from time to time as a reminder of home. It was easy to find in the country, as almost every town had a 7-11, Lotte, or other convenience store. It reminded me of where I came from and gave me a little taste of home, something to savor among the sing-song syllables of a foreign land. It grounded me and made me feel a bit less lost during my stay.

Have you ever had a particular taste that reminded you of home?

Photo Friday: The Beauty of Candy

Friday, April 29th, 2011 by benjamin

Candy sure can be pretty! When I was a kid I always wanted to get one of these giant lollipops. It seemed like it might last me all week, and possibly into the next.

What I like about this photo most, other than it shows someone obviously enjoying candy, is the composition. The photographer uses the rule of thirds, placing the subject off-center. In addition, the subject is looking into the empty two thirds of the photo. The angle of her body creates some diagonal lines, which go counter to the lines created by the direction of her eyes. This all works together to create a sense of motion, even in what is effectively a still life. Finally, the darkness of the photo really makes the candy colors pop.

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056/365 *25,02 Ще се повтаряме

Photo by Sofi Kaleva.

Peeps: The Taste of Springtime

Friday, April 15th, 2011 by benjamin

I don’t know if it’s just me, but Springtime tastes a bit like marshmallow Peeps, at least in my mind. It’s hard to separate the two, since my childhood Easter memories are permanently intertwined with these little bits of deliciousness.

I love this photo because of the off-center placement of the Peeps, in addition to the combination of colors. Yellow and blue go together when set off by green, at least in this picture. Beautiful Girlfriend would tell me that they complement each other or supplement or something. She’s a real artist and knows this stuff. Plus she brings a whole palette of springtime colors to my day every time I see her. unfortunately, she doesn’t care for Peeps as much as I do, which I guess means more for me. If that’s not complementary, I don’t know what is!

Good job on the photo, Sofia, and enjoy the taste of Springtime!

happy couple

History of the Chocolate Bunny and Where to Start Eating

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 by benjamin

Chocolate bunny - April 12According to Gourmet Live, the first American chocolate bunny was made in the mid-1840s by Whitman, but the fad did not catch on until they were mass-produced and marketed in 1916 by Bortz. The tradition of chocolate bunnies started in Germany in the early 1800s, though. Probably they were more like sinewy, gangly hares than soft cute bunnies, though.

Whatever the history, you can’t deny that they are an Easter classic. How do you eat them? Ears first or feet first? Back in the day when I worked at NCA we had quite a lively office debate on the topic. I still eat them feet first. You don’t want the little guy scampering off. But tell us your method and reasoning. I think of the ears as a perfect handle to get the cute little feet taken care of but some say that’s the wrong way.

Bunny by dearbarbie.

Photo Friday: Gum Drops

Friday, April 8th, 2011 by benjamin

I love gum drops and love how they look.This was a staple flavor of my childhood – gumdrops and other jelly candies, since my father had a special affinity for them. Even today I can count on a candy jar filled with spice drops or gum drops when I make the trek to Pennsylvania for a visit.

What I really like about this picture is the shallow depth of field, including the very intense magnification of the sugar crystals, showing a crust of sweetness – a crystalline exoskeleton -  above the soft jelly interior. This photographer really nailed it in making this picture. other eye-appealing elements include the rule of thirds, diagonal lines and a variety of colors. Good job, Ana G.R.!

Candy

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For the Love of Candy

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 by benjamin

SnickersI recently shared a mango drink with a coworker and we got on the subject of sweet treats, talking about what we like as an occasional snack. She said her favorite was Snickers, one of my favorites as well. One thing I loved about working in the candy industry was the passion people have for their favorite sweets. It’s not just a preference, but a real love. My friend who was talking about Snickers rolled her eyes up as she talked about it, as if she were looking into the gates of heaven itself. Her joy, even from the discussion, was plain to see.

Candy makes us happy. It gives us a little sweetness for our day, a little joy that either picks us up or amplifies our good vibes. Because candy is so pleasing, the sensation gets stored in part of our brains that processes emotions, or at least seems to. Don’t believe me about that connection? Go talk to someone about their favorite candy. I’m no psychologist; I just know people and candy.

Snickers by Leonid Mamchenkov.

Candy for my Easter Party

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by benjamin

Chá de BebêYes, I am thinking about having an Easter party this year. In the past that would have been a no-go, but this year I am open to change and thinking that maybe I will give it a whirl. After all, my seersucker suit and red bow tie missed a whole season of use last year, as I whiled away the time with other matters.

I like this photo because it shows a neat way to incorporate Easter candy into a party favor arrangement. I like the little jars with pink ribbon. I don’t know if I would do that myself, since probably my Easter party will be less, well, frilly, because I am a guy, but I think it is done well here. This is an easy way to make candy party favors.

Want to come over and help Beautiful Girlfriend and me carve a giant ham? We will have sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping too (maybe even circus peanut topping if BG isn’t watching too closely), if that suits your taste more than green beans do.

Candy by rodrigoturco.

Easter Chocolates: Not Just for Easter Breakfast

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 by benjamin

Little known fact: Easter candy consumed while no one is looking contains zero calories.When I was a kid my brother and I ate almost nothing but candy, especially the yummy Easter chocolates probably until about mid-afternoon when our mother made us put down the sweet stuff in exchange for a plate of ham or something. Really? Trade chocolate for ham? Who wants to do that? One thing I always wanted to see in my Easter basket was one of those giant chocolate bunnies like the woman in the photo has. I practically dreamt of devouring one of those, eating it feet first so it couldn’t hop away.

That would have been awesome. Maybe Mom will read this and know what to send me. Despite my age, I would still accept an Easter basket if anyone offered. Yes, that’s a hint. Maybe Jon will send me some candy.

Photo by Theresa Thompson.

Photo Friday: Easter Candy and Shoes

Friday, March 18th, 2011 by benjamin

I saw this photo in the Candy Favorites Flickr Group and was captivated by the colors. Beautiful job! I am a sucker for colors like this, as well as Easter candy. It all makes me wonder whether the shoes are as good as the jelly beans, marshmallow rope and candy-coated chocolates.

Is it lunch time yet? I am ready for a daily dose of sweet stuff!

Melissa