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No, they haven’t got the copy wrong. This week in Amsterdam, Kit Kat are offering free No Wifi Zones in Amsterdam – echoing their ‘Have a break…’ campaign message. Customers in the designated zones are unable to use WiFi as the signal is blocked within a five-metre radius, with the aim of encouraging real conversations and a less stressful, work-free environment.
From mobiles to tablets, being connected has become the norm – especially in high-tech urban environments. While convenient, the ‘always-on’ life can be stressful, leaving some users addicted to their gadgets. Offering an escape from the digital world is a clever way to connect with busy people – especially those with a fondness for Kit Kats.
A lipstick-shaped aerosol that sprays particles of dark chocolate into the mouth is being hailed as the next big thing for calorie-conscious consumers. (Many tx Natasha)
David Edwards, the Harvard professor who invented the spray, says that it only takes “a touch of chocolate” to satisfy our tastebuds. “When you breathe the chocolate into your mouth, it dissolves immediately. Le Whif is a new approach to eating – by breathing.”
What’s up? Lonely? Homesick? Flunked an exam? Whatever the diagnosis, Happy Pills has your prescription. This candy store in Barcelona is the ideal place to get a little pick-me-up (cheers Emma).
Choose the size of your medicine bottle, fill it with candy and pick your prescription for anything from a ‘bad hair day’ to an ‘unintentional bout of celibacy’. Happy Pills never tasted so good.
Billed as a ‘farmstead confectionery’, Vermont’s Big Picture Farms is dedicated to blending the sweet creamy goodness of goat milk into candy. As founder Louisa Conrad explains, the short fatty acid chains found in goat’s milk make for a smoother taste in their caramels. Conrad runs the business with her husband Lucas Farrell – both trained artists who have since turned to goat farming, cheese-making and confections.
Big Picture’s secret touch seems to lie in their relationship with their goats. Each has a name and a personality to match, and the spoiled herd changes pastures daily for better grazing. Due to variations in the goats’ breed and diet, the art of the caramel comes from Conrad’s ability to blend milks from different animals in order to get the desired taste. For the packaging, Conrad draws portraits of the goats and Farrell works it into the label.
3D printing has taken a sweet new turn with the development of the ‘Choc Creator 1’ – a printer that creates custom 3D treats. Designed by Choc Edge (headed by Dr Liang Hao from the University of Exeter), the printer will begin retailing on ebay for £2,500.
Dr Hao also has plans to extend his chocolate experiments into cyberspace with a chocolate-oriented website. He explains, “Chocolate has a lot of social purpose, so our intention is to develop a community and share the designs, ideas and experiences about it.”
Watch the Choc Creator in action: