The Result Was The Sweetest, Most Schizophrenic Dessert Ive Eaten In Years.

After my first visit to iDessert, I dont know what to think. The high-concept dessert spot is the brainchild of French pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury , architect of the worlds largest chocolate fountain. iPads give you a chance to mull over your custom dessert recipe. The name reflects a modern era ordering system specifically, a row of iPads loaded with a custom app allowing great flexibility in designing a dessert the likes of which youve never seen: a meringue or chocolate shell encapsulating a bed of cake and cream topped by gelato or sorbet, filled with a mixture of candied fruit, nuts, and/or candy. You get a variety of options for each of the seven ingredients comprising the thing: 20 different shells ranging from fruity to nutty, at least eight kinds of ice cream, and five cakes, including a gluten-free option. Youll find plenty of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and coffee flavors. Fully loaded, itll cost about eight or nine bucks. For an extra $1.50, you get it in a Vegas Bowl, outfitted with dry ice so your dessert comes with a built-in smoke machine. I like to think I can sum up most pictures in less than a thousand words, but my hubris does not extend to this creation you must check the photos to believe it. While you mostly just see that outer shell, each of these 20 or so crusts features different aesthetic flourishes, whether crumbs, sprinkles, or hard candies. Squeeze the ball to unleash some sweet sauce, then crack the whole thing open with the chisel-ended spoon. The sauce is contained in a plastic eyedropper-like device that slides into a hole at the top of the shell, allowing you the option to squeeze the sweet goo inside or drizzle it around the outside. Either way, a hard plastic spoon with a chisel for a handle must be used to crack open the shell to get at the assortment of fillings. My rookie mistake designing a dessert was trying not to repeat any flavors. So I wound up with a pistachio shell, chocolate cake, vanilla cream, strawberry sorbet, blueberry compote, and caramel sauce. Image by Katherine Kim Dry ice fuels the showiness of the Vegas Bowl. The result was the sweetest, most schizophrenic dessert Ive eaten in years. Im not complaining, but had I to do it over I would more carefully craft along the lines of chocolate peanut butter caramel, or strawberry vanilla nut, or some other complementary blend of two or three base flavors, max. Where I can complain is the amount of plastic involved. Between the serving dish, plastic dripper, spoon, and Vegas bowl shell, this gaudy dessert is not eco-kind. Still, as a date location or family treat, the novelty of iDessert goes a long way in reconciling the goofiness of its name.

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Liz Earnest Said She Thinks The Candy Apple Team Is On To Something Special With Its New Venture.

Husband-and-wife team Alan and Ellen Cottrill and mother-daughter duo say for about a decade, they have envisioned opening a restaurant that blends great food with social interaction. Featuring sharable plates and customer-chef interactions, their concept is akin to the dinner-club format the four food lovers enjoyed for years. The monthly themed gatherings featured a five-course small-plate dinner experience in a cocktail party environment and allowed their social circles to intersect. As the Cottrills and Earnests explored their idea further, they began to fancy the notion of setting up chefs tables and having butler-passed appetizers. They came up with the idea to have their customers ring in the weekends with an eatery-wide champagne toast every Friday afternoon. It would be the ultimate place in Jacksonville to socialize to hobnob, so to speak. By late fall, the Cottrills and Earnests longstanding concept, HOBNOB, will open above Unity Plaza at 220 Riverside, an upscale apartment community buoyed by retail stores, restaurants, programmed activities and Unity Park. From the very first dinner club, we said, One day this is going to be a restaurant. And now, here we are, Ellen Cottrill said. The venture deliberately aims to delve beyond the Candy Apple collaboration by merging the partners varied talents, business backgrounds and social interests. Although Candy Apple has been wonderfully successful, the Candy Apple theme is definitely tied to being next to Sweet Petes gourmet chocolate and candy store, Ellen Cottrill said. HOBNOB represents us its our personality coming through, she said. Liz Earnest said she thinks the Candy Apple team is on to something special with its new venture. We want to draw wonderful, inspired and fun people who love trying new foods to our restaurant, she said. Our ideal customers (will) want to celebrate with friends, flirt with new foods, smile, laugh and leave full. HOBNOB will serve lunch and dinner daily; the bar will offer craft cocktails, beer and wine. The 4,560-square-foot, 200-seat gathering spot is expected to employ about 40 people, including about 25 part-timers. Planning and design are being finalized, and construction has just begun. The owners would not provide the projects budget or specifics about the menu, which is being developed under the concept of global inspirations with local intentions. Liz Earnest said they are moving away from the Southern fare at Candy Apple and getting a bit more adventurous with this menu. The restaurants culinary team will be led by Jamey Evoniuk, Candy Apples executive chef, who Alan Cottrill said is especially skilled at simplifying sophisticated food. The HOBNOB business plans finalization was spurred by the development of Unity Plaza as a community-centric, urban gathering spot with daily programmed activities including free yoga classes, art demonstrations and amphitheater concerts. In September, Philadelphia celebrity chef Kevin Sbraga is scheduled to open Sbraga and Company next to HOBNOBs space. Sbraga won the seventh season of Top Chef. In recent years, the HOBNOB teams vacations to places like San Diego and Philadelphia have been parlayed as business trips, during which theyve acquired ideas that build upon their original concept. As it turns out, coming up with the name HOBNOB which deliberately has all capital letters, but is not an acronym was a project, in itself. We really wanted the name to capture the identity of the space, of the concept, and of us, because we feel like this restaurant is an extension of who we are, Jennifer Earnest said. It is a place for diners to come and elevate their spirit, palate and mood by rubbing elbows with friends. The business partners say that they arent sure whats next after HOBNOB. The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in all of us, so, you never know, Ellen Cottrill said.

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For Some People, A Summer Fair Means A Chance To Try Their Luck At A Game On The Midway And Enjoy Some Cotton Candy.

Among the summer traditions are the county fairs, and all three area counties Isabella, Gratiot and Clare — have hosted their annual fairs. For some people, a summer fair means a chance to try their luck at a game on the midway and enjoy some cotton candy. For others, the summer fairs are a highlight of their year and a culmination of months of hard work. Open categories allow those who arent in 4-H to show off their work too. There are rabbits. There are cats. There are cattle. There are goats. And that is just a list of a few of the categories. Youths learn important skills as they raise their animals and prepare to show them. They learn what the animal needs, how to handle it, and how to show it. Above all, these youths are learning self-confidence, responsibility and what it means to follow a project through from beginning to end. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes before that one week when its on display for the public. Its not just the youths who deserve some credit. Adult volunteers and 4-H leaders also give of their time and talents. Its been a busy summer. We hope these hard-working youths have gained some memories that will last a lifetime.

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Hershey Lost $99.9 Million, Or 47 Cents Per Share, Compared With Profit Of $168.2 Million Or 75 Cents Per Share, A Year Prior.

Associated Press North America is being pressured as well. Sales rose 1.8 percent versus the same period last year, but volume is down. The company cut its full-year sales outlook again. It now expects an increase of between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent, from its June guidance of between 2.5 percent and 3.5 percent. It projected an adjusted profit of $4.30 to $4.38 per share, excluding charges. Hershey lost $99.9 million, or 47 cents per share, compared with profit of $168.2 million or 75 cents per share, a year prior. Revenue remained flat at $1.58 billion. Excluding certain acquisition and other costs, the company earned 78 cents per share. That topped Wall Street expectations, with analysts surveyed by Zack’s Investment Research expecting 74 cents per share in profit. But, those same analysts expected $1.62 billion in revenue. Sales rose just under 2 percent in North America to about $1.4 billion, but international sales were dragged down by the stronger U.S. dollar and continued weakness in China. During the previous quarter, the company also cited weak sales in China as a drag to overall revenue. The company ramped up marketing because of poor sales through Chinese New Year. Discounts and advertising costs cut into profit. The company’s board of directors announced a quarterly dividend of 58.3 cents per share on the common stock and 53 cents per share on the Class B common stock, payable September 15 to stockholders of record as of August 25.

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The Candy (and Dispensers) Were First Introduced To U.s.

Hollywood has officially run out of ideas. Theres going to be a Pezmovie. The Three Stooges and Brothers in Law screenwriter Cameron Fay will reportedly pen a script for an animated feature based on the famous candy dispensers (and the chalky candy they dispense, one would think). According to Deadline , PezCandy Inc. has entered into an agreement with Envision Media Arts (EMA) to develop the film, which is expected to bea self-aware meta-comedy that pokes fun at its ownridiculous premise. Related: Emojis are moving off your phone and onto the big screen in new animated film The Pezmovie will be produced byLee Nelson (Pathfinder) and David Buelow (Celeste & Jesse Forever). EMAs most recent project is the upcoming dramaHenry Joseph Church, starring Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson. Pez Candy is beloved by children and adults alike, said EMA CEO and founder Lee Nelson in a statement accompanying the announcement. With Cameron Fay weve created a world unique to Pezand a story that will touch the hearts of many. First introduced 88 years ago in Austria, Pezcandy and its signature dispensers featuring various characters heads are now sold in more than 80 countries, with the dispensers becominga popular collectible due to the wide variety of licensed properties that have adorned them over the years. The candy (and dispensers) were first introduced to U.S. markets approximately 50 years ago, and caught on like wildfire. Over 3 billion PEZ candies are now consumed in the U.S. each year, and everything from DC and Marvel comics characters to NASCAR drivers and the rock band KISS have been featured as PEZ dispensers. Theres no word on what sort of story a Pezmovie will follow, but given that weve already seen plans for a movie about emojis move forward, anything is possible at this point. Basically, we should all brace ourselves forTwizzlers: The Movie. Its only a matter of time. Get our Top Stories delivered to your inbox:

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If Youre Feeling Super Crazy/stoned, You Can Squirt Chocolate Syrup On Your Cereal.

Maybe you want a sweet treat before you lay your head down to sleep. But maybe you want something more substantialnot just the goodnight kiss of a morsel of chocolate, but what Taco Bell has accurately termed/branded the fourth meal. Thankfully for us all, I recently discovered a solution. The solution is: cereal for dessert. Where normally people eat cereal for breakfast, I find that it works best as a nightcap. At once, you can finish the night on a sweet note without resorting to freezer-burned ice cream, while also putting something substantial in your stomach that isnt an actual entire meal. A bowl of 11:30 p.m. Frosted Flakes, for instance, checks both boxes. On many nights, I dont even want anything that sweet so Ill just eat a bowl of Crispix. The presence of dairy alone is enough to trick my mind into thinking Im eating dessert. If youre feeling super crazy/stoned, you can squirt chocolate syrup on your cereal. If youre feeling super duper crazy/stoned, you can bend further towards dessert by placing a scoop of ice cream in a shallow pool of milk and then dropping cereal into the bowl. Its hard to fuck with a classic. But cereal for dessert is better, and its right there waiting for you. Were all the heroes of our own lives. [art by Jim Cooke]

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“so Who’s To Say We Shouldn’t Appreciate Food?

Associated Press “Everything in moderation is one of the Christian concepts, I think,” said Sister Cecelia. “So who’s to say we shouldn’t appreciate food? God made us to love food.” Even the sisters’ humility comes in moderation: They freely advertise their cheesecakes as “heavenly.” Though the sisters’ mastery of cheese fillings and cookie-crumb crusts is novel, the idea of nuns and monks selling their handiwork the sisters’ larger cheesecakes can sell for more than $40 is not. Contemporary monasteries could easily stock a first-rate boutique with the likes of lip balm, chocolate bourbon fudge, greeting cards, herbal liqueur, gouda cheese and scented candles. The nearby monks of New Skete train dogs and breed German shepherds. On a recent baking day, the nuns tied kerchiefs on their heads before cutting into pillow-sized hunks of cream cheese, melting chocolate chips on a stove top, mixing the thick batter and pouring it into circular forms. Sister Patricia, 82, loaded the unbaked cakes into the wide mouth of an oven fitted with five shelves that rotate like a Ferris wheel. Each of the roughly 220 cheesecakes came out of the oven that day only after she eyed each one carefully. “You make 220 decisions on whether the cakes are baked,” said Sister Patricia. “You get used to it, but you do need to know the look of each flavor, they look different. And if you leave them too long, they crack.” The five nuns of New Skete (two more are in a nearby nursing home) live communally in a monastery near the Vermont state line under the aegis of the Orthodox Church in America. The youngest is 64 and some of them, like Sisters Cecelia and Patricia, have spent their adult lives as nuns. The roots of the cheesecake business here go back to 1969, when five Roman Catholic nuns from Indiana searched for a less cloistered life in a new monastery. They ended up in Cambridge near like-minded monks and began looking for ways to earn money. They cleaned houses, worked at the local hospital and did upholstery work. One of the nuns, Sister Magdalene, had a talent for baking and in the mid ’70s tried selling cheesecakes to local restaurants. The cheesecakes were such a hit they added a bakery in 1983. Baking of the 4-pound cakes is now done one or two days a week, depending on the season. The nuns sell their cheesecakes online, at the monastery and deliver to some stores in the region like Delmar Marketplace near Albany, where co-owner Christine McCarroll said sales pick up during holidays.

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Mitchell Field, Route 123, Harpswell.

HARPSWELL BANDSTAND BY THE SEA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, 6-8p.m. Located in George J. Mitchell Field, Route 123, Harpswell. Featuring the Harpswell Concert Band. Free. Thursday evenings all summer long. BATH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, 6p.m., Library park, 33 Summer St., Bath. General admission is $20, with students and seniors paying $15 and children 12 and under pay $5. DENNY & ANN BREAU, 7p.m., Drummore Bay Concert Hall, 516 Main Rd., Phippsburg. 446-7199. $15. drummorebayconcerthall.com. FRI/24 MISCELLANEOUS FREEPORT COMMUNITY MARKET, 1- 5p.m. at the L.L. Bean Flagship Stores Moose parking lot. Fresh, locally grown produce, specialty foods and quality handmade goods. Running every Friday afternoon.

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When Caitlyn Shows Off A Little Black Tom Ford Dress, Kim Says That Her Mothercaitlyns Ex-wife Krishas The Same One In Chocolate Brown.

I hope I get it right, she sighs. I Am Cait (July 26 on E!), very un-Kardashians-like in its earnestness, is always conscious of its dual purpose: its a personal story played out for an audience of millions, on behalf of a much larger community. The premiere episode is emotional but controlled, much like Jenners carefully media-managed coming-out, from her Diane Sawyer primetime interview to the sultry cover of Vanity Fair magazine to her heart-tugging acceptance of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN. But at its most affecting its about something that cant be massaged and mediated: a woman trying to live an honest life with her family, trying to close the decades-long distance between her self-image and her self presentation. In a way, Esther is as important to the opening hour as her daughter, serving as a surrogate for viewers new to transgender issues. At 89, she turns out to be open and willing to adapt. She has trouble with the pronounsHes a very good-looking woman, she says at firstbut she wrestles with the complexities by holding to the simple fact that her child remains her child. I loved him with all my heart, she says, and I certainly love her with all my heart. Its not easy for her, nor is it easy for Caitlynherself, after all, a senior citizen whos spent a lifetime absorbing gender assumptions even as she chafed against them. But Caitlyn, who could come across awkward and guarded as Bruce on Keeping Upliving a secret, she says, made her an isolationistnow seems comfortable, free and funny. Now I know why girls need a sports bra! she exclaims while playing tennis with her sister. The lighter moments in I Am Cait come via drop-ins from the extended Jenner-Kardashian clan. Caitlyn gets green hair extensions from daughter Kylie; later, stepdaughter Kim Kardashian stops by with celebrigod husband Kanye West, to consult on Caitlyns wardrobe. When Caitlyn shows off a little black Tom Ford dress, Kim says that her motherCaitlyns ex-wife Krishas the same one in chocolate brown. Its service for Keeping Up fans, but it also serves I Am Caits theme of presenting transition not as a tragedy but an opportunity. Of course, as Caitlyn acknowledges, shes been privileged. Most people transitioning dont have a stylist to prepare them to greet their mothers. (I dont think I can be too much in la femme mode, Caitlyn says.) Most dont have Diane Von Furstenberg sending them couture outfits, or get messages from the head of Twitter that their new accounts may hit a million followers faster than President Obamas. So I Am Cait builds in a sense of mission beyond its star subject. (The show comes from Keeping Up maker Bunim/Murray Productions, whose The Real World introduced MTV audiences to activist Pedro Zamora, one of the first gay men with AIDS portrayed in primetime.) The premiere announces itself with an Armistead Maupin quoteThe world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their livesand ends with Jenner visiting the mother of Kyler Prescott, a 14-year-old transgender boy who committed suicide in May. At times the tone can be stiff and cautious, like a public-service announcement. But its a service nonetheless, lending celebritys un-turnoffable megaphone to the voiceless, especially kids. Thats different from TLCs I Am Jazz , which simply hands the microphone directly to one of those trans kids.

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He Is Small, Old, Bearded, And Wears A Red Cap, Much Like Santa Claus.

As a result, Christmas has a blended past that marries pagan traditions with religious observances andtodaycommercial practices. Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas, with his red suit and jolly demeanor also has a bit of a mixed origin. He is a combination of the Dutch Sinterklaas and the British Father Christmasboth of whom appear to be rooted in the real life Saint Nicholas of Myra. Nicholas of Myra was a saint and a Bishop with a reputation for secret gift giving. He was known for putting coins in shoes left out for him, and one legend has him throwing bags of gold coins through the window of a poor man’s home to help provide a dowry for his three daughters, saving them from prostitution. The tradition of Saint Nicholas’ Day (Dec. 6) spread to many countries, and on the eve of this festivity which marks Saint Nicholas’ death, presents are exchanged. The Dutch Sinterklaas appears to make the distinction between good and bad children (although in practice, all children receive gifts). He has a helper named Zwarte Piet, whose black skin has made him a source of controversy in recent years. His role is primarily to punish bad children by taking them away in a sack. Tradition requires that children leave their shoes by the fireplace with some hay or a carrot for Sinterklaas’ horse, and in return he leaves them chocolate coins or some other token. A sack is also often placed outside of the house or in the living room with presents for the family. Father Christmas on the other hand had nothing to do with giftshe represents the Spirit of Christmas as the personification of good cheer. While St. Nicholas seems to have a pretty far reach, there are instances where the role of the holiday gift-giver and spreader of goodwill and cheer is fulfilled by characters who may only vaguely resemble the red-robed holiday archetype: In Japan, a Buddhist monk named Hoteiosho visits families on New Year’s Eve to deliver gifts. He allegedly has eyes in the back of his head, and is also depicted as rotund and jolly as Santa Claus. La Befana is a friendly witch in Italy who leaves candies, figs, and other goodies for good children, and dark candy for bad ones. Parents leave her a glass of wine instead of cookies and milk. In Sweden there’s tell of a a gnome who travels with the aid of goats to deliver presents. He is small, old, bearded, and wears a red cap, much like Santa Claus. He’s derived from the legacy of house gnomes that has filtered through from Scandanavia, and in his holiday form, he’s known as Jultomten. The goats he is associated with are derived from the Yule Goats, who visited homes, knocked on the doors and left presents. On January 5th, an old woman named Babouschka visits Russian children to leave them presents. The legend associated with her says that she received the wrong directions to Bethlehem, and could not get to Christ in time to give him a present as the Three Kings did. She delivers presents on the 5th in the hopes that one of them will be Jesus and she’ll be forgiven. Russia also has a legend of Grandfather Frost, who travels with his daughter, Snow Girl. They plan New Year’s Eve parties for children where they hand out presents. There are some interesting observances that arise from these representations of the season that resonate with Mead’s advice. All of these characters leave presents or offer some sort of goodwill toward the people they visit, even while they might “know” that not everyone they visit has been “good.” Sociologist Emile Durkheim wrote of a moral sensibility that governs the social collective. This sensibility keeps order to permit the continuation of society.

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