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Favorite Products and Displays from Summer Fancy Food Show 2014: A Photographic Odyssey

Summer Fancy Food Signage
All Photos By Gail

The Summer Fancy Food Show – which is sponsored by the Specialty Food Association – takes over NYC’s Jacob Javits Convention Center for three days each July, and it is the most fun thing imaginable for people who like food. This year’s event took place from Sunday June 29th through Tuesday July 1st, and while you really do need three days to “do” the show, I had to cram my visit into just one day (Sunday). My foodie friend and fellow writer Anne and I blazed a trail across three floors and two entire wings of Javits, coming away with very full tummies, even fuller bags of food swag and samples, and a ton of (mostly) hilarious photos, some of which I will share here. Enjoy!

Gummi Bandages

Gummi Candy Bandaids - taste like fruit!

Whoop Ass Hot Sauce Bottles

Whoop Ass Hot Sauce Bottles that look like little Cowboys.

Hot Sauce from Hell

Hotter than Hot. In other words, Very Hot.

Amoretti Martini Mixes
Amoretti Martini Mixes

Now, This a great product! Just add alcohol!

Butter

To demonstrate how delicious this butter is, they fried bits of cheese in it.

Cheese Fried in Butter
Cheese Fried in Butter: Yes, Delicious.

Not Edible

I wish had had made a note of the exhibitor in the booth where I took the picture above, because he was a complete dick to me. Dick.

Pink Hot Chocolate

Pink Hot Chocolate

Black Heart Licorice

Black Heart Licorice

Hi I'm Skinny Sticks Snacks

I wonder if Bethenny Frankel is their spokesperson?

Birthday Party Chocolates

It’s a Birthday Party in a Bon Bon!

Sweet Works Display

Giant Easter Candy Display from Sweet Works Chocolates!

Just Mayo

Just Mayo: a mayonnaise product from Hampton Creek made with plant emulsifiers instead of eggs. Just Delicious!

Takeya Iced Tea

Takeya Iced Tea’s Gets Super Arty.

Mr. Pickle

Mr. Cucumber Head for Rick’s Pick K.O. Pickles!

Whirley Pop Popcorn Machine

Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper!

Sexy Pop Popcorn

Sexy Pop Popcorn for use with the Whirley Popper!

Counting Sheep Coffee

Counting Sheep Coffee: Relaxing Coffee with Valerian Root. This product was a big hit at the show!

Red Velvet Cake Flavored Milk Chocolate

Red Velvet Cake Flavored Milk Chocolate.

Pulque Can Mariachis

Pulque Can Mariachis!

Holy Crap Breakfast Cereal
Image not Photoshopped

One of the great finds of the day was Holy Crap Breakfast Cereal. Anne and I asked the lady in the booth why it is called Holy Crap, and she replied, “Because it is very high in fiber!” “Ohhhh…” we replied in unison.

Cherry Cake Bite Icee Petit Four

Icee Cherry Cake Bite Petit Four.

Sofi Awards

These little statuettes are Sofi Awards – “Sofi” standing for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation – which are awarded to outstanding specialty foods and beverages across 32 awards categories. These Sofis belong to Dancing Deer Baking Company.

GoGo Gang

The GoGo Gang. To make you “go” I guess.

3D Sugar Cake Topper by 3D Systems

3D Sugar Cake Topper by created by 3D Systems.

Coco Libre Display

Coco Libre Coconut Water Giant Inflatable Display!

For more information on The Fancy Food Show, visit the Specialty Food Association’s website at This Link. See you next July!

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Bacon Thing of the Day: Bacon Peeps

Bacon Peeps
Image Courtesy of Anne Raso

As amazing as it would be to think that a real Bacon Flavored Marshmallow Peep exists, these faux Bacon Peeps were created as part of a Peeps Diorama Contest back in 2010.

FAO Schwartz Easter Peeps Displays!

Chick Peeps Sign
All Photos By Gail

In anticipation of rampant Easter-inspired Sugar Worship, Peep Domination has taken over FAO Schwartz’ Flagship Toy Store on Fifth Avenue and 58th Street.

Wall of Plush Peeps
Wall of Peeps

Whether you crave the marshmallow treat or a plush Peep-shaped toy to cuddle. FAO Schwartz has got you covered.

Orange and Blue Plush Bunny Peeps
Plush Bunny Peeps: The Orange One May be a Cheese Peep

It's Not a Party Without the Chicks
It’s Not a Party Without the Chicks!

Violet Chick Peeps Display

Giant, violet-colored Chick Peep (Peep Chick?) Totems stand guard over a mixed display of multicolored Plush Peeps and Candy Peeps. Peep Mania!

Pink Bunny Peeps
Pink Bunny Peeps, For The Easter Peep Purist

It’s a Peeporama, people.

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Obey The Peep

Valentines Tiered Cake

Valentines Day Tiered Cake
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The Cake of Love! Happy Valentines Day!

Crazy Cat Lady Candy!

Crazy Cat Lady Candy
Fur Balls Not Included

Okay, so Crazy Cat Lady Candy does not actually taste like kittens, but it is shaped like kittens and does have a delcious fruity flavor that almost anyone with a non-sandpaper-coated tongue will enjoy!

Crazy Cat Lady Candy is on sale right now for just $3.56 per decorative, reusable Tin! Click over to This Link to stock up!

Stefan Stux Gallery Presents Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy
All Photos By Gail

If you are a fan of Surrealism, Japanese Manga, human bio-mechanical mutants or warped and unfathomably violent animated shows such as Super Jail, then you might want to stop over at the Stux Gallery on West 25th Street to check out Japanese artist Akikazu Iwamoto’s new collection of fantasy paintings entitled Secret Candy.

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

According to the show’s press release by Lucy Li, “Akikazu creates wildly imaginative, candy-colored paintings and drawings that offer confronting, amusing and sometimes frightening revelations of our inflated inner desires in their most distilled state.”

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

Some of his paintings reminded me thematically of the wildly imaginative fantasy worlds of Dr. Suess’s Children’s Books.

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

It’s noteworthy that Akikazu was raised in Hiroshima (where he still lives), in a house just one kilometer away from the Atomic Bomb Dome. The images and artifacts of the Bomb affected him greatly during his childhood.

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

The main thrust for his artwork is a general deep-seated sense of wickedness that he believes to exists in every human psyche. Akikazu cites Maurice Utrillo, an early 20 th century painter of emotionally charged Parisian landscapes, as one of his notable inspirations. His works are also influenced by the ethereal colors he witnessed during a trip to Nepal as well as the works of American painter Aaron Johnson and Canadian Marcel Dzama.

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

His visions take place in a comprehensive atmosphere free from the restrictions of reality, where violently mutated creatures, detached body parts and nondescript organic forms are rendered masterfully, contending an inherent connection between violence and innocence.

These paintings are all fairly large in size and look much cooler in person than in photographs. If Secret Candy seems like your thing I encourage you to visit this exhibit before it’s over, which is always sooner than you think.

Secret Candy By Akikazu Iwamoto will be on Exhibit only until October 12th, 2013 at Stefan Stux Gallery, Located at 530 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

Breaking Bad Blue Rock Candy Recipe Courtesy of The Savory

Breaking Bad Blue Rock Candy
“Rock Candy Baby: Hard, Sweet and Stickeh!”

Do you love AMC’s Breaking Bad? I sure do. As we count down each weekly episode (2 down; 6 to go) to the series’ ultimate, revelatory conclusion, everyone wants to know which of their favorite characters will make it out alive (I am cheering hard for Jesse and Saul)! The waiting in suspense is excruciating, but you can make it sweeter by whipping up a batch of this Heisenberg’s Blue Rock Candy to enjoy while viewing the greatest television show ever in the universe of all time!

Candy!

Remember, Rock candy takes patience and temperature precision, so #TreadLightly. Now, let’s cook!

Heisenberg’s Blue Rock Candy Recipe

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons hard candy flavoring extract (try LorAnn flavorings – there are tons to choose from)
  • 1 drop blue gel food coloring (AmeriColor makes good quality gels)
  • You’ll need a candy thermometer
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan, combine the water, corn syrup and granulated sugar. Place the pan over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a boil. As soon as mixture comes to a boil, stop stirring and brush down the sides with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Insert a candy thermometer.

Continue to cook the candy without stirring until it reads exactly 285 F (140 C) on the thermometer. *Do not overcook it, or it will start to take on a caramel color and your candy might turn green! Once the temperature hits 285, take the pan off the heat and let it sit just until bubbles stop breaking on the surface. Add the flavoring of choice and a drop of food coloring. Stir everything together.
Pour the candy onto the prepped baking sheet and tilt it so that it runs into a thin layer. Let it set completely at room temperature.

Once the candy is set, break it into small pieces by hand. For the full “crystal meth” experience, place the candy pieces in medium zip-top bags and crush them lightly with a rolling pin. Authenticity! Enjoy and remember to store any leftover Candy in airtight containers!

Thanks again to The Savory Dot Com for this Recipe!

The Pot Truck

Pot Truck
Photo By Gail

I see this truck — which I affectionately call The Pot Truck — parked around my neighborhood all the time. It sells THC-infused hard candy (in the form of lollipops) and most likely other types of green things. Today It was parked at 14th Street and First Ave right by Stuyvesant Town, so I spotted it right away as I got off the bus. As I took this photo with my iPad, the proprietor, shall we say, walked around the side of the truck and made this friendly gesture at me! If you squint, you can just make out the phone number you need to call to contact the friendly people in the Pot Truck. Apparently, they deliver.