The Eugene J. Candy Co., which opened a year ago in Brooklyn, stocks offbeat novelties like wax fangs as well as its own experimental confections. Courtesy of Eugene J. hide caption

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Willy Wonka-Inspired 'Candy Alchemist' Spins Sugar Into Pure Imagination

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Boiled octopus, a recipe for "reliably tender, flavorful octopus that can be used as it is, or as a basis for fried or grilled octopus dishes," write Richard Horsey and Tim Wharton in Ugly Food. "Octopus is also totally sustainable, very economical and incredibly versatile — the various methods of preparation and cooking lend it subtly different flavors," says Wharton. Couresty of Tanya Ghosh hide caption

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Chef Jeremy Fox's inventive dish: double-chucked spring peas sprinkled with white chocolate and roasted macadamia nuts. It's served with a bit of pea broth poured on the side, "to retain the crunch." Each pea is shucked, blanched and squeezed to get the halves out. It's a labor preparation that he serves only on special occasions, like Valentine's day. Oriana Koren for NPR hide caption

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'Vegetable Whisperer' Chef Plants The Seeds Of His Own Reinvention

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Johnny Nicholas, the owner of the Hilltop Cafe, books a dinner concert in the dining room once a month. The bluesman and his wife opened the restaurant in 1980. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Both The Food And The Music Are Made From Scratch At This Texas Joint

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A typical masala soda shop in Mumbai. Flavors sold here range from traditional Indian ones with mango, pineapple and lemon, to more westernized flavors, like strawberry, kiwi and mojito. Leena Trivedi-Grenier for NPR hide caption

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Because a high pH level makes cigars fairly alkaline, consuming tart candies like Skittles or Starbursts can help neutralize the palate. Kristen Hartke for NPR hide caption

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Most people in the world have never experienced the taste of the kind of tortillas Hilda Pastor makes using heirloom corn. That's because of the rise of mass-produced instant corn flour. Marisa Peñaloza/NPR hide caption

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Sweet n' Nasty molds hundreds of adult chocolates in house, including these handcuffs and keys — which are used to top bachelorettes' cakes or sold on their own with the phrase, "Eat your way out!" Courtesy of Sweet n' Nasty Bakery hide caption

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Bone broth has become so popular these days that the bones used to make it are getting harder — and more expensive — for broth retailers to source. Alex Reynolds/NPR hide caption

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The Golden Girls: Betty White as Rose Nylund, Bea Arthur as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak, and Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux. Much of the memorabilia that McClanahan left behind — from the show and the rest of her career is on display at Rue La Rue Cafe in Manhattan. Ron Tom/NBC/Getty Images hide caption

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Plate assembly of the Jardin de Tuileries dirt and Paris street stones, the primary ingredients in this Paris dans une Assiette recipe. Ian Stewart/NPR hide caption

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Literal Farm To Table: Here's The Dirt On Chefs Cooking With Dirt

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Matt Kern harvests wild bull kelp for salsa that he and his partner, Lisa Heifetz, are selling as part of his new business. Courtesy of Matt Kern and Lisa Heifetz hide caption

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In 1957, Duncan Hines and his wife, Clara, cut a cake at the Duncan Hines test kitchen in Ithaca, N.Y. Courtesy of Department of Special Collections-WKU hide caption

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For Barrow Street Theatre, pie shells are baked and filled with the chicken and vegetables, cooked in a little white truffle butter, then sprinkled with truffle zest. Joan Marcus hide caption

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In NYC, 'Sweeney Todd' Baker Serves Up Some Bloody Good Pies

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New York City restaurant Serendipity 3 makes the "Quintessential Grilled Cheese Sandwich," made with gold leaf, accompanied by the gold-adorned South African Lobster & San Marzano Tomato Bisque, for sandwich-dipping, of course. Courtesy of Liz Steger hide caption

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The hardworking Instant Pot, touted by its fans on social media, is Amazon's top-selling item in the U.S. How it got to No. 1 is a lesson in viral marketing savvy. Grace Hwang Lynch hide caption

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Drinking was a big part of life in Colonial America. It also required some experimentation and creativity on the part of colonists looking to create cocktails with new and unfamiliar ingredients. Reverend Michael Alan /Courtesy of Abrams Image hide caption

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Employees hand-finish cheesecakes on the production line at Eli's in Chicago. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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Refugees Resettled In Chicago Help Make Its Most Famous Cheesecake

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