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Behind the Scenes at the See's Candies Factory in Los Angeles

When it opened for business in 1921, the first See's Candies shop was a small storefront at 135 North Western Avenue, in the heart of what is now Los Angeles' Koreatown. The founder, Charles See, set up a candy kitchen in the back of the shop, where he turned out his mother Mary's recipes for dipped bon bons, maple walnut creams, and toffee. Last week, I had my own personal Golden Ticket moment when I got to tour the See's factory and watch the candy getting made. More

Ben and Jerry's Flavor Graveyard

One of the best and worst things about Ben & Jerry's: they're always introducing new flavors. But with that comes some rough goodbyes to the retired flavors. Just when you started falling for Bovinity Divinity, it's nowhere to be seen in freezers. At the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vermont, they have an actual graveyard—as in, there are headstones and it's on a grassy knoll—for these late flavors. Let's take a moment to remember them. More

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