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In 92 years, See's Candies has never shied away from being old-fashioned. At the factory on La Cienega Boulevard, some octogenarian workers measure their decades of employment in hip replacements. Quaint floral details are still hand-piped onto...
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There's a two-in-three chance that the winner of "The Next Iron Chef" will be a woman. Cause to celebrate? Chefs Amanda Freitag and Alex Guarnaschelli are now duking it out with pitbull chef Nate Appleman for the Season 5 title of "Next Iron Chef" and a...
When people ask us, "How did you meet?" we pause while we try to gauge just how much interest the person has in our story. If she's being polite, she'll get the short version: "We met through friends after college." But here's the real story: Part 1:...
Before Charles N. Huggins began working at See's Candies in 1951 as a manager in the company's packing department in San Francisco, his favorite candies were black licorice and, thanks to his World War II service as a paratrooper, Hershey's chocolate....
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterReporting from Hershey, Pa.-- After more than a century, the town that chocolate built still makes its namesake confection and remains a candy lover's nirvana. Billed as the "Sweetest Place on Earth," the company town has grown over the last century...
Money & CompanyCadbury finally bowed Tuesday to a new, roughly $19-billion takeover bid by Kraft Foods Inc. after months of wrangling. Together, the two will challenge Virginia-based Mars Inc. as the world's largest candy company. Mars itself completed a massive $23-...
Money & CompanyAs unemployment continues to stay high and Wall Streetâs roller coaster has investors on edge, Americans -- particularly adults -- are gobbling up candy as a relatively cheap way to indulge themselves. According to the National Confectioners Assn.,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWe awoke to the bleating of sheep. My husband and I and our 23-month-old daughter, Evelyn, startled, got up and, bleary-eyed, made our way outside. This vision greeted us: golden hills, graceful old oak trees and, beneath them, in the paddock across...
FILL up on the vegetables. Skip the pumpkin pie, or at least the whipped cream. Forgo the gravy; go really, really easy on the stuffing. And just say no to alcohol, because wine and liquor is not only calorie-laden, it's apt to set off a damn-the-...
Times Staff WriterWhether it's saving $200 on the price of an airline ticket to the Mayan Riviera or snagging a pair of Christian Louboutin sandals priced to move on the last day of the Barneys Warehouse sale, there's something about finding a great deal that's supremely...
Times Staff WriterIN chocolate circles, it's often said that ganache reveals the true art of the chocolatier. Ganache, that creamy, silky, melt-in-your mouth blend of chocolate, cream and butter, is at the heart of many of the best artisan confections. And more and more...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterONE STEP closer. That was the guiding principle in developing the new Harley-Davidson Museum, opening this week. "If you're a hard-core enthusiast, you ought to get more enthusiastic," curatorial director Jim Fricke said. "If you're convinced that...
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