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Watch Chocolates Take Shape In This Delicious Short Documentary

Nicolas Berger sees making chocolate as the ultimate art form—one which requires creativity, precision, and an incredibly nuanced understanding not only of one’s creations, but one’s materials. Berger, who designs and manufactures chocolate delicacies at Alain Ducasse's Le Chocolat in Paris, grew up in a family that took chocolate extremely seriously. His father, Peter Berger, was a pastry chef and chocolate maker, and Nicolas spent his childhood in his father’s pastry workshop, learning his secrets.

In the short documentary Le Chocolat, director Simon Pénochet shows Berger hard at work inside the magical Alain Ducasse chocolate factory, where craftspeople and machines churn out an array of candy creations. Like a low-key Willy Wonka, Berger oversees operations, tests out his ingredients, and works the old-fashioned machines that transform beans into beautiful chocolate bars.

“Alain Ducasse's new chocolate factory was created with the willingness to get back to the roots of chocolate making: a careful, slow and patient work, craftsmanship and machines being as one,” Pénochet explains. Check it out above.

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50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies
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It’s no surprise that candy delights kids and adults alike. We love sweets so much that the average American eats about 22 pounds of candy each year. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or simply brush up on your candy trivia, check out these 50 sweet facts about your favorite candies.

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The United States of Sweetness: The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Each State
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If you've ever argued that no one actually likes candy corn, you're probably not from South Carolina, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Michigan, Idaho, or Alabama. The tri-colored treat is a favorite among residents in these states, according to sales data from CandyStore.com.

As Thrillist reports, the bulk candy retailer combed through nearly 10 years of data (2007 to 2016, with a particular focus on the months leading up to All Hallows' Eve) to gauge America’s top-selling sweets. They created the interactive map below to display their results, which includes the top three most popular Halloween handouts in each state, as well as in Washington, D.C.

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While a good portion of the U.S. seems to prefer the divisive—yet classic—candy corn, another overarching favorite was Sour Patch Kids, which reigns supreme in states including Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and New York. Following in its puckery wake across the board are M&Ms, Milky Ways, Reese's Cups, and Tootsie Pops.

Some states are unique in their candy choices: Alaskans are turned onto Twix, residents of Connecticut crave Almond Joys, and Delawareans go loco for Life Savers. Meanwhile, trick-or-treaters in the coastal state of Georgia have a sweet tooth for Swedish Fish, Louisianans love Lemonheads, Mississippians are mad for 3 Musketeers, Montanans desire Dubble Bubble, and Nevadans hunger for Hershey's Kisses.

After seeing which treat is No. 1 in your state, check out the chart below to learn how many pounds of each top-ranking candy are consumed in each state (and then go buy a new toothbrush).

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[h/t Thrillist]

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