This Textured Bar Promises to Change the Way You Experience Chocolate

There’s a chocolate bar out there for every taste—from white to bittersweet, almond-flecked to gold-leafed. But a new series of chocolate bars is banking on the idea that what's on the outside of a dessert counts just as much as (if not more than) what's on the inside.

Japanese design company Nendo is behind “chocolatetexturebar,” a line of chocolate bars that put the emphasis on texture. The “chocolatetexturebar” has 12 snap-off sections—with everything from dots to zigzags—that are designed to add a different flavor component.

The firm writes on its website: “... although 'eating' is generally thought of as one action, actually the taste is recognized after going through various procedures such as 'place on top of the tongue,' 'bite,' 'roll inside the mouth,' 'melt' and 'swallow.' “chocolatexturebar” is a single bar of chocolate, but the surface is divided into 12 faces each with diverse texture. By tasting each face with the tongue … one can enjoy a new taste dimension that is unlike any other conventional chocolates.”

The bars come in milk chocolate, strawberry, white chocolate, bitter chocolate, and matcha flavors. Nendo also offers a “chocolamixture” set, which allows you to mix flavors like freeze-dried mango and raspberry in a chocolate flask, complete with a white chocolate cork. As Slate notes, “While the set takes the mystery out of biting into a filled chocolate, it instead offers the chance to play Willy Wonka.”

This isn’t the first time Nendo has taken a innovative approach to chocolate. Last year, the company created a series of chocolates to celebrate one of its own, designer Oki Sato who was named Designer of the Year by the Paris design trade show Maison et Objet. That “chocolatexture” line focused on shape—with nine different chocolate sculptures, each within the size of a 26mm cube.

Unfortunately, the “chocolatetexturebar” and “chocolamixture” are only available for purchase in Japan, so you’ll need to hop on a plane if you want a taste of the cocoa creations.

[h/t Slate]

Images via Nendo.
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The Covers of Jack Kerouac's Classic Titles Are Getting a Makeover
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press

Readers have been enjoying classic Jack Kerouac books like The Dharma Bums and On the Road for decades, but starting this August the novels will have a new look. Several abstract covers have been unveiled as part of Penguin’s "Great Kerouac" series, according to design website It’s Nice That.

The vibrant covers, designed by Tom Etherington of Penguin Press, feature the works of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline. The artwork is intended to capture “the experience of reading Kerouac” rather than illustrating a particular scene or character, Etherington told It’s Nice That. Indeed, abstract styles of artwork seem a fitting match for Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose”—a writing style that was influenced by improvisational jazz music.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Dharma Bums, which was published just one year after On the Road. The Great Kerouac series will be available for purchase on August 2.

[h/t It's Nice That]

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Here's a Preview of the 70 New Emojis Coming to Your iPhone
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Apple

Get ready to add a whole new set of symbols to your emoji vocabulary. As CNN reports, Apple has released a sneak peak of some of the 70 new emojis coming to iOS in late 2018.

In February 2018, the Unicode Consortium announced the latest additions to their official emoji database. Software makers have since been working on customizing the designs for their own operating systems, and now iPhone and iPad users are getting a preview of what the new emojis will look like on their devices.

One of the most highly anticipated new symbols is the redhead emoji, something people have been demanding for a while. A curly haired option, another popular request, will be added to the line-up, as will gray-hair and bald emoji choices. Each of the new hair types can be added to the classic face emoji regardless of gender, but when it comes to specific characters like the bride or the jogger emojis, users will be limited to the same hair options they had before.

If Apple users ever want to express their inner superhero, two new super characters, a man and woman, will let them do so. They will also have new "smiley" symbols to choose from, like a party emoji, a sad eyes emoji, and a frozen emoji.

In the food category you have a head of lettuce and a mango, and for dessert, a cupcake and a mooncake—a festive Chinese pastry. New animals include a peacock, a kangaroo, and a lobster. The lobster emoji stirred some controversy in February when Mainers noticed the Unicode version was missing a set of legs. The design was quickly revised, and Apple's version is also anatomically correct.

These images just show a small sample of the emojis that will be included in an iOS update planned for later in 2018. Users will have to wait to see the final designs for other the symbols on the list.

New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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[h/t CNN]

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