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Not a Drill: You Can Now Buy All-Pink Starburst Packs

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Let's just admit it: Yellow and orange Starbursts are the lesser of the chewy sugar cubes. Red—and most of all, pink—are the ones that really drive candy sales. But unless you're a rock star with a crazy specific rider, then you're probably not treated to bowls of entirely pink Starbursts wherever you go. Luckily, the brand is finally pulling an Oops! All Berries move and giving the people what they want—a whole pack of just the strawberry flavor.

The limited edition Starburst All Pink packs were officially announced today and our teeth are hurting already. Next month you'll be able to find the crowd pleasers nationwide at stores like Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and Amazon. Before the official announcement, Starburst hinted at the news by sending regular packs filled with only pink squares to celebrities on social media.

The special packs will disappear from shelves after their short run in April, but worry not: You can still grab bags of specific Starburst flavors on eBay and never have to tolerate another orange candy again.

[h/t Thrillist]

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Hate Red M&M's? You Need a Candy Color-Sorting Machine
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You don’t have to be a demanding rock star to live a life without brown M&M's or purple Skittles—all you need is some engineering know-how and a little bit of free time.

Mechanical engineering student Willem Pennings created a machine that can take small pieces of candy—like M&M's, Skittles, Reese’s Pieces, etc.—and sort them by color into individual piles. All Pennings needs to do is pour the candy into the top funnel; from there, the machine separates the candy—around two pieces per second—and dispenses all of it into smaller bowls at the bottom designated for each variety.

The color identification is performed with an RGB sensor that takes “optical measurements” of candy pieces of equal dimensions. There are limitations, though, as Pennings revealed in a Reddit Q&A: “I wouldn't be able to use this machine for peanut M&M's, since the sizes vary so much.”

The entire building process lasted from May through December 2016, and included the actual conceptualization, 3D printing (which was outsourced), and construction. The entire project was detailed on Pennings’s website and Reddit's DIY page.

With all of the motors, circuitry, and hardware that went into it, Pennings’s machine is likely too ambitious of a task for the average candy aficionado. So until a machine like this hits the open market, you're probably stuck buying bags of single-colored M&M’s in bulk online or sorting all of the candy out yourself the old fashioned way.

To see Pennings’s machine in action, check out the video below:

[h/t Refinery 29]

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See How Candy Canes Are Made
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According to legend, a 17th-century German choirmaster bent sugar sticks into shepherd’s crooks and gave them to children acting in his Nativity pageant as a treat for good behavior. Lo and behold, the world’s first candy canes were born.

Over the years, manufacturers have perfected their own methods of making the holiday treat. In the below video from Lofty Pursuits, a Tallahassee, Florida-based purveyor of hard candies, you can watch how the expert team of candy-makers turn seemingly everyday ingredients like sugar, water, and corn syrup into a sticky mixture. Gradually, the pliable concoction is folded, stretched, rolled, cut, and bent into candy canes—a mesmerizing visual process for anyone who’s ever sucked on one of the sugary confections and suspected it came from somewhere other than Santa’s workshop.

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