Candy Corn Day Shortbread

Nastiest stuff ever. Someday, I'll get around to trying Alton Brown's version, though.

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Colton Westrate

I post Shortbread, I host BBQs, I tell stories, and I strive to keep folks happy.

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    • riviera74
    • 1 year ago

    Does anybody actually LIKE candy corn?

    My wish: The USA exports all candy corn to Russia for a nominal fee. Let them have it instead of us. No need for it here.

    • davidbowser
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]20 top lawyers were beaten by legal AI[/quote<] This study was done in the academic space, but the type of work (ML model trained to spot risky legalese) is being worked on in the corporate world too.

    • Krogoth
    • 1 year ago

    Candy Corn, the fruitcake of Halloween.

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      We agree!!

      • UberGerbil
      • 1 year ago

      I actually liked my mother’s fruitcake: it was heavy but moist and tasty and redolent of rum and spice and the holidays. I just now realized I haven’t had it in almost a decade and never will again, unless I find her recipe and try to make it myself. And now I’m sad.

        • drfish
        • 1 year ago

        Certainly not a substitute, but [url=https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/free-range-fruitcake-recipe-1926833<]maybe an alternative[/url<]? Another of Alton Brown's recipes I need to make someday...

          • Mr Bill
          • 1 year ago

          That actually looks pretty good!

        • Mr Bill
        • 1 year ago

        My mom made the best cranberry bread. And now I’m a little sad too.

    • oldog
    • 1 year ago

    The “Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats …” article was interesting and reminded me of the unrivaled pleasure of the Tapas Molecular Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Tokyo. Liquid nitrogen is a featured cooking method at the Bar.

    The chef is Ngan Ping Chow who is a master of “molecular gastronomy”. If you ever get an opportunity to visit Tokyo it is worth the splurge. And yes it is spendy.

    By the way when you’re there you have to take a visit to the men’s room where from the 39th floor of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower you can pee into the john and get an eye popping and unforgettable view of Tokyo.

    [url<]https://www.mandarinoriental.com/tokyo/nihonbashi/fine-dining/restaurants/fusion-cuisine/tapas-molecular-bar[/url<]

    • Fonbu
    • 1 year ago

    Interesting design of the Cooler Master SL600M. It has extremely good airflow results. Might be worth it to give it a try!

    • derFunkenstein
    • 1 year ago

    I can’t eat candy corn. After two or three pounds I don’t feel so good. 😆

      • Redocbew
      • 1 year ago

      You joke, but I’ve done that something like that before with jelly beans. I do not recommend it unless you want to end up on the floor with the mother of all candy corn hangovers.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        It’s funny but it’s anything but a joke. In past years I’ve done something approaching that with candy corn and hated myself for it.

      • BurntMyBacon
      • 1 year ago

      Rather than swear off candy corn just because two or three pounds makes you feel bad, the logical solution would be to stop short of two pounds. Perhaps limit yourself to 1/2 pound. Which is, incidentally, still about a 1/2 pound more than I am willing to eat.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        I swore off all that crap back in February. Down almost 50 pounds this year. Maybe I’ll celebrate the landmark by swimming around in candy corn like Scrooge McDuck.

          • kvndoom
          • 1 year ago

          Congrats! I bought an air-bike back in August and I’ve made a rule that I cannot watch any Netflix or Prime video on my computer unless I’m pedaling. Almost 10 pounds so far, but I just. can’t. give. up. the. sweets. 🙁

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 1 year ago

            Accomplishing any goal will lead to sacrifices and abstaining from doing things that oppose your goal. Doesn’t seem like you’re very dedicated.

            • kvndoom
            • 1 year ago

            It’s a work in progress. I envy those who can stop their addiction cold turkey, but I still consider my cutting back a small victory. Thanks all the same for your encouraging words though.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 1 year ago

            Indeed. It’s not easy and life style changes are incredibly difficult to sustain. Keep it up and you will be where you want. Like with many things, it takes time and patience.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            Thanks. It was either give it up cold turkey or get medicated for type 2 diabetes. I felt at the time that I was too young to be medicated for a self-inflicted medical condition and that’s all it took. Just keep it up on the bike, even just exercising without a change in diet is still a big improvement.

            • BurntMyBacon
            • 1 year ago

            When you said you didn’t feel so good after 2 or 3 pounds, I figured it was the normal candy corn inundated belly aching that I frequently hear see. It takes a whole lot less than that for me and I’m not in the same medical position you are.

            Congratulations on the weight loss and thank you for putting in the effort. We need you healthy and posting … for our enlightenment … or general amusement (you pick).

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 1 year ago

          Congrats to you, bro. You possess discipline. Very impressive.

          Edit: forgot to include “bro.”

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            Thanks! I’ve still got a long way to go. My goal is to be in the 180-190 range. For my height (5’8″) that’s on the high end of normal, but it’s something I feel like I can live with.

    • Voldenuit
    • 1 year ago

    Is anyone else getting nothing but pro-Trump propaganda ads on TR articles?

    Everyday, I see nothing but “Trump has cure for cancer!” “Lock Hillary Up!” “Migrant terrorist!” ads.

    Have we become [H]ardOCP?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      Yes these ads at the bottoms of posts are about to get blocked. I’m just staunchly non-political and it bugs me. There’s a (short) thread in the subscriber forum about them and how brain dead they are.

        • Ninjitsu
        • 1 year ago

        You do you, but i can’t help but comment that being “staunchly non-political” in times like these almost makes you complicit in shit that goes wrong. It’s like standing next to a water pipe in a house fire shouting “but i’m not a fireman!”

        Of course, i’m not american nor do i live in america, and I guess I don’t really care what happens to you as a consequence of your decision to remain silent. But unfortunately what your country does has ripples around the world, which may affect me, my country, my family or my friends, so it kinda bothers me that given all that’s happened not just in the past two years but like… ever… there are well-educated people who don’t want to participate in political discourse. Is it because people who think they benefit/have nothing to lose from the status quo don’t want to rock the boat?

        I don’t know /shrug

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          I’m part of America that’s been left behind by both major political parties. I can’t bring myself to support either of them. It feels hopeless and I don’t want to feel hopeless so I just avoid it.

            • ermo
            • 1 year ago

            I’m sorry to hear that.

            I wish there was a way for people such as yourself to be not just heard, but *listened* to by those empowered by the public to make meaningful change for the sake of continually ensuring that the US of A is a society actually worth living and participating in.

            To co-opt a few famous Edmund Burke quotes:

            [quote<] All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing. [/quote<] [quote<] When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle [/quote<] (I live in .dk where we don't have the problems of scale that the US of A has to contend with).

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            Right now it’s just a feedback loop. Ill-mannered crazies on both sides reward bad behavior by Their People.

            • Chrispy_
            • 1 year ago

            Succint, and accurate.

            Not limited to the US either – seems to be happening across much of Western Europe too:

            [url=https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dm-s8BLXsAEM54V.jpg<]This is how politics works now :([/url<]

            • atcrank
            • 1 year ago

            Funk, I just want to encourage you to vote, especially if you’re reasonably informed and informedly reasonable (no massive ideological commitments). In Australia it is weakly compulsory to attend a polling place. Taxation isn’t optional, and making ‘representation’ optional is not a win for the represented.

            When voting is optional (or worse, optional and kind of difficult), the parties have an incentive to polarise if it energises more of their constituency to actually to go to the polls. Conversely, if you don’t vote, you aren’t giving any of the negative feedback that could damp things down.

            • Kretschmer
            • 1 year ago

            Ahh, the rallying cry of the low-information voter. “I don’t inform myself, so everything looks the same!”

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            I never said I didn’t stay informed. I said I don’t like political ads and I don’t scream about it on every forum. I’m apolitical but it’s out of knowing, not un-knowing.

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 1 year ago

          You should make propaganda posters.

          “It is your duty to stop the evil destroying our family, friends, and country.”

          At least that’s what I got out of your nonsense. I could have gone on longer, but i know you will.

          Your bro, srsly.

          • sconesy
          • 1 year ago

          Take it somewhere else.

            • Wonders
            • 1 year ago

            Yeah, take it somewhere else… The ballot box! Next week! See everyone there.

            (Adults were having a conversation. Run along now.)

          • Grape Flavor
          • 1 year ago

          In other words, “You’re with us or against us.”

          Funny how “liberals” have taken to paraphrasing a detested George W. Bush quote about the Iraq War when someone tries to stay out of the political fracas.

          Reminds me of Mitt Romney’s infamous 2012 campaign gaffe, “Russia is our number one geopolitical foe.” Boy, did he get laughed at by the Democrats for that one. What a Cold War dinosaur! Didn’t he see Obama, Hillary, and Putin with their hands together on that “reset” button?

          When right-wingers use their free speech to say mean things about the media, the First Amendment is in great peril. When monopolistic Silicon Valley companies purge right-wingers from their platforms, that’s fine, because the First Amendment only applies to the government. Let giant multinational corporations do what they want, now says the “left”.

          Because after all, the wrong speech can be a form of violence, and violence is dangerous. That’s why we need squads of people that dress in all black and cover their faces to go around to and physically break that speech up. To prevent fascism, you see.

          The filibuster is an essential check on the tyranny of the majority when our guys are out of power, it’s an evil impediment to democracy when we’re in power. Just like the Supreme Court is an essential check on the tyranny of the majority when our guys have a majority, it’s an evil impediment to democracy the other guys have a majority.

          The memory hole is everywhere. Motivated reasoning is everywhere. Double standards are everywhere. Most politicians are disingenuous sociopaths. There are no principles, only power. You can hardly blame people for being cynical.

          And here’s nothing wrong with participating. There’s nothing wrong with taking a side. I do those things, within the limits of my time and sanity, not because I enjoy it, but because as you put it, the house (or, arguably, dumpster) is on fire.

          But if people just want to go on with their normal lives, to walk away from the giant stinking blaze, that’s their choice. Shoving people into fires they don’t want to be in doesn’t make you the good guy.

            • Yan
            • 1 year ago

            Crap, I made a mistake when voting on this post, and apparently I can’t change my vote. 🙁

            I guess I’ll have to upgrade to gold to correct the error. 🙂

            • Ninjitsu
            • 1 year ago

            Luckily it has emerged that anyone that shouts “liberals!” at anyone or anything can safely be ignored.

            • Grape Flavor
            • 1 year ago

            Nobody is shouting here, man. The only use of that word in my post was specifically put in quotation marks to point out that the “You’re with us or against us” mentality isn’t really a very liberal position at all.

            I don’t know if it’s my fault for not communicating better or what, but your reply suggests my point has clearly sailed right past you.

            So you do you, but attacking the center and trying to morally guilt trip or otherwise strong-arm them into being on your side is one of the most counterproductive political tactics I’ve seen in my lifetime. When you find yourself in a political hole, maybe stop digging.

      • DancinJack
      • 1 year ago

      Yeah, I’ve only seen them more recently, but it’s disconcerting. It’d be appreciated if they went away and never came back.

      Seems they’re from [url=https://lockerdome.com/<]Lockerdome[/url<].

      • dragontamer5788
      • 1 year ago

      You’re not alone.

      I’m generally fine with alternative political points of view, but I’m also Catholic and a LOT of these propaganda ads are anti-Catholic. I understand that there’s anti-Catholic sentiment out there, but its… annoying. To say the least.

      [url<]https://i.imgur.com/YuddRpg.png[/url<] I understand that these ads aren't really related to the site. But as long as we're complaining about these ads, I figure I might as well show off the ones that bother me specifically.

        • tay
        • 1 year ago

        I didn’t realize those were anti catholic. The pope looks pretty pleased there. 🙂
        I would like if somehow TR switched ad providers.

          • Yan
          • 1 year ago

          I think the objectionable part is: “SCANDAL: Secret Vatican Document Stuns Oncologists”.

          I don’t think that any Catholic or oncologist would ask the Vatican for advice about tumours, however.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 1 year ago

      Fortunately I seem to be mostly getting adds for PC components and mattresses (not sure why the mattresses are showing up, but not complaining…)

      I’m in Canada, though, so the algorithms likely throw me in a different bucket than the Americans in the crowd. You have my condolences — those ads sound horrible.

        • kuraegomon
        • 1 year ago

        I’m in Canada, and getting a ridiculous amount of those ads. And I promise you that’s not _my_ end of the political spectrum.

      • kvndoom
      • 1 year ago

      You’re not the only one. I’m sure these are individually curated, since the ones I see are relevant to the news sites I tend to read (and I don’t see any Catholic related ads, unlike Dragon Tamer). Data mining at its finest.

      • steelcity_ballin
      • 1 year ago

      I’m getting them rather often. Since I donate yearly, not much but guessing more than the ads generate, I’m considering blocking again. They are really awful clickbait-style ads that are really beneath what I would expect TR to sign on to. I also got the POPE’S VATICAN SECRET CLICK HERE nonsense. Really crappy.

      • FireGryphon
      • 1 year ago

      I see ads for computer tech, amazon products I search for, and finding my soul mate (if my soul mate is a coy Asian girl with a tight shirt). The tech and amazon stuff I understand, but I’m still trying to figure out where the Asian girlfriend sites come from. An advertising algorithm no doubt, but it’s not very good.

      I see political ads at the ends of article pages, but not on the home page. Doesn’t bother me much. They’re ignorable.

      My own rant about the Amazon searches is that I’d rather see advertisements for things I don’t know about because then I’d learn something new. What’s the point in showing me something I already know about and decided not to buy? Or already bought? It must make some aggregate monetary sense but it doesn’t work with me.

        • Voldenuit
        • 1 year ago

        [quote<]I see ads for computer tech, amazon products I search for, and finding my soul mate ([b<]if my soul mate is a coy Asian girl with a tight shirt[/b<])[/quote<] Where do I sign up?

      • The Egg
      • 1 year ago

      I’m seeing the same clickbait trash, but on the bright side, it motivated me to find a much better ad-blocker for iOS. Hopefully this will be taken care of before it comes time to renew my TR subscription in a month.

        • dragontamer5788
        • 1 year ago

        Well, the political ads are going to disappear next Tuesday. Its a blatant attempt to influence the upcoming mid-term election.

      • Kretschmer
      • 1 year ago

      I’m getting the “Watch this one SHOCKING video to learn the truth about Obama/Hillary/TheMonsterUnderYourBed” junk. Really close to blocking ads.

        • GTVic
        • 1 year ago

        All the ads appear to be directly targeted. All my ads are regional and/or relate to recent purchases on Amazon. So basically, someone is paying the advertising content company to blast these messages out to USA voters. Maybe TR can choose another company, maybe they can’t.

      • Mr Bill
      • 1 year ago

      [quote<]The "fake news" media will not cover this developing story[/quote<]

      • ludi
      • 1 year ago

      Give it a week, once the 6th has passed the advertisers will go back to more productive spending, such as mail-order brides and personality quizzes that secretly run cryptominers.

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      I blame search engines using bots to harvest search patterns. They would sell the information advertistors who shape their content towards the patterns.

      You were probably looking up US political stuff so Trump related non-sense gets thrown into the forefront. The upcoming mid-terms also throws a stronger bias towards it.

      • TheRazorsEdge
      • 1 year ago

      Yes, and I leave adblock enabled on sites that feature ads with political, quack, and scam content.

      I assume that any ad networks accepting such rubbish will also pass along malicious scripting and trojans.

      If they have no apparent standards for the advertising content, why would I believe they have any for the technical content?

      • davidbowser
      • 1 year ago

      [b<]lockerdome.com[/b<] is the culprit. I couldn't figure out what people were commenting on since I had long ago whitelisted pretty much all the ads served through TR, but that domain was NOT. I enabled it, got a bunch of political images with clickbait titles and immediately blocked it again. fwiw - I use uMatrix and NoScript on Firefox. I enable-all with NoScript, but it still catches some xss and other stuff and then I manually enable domains in uMatrix. This process is not exactly easy, but once you enable the ads for domains you support, you really only get ads related to stuff you support. For instance, I get ads for SSDs, GPUs, computer tech, cars, and other random stuff I read about.

      • Grape Flavor
      • 1 year ago

      Sincere question: If they were all anti-Trump clickbait ads, would you care?

        • TheRazorsEdge
        • 1 year ago

        I can’t speak for Voldenuit, but all of the clickbait ads lead to crap.

        Absorbing misinformation is bad, even if it supports “your side”. It’s actually worse when it favors “your side”, because you’ll probably end up repeating it like a jackass.

        • dragontamer5788
        • 1 year ago

        If the anti-Trump clickbait were specifically still spreading anti-Catholic “SECRET VATICAN DOCUMENTS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!!??!?!” messages, then yes… I care. That’s why I specifically brought up the anti-Catholic ads that are showing up.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 1 year ago

        There is no such thing as *good* manipulative stupidity.

        • kuraegomon
        • 1 year ago

        If the anti-Trump clickbait was at the same volume as the pro-Trump clickbait on the Internetz, then probably. But even though I’m far more likely to be on Slate or the Atlantic than on Foxnews, I _still_ get way more pro-Trump clickbait. What does that tell you?

        No reasonably impartial viewer is seeing any equivalence between the tactics (and strategy!) on the two sides of your Great Political Divide.

        • Grape Flavor
        • 1 year ago

        Okay, so I need to clarify: I am NOT pro-clickbait or pro-misinformation. I think these ads are complete trash and I have never clicked on them. I do not want to see them on Tech Report.

        My probing question was whether it was the fact that the ads were nonsense that was the main source of objection here, or whether they were pro-Trump.

        I guess the point I was trying to make is that if they were any other kind of misinformation clickbait, that would be, IMO, just as objectionable. We seem to agree on this, which is why I upvoted your replies.

      • Goty
      • 1 year ago

      I don’t care about the content since I just ignore ads anyhow, but the size and placement is extremely annoying. TR ads have been blocked for a bit now because of that specific ad.

      • stefem
      • 1 year ago

      Watch this video! 😉
      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFTWM7HV2UI[/url<]

    • UberGerbil
    • 1 year ago

    So our robot soon-to-be-overlords can carry heavy objects, open doors… and prevail in the ensuing lawsuits. We’re so screwed.

      • drfish
      • 1 year ago

      Dang, I should have put that one together myself, well done!

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      But can they understand why candy corn exist?

        • bthylafh
        • 1 year ago

        It exists for our sins.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 1 year ago

        No, but oddly enough it doesn’t seem to be stopping them from becoming our new overlords.

    • DancinJack
    • 1 year ago

    Worst Halloween candy ever. Full stop.

      • UberGerbil
      • 1 year ago

      You gave me a choice. I decided to go with the option that wasn’t “treat.”

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      I will shill against candy corn harder than I’ve ever shilled for Intel!!

        • BurntMyBacon
        • 1 year ago

        If your shilling can stop the proliferation of candy corn, then I’ll change my profession to historian just so I can mark 2018-10-31 as the dawn of a new era.

      • gecko575
      • 1 year ago

      Disagree. For some reason I love candy corn.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        Because candy corn is awesome. Mix in some peanuts for a little crunch.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 1 year ago

      We’ll see how [url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NAV1BD6/<]these[/url<] are received. [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pibsRczOOD0&t=2m56s[/url<] (NSFW language)

        • BurntMyBacon
        • 1 year ago

        Cherry Habanero FTW! Though, Blue Raspberry Sriracha sounds pretty good too.

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 1 year ago

          Both are spicy. The raspberry really compliments the sriracha, making it the best flavor combination of the four choices in the Jolly Rancher Hotties collection.

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