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Nestle Wants Out of the American Chocolate Industry

Plus, Greek anarchists are injecting groceries with poisonous acid

Candy Maker Nestle Announces It'll Stop Using Artificial Flavors And Colors
Just one of Nestle’s candy bars
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  • Food giant Nestle may have been a trailblazer for the American candy bar industry, but now the company is planning to ditch its entire chocolate department. Per Bloomberg, the Switzerland-based company is hoping to sell off its confectionary division by the end of the first quarter of 2018 for between $1 and $3 billion.
  • Here’s a Christmastime supermarket scare courtesy of an anarchist group in Greece: The group claims it has injected poisonous hydrochloric acid into certain items in grocery stores in two cities (Coca-Cola is one of the targets, it seems). A manifesto from the group reveals that it’s part of a general anti-consumerist statement.
  • Prominent Nashville pastry chef Lisa Donovan has an essay on Food & Wine about macho kitchen culture and her horrifying experiences with sexual misconduct and assault in the culinary milieu.
  • New Orleans musician Big Freedia is apparently quite the oenophile: The queen of bounce music and pioneer of twerking has released a sparkling rosé, right in time for the holiday season.
  • The New Yorker is here for eggnog, with an essay extolling the virtues of the custardy Christmas drink (though not the low-cal versions of it).
  • Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, is dedicating a whole section of its theme park to beloved anime series Sailor Moon, and that includes a host of food and drink offerings derived from the books and TV show. Much of it is very kawaii and pastel-colored.
  • Which German Christmas treats are worth your time? The Awl has you covered, with a ranking of 18 of them.
  • Turns out that iced coffee might be actor Ben Affleck’s security blanket — a photo compilation from The Cut counted 47 different times that the paparazzi snapped Affleck while he was toting a chilled, caffeinated beverage.

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