It's not easy to make Lucky Charms from scratch

Remember Claire Saffitz, the pastry chef from Bon Appétit who made her own versions of Skittles, Kit Kats, and other junk foods? Well, she's back, and now she's doing her best to figure out how real Lucky Charms are made so she can create a gourmet version. As it turns out, it's not easy to make cereal from scratch. In the nearly 20-minute long video, we get to see her failures and disappointments that eventually lead her success. If you make it to the end, she shares the final recipe.

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Pastry chef tries her hand at making artisanal Skittles and Kit Kats

Pastry chef and Bon Appétit's senior food editor Claire Saffitz has been reverse engineering popular candies like Kit Kats and Skittles in an effort to make her own gourmet versions. For both candies, it's quite the process to recreate artisanal versions of them!

If this is your kind of thing, Saffitz has also tried to recreate junk food like Cheetos and Twinkies.

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An interesting collection of artisanal space bars

This is already a thing—the mechanical keyboards subreddit is my God now—but it should be more of a thing.

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Hand-crank mills with which to grind one's own flour ($675.95) are the new artisanal mayonnaise

At Acculturated blog, Abby W. Schachter writes about "bobos," short for bourgeois bohemians, and evidence that big consumer brands are now marketing to them with highly mockable DIY gear that re-creates artisanal (or, depending on your point of view, obsolete) food production methods.

Case in point: William Sonoma's new upscale DIY kitchenware collection, called the Agrarian Guide, where one can purchase "a reclaimed rustic chicken coop for $759.95... a Warre beehive made from “untreated Western Red Cedar” that retails for $399.95, a vinegar pot for $90, an $80 fermentation pot to make “your own sauerkraut,” and a hand crank Burr grinder grain mill retailing for $675.95. The accompanying grain mill clamp will set you back another $105.95."

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I vacillate between coveting everything in the catalog, and wanting to mock everything in the catalog. Either way, I cannot wait for the Portlandia sketch.

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