Via Eugene J.
Via Eugene J.


The story of a Brooklyn candy maker…

Inside a tiny, hard-to-find storefront in Brooklyn lies the darkly whimsical world of a most unusual “candy alchemist.”

He calls himself “Eugene J.,” and this real-life Willy Wonka is whipping up his own new confections across town from where Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open on Broadway later this month.

Not much is known about this quiet man in black, who prefers to keep the focus on the candy. Behind a purple satin curtain, he toils away on his latest invention.

“There are so many variables: the temperature, the humidity, you have to look at solubility charts, when you add certain ingredients, at what compositions, at what times,” he explains. “Since it’s a seven-hour process, you get kind of taken away. You pretty much have to put in earplugs and enter a state of Zen.”

Read on at The Salt.

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