April 20th, 2011
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These Brooklyn-based confectioners make the Earth a sweeter place - a Liddabit at a time.

Watch the Green Solutions in Focus: Eatocracy Edition hour-long special hosted by Tom Foreman on Saturday, April 23rd at 3pm ET and see all Earth Day coverage at eatocracy.com/infocus

Also in Brooklyn, the Mast Brothers are raising the chocolate bar.

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  1. liz

    To the above commenters – I understand your concerns, and hope to address them here.

    We are a 20-C food processing establishment, fully licensed and frequently inspected by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and have been in operation for over 2 years as such with no problems at all, and no citations. We do use gloves when certain tasks require it; otherwise, we try as much as we can to eliminate unnecessary waste and extra garbage. We also choose and train our employees very carefully; everyone in production holds a Food Handling Certificate (above and beyond NYS requirements) and is well-versed in our required standards of hygiene and food safety in the kitchen.

    Though it's not widely known, wearing gloves does not in fact prevent the spread of germs if the person wearing them isn't fastidious about keeping them clean and changing them in between tasks – a violation that is commonly cited in DOH (Department of Health) inspection reports. Conversely, if hands are fastidiously kept clean and dry, and washed often (as they are in our kitchen), they pose exactly the same risk as gloved hands.

    I hope this information is useful to you. Please feel free to contact me anytime [liz (at) liddabitsweets. (dot) com] if you feel I can help address any further issues.

    all best,

    April 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  2. E

    Disgusting ! Agree with Candyenjoyer.

    April 24, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  3. N

    Out of everything in this video, the thing people are focusing on is wearing gloves? Come on, guys. The candy looks delicious, and it's great that they're using local ingredients.

    April 24, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  4. candyenjoyer

    to trevor: the finished product is continually handled with bare hands. this in itself is against state health codes – not to mention the one girl touches her nose, face, and eyeglasses three times during this shoot. how do they get away with this.

    April 24, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  5. john8318

    Absolutely delicious.

    April 24, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  6. Roberta

    Candy looks great and I love anything natural and green is good, but there are laws and wrapping the caramel and cutting it for packaging...NO GLOVES????....are you kidding me!!...and on video...hopefully someone from this company saw this and 'woke up' to the license violations.

    April 24, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  7. Stephanie

    Gloves are not required when handling food that will not be served as-is. In other words, if it's about to be cooked, you don't have to wear gloves to handle it. If it's already been cooked, you have to wear gloves.

    The lack of hairnets bothered me too. I lived in cooperative living in college, where we did all of our own cooking and cleaning in a dorm to cut down on costs, and we were required to at least wear a baseball cap when preparing food for the hall to eat.

    April 24, 2011 at 3:06 am |
  8. Trevor

    Why wear gloves to prepare something that is about to be cooked in a 400 degree oven? If any of you eat in any restaurant in America (the World), guess what, people are touching your food with their bare hands. As long as they wash before touching food this is NOT an issue. Do you wear gloves when preparing food for your family or friends?

    April 24, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • Daniel Boone

      Wrong: STATE LAW requires any ready to eat item be handled with GLOVES.

      Also, don't pour 400 degree carmel towards you- this video shows how inexperienced these people are. Let's hope they are not shipping it across state lines... a whole other area for uniforms.

      People, these food service laws were meant for a reason to protect the consumer, it's about time this company got on the ball! Great ideas but the health inspector in their area needs to SHUT THEM DOWN till they understand FOOD LAWS!!!!

      April 24, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  9. tisco

    no hair nets?

    April 24, 2011 at 2:09 am |
  10. Dave J

    I agree with those called for gloves. It's not right in ths day and age not to wear any. Guess I won't be stopping there next time I'm in NY.

    April 24, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  11. The Bride of Blackenstein

    Although it may seen unsanitary-in truth many if not most Gourmet Candy factories do not require their product technicians to wear gloves- based on my experiences touring them.

    April 24, 2011 at 12:48 am |
    • Daniel Boone

      they are not above the law, and I find it hard to believe that a health inspector isn't enforcing those LAWS just because they are a "boutique"....

      April 24, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  12. Jim J.

    ...not to mention that they've cleaned up the place for the cameras. I bet it was the first time those trays got washed since they opened.

    April 24, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  13. Wonder_Vegan

    They do have their hair pulled back, but GLOVES! If I am selling items to people, I would wear gloves! This isn't some kid's school bake sale.

    April 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  14. Jennifer

    Yes, a hair net and some gloves would help. I will not likely buy this because they are not producing it in a sanitary way; or what I deem as sanitary for food production.

    April 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  15. Guy

    A hat or hair net AND GLOVES. Disgusting!

    April 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  16. Valerie

    One of the owners really needs to put on a hat or hair net !

    April 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  17. curt

    Toolbox in the kitchen is a little extreme, no?

    April 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • Pastry Chef

      We all keep our tools in toolboxes. Easier way to keep all the small stuff organized

      April 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Chris

      We have hundreds os mall pastry tools, crimpers, pastry tips, scissors, cutters, brushes and on and on. Tool boxes are an absolute necessity.

      April 24, 2011 at 8:09 am |
      • Chris

        sorry about the typos, I am only one sip into my first coffee

        April 24, 2011 at 8:11 am |
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