I ran across these via MetaFilter and quickly became entranced, both by the candies themselves and the aesthetic of creating them by hand. Lofty Pursuits is a geeky sweet shop in Florida which makes a wide variety of sweets using Victoria era mechanics and techniques - from hand pulling sugar to make it white, to using hand cranked machines to stamp out glorious drops of sugar. Above is a combination of the history of the fictional babelfish and the creation of sweet representations of that babelfish - along with info on the Vogon Poetry Contrast held in person and online. I love watching the sugar as it cools and becomes stange. Sugar is a Non-Newtonian Fluid, which means it has some of the properties of a solid even when it's liquid - much like glass, it oozes.
I love watching all the many ways in which the candy moves and can be manipulated in this video - and there's even artistry, like an eight pound candy cane or candy roses and into the history of humbug candies. I also ended up branching out into other candy related videos, a few of which I'll link below. It's wonderful to see people who love a thing and love to do a thing making that thing so skillfully - and it's wonderful to see how molten sugar can be made into so many amazing thing!