Jessica Leigh Hester is a former senior associate editor at CityLab, covering environment and culture. Her work also appears in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York Times, Modern Farmer, Village Voice, Slate, BBC, NPR, and other outlets.
Finally, a purchase you won’t fight over.
Experts—and 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon—agree that a shopping trip at Ikea can put your relationship through the wringer. What if you and your partner have wildly differing views about light fixtures? There are some arguments that even meatballs can’t fix.
Marriage counselor and radio host Dr. Jane Greer explained to the Wall Street Journal:
I’ve had couples go to the mat over a couch that neither of them even liked. Underneath, every discussion is really about how important am I to you?
The key to smoothing things over with your partner? Candy won’t solve all of your interpersonal woes, but it might help.
The Swedish home goods retailer announced today that it will roll out bulk candy bins in every U.S. store this summer. (Tampa, Houston, and 18 other cities can already load up.) Offerings will include European-made gummies, marshmallows, and licorice. Think of it as fuel for your frenzied grabbing of every random kitchen utensil and bath mat in sight.
Why branch into into candy when it’s already got the meatball and lingonberry markets locked down? According to a press release, the sugary free-for-all is inspired by Lördagsgodis, a Scandinavian tradition surrounding indulging in sweet treats. The dozens of varieties will all be priced at $7.99/pound.
Maybe the candy will turn out to be the perfect complement to the brand’s inscrutable schematics—or at least provide some (bad-for-you) sustenance during a long afternoon holed up with those tiny wrenches.