On June 16th, Daniel Sklaar from Fine & Raw Chocolate joined us in the kitchen to talk about the full spectrum of chocolate-making, from agribusiness to artisanal. His signature line, “Possibilities + Cacao,” set the tone for the evening and the wonderment was palpable as Daniel demonstrated the transformation of hard cacao beans into richly […]


On June 15th, Amanda Walker from A Perfume Organic, joined us in the kitchen to talk about the mysterious world of commercial fragrances. Her t-shirt said it all: “Every rose has its thorn.” The word “fragrance” in a product’s ingredient list (whether it’s a body wash, shaving cream, lotion or handsoap…) is considered a trade […]


One of the first products TCK re-engineered was Gatorade. This is a crowd pleaser and, yes, thirst quencher. Make it red or make it green. Make it de-caf or fuel it with caffeine. It’s bold without petroleum-derived dyes. It’s flavorful without all the unknown, proprietary ingredients. How refreshing! TCK red or green Gatorade serving size […]

Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

On March 19th, Mike Lee of Studio Feast was our guest in TCK. We turned our attention to commercial ice cream, specifically Bryers Neapolitan. Mike showed us how to make a base ice cream to which you can add any flavor — & voila!@ your own custom-made, customized ice cream. From there, he pulled out […]

(Baby) Lotion

On March 12, we invited Rachel Winard of Soapwalla to the kitchen to help us get a handle on Johnsons & Johnsons Baby Lotion, a product the Hunter High School group identified as a favorite. While in TCK, the Hunter students discovered some iffy ingredients in the lotion and we wanted to learn more (like […]

Breathe Mints

These mints are made with water, xylitol, mint extract and pomegranate juice (to make ’em pink). Xylitol is a sweetner found in the fiber of many fruits and vegetables that fights tooth decay. Much of commercial xylitol is derived from corn, but there are some companies that produce it from birch. If you don’t feel […]


We were inspired to make toothpaste when we found out that a very popular brand has a pesticide as one of the ingredients (?!) and 7 out of the 17 ingredients are possible carcinogens. That’s a lot of goop in the tube. Ingredients: 1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin 1 tbsp castile liquid […]

Gummi Bears

These gummi bears are made with fruit juice (for flavor/color), agar powder, sugar and gelatin. Here is the recipe that will surely put a smile on your face (unlike some other popular brands!). Ingredients: 1 cup pure fruit juice Sugar to taste ¾ tbs agar powder 3 envelopes gelatin Directions: Stir together in pot over […]