Vote For Your Favorite Photo of the RBG Action Figure

To mark the successful delivery of our first shipment of RBG Action Figures,* we ran an Instagram contest to find the best photo of our little Justice, tagged #NotoriousAF (get it?). We received more than 700 entries from RBG fans all over the world, so the FCTRY team got together to do the difficult task of choosing our top 10 photos.

In the spirit of democracy, we want YOU to vote for your favorite. The lucky winner will receive a full set of Real Life Action FiguresCheck out the top 10 photos below, and scroll to the bottom to vote for your favorite.

*For those of you who ordered your RBG after the first shipment, be on the lookout for her to arrive soon. Shipping begins next week!

@selgear’s RBG Mosh Pit 

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#notoriousaf #rbgmoshpit

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@robrobrobyeah’s Fearless Girl

@astronautof’s Baby RBG

@akittycalledruth’s Purrrfect Playmate

@tainaconcurls’ Justice Flakes

@pake50’s Beach Walk

@marciabee’s Out of Office

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#NOTORIOUSAF There’s the door, Mr. Trump!

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@blanketmichaeljackson’s Cheeto Smash

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#notoriousaf RBG TCB⚡️

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@gaelen’s Dissent Dogs

@ape_owl’s Supreme Stance

Decided on your favorite? Click the button below to vote! Voting closes Wednesday 11/21/18.


Bring On the Blue Wave

There’s an 85% chance the Democrats will take back the house after the mid-term elections on Tuesday, but that’s no reason to sit back and relax. We figured you might want to post something on social media before the mid-terms encouraging others to vote — you’re good like that — so we created these fun graphics to help you out. Scroll down to see Liz, Barack, and Bernie advocating for change (and yes, POTUS makes an appearance too).

Click the download links and get sharing!

AF_MidtermElections_Warren

Download Liz

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Download Barry

AF_MidtermElections_Bernie_Wages

Download Bernie

AF_MidtermElections_Trump

Download the Evil Cheeto


Meet RBG’s Notorious Posse

Paper Dolls for Discerning Dissenters, Featuring Marty Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Sandra Day O’Connor. Oh, and The Notorious B.I.G.

And, unlike Paul Manafort, they’re totally free.

Earlier this year, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of our Ruth Bader Ginsburg Action Figure based on the sculpture by artist Mike Leavitt. We were blown away by the response to the campaign. It smashed our previous record, raising a whopping $613,705 from more than 15,000 backers, each taking home an RBG (or two, or three) to call their own.

During the campaign, we promised to give everyone a set of free paper doll friends to keep RBG company, and today we’re making good on that promise.

RBG’s Paper Doll Posse is made up of iconic characters including the Justice’s late hubby Marty, sister-in-law and fellow Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, dearly-departed friend, foil and colleague Antonin Scalia, and the not-quite-as Notorious B.I.G. The squad is here to stand by your RBG, wherever she may be dissenting in your home or office. So what are you waiting for? Click the download link below and get printing.

Paper hater? Try these alternatives for your posse.

Sticker Paper: Dig out your ’90s sticker book or slap ’em on your laptop with printable sticker paper.

Magnet Sheets: Up your fridge magnet game by printing them on magnetic paper.

Fabric Paper: Take the doll in paper dolls a step further by printing your posse on fabric paper. Print two of each, sew them together and stuff them with cotton wool for a more huggable crew.

Mod Podge: Use this clear sealant to adorn your favorite coffee mug or frame with your choice of posse members. Simply print them on regular paper and slather with the Podge.

Don’t forget to show us what your posse is up to by posting your snaps to Instagram and tagging us @fctry. For more RBG news, check out how money raised from our Kickstarter campaign is helping girls all over the world.


12 Best Cafes and Restaurants Near the Javits Center

Here for NYNOW? Avoid overpriced, mediocre convention center food with Our Winter 2018 FCTRY Guide to Places to Eat and Drink Near the Javits Center.

Overpriced cafeteria food served in dimly lit spaces is one thing to not look forward to when you’re going to the Javits Center for NYNOW. Javits, and its surrounding Hudson Yards area, has largely been considered a food desert with not much else besides buses and construction. That has slowly, but surely been changing with the advent of new developments in the area, making it ripe for new restaurants and cafes. 

As New Yorkers and long-time Javits exhibitors, we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite local places to eat and drink near the Javits Center. From quick breakfasts to classy dinners for the hungry buyer, we have you covered for NYNOW.

FCTRY’s NYNOW Food & Drink Map

Map not working? Click here to check it out!

New Year, New Spots

The food scene in New York is an ever-changing landscape, which comes with the territory of an extremely competitive food market. New restaurants pop up every day, with plenty that have joined the scene since the last NYNOW. We gathered our top picks for favorite new restaurant so you can skip the ones that won’t be around come next NYNOW.

bite. – 14 minute car ride – $

bite. is a sort of institution in the Manhattan lunch scene with locations in NoHo, Flatiron, and Union Square. We’re adding them to the list because they do lunch right, and by that we mean cheap, fast, and good. That’s a hard combo to get right when you’re in the midst of one of the world’s busiest lunch rushes, but bite. will treat you and your wallet well. It’s not close to Javits to grab during NYNOW, but if you’re out exploring then stop in for a quick bite.

  • Quick, casual food.
  • Affordable.
  • FCTRY Pick: Mediterranean Schnitzel. Erica sometimes wishes the FCTRY office was based in busy Midtown to be a little closer to the pita-wrapped schnitzel goodness.

Atla – 21 minute car ride – $$

Atla is a reliable newcomer to the NYC food scene, whether you’re craving breakfast or dinner. Atla is the latest and most accessible iteration from some of the most celebrated Mexican chefs in the city. It aims for health-conscious meals and locally-sourced ingredients without too much of the pretension.

  • Quality food and informal dining.
  • Health-conscious options.
  • Extensive beverage menu.
  • FCTRY Pick: Chia Oatmeal.

Empellon – 17 minute car ride – $$$

Empellon has taken NYC by storm for its unique takes on Mexican classics and beautiful presentations. It is on the pricier side, but their appetizers are big enough to require sharing. Grab your colleagues and settle in at Empellon for a good round of drinks and bites from their taqueria menu.

  • Upscale Mexican food.
  • Great for groups and sharing.
  • FCTRY Pick: Tacos and their avocado dessert. There’s some sort of magic going on here because Empellon makes you think you’re eating a simple avocado, but hits you with a lime-y sublime surprise.

Coffee that ISN’T Starbucks

If you’re like us, you need a strong cup of coffee or two to get you through a long day at NYNOW. The Starbucks in Javits is the closest and most convenient, but be warned. It suffers from long lines, poor service, and worst, some of the most expensive, marked up prices for a Starbucks. You’ll thank us later for the better coffee.

1. Think Coffee – 10 minute walk –  $

This particular Think Coffee location is tucked away in the courtyard of Silver Towers so you’ll be shielded from the buzz of NYC traffic. Just make sure you don’t miss it when you’re walking by.

  • Quiet atmosphere for working. Think library levels of quiet.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Outdoor seating.
  • Reliable, delicious coffee.
  • FCTRY Pick: Dough Doughnuts. Go for the Dulce de Leche if they have it.
© 2017 Think Coffee.

2. Romeo and Juliet Columbian Coffee – 11 minute walk – $

It’s as close as Think Coffee, but the atmosphere is more relaxed. This is the place to go if you’re looking to make some calls while enjoying a caffeine boost. There always seems to be a place to sit and spread out if you need to get some work done, even at its peak.

  • Casual, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Plenty of (indoor) tables and seating.
  • Extensive menu of both hot and cold drinks.
  • Strong, delicious coffee.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Outdoor seating.

3. Rustic Table – 13 minute walk – $$

If you’re looking for a sit-down place to grab your morning coffee and a hot breakfast then Rustic Table should be your pick. Rustic Table has salads, sandwiches, and classic breakfast favorites on top of a solid coffee menu. Better yet, Rustic Table strives to source all of its ingredients from local farms.

  • Farm to table food.
  • All-day breakfast plus tasty lunch options.
  • Great ambiance.
  • Coffee and healthy smoothies.
  • Free Wi-Fi.

4. Old Country Coffee – 10 minute walk – $

Old Country Coffee is a nearby cafe to grab a quick drink and snack. The cute decor and the friendly staff will make you feel like you’re in a much quieter city. Stop by for a little breather away from the chaos around Javits.

  • Friendly staff.
  • Offers hot food & pastries.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • FCTRY Pick: Lavendar Tea Latte

Lunch Spots with Shorter Lines and (Much) Better Food

Grab a bite to eat outside of the cafeteria for tastier, healthier options at a great value. You’ll escape the chaos of the cafeteria and get a better bang for your buck.

5. Friedman’s – 8 minute walk – $$ 
Friedman’s whips up home-style cooking and serves it with a friendly flair. They serve everything from breakfast favorites like pancakes topped with seasonal fruits to All-American dinner classics like steaks and burgers. You can’t go wrong at Friedman’s, especially if you worked up an appetite.

  • Full bar.
  • Gluten-Free.
  • Hearty breakfast options.
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Lamb Burger

6. Sunac Natural Market – 10 minute walk – $

Sunac is perfect for a quick pick-me-up. Grab some snacks, fresh fruits, or a full meal. Sunac offers a wide array of lunch options, which includes a grill, an Asian food bar, a salad/smoothie station, and a hot food buffet. The only downside is that there isn’t space to sit so you’ll need to retreat back to Javits to eat.

  • Open 24/7.
  • Hot food buffet.
  • Asian food bar.
  • Salad/Smoothie Station.
  • Deli & Grill.
  • Cafe.
  • Fresh veggies & fruits.
© 2017 Manhattan Sideways

7. The Gotham West Market – 13 minute walk – $-$$

Gotham West features some of New York’s cult food hits in the ultimate artisanal food court. You’ll find anything from ramen to tacos to sushi burritos. It does get rather rowdy in here so look elsewhere if you’re looking for a quiet place to unwind.

  • Variety of restaurants.
  • Plenty of tables and seating.
  • FCTRY’s Picks: Ample Hills Creamery for Ice Cream & Uma Temakeria for the Sushi Burrito.

8. Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine – 10 minute walk – $$

If you want some classic American comfort food then go to Clyde Frazier’s. The meals are hearty and the atmosphere is casual if you’re looking for a place to get some drinks after the show. It’s only a block away so it’s one of the closest options.

  • Casual ambiance.
  • Sports bar with TVs.
  • Full bar.
  • Close to Javits.

9. Larb Ubol – 14 minute walk – $

Go to Larb Ubol for authentic Thai food. It has an expansive menu that goes beyond the usual Pad Thai and fried rice options. Service is quick and lunch specials are available if you’re craving spice during your midday slump.

  • Authentic Thai.
  • Lunch Specials.
  • FCTRY Picks: Chicken Pad See Ew & Kra Prao.

Dinner and Drinks

If you did go with Javits Center for lunch then treat yourself with somewhere special for dinner and drinks. Let’s face it, you deserve it after eight hours walking the show floor.

10. PRINT. & The Press Lounge – 8 minute car ride – $$$ 

The view at The Press Lounge roof.

A top FCTRY Recommendation! This trendy restaurant specializes in fine American dining, with dishes ranging from Wagyu Beef Carpaccio to more traditional fare such as Roasted Chicken and Ribeye Steak. Print. is located at the Ink48 Hotel with The Press Lounge upstairs. Head on up once you’re done with dinner for amazing rooftop views of the city and great drinks.

  • Farm-to-table food.
  • Organic.
  • Ideal if you’re in the mood to impress.
  • Rooftop view of the city.
  • FCTRY Picks: Goat Cheese Gnocchi, Short Ribs, & Fettuccine.

11. Mala Project  – 20 minute car ride – $$

Mala Project has quickly become a FCTRY favorite in the office. Discovered by Lucas after some late-night cravings for authentic Chinese food, Mala Project delivers customizable options and delightful spice. They are known for their dry hot pot, which they prepare for you with ingredients that you choose in a spicy stir-fry.

  • Affordable
  • Large portions.
  • Great for large groups.
  • Casual.
  • FCTRY Pick: Dry Hot Pot. Lucas recommends picking lotus root and glass noodles as ingredients to add, in addition to chicken breast and enoki mushrooms. Start off with a milder spice level if you’re unsure.

12. Minca – 25 minute car ride  – $$
According to FCTRY Ramen Connoiseur, Lucas, this is the best place to get ramen in the city. “Don’t go anywhere else [for ramen]. They’re all garbage,” he claims. With a flavorful, hearty broth and satisfyingly chewy noodles, the Basic Broth is anything, BUT basic.

  • Authentic ramen.
  • Cash Only.
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Basic Broth Ramen & Gyoza.

Looking for old favorites?

Check out the Summer 2017 Food GuideWinter 2017 Food Guide, and the Summer 2016 Food Guide.

What did we miss?

We know we’re not the only ones who’ve spent too much time around the Javits Center. What are your favorite spots? Use the comments below to let us know!

Say Hello!

Stop by our booth #7838 and tell us your favorite Fruit style of the Hipsterkid Umbrellas to get $5 off your order at NYNOW.


10 Ways to Make It Fun for NYNOW

Relax and enjoy yourself while you’re in New York City with 10 FCTRY-approved ways to make it fun.

When you’re not busy scouring the show floor for new merchandise, take a moment to relax and enjoy the city, especially if you’re coming in from out of town. We handpicked a list of top places to help you unwind for the sweet moments when you can escape the Javits. Take an adventure somewhere and make it fun!

FCTRY’s Make It Fun Map

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Stress-Relief

Sometimes, the most enjoyable thing to do is to take it easy. Here are some of our picks to have a drama-free, low-key time in the city to relieve yourself of work-related stress!

1. Meow Parlor & Koneko – Lower East Side/East Village – $ – Meow Parlow Website // Koneko Website

You’re in luck if you’re craving some feline cuddle time. New York is now home to not just one, but TWO cat cafes. Meow Parlor and Koneko have rescue cats that roam free throughout the cafe. Feel free to pet, play, and snuggle with them. The best part is that the cats at both cafes are adoptable, making it a great way to find homes for shelter kitties. Be warned, reservations for both places are highly recommended if you want to ensure your spot at the cafe.

  • Adoptable Cute Cats.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Coffee & Sweets.
© 2017 Phillip Van Nostrand at Koneko NYC.

2. Great Jones Spa – NoHo – $$$ – Website

If water and relaxation go hand in hand for you then you might like Great Jones Spa. It has everything from pools and water lounges to a 3-story waterfall. Even if you’re not the aquatic type then you’ll find bliss with their Swedish massages or some time spent in their river rock sauna.

  • Pools & Water Lounge.
  • 3-story Waterfall.
  • Swedish and Hot Stone Massage.
  • River Rock Sauna.
  • Color-therapy Steam Room.
  • Mani Pedis.
  • Facials.

3. Yelo Spa – Chelsea – $$$ – Website

This is one of those… unique spa experiences. Unlike the earthy, soft color palettes of most spas, Yelo Spa uses mod decor and a vibrant, near neon color palette. One of their star services is actually for napping. I know, I know, who pays money to nap? But Yelo Spa boasts that it’ll you give one of the best, restorative naps that you can have with a specially-designed zero-gravity chair. Besides that, Yelo Spa has a reliable array of your average spa services such as massages, mani pedis, and facials.

  • Massages.
  • Mani Pedis.
  • Facials
  • Zero-gravity naps.
  • Flat-rate pricing for services.

4. Nam’s Skin Care & Spa – Hell’s Kitchen – $ – Website

Nam’s is a family-run establishment with a reputation for affordable services and great mani pedis. It’s a no-frills salon that gets you in and out in no time. Book an appointment via Yelp and stop by on your way to the Javits for a quick refresh on your nails.

  • Affordable.
  • Quick.
  • FCTRY Pick: Manicure & Pedicure Combo Package

Museum Musings

The city is home to dozens of museums with some of the finest art in the world. Dabble in some cultural fun by strolling through our favorite pleasantly air-conditioned museums.

© 2017 Benjamin Sutton of the Whitney terrace.

5. Whitney Museum of American Art – Meatpacking District – $ – Website

Go on Friday, between 7-9:30PM to get pay-what-you-wish pricing. Granted, you won’t have too much time to take in all of the art, but it’s an affordable way to get a taste for the museum. The new Whitney opened at its Meatpacking District location back in 2015, and its latest location is a sight to behold, both the building and the view. Head straight for the 5th and 6th floor if you’re on a time crunch so you can check out the outdoor art installations on its terrace.

  • 20th & 21st Century American Art.
  • Terrace with Outdoor Art Installations.
  • FCTRY Pick: The Calder: Hypermobility Exhibit.

6. Museum of the Moving Image – Astoria – $ – Website

© 2017 Thanassi Karageorgiou

Museum of the Moving Image, or MOMI for short, is a favorite of our Marketing team with its focus on digital art. It’s a must-see if you’re a Jim Henson fan. MOMI opened up its Jim Henson exhibit in July, four years after the Henson family donated a large chunk of its archives and puppets. Check out the Muppets and Sesame Street props as well as some of Henson’s lesser-known experimental work. Even if you’re not a fan of the Muppets, MOMI has a mind-blowing GIF installation in its elevator, a video arcade exhibit, and curated film screenings.

  • Jim Henson Exhibit.
  • Digital Art.
  • Free on Friday evenings.
  • FCTRY Pick: A 70MM Screening of Pink Floyd’s The Wall on Friday, Aug. 19th!

7. Metropolitan Museum of Art – Upper East Side – $$ – Website

Of course, what NYC museum list would be complete without the Met? The Met features some of the finest art in the world, and it’s all well within reach if you’re staying somewhere in Midtown. The Met has suggested donations so though they say $25, you can pay however much you want to enter.

  • Art Collections include Egyptian, Greek & Roman, Medieval, American, Art from Africa, Oceania, & Americas, European, Modern & Contemporary Art.
  • FCTRY Pick: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. The fashion on display will leave you shook!

Low Cost, More Fun.

Let’s face it. New York City is an expensive place to be in and spending money on tourist-y stuff isn’t for everyone. We think you might enjoy these as low-cost and free alternatives to the more expensive aspects of visiting NYC.

8. The High Line – Hudson Yards – Free! – Website

Start off near the Javits Center and work your way down the park. The section between 30th and 34th St. is actually the newest part of the High Line with its debut in 2014. You don’t need to walk the whole 1.45 mile long trek and we don’t blame you if you don’t. It’s a lot of walking after a few days spent trekking through the Javits, but it’s a recent addition to the NYC tourism scene that we encourage everyone to check out if they want to know the city more intimately.

  • Free.
  • Near the Javits.
  • Urban Nature Walk.

9. Brooklyn Brewery Tour – Williamsburg – Free-$ – Website 

On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Brooklyn Brewery offers free toursGet a glimpse of how one of our favorite breweries makes their beer at their homebase in Williamsburg. If you don’t want to tour the facilities then go to their tasting room to try out some of Brooklyn’s best beer on top. You can hit up one of Williamsburg’s many food options once you’re done like M Shanghai or Cafe Mogador.

  • Free.
  • Brooklyn Brewery on tap.
  • FCTRY Pick: Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale.

10. Smorgasburg – Williamsburg – $ – Website

If you’re itching to escape the hustle of Manhattan then hop on the subway to Williamsburg on Saturday to check out Smorgasburg. It’s a great way to guarantee that you can taste some of the most popular food hot spots in Brooklyn. The best part is the gorgeous waterfront view. If you’re not up for the journey then go to SoHo for Smorg Square, Manhattan’s newly open version of the popular food market.

  • Waterfront Views.
  • Choice of NYC/Brooklyn Cult Food Hits.
  • Only open on Saturday in Williamsburg, Sunday in Prospect Park.
  • FCTRY Pick: The Sweet Spot for, well, something sweet!

What did we miss?

We’d love to hear what you love to do while you’re in the city. What are your favorite things to do in NYC? Use the comments below to let us know!

Say Hello!

Stop by and say “Nice to meet you, Hipsterkid!” to get $5 off your order at NYNOW. It only works if you say it in person. 🙂


12 Best Cafes and Restaurants Near the Javits Center

Here for NYNOW? Avoid overpriced, mediocre convention center food with Our Summer 2017 FCTRY Guide to Places to Eat and Drink Near the Javits Center.

Overpriced cafeteria food served in dimly lit spaces is one thing to not look forward to when you’re going to the Javits Center for NYNOW. Javits, and its surrounding Hudson Yards area, has largely been considered a food desert with not much else besides buses and construction. That has slowly, but surely been changing with the advent of new developments in the area, making it ripe for new restaurants and cafes. 

As New Yorkers and long-time Javits exhibitors, we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite local places to eat and drink near the Javits Center. From quick breakfasts to classy dinners for the hungry buyer, we have you covered for NYNOW. Save yourself from mundane coffee and sad sandwiches with our guide for NYNOW Summer 2017!

FCTRY’s NYNOW Food & Drink Map

Map not working? Click here to check it out!

Coffee that ISN’T Starbucks

If you’re like us, you need a strong cup of coffee or two to get you through a long day at NYNOW. The Starbucks in Javits is the closest and most convenient, but be warned. It suffers from long lines, poor service, and worst, some of the most expensive, marked up prices for a Starbucks. You’ll thank us later for the better coffee.

1. Think Coffee – 10 minute walk –  $

This particular Think Coffee location is tucked away in the courtyard of Silver Towers so you’ll be shielded from the buzz of NYC traffic. Just make sure you don’t miss it when you’re walking by.

  • Quiet atmosphere for working. Think library levels of quiet.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Outdoor seating.
  • Reliable, delicious coffee.
  • FCTRY Pick: Dough Doughnuts. Go for the Dulce de Leche if they have it.
© 2017 Think Coffee.

2. Romeo and Juliet Columbian Coffee – 11 minute walk – $

It’s as close as Think Coffee, but the atmosphere is more relaxed. This is the place to go if you’re looking to make some calls while enjoying a caffeine boost. There always seems to be a place to sit and spread out if you need to get some work done, even at its peak.

  • Casual, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Plenty of (indoor) tables and seating.
  • Extensive menu of both hot and cold drinks.
  • Strong, delicious coffee.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Outdoor seating.

3. Rustic Table – 13 minute walk – $$

If you’re looking for a sit-down place to grab your morning coffee and a hot breakfast then Rustic Table should be your pick. Rustic Table has salads, sandwiches, and classic breakfast favorites on top of a solid coffee menu. Better yet, Rustic Table strives to source all of its ingredients from local farms.

  • Farm to table food.
  • All-day breakfast plus tasty lunch options.
  • Great ambiance.
  • Coffee and healthy smoothies.
  • Free Wi-Fi.

4. Old Country Coffee – 10 minute walk – $

Old Country Coffee is a nearby cafe to grab a quick drink and snack. The cute decor and the friendly staff will make you feel like you’re in a much quieter city. Stop by for a little breather away from the chaos around Javits.

  • Friendly staff.
  • Offers hot food & pastries.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • FCTRY Pick: Lavendar Tea Latte

Lunch Spots with Shorter Lines and (Much) Better Food

Grab a bite to eat outside of the cafeteria for tastier, healthier options at a great value. You’ll escape the chaos of the cafeteria and get a better bang for your buck.

5. Friedman’s – 8 minute walk – $$ 
Friedman’s whips up home-style cooking and serves it with a friendly flair. They serve everything from breakfast favorites like pancakes topped with seasonal fruits to All-American dinner classics like steaks and burgers. You can’t go wrong at Friedman’s, especially if you worked up an appetite.

  • Full bar.
  • Gluten-Free.
  • Hearty breakfast options.
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Lamb Burger

6. Sunac Natural Market – 10 minute walk – $

Sunac is perfect for a quick pick-me-up. Grab some snacks, fresh fruits, or a full meal. Sunac offers a wide array of lunch options, which includes a grill, an Asian food bar, a salad/smoothie station, and a hot food buffet. The only downside is that there isn’t space to sit so you’ll need to retreat back to Javits to eat.

  • Open 24/7.
  • Hot food buffet.
  • Asian food bar.
  • Salad/Smoothie Station.
  • Deli & Grill.
  • Cafe.
  • Fresh veggies & fruits.
© 2017 Manhattan Sideways

7. The Gotham West Market – 13 minute walk – $-$$

Gotham West features some of New York’s cult food hits in the ultimate artisanal food court. You’ll find anything from ramen to tacos to sushi burritos. It does get rather rowdy in here so look elsewhere if you’re looking for a quiet place to unwind.

  • Variety of restaurants.
  • Plenty of tables and seating.
  • FCTRY’s Picks: Ample Hills Creamery for Ice Cream & Uma Temakeria for the Sushi Burrito.

8. Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine – 10 minute walk – $$

If you want some classic American comfort food then go to Clyde Frazier’s. The meals are hearty and the atmosphere is casual if you’re looking for a place to get some drinks after the show. It’s only a block away so it’s one of the closest options.

  • Casual ambiance.
  • Sports bar with TVs.
  • Full bar.
  • Close to Javits.

9. Larb Ubol – 14 minute walk – $

Go to Larb Ubol for authentic Thai food. It has an expansive menu that goes beyond the usual Pad Thai and fried rice options. Service is quick and lunch specials are available if you’re craving spice during your midday slump.

  • Authentic Thai.
  • Lunch Specials.
  • FCTRY Picks: Chicken Pad See Ew & Kra Prao.

Dinner and Drinks

If you did go with Javits Center for lunch then treat yourself with somewhere special for dinner and drinks. Let’s face it, you deserve it after eight hours walking the show floor.

10. PRINT. & The Press Lounge – 8 minute car ride – $$$ 

The view at The Press Lounge roof.

A top FCTRY Recommendation! This trendy restaurant specializes in fine American dining, with dishes ranging from Wagyu Beef Carpaccio to more traditional fare such as Roasted Chicken and Ribeye Steak. Print. is located at the Ink48 Hotel with The Press Lounge upstairs. Head on up once you’re done with dinner for amazing rooftop views of the city and great drinks.

  • Farm-to-table food.
  • Organic.
  • Ideal if you’re in the mood to impress.
  • Rooftop view of the city.
  • FCTRY Picks: Goat Cheese Gnocchi, Short Ribs, & Fettuccine.

11. Bea – 8 minute car ride – $$
Escape the chaos of the city by stepping into Bea. Bea offers a warm, intimate ambiance, making you feel like you’re in another time period. Bea features a creative drink menu with some exciting twists on classic American cuisine.

  • Original drink menu.
  • Cool vibes.
  • Great place to lounge.
  • FCTRY Pick: Ricotta and Honey Toast.

12. Minca – 25 minute car ride  – $$
According to FCTRY Ramen Connoiseur, Lucas, this is the best place to get ramen in the city. “Don’t go anywhere else [for ramen]. They’re all garbage,” he claims. With a flavorful, hearty broth and satisfyingly chewy noodles, the Basic Broth is anything, BUT basic.

  • Authentic ramen.
  • Cash Only.
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Basic Broth Ramen & Gyoza.

The FCTRY Booth – NYNOW Booth 7838 – FREE!
If you’re at Javits Center and in need of a little late day pick-me-up then come over to the FCTRY booth after 5PM. We’ll be serving up some strong margaritas right in our booth. It’s a little tradition of ours that we love to uphold.

  • Free Margaritas in Gummygoods Bubbles Bottles
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Go for the ones made by Tyler. They’ll have an extra kick to them.

New Year, New Spots

The food scene in New York is an ever-changing landscape, which comes with the territory of an extremely competitive food market. New restaurants pop up every day, with plenty that have joined the scene since the last NYNOW. We gathered our top picks for favorite new restaurant so you can skip the ones that won’t be around come next NYNOW.

Los Tacos No. 1  – 12 minute car ride – $

Boasting some of the best tacos in New York, Los Tacos No,. 1’s new location in Times Square is a tasty option for someone looking to stick to a budget. Consider Los Tacos one of New York’s best steals, with so much good food for such a low price. It’s right off of Times Square Station so you can hop on the 7 and be there in no time.

  • Affordable
  • Critically-acclaimed tacos
  • Quick. Think good fast food, but leagues beyond the quality of McD’s.
  • Casual.
  • FCTRY Pick: Tacos, of course! You can’t go wrong with whichever type you pick.

Emily  – 20 minute car ride – $$

With its roots in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill, Emily is a familiar name to a lot of us at FCTRY. Emily does everything from the classic margherita pizza to odd flavor combos like the miso queso and bacon Pig Freaker. Emily’s first Manhattan home opened this June in the West Village so you can get a taste of this beloved Brooklyn pizza.

  • Interesting Flavors.
  • Beloved Brooklyn Pizza.
  • Hearty Burgers.
  • FCTRY Pick: The rectangular Detroit-style pizza.
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Smorg Square  – 16 minute car ride – $-$$

Can’t get enough of all the food options that New York has to offer? Make it easier for all involved by going to Smorg Square, the new Manhattan spin-off of the famous Brooklyn-borne Smorgasburg. This is the surefire hit to satisfy everyone’s cravings if you’re traveling with a group of people. Everything from Japanese and Jamaican to seafood and healthy juice options co-exist in this new market. It opens August 19th, just in time for NYNOW! Be warned that it’s only open from Friday thru Sunday so make sure to make time for it if it’s a top priority.

  • Variety of food options.
  • Quick.
  • Affordable.
  • Casual.
  • FCTRY Picks: Lumpia Shack for its namesake: lumpia (Filipino spring rolls) & The Good Batch for something sweet.

Looking for old favorites?

Check out the Winter 2017 Food Guide and the Summer 2016 Food Guide.

What did we miss?

We know we’re not the only ones who’ve spent too much time around the Javits Center. What are your favorite spots? Use the comments below to let us know!

Say Hello!

Stop by our booth #7838 and say “Nice to meet you, Hipsterkid!” to get $5 off your order at NYNOW. It only works if you say it in person. 🙂


Vote for the Next Action Figure

In our quest for turning our real-life heroes into action figures, we’ve turned it over to you to help us decide who we should make next. Take a moment to read about each of these fearless women and let your voices be heard on who you want.

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Junko-Tabei (1)

“I can’t understand why men make all this fuss about Everest– It’s only a mountain.” 

September 22, 1939 – October 20, 2016 | Japan

Junko Tabei was the first woman to climb Mt. Everest and the first woman to ascend all Seven Summits. She relentlessly pursued climbing despite perceived frail health, modest finances, and sexism with her male counterparts. The women in her Japanese Women’s Everest Expedition had to stitch together much of their own equipment for the journey due to lack of sponsorships while also balancing jobs and motherhood in order to make the history-making journey. Following her mountaineering adventures, Tabei devoted her life to ecological efforts focused on preserving mountain environments.

 

Berta-Isabel-Cáceres (2)

“They are afraid of us because we are not afraid of them.”

March 4, 1971 – March 3, 2016 | Honduras

Berta Isabel Cáceres was an environmental and indigenous rights activist who worked towards defending the land and rights of the Lenca people. Caceres co-founded the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) to unite and support indigenous groups against corrupt government and the destruction of indigenous land. She was best known for organizing the campaign to stop the construction of the Agua Zarca dam in Río Gualcarque for which she was assassinated for in 2016.

 

Grace-Hopper (1)

“Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, “We’ve always done it this way.” I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.”

December 9th, 1906 – January 1st, 1992 | United States

Grace Hopper was a pioneering computer scientist and a US Navy rear admiral, known for her impact on modern computer programming languages of today. She invented the first compiler for computer programming languages, which replaced obtuse mathematical symbols into ordinary English words to make programming more accessible. Her work led to the development of COBOL and has impacted the core philosophy behind the creation of subsequent programming languages. In addition, Hopper served in the Navy during World War II as a part of an all-female division called Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), which placed women in fields beyond nursing. It was during this time that Hopper discovered her love for programming after previously striking a career as a mathematics professor.

 

Tawakkol-Karman (2)

“I think if I can be in the street with the people I can achieve more than if I am the president.”

February 7, 1979 | Yemen

Tawakkol Karman is the first Yemeni and the first Arab woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, for which she earned through her work for women’s rights. While working as a journalist in Yemen, Karman vocally protested for press freedom and organized weekly protests calling for reform. She is the co-founder and leader of Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC), a human rights group that promotes the rights for freedom of opinion and expression, and democratic rights.

 

Billie-Jean-King (1)

“When you oppress people either by gender, by race, by sexual orientation, when you do that and the doors become ajar, they will fly open and they will come, and they have.”

November 22, 1943 | United States

Billie Jean King is regarded as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time with 39 Grand Slam titles. She cemented that title when she won the Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Bobby Riggs, who had declared female players as inferior. King is also one of the first professional female athletes to come out as a lesbian when she was forcibly outed in 1981, which led to losing all of her endorsements overnight. Since then, King has become an advocate for LGBT rights, gender equality, and social justice.

 

Yayoi-Kusama (2)

“Every time I have had a problem, I have confronted it with the ax of art.”

March 22, 1929 | Japan

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese multi-medium, avant-garde, contemporary artist. As one of the most influential female artists, her work has impacted pop, minimalist, and feminist art movements. Her success did not come without conflict: she defied her family who did not support her artistic ambitions and has openly (and candidly) dealt with mental health disorders. She is known for her Infinity Rooms, her love for polka dots, and exquisite works of art encapsulated in everything from performance to installations.

 

Wangari-Maathai (2)

“When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope.”

April 1, 1940 – September 25, 2011 | Kenya

Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots, indigenous organization focused on environmental conservation and community development that trains women in forestry, bee-keeping, and other trades. Her work uniquely bridged environmental conservation, women’s rights, poverty, and democracy. Maathai was the first Eastern African woman to receive a Ph.D., and the first African woman and environmentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in sustainable development, democracy, and peace.

 

Miss-Major (1)

“When I see younger girls out shopping in the daytime in their attire, it fills my heart with so much pride. Our visibility is marvelous. Who knew it would turn out like this?”

October 25, 1940 | United States

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is a transgender rights activist, known for her actions during the Stonewall Riots and community organizing for trans women, particularly for trans women of color. During the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, Miss Major organized community efforts to provide services and care for those affected. Miss Major is a vocal critic of the prison-industrial complex as well as the exclusion of transgender persons in mainstream society. She is currently the Executive Direct for the Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project, which supports incarcerated transgender persons.

 

Wilma-Mankiller (1)

“The most fulfilled people are the ones who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves.”

November 18, 1945 – April 4, 2010 | United States

Wilma Mankiller was the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation who oversaw a rejuvenation of the Cherokee community through her focus on economic development and health. Born in Oklahoma, she was raised in California when her family moved there as a part of government relocation programs for Cherokee people. Experiencing the Civil Rights Movements led to her progressive and revolutionary passion for revitalizing the Cherokee Nation. She faced rampant sexism from existing Cherokee leadership but was determined to better her community and prove to young Cherokee girls that they could achieve the seemingly impossible. Mankiller was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993 and honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.

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12 Best Cafes, Bars, and Restaurants Near the Javits Center

Here for NYNOW? Avoid overpriced, mediocre convention center food with the Winter 2017 FCTRY Guide to Places to Eat and Drink Near the Javits Center.

Let’s be real. No one comes to New York City and looks forward to bland, overpriced cafeteria food served in a dimly lit space. It’s the sort of experience you can expect at the Javits, and venturing outside can be daunting for the New York City newcomer. Once a barren desert of endless construction, more and more exquisite places to eat are popping up by the Javits.

As New Yorkers (okay, Brooklynites) and long-time Javits exhibitors, we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite places to eat and drink near the Javits Center so that you can make the most of your time in our fair city. From quick breakfasts to classy dinners for the hangry hungry buyer, we’ve got you covered for NYNOW with fresh bites for 2017!

Coffee that ISN’T Starbucks!

1. Think Coffee – 10 minute walk –  $
Think Coffee is a well-known and beloved NYC coffee chain and, lucky for us, they have multiple locations within easy walking distance from the Javits. Try out the one two blocks north of the Javits, hidden away in the courtyard of a residential tower. Its peaceful, chill atmosphere is perfect if you need to catch up on some work away from the noise.

Melissa’s Pick: Dough Doughnuts

2. Blue Bottle Coffee – 13 minute walk – $$
Located in the ultra hipster and swanky Gotham West Market, Blue Bottle Coffee has become a New York staple for caffeinated tastiness and quality baked goods. Stop in before, during, or after the show for a quick coffee fix!

3. Romeo and Juliet Columbian Coffee – 11 minute walk – $

Need an extensive coffee menu? And place to hole up for some work outside of the Javits? Romeo and Juliet has both, as well as decent selection of pastries.

Tyler’s Pick: Iced Coffee

Lunch Spots with Shorter Lines and (Much) Better Food

1. Friedman’s – 8 minute walk – $$ 
Friedman’s whips up home-style cooking and serves it with a friendly flair. They serve everything from breakfast favorites like pancakes topped with seasonal fruits to All-American dinner classics like steaks and burgers. You can’t go wrong at Friedman’s.

Reid’s Pick: The Lamb Burger

2. Sunac Natural Market – 10 minute walk – $
This full-service grocery store offers a wonderful array of healthy and affordable options for breakfast and lunch. Sunac Natural Market also features an impressive juice and smoothie menu for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up.

Highlight: Open 24/7

3. The Gotham West Market – 13 minute walk – $$
This landing pad is one of FCTRY’s all time favorites. It’s the ultimate artisanal food court with an artistic, urban ambiance. It’s home to a number of New York cult food hits, serving up anything from ramen to Mexican to sushi burritos.

Tyler’s Pick: El Colmado for the tapas
Erica’s Pick: Ample Hills Creamery for Snap Mallow Pop Ice Cream
Hunter’s Pick: Uma Temakeria for the Sushi Burrito

4. Rustic Table – 13 minute walk – $$
A cozy spot that serves the classic coffee, tea, and sandwiches that we all love. Serving up breakfast quiches to smoked salmon sandwiches, Rustic Table has a tasty treat for everyone.

Highlights: Farm-fresh food

Happy Hour? Drink Please!

1. The Press Lounge – 16 minute walk – $$
On top of the roof of the Ink48 Hotel, The Press Lounge has stunning and unmatched views of the city while overlooking the Hudson. This bar and lounge offers a menu ranging from unique cocktails to vino classics, alongside a modest sampling of bar foods. The Press Lounge does require an “elegant casual” dress code, meaning leave those Yankees baseball caps and LuLuLemons behind, and dress to impress.

Highlight: Rooftop lounge with views

2. ooviña – 14 minute walk – $$

ooviña is a tapas style restaurant with Mexican and Guatemalan influences. Unwind after the long trade show days with a small bite and a drink from their creative cocktail menu.

Amanda’s Pick – Yucca frites and the Sangria

* The FCTRY Booth – NYNOW Booth 7838 – FREE!!
If you’re at Javits Center and in need of a little late day pick-me-up then come over to the FCTRY booth after 5PM. We’ll be serving up some strong but tasty margaritas right there in our booth. It’s a little tradition of ours that we love to uphold.

Highlights – Handmade drinks served to you by Tyler in adorable Gummygoods bubbles bottles.

Dinner. Is. Served.

1. PRINT – 16 minute walk – $$$ 
Top FCTRY Recommendation! This trendy restaurant specializes in fine American dining, with dishes ranging from Wagyu Beef Carpaccio to more traditional fare such as Roasted Chicken and Ribeye Steak. Print is located at the Ink48 Hotel alongside the aforementioned drink pick, The Press Lounge, so head down once happy hour is over.

Alyssa’s Pick: Goat Cheese Gnocchi & Short Ribs
Jason’s Pick: Fettuccine

2. Bea – 18 minute walk – $$
Escape the chaos of the city by stepping into Bea. Bea offers a warm, intimate ambiance, making you feel like you’re in another time. Bea features a creative drink menu with some exciting twists on classic American cuisine.

Erica’s Pick: Ricotta and Honey Toast

3. Nizza – 20 minue walk – $$

In the mood for some classic Italian? Go to Nizza where you can load up on carbs. The best part is that they offer gluten-free options.

Amanda’s Pick: Gnocchi or the Pappardelle

 Downtown, for the Adventurous

We tried to focus on places you can walk to from the Javits Center but if we’re being honest, the only time we ever hang out up there is during trade shows. If you’re looking for something more authentically New York, you should probably head downtown.

1. Minca – 22 minute subway ride  – $$
According to FCTRY Ramen Connoiseur, Lucas, this is the best place to get ramen in the city. “Don’t go anywhere else [for ramen]. They’re all garbage,” he claims. With flavorful broths and satisfyingly chewy noodles, Minca’s a great place to check out if you’re in the mood for some authentic ramen. The Basic Broth is anything, BUT basic.

Lucas’s Pick: Basic Broth

2. Jack’s Wife Freda – 28 minute subway ride – $$
A simple and sweet spot for dinner in the West Village. Jack’s Wife Freda fuses American fare with touches of Mediterranean flavors. Dishes range from the classic hamburger to Spiced Rack of Lamb. If you’re looking for a nice, low key spot for dinner and drinks, Jack’s Wife Freda will absolutely fill that order.

Erica’s Pick: Chipotle Chocolate Cake

3. Vanessa’s Dumpling House – 30 minute subway ride – $$

Eric cites Vanessa’s as his go-to place for dinner when he’s in the downtown area. There is more than one location, but check out the one in the Lower East Side. Obviously go for the dumplings if you’re here as well as the savory pancakes.

Eric’s Pick: Fried Pork Dumplings, Duck Pancake

4. Flex Mussels – 20 minute subway ride – $$
Flex has an extensive list of original seafood entrees and platters, but if you’re at Flex, you’ve gotta go for the mussels. Obviously.

Janie’s Pick: Thai mussels and the Parma mussels, and any of the dessert donuts

What did we miss?

We know we’re not the only ones who’ve spent too much time around the Javits Center. What are your favorite spots? Use the comments below to let us know!

Stop by and say “I can’t live without Unicorn Snot” to get $5 off your order at NYNOW.
It only works if you say it in person.  🙂


10 Cool, New Bedtime Stories of 2016

Refresh your collection of bedtime stories with our top 10 favorite children books of 2016.

Bedtime is a precious time for nurturing the bond between you and your child. There are invaluable benefits of reading with your kid each night. You can always rely on the classic favorites like Where the Wild Things Are or Goodnight Moon for a nighttime read, but if you’re looking for some fresh reading material for your kid then look no further. We picked our 10 favorite, cool children’s books that have been released in the last year.

The Littlest Family’s Big Day by Emily Winfield Martin

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The Littlest Family’s Big Day takes one part cute woodland creatures with one part dreamy storytelling. Featuring the same soft imagery as her last books, your children will love the beautiful illustrations of the forest that the Littlest Family explores.

I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino

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Buckle up because children’s books just got meta. I Am a Story tells a story about stories so you’ll be reading a story about stories to your kid. Yaccarino uses bright colors and a simplified style to take a look at storytelling throughout the ages and around the world. From cave wall paintings to the local library, I Am a Story briefly sweeps over the history of the story in his newest book.

The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin

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Compared to the other books in this list, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep is a dense picture book. The writing is purposeful in its lengthiness, aimed to make your kid fall asleep without the need of pulling out Tolstoy’s War and Peace with its rhythmic, soothing style.  If your little one is notorious for getting excited by their bedtime book then The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep will be perfect for relaxing them for bed.

What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada

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“My problem held an opportunity. It was an opportunity for me to learn and to grow. To be brave. To do something.”

With Mae Besom’s delicate illustrations, Yamada encapsulates a great lesson for both young and old in the follow-up to his 2014 book What Do You Do With an Idea? It follows a young protagonist who encounters a problem that seems too daunting to deal with, but the way that he deals with it will inspire both you and your child for future challenges. Trust me, it’s a great lesson against procrastination and escapism.

Return by Aaron Becker

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is the final book in Becker’s trilogy, telling the story of a daughter and father who go on an imaginative adventure together. The book features no text, relying on the gorgeous illustrations to convey the journey of daughter and father. With no words, this book is a great opportunity to ask your kid to narrate the story as they understand it through the imagery. Let your kid take on the role of storyteller for the night.

Penguin Problems by Jory John

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Like Yamada’s book, Penguin Problems is a story about meeting challenges and how to deal with them. Penguin Problems follows a young penguin who meets obstacles everywhere he goes, but a chance encounter with a walrus changes his outlook on life. If your kid has ever had a tantrum over a seemingly simple problem then it would be good to read this together. Let them learn the wisdom of the walrus.

If You Give a Mouse a Brownie by Laura Numeroff

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Numeroff is back with another addition to her If You Give a…. series. The Mouse is back and with a similar taste for sweets as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Using the same circular formula, this book will surely elicit some laughter from your little one at the ridiculous heights a kid will go for his mouse friend.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

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Ada Twist, Scientist
is the latest book by Andrea Beaty, following in the likes of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect. Ada Twist is a young girl with a lot of questions and the gumption to figure out the answers. Encourage your little Einsteins to question and analyze the world around them with this book about curiosity. You may be hearing “Why?” or “How?” for a few days though…

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

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is the latest in Klassen’s books featuring animals who love hats. Klassen uses his distinctive style to illustrate the simple story of two turtles finding a hat. Do you love turtles? Do you love turtles who wear hats? You’ll like this.

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

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The last Elephant & Piggie book is a lighthearted farewell to the beloved series. The Thank You Book follows Elephant and Piggie as Piggie goes around thanking their friends. Using the familiar energy and humor of previous books, The Thank You Book is a sweet love letter to both the series and to the fans. Plus, your kid will be more than prepared for Thanksgiving after reading along with you.

Have you read any good books with your kids lately? Tell us what their favorite new book is!


How to Make Your Own Gummy Bears

Have you ever tried making the iconic gummy bear candy yourself? Gather your kids and treat everyone to something sweet!

The gummy bear has been a staple of America’s sweet tooth since its debut in 1922 and it is still going strong as everyone’s favorite candy. We love it so much that we even made an entire collection of products based around it. So we figured it was about time to try making the candy itself. What we found was that it is surprisingly easy to do it yourself! See for yourself how easy it is to make your own gummy bears at home.

Remember that making gummy bears requires a stove so make sure you are supervising the little ones during each step of the process.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup cold water
    You can replace the water with fruit juice of your choice for extra flavor
  • 1 package flavored gelatin
    Use any flavor that you prefer,
  • 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
    Gelatin is not a vegetarian ingredient. For alternative use, use agar powder.

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  • Bear-shaped silicone mold
    Bear-shaped molds can easily be found at your local crafts & hobby store or online. If you do not want to buy a new bear-shaped mold then any mold made from silicone will work. It’s important that the mold is made out of silicone as the flexible material will make it easier for you to pop them out when they’re done.
  • A measuring cup with a spout or a baster.
    Use one or the other to pour the mixture into the molds. We recommend the measuring cup as it is easier to clean than the baster.

Directions

  1. Pour the 1/2 cup of cold water into a pot. Do not heat the water yet.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin. Give it a brief stir.
  3. Add the packet of flavored gelatin.
  4. Mix well. Make sure there are no clumps of gelatin in the mixture.
  5. Have your molds ready nearby with your spouted measuring cup or baster handy.Note: The next steps involve using the stove so I suggest having your kid watch you do steps 6-9 unless they are old enough to use the stove with your supervision.
  6. Turn the stove on on low to medium heat. Keep mixing gently and slowly for about 10-15 minutes while the mixture heats up. Keep the heat low enough that the mixture doesn’t simmer. The gelatin will dissolve in the heat.
  7. Ensure that the gummy bear mixture is clear and free of all clumps.
  8. Take the pot off the heat.
  9. Portion out the mixture into the molds. Fill them up all the way, but do not let them overflow. Work quickly as you need to get the mixture into the molds before they get cool and solidify.
    If you have a measuring cup with a spout: Pour the mixture into the cup then use the spout to evenly distribute into the molds.
    If you have a baster: Dip the baster into the mixture and drop into the mold. Avoid bubbles.
  10. Put your molds in the freezer for 10 minutes then move to the refrigerator for another 15-20 minutes until they are set. Test one of the gummy bears to check that it is set. If they are still warm and squishy then put them in the refrigerator for 10 more minutes.
  11. Pop them out of their molds!
  12. Eat! The gummy bears are now ready for you to enjoy.

Refrigerate the gummy bears in an airtight container. These will keep for about a week, but we would be surprised if they last that long.  You can toss them in a little bit of powdered sugar or cornstarch to keep them from sticking to each other. Skip this step if you plan on going sour!

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Love sour?

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Citric acid

The sour taste comes from citric acid. When you’re ready to pop the gummy bears out of their molds then take citric acid and mix it with granulated sugar. Press each gummy into the citric acid sugar mix for a slight zing to each candy. You will still need to refrigerate these gummy bears if you don’t plan on eating them all right away.

Try making them yourself! Take some pics and show us in the comments below if you’ve tried making the iconic candy yourself.