31 Days of Happiness Countdown: the mesmerizing process of making chocolates. (Day 23)

Thanks for stopping by for Day 23 of Upworthy's 31 Days of Happiness Countdown! If this is your first visit, here's the gist: Each day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, we're sharing stories we hope will bring joy, smiles, and laughter into our lives and yours. It's been a challenging year for a lot of us, so why not end it on a high note, with a bit of happiness? Check back tomorrow (or click the links at the bottom) for another installment!

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In the months between Halloween and Valentine's Day, candy is never far from my mind.

Eating it. Buying it. Gifting it.  Finding it in the bottom of fireplace socks. (How weird of a tradition is that?)

But despite my not-so-secret dream to give it all up and go to pastry school, I never gave much thought to how candy, specifically chocolate, is mass-produced.

The tiny, delicate chocolates on Great British Baking Show or Zumbo's Just Desserts, sure. But the millions of boxed chocolates produced by Russell Stover or See's? How on Earth do they keep up? And how do they get all of those creamy fillings inside?

The answer, like the smooth milk chocolate itself, is incredibly satisfying.

This wordless video by the National Film Board of Canada reveals how delicious chocolates get their centers. It is hypnotic, mouthwatering, and informative in equal measure — which is pretty much all you can ask for in a video.

And if you don't believe me on that mouthwatering part, let these borderline-pornographic GIFs do the talking.

First, you need to get that milk going.

GIFs via NFB/YouTube.

Then twist and turn the chocolate ... as one does.

Prepare your fillings. This one has cashews.

Allow the fillings to be draped in chocolate. I've never wanted to be a cashew so bad in my life.

Then fill 'em up, just for good measure.

And finally, roll 'em out.

To see more footage of this intoxicating process, watch the video in its entirety.

Bonus points if you make up your own dialogue. The National Film Board of Canada is basically asking for it.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.