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Chocolate therapy

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Are you a chocoholic? What would your dream job – a chocolate related one – be? Working as a chocolate-taster is one possibility that springs to mind, although crafting exotic truffles at a high-end chocolate shop sounds quite appealing as well. Julie Pech is a woman who just might have the most intriguing chocolate-related job of all. She is a chocolate therapist. There are many ... Read More »

How to make a root beer float

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 Although it was nothing in size compared to the record-setting Coke float, I guess you could say that I was just a little inspired by the giant ice cream soda because I decided to make myself a – much smaller – root beer float. Floats, and ones made with root beer in particular, pair perfectly with hot dogs, hamburgers and just about any other summer ... Read More »

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

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One of the beautiful things about birthday cakes is that they appeal to everyone, adults and kids alike. This probably has something to do with the fact that birthday cakes are likely to be relatively plain affairs, and flavors like chocolate and vanilla are unlikely to offend anyone. But just because most cakes will fit into the “please everyone” category, doesn’t mean that every birthday ... Read More »

Ice cream serving sizes

Ice cream is definitely an indulgence, which means that it’s not a bad idea to find out exactly how much a serving size is if you like to have it on a regular basis. Generally, a serving is 1/2 cup, according to the carton. According to Hungry Girl, a serving is a lightly packed 1/2 cup and not the full measure. The only question is what exactly ... Read More »

The world’s largest ice cream float

On May 25th, Coke officially relaunched Vanilla Coke – now renamed Coke Vanilla – by making the world’s largest ice cream float at the World of Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. The record-setting float used more than 2,850 gallons of soda and 7,200 scoops of ice cream. All totaled, it weighed in at about 10 tons! Hopefully after the main event was completed, the guys ... Read More »

How to cut an angel food cake

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Angel food is one of my favorite types of cake (and cupcakes). Its light sweetness and cloud-like texture make it the perfect end to many meals because it pairs well with coffee and doesn’t feel heavy after even a large meal. But the texture is not without its drawbacks. For example, it doesn’t go particularly well with heavy, buttercream-type frostings and it is prone to ... Read More »

Dagashi bars

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Dagashi bars are fueling a sugar high in Japan. They’re candy bars – but in the sense that they serve candy, not that they’re made of it. Basically, the bars are stocked with lots and lots of inexpensive and retro (circa 1960) candies which adults can pig out on, fulfilling childhood fantasies decades late.  The candies often include “chewy soybean candy and pickled squid on ... Read More »

Sugar and sugar free guidelines

According to surveys and research done on the subject, the average American eats approximately 156 poundsof added sugar every year. One teaspoon of sugar has 16 calories, which isn’t bad in and of itself, but those 156 pounds come out to be 269,568 extra calories, or 16,848 teaspoons of sugar! Generally, most of this extra sugar comes from sodas, juices and other sweetened drinks (not just ... Read More »

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