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Rodelle Alcohol Free Vanilla Flavoring, reviewed

Rodelle Alcohol Free Vanilla Extract

Alcohol free vanilla flavoring can’t be called vanilla extract because there are laws that govern what extract is made up of and they require that extracts be at least 35% alcohol. Alcohol is a useful ingredient in extracts because it is a great solvent for flavors and it evaporates during baking so you get the aroma of your extract without knowing that the alcohol was ... Read More »

Hershey’s Chocolate Spreads, Reviewed

Hershey's Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

When you think about a spreadable chocolate product, you probably think of Nutella, the popular chocolate hazelnut spread that originated in Italy over 50 years ago. But Nutella isn’t the only chocolate spread on the market anymore, as quite a few brands are coming out with their own versions of the tasty treat. Hershey’s is the latest company to release a line of creamy, spreadable ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl, reviewed

Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl

Trader Joe’s has a store brand of the popular Biscoff spread that is simply called cookie butter. It’s available in smooth and crunchy varieties, and both are popular with lovers of the sweet, addictive brown sugar-flavored spread. Recently, Trader Joe’s introduced a version that will appeal to fans of the classic spread and to chocolate lovers,¬†Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl. This spread has a cookie ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Chips, reviewed

Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Chips

Peanut butter chips are an easy way to add some extra peanut butter flavor to a batch of cookies or brownies. Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Chips are a new item that TJ’s is stocking for the holiday baking season (and possibly longer, depending on how popular they are with consumers). I like peanut butter chips because I am a big peanut butter fan, but they’re ... Read More »

Limited Edition Candy Corn Oreos, reviewed

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Candy Corn Oreos are limited edition Oreos that Nabisco first released for Halloween in 2012. They were such a huge success that they sold out of stores within a few weeks of their release and well before Halloween actually came around. I love to bake cookies n’ cream flavored desserts and am always curious to give limited edition Oreos a try to see how they ... Read More »

Hershey’s S’mores Cupcake Mix, reviewed

S'mores Cupcakes

I am a huge s’mores fan. The combination of marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker is always a good one in my book, whether it’s a traditional campfire s’more or a batch of s’mores pancakes. Naturally, when I spotted a box of the new Hershey’s S’mores Cupcake Mix on the baking aisle at the grocery store, I was curious enough to give it a try. Hershey’s ... Read More »

Strawberry Creme Peeps with Dark Chocolate, reviewed

V-Day Peeps

Over the holidays, I tried quite a few limited edition Peeps and really enjoyed the novelty of having some seasonal flavors instead of the usual, and relatively plain, traditional Peeps. These Strawberry Creme Peeps are a Valentine’s Day edition that caught my eye – and I was glad to have a chance to try them out before the holiday was completely over!¬†The Peeps are bright ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, reviewed

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Flour, reviewed

Regular Trader Joe’s shoppers will have noticed that TJ’s has added a new item to their baking section in the past few weeks: Baker Josef’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. They’ve had a good Gluten Free Brownie Mix that has been around for quite a while now, and this all purpose blend should give gluten free bakers a few more options for gluten free baking ... Read More »

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