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Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Scone Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Scone Mix, reviewed

Some scone mixes require you to add cream. Others require you to cut in butter and add additional ingredients, which is one step away from making scones from scratch (which will likely be less expensive than using the “mix” consindering how much you have to add in yourself). The easiest scone mixes require nothing but water and Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Scone Mix falls into ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake Sprinkles, reviewed

Red Velvet Cake Sprinkles, reviewed

Sprinkles are a great way to add some color to cakes or cookies, but they’re not typically used to add flavor to anything. Sprinkles rarely have much flavor at all, though they sometimes add a little extra sweetness or a little extra texture to a baked good. Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake Sprinkles, on the other hand, are intended to add both flavor and color, ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunks, reviewed

Trader Joe's Chocolate Chunks

Chocolate chunks aren’t usually my favorite addition to cookies, not unless you’re talking about the kind of chocolate chunks that you make yourself by chopping up a favorite chocolate bar with a kitchen knife. Storebought, prepackaged chocolate chunks tend to be too regular in shape and too large for my tastes. The large squares are indeed chunky, but they don’t melt as well into a ... Read More »

Girl Scouts Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies, reviewed

Girl Scouts' Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

This year, the Girl Scouts added a gluten free cookie to their cookie lineup. There have been requests for gluten free cookies in past years from girl scouts who can’t eat the regular cookies and from consumers, and it’s great to see that the Girl Scouts are listening! The cookies are being test marketed this year in about 20 different locations around the country. My ... Read More »

Lemon Oreos, reviewed

Lemon Oreos

As a fan of all things cookies n’ cream, I’m always interested in trying the limited edition flavors that Oreo comes out with. The limited time flavors usually come out around the holidays and past flavors have included Candy Corn, Peppermint and Birthday Cake. Not every limited edition flavor appeals to me, but the new Lemon Oreos definitely caught my eye the last time I ... Read More »

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 »

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