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Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms, reviewed

Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms, reviewed

Pumpkin pie spices have been making their way into a wide variety of products over the past few fall seasons with no signs of slowing down. While the combination of cinnamon, ginger and cloves has long been associated with pumpkin pie, I tend to think that it was the proliferation of pumpkin pie spice lattes that gave people a hint of other ways that these ... Read More »

Cooks Illustrated Taste Tests Maple Syrups

Cooks Illustrated Taste Tests Maple Syrups

Maple syrup is one of my favorite ingredients, both cook with and to use as a flavoring to add a finishing touch to pancakes, waffles and more.¬†While fall is often associated with maple flavored treats (largely because maple goes so well with spices that are popular during the holidays), maple syrup is actually harvested towards the end of the winter and very early spring, when ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Panettone, reviewed

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Panettone

I just can’t seem to stop myself from buying every pumpkin and pumpkin spice item available at Trader Joe’s this season. I attribute this to the fact that I love pumpkin and pumpkin spice, as well as to the fact that I’ve rarely seen so many pumpkin-infused products in one place at one time before. Trader Joe’s went all-out this season, with everything from cookie ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix

This season, Trader Joe’s added a new pumpkin baking mix to their fall lineup: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix. The mix promises to be a good alternative to TJ’s popular pumpkin loaf mix, which is a more traditional mix that uses wheat flour. As a fan of all things pumpkin, I couldn’t resist picking up a box to taste test ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s, reviewed

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Jo-Jo's, reviewed

It is officially fall and that means that it is pumpkin season. Stores stock their shelves not only with canned pumpkin, an essential ingredient for fall baking, but with all manner of pumpkin-flavored products that we pumpkin-lovers can enjoy. One of these is Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s, a seasonal variation on the brand’s popular Joe Joe cookies. The cookies are pumkpin wafer cookies that are ... Read More »

Brownie Batter Oreos, reviewed

Brownie Batter Oreos

If you’ve ever made a batch of brownies – or stood in the kitchen watching someone make a batch of brownies – you’ve tasted brownie batter. The thick, fudgy batter smells like chocolate heaven and dipping in a finger, spoon or spatula is just too great a temptation for most of us to resist. While “cake batter” turned into a popular flavor for ice creams ... Read More »

Oreo Thins, reviewed

Oreo Thins, reviewed

Oreos are an indulgence that I’ve enjoyed since I was a kid. I enjoyed dunking them in milk as an afterschool snack or munching through a whole package of Oreos with friends during a slumber party. I still enjoy Oreos and use them in my recipes regularly to make delicious cookies n’ cream baked goods. I also keep an eye out for seasonal Oreos that ... Read More »

Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract

Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract, reviewed

High quality vanilla extract is essential to a baker. Vanilla is a rich, complex flavor – despite the idea of “plain vanilla” being ordinary – that has the unusual ability to not only taste delicious on its own, but to make other flavors taste even more delicious. While some tastes tests have found that artificial vanilla extract can fool tasters in some recipes, there is ... Read More »

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