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Beekman 1802 Cranberry Orange Scone Mix, reviewed

Beekman 1802 Cranberry Orange Scone Mix, reviewed

Just before Christmas, I noticed that the Beekman 1802 brand had made its way into my local Target store. The lifestyle & food brand was previously only available through specialty stores and online, so it was interesting to see  that they were offing wide variety of packaged sauces, rubs and baking mixes! The last time that I tried a Beekman 1802 mix, I think that I ... Read More »

Eagle Brand Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk, reviewed

Eagle Brand Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk, reviewed

Sweetened condensed milk is made by cooking milk to remove more than half of the water from it, then sugar is added to sweeten and thicken the product. Sweetened condensed milk’s creamy, caramelized is a great base for other flavors to be added – such as coffee in Thai coffee, chocolate in fudge or citrus in key lime pie – but it is not typically ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Single Origin Huila Unsweetened Baking Chocolate, reviewed

Trader Joe's Single Origin Hula Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

Unsweetened chocolate is a common ingredient when it comes to baking because, like unsweetened cocoa powder, it imparts a deep, intense cocoa flavor to cakes, cookies and other treats. Since it does’t have any sugar in it, unsweetened chocolates have a bitterness to them that (generally) makes them unsuitable for general snacking and some people simply consider it to be of lower quality than other ... Read More »

Gingerbread Oreos, reviewed

Gingerbread Oreos, reviewed

Gingerbread is a holiday staple, whether you like traditional loaves or prefer gingerbread men. Gingerbread has a distinct flavor to it because every recipe shares some common ingredients, such as molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger, though each will have a unique twist from other spices and flavorings that may have been added. Since there is a lot of commonality from gingerbread to gingerbread, it ... Read More »

Hot Cocoa Chips Ahoy, reviewed

Hot Cocoa Chips Ahoy

Few things are better than a mug of steaming hot cocoa on a cold winter morning and I indulge whenever I can. I love trying new flavors of hot chocolate – though I love a classic dark chocolate drink – for variety, including Biscoff Hot Chocolate, Hot Cocoa Cappuccinos and Gingerbread Hot Chocolate. Beverages aside, I don’t usually see too many hot cocoa flavored products ... Read More »

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spice Red Blend, review

Woodbridge Harvest Spice Wine Gift Set

I buy a lot of wine during the holidays, some of it to serve and some of it to gift to friends at holiday parties. When I’m shopping for wine for a party, I like to buy versatile wines that I think will appeal to every guest, whether they’re a wine enthusiast or just a party enthusiast! I also appreciate it if that wine isn’t ... Read More »

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 »

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