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Rodelle Organics Organic Chocolate Extract, reviewed

Rodelle Organics Organic Chocolate Extract

Chocolate extract is an alcohol solution infused with cocoa beans, which makes it very similar to vanilla extract, but with the flavor of cocoa instead of vanilla. It’s an interesting extract to work with because it is unusual and not often called for in recipes, although it can really round out the flavor of a chocolate dessert and highlight the chocolate flavor already there. Rodelle ... Read More »

Williams Sonoma Coconut Cupcake Mix, reviewed

Williams Sonoma Coconut Cupcakes

Williams Sonoma stocks a wide range of premium baking mixes, most of which are from famous bakeries and restaurants. For instance, they stock many mixes from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc. Recently, however, they’ve expanded their offerings to include some of their own baking mixes, including a line of cupcake mixes. I immedately liked the packaging of their new mixes, but I was also interested in ... Read More »

Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds, reviewed

Tovolo Rocket Pops

Tovolo makes lots of neat popsicle molds and, although I like them all, their Rocket Pop Molds have to be one of their most eye-catching designs. The popsicle molds are all shaped like rockets – just like the classic red, white and blue Rocket Pop (or the similar Bomb Pop) that you might have found at ice cream trucks as a kid. The design is ... Read More »

Real Simple Rates Blenders

Blenders

Blenders are one of those appliances that you might not use everyday, but when you do use them, you use them a lot. A barbecue on a hot summer day might require several batches of daiquiris or margaritas. A cold week in the middle of winter might have you pureeing thick, hearty soups every day. Or, you might love the convenience of using a blender ... Read More »

Chef’n Stem Gem, reviewed

Chef'n Stem Gem

The hull is the leafy stem of the strawberry and the small part of the fruit that it is attached to. This part of the berry always needs to be removed before cooking with them, or chopping them up for a salad or other dish, and there are several ways to go about it. You can simply chop off the whole top of the berry, ... Read More »

Vintage Bakeshop Red Velvet Cupcake Mix, reviewed

Vintage Bakeshop Red Velvet Cupcake Mix

In addition to the cake mixes you can buy at the grocery store and the ones available at higher end gourmet stores, there are many mixes out there made by smaller producers that can give you great results and make fun gifts. One example of this is the Vintage Bakeshop, which specializes in all natural baking mixes packaged in stylish, vintage-inspired wrapping. I tried a ... Read More »

Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day: The Baking Bites Cookbook

Gift Idea for Mother's Day: The Baking Bites Cookbook

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what could be a better gift for mom than a copy of The Baking Bites Cookbook? The book is packed with great recipes and plenty of full color photos that make each recipe look oh-so-delicious, and almost every recipe is exclusively in the cookbook, not on the blog. The only thing better than getting a copy for ... Read More »

Duncan Hines Frosting Creations, reviewed

Duncan Hines Frosting Creations cupcakes

Frosting Creations are a new product from Duncan Hines that attempts to revolutionize canned frosting. Canned frostings typically come in basic flavors, such as chocolate and vanilla. With Frosting Creations, you get a can of plain frosting and can choose from a variety of flavorings to add to it to make flavors that are much more distinctive than those you’ll usually find in the baking ... Read More »

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