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Trader Joe’s Chocolate Frosting Mix, reviewed

Frosted Cupcake

It is easy to whip up a simple buttercream to top off a cake or some cupcakes, but I was curious to try Trader Joe’s Chocolate Frosting Mix when I saw it on my last visit to Trader Joe’s. Frosting mixes used to be a very popular item on the baking aisle of many grocery stores, but were largely phased out as canned frosting became ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce, reviewed

TJ's Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce

Towards the holidays, Trader Joe’s puts out all kinds of seasonal offerings. Their Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels are always at the top of my list. Dark chocolate is a great combination with caramel most of the time, but with these candies I’m just in it for the silky smooth caramel and the crunch of coarse salt sprinkled on top of the candies. It is ... Read More »

Starbucks Via Flavored Coffee, reviewed

Flavored Via

Fans of Starbucks’ ultra-convenient instant coffee, Starbucks Via, are definitely going to take note of the brand new flavored versions of Via that Starbucks has just released. These instant coffees are flavored with natural flavorings and sweetened with a little bit of sugar. This makes them more of an all-in-one product that regular Via, which comes plain and unsweetened, although it is available in different ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Premium Baking Dessert Mix, reviewed

Betty Crocker Dessert Mix muffins

When you think of an all purpose baking mix, you might think of something like Bisquick. Bisquick is a mix of flour, salt, leavening and fat – shelf-stable shortening – that can be used in a huge variety of different recipes just by adding a few simple ingredients to it. You can make pancakes, biscuits and casseroles, just for starters. But although it can be ... Read More »

Cupcake Creations Muffin Top & Tart Baking Cups, reviewed

Cupcake Creations Muffin Top

I have to admit that I just don’t have room in my kitchen for all of the neat gadgets and baking pans out there. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably faced the same problem. I try to make room, but I love it when I find a way to make something usually made with a special pan without one. One recent example is the ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix, reviewed

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownies

Brownies tend convert to gluten free recipes fairly easily, as opposed to baked goods that rely heavily on the gluten in wheat flour for their structure, like rustic baguettes. Although cakey brownies have their fans, most brownies should be fudgy and tender, with a little bit of chewy to them and these are all qualities that are very possible to replicate with gluten free flour ... Read More »

Breville 5-Qt Stand Mixer, reviewed

Breville's Included Accessories

If you’re in the market for a new stand mixer – or a first stand mixer – Breville’s new 5-quart Stand Mixer is definitely worth a look as a solid option that will preform well in any home kitchen. I recently added one to my collection to see how it performed and what features it brought to the table when compared to the Vikings and ... Read More »

Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop, reviewed

Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop

I have never had very good luck with ice cream scoops. I’ve tried all kinds in search of a scoop that will cut through firm ice cream easily, make decent looking scoops and release the ice cream without a hassle. I know that you can soften the ice cream by leaving it out, but frankly I don’t want to leave my ice cream on the ... Read More »

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