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Trader Joe’s Chocolate Canneles de Bordeaux, reviewed

After my recent trip to Paris, followed by a trip to Trader Joe’s to restock my pantry, I had a little realization about Trader Joe’s Canneles de Bordeaux. I reviewed these specialty french pastries a few months ago, when Trader Joe’s launched a pre-baked frozen version. They were ok, but not nearly as good as a fresh cannele. Ideally, a cannele should have a slightly ... Read More »

PB Loco Jungle Banana Peanut Butter, reviewed

If you go to a big supermarket, you’ll see two basic kinds of peanut butter: creamy and crunchy. If you’re lucky, you might also see a honey roasted flavor in the mix. But peanuts go with so many flavors that it actually seems a bit odd that there aren’t more flavored peanut butter options out there. Fortunately, however, a company called P.B. Loco makes more ... Read More »

Leonidas White Chocolate Easter Duck, reviewed

Leonidas Mini Easter Eggs

It’s hard to resist a cute little rubbery duck – and even harder when it is made out of chocolate. When Cybele reviewed an adorable little Easter Ducky at Candyblog, I was struck by how cute it was, but was disappointed to see that it looked better than it tasted. I saw that variety at the drug store and passed it by. I did not ... Read More »

Dove Silky Smooth Solid Chcolate Egg and Bunny, reviewed

A chocolate Easter bunny is  – in addition to Creme Eggs and Peeps, of course – an Easter candy staple. Many chocolatiers put out their own bunnies in various shapes and sizes, types of chocolate and in both solid and hollow versions. My memories of chocolate Easter bunnies as a kid are of large, hollow bunnies that were made of a sweet milk chocolate. I ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits, reviewed

Trader Joe's Buttermilk Biscuits, unbaked and baked

I don’t normally mention foods that I either don’t like or have major problems with. I’m going to make a little bit of an exception in the case of Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits because I have heard that lots of people have had problems with these and I have some tips that definitely improve them. They’re worth saving because they have a good buttermilk flavor ... Read More »

Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted, reviewed

Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted Bar

Cadbury Creme Eggs are a staple of the Easter season. Even if the sugary fondant center is a bit too much to handle all at once, the creamy milk chocolate and the gooey filling is a delicious combination. I like the mini Cadbury Creme Eggs because they have a little bit better ratio of chocolate to filling for my tastes, but I recently got to ... Read More »

Cook’s Country rates pie plates

My pyrex pie plate

There is more to producing a perfect pie than good recipes for crust and filling. The pie plate itself is actually crucial to success of a pie. Some brown better than others, others promise to produce a crisper crust. The ideal pie plate will cook a crust evenly and produce a good crispness – or, at least, not leave the pie crust a soggy stick-to-the-pan ... Read More »

Silicups Silicone Baking Cups, reviewed

Silicups Silicone Baking Cups are just what they sound like: baking cups/cupcake wrappers/muffin wrappers that are made of silicone. They look just like the “real thing” down to the little ribs on the side of the cup. They’re offered as an alternative to the traditional paper wrappers on the grounds that they are nonstick and reusable, and because they can stand on their own, there ... Read More »

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