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Brach’s Caramel Candy Corn, reviewed

Caramel Candy Corn

It’s candy corn season again and I’ve already filled up my candy dishes, but when I was picking up my traditional bags of classic and harvest mix (the bags that include the candy corn pumpkins), I noticed that there was more variety than usual in the candy corn section. In other words, this year candy makers released flavored candy corn along with the traditional honey-flavored ... Read More »

Color Mist Food Sprays

The Color Mist Food Color Sprays from Wilton are interesting products, colorful spray decorators that give a cake (or cupcake or cookie) an airbrushed look. There aren’t too many similar things on the market unless you want to invest in a professional-type airbrusher, that pro bakers sometimes use to finish off some of their creations. Wilton says that they are “taste-free” and only add color. ... Read More »

Mexican Spiced Ice Blended

I’ve done it before with tortes, cakes and cookies, and given the heat, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Labor Day than lounging around with a refreshing, mexican-spiced ice blended drink. The drink is a simple mixture of coffee, milk, ice and a chocolate/spice blend, which includes sugar, cocoa, ground chocolate and small amounts of vanilla, ancho chile powder and almond. ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Coffee Hershey’s Kisses, reviewed

coffee kisses bag

Regular readers will probably know by now that I love coffee (and coffee cakes, though that’s really a whole ‘nother issue). Not only do I drink quite a lot of coffee and incorporate it into recipes, but I also find it difficult to pass by a coffee-flavored candy without giving it a try. My most recent acquisition in this department was a bag of the ... Read More »

Shango Rum, reviewed

shango

In the spirit of National Rum Day, I thought I’d mention a new rum I tried recently: Shango. Rum is defined as a spirit “distilled from the fermented juice of sugar cane, sugar cane syrup, sugar cane molasses or other sugar cane by-products… having the taste, aroma and characteristics generally attributed to rum” and with an alcohol content of 40-95% (80-190 proof)(per TTB standards). Shango ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bites

pretzel bites

As much as I love soft pretzels, their crunchy counterparts are difficult to resist – especially when they’re covered in chocolate. The contrast of the salt topping a pretzel and the sweet bitterness of chocolate (or just sweetness, if you’re indulging in a milk chocolate pretzel) is wonderful. It is also now widely utilized by all kinds of chocolatiers, pastry chefs and home bakers looking ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Espresso Chocolates

espresso chocolates

Trader Joe’s usually has a good selection of both imported and/or store-branded chocolates at any given time. They company keeps a sharp eye out for what sells, and what doesn’t, so the less popular products are regularly taken out of rotation in favor of new items. I always look for the newer foods and, a few weeks ago, I came across Trader Joe’s Espresso Chocolates. ... Read More »

Justin’s Nut Butters

squeezable peanut butter

All natural and USDA certified organic, Justin’s Nut Butters are made with high quality ingredients to produce a high quality product. In fact, the company’s stated goal is to “create the best peanut and nut butters in the world.” Now, determining “the best” peanut butter is not something that one person can do, but after trying a variety of the butters, I can definitely say that ... Read More »

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