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What is white chocolate?

White Chocolate

White chocolate is a chocolate confection made with cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids and vanilla, the same ingredients that you’ll find in milk chocolate with the exception of cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is what gives dark and milk chocolates their characteristic chocolate flavor and color. With white chocolate, you’re left with a very creamy and sweet product that has a strong flavor of milk and ... Read More »

Cupcakegate: Cupcakes, Cupcakes-in-Jars and Air Travel

Cupcake vs Cupcake in Jar

One of the things that make cupcakes so popular is that they are portable, easy to transport from your kitchen to parties and other events. You can even take cupcakes on a plane to share with friends all over the country and across the globe as long as you’ve made relatively traditional cupcakes. You cannot, however, take cupcakes in a jar with you on a ... Read More »

What is marmalade?

Three Fruit Marmalade

Marmalade is just as popular a topping for toast as jams, jellies and other fruit preserves are, and its strong orange flavor makes it a popular ingredient in some baked goods, as well. Marmalade is a jelly – a fruit preserve made from sugar and fruit juice, as opposed to fruit puree – that has pieces of fruit suspended it it. It is typically made ... Read More »

Girl Scouts Launch New Flavor for 2012: Savannah Smiles

Savannah Smiles

The Girl Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year and, to mark the occasion, have introduced a brand new cookieto the Girl Scout cookie lineup:┬áSavannah Smiles.┬áSavannah Smiles are sugar-dusted, lemon flavored cookies that are described as being “cool and crisp, with just the right number of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor.” They look and sound very similar to a ... Read More »

What is superfine sugar?

Superfine sugar

Superfine sugar is granulated sugar that has been ground into finer crystals than regular granulated white sugar. Also known as caster sugar, it is popular with bakers because the smaller crystals cream very easily into butter and dissolve more readily into meringues and batters. This leads to products that have a finer crumb and lighter texture when finished, a result that is preferred by many ... Read More »

What is Biscoff Spread?

Biscoff Spreads

Nutella is a creamy chocolate hazelnut spread that was developed in Italy and released in 1963. Since then, the spread has gained fans all over the world, including in the United States, where it is becoming ever-more popular. Nutella isn’t the only European spread gaining in popularity: Biscoff spread is a new treat that is rapidly gaining fans of its own. Biscoff spread is a ... Read More »

5 Great Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

More Thanksgiving Desserts

Need a little extra inspiration for your Thanksgiving table? These five desserts are some of my favorite things to serve at Thanksgiving. Perfect Pumpkin Pie is sure to be a hit at any Thanksgiving table. Pumpkin pie is a holiday staple, and the warm spices of this pie really make the dessert stand out from any pumpkin pie you can buy in the store. Use ... Read More »

Cacao Sampaka, Barcelona, Spain

Gelato Sampler at Cacao Sampaka

Cacao Sampaka is a shop for chocolate lovers, with a huge selection of handmade artisan chocolates and a cafe in the back of the store that puts all that chocolate to good use in various sweets and desserts. The shop actually has several locations all over the world, but the one I visited was in the Eixample, in Barcelona. Just off one of the biggest ... Read More »

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