Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

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 »

What are moon cakes?

5 kernel mooncake

Moon cakes are a traditional Chinese pastry that is eaten every year around the time of the Mid Autumn Festival, one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. Moon cakes consist of a thin layer of pastry wrapped around a dense filling. The filling can be almost anything, although the most traditional cakes will use a lotus bean paste and me include a ... Read More »

Record Set for World’s Largest King Cake

Record Setting King Cake

King Cakes are pastries that are associated with New Orleans and Mardi Gras. The cakes are actually sweet, yeast breads made with a dough that is similar to danish dough and are iced with bright colors and sprinkles. Many are also filled to make them even richer, and feature cream cheese-type fillings or almond paste, just to name a couple of options. I tend to ... 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 »

How to make brownie pops

Me with a brownie pop

One of the many culinary activities that I took part in during my trip to the Betty Crocker test kitchens was making brownie pops. Brownie pops are simple to make, lots of fun to decorate and – of course – lots of fun to eat. Kids love these, so it’s a good activity for them to help with and a big batch is sure to ... Read More »

Food photos from the GM photo studio, part 2

General Mills Camera

I’ve only had the opportunity to visit General Mills’ photography studios twice, once last year and once this year, but anyone who regularly shoots food photos would appreciate the amazing setup that they have there. They make all of the food they photograph in kitchens inside the studios, so the food only has to travel a couple of feet from the oven or stove to ... Read More »

Hammond’s Candies Factory Tour

Lollipops

There are lots of attractions in and around the Denver area, but you might not know that Hammond’s Candies is one of them. This candy factory specializes in old fashioned, handmade candies and has been operating out of Denver since 1920. The cool, dry climate is perfect for making all of the suckers, candy canes, caramels and marshmallows. Fortunately for visitors, Hammond’s offers free tours ... Read More »

How to melt chocolate

Melted Chocolate

There are many recipes out there that call for melted chocolate, from brownies to cakes. Melted chocolate might not sound like a tricky ingredient, but it actually can be and is a place where many would be brownie-bakers run into problems. This is because chocolate tends to hold its shape as it melts (because the cocoa butter melts and the cocoa solids don’t), so unlike ... Read More »

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