Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

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 »

A visit to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Ethel M Hallway

It’s not Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but until they open their doors, the Ethel M Chocolate Factory is more than good enough for me. Ethel M’s is located in Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. The building is easy to find, with a few signs to help guide you into the parking lot. It’s a lot bigger than it looks from the outside, but ... Read More »

What is semifreddo?

Tim Tam Semifreddo

Ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt all show up regularly at shops and restaurants but semifreddo is another delicious frozen dessert that might be a little less familiar. Semifreddo – which translates to “half cold/frozen” -  is a dessert that falls halfway between mousse and ice cream, with the consistency of a frozen mousse and the flavor of ice cream. It is much lighter than ... Read More »

Cookeys

Cookeys

Sometimes, it’s hard to pass up a really good looking cookie and these Cookeys were no exception – except for the fact that these cookies aren’t exactly edible. Cookeys are rubbery key caps that are shaped like chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies. They’re made by Fred, a designer known for coming up with all kinds of cute, food-related things, like the Cakewich Cake Pan and ... Read More »

How to make popsicles without a mold

Unmolded Popsicle

Popsicles are classic summertime treats that never seem to go out of style. This is a good thing, because not only are they tasty, but they’re easy to make at home. You can pour almost anything into a popsicle mold – from fruit juice to a milkshake – and make a popsicle customized to your own tastes. There is only one thing that might hold ... Read More »

How to make campfire s’mores

Fresh s'more!

If you’re cooking out, you have a chance to make one of the best summertime desserts out there: campfire s’mores. Campfire s’mores are the original s’mores, where the marshmallows are toasted over and open flame and sandwiched with a piece of chocolate between two crisp graham crackers. Despite the name, you don’t really need a campfire (although it doesn’t hurt). Typically, I opt for a ... Read More »

Star Spangled Layer Cake

Star Spangled Cake, close up

In the past, I’ve used both fresh fruit and brightly colored sprinkles to finish off a cake (or cupcakes) and give them a festive look. This is particularly true for 4th of July desserts, where I like them to have a red, white and blue theme to them. This year, I wanted to do something a little bit bigger – ok, a lot bigger. I ... Read More »

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