Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Maine pushes to make Whoopie Pies state dessert

Whoopie Pies

Maine is considering some serious legislation regarding whoopie pies. They are considering making the whoopie pie the official state dessert. Whoopie pies consist of two cake-like cookies sandwiching a creamy, frosting-like filling, rather like an inside-out cupcake. They’re a new England tradition and their origin is not credited to Maine, but they’re extremely popular in the state, which has several large commercial bakeries that produce ... Read More »

What are chocolate truffles?

Chocolate truffles are a delicious treat any day of the year and a sweet gift on Valentine’s day. Chocolate truffles are made of chocolate ganache – a mixture of chocolate and cream that is melted together – that is rolled into balls. The most traditional type of chocolate truffle is then rolled in cocoa powder, but truffles can be covered with a layer of chocolate, ... Read More »

Yodels at Sweetie Pies Bakery, Napa, California

Sweetie Pies' Yodel

Sweetie Pies is an adorable bakery on the Napa riverfront that specializes in American classics, like cheesecakes, cupcakes and cream-filled whoopie pies. The place is busy and if you sit inside for more than a few minutes, you’ll see quite a few people come through the doors and leave with goodies. One of their signature items is the Yodel. A Yodel is a cream-filled chocolate ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Decadent Supreme Chocolate Molten Lava Cake, reviewed

Chocolate Lava Cake Mix, oozing

One of my favorite desserts to make at home is a Chocolate Lava Cake. They’re the kind of thing that you usually only find in restaurants because they look as though they are difficult to make. When you make them at home, they are a dessert that appears to be as impressive as it is decadent. They’re not that difficult to make from scratch, but ... Read More »

5 Great Red Velvet Treats for Valentine’s Day

Red velvet is a popular cake, made with buttermilk, a hint of cocoa powder and a splash of red food coloring. The cake is usually topped with a rich cream cheese icing, which contributes to its popularity, but the bright red color of the cake is really what draws people in. This coloring also makes is a perfect choice for a Valentine’s Day treat, because ... Read More »

Wilton Micro Heart Sprinkles

Heart Sprinkles

One of the easiest ways to dress up a cake or cookies for a holiday is to top them off with some colorful sprinkles. I am always tempted by the seasonal sprinkles that hit the baking aisle during the holidays – trees for Christmas, bats at Halloween and hearts at Valentine’s Day – but I rarely end up using the sprinkles. The reason is that ... Read More »

Barry Callebaut Semisweet Chocolate Chunks, reviewed

Callebaut Chocolate Chunks

Barry Callebaut is one of the finest chocolate makers in the world, and one of the largest, even though you may not have heard of it. The company has been around since 1850 and has been focused on chocolate for the last century. The reason that you may not have heard of this Belgian chocolate company is that their products are often sold directly to ... Read More »

Guittard Butterscotch Chips, reviewed

Guittard Butterscotch Chips

Butterscotch chips are something of a novelty in the chocolate chip aisle at the grocery store. Butterscotch itself is a thick dessert syrup made with brown sugar and butter. It has a rich, buttery sweetness that goes well with many other flavors. Butterscotch chips typically have a brown sugar and butter flavor to them and are a much easier way to add some sweetness to ... Read More »

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