Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Chocolate Bar Brownie Pan

Whether you’re a fan of Hershey’s chocolate bars or not, it’s design is undeniably a classic confectionery icon: a flat, rectangular bar divided up into bite-sized pieces that are easy to snap off. I don’t know that Hershey’s was the first chocolate maker to use this design, but it is the one that is certainly the most well known for it. Williams Sonoma is currently ... Read More »

Hershey’s New York Cheesecake Kisses, reviewed

Hershey's Cheesecake Kisses

Hershey’s is getting more creative with what they put into their signature Kisses. Caramel and peanut butter, two staples of the filled Kisses line, seem downright ordinary compared to their newer offerings, like New York Cheesecake Kisses. Chocolate covered cheesecake sounds good in any situation and it’s no different when it comes in kiss form – after all, it’s what made me pick up the ... Read More »

Red, White and Blue Inauguration Day Treats

Red, White and Blue Cake

Today is Inauguration Day, and I know of quite a few people who are celebrating the occasion with parties and (naturally!) with snacks. My all-American favorites are chocolate chip cookies and double crust apple pie, and I certainly think they’re good choices if you want to bake something. I tend to save my red-white-and-blue creations for 4th of July celebrations, but this seems like a ... Read More »

Free Donuts at Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme donuts are almost too sweet for me to eat more than one at a time, but when that one donut is still hot from the fryer and freshly glazed, it is simply delicious. If one donut is all you really want, you might want to stop into your local Krispy Kreme shop today (Jan 20th) because they are giving out one free donut ... Read More »

Guittard Super Cookie Chips, reviewed

Guittard Super Size Chocolate Chips

It’s not that easy to find giant chocolate chips, and while there is some variation in size from brand to brand, most chocolate chips come in a fairly standard size and shape. Guittard’s Super Cookie Chips (scroll down to the bottom of the page for the listing) fit the bill nicely if you’re looking to go large. These chocolate chips don’t quite turn your cookies ... Read More »

How to toast coconut

Toasting coconut

Shredded coconut is an ingredient that is packed with possibilities, both in terms of texture and flavor. Raw shredded coconut, whether you prefer sweetened or unsweetened, has a sweet coconut taste and a chewy texture. Toasted coconut still has the same basic flavor, but it also has a caramelized nuttiness and a crisp-chewy texture that raw doesn’t offer. It’s easy to toast coconut at home ... Read More »

White Gold Honey, reviewed

White Gold Honey

Different types of honey have different colors, flavors and consistencies depending on what flowers the bees visited to produce that honey. Clover honey, for instance, has a fairly neutral floral flavor that is often associated with “plain” honey. Orange blossom honey, on the other hand, definitely has citrus notes to it. It’s easy to differentiate the two, even though they are similar in appearance. The ... Read More »

What is Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder?

dutched cocoa powder

There are two types of cocoa powder: natural and dutch processed. Natural cocoa powder is made from the solids of a roasted, dried cocoa bean, which are very finely ground into a powder for packaging. The powder is slightly acidic and has a very sharp taste to it, though it usually contains fruity or smokey notes just like dark roasted coffee beans do. Natural cocoa ... Read More »

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