Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Heath Bits o’ Brickle Toffee, reviewed

Heath Bits o' Toffee

When I use toffee in a recipe, like Toffee Palmiers, I usually wait until I have some big pieces of toffee around and chop them up to use. This means that I use it more around the holidays, when toffee seems to be more widely available in stores. There is an alternative to waiting for big blocks of candy to chop up and that is ... Read More »

How to make chocolate dessert cups

Homemade chocolate dessert cup

How many times have you ordered a dessert in a fancy restaurant and received it neatly tucked inside of a ring of chocolate? Chocolate is not only a great ingredient when it comes to flavor, but it’s great to work with when it comes to presentation, as well. One of the easiest things you can do with chocolate is make a chocolate cup, in which ... Read More »

Best fried Fair foods of 2009

State and county fairs are known for being a haven of unhealthy but tasty foods. I don’t know fo sure how the tradition got started, but local vendors were definitely quick to pick up on the fact that fair-goers were looking to indulge while they were out. Fair food moved from corndogs and funnel cake, to deep fried Twinkies and deep fried Snickers bars. And ... Read More »

How to make waffle cone bowls

Shaping a waffle cone bowls

I’ve really been enjoying my new pizzelle maker lately and eating more ice cream than usual as a result of the fact that creamy ice cream is a good match for the crispy waffle cookies in ice cream sandwiches. Since the pizzelles taste like waffle cones, turning them into ice cream cones seems like an obvious option, too. Unfortunately, the pizzelles made with my baker ... Read More »

New record set for World’s Largest Cupcake

New record set for World's Largest Cupcake

I felt bad that I wasn’t impressed by the 150-lb cupcake that set the Guinness record for World’s Largest Cupcake. It may have been big for a cupcake, but it also didn’t look to be much bigger than some cakes I’ve seen (and smaller than others!). But the record has been broken with a cupcake that is a bit more impressive – nearly 10 times ... Read More »

Gelato vs Ice Cream

Vanilla Gelato, churning

While “gelato” is the Italian word for “ice cream,” the two desserts are not one and the same. There are some small, but distinctive, differences between ice cream and gelato. Ice cream is made by churning a base of cream, milk, sugar and sometimes eggs to freeze it and add air. Adding air to the mixture is what keeps ice cream soft, scoopable and helps ... Read More »

Follow the quest to bake the World’s Largest Cupcake

Just last month, the Guinness World Record for Largest Cupcake was set in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a cupcake weighing 150-lbs. The cupcake, while large, was actually not as impressive as you might think. It stood just 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide. It also wasn’t eaten after the record was recorded, although that is usually traditional with record-setting foods, but was instead shipped out ... Read More »

La Salamandra Dulce de Leche, reviewed

While you can make dulce de leche at home by caramelizing a can of sweetened condensed milk, it is a bit less time consuming to buy it if you can find a jar at a local market or specialty store. La Salamandra Dulce de Leche is an Argentinian brand that, for me, is fairly easy to find at stores and online. This dulce de leche ... Read More »

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