Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Jones Soda Lemon Drop Dead, reviewed

Jones Soda Co. is known for their inventively flavored sodas and unique label designs. Their normal sodas range from Root Beer to Fufu Berry, but their most original are the holiday drinks that they put out a few times each year. The Turkey and Gravy Soda, part of the Thanksgiving and Christmas variety packs, is notorious for being a bit… adventurous, but when I saw ... Read More »

Homemade Halloween treat ideas

Halloween treats

Since it’s a Halloween “no-no” to pass out homemade treats, we’re all going to have to stick to individually wrapped candies and things when passing goodies out to trick-or-treaters. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t go the extra mile for our family and friends and cook up some really spooky homemade Halloween treats this year. If you need some Halloween cupcake ideas, you cannot ... Read More »

Best apples for caramel apples

Delicious caramel apple

Caramel apples have always been a fall classic, combining the crisp and juicy texture of apples with sticky, sweet caramel for a wonderful treat. As a kid, I could always count on a neighbor or two to have some caramel apples available at Halloween (usually to give to the families they knew, reserving wrapped candies for other trick-or-treaters). These days, I either have to make ... Read More »

No more Circus Animals: Mother’s Cookies closes

Childhood favorites, remembered

If you’re a fan of Mother’s Cookies’ famous pink and white-frosted circus animal cookies, now is the time to stock up. The 92-year old company has just closed its doors and stopped cookie production completely. There was virtually no warning about the company’s closure, so fans of the cookies – not to mention the employees of the company, who were supposed to get a 60-day ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses, reviewed

Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses

Hershey’s Kisses can always be counted on to come out with at least one special edition flavor for any given holiday. The kisses are bite sized, which makes them a good vehicle for trying out new flavors without committing to eating (or possibly throwing away) an entire chocolate bar. For Halloween this year, Hershey’s has out Candy Corn Kisses, Pumpkin Spice Kisses and, apparently, Caramel ... Read More »

Snickers Rockin’ Nut Road Bars, reviewed

Snickers Rockin’ Nut Road

Part of me wants to believe that Halloween season just kicked into gear, but the retail reality is that Halloween decorations have been on the shelves for at least a couple of weeks, and there are already some Christmas displays going up (taking up space that, in my opinion, should still be devoted to Halloween). No matter. Halloween is still one of my favorite holidays ... Read More »

Ghirardelli Chocolate for Baking, reviewed

Ghirardelli Chocolate for Baking

Ghirardelli has just introduced a new line of gourmet Chocolate for Baking, trying to expand consumer perception of their brand and appeal to some new buyers. Previously, Ghirardelli has offered chocolate chips and baking bars to cooking consumers, but this new line seems to be intended to compete with some of the other big chocolate-makers that cater to those doing more than mixing up a ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Canneles de Bordeaux, reviewed

Trader Joe's Cannele closeup

Canneles are a specialty kind of cake that originated over 2 centuries ago in the Bordeaux region of France. The little pastries are unique in that they have a crispy, caramelized outer coating and a soft, custardy center. Because of this contrast in textures, in addition to the fact that they are usually flavored with vanilla, canneles are sometimes referred to as “portable creme brulees.” ... Read More »

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