Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Ice cream stacks, not scoops

Ice cream stack

Some readers out here on the west coast – even moreso if you’re in Southern California – probably remember eating Thrifty Ice Cream at some point or another. The award winning ice cream was sold at Thrifty Drug Stores before the chain was bought out by Rite-Aid and it was incredibly inexpensive for the quality. I clearly remember getting scoops for 25 or 50 cents ... Read More »

Ginger People Crystallized Ginger Chips, reviewed

Candied ginger

Ginger is an incredibly versatile ingredient. Fresh ginger has that unmistakable bite to it and grates easily into sweet and savory dishes. Ground, dried ginger has a warmth to it that is unique, along with a mild flavor. My favorite kind of ginger is easily crystallised ginger, or candied ginger. Ginger is candied in the same way that orange peels and many other fruits are ... Read More »

All about candied flowers

All about candied flowers

One of the most beautiful ways to finish off a cake or pastry is with flowers. Sugar and gumpaste flowers are the two types usually favored by those bakers who do a lot of cakes because they are consistent and easy to adapt. Real flowers tend to be a bit more impressive, however. I’ve seen large wedding cakes studded with mini bouquets that are meant ... Read More »

A Vanilla Taste Test

vanilla sugar

In their ceasing quest for culinary excellence, the cooks in America’s Test kitchen will test every ingredient, every pan and every recipe they come across. I recently read one of their pieces that really struck a chord with me. It was a taste test of vanilla – extract, imitation and whole beans – and since vanilla is such a vital flavor in baking, I found ... Read More »

What is almond milk?

almond milk, various flavors

Almond milk is not milk, although it does resemble milk in color. The creamy white liquid is made by grinding almonds and water together, then removing the almond solids and leaving only the liquid behind. Since most of the almond solids are removed and the nuts are not pressed to squeeze out all of the oil, almond milk is low in both fat and calories. ... Read More »

Flourless dessert ideas for Passover

Passover starts this weekend and, along with near-continuous TV showings of The Ten Commandments (starring Charlton Heston, of course), those who celebrate the holiday are obligated to abide by some rather strict dietary requirements. There is a fast before the holiday starts, a seder full of symbolic dishes and a ban on leavened bread. That ban on leavened bread generally extends to an almost total ... Read More »

Hotel Chocolate Engraved Easter Egg, reviewed

Hotel Chocolate Easter Egg

Hotel Chocolat’s Engraved Easter Egg is, hands down, the most beautiful chocolate Easter egg I’ve ever had. This particular egg is made of 72% dark chocolate and, while it is hollow, the shell is generously thick. It stands about 6 inches high and ships on its own little display stand. Truth be told, I was tempted just to leave it sitting around so that I ... Read More »

See’s St. Patrick’s Day Potato Candy

See's Irish Potato Candy

It’s called a potato and it looks like a potato, but you’re not going to find any “real” potato here. Just a potato look-a-like. See’s Candies’ St. Patrick’s Day Potato is a special treat that the candy company puts out every March. The 2.5-oz. potato has a large, irregular mound of nougat at it center. The nougat is soft and not too sweet, despite being ... Read More »

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