Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Truffle pretzel spiderweb for Halloween

truffle pretzel spiderweb

Halloween isn’t one of those holidays that sends me out looking for gourmet candies and treats. Call me a traditionalist, but while I’m not about to turn down a pumpkin pie truffle, I tend to stick with the more widely available chocolates and candies at this time of year. The more exotic or indulgent things get saved for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter. This isn’t ... Read More »

Finding luxury on the dessert menu

fortress dessert

Have you ever come home from a wonderful dinner out and bragged about how much you paid for dessert? Unless your dessert was complimentary, I’m willing to bet that you’re much more likely to discuss the dessert itself and not its price – especially if it was on the expensive side. But that doesn’t stop luxury resorts with high-end restaurants from adding ever more expensive ... Read More »

Vosges introduces bacon chocolate bar

vosges bacon chocolate bar

At the end of last year, I notedon Slashfood that there were a tremendous number of bacon-themed and bacon-flavored products out there that you wouldn’t expect – and that people were coming up with new ones all the time. Bacon cereal, bacon breakfast cookies, bacon sandwiches and bacon wallets are just a few. But the vast majority of the bacon creations were homemade ones (like ... Read More »

Mars doesn’t support mockolate

chocolate campaign

For the past several months, the FDA has been considering a proposal that would change the definition of chocolate. The change would allow products made with vegetable oil or other non-cocoa butter fats to be called chocolate, in spite of the fact that it the properties of cocoa butter are what make chocolate so special in the first place. Most big candy manufacturers are endorsing ... Read More »

How to make filled cupcakes, step-by-step

cupcake, filled

“Filling in the cupcake” should be an expression in the same vein as “icing on the cake.” Both are added bonuses that you don’t need, but can take a treat to the next level. Icing is a bit more common than filling and since it may not be something you do every time you bake, I put together this photo tutorial to give you an ... Read More »

Creative cake for a bbq

hot dog cake

When I first saw a picture of this undeniably creative hot dog cake, my first reaction was that it would be great to take to a barbecue or other cookout where real hot dogs are already on the menu. The cake is made by sculpting a pound cake into a hamburger bun shape and laying a generously frosted cake hot dog in the middle of it, ... Read More »

Deep Fried Cookie Dough wins fair food contest

All fair foods get their start in one of two ways: as an idea floating in the back of someone’s mind or when someone accidentally drops something unusual in their deep fryer. The The entries this time around included seven deep fried treats: Deep Fried Latte Fried pastry topped with cappuccino ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream and instant coffee powder. Fried Cookie Dough Cookie ... Read More »

Car-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, step by step

Last week, I drew up some guidelines to follow if you wanted to try baking cookies in your car. This past weekend, since the temperatures were well over 100F out here, I decided to give the technique a try myself. I parked my car in full sunlight in the middle of the day, sliced up some cookie dough and started to bake. I previously noted ... Read More »

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