Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

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 »

The frosting or the cake?

Red Velvet Cupcakes

When it comes to cakes and cupcakes, which is more important: the frosting or the cake? Recently, a friend and I were comparing notes on some cupcake bakeries that we had tried. She mentioned how excited she was when she heard that a cupcake bakery was opening in her [previously cupcake-less] area and how she had rushed out to try them over the weekend. Unfortunately, ... Read More »

Make your own pizza cake

I always get a kick out of food that looks like one thing, but is really another. I’m not talking about soy “meat” that bears a vague resemblance to chicken (since a lot of it always looks kind of like chicken regardless of what flavor it’s supposed to be). I’m talking about sweet desserts that are disguised as savory dishes. Dessert pizza is not a ... Read More »

Corn syrup vs. golden syrup

Corn syrup is a syrupy sweetener that is made through the production of cornstarch. In fact, when it was first introduced to the public over 100 years ago, it was often sold as a health food because it originally came from corn. The sweetener is primarily glucose and has a very mild flavor. It inhibits crystallization and, as a result, is very useful in the ... Read More »

What are cacao nibs?

cacao nibs

Dark chocolate bar with cacao nibs. Milk chocolate bar with cacao nibs. Chocolate covered cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are turning up in more and more places, but with little explanation as to what they are because they are almost always an add-in to some other product. Cacao nibs are basically raw chocolate, pieces of cacao beans that have been roasted, hulled and prepped to the ... Read More »

Starbucks Mocha Dark Chocolate, reviewed

Starbucks Mocha Dark Chocolate

It’s been a couple of months now since Starbucks released their chocolate line – the line that is sold in non-Starbucks stores, like Target – and I’ve been wanting to try several of the options since I first spotted them. The chocolates are a result between the collaboration of Hershey’s and Starbucks, and after reading good things about them on Candyblog, I was even more ... Read More »

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