Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Life-size wedding cake

Wedding cakes are supposed to be the perfect dessert for one of the most important days of our lives – or, at least, the idea of a wedding cake has certainly been sold that way. People spend hours taste testing different cakes, frostings and fillings trying to choose the combination that is the most delicious, and spend even more hours trying to decided on a ... Read More »

Homemade vanilla extract

TL's homemade vanilla

Vanilla extract is an absolute staple for a baker. It is one of the few flavorings that works in just about everything (everything sweet, anyway) and, while cookies and cakes can be made without it, it really helps to round out the overall flavor of a baked good even when it is not the dominant flavor. As such, I put vanilla in lots of stuff. ... Read More »

Dove Milk Chocolate with Almonds, reviewed

 Dove has some new additions to their Promises line of individually wrapped chocolates out and since I think that more foods should come with fortunes (or “promises”), I had to give at least one of them a try. I opted for the Dove Milk Chocolate with Almonds. The almond bits are actually pretty large and add a substantial crunch to the small piece of chocolate. ... Read More »

Really creepy cakes

they're coming cakes

If you’re looking for a way to go all-out for Halloween and make a really, truly scary cake, you might want to take a look at the Halloween cakes at They’re Coming. The site specializes in horror movie reviews, but really pulled out all the stops with the designs of a few cakes. The designs include a Killer Rats Cake, a Thorax Cake and a Zombiefest ... Read More »

Brach’s Caramel Candy Corn, reviewed

Caramel Candy Corn

It’s candy corn season again and I’ve already filled up my candy dishes, but when I was picking up my traditional bags of classic and harvest mix (the bags that include the candy corn pumpkins), I noticed that there was more variety than usual in the candy corn section. In other words, this year candy makers released flavored candy corn along with the traditional honey-flavored ... Read More »

Baker’s White Chocolate recalled

Kraft is recalling nearly 300,000 packages of Baker’s White Chocolate due to possible salmonella contamination. The packages listed in the recall are all 6-oz. “Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares” with the UPC code 0043000252200 and one of four best-when-used-by dates: 31 March 2008 XCZ; 01 April 2008 XCZ; 02 April 2008 XCZ; and 03 April 2008 XCZ. No reports of illness have been reported ... Read More »

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 »

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