Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Choxie Dark Chocolate Espresso Bar, reviewed

Choxie Dark Chocolate Espresso Bar

When I bit into a piece of the Choxie Dark Chocolate Espresso Bar I recently picked up at Target, I was immediately reminded of something. The bar was made of smooth, exceptionally well-balanced dark chocolate. The chocolate had a nice cocoa bitterness to it and a distinctly fruity flavor that played very well with the ground up coffee beans also present in the bar. The ... Read More »

Giant Sugar Crystals

Giant Sugar Crystals

I don’t deny that I have a sweet tooth, and after talking about the differences between demerara sugar, muscovado sugar and turbinado sugars, I couldn’t resist mentioning one more interesting type of natural sugar: sugar crystals. Sugar is crystalline in its normal state, but “sugar crystals” is used as a name to describe unusually large crystals of sugar. The crystals are formed just the way ... Read More »

Foodie Fonts

a very cheese-y font

I have quite the font collection on my computer, probably hundreds of them collected from free font download websites and various computer programs that I’ve installed over the years. It’s not that I use all of them, but just like in the kitchen, it’s nice to have options. So, when I saw that YumSugar picked out a list of 10 Fonts That Will Make You ... Read More »

Where to find giant chocolate chips

see's super chips

You can’t go wrong with regular chocolate chips. From cookies and cakes to ice cream mix-ins, that standard size seems to always work out beautifully, delivering just the right punch of chocolate in each morsel. But it is nice to have options because there are times when you want to scale up or down just a bit. Mini chocolate chips, for instance, work out even ... Read More »

What are demerara, turbinado and muscovado sugars?

demarra and muscovado sugar

When it comes to baking, recipes mostly call for powdered/confectioners’ sugar, plain sugar or brown sugar. The textures and properties of these three types are taken into account when the recipe is formulated. But they are not the be-all and end-all of sugars, and a few of the “specialty” sugars (by which I mean that they’re less common here in the US) are gaining in ... Read More »

Cake Mate flavored sugars

Cake Mate's flavored sugars

Vanilla sugar is one of those wonderful and easy to make ingredients that it is nice to have in the kitchen. Everything can do with a bit of vanilla, after all, whether you are adding a spoonful to a cup of tea, sprinkling the tops of muffins or simply creaming it into butter for a cookie dough. Other easy and useful sugars are spiced sugars, ... Read More »

EW bakes with sugar substitutes

Eating Well's 'sugar' cookies

There is really nothing that can replace real sugar when it comes to baking, especially when it comes to sweets and pastries. Sugar sweetens, enhances other flavors and acts as a preservative in most baked goods. It also adds a lot of calories that not everyone wants and can, for other medical reasons, be off-limits to some people. There are lots of sugar alternatives on ... Read More »

Girl Scout Cookie season and trans fats

Girl Scout Cookies

Homemade cookies are always the best in my book, but because I was a girl scout when I was little, I have a soft spot for girl scout cookies. Actually, I used to have a soft spot for girl scout cookes. Given that the cookies increase in price every year without an increase (and sometimes with a decrease!) in quality, it’s hard to keep standing ... Read More »

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