Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

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 »

Dove Silky Smooth Milk and Dark Chocolates, reviewed

Dove Silky Smooth Milk and Dark Chocolates

For some, there are two kinds of chocolate: those for eating and those for baking. In my kitchen, the two tend to be one and the same. I’ve used chocolate bars like these Dove Silky Smooth Milk and Dark Chocolate Bars in baking before and have had great results. I tend to use bigger bars than these for things like chocolate chunk cookies, but for ... Read More »

How to pour honey and other sticky things

Pouring honey

Honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave syrup and other similarly thick, sticky and sweet liquids can be great to bake with. They all add moisture and lots of subtle flavors to a baked good, moreso than you can get with sugar alone. Unfortunately, they’re not all that easy to work with because it’s hard to measure them – or more accurately, it’s hard to get the ... Read More »

Troubleshooting homemade ice cream

Vanilla Gelato, churning

Making homemade ice creams and frozen yogurts is fun, but even when you have a good quality ice cream maker, there can be some difficulties with the process. The top two concerns that people have are (1) the ice cream is too soft and (2) the ice cream is too hard. Ice cream made in a machine designed for home use often doesn’t freeze ice ... Read More »

Homemade Raisins

Raisins in progress

There are two things that you should definitely try during the summer, when temperatures are high and you don’t really feel like cooking: baking cookies in your car and making homemade raisins. The former requires an 100F-or hotter day to work well. The latter simply requires a very warm sunny day, fresh grapes and patience. Homemade raisins are easy to make and the finished product ... Read More »

Dove Desserts Bananas Foster, reviewed

Dove Desserts Bananas Foster

Dove Promises are one of Dove‘s signature chocolates. The two-bite squares are usually plain, solid chocolate with cute little messages printed on the inside of the wrapper. Lately, Dove has been experimenting with new combinations and adding some fillings to these little chocolates. Dove Desserts are the newest additions to their line. The chocolates are the bite-size Promises, filled with complexly flavored filings modeled after ... Read More »

Cake Wrecks and cake missteps

Cake Wrecks

When I first heard about the Cake Wrecks blog at neatorama, I expected to see an array of cakes that were poorly decorated – frosting sliding off, writing smeared, etc. Instead, the cakes were far more creative. Some were wrecks in the sense that they lacked good taste and probably seemed like funnier or better ideas before they were actually put into the reality of ... Read More »

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