Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

How to keep brown sugar soft

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Brown sugar can be a bit problematic because, when left unattended, the moist sugar can quickly transform into a rock-like state. This happens because the sugar dries out and the molasses used to keep it brown (most brown sugars are white sugars, with molasses added back) hardens and sticks it together like glue. There are several ways to avoid this problem. The easiest is by storing the ... Read More »

“Light” whipped cream isn’t that light

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Whipped cream is one of the more waistline-unfriendly foods you can eat. It’s high in fat, can be high in sugar (and thus, high in calories) if over-generously sweetened and it is really hard to limit yourself to a two tablespoon serving size when slices of apple pie, ice cream sundaes and molten chocolate cakes call out for more than just one mouthful – and ... Read More »

Ice cream serving sizes

Ice cream is definitely an indulgence, which means that it’s not a bad idea to find out exactly how much a serving size is if you like to have it on a regular basis. Generally, a serving is 1/2 cup, according to the carton. According to Hungry Girl, a serving is a lightly packed 1/2 cup and not the full measure. The only question is what exactly ... Read More »

Dagashi bars

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Dagashi bars are fueling a sugar high in Japan. They’re candy bars – but in the sense that they serve candy, not that they’re made of it. Basically, the bars are stocked with lots and lots of inexpensive and retro (circa 1960) candies which adults can pig out on, fulfilling childhood fantasies decades late.  The candies often include “chewy soybean candy and pickled squid on ... Read More »

Sugar and sugar free guidelines

According to surveys and research done on the subject, the average American eats approximately 156 poundsof added sugar every year. One teaspoon of sugar has 16 calories, which isn’t bad in and of itself, but those 156 pounds come out to be 269,568 extra calories, or 16,848 teaspoons of sugar! Generally, most of this extra sugar comes from sodas, juices and other sweetened drinks (not just ... Read More »

Piping tips and techniques

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Learning to pipe rosettes and elaborate borders on cakes is challenging. The techniques are not necessarily intuitive because not only do they require a steady hand moving in a specific pattern, but they require a detailed knowledge of the various tips available in a cake decorating kit to produce the dots, shells, lace and flowers. Once you get the hang of it all, decorating an ... Read More »

Best light (non-homemade) frozen desserts

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Ice creams are some of the most populardesserts in the country, with annual sales in the billions. To be more specific ice creams and frozen novelties are popular. Something along the lines of 35% of the frozen dessert market is made up of low fat/low cal ice creams, as well as gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt and water ice. Frozen yogurt and gelato are at the ... Read More »

How to make Vanilla Sugar

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One of the tastiest things you can keep in your kitchen is vanilla sugar. With the sweetness of sugar and the flavor of vanilla, it is good on oatmeal, on fruit and is delicious in tea. It is even better when substituted for plain sugar in baked goods, because almost every single one – with the possible exception of some savory items – can benefit ... Read More »

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