Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Hotel Chocolate Engraved Easter Egg, reviewed

Hotel Chocolate Easter Egg

Hotel Chocolat’s Engraved Easter Egg is, hands down, the most beautiful chocolate Easter egg I’ve ever had. This particular egg is made of 72% dark chocolate and, while it is hollow, the shell is generously thick. It stands about 6 inches high and ships on its own little display stand. Truth be told, I was tempted just to leave it sitting around so that I ... Read More »

See’s St. Patrick’s Day Potato Candy

See's Irish Potato Candy

It’s called a potato and it looks like a potato, but you’re not going to find any “real” potato here. Just a potato look-a-like. See’s Candies’ St. Patrick’s Day Potato is a special treat that the candy company puts out every March. The 2.5-oz. potato has a large, irregular mound of nougat at it center. The nougat is soft and not too sweet, despite being ... Read More »

Ferrero Rocher Prestige Collection, reviewed

I should probably have given everyone a heads up that there would be a few more chocolate and candy reviews than usual over the next couple of weeks because of Easter. It’s a candy-heavy holiday and I just can’t resist. This collection of chocolates is a premium one: the Ferrero Rocher Prestige Collection. I’ve seen several different packaging variations of this mix, but these particular ... Read More »

Cadbury Mini Eggs, Dark and Milk Chocolate, reviewed

Cadbury Mini Eggs have long been an Easter staple in my house. I prefer them even to the ever popular Cadbury Creme Eggs, which are nice, but can be a bit too sweet for me with all that gooey fondant in the center. Mini eggs, if you haven’t had them, are about 3/4-inch high eggs that have pastel-colored matte candy shells over a solid chocolate ... Read More »

Wonka Chocolate Golden Mini Eggs, reviewed

Wonka Chocolate Golden Mini Eggs

In the 1971 movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, guests inside Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory encounter geese that lay golden eggs for Easter. It appears that they are simply giant eggs with golden shells – no wrappers, just shells filled with milk chocolate. An impressive candy, to say the least. The image of these golden eggs popped into my mind when I was perusing the ... Read More »

A cake comparison

Though I have many cookbooks, I never do a straight comparison of the recipes given in them. Since I often bake multiple dishes, I might have a batch of chocolate chip cookies from one book and a batch of brownies from another, causing tasters to declare a preference for one over the other. I don’t purposely bake and compare chocolate chip cookie recipes side-by-side, however. ... Read More »

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 »

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