Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Hershey’s with Crisp Corn Bits, reviewed

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When I first noticed the Hershey’s with Crisp Corn Bits bar in the candy aisle at my local supermarket, a series of thoughts ran quickly through my mind: What is that? Corn? Who wants corn in a candy bar? It kind of looks like those honeycomb chocolates on the package, but those don’t have corn in them. I wonder if it’s crunchy. It’s on sale ... Read More »

Hershey and Callebaut join up

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While everyone has their favorite, the Swiss chocolate maker Callebaut is widely considered to be the gold standard of chocolate around the world. Hershey’s, by contrast, is – to put it as delicately as possible – usually not mentioned in the same sentence, though the brand is a big seller and has many fans. Chocolate aficionados may therefore be surprised to hear that The Hershey ... Read More »

Top Design meets Top Chef, sort of

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Bravo has some great reality shows. I really enjoyed watching this season of Top Design and, (obviously), I am a big fan of Top Chef. If only the network would combine the two, I imagine that contestants might produce cakes like the one above, which is entirely edible. Or at least, they would if the contest involved baking. Via Neatorama, I found this page of fantastically ... Read More »

Homemade Cow Tales and cupcakes

Cow Tales are long, thin rolls of chewy caramel filled with a melt-in-your-mouth vanilla cream. The candy is made by Goetze and, as delicious as they are, they can be relatively difficult to find. Instead of hunting down a store that carries them or paying for shipping from an online candy vendor, you can do just what the cupcake queen did and make a batch ... Read More »

Ethel’s Chocolate

Ethel M is a Nevada-based chocolate company founded in 1981 by Forrest Mars, Sr., the man whose family began the Mars candy company. The “M” in “Ethel M” actually stands for “Mars,” while “Ethel” is a reference to Mr. Mars’s mother, whose recipes he used to make the chocolates he remembered from his childhood. Mars set up shop outside of Las Vegas and Ethel M’s ... Read More »

Free cones at Ben and Jerry’s

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In the mood for ice cream despite the unseasonably cold weather and storms hitting much of the country? As long as you’re willing to venture outside this afternoon, be sure to stop by a Ben & Jerry’s because it is Free Cone Day there. Between 12pm and 8pm today, participating locations will be giving out free single-scoopice cream cones to everyone who comes in. The event ... Read More »

Ordering cakes online vs local bakeries

Cakes are big business, especially birthday cakes. Many shoppers, especially those who aren’t interested in baking their own, will turn to one of three options: cake mixes, local bakeries or big chains. Baskin Robbins and Costco alone sell millions (4 mil and 6.2 mil, respectively) of birthday cakes every single year. There is a fourth option, however, which makes things a little more interesting for a ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Sacher-Torte

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Birthday cakes are nothing new, but what about a birthday for a cake? The Austrian Sacher-Torte celebrated its 175th birthday this week with a rooftop party in Austria organized by Vienna’s Hotel Sacher. The original cake was created in 1832 in Vienna when a young apprentice chef – 16 year old Franz Sacher – had to create an original dessert of short notice. As unlikely ... Read More »

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