Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

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 »

Carrot Cake Frozen Yogurt

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I love the idea of mix-ins for ice cream and I know I’m not the only one, as evidenced by the continually growing popularity of ice cream shops that offer mix-ins to their customers. More frozen yogurt shops are starting to offer the same service, so frozen treat fans can get the same combinations in a slightly healthier way. Aside from standards like chocolate chip ... Read More »

Low fat donuts?

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Holey Donuts says that their donuts are neither baked nor fried, but cooked in a secret process that produces a perfect donut. As though that weren’t perplexing enough, their donuts are also low in fat, which makes them a donut anomaly in more ways than one. The fact that they’re not fried is not that surprising, given that the fat content of even the cream-filled ... Read More »

Reeses Pieces Eggs, reviewed

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As much as I enjoy Easter candy, even the newer ones don’t really surprise me like they used to when I was a kid. Perhaps I’ve just become a bit jaded, as the “limited edition” this and “New!!!” that don’t seem nearly as special or new as they should. I will admit that I was surprised, however, when I first bit into one of the ... Read More »

Don’t Mess with Our Chocolate!

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Chocolate-lover (and chocolate chip cookie lovers) will want to take note of the fact that the FDA is considering redefining chocolate as we know it. Currently, chocolate is defined as something that is made of cocoa butter and cocoa solids, with flavorings, sugars and dairy being approved additions. The new definition would allow – to use the phrasing of Cybele from Candyblog - “any concoction containing ... Read More »

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