Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

6 Delicious Desserts to take to a BBQ

Strawberry Desserts

Summertime is barbecue season. Planning barbecues is always fun, whether you’re making dinner for the family or cooking for a big group of friends. When it comes to food, there are lots of options. You can opt for smoked or grilled meats, hamburgers, sausages and all manner of grilled veggies, and sides like salads and fruit salads are always welcome. Dessert gets a little bit ... Read More »

Can I substitute for maple syrup?

Maple Syrups

Maple syrup is a delicious syrup that is popular not only as a pancake and waffle topping, but as an ingredient in all kinds of recipes. Maple syrup is only made during a small window each year in a fairly labor-intensive process, so it tends to be fairly expensive and that means that many people don’t keep it on hand all the time and that ... Read More »

Baker’s Bliss Finishing Sugar Set

Flavored Sugar Set

Whether you are baking a batch of muffins or making a batch of oatmeal, there are many different dishes that can benefit from a finishing sprinkle of sugar. Sugar – especially coarse sugar with large crystals – can add nice sweetness and texture when used to finish a dish, but sugar alone doesn’t add any extra flavor to take a dish over the top. One ... Read More »

Cook’s Country tastes Maple and Pancake Syrups

Maple syrup vs Pancake Syrup

Americans spend upwards of $400 million dollars a year on pancake syrup and maple syrup while shopping in supermarkets, and consumer much more than that when you take into account that people are dousing their pancakes, french toast and waffles in syrup when dining in restaurants. The vast majority of that money is spend on pancake syrup, not maple syrup, which is corn syrup that ... Read More »

Consumer Reports taste tests original and generic Twinkies

Consumer Reports' Twinkie Test

When consumers heard that Hostess was closing its doors for good and that products like Twinkies and Wonderbread would be discontinued, there was a rush to stock up before they were pulled from store shelves. Twinkies in particular were a favorite childhood snack for many of us and, even though some might say that they don’t have the same appeal to an adult palate, it ... Read More »

What are graham crackers?

Homemade Graham Crackers

Graham crackers are a type of lightly sweetened, whole grain cracker that are often used in baking and dessert recipes. The whole crackers can be found sandwiching toasted marshmallows and chocolate in s’mores and the cracker crumbs are a popular choice for the crusts of pies and cheesecakes. The crackers were originally made with graham flour, a whole wheat flour that includes the germ and ... Read More »

Pillsbury Supreme Collection Red Velvet Cake, reviewed

Pillsbury Supreme Collection Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake probably comes in just behind vanilla and chocolate cakes in terms of popularity these days, so it should be no surprise to see that red velvet cake mixes are becoming much more common to allow people to easily bake their own at home. Regular cake mixes don’t usually catch my eye, but the last time I was in the baking aisle I ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Organic Stone Ground Salt and Pepper Dark Chocolate, reviewed

Trader Joe's Organic Stone Ground Salt and Pepper Dark Chocolate

Trader Joe’s always has interesting items near their checkout lanes, little impulse buys that you might want to pop into your cart at the last minute. Most of these items tend to be chocolate, so I suspect that quite a few people end up picking something up on their way out. I’ve been eyeing the┬áTrader Joe’s Organic Stone Ground Salt and Pepper Dark Chocolate, but ... Read More »

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