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Ethel’s Chocolate

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ethels.JPGEthel 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. …

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Ordering cakes online vs local bakeries

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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 …

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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 …

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Low fat donuts?

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low fat donutsHoley 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 …

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Reeses Pieces Eggs, reviewed

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easter candy innardsAs 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 …

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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 …

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