Dec 212011
What are Sipping Chocolates?

Sipping chocolates are not the same thing as drinking your typical mug of hot chocolate. The cacao tree produces beans that are used to make a variety of drinks – one of which was a sipping chocolate originally flavored with spices, wine, and chili peppers. A cup of hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder (which has the fat of cocoa butter pressed out of it), while sipping chocolates are made from real chocolate using the cocoa solids, which are then melted to create a creamy chocolate drink. History of Sipping Chocolates Sipping chocolates have a long history that traces [read more…]

 December 21, 2011  Posted by
Sep 022011
Gluten Free Restaurant Desserts

If you have Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, or even gluten sensitivity then, eating desserts outside of your house can be a bit difficult. Well now, it is not as hard as it used to be because so many chain restaurants now have gluten free dessert options. GLUTEN FREE CHAIN RESTAURANTS Houlihan’s has three homemade, ice cream flavors. They are caramel macchiato, chick-o-stick, and raspberry. Plus, their crème brûlée has a rich vanilla bean custard that has caramelized sugar all over the top. Outback‘s dessert is called Chocolate Thunder From Down Under. It is an extra generous pecan brownie that is crowned with [read more…]

 September 2, 2011  Posted by
Aug 152011
Decorating Desserts with Chocolate

For chocolate lovers, it’s only natural to top, garnish and decorate with more chocolate. When you’re looking for easy ways to duplicate some of the fancy embellishments and details on your favorite desserts, consider the following decorating tips for chocolate. How To Make Chocolate Curls To make chocolate curls, choose a vegetable peeler with a long narrow blade. You will need a chunk or bar of chocolate to make curls. First, slightly warm the chocolate and blade. Before making the curls, it is important that the peeler is completely dry. Draw the peeler along the smooth surface of the chocolate, [read more…]

 August 15, 2011  Posted by
Jun 162011
Short History of Cupcakes

A cupcake, also referred to by some as a fairy cake, patty cake, or cup cake, is a small cake, often baked in a small paper or aluminum cup, and meant as a single serving. They are commonly frosted or adorned with sprinkles or other decorations. Beginnings The history of the cupcake can be traced back as far as 1786, when American Cookery by Amelia Simms mentioned something of “a cake to be baked in small cups”. It was first documented in 1828 in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook as “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats”. Cupcake or Cup Cake? [read more…]

 June 16, 2011  Posted by
May 172011
Know Your Chocolate

When baking or preparing a chocolate dessert, there are reasons that certain recipes specify the kind of chocolate you should use. It’s important to know that not all types of chocolate will produce the exact effect you seek. With varying flavors, melting points and end results, it certainly pays to know your chocolate. Without cocoa beans, there would be no chocolate. The beans are dried, roasted and ground up to produce a dark, thick paste – also called chocolate ‘liquor’, cocoa solids or cocoa mass. It is this thick paste that is the basis of all chocolate and cocoa products. [read more…]

 May 17, 2011  Posted by
May 102011
Chocolate Surprise Pecan Pie Recipe

INGREDIENTS: Crust: 1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box Filling: 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup sugar Dash salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips Topping: 3 eggs 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled Garnish: 1/2 cup whipping cream 1 tablespoon chocolate-flavor syrup DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat oven to 375°F. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie plate as directed on box for One-Crust Filled Pie. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup [read more…]

 May 10, 2011  Posted by
Apr 222011
Sweet Inspiration – 8 Chocolate Easter Treat Ideas

When it comes to seasonal candy, chocolate is one of those must-haves for an Easter basket. Whether you take pleasure in nibbling on the ears of a sweet bunny or cracking open the goodies found inside of a filled egg, the following Easter treat ideas could become your new favorite obsession: 1. Flavorful Easter Bunnies – Exotic-flavored chocolate treats emerge during the Easter season for the more mature palate. Consider the solid chocolate creatures from Vosges-Haut Chocolates, which offers the Barcelona Bunny made with hickory-smoked almonds and gray sea salt, and the Toffee Bunny with butter toffee, pink Himalayan salt, [read more…]

 April 22, 2011  Posted by
Apr 132011
Allergen Free Candy

Have you ever heard of a chocolate candy bar, that was not only gluten and dairy free, but sugar free too? Well, I’m here to tell you that there is one and it is called Endangered Species Chocolate. TYPES OF BARS All of these candy bars are sweetened with beet sugar and are made from dark cocoa. There are a variety and to name a few they include coffee, raspberry, mint, and supreme dark chocolate. EXTRA CHOCOLATE TREATS You can, of course, eat it piece by piece, but there are other ways to enjoy it too. You can melt this [read more…]

 April 13, 2011  Posted by