TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Fowler’s Toffee

[1] Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee (both photos courtesy Fowler’s). [2] White Chocolate Cashew Toffee.   We love toffee/buttercrunch (here’s the difference). So when we receive a gift of it, we tingle with anticipation. Sometimes that tingle pays off on the palate, sometimes not. When you’re a food writer who has tasted thousands of products a…
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PRODUCTS: Food Gifts For Valentine’s Day (Or Any Day), Part 2

Yesterday we presented some non-traditional Valentine food gifts. Today, we take on the more expected categories of sweets, plus something with zero calories: artisan Valentine tea blends. In alphabetical order, we recommend: FEED YOUR SOUL: VEGAN BROWNIES This bakery’s lineup includes popular cookies and bars (chocolate chip, peanut butter, etc.), but our pick for your…
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FOOD 101: The History Of Chocolate-Covered Cherries

January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. Here’s a history of the popular bonbon, adapted from an article by Esther Martin-Ullrich which appeared in Candy Favorites. Chocolate-covered cherries, more formally called cherry cordials, are a chocolate shell filled with a cherry and sugar syrup, plain or flavored with alcohol.   IT BEGAN WITH THE…
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RECIPE: Peppermint Marshmallows Recipe

[1] Make peppermint marshmallows with a green or red swirl (photo courtesy McCormick). [2] You can cut shapes with cookie cutters (here’s how from Martha Stewart). [3] Marshmallows with red food color (photo courtesy Plush Puffs).   Let everyone else go crazy at the mall, crazy with wrapping paper, crazy with Christmas dinner prep. We…
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FOOD FUN: Christmas Tree Brownies & Peanut Butter Cups

There are plenty of chocolate Christmas trees and tree-shaped holiday cookies. But these two treats from Orange Glad Box, which is a box delivery service for gourmet sweets.     1. CHRISTMAS TREE BROWNIES Ingredients Brownie recipe or mix Christmas tree cookie cutter Mini candy canes Green icing (soft frosting or hard royal icing Candy…
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