TIP OF THE DAY: Make Your Own Marshmallow Designs

[1] Cut heart shapes for Valentine’s Day (photo courtesy Kavemania | Facebook). [2] Use cookie cutters to create special designs (photo courtesy Martha Stewart and [3] SXC). [4] These artisan marshmallows are delicious, but too tall and pillowy to cut into shapes (photo The Nibble).   If you have an eye out for delicious confections,…
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FOOD FUN: Blooming Marshmallows For Your Hot Chocolate

First there was blooming tea: a specially tied bundle of tea leaves and flower petals that opens into a flower when placed in hot water. Now, there’s the blooming marshmallow, from innovative pastry chef Dominique Ansel. Blossoming Hot Chocolate—more accurately, blossoming marshmallow—is a thin marshmallow, cut like a flower, and bunched up to resemble a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Red Licorice For Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

[1] These Christmas Twizzlers are available at Target and elsewhere (photo courtesy Candy Warehouse). [2] You can buy the artisan version from confectioners. These are sold on Etsy by Nicole’s Treats. [3] Wowsa: a kid’s fantasy Christmas Cake from Cake Whiz. Underneath: a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.   December 16th is Chocolate-Covered Anything Day.…
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GIFT OF THE DAY: Swedish Gummy Horse Stocking Stuffers

[1] and [2] Swedish Gummy Horses, the best thing since Swedish fish (photos courtesy Candy People). [3] The painted wood horse that inspired the gummies (photo courtesy Scandinavian Butik).   We love gummy candy. Our entire family does. That’s why it’s so easy to give them what they really want: different types of gummies, which,…
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RECIPE: Peanut Butter Fudge

Three-ingredient peanut butter fudge (photo courtesy Justin’s).   November 20th is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. An American confection, fudge was a happy accent in the 1880s, created by a woman trying to make caramels. Read the history of fudge and you’ll see that it wasn’t so easy to re-create the accident. Over time, however,…
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