FOOD FUN: Crushed Peppermint Hot Chocolate

If you have leftover candy canes or other red-and-white peppermints, here’s a good use for a cold day: Crush them and use them as a hot chocolate garnish. First top the hot chocolate with: Marshmallows Marshmallows Cream (e.g. Fluff) Whipped Cream   You can even add a small scoop of ice cream; just make the…
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RECIPE: Spiced Chocolate Eggnog

New Year’s Eve means Champagne in our house, but it also means eggnog (or if you prefer, egg nog). We’ve made quite a few different recipes over the years. Some are linked below, including a low-calorie option. This year, we’re looking forward to this spiced chocolate eggnog recipe from American Heritage Chocolate. The recipe uses…
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HOLIDAY COCKTAIL: White Christmas Cocktail (New Year’s Eve, Too)

[1] The White Christmas Cocktail has a complex layering of flavors, including coffee and vanilla (photos #1 and #2 © Kilkea Castle). [2] The cocktail is available through the holiday season, at Kilkea Castle’s restaurants and lounges. [3] If you purchase a bottle of Tia Maria for this cocktail, you can use it as often…
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RECIPE: Holiday Sangria For National Sangria Day (December 20th)

It’s ironic that National Sangria Day is celebrated in the gray cold of winter*, when it’s traditionally considered a summer drink. But December 20th is National Sangria Day, and more sangria fans have been enjoying it year-round. As the recipe below shows, you can easily turn sangria into a winter refreshment. Get seasonal with the…
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GIFT: Burdick Artisan Chocolates With Winter Flavors

[1] A special box of artisan chocolates, filled with winter flavors (photos © Burdick Chocolate). [2] Close-up on the box of 58 bonbons and 8 winter flavors. [3] A glass of mulled wine goes with any of these chocolates. Here’s a recipe (photo © Edward Howell | Unsplash).   Great chocolate flavors are made even…
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