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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