TODAY IN FOOD: It’s Peppermint Patty—Not Pattie—Day (Here’s A Recipe)

February 11th is Peppermint Patty Day. You may indulge in the occasional York Peppermint Patty or box of Junior Mints (we do). But if you love peppermint patties, making them at home is easy. Combine 1 pound confectioner’s sugar, 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 teaspoons peppermint extract and 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract. Mix in…
Continue reading “TODAY IN FOOD: It’s Peppermint Patty—Not Pattie—Day (Here’s A Recipe)”

TIP OF THE DAY: Marshmallow Valentines

Artisan marshmallows like these, flavored with real lavender buds, can be as pretty as a box of chocolates.   If your Valentine doesn’t like chocolate, how about marshmallows? Gourmet marshmallows come in a variety of flavors that will delight the young and charm the food sophisticate. In addition to Valentine gifts, we like serve them…
Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Marshmallow Valentines”

TIDBIT: Chocolatier Vs. Confectioner

What’s the difference between “chocolates” and “confections?” Is a “chocolatier” or chocolate shop the same as a “confectionary?” A confectionery (also spelled confectionary) is a confectioner’s shop—more popularly called a candy store or sweet shop in modern times. A chocolatier (a French word, pronounced cho-co-la-tee-YAY) is both the chocolate shop and the person who makes…
Continue reading “TIDBIT: Chocolatier Vs. Confectioner”

FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: What To Do With Toffee Crumbs

Don’t throw out those crumbs!   Today is English Toffee Day, so get yourself a box. But don’t toss out the “crumbs” at the bottom: They’re delicious on ice cream, cheesecake, yogurt or cake frosting. In fact, Enstrom’s, one of our favorite toffee makers, sells crumbs by the bag for toffee fans who find many…
Continue reading “FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: What To Do With Toffee Crumbs”

FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Peppermint Patties

These are from the Wisconsin Cheeseman, but your own homemade peppermint patties will be a much bigger hit.   If you love peppermint patties, making them at home is easy. Combine 1 pound confectioner’s sugar, 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 teaspoons peppermint extract and 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract. Mix in 1/4 cup evaporated milk.…
Continue reading “FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Peppermint Patties”