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ENTERTAINING: Thanksgiving Candy & Chocolate

Want your Thanksgiving dinner table to look a bit more special? Looking for party favors for your guests? Or are you the guest, looking for something to bring your hosts? Take a look at our Thanksgiving candy and chocolate selections—they’ll fit every bill. Warning: The Ginger Caramel Sin “spoon candy” is addictive (and goes well atop pie, cake and ice cream). For more Thanksgiving ideas, visit the Entertaining Guide section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Chocolate turkeys
Turkey family, in dark or milk chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates, is kosher, too.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Tulip Hill “Aria” Wine

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“Aria” wine and CD gift set.
  Many wine collectors also like opera. Now, there’s a gift custom-made for them. Janet Hopkins, a soprano with the Metropolitan Opera, has teamed up with California’s Tulip Hill Winery, an award-winning boutique winemaker, to create Aria, a red meritage (blend of grapes) with a matching CD of arias by Ms. Hopkins. The singer was involved in selecting the blend, working with Tulip Hill wine maker Ed West; she then chose just the right music to complement the wine.
Recipients can sip the wine as they listen to favorite Italian songs such as “O Sole Mio” and “Santa Lucia,” as well as arias from La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Turandot. The gift set, in a handsome black package that unfolds to reveal both the bottle and the CD, is $59.95; both the wine and the CD are sold separately as well. For more information about this limited-edition gift, visit

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Gourmet Marshmallows

What happens when you set out to find the best marshmallows in America? You taste the wares of more marshmallow specialists than you can remember—and select the 24 memorable ones to recommend to you. We’ve found great vanilla marshmallows, chocolate marshmallows, chocolate-dipped marshmallows, classic flavored marshmallows (banana, blackberry, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, lemon, mint, mocha, orange, raspberry, strawberry, toasted coconut), creative flavors (Key lime, lavender, mango, margarita, piña colada, Sambuca) and exotic ones (matcha, taro, pandan). And, there are seasonal marshmallows: pumpkin spice is in full force, and no doubt, egg nog and peppermint are right around the corner. You’ll also learn the history of the marshmallow, how to make marshmallows at home (not easy!), how to toast them indoors (no campfire required!) and how to use gourmet marshmallows in recipes from breakfast through dessert. Yes, we’ve got Marshmallow Mania! You can read the full article, plus learn about our other favorite candies in the Candy Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Mocha Chocolate Chip Marshmallows
These Mocha Chipsters from My Flour Garden are just one of the amazing marshmallows we tracked down for you.

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ENTERTAINING: How To Choose A Caterer

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A good caterer can transform your living room into a dining fantasy.
  Are you yearning to have a smashing party this holiday season (or any time), but lack the time, organization skills and/or vision to make it materialize? There’s no problem with any of that—a wonderful caterer is a party-giver’s best friend. He or she can take care of everything, so all you need to do is send out invitations. A great party can cost as much as a vacation—but it’s just as memorable, and many more people will remember it. Before you hire a caterer—or just to learn more about the process—read How To Hire A Caterer to ensure a great time for you and your guests. Tips include how to source great caterers, the interviewing process and all of the extras you should plan for.

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ENTERTAINING: Specialty Foods For Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’re spending the weekend planning Thanksgiving dinner, we have some suggestions for you. First, take a look at our article, Specialty Foods For Thanksgiving Dinner, for subtle ways to bring even more excitement your meal. Serve Hint Pomegranate-Tangerine infused water (no calories), replace the regular soft drinks with Fizzy Lizzy sparkling juices (Northern Lights Cranberry or Red Hill Pomegranate), Izze sparkling juices (Clementine, Pear & Pomegranate) and GuS’s Grown-Up Sodas (Dry Cranberry Lime, Dry Crimson Grape and Dry Pomegranate). Peruse the other choices, which end with Häagen-Dazs Caramelized Pear and Toasted Pecan Ice Cream and Pumpkin Spice Bonbons from Chocolat Céleste. Or, we can highly recommend the pumpkin cheesecake from Elegant Cheesecakes (shown in photo). Everything you see is edible, except the plate.   Pumpkin Cheesecake
The Great Pumpkin, this year, is this cheesecake from Elegant Cheesecakes.
Next, take a look at Pairing Mineral Waters With Thanksgiving Dinner, and Thanksgiving Wine Pairings—plan different wines for the main course as well as dessert. We always give thanks for a great dessert wine.

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