TIP OF THE DAY: Hot Chocolate With Chocolate Leaves

There are numerous ways to garnish hot chocolate. The latest to catch our eye is this beauty from La Rose Noire. You can approximate it at home. Unfortunately, consumers can’t purchase from La Rose Noire: It is a wholesaler to professional pastry chefs. But if you like beautiful chocolate embellishments, pastries and other desserts, there’s…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Biscotti Bites

Top: Each Biscotti Bite is a 12-calorie treat. Photo: Thomas Francois | FOT. Bottom: Almond, one of the three flavors of Biscotti Bites. Photo: The Bites Company.   Every person who is mindful of calories searches for those magical foods that deliver the satisfaction without the calories. We discovered one such food in Biscotti Bites…
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RECIPE: Peppermint White Hot Chocolate & Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Christmas season is a bonanza for peppermint lovers, from candy canes to peppermint bark to chocolate-peppermint everything. Now, have a cup of peppermint white hot chocolate with a dark chocolate peppermint brownie. Both recipes are from McCormick. While together they create a chocolate-peppermint symphony, they can be split up and paired with non-peppermint, non-chocolate beverages…
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GIFT: 5 Sparrows Hot Chocolate With Stevia

White hot chocolate with stevia sweetener. Photo courtesy 5 Sparrows.   Five Sparrows is a line developed by coffee shop owners, who wanted commercial products created specifically for handcrafted beverages. They are now available to consumers as well. The company makes hot chocolate, chai and frappe mixes, which are available in versions sweetened with sugar…
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RECIPE: Cinnamon Chocolate Popcorn

We just published a gift idea for Brownie Points’ Candy Cane Crunch Popcorn. If you’re in the mood to make your own candy cane popcorn, pop it, butter it and toss with crushed candy canes or other peppermint candy. Not a peppermint lover? Here’s a recipe for equally festive Cinnamon Chocolate Popcorn from the National…
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