Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hershey's Candy Corn Kisses are a Halloween fave!

I bought some Hershey Candy Corn Kisses at Target and love them! They smell heavenly like vanilla and are so cute.
Here is a recipe from the Hershey website to make for Halloween:

KISSES Candy Corn Pixies

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Yellow and red food colors
48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Corn Flavored Candies
Powdered sugar

1. Beat butter, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended.

2. Place about 3/4 cup dough in each of three separate bowls. Add yellow food coloring to one bowl, mixing until color of dough is uniform and close to color of candy piece. Tint another bowl orange using yellow and red food coloring. Cover; refrigerate doughs about 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.

3. Heat oven to 300° F. Remove wrappers from candies. Taking a small pinch of dough from each bowl, shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.4. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until edges are set. Cool about 2 minutes; press candy piece into center of cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

King Arthur Flour has all your chocolate desires!

Just got done checking out some more great chocolate finds at the King Arthur Flour website! This is a premo site for all kinds of scrumptious chocolate recipes, gadgets, mixes, baking ingredients, and cocoa. If you have never used their flour, you really need to use it in all your chocolate recipes. There is no better, and their whole wheat flour makes the best chocolate chip muffins. See their site for the Golden Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe or if your in the mood for a great chocolate chip cookie, their recipe rocks!

Have a great Labor Day!


Friday, June 13, 2008

The Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert..... SO EASY!!

This is a real find and time saving dessert. All you need is a box of ice cream sandwiches, some whipped cream topping, some fudge sauce or caramel sauce and some crumbled up candy bar pieces like toffee bars or peanut butter and chocolate cups or even just simple chocolate chips!

Get a large bowl (like a trifle bowl) and layer it with ice cream sandwiches on the bottom, then add a layer of whipped topping and some sauce with a little sprinkle of the candy or chips and repeat the layers. At the top just add some more whipped cream and candy sprinkles. Top with a cherry! Freeze until ready to eat or dig in everybody!!!

Frozen Hot Chocolate from Paula Deen for summer! Stay Cool with Chocolate!

Paula's Party is one of my favorite shows on the Food Network. The celebrities that Paula has on the show cook up some of their favorite recipes! I also love to see the ones who don't cook try to help Paula in the kitchen. Here is a delicious chocolate recipe that is sure to keep you cool in the heated summer months ahead! Enjoy!!!

3 ounces best-quality chocolate (or a variety of your favorites)

2 teaspoons store bought hot chocolate mix (recommended: Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate Mix)

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 cups milk

3 cups ice Whipped cream, for garnish

Chocolate shavings, for garnish
Chop the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a small heavy saucepan or in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. Add the hot chocolate mix and sugar, stirring constantly until blended.
Remove from heat and slowly add 1/2 cup of the milk, stirring until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
In a blender, place the remaining 1 cup of milk, the chocolate mixture, and the ice. Blend on high speed until smooth and the consistency of a frozen daiquiri. Pour into a giant goblet and top with whipped cram and chocolate shavings!!! Fun!


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Did you know March was filled with lots of Chocolate Holidays?

Yes it is!!! Take a look at all the chocolate holidays this month.......

March 6: National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
March 19: National Chocolate Caramel Day
March 16-23: American Chocolate Week
March 23: Easter Sunday
March 24: National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
March 28: National Black Forest Cake Day

Celebrate each of these days with the Chocolate Du Jour!!

Happy Chocolate Holidays!


Thursday, January 31, 2008

Chocolate Weekend on Food Network February 9 and 10th!

Food Network's done it again. They have an all chocolate event right before Valentines' Day which you don't want to miss! This time it is a weekend of non-stop chocolate Food Network shows starting with Paula Deen's Sexy Southern Chocolate show at 7am on Saturday February 9 until 3am with the Chocolate Challenges! There are shows on chocolate truffles, all kinds of chocolate desserts and even about chocolate landmarks! Don't miss if your a crazy chocolate lover like me! Get your TiVo ready to record!

Happy Valentines' Day everyone!

Made in the USA Chocolate Ghiradelli

I just got an email from the customer service people at Ghiradelli. They confirmed that all their chocolate is "made and manufactured in San Leandro, California" (USA). In a time when Hershey and others are starting factories overseas, it is nice to see one of the original chocolate- giant immigrants (Domenico Ghiradelli) is still loyal to the US!