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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Valentine’s Day Owls

Two of my favorite things…

Owls and candy come together in this great blog post from myowlbarn.

These are make from Valentine Peppermint Patties, m&m, and Tootsie Rolls. I think they’re adorable. Most likely I will never get around to making these, but I’m glad that someone took the time to create them.

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Candy is Dandy, but….

What could make cocoa even better? A marshmallow.

What could make it better than that? Marshmallow vodka! I know it sounds too sweet, but honestly it is amazing in hot cocoa.

Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow vodka debuted around the holidays and it’s dangerously good. I’m a big Bailey’s and coffee girl, and this will serve as a nice change-up for apres ski. Come to think of it, it will be great for after dinner, too…and before bed…..

I do love hot cocoa, especially if it’s home made. The recipe on the Hershey Cocoa tin is simple, and good, especially if you use whole milk. Add a dash, or more of the Smirnoff and now you’re ready for winter.

The best organic chocolate I’ve had

A gift box of chocolates arrived for Christmas, and admittedly I wasn’t to excited about getting organic chocolates. My experience with organic chocolate hasn’t been pleasing. Most bars are bland, or chalky. In fact, I didn’t even try any until last week. That’s 2 full weeks of ignoring chocolate for those of you keeping score at home.

So, imagine my surprise and delight….The milk chocolate bar from Full Circle Exchange Chocolate is undoubtably the best organic chocolate that I’ve tasted. Made with 41% organic cocoa, it tastes like a Swiss or Belgian chocolate; smooth with a nice snap. I am on a mission now to find where I can buy this retail. I may have to go online and order more. It’s really that good!

There are other varieties in the gift pack and I’ll let you know of more favorites as I discover them.

This company is a fair trade company and you should read about it on their web site. Even better, order some chocolate, and help improve the living conditions for the growers, and producers. You will be rewarded with an excellent chocolate bar and feel pretty darn good about helping others help themselves. And best of all…they are from my home state of Idaho!

Image from Full Circle Exchange web site.

Heartbreakers…My favorite Valentine candy, and in stores for a brief shining moment…

Oh joy, these are appearing in the stores as I type. Billed as Gobstopppers, but they are much better. They are hard candy with a sweet/sour taste, and just plain yummy.

An added feature is that they are really pretty on a candy dish. I will be buying several bags, since these are a limited candy, and they don’t really have an expiration date. In fact, they could just sell last years left overs this year, and we’d never know. They’ll always be good.

Last year I actually ordered these on line because I only bought one bag, then went back to the store, and stood in shame as I looked at the empty shelf. (It just broke my heart….) So, I bought them at candywarehouse.com, which is where I found the above image. this site also has reviews, and like me, everyone loves these. You will, too!

Fluff, what’s not to love?

Fluff, is one of three varieties of marshmallow creme made in the U.S.A., and I believe that it’s the best.

I grew up in the Boston area, and thought that everyone had this in their cabinets. It’s a staple of grade school lunches up and down New England.

I couldn’t find the stuff when I moved west, and I started having a serious hankering for a Fluffernutter Sandwich. For those of you who don’t know, a “Fluffernutter” is a peanut butter and Fluff sandwich. It will send you into a sugar coma, but it’s soooo good. I suggest making half a sandwich for your first try. I’m sure that purists would insist on making one with Wonder Bread, but I actually prefer mine on a good wheat bread, since the white bread tears so easily.

Here’s the official Fluff web site. Here you’ll find all sorts of trivia and a store locator to find the hallowed stuff. You can even order a case online if you so desire.

It does come in Strawberry and Raspberry which I think are abominations to the original, but if you like ’em, good for you. They actually might work in making yummy frostings….

The fluff also makes a great filling for whoopie pies, and I have always loved marshmallow creme on top of a caramel sundae. You just need to warm the creme a bit for it to thin out for a topping. (Just don’t ask for marshmallow topping west of the Mississippi, they’ll know that you’re a yankee….)

There is even a Fluff festival in Somerville, MA called….wait for it….What the Fluff. Check out the undying love for this product!

I have found Fluff at Cost Plus/World Market. It’s always good to have on hand. I don’t know what the shelf life is, because as soon as it’s opened, it’s gone.

Here’s a “Fluffy Marshmallow Cream” recipe from the food network, it sounds delightful.

Let me know if you have other ways that you like to enjoy it.