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Category Archives: Holiday candy

Pumpkin Spice for grown ups

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Oooh 2 of my favorite things…pumpkins and owls… I discovered this ale on friday and I’m hooked.

Crafted by Elysian Brewing Company, it is perfectly balanced with enough pumpkin and spices to taste like a fall beverage should without tasting like dessert. Both the men and women at our table liked this ale. The brewery’s site describes the process as being “brewed with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice”. Check out the ale’s stats here.

This is a seasonal ale and you should try a glass before it’s gone. Trust me, you’ll want to buy a 6 pack for your fridge.

thanks to www.seattleite.com for the image

 

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King Cake…there’s a baby in there somewhere…

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Mardi Gras was 2 weeks ago, I know, but I love a good King Cake anytime. And I love anything that reminds my of New Orleans.

This morning instead of having my protein shake, I cut into the King Cake that I won at a silent auction and look what I found!

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The tiny baby. On the first slice! So, I guess this means a year of good luck..maybe…? (If I had chocked on it, maybe it would bode as bad luck?)

I could do without the beads on the cake, but that’s a minor complaint.

The history and name of King Cake goes back to Epiphany and the 3 Kings. It is made with a brioche type dough and covered in a white glaze with mardi gras colored sprinkles.  My cake had a bit of cream cheese filling and some are more butter and cinnamon filled. For more history here’s a link to Wilipedia’s post.

It’s a tradition that should move into Christmas, instead of fruitcake.

Here’s a place to buy one online at kingcakes.com

If you’d like to bake one yourself, you can’t go wrong with Southern Living’s recipe.

Southern Living King Cake

 

Do you have a favorite King Cake recipe or place to buy one? Let me know.

See’s Candies, I heart you!

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A heart shaped Valentine’s box of chocolates is a cliche, I know. However, if you’re going to buy one, do it right.

See’s Candies makes a delicious assortment of fresh chocolates that will make most chocolate lovers swoon.

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I bought these for my Valentine, and it’s all that I can do not to dive right in!

Don’t let your gingerbread men leave home naked..

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There must be, or should be, a rule that all gingerbread men need red buttons to be suitably dressed for holiday functions. The perfect red buttons are Brach’s Cinnamon Imperials. They get just a bit chewy after baking and have the perfect little hot taste to compliment the ginger cookie. Pick up a bag or two before you start your holiday cookie baking frenzy.

Happy Halloween!

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Stonewall Kitchen’s Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bar and Latte Mix

Stone Wall Kitchen Pumpkin BarIt’s the most pumpkin-y time of the year, and in case you haven’t overdosed on pumpkin spice everything,  this chocolate bar does not disappoint. I found it at a Stonewall kitchen store in Newburryport, MA.

The milk chocolate is smooth and the spice is pronounced and a nice compliment to the chocolate.

Stonewall Kitchen is known for all sorts of jams, sauces and mixes that make your kitchen smell as if you are a wonderful cook and baker.

In addition to the chocolate bar I was drawn to the Pumpkin Spice Latte mix. You mix it with warm milk for a delicious start to the day and I added a bit of extra coffee to lessen the sweetness. It makes quite a few cups and is on sale for about $10.50 which is the price of 2 large pumpkin spice lattes at the coffee store.

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Check out their website for more goodies. I love their packaging and foods. Who wouldn’t love to get a hostess gift of something from Stonewall? Hint, this means me.

 

My yearly warning about Halloween candy….

This is a friendly warning, and it’s not about all of the horrors and dangers and blah blah blah about sugar. No, it’s a warning to steer clear of the  following candies in your candy bowl. These could earn you trees filled with t.p., and eggs on your house. Consider yourself warned…

1. Hard candies…for the love of everything unholy, please don’t kid yourself. No one, including bank patrons want these.

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2. Dum Dums, or any generic lollipops: see above

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3. Boston Baked Beans: unless your trick or treaters are 90+ years old, please refrain from showering your gobblins with these, unless you want a hail of them returned at your door.

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4. Sugar Daddys: I can’t believe these are still made. In fact I think they aren’t still making them and these are the same ones from 1972…unless they come with a Bobby Sherman lunch box, I’m not interested.

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5. Necco Wafers: enough said

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Screen shot 2013-10-29 at 10.23.27 AM6. Halloween taffy: these are poor imposters real Saltwater taffy, and should be shunned.

Seriously friends, follow the “Golden Rule” of candy giving and only give onto others as you would want given to you. Remember, it’s for the children (and parents).