Candied Seven Spice Almonds

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Merry Christmas Eve!! I can’t believe it is already December 24th.  This month has flown by quicker than I could say Kris Kringle.  We have especially enjoyed the Christmas season in our family this year, as Squirrel is more excited and filled with wonder about the magic and traditions of the holiday than ever before, […]

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Giant Double Chocolate-Orange Marshmallows + A Giveaway!

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Giant Double Chocolate-Orange Marshmallows . . . the words alone are enough to make me swoon, but the actual finished marshmallows put me into a happy chocolate trance.  These marshmallows came from the genius baking mind of Abby Dodge, one of my favorite cookbook authors, and one of my favorite people in general.  Abby is […]

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Sassy Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles

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Is it just me, or did November just smack us upside the head?  I’ve been sitting here scratching my head this morning trying to figure out how Thanksgiving is already next week.  Wait, wasn’t it just September yesterday?  While I try to catch up with my calendar, how about some chocolate?  Chocolate makes everything better.  […]

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Peanut Brittle with Caramelized Cacao Nibs

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Peanut Brittle with Caramelized Cacao Nibs Makes about 16 servings 8 ounces (1 cup) butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup roasted salted peanuts 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 2 tablespoons caramelized cacao nibs 1. Butter a large rimmed baking sheet and set aside. 2. Combine the […]

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Caramel Popcorn

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Caramel Corn Makes 30 cups 30 cups of popped popcorn (about four 2.9-ounce bags of microwave popcorn) 1 pound light brown sugar 1 cup butter 1 cup light corn syrup 1 can (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1. Put the popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl. 2. In a large pot, […]

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Hinamatsuri Flower Candy & Printable Gift Tags

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** This week we’re getting ready for Hinamatsuri (Japanese Girl’s Day, March 3rd) next week! Earlier this month I read a post on Serious Eats about making homemade conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day.  I immediately thought of adapting the recipe for Hinamatsuri, and used it to make flower shaped candies that are perfect for tying […]

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Super Bowl Chocolate Crunchie Munchies

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Super Bowl Chocolate Crunchie Munchies Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s recipe Makes 2 – 3 dozen pieces (depending on how big you make them!) 1/2 cup roasted and salted cashews 1/2 cup craisins (dried cranberries) 1/4 cup shredded coconut 1 cup crispy rice cereal 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or 6 […]

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Chocolate Dipped Caramels (Caramels Part 2)

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Milton Snavely Hershey, the founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, once said, “Caramels are only a fad.  Chocolate is a permanent thing.”  With that in mind, I figured I had better help you out by taking the caramel recipe I shared with you yesterday from the realm of fad to permanent popularity. Once you have […]

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Creamy Caramels (Caramels Part 1)

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Creamy Caramels Makes one 13×9-inch pan of caramel (actual number of caramels varies depending on how big you make the pieces when cutting up the caramel) 2 cups granulated sugar 8 ounces butter 1 3/4 cups light corn syrup 14 1/2 ounces evaporated milk 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract 1 cup nuts, chopped (optional) 1. […]

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Chocolate Marzipan Balls

Yesterday was Squirrel’s 2nd birthday.I’m still in shock that she is already that old! Where have the past two years gone? The foodie world helped celebrate her birthday by having Michelin release its selection of recommended hotels and restaurants in the MICHELIN guide Tokyo 2009 (Squirrel was born in Tokyo). Tokyo is now tied with […]

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