Tag: chocolate

6 amazing hot chocolate recipes to warm your bones after a winter storm (or, really, whenever)

Hot chocolate is always a requisite to get us through winters here in the Northeast. And while Nemo didn’t quite pack the punch that we thought it might here in NYC, it’s still been reason enough to bundle up for a snowball fight or hunker down for a cozy day in. (Or maybe one following the other.) No matter how you play it, hot chocolate is in order. And not just any old hot chocolate, either. These 6 hot chocolate recipes are worthy way to enjoy winter just a wee bit more. And don’t worry if there isn’t any...

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5 easy red velvet desserts for a red hot Valentine’s Day

Red may be the official hue of Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to give red roses or wear a splash of red to get in the official Valentine’s Day spirit. You can also whip up something red. Red velvet, to be exact. Using a simple red velvet batter makes anything from pancakes to brownies festive. These five red-colored, cocoa-flavored sweets are proof. They’re also super easy to make and cupid approved. The color of love never looked–or tasted–so good. Be still my heart: Red Velvet Milkshakes! (above) These babies are so potent that Courtney at Pizzazzerie, the mad genius behind this...

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The Valentine’s gift baskets that should never ever be called gift baskets.

Gift baskets have a bit of a bad reputation. Most of them reek as corporate or impersonal, which are the last things you want your sweetie to think about your gift on Valentine’s Day. But then there’s New York Mouth, which is doing such cool, curated, and dare I say clever Valentine’s tasting boxes, I would personally be thrilled to get any one of these. And yes, that’s a hint. You can check out their jerky sampler that we included in our Valentines Day gift ideas for him, but there is sooooo much more to drool over here. The artisanal...

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What’s the difference between a macaron and a macaroon? Where do we start!

Macarons are all the rage these days, and certainly not to be confused with those big coconut things that one eats at Passover and generally stay in your stomach until oh, June. The difference is, macarons are melt-in-your-mouth delicious French almond cookie sandwiches in gorgeous colors and exotic flavors. Now that we’ve settled that, if you’re ready to try macarons (not macaroons) we’ve got the perfect way to do it, with a smaller size and a smaller price. For ages I’ve been a crazy groupie of Richart, some of the best chocolate on the planet, all packaged with gift-ready...

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What the Mayans got right: hot chocolate

Well, we here are beyond happy to know that the world is still around today, Mayan calendar apocalypse warnings notwithstanding. It would be so wrong for it all to end before we get a chance to dig into Season 3 of Downton Abbey.  So we were thinking, if you’ve got a friend with a sense of humor–or you just need a delicious last-minute holiday gift–we think a homemade hot chocolate in honor of the Mayans who originated the drink in the first place might be just the thing. This Mayan hot chocolate recipe from Hello Giggles is my kind...

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How to make a holiday mug gift more special. (You weren’t just going to give a mug, right?)

While yes, mugs make good fallback holiday gifts for teachers and coaches and colleagues and your mother-in-law, on their own they’re not necessarily…special. (Although we did find one in our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide in the gifts under $16 category that’s pretty darn cool.) Here, I thought of 6 ways to give your mug gift a little more oomph. 1. Include your favorite tea bags I always look at Tea Forte for gifts each year because not only are the teas great, but they’re always so beautifully packaged and ready for gifting. (No offense to Lipton, yo.) This year there’s a new...

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The most sophisticated Advent calendars for adults. (Truffles, anyone?)

I love Advent calendars as a way for my kids to count down to Christmas (did you catch our most recent picks?). But why should they be the only ones to have all the fun? If you’re looking for an Advent calendar that’s more sophisticated, here are some amazing options that you may want to grab before the first of December. –Christina I grew up eating waxy molded chocolates that I pulled out of the drugstore Advent calendar that my mom bought each year. Now that I’m grown up, I still love to find little treats, but I’d prefer them...

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Biscoff truffles? Avert your eyes, dieters.

A few years back we admitted our collective devotion to Biscoff cookies–you know, those ones you get on the airplanes?–and it turns out we were not alone. Since then we’ve discovered the joy of Biscoff cookie spread, and now we’re drooling because it turns out you can do more with it than eat it right out of the jar with a spoon. I mean uh, spread it on toast.  One of the great thing about this Biscoff Truffle recipe from In Katrina’s Kitchen (besides the fact that we could probably eat 42 in one sitting) is that it only...

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Ice cream in November? Heck, yeah.

As we head toward the season of celebration, I’m so excited to see the new fall flavors come in from CMP’s favorite little handmade custom ice cream shop, eCreamery. And to hear that they’re not too overwhelmed on shipping, now that their Shark Tank appearance fame is mellowing. If you’re missing Thanksgiving with the family this year, or spending time with one side of the fam instead of the other, it’s a cool way to ship a little love to their door…because goodness knows everyone can use more ice cream at Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving Sampler Pack has four flavors...

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10 delicious recipes that use leftover Halloween candy

It’s been quite a week, filled with a flurry of sweet Halloween activity and some not-so-sweet weather for some of you. Whether or not you braved Frankenstorm in your neck of the woods, I’m guessing that you’ll have leftover candy. Hopefully yours is from a big ol’ trick-or-treat haul. Even if it’s just candy you didn’t get to hand out, though, these recipes will come in handy. Check out these ten super delicious, highly decadent treats that make genius use of leftover Halloween candy. You know, when you get bored of stealing it straight out of the kiddo’s bag....

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7 sweet Halloween recipes: copycat candy bars

Looking for a sweet DIY Halloween project with a big payoff? These homemade candy bar recipes are the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with the kiddos. You’ll still buy bags of snack-sized candies for the 31st (try one of these all natural candy bars). But these recipes are not for trick-or-treaters…they’re just too good to share! (Plus, it’s a little creepy to give out homemade food to kids you don’t know.) So definitely save these treats for you and your coven. I am a sucker for chocolate and coconut together, so these easy homemade Mounds bars (above) found on From Scratch...

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6 all-natural candies for a healthier, yummier Halloween

Boo! Does talk of “natural” candy bars scare you? I promise to not encourage you to swap kiddo’s peanut butter cups for carob covered apple rings (made from locally grown fruit–ha!). Nope, no silly tricks like that here. Just a bunch of totally delicious, totally sweet treats made without any of the icky, hard-to-say stuff found in typical Halloween loot. With these six treats, you don’t have to be a scary mama to keep Halloween sweet, tasty and healthy. I am frighteningly obsessed with UNREAL candy (above), a new line of candy bars made in the US and Canada...

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9 ooey, gooey, fantastic s’mores recipes. (Is it summer without them?)

Nothing says summer to me like campfires and s’mores. Although being a city person, I can’t say I spend as much time with campfires as I do with s’mores. Luckily, you don’t need a bonfire either to enjoy the chocolate and melted marshmallow dessert. In fact, you don’t even have to be in the great outdoors. (Although I do know roasting those marshmallows on a stick over a fire does have a certain awesomeness about it.) Check out these 9 easy and creative recipes to help you get your summer s’mores fix. Making them is a must; singing kumbaya...

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Kosher for Passover candy, beyond macaroons

While we’ve had a whole lot of ideas for Easter treats lately, it’s not always as easy to find great Passover treats in the Parve aisle. If you’re over the macaroons and those fruit slice candies that taste nothing like fruit, here’s a way tastier option that your kids will totally get a kick out of. The chocolate marshmallow frogs from Zelda’s Sweet Shoppe look absolutely adorable. While I haven’t tried them myself, they get all sorts of rave reviews, including a nomination for best new product at Kosherfest. But you don’t have to be kosher to like them–they’re a hit with the...

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Nutella’s got competition. And it’s organic.

I have a hardcore crush on Nutella. Although I must admit, I think their ads that tell you to serve it to your kid as a breakfast food are a little hard to swallow–like my kids need more help eating waffles? Even so, the combo of chocolate and hazelnut is absurdly perfect as a treat. And now I’ve found another option that’s similar–but totally organic, from Nocciolata. From the Italian company Rigoni di Asiago is a hazelnut spread with dark chocolate and milk that’s fabulous. It’s made entirely from organically farmed ingredients without artificial ingredients or palm oil. It’s a little more...

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A step up from Hanukkah gelt and candy canes

Not to be dissing those chalk gold-wrapped coins with an actual chocolate content of about .03%, but if you’re going to treat your dreidel winners with sweets this Hanukkah, we’ve got a better idea. The Hanukkah chocolate disks from CMP fave Rogue Confections are just beautiful. There are two collections but I happen to love all these pretty menorahs. For 18 bucks you’ll get 6 gorgeous chocolate disks–your choice of dark, black or white–that make a fitting place setting treat at the table, or just a reward for the kids at the end of the party. These are not...

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Trick or splurge!

Halloween myths we’d like to clear up: 1. Halloween isn’t fun after age 12. 2. Adults can’t dress up. 3. Parents are stuck eating the kids’ leftover candy. So put on that costume, scare the pants off your kids, and order a few of these luscious gourmet chocolate pops for after the little goblins are asleep. Our friends at Vosges have outdone themselves with this delicious trio of Haute Chocolate skull treats for Halloween and the Day of the Dead. There’s the Red Fire Skull Lollipop with chilles, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. There’s the Barcelona Skull Lollipop with hickory...

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Web Coolness – handmade help, lunchbox love and family fun in Philly

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Yummy chocolate shells will make any summer treat taste even better. (via Bakerella) Send them to school with a little love in their lunchbox with these sweet notes. Have a handmade business? Here are 60 great places to promote it (one of them may look familiar!) Happy 3rd Birthday to Inhabitots! Check out their great “green” birthday coverage. Do you have a small, cool outdoor space? It could win in the re-nest photo contest. Or, just check out the entries and be...

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Want brownies, kid? Make them yourself.

Back when we first told you about the all-natural, nothing-yucky baking mixes from Kids Central Kitchen, we were already impressed. But they’ve gone and raised the bar. Or the snack bar?[don’t miss a sweet discount after the jump] Not that we were complaining before, but they’ve gone ahead and improved the mixes so they taste even better. Mixes for goodies like pancakes, energy bars and chocolate brownies are still made of whole grains, and never any HFCS or anything else you’d rather keep out of your kitchen (and your kids). My kids are old enough to bake these all...

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Father’s Day Gifts – For the gourmet. (Yes, there is bacon involved.)

Some of us are lucky enough to have dads in our lives who know their Manchego from their Mahon. Maybe we married them. Maybe they’re our own dads. All we know is, we like to keep them happy, so they’ll keep the yummy stuff coming our way. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, these gifts are a serious shortcut. The Bacon Chocolate sampler pack (at top) from one of our favorite chocolatiers combines the two greatest foods to make a delectable delight dad will flip for. Just make sure to include a thoughtful card so he’ll be inclined...

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