Tag: chocolate

One word: Caramels.

With a lactose-intolerant family member, I’m always on the lookout for sweet treats that aren’t made with cow’s milk. Whether you’re dairy-free like she is, you’re a vegan, or you just like yummy things, I just found a brand of handmade caramels made with coconut milk, that fits the bill perfectly. [don’t miss a super cool offer after the jump!] Discovered through a recent Foodzie tasting box (I’m addicted to my monthly box!) the handmade caramels from JJ’s Sweets are quite nice. The coconut milk infuses them with vaguely tropical flavor, and the sweet-salty balance was perfect. The chocolate-cover...

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Talk about a sweet Mother’s Day card

What mom doesn’t love getting cards on the most important holiday of the year? Of course I’m talking about May 8th, (that’s Mother’s Day honey, in case you forgot). And while I’ve loved every glitter-laden handmade card I’ve ever received, I must say that this one might take the cake. Or chocolate. The chocolate postcards, by CMP Fave, Rogue Confections, would be a most welcome addition this year. Not only are they decorated with swoon-worthy Victorian themes, but they’re made of pure Belgian chocolate. Semisweet for the purists, milk chocolate for the masses, and white chocolate for…well, I’m not...

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Stuff your Easter baskets with picks under $15

Thankfully Easter is in late April this year which means my kids may actually be able to do an egg hunt in something less than a winter parka and mittens. But does this extra times mean I’ve finished all my Easter basket shopping? Oh, of course not.  If you’re in my same boat and still need to put something into those cute baskets, take a look at some of these great items we found, all for under $15 each. Just hop quick and place your orders today–Easter will be here before you know it. -Christina Arts and crafts The...

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Brownies free of dairy, eggs, nuts, but not taste

For my entire life, dairy and I have had a love/hate relationship. Currently we’re in hate mode. Well, at least my stomach is. And the same goes for a couple of my kids. But I’m also a bit of a sweets addict, which makes binges a little challenging. Fortunately, that’s all changed since I found my new favorite go-to dessert. I just happened to pick up a box of Cherrybrook Kitchen fudge brownie mix from my local grocery store on whim and boy am I glad I did — though my post-partum diet plan may feel differently. Just add...

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Finally, a made-up holiday I can appreciate. Hint: CHOCOLATE.

Guess what, mamas? It’s American Chocolate Week! Or at least the end of it. The way we see it, you just have to suck it up and do your patriotic duty by gorging on chocolate, right? If you love chocolate as much as we do, here are some of our favorite picks from the past for every occasion. Because we’re all about helping you celebrate the very important holidays of this world. [don’t miss a deeeeelicious giveaway after the jump!] For moms who want cocoa without the calories: Crio BruThis “drink of the gods” brews up in your coffeemaker...

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The drink of the gods, now in your coffeemaker.

Before kids, I thought coffee was a charming diversion. After kids, I’m pretty sure I drink more coffee than water, and whenever I have blood drawn, I expect it to be brown and flavored with hazelnut. Therefore, when I heard that there was a new drink on the market that left coffee in the dust– or grinds– I was shocked and disbelieving. Then I heard it was made of chocolate, and I went straight to flabbergasted. And now I’m obsessed. [don’t miss a super great giveaway after the jump!] It’s called Crio Brü, and it’s made of 100% pure,...

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The ugliest chocolates you’ll ever love

I have Joe Cocker in my head right now. He’s singing You Are So Beautiful to Me, and I’m getting all choked up when his voice cracks at that one point at the end. He also happens to be singing the song to the unbelievably amazing treats from Ugly Truffles (at least in my head) which happen to make the perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift. If to you, perfect = ugly. I first discovered Chocolate Gourmet’s Ugly Truffles (and their homely cousins, Damn Good Cookies) two years ago and have been an evangelical fan of these small-batch treats every since....

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Fine & Raw ruins me for regular chocolate

I thought I knew good chocolate. I rather pride myself on favoring the high cacao content and richer taste of the more expensive brands. But I had never even heard of raw chocolate when one of my readers was kind enough to ask if she could send me a “little something” she thought I would enjoy. Raw chocolate? Wouldn’t that be… a cacao pod? Well, yes and no. According to Fine & Raw, the difference between their methods and conventional chocolate-making is that their end product is much closer to the source than most–they use low temperatures which preserve...

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Need a reason to celebrate? It’s World Nutella Day!

It’s only February 5, and my New Year’s resolution to eat healthier is about to be severely tested: It’s World Nutella Day! To celebrate, I’ve pulled together a few super easy recipes that sound perfect for today, or really any day in which a jar of that creamy chocolate-and-hazelnut goodness is in the house. We’ve even got a homemade version that sounds delish if you’d rather go the DIY route. Take a peek, but I’m warning you—you’re about to become very, very hungry. –Christina Nutella for breakfast (on VERY special occasions) is a sure-fire way to get my kids to think I’m...

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A turkey to make everyone wish they were seated at the kids’ table

As my milk-allergic daughter will tell you, the Thanksgiving table can hold one big heaping of “no” for kids with food allergies. No, you can’t have that. Or that. Or that. And nowhere is this more apparent than when desserts are brought out. So while we always have enough for her to eat at the table, this year, we’ll also have a special treat on hand that is a definite “yes” for kids with food allergies. Leave it to Divvies, a CMP favorite for many years, to do something special for Thanksgiving with their new limited-edition Chocolate Turkey. Like...

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Art meets chocolate. I meet them both and swoon.

It’s soooo haaaaard to open my inbox and find an email inviting me to sample a new artisanal chocolate bar. Really, it’s right up there with letters from Nigerian Princes and notices about my “Paypol Account,” but you know. I am so devoted to the readers here, that I am willing to take on such intrusions and put my tastebuds on the line for you. As it turns out, I’m glad I answered the email from Sulpice Chocolate because their handcrafted Belgian chocolate bars are so beyond fantastic, I now have my adult stocking stuffers covered for the holidays....

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6 all-natural, allergen-free, or fair trade Halloween treats that aren’t scary at all

With some Halloween candies containing loads of hydrogenated oil, artificial colors and even high-fructose corn syrup, I appreciate why so many of us are taking a closer look at what we drop into those pillow cases come October 31st. Even me. And admittedly, I love candy. So we have put together six fantastic treat options that should help keep your Halloween sweet but not too scary. Yes, they will cost more than the giant “Fun Size” bags, especially if you get hundreds of kids to your door each year. And no, they’re not going to keep kids from having to brush their teeth copiously before...

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Safe and yummy treats, now homemade

We first raved about Divvies Bakery almost four years ago, when we discovered that nut-free, dairy-free, and egg-free didn’t have to mean yummy-free. There’s nothing not to love about vegan, kosher, most-common-allergen-free bakery treats that actually taste the way treats ought to taste. And now you can make the Divvies magic happen right in your own kitchen, with the release of their cookbook. The Divvies Bakery Cookbook is your home guide to food allergy-friendly versions of sweets, from the cupcakes kids love to more adult pies and cobblers. There’s slushie recipes too and even a dairy-free chocolate pudding. Every...

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A little slice of baby shower heaven

Let’s face it: no one’s ever going to say, “Whoopee, a cello bag of Jordan almonds!” It’s just not in our DNA. And yet we feel the primal call to give cutesy favors out at at baby showers. ( I once painted twelve identical paintings in one night because I wanted my dear friend to feel super-showered, and I couldn’t think of anything fabulous enough.) The good news is that when you disguise your favors as delicious slices of chocolate cake or wedges of cheese, no one’s going to care what’s inside of them. These paper pastries by imeondesign...

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Ready-to-bake cookies that taste like cookies, not chemicals

To say I’m not a baker would be like saying childbirth is somewhat uncomfortable. But I also happen to be a major baked goods addict, which means lot and lots (and lots and lots) of store-bought cookies and cakes make their way into my house. So needless to say when the opportunity to review Ice Box Bakery’s ready-to-bake cookie dough became available I practically dislocated my shoulder from raising my hand so quickly. Ice Box Bakery cookie dough is as close as I’m ever going to get to making cookies from scratch. Given that the all the ingredients are...

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Attention cookie lovers: My heart belongs to Elsylee

I’m in heaven. Floating above the clouds, birds tweeting around me, angels singing sweet melodies heaven, all because I’ve discovered the sweet caloric glory of Elsylee cookies. Let’s just say these handmade-to-order artisanal cookies from a Manhattan patisserie make those “Milan” and “Bordeaux” cookies (which are pretty darn good) seem like Eurotrash wannabes. Inspired by her European grandmothers, master baker Elsylee has absolutely blown me away with these all-natural, bite-sized treats that I forced myself to sample this week. (I know, get out your tiny violins.) The Sevilla snowball style cookies are to die for — I could seriously...

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Retirement gift for teacher? Reader Q&A

I need to find a retirement gift for my daughter’s first grade teacher. I saw your teacher gift suggestions post and thought they were great, and wondered if you had any ideas for a retirement gift.  -Amy For a retiring teacher who you love, I think a more sentimental gift is in order, like the short-but-sweet Seize the Day words or even a simple Thank You etched into a Tiny Bowl from Paloma’s Nest (shown above); while we know most teachers are averse to tchotchkes, this bowl is so lovely, and a perfect motto for your teacher’s days ahead....

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If you can read this, thank a teacher. Like, today.

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week, meaning free pedicures and lattes should be raining down on all those lovely people who take care of our kids’ precious minds throughout the school year. So, don’t hold back: Tell a teacher how much you appreciate all the hard work they do. And while you’re thinking about the teachers in your life, it’s a great time to pick up something special for those end-of-year teacher gifts. Something easier to wrap than pedicures and lattes. -Christina Sweet Treats I have two words for you: School Lunches. I think our teachers deserve a little something...

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Allergen-free Easter candy? Reader Q&A

Any ideas where I can find allergen-free Easter candy? Nearly everything I see is processed in a plant with peanuts so I’m looking for egg-free and peanut-free goodies. -Mary As the mom of a daughter allergic to milk, I share your concern since so much of the stuff on store shelves isn’t safe for her either. So in the interest of helping all of us moms with kids allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, wheat, and whatever-else-there-is, here are some sites that have products just for us. -Christina Our go-to site for allergy-free Easter candy (and, really,...

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Foodzie knows the way to my heart

Even though I’ve put on ten pounds just looking at all the Valentine’s Day treats that hand-crafted and artisan food marketplace Foodzie has to offer, I’m going to be an extra-good girl this week in the hopes that Cupid leaves me something delicious. I can’t even look at those big red hearts that have been sitting on the store shelves since New Year’s Day knowing that I could instead receive fresh-made treats like the Tahitian Vanilla & Dark Chocolate Caramels from Burbank’s Have it Sweet, or the gorgeous 1OVE Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles from Rochester’s aptly named Hedonist (shown)....

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