Friday, October 31, 2014

Chocolate Lovers Guide

I clipped THE AMERICAS section from this Chocolate Lovers info graphic. Where have you been, what have you tasted, and how WAS it? 

Frankly, I am eager to try Chocochicken. The LA Times was glad when Chocochicken reimagined their menu to include less chocolate. In the initial LA Times review they basically called for eliminating most cocoa centric things on the menu. Who does that? 

P.S. Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Amazing Pumpkin Candy + Chocolate Recipes

Candied Orange Pumpkins
These Candied Orange Pumpkins filled with ganache were amazing. I cut the top off a mandarin orange and gently pulled the flesh from the peel. The peels, top and bottom were candied, boiled with sugar and dried. The following day they were filled with pumpkin spice flavored chocolate ganache. We placed on the pretzel stem on tops and served as individual desserts. The candied oranges could be filled with pudding and even ice cream too. Wow...they were delicious!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Pumpkins
Also ready for Fall, are these small, pumpkin styled Chocolate Covered Cherries. First we dipped some drained cherries in orange chocolate. Once cool, a little pretzel "stem" was added to the top and with a toothpick I made some pumpkin ridges. These were easy to make. Happy Pumpkin Season!

Monday, October 13, 2014

What is Candy Made Of?

1940's Advertisement from the National Confectioners Association
Here's an ad from the 1940s detailing the top ingredients that go into candy. In commercial candy today you'll find a few others like colors, flavors etc. Want to know the purpose, meaning, or function of what is listed on your wrapper? Email us the ingredient and we will let you know!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Brief History of Gummy Bears

This Gummy Bear article from BON APPÉTIT online features a few thoughts of mine on the topic of the Teddy type treats! Also, this piece called Gummi Bear Chronicles showed up in the New York Times. Enjoy.

Land of Nod Gummy Bear Lamp

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Candy Strategies for Halloween

Wired Magazine asked about my "candy strategies" for insuring the best Halloween haul. Here's a amazing infographic from the Oct. magazine outlining my tricks for treats! What are you going to be for Halloween?