Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Career in Candy Land from All American Cooking (+12 Candies)

Beth Kimmerle has always been a candy lover. She grew up near Chicago, where chocolate and candy have a storied past. Beth became fascinated not just by the taste but also by the packaging of each individual piece. 
“The way candy represented special occasions, holidays, and events made it a kind of window into history and culture,” she says. “And the type of candy a person prefers can tell us so much about their taste and background.”
Beth has taken her passion for all things candy and turned it into a career as a candy expert and historian. She works as a writer, educator, and consultant, sharing her knowledge across the candy industry and beyond in myriad of ways.
Her introduction into the business came about when she started working for Fannie May Chocolates, where she did product development, buying, and marketing for the brand. Lucky for her, the Fannie May candy-making factory was located right next door to her office, and the world’s best candy makers taught her the ropes.
“Immersed in that environment, I couldn’t help but become interested in the history of confections,” she says.
Buy the magazine or read more: http://www.allamericancooking.com/career-in-candy-land/

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Fancy Food Show: Top Treats

Well, the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show is over and I am happy to report that there were many treats and a few amazements too!

A Vintage Jar filled with the
delicious Napoleon Bonbons
Topping the list was the Chef Jet 3D printer. It's a stealth contraption that prints out a 3D item using chocolate or sugar. In my excitement I did not take a picture but I did try to buy the floor model. Hopefully, you'll see one soon at my soon-to-be disclosed location.

Now as for old stuff, I was introduced to Napoleon Bonbons. These Dutch sweeties have been around for 100 years and have a sour surprise center. They taste wonderful and remind me of the 1970s favorite, Zotz.

Last but not least please mark my words, Tigernuts are the next big thing. I tasted both Horchata made with Tigernut milk and raw Tigernuts by Organic Gemini and was truly amazed by the whole business. I plan to coat them in chocolate in my new panning machine!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Sweet & Snack Show Favorites

I curated this fine assortment of sweeties from the Sweet & Snack Show that took place last month. A little sweet Summertime inspiration!