Posts Tagged 'candy'

xocolatti

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Received the prettiest truffle chocolates. Almost too beautiful to eat. They come from Xocolatti in SOHO.

top row (L to R): raspberry hazelnut, gianduja, champagne brut
middle row (L to R): coffee nutmeg, olive oil basil, rose cardamom
bottom row (L to R): tangerine, malagasy, sake

lovely…

 

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brigadeiro

Just broke into the other part of my swag bag–a box of brigadeiro candies.  Brazilian candies.  The pistachio one is amazing.

 

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green tea kit kat

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My new favorite candy straight from Japan! Thanks M!

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panda candy

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Genius packaging. 2 chocolate candies make up the head and body of the panda. Makes for candy too adorable to eat.

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yesterday’s desk view: be mine valentine…

Valentine from Violet. Little kids are so cute. This made my day 🙂

 

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coffee fudge w/ pecans

Tried making fudge for the first time last week!  Wanted to make my contribution to Kristin and Rick’s Happy Hour Engagement party.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it, as did I.  The espresso really makes the chocolate have a nice coffee/mocha taste.  I love coffee flavor anything so I was drawn to this kind of fudge.  Found a recipe online and altered it a little to make it even more tasty.  Try it out sometime.

Ingredients:

_(3) cups semisweet chocolate [I used (3) 8 oz. boxes of Bakers brand semisweet chocolate and it worked just fine]

_(1) cup chopped pecans (or any nut of your choice)

_(1) 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

_(2) tbsp. of brewed espresso [I used an Italian roast espresso, but any strong brewed coffee will work]

_(1) tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

_Line a 8″ x 8″ pan with foil and butter the foil for easier removal of fudge from pan.  Set aside.

_Set up a double boiler on the stove by filling a pot halfway with water and bring water to a boil.  Place a metal mixing bowl on top of the boiling pot.  Add all the chocolate in.  Chocolate will begin to melt from the heat.  Keep stirring it as it melts. Double boiler set ups are great because it keeps the chocolate from burning.

_Once the chocolate is all melted add in the vanilla and espresso and stir.

_Pour the condensed milk in slowly at first just so the milk gets used to the temperature and then you can pour the rest all in.  Things start to set and thicken pretty fast once you add the milk in so work fast.  Add the pecans in right after you’ve poured in all the milk.  Mix until combined/smooth.

_Quickly pour the mixture into the pre-buttered pan.  Cover the pan and place in the fridge to set.  Should take a couple of hours to set.  (I just left mine over night because I didn’t need it till the next morning.)

_Once set, remove the fudge from the pan and cut into chunks.  Fudge is so dense that a 1″ x 1″ cube is sufficient for a serving chunk size.  Depending on how long you leave the fudge in the fridge, it may be a little hard.  So you may want to let it sit out for a little a room temp to soften up (if you can even wait that long…haha…hard to resist the urge to just dig in).

_Enjoy!

(images taken with my phone so they didn’t turn out too well, but it gives you a little preview)

do you see’s what i see…

A little trip to the See’s Candy store is always a plus.  Dark chocolate is my favorite, carmels too, and covered almond clusters.  Scrumptrulescent 🙂

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rolos!

Rolos

Just rediscovered these carmel-filled nuggets of goodness wrapped in chocolate and gold foil.  One of my favorite candies growing up.  I could eat these all day.  yum…

fireworks by pes

Fun candy and money fireworks video by PES.  Happy July 4th!

haw flakes

haw flakes

A snack from when I was a little kid!  Found these at a Chinese grocery store the other day and I just had to get them!  Not to mention a 10 pack of these firecracker-looking packages was only 39 cents!  Amazing.  That’s like the cheapest thing I’ve gotten at a store in a very long time.

They taste just as I remember them and I’m pretty positive the packaging hasn’t changed at all (no rebranding for them!)  Decided to look up what exactly makes up a haw flake because I never knew.  These sugary little discs, that are probably only slightly bigger than a nickel, are made from the hawthorn fruit.  I guess if you wanted to compare the taste to something, they would remind you of those natural fruit leathers you get at the grocery store. Consistency is chewy and slightly brittle.

(image from flickr)

high fashion designer lollipops

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High fashion is now edible.  Massimo Gamacurta designed these high fashion lollipops in the shape of brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent.  Article from Hypebeast. (Thanks Mikki for the find)

(images from Hypebeast)

eye candy

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Candy that can make you see things?…Sounds crazy and nooo….there are no drugs involved.  “Eye Candy” uses the idea of sensory substitution to make you see specific images while eating this candy.  Each of our senses sends information to our brain at different frequencies and the brain tells us what to sense by the frequency resonated.  Eye Candy has a bunch of resonators on the candy’s surface that when placed on the tongue, transmit a frequency that tells the brain and image to see.  Currently the candy has 6 flavors or “images” that you can see (ex. a swimming fish, a thumbs up, shooting stars, etc).  You can purchase these from Eye Candy’s site.  (images from Eye Candy)

The idea of sensory substitution is pretty interesting in regards to helping the blind see.  In this article on Gizmodo about Eye candy, there was also a video towards the bottom of the post showing a blind man who uses a special camera that makes objects black and white. That image contrast information is then sent to resonators on a device that is put on the tongue.  This allows an image to be sent to the brain and the blind man can start to “see” in his brain the images the camera is sending him.  I was pretty amazed after I watched the video.

sour patch kids

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my current candy obsession.


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