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Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • Valentine’s Day: Skip the Ordinary Chocolate

    Valentine’s Day is now less than a month away, so it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to purchase for your loved one. Many people wait until the last minute to buy their gifts and stick with predictable chocolates. Although we’re sure that your Valentine enjoyed those in the past, you can get creative this year and think outside the box (of chocolates). Below are some great ideas that will get you bonus points for originality.

    • Sea Salt Caramels – Last year, anything red velvet was all the rage. This year’s flavor appears to be sea salt caramels. These candies are the perfect blend of chocolate, buttery caramel, and the unexpected boldness of salt. They make the perfect Valentine candy because they’re both sweet and salty. There are many delicious sea salt caramels for sale, but if you really want to impress your beloved, try Food Network chef Ina Garten’s recipe for Fleur de Sel Caramels. The result will be well worth the time you invest in the kitchen.

     

    • Chocolate Covered Bacon – Is your Valentine a bacon lover? Why not put a sweet twist on this salty, decadent treat. Bacon is the perfect snack when lightly coated with either milk or dark chocolate. The unexpected sweetness coating on this fatty and salty meat will leave your Valentine speechless.

     

    • Gourmet Popcorn – If your Valentine is a movie lover, the gift of gourmet popcorn will tickle their fancy. Plan a romantic night of movie watching as you sample sweet and delicious caramel popcorn while watching something that makes you both happy. Caramel will be a surprising switch from the usual over-buttered, movie theater variety.

     

    • French MacaroonsFrench macaroons are delicious treats that have a sweet-almond base and use egg whites to achieve a meringue-like flavor. These delicious sandwich-like cookies are petite in size and unique in complexity. If your adored prefers the taste of coconut, you can’t go wrong with the more common American variety of macaroons.

     

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    It’s no surprise that chocolates are very popular around Valentine’s Day. Just about everyone loves chocolate -- but you can be original and select something special this year. Think about what your significant other likes and find a way to make it into a gift. If you’re a pro in the kitchen don’t overlook making a sweet for your sweet; if you're not, there are plenty of places that you can purchase unique sweets.

     

     

  • Summer Treats you can Enjoy in the Winter!

    When Christmas is over and the New Year arrives, it seems as though winter just loses its meaning. It's hard to enjoy snowfall when there aren't any more wintry holidays to look forward to, so we spend the chilly days dreaming of the beach.

    It's okay to be homesick for summer – especially when you've got treats reminiscent of summer to get you through! If you want to feel like you're on the boardwalk when you're really cozied up on the couch, here are some snacks you can enjoy in cold weather, even if you associate them with the shining sun.

    Ice Cream

    A lot of people like to wait for the snowfall to make their own ice cream (or, if you're not interested in eating the snow off the ground, you can use shaved ice). It's called snow cream! All you have to do is mix 8 cups of snow with a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and you've got snow cream! That's one way to make the most of freezing precipitation.

    There are also plenty of wintry-themed flavors of ice cream that can make you feel like you're seeking refreshment from the blazing sun while still complementing other winter foods. Try making your own fudge cookie and mint ice cream sandwiches!

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    Boardwalk Candy

    Despite the fact that other boardwalk shops might close up for the winter, you can still get all your summertime favorites like salt water taffy, Bayard's chocolate, and nuts by shopping online. Or, you can visit one of the brick-and-mortar boardwalk treat stores that are popping up in locations away from the shore to feel like you're getting the real experience. Enjoy them at home or give them as gifts to let your friends in on your mid-January summertime fun.

    Winterized Soft Pretzels

    Soft pretzels remind you of outdoor baseball games and summertime fairs, but they make great snacks for warming up, too. Instead of enjoying them with yellow mustard, dip them in melted chocolate, instead. It makes for a nice break from the leftover Christmas cookies, and the chocolate is nice and warm – an alternative to hot tea, cider, and chocolate. You can even use sugar-free chocolates for a lower-calorie and heart-healthy alternative.

  • Celebrate National English Toffee Day this January

    Did you ever feel like you need a reason to celebrate your favorite candy or treat? Well, you can! You may not know it, but there are national holidays devoted to celebrating different sweets. And did you know that January 8th is recognized as National English Toffee Day? If you didn't, you do now. To help you celebrate this delicious sweet, here are some fun facts about English toffee, including its origins and what this popular candy is made of.   

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    The history of toffee
    Because toffee comes in different forms, types and mixtures, it's hard to say where the candy actually originated from. While no one knows the exact origins, there are a few theories as to how this candy came about. While the term was first published in 1825 in the Oxford English Dictionary, it is believed that the word existed before that. Some speculate that the term comes from "tafia," which is West Indian rum that was often used to make many types of candy. Some earlier spellings include "toughy" or "tuffy," which may relate to the chewy toughness of the candy.

    What exactly is English toffee?

    English toffee is made with butter, sugar and water and can be coated in nuts and chocolate, though these are not a part of the traditional recipes. Its texture can vary from soft and sticky to hard and brittle, so the candy is available in both chewy and hard versions to appeal to different tastes.

    English toffee is healthy for you
    It may sound too good to be true, but this sweet has health benefits. English toffee can be coated with chocolate, which contains antioxidants that help prevent aging. Dark chocolate, particularly, is great for your heart, as it helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Aside from these benefits, toffee tastes phenomenal, helping to put you in a good mood with just one bite!

    Order a box of English toffee today!
    Since it is National English Toffee Day, what better way to celebrate than with a sophisticated British treat? We have an array of toffees for you to choose from, including peanut butter chews, raspberry jellies, buttercream filled chocolates, and so much more. All of our sweet treats are made from high quality chocolate and an untouched traditional recipe, so you know you are getting a unique product. Whether for yourself, a friend or family member,
    order a box of English toffee today and celebrate the famous candy this January!

     

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