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Comprehensive chocolate baking tips from Serious Eats

August 28th, 2014 by Rosa

Here’s yet another post on baking with chocolate from Serious Eats. We’ve got a triptych! The last is a long and thorough write-up all about chocolate baking, from cacao percentages to chocolate types.

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Serious Eats on unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder

August 27th, 2014 by Rosa

More on baking with chocolate from Serious Eats. This time, an explanation of why unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder can’t be subbed for each other. The former has cocoa butter; the latter does not.

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Dutched versus Natural cocoa powder.

August 26th, 2014 by Rosa

From Serious Eats, a description of the difference between Natural and Dutched cocoa powder. Honestly, I never pay attention and just use whatever we’ve got in the can at home, but it does make a difference, apparently.

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Serious Eats on how bees make honey

August 21st, 2014 by Rosa

This is not exactly candy, but it was so cool that I had to share: Serious Eats with a long and informative write-up on how bees make honey. Spoiler alert: honey is bee vomit!

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Make your Magnum ice cream bar pop-up shop

August 20th, 2014 by Rosa

If you’re not following me on Twitter, you missed this cool post on Chocablog about a pop-up shop in the UK that will let you design and make your own Magnum Ice Cream bar. Very cool, and I want one!

PS: I think magnum doesn’t quite have the same connotations in England as it does here…

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Kinder Toys blog

August 19th, 2014 by Rosa

While I was in Switzerland, I was jealous to see that Kinder Eggs were for sale there. They are illegal in the U.S. and Germany because they mix toys with chocolate, which I think is silly because the toys are safely encased in a plastic shell and thus separated from the chocolate.

I found this hilarious blog about Kinder Egg toys while trying to Google information about the toys that weren’t in the eggs I didn’t bring back from my Swiss vacation. It makes me wish we could buy the Eggs here, but then I guess they wouldn’t be special anymore.

Edited 8/19, 9:30AM EST: Thanks to commenter Rick Swartz for letting me know that Kinder Eggs were quickly unbanned in Germany due to public outrage. Wish we could get them unbanned in the U.S. I think that would take some lobbying pressure from Kinder/Ferrero.

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M&M eating styles

August 14th, 2014 by Rosa

The folks at CandyStore.com have an extremely thorough blog post detailing all the different ways in which people eat their M&M’s.

Options include melting them under a desk lamp, sorting them by color, or freezing them first. Me? I sort them and try to let them melt in my mouth, but sometime I get impatient and crunchy.

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Chewing gum flavored milkshake

August 13th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Kotaku, news that you can get mint chewing gum flavored milkshakes in Japan. Sounds gross to me, but I don’t like gum, so maybe I’m biased.

 

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Maison Kayser chocolate tart food porn

August 12th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Serious Eats, check out this drool-worthy slideshow of how Maison Kayser bakery uses chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate to make their scrumptious looking tarts. I’ll take two, please!

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Peep in a vacuum

July 31st, 2014 by Rosa

Ok, this is a bit late since prime Peeps season is long gone, but it’s so cool I’m going to share anyway. From Slate’s Bad Astronomy blogger Phil Plait, check out what happens to a marshmallow Peep in a vacuum.

For the science behind what’s going on, you’ll have to read Phil’s explanation.

 

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