Winter Break Trip Roundup

Happy New Year’s Eve! I get to fly home to Austin today. Hooray! I shall be traveling with a wheeled carry-on suitcase literally half-full of candy. Hooray! And that’s not even counting my bag of Jelly Belly Flops. Hooray! Many thanks go out to my parents, who decided we were past due for a family…

What I got for Christmas…

Was exactly what I wanted because my mother had me pick things out. A wonderful gift of an assortment of mini-Vosges bars and two truffles, both of which are too expensive for me to indulge in myself ($24 for the assorted mini-bars and $5.25 for the two truffles). I misremembered the Strip hotel where the…

Greetings from Las Vegas

By the way, M&M’s World in Vegas is way cooler than the one in Times Square. There’s a cute (though cheaply made) 4D mini-movie (free) and various other things to poke around in M&M’s World in Vegas, whereas the one in NYC is just M&M candies and merchandise. Tomorrow, I shall show you what I…

The Minimalist makes ganache and truffles + Houston Chronicle Recipes

This week, the Minimalist makes chocolate ganache and then turns his ganache into truffles. I’ve made truffles before. It’s pretty easy, if messy. And delicious delicious delicious. The Houston Chronicle also recently did a feature on candy-making. It’s not nearly as well laid out or photographed as the Times, and the pop-up ads are obnoxious….

Merry Christmas!

Happy holidays, my dear readers. I hope this Christmas Eve finds you joyously amongst loved ones. I shall be squashed on a plane with strangers en route to being with loved ones, for today I fly to Vegas, where I will be meeting my parents. We’ll spend a week together trying not to drive each…

Hebert’s Fully Loaded Dark Chocolate Bars

I picked up these the Hebert’s Fully Loaded Dark Chocolate with Margarita Lime Filling and with Apple Cider filling after my chocolate party, thinking, oh, Hebert’s! They were a hit at the chocolate party. I bet these will be tasty. I was quite wrong, and painfully so. The Dark Margarita Lime bar was quite attractively…

Gingerbread houses

Gingerbread house making can be a fun way to flex your creative muscles during the holidays. I’ve made two this season out of kits, and though I’ve finished each session with a stomachache from all the candy I ate in the construction process, I was left with two houses of adorable-ness. The best part was…

Hebert’s Fully Loaded – Rocky Road

Bar number 2 from the Hebert’s Fully Loaded lineup. The Rocky Road boasts “Rich Milk CHOCOLATE with Walnuts, Dark Chocolate & Marshmallow Pieces.” Thank goodness the wrapper for this one is less frenetic than that of the Dark Turtle. Walnuts were a much better choice for a Fully Loaded bar than the pecan pralines of…

Chow’s Year in Food

Chow has their Year in Food wrap-up up for 2007. The proposed changes in the definition of chocolate topped the headlines list. You can relive the debate through Cybele’s Candy Blog. Here’s Guittard’s protest website.

Hebert’s Fully Loaded – Dark Turtle

After Dagoba Week comes Hebert week, a lower cost chocolate bar week where everything can be purchased at your local Walgreen’s. I think Hebert’s Fully Loaded bars are a fairly new retail product from an old candy company. The wrappers are colorful and pretty in your face, just like the bars. The Dark Turtle claims…