Gail Ambrosius Chocolates – Day II

Last Friday, I reviewed my free samples of Gail Ambrosius’s classic and tea collection truffles. Today’s review is of her Adventurous Collection, which is presenting quite adventurously in the below photo (courtesy of Gail Ambrosius’s media kit). The Adventurous Collection includes Machu Picchu, Lemongrass With Ginger, Sweet Curry With Saffron, Rica Organica, Cinnamon/Cayenne, and Shitake…

Gail Ambrosius Chocolates – Day I

Gail Ambrosius (yes, that’s her real name) is a chocolatier with an eponymous shop in Madison, Wisconsin. There, she makes amazing chocolates (with amazing descriptions; her copy writer is definitely earning his/her keep), mostly with single-origin chocolates from South and Central America. I was offered the chance to try some free samples, and boy was…

How to Make Ganache

Serious Eats has a nice step-by-step guide, complete with photo slideshow, of how to make chocolate ganache. I love that the author is a real chocolatier but is down to Earth enough to show Ziploc bags instead of fancier pastry bags.

Le Caramel Goodies – Part II

On Monday, I covered Le Caramel‘s Caramel Cream and Caramel Topping (and sort of their Caramel Syrup). Today, I get to write about their new Salted Butter Caramel candies and the new mystery product that they’ve been hyping on their Facebook page. For the record, I got permission to spill the beans! The Salted Butter…

Caramel Recipes

In keeping with Monday’s theme of caramel deliciousness, the Kitchn has a sweet round-up of 5 creative twists on caramel recipes. Szechuan peppercorn and kumquat sounds terrifying, yet intriguing.

Le Caramel Goodies – Part I

Le Caramel is a new homegrown candy company run by a husband and wife team. They’ve turned up before on Wine Woot to rave reviews, and I got the chance to sample their line-up for free, including sneak peaks of some new products that they’re in the process of rolling out. I’m covering their current…

Cote d’Or Lait Noisettes

This brick of Cote d’Or Lait Noisettes (that’s milk hazelnuts) was part of my friend Neil‘s Dutch candy haul. It really stood out because it was ginormous. Its size plus its pretty paper wrapper made it look like a fancy bar of soap. The bar was so thick, in fact, that it was a bit…

Haribo Pico Balla

Haribo Pico-Balla [Review]

I got really excited when I saw this bag of Haribo Pico-Balla at the dollar store. They looked like my beloved European licorice pencils that have yet to catch on in the U.S. Could it be that they were hiding in the dollar store of the mall all along? They certainly looked the part –…

Molecular Gastronomy Through Jelly Beans

Via Serious Eats, a blog post by Michele Humes recreating Alinea‘s tasting menu with Jelly Belly jelly beans. She makes liberal use of the Bertie Bott’s flavors. I hope to someday be able to afford to visit Alinea (I have a little foodie crush on Grant Achatz), but until then, Jelly Bellies may be the…