Homemade Truffle Recipe Round-up

If yesterday’s homemade chocolate-covered cherry cordial post wasn’t your thing, I have another homemade holiday/hostess gift idea for you. Actually, I have 10, thanks to The Kitchn’s round-up of 10 homemade chocolate truffle recipes. Above photo is of XOX Truffles from San Fran.

Homemade Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cordials

I’ve never been one for chocolate-covered cherry cordials. I just don’t find their syrupy sweetness appealing (though I do find Maraschino cherries delightful on their own). If you have a loved one who loves chocolate-covered cherry cordials, however, consider whipping up a homemade bunch via this Serious Eats recipe. The Russell Stover box may be…

Choward’s Guava

I once had the terrible misfortune of once trying a Choward’s Violet Mint. Do you like eating soap? I don’t either. The violet mint was like eating a mouthful of crumbly, flower-scented soap. When I saw a guava version, however, I decided to give Choward’s another try. After all, the little pack was just $0.99…

Harbor Sweets Perennial Sweets

On Wednesday, I reviewed my free sample Harbor Sweets‘s Sand Castle Dark Chocolate and Caramel Bar. Today, I’m reviewing their Perennial Sweets, another free sample that I received. The Perennial Sweets was a box of “dark chocolates inspired by the garden.” My box of 16 contained 4 Nantucket Baskets, 4 Topiary Toffees, and 8 Sweet Irises,…

Candy Soaps

For me, Etsy is a black hole of internet shopping. It’s so easy to get lost in the endless parade of homemade goodies. (By the way, there’s a website called Heartsy that sells discounted vouchers for Etsy shops. It has led me to many great Etsy purchases.) A few months ago, I discovered some amazing soap makers…

Harbor Sweets Sand Castle Dark Chocolate and Caramel Bar

Harbor Sweets is a Massachusetts based handmade chocolatier that makes cute molded chocolates, sometimes with various add-ins. They claim to “[celebrate] outdoor living [and] embrace the coast, gardening, and equestrian-sports”, hence the existence of a chocolate called the Tallyho! I got a free sample 16-piece box of their dark chocolate Perennial Sweets, which I’ll review…

Ceramic Candy Necklaces

Did you ever wear and eat candy necklaces or bracelets as a kid? I remember them leaving little artificial coloring stains on my wrists and neck when they got wet from my saliva. If you miss the look but not the candy itself, there are cutely playful ceramic versions. I think I’ve outgrown the look myself, but I…

Trader Joe's Brandy Beans

Trader Joe’s Brandy Beans

For me, Trader Joe’s is a mecca for impulse shopping. These Brandy Beans, or “brandy filled chocolates”,  were the result of my most recent pilgrimage. The back of the box had the following wordy description: “From master confectioners in Germany, we bring you an aristocratic treat with a bourgeois bent. Here’s a candy that’s sure…