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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Is there any better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with food? Some have even said the stomach is the way to the heart, a mantra we embrace. Just in time for the holiday, here is a list of treats that you can give to others… or yourself. We won’t judge.
For a special candy treat, try Lake Champlain’s Friendly Frog Valentine Chocolates set. Kids will enjoy the fun heart-shaped gift box printed with their very own frog prince. Six assorted chocolates await inside, two of each flavor including chocolate, peanut butter and caramel. ($11, LakeChamplainChocolates.com)
For a unique twist on traditional holiday candies, Harry & David is offering a set of I LUV U Valentine Praline Pops. The pralines are made with caramel using whipped cream and pecan pieces. Each pop is individually wrapped, so you can divide between three loved ones. (Or between two loved ones and, um, yourself.) ($19.95, HarryAndDavid.com)
For a more traditional approach to a Valentine’s Day treat, Ghirardelli Impressions is the way to go. Each milk chocolate square is printed with a white or dark chocolate heart in the middle. In addition to the regular-size bags, Ghirardelli is also offering new mini bag for only $1 — perfect for giving to school friends. (Ghirardelli.com)
For a vegan option, Farm Sanctuary offers up this “Milk” Chocolate Heart. But wait, there’s more! The heart opens up to reveal even more organic vegan treats inside. Not only will the gift spread your love to your kids, or even yourself, you’ll also be helping abused and neglected farm animals through the purchase. Eating chocolate while helping cute animals? That’s a win-win. ($18, FarmSanctuary.org)
The Chew co-host and Top Chef alum Carla Hall is ready to share her little bites of love with everybody. The Carla Hall Petite Cookies are bite-sized treats in sweet and savory varieties including Mexican chocolate chip, almond ginger cherry shortbread and Harissa spiced nuts. The cookies also make great little snacks for dolls and tea parties. ($8 and up, CarlaHall.com)
For the height of decadence, Ike’s Cookies offers a box of Lover’s Gold. Because, seriously, what says “I love you” more than gold? Each order comes in an elegantly packaged box of 15 dark chocolate cookies wrapped in 23-carat gold leaf. As you bake them (instructions included) the cookie expands to create a crinkle effect, but instead of being covered in powdered sugar, the cookies are covered in gold. Yes, edible gold. The cookies, made from organic and locally sourced ingredients, are easy to make and come out chewy and delicious. It may be a little extravagant, but Valentine’s Day only happens once a year, right? ($48, IkesCookies.com)
Not in the mood for store-bought products this year? No problem! You can also try some of our homemade Valentine’s Day sweets and candy recipes, perfect for telling someone special how much they mean to you.
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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
Some Women Get New Benefits Under Obamacare
Beginning today, all new health insurance plans will be required to provide eight preventive health benefits to women for free, as mandated by the health care reform law Congress passed in 2012. (via CNN)
Bloomberg’s Breastfeeding Plan Angers Mom Bloggers
Breastfeeding experts are applauding New York City’s “Latch On NYC” initiative, which aims to encourage breastfeeding and curb baby formula use in hospitals, but some mommy bloggers are not happy, and they are taking their grievances online. (via ABC News)
Ob-gyns Recommend Annual Well-Woman Visit, Others Don’t Agree
Women should have a well-woman appointment with their doctor every year, typically including pelvic and breast exams, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, though there are varying opinions in the medical community. (via Reuters)
EU Approves Afinitor For Certain Breast Cancers
Swiss drug maker Novartis AG says it has received European approval to market Afinitor for treatment of women with the most common form of advanced breast cancer. (via Associated Press)
Chocolate Cravings Don’t Increase Before Menstruation
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A recent study suggests that women’s cocoa cravings do not increase before menstruation. In addition, the stage of the women’s menstrual cycle did not affect their cravings for high-fat foods, or the amount of chocolate they ate. (via NBC News)
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Thursday, October 6th, 2011
So what do you do when handed an irresistible invitation that reads, Scharffen Berger® Chocolate Maker Invites You to an Evening of Elevated Desserts with Acclaimed Pastry Chefs Elizabeth Falkner and Johnny Iuzzini? If you love chocolate and eat dessert first, you say “Yes, please!” and head to the event with the resident Food Editor (the lovely Erica Clark) to watch the chefs give new twists to classic sweets using Scharffen Berger® chocolate.
Foodies and fans of “Top Chef: Just Desserts” will recognize Johnny Iuzzini as one of the head judges (alongside Gail Simmons) and Elizabeth Falkner as one of the guest judges from season one. Iuzzini cut his teeth at Payard and is now the Executive Pastry Chef at Jean Georges restaurant in New York City while Falkner will soon be appearing on “The Next Iron Chef” and is the brainchild behind Orson restaurant and Citizen Cake bakery/ice cream parlor in San Francisco, CA.
In a room mostly full of women (yes, we do love our chocolate), Iuzzini started his demonstration of creating “Chocolate Pudding with Passion Fruit Gelée, Whipped Chocolate Crème Fraîche, and Cacao Nibs,” which was inspired by Jell-O Pudding Face ads, while Falkner began her demonstration of “Chocolate Gelato Sundae,” which was inspired by her love for ice cream. In order to make the ice cream solidify faster, Falkner used liquid nitrogen to freeze the milk-sugar mixture, which gave the demo a science-lab feel. (Both recipes are featured after the jump below.)
The audience was then divided into two groups to learn how to make each dessert (while wearing chefs hats and aprons). Ending up in Iuzzini’s group, I mixed dry ingredients (those are my hands, on the right, and me with Iuzzini, below) and watched as unsweetened natural cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate became a trifle with layers of passion fruit gelée, devil’s food cake (that incorporated mayonnaise), chocolate crumble, crème fraîche, pudding, and for garnish: passion fruit seeds and freeze-dried raspberries.
Afterwards, we were given a taste of the deeply delicious desserts — the chocolate pudding was a combination of sweet/sour and smooth/crunchy while the gelato sundae (garnished with chocolate cake bits, cocao nibs, and marshmallow cream) was a combination of sweet/bitter and crunchy/chewy.
Moms (and dads) all need a little “me” time, so if you’re a parent who loves chocolate, baking, and creating unusual spins on traditional desserts, consider making these two desserts as a treat for the family (the gelato sundae is more child-friendly, though you won’t need a nitrogen tank at home to make it!). Or enter the “Elevate a Classic Dessert with Scharffen Berger® Chocolate Contest” for a chance to win a grand prize of $10,000. The contest period is between October 1, 2011 – January 2, 2012.
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Monday, December 20th, 2010
Your first answer might be “Nope.” But if you’re thinking strictly about whether you allow your child to have soda or iced tea, you might be surprised at the truth. If your kid has cocoa in any form—whether it’s in candy, or in cereals, or in drinks—then she also consumes caffeine.
A new study from the University of Nebraska Medical Center shows that 75 percent of kids take in caffeine every single day, and it’s interfering with their sleep. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 have the equivalent of three 12-ounce cans of soda every day. Some kids as young as 5 years old have as much as 1 can’s worth of caffeine daily.
Talk to your pediatrician if you’re unsure of whether your child is getting too much.
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Thursday, March 25th, 2010
Looking for a sweet surprise to give this Easter? Then hop on over to Hotel Chocolat’s site and check out their MILK Ostrich Egg. Crack into these super-sized shells for a gorgeous selection of cocoa confections, such as pecan and macadamia pralines, melt away caramels, solid chocolate slabs, a chick lolly kids will go crazy for, and more. At $140, we’re guessing most Easter Bunnies won’t be hiding this mega munchie, but the company has other goodies for the holiday at more reasonable prices, like these sticky toffee eggies. Now please excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin..
What’s your favorite Easter basket sweet?
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