My Favorite candy — M & M’s

For years, I have loved M & M’s.  Probably because my last name begins with an M, or maybe because I graduated from the University of Michigan, or maybe just because I live in the state of Michigan — for whatever reason I have always enjoyed this candy treat. I wanted to spotlight this candy,…

Chocolate topped ice cream treats

For those of you who love an ice cream treat, but just can’t have a whole bowl, here is a great way to portion out a delicious dessert.  I scoop out Edy’s Vanilla ice cream into eight large cookie balls with my cookie scoop.  Freeze them on a tray and then make a quick ganache…

Mocha Chip Meringues

One of my favorite cookies happens to be a meringue.  We loved the taste of these cookies over the Christmas holiday this year.  I used a Martha Stewart recipe and as every one of her recipes, it worked perfectly. These cookies were crispy, but soft inside the center of the cookie.  The chocolate taste was…

Snowman Chocolate Bark

From another food blogger (theDecoratedCookie.com) comes this great idea for snowman chocolate bark.  The directions were very easy to follow.  And, the result is very cute. Just perfect for the winter season, especially for children of all ages. Very few ingredients are needed. To make the bark, I used these ingredients: 16 ounces of Ghirardelli…

Chocolate nut candy

After shopping the chocolate shops up North, I decided to try to make my own chocolate candy.  The key to this recipe is buying upscale dark chocolate. I used Ghirardelli chocolate for this recipe.  I used my smaller slow cooker to melt the chocolate, so I would not have to monitor the temperature as closely….

Sugarfina: gourmet candy

Now expanding their range of stores and sales locations, Sugarfina is easier to come by these days.  Sold now at many Nordstrom stores, the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons hotels among many other boutiques, their stand-alone stores are not the only place to find this delicious sugar candy.  Imported from France, Germany, Holland, and Greece with…

Chicago’s French Market

We ventured over to the West Loop of Chicago to visit Chicago’s French Market one morning a few weeks ago.  The market earned a Zagat spot for markets to visit; along with the Melrose Market in Seattle, the St. Roch Market in New Orleans, and the Krog Street Market in Atlanta–so, it deserved a look…

Sweet treats at Eataly in Chicago

And now the best part of our visit to Eataly.  In fact, we visited the market twice during our stay in Chicago, as there is just that much to experience.  On the first level of the store, besides the aisles being filled with candies and chocolates, the counters are also filled with delicious freshly made…

Valentine brownie

Chocolate desserts have to be the ultimate choice for Valentine’s Day.  Sometimes making a favorite recipe in a special serving dish can make the dessert seem extra special. I have found over the years that I prefer to make my own Valentine’s Dinner.  I control the ingredients and the timing of the meal.  I can…

Specialty chocolate for a Valentine celebration

Are you thinking about a special gift for your Valentine?  I know one of my favorite gifts is always chocolate. I was so happy this past Christmas when a dear friend sent us a box of Holl’s chocolates from Vienna West Virginia.  These chocolates are made from a family business in a small West Virginia…

sweet and salty pretzels

We had a rainy Halloween night here in Michigan.  So, we had fewer than expected Trick or Treaters, which was a bit sad.  Just like so many things from years ago, I feel that this American tradition is going to be extinct soon. However, in the past few weeks, I have still managed to keep…

Kilwins chocolate kitchen tour

Kilwins Chocolate shops are located all over the country in many states from Florida to New York.   But, Michigan is home to 24 shops.  Just about every small town up North has a Kilwins, which is known for delicious  boxed chocolates, taffy, caramels, fudge, caramel apples,  handcrafted marshmallows and even ice cream. Walking into…