[1] Ballpark Crunch Toffee adds peanuts and popcorn (all photos © Mel’s Toffee except as noted). [2] Maple Bourbon Pecan Toffee was a winner in the International Toffee Competition and a judge’s favorite in the International Chocolate Salon. [3] Mexican Hot Chocolate Toffee is our personal favorite, for the zinginess of the cinnamon and jalapeño. […]

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[1] A special box of artisan chocolates, filled with winter flavors (photos © Burdick Chocolate). [2] Close-up on the box of 58 bonbons and 8 winter flavors. [3] A glass of mulled wine goes with any of these chocolates. Here’s a recipe (photo © Edward Howell | Unsplash).   Great chocolate flavors are made even […]

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[1] Yummy ice cream sandwiches in Egg Nog and Peppermint (all photos © Casper’s Ice Cream). [2] FatBoy’s version of a peppermint sundae—no spoon required! [3] Our new favorite chocolate ice cream: Frozen Hot Cocoa. [4] You can’t put FatBoy under the tree…but load up the freezer!   We were not familiar with Fat Boy […]

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September 29th is National Coffee Day. To some coffee drinkers, fall means pumpkin spice lattes. We’re not keen on the sugar syrup, so for us, fall means fall coffee flavors. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice products are back on grocery store shelves, along with new fall specialties. Joining Pumpkin Spice are: Starbucks Maple Pecan Flavored Coffee, in […]

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It’s the first day of fall, so we’re mixing up a pitcher of fall punch. This one combines fall flavors—apple cider, cinnamon, ginger—with vodka, Prosecco and cinnamon liqueur. These days, we’re not having too many guests; so we cut the recipe in half. The half-recipe fits into a 64-ounce pitcher (or a 32-ounce jar). You […]

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[1] Tanteo’s three expressions of tequila, each a different chile flavor (photo © Tanteo Tequila). [2] Our favorite way to drink Tanteo is sipping (photo © J.C. Fotografo | Dreamstime.   Tanteo makes a very fine premium* blanco tequila, made with 100% Blue Weber agave. But the stars of the show are their well-balanced, spicy, […]

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Whether you like your cupcakes buttery, gluten free or vegan, you can celebrate National Cupcake Day with any number of flavors. Beyond vanilla, chocolate and red velvet, bakeries all over the world are turning out cupcakes in flavors from lemon meringue to Margarita. But this list, adapted from the Carolina Cupcakery in Norfolk, Virginia, tops […]

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