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the sweet scoop
Creamy, dreamy, decadent—chocolate. Does it really need that much of an introduction? The world’s most sensual confection certainly speaks for itself, so I’ll keep this post short and (utterly) sweet. I just came back from a chocolate lovers paradise—New York’s 13th annual Chocolate Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. For four days, chocoholics rejoice in the ultimate showcase of all things cocoalicious, including demos from award-winning chefs, book signings, a cocoa-chic fashion show and dozens of premier chocolatiers from around the world (think France, Italy, India and beyond) passing out samples of their irresistibly indulgent creations.
Tickets are still on sale for tomorrow’s 10am-6pm session ($28 in advance/$30 at the door; Sunday’s culinary demos include Johnny Iuzzini from Jean Georges, Top Chef: Just Desserts contestant Zac Young, Matt Gennuso from Chez Pascal, and many more!), so go treat yourself to a sinfully delicious feast. If you’re still not convinced, then maybe the tempting choco-tography below will tantalize your tastebuds—enjoy!
If you do go tomorrow, be sure to get there early—the line was really long today, but oh-so worth it.
Dots are one of my favorite sweets of all time, so I was like a kid in a candy store—literally—when Tootsie introduced new holiday varieties of the addictive, stick-in-your-teeth, sugary sweet orbs. I first discovered Holiday Dots last October when I saw three new Halloween-inspired flavors on shelves: blood orange black Bats, yellow and orange Candy Corn (look and taste just like the real thing but chewier), and assorted fruit flavored green Ghosts (similar in concept to mystery Dum Dums, each Ghost Dot is a greenish glow-in-the-dark color, but tastes like one of the classic Dots flavors).
At this point, I wasn’t sure if Holiday Dots were a one-time thing, but definitely hoped there were more varieties to come. Low and behold, I received the sweetest stuffer for my stocking when I came across red and green Christmas Dots, followed by red and pink Valentine’s Day Dots and then vibrant Easter Dots—each variety bringing new tastes and colors to the Dots family.
Holiday Dots have become a playful joke between my sisters, Mom and I, and we love to try each new flavor as soon as it hits shelves. My Mom found these Patriotic Dots and they soon became my fave of all the holiday varieties—blueberry and strawberry with a vanilla topper. Nothing pays tribute to July 4th like a true All-American classic candy (Dots have been around since 1940!) in patriotic red, white and blue. Happy 4th of July everyone!
When you combine two of my all-time favorite sweet treats, flavored cocktails and jelly beans, the result is sure to be amazing. So, you can imagine how excited I am to share my latest obsession with you all—cocktail jelly beans! I did a serious double-take when I came across Cosmo jelly beans in a local store—genius. However, with only one left on the shelf, I scoured the internet to find them. As soon as I came across them at Beau Coup, I ordered more without hesitation.
These delectable beans come in four flavors: Bellini, Cosmo, Lemon Drop, and Mojito. The vibrant candy was packaged in cute individual 3.3 ounce tins and arrived really fresh (not hard as a rock like some jelly beans are). The blends are delicious and the true essence of each cocktail flavor is captured in every indulgent little bean. I am amazed at how true-to-life the varieties are—you even get subtle hints of mint and lime in the Mojito flavor. It’s tough to crown a winner of this one, but I have to say that Bellini is my fave, with Cosmo coming in at a close second.
Try ‘em out – they are sure to be a big hit at your next party—they look adorable displayed in martini glasses—or share the love by giving them as a unique gift to the sweetest people in your life.
PS. By the time you read this post, I’m fairly certain that I’ve already single-handedly eaten all of these jelly beans. Yup, its a safe bet.