Mindy Segal, owner of Mindy's Hot Chocolate in Chicago, shares all the treats on her Valentine's Day wish list, from soft serve ice cream kissed with cinnamon and caramel, to salty-sweet Basque cake.
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Though they normally preside over dry-aged rib eyes, Himalayan salt rocks, and whipped potatoes, it turns out the chefs at David Burke's Primehouse have a pretty serious sweet tooth. Lucky for the general public, they're going to be indulging these sugary impulses every Friday during the summer from 3 to 5 PM from a pop-up ice cream counter. Though it was a brisk—scratch that, chilly—50-something degrees on the first Friday in May, we were there to check out the offerings.
The Sweets & Snacks Expo happens every year in Chicago, and I've watched TV shows on it, read about it, and dreamed of attending for years. Finally, this year was it. Jen and I headed to the Windy City to check out this year's chocolate trends (you can find other highlights from the show here). Of course there are loads, but what were the ones that kept popping up?
Last week I went home to Chicago to visit my family and while in town, I also paid a visit to Marshall Fields & Company for a box of Frango Mints. They are something of an Andes-Candy-turned-bon-bon. With a filling of peppermint-flavored ganache, enrobed in a semisweet chocolate shell, they are simply delicious.