We're used to getting all kinds of sweets and treats sent to the Serious Eats office—but a whoopie pie larger than a human head was out of the ordinary, even for us.
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There's a trend of increasing transparency in sweets making, and I'm not just talking about letting people know where you source your ingredients. I'm talking about transparent walls and windows—or total lack thereof—that let customers actually see the product being made. One place on the band wagon? Videri Chocolate Factory.
While living and farming on an off-the-grid permaculture farm and sustainability center in the rainforest of Costa Rica, the founders of Kopali Organics decided to make some earth friendly chocolates. The result is a line of chocolate covered banana, espresso bean, and cacoa nibs that are pretty addictive.
I'm game to try anything that's spicy and sweet, especially when the sweet portion is coming from chocolate. Askinosie Chocolate's Dark Milk Chocolate + Ancho Chile & Pistachio Bar fits the bill, combining ancho chili, dark chocolate, goat's milk, pistachios, and Maldon sea salt flakes.
Isabella's Cookie Company doesn't solely sell vegan cookies, but in the spirit of a "new" new year I did try four cookies from their vegan line: chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal with chocolate chips.
San Francisco is a mighty long way from Ireland, but that doesn't mean we don't have some similarities—a lot of foggy, damp weather, hills, and a fondness for beer among them. And it was on just such a cool day that I discovered Clairesquares, the small "Handcrafted Irish Sweets" purveyor who sells her goods at a variety of San Francisco stores including Bi-Rite and Rainbow Market.
I'm all for sweets with a little something savory. But I still didn't know what to think about the New York-based Downtown Cookie Company's stuffing cookies—yep, stuffing, like Thanksgiving stuffing stuffing. In the cookies. Stuffing-flavored cookies.
These small batch jam producers use heirloom fruit to create jam that is like the essence of fruit in a jar.
Granola is dangerous. Leave a bag around and it's hard not to take a few handfuls of what's essentially oatmeal cookie crumbles. My recent favorite comes from OATS Granola, a new line created by two moms in Connecticut. Currently they offer four flavors: Original, Vanilla Almond, Toasted Coconut, and Dark Chocolate.