Two Great Passions: Chocolate and Trains

Chocolate train

Read the story here: http://www.theworld.org/2012/11/a-train-made-entirely-of-chocolate/    

Cadbury Chocolate Harder to Melt

Cadbury bar

Found this story rather interesting. Won’t apply to us here in the USA (AZ could be a candidate tho) since it’s an Eastern Asia product,  but shows how candy science marches on! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/26/non-melting-chocolate_n_2192236.html      

No Goo-Goo Shortages!

No Goo-Goo shortage at my house!

Yes, I’m pleased to report that there will be no shortages of G00-Goo Clusters in the Parker housefold for the near future. A generous client found out that an acquaintance had an “in” with the Nashville candy manufacturer so she arranged for these samples to be sent to me. So, to her I say “thanks” [...]

“Hot Chocolate” has new meaning!

Photo: Joseph Erdos. This calls for a taste test… serve it with Mexican cocoa and macaroons for the total taste bonanza!   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/chocolate-covered-jalapenos_n_1324808.html

DIY Valentine’s Chocolates Video.

Photo: thewednesdaychef.com

Found this video which I think is very useful and easy to follow, even for those who have never tried melting chocolate before. With Valentine’s Day coming up faster than you might think, here’s a way to save some money… make those Valentine sweets for your sweetie yourself!! Guaranteed to impress. Watch the video here: [...]

A New Holiday Fudge

Gingerbread fudge is new to me but it sure sounds appealing. I found it on this site. Let me know how it turns out if you decide to make some yourself!  

Fun and Delicious Competition

One of the best dark chocolates.

This is the kind of contest I like and would like to judge (hint, hint) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/the-best-dark-chocolate_n_958823.html  

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Off to the Fair, I Go!!

Taking a week or so to go on the road visiting as many State and County Fairs that I can fit into my schedule, but I will attempt to post stories as often as I can, filled with the fun and excitement (and candy) that Fairs bring to us all. And, since I enjoy the carnival rides as well, I may be spending a good amount of time upside down!

Let the fun begin!!

Fair rides offer new perspectives on candy.

Candy lovers go to great heights at Fairs! Photo: Marv Parker

 

Candy Corn Flavored Jelly Beans, At Last!

Great news for those of us raised on candy corn and others who just like it (from their press release):

Jelly Belly Candy Corn Flavored Jelly Bean

Looks like Jelly Beans, tastes like Candy Corn

Jelly Belly Candy Co., Fairfield, Calif., has introduced its first candy corn-flavored jelly bean. The Jelly Belly beans are decorated in the three colors — orange, yellow and white — reminiscent of the corn kernels. The beans will be available year-round. Candy corn-flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans come in 10-pound bulk cases and 9-ounce packages. The suggested retail price is $8.99 per pound bulk and $5.99 per package.

Guittard chocolate, dark chocolate, 72% cacao, video production still
Written by Marv Parker

Chocolate Sauce How-to Video Taped!

Starring yours truly, we finished the video taping yesterday and editing has begun. As soon as it’s finished it will be posted here. Using excellent Guittard Dark Chocolate wafers, I demonstrate the proper technique for melting and mixing the sauce so it’s smooth and tasty! It’s actually very easy, as long as you pay attention [...]

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Tastes like the county fair in summertime!
Written by Marv Parker

County Fair Candy Taste!

  What you see here is a handful of goodness…. a pile of Jelly Bellies whose flavor leaps out at you and says “midway candy at the County Fair” in no uncertain terms. This flavor, one of the many that Jelly Belly’s offer, is pure caramel popcorn. Amazingly realistic. Easily my favorite JB flavor. And [...]

June 28, 2011 0
Candyland Concession - Sonoma County Fair 2010
Written by jeff savage

Candyland!

County Fair time it is again! A veritable cornucopia of comestibles awaits! I took this last August at Sonoma County Fair. I’ll be back for more this year!

June 28, 2011 0
County fairs, deep fried candy,
Written by Marv Parker

Summer Means County Fair Candy!

Yep, that time of year again. County fairs across the country, all filled with an amazing assortment of tempting candy treats, many only found at fairs. I’ll be highlighting some of the more unusual (or fattening) offerings in the coming months, especially after my trip to Wisconsin next month. That’s the location of the photo. [...]

June 28, 2011 0
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Written by Marv Parker

Candy Corn In Space! Who Knew!

Found this amazing story on the Science Friday website about candy corn (one of our perennial faves): NASA astronaut Don Pettit chose candy corn for his five and a half month stint aboard the International Space Station and made this video:

June 24, 2011 0
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Written by Marv Parker

Girl Group, the Raisinets, Can Dance Too

Remember the “Heard it thru the Grapevine” singing raisins for a cereal several years back? Well, turns out that now a candy maker is using the same meme, only girl raisins this time to market the candy Raisinets. Here’s the video to prove it:

June 23, 2011 0
Beer and chocolate marriage,
Written by Marv Parker

4th of July Paradise: Beer and Chocolate

I have found an amazing recipe for Chocolate Beer truffles at Honest Cooking and I will be making them before the 4th holiday. This could be the ultimate alcohol/chocolate pairing! Let’s celebrate! Photo from Honest Cooking.com

June 23, 2011 0
4th of July treat
Written by Marv Parker

Peanut Butter Fudge, the All-American Candy

Being a peanut butter fan and a fudge fan, I especially like the two combined. This may be the first All American candy…. after all peanut butter was invented as we all know by the good Booker T Washington in Alabama. So, without his fabulous discovery, no peanut butter fudge. This recipe seems straight forward [...]

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