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Lollis & Pops: Candy Heaven for the Nostalgic Soul

Like many children of the late ’70s, early ’80s (yes, I’m that old), growing up I had only one life-goal that needed to be accomplished. I was going to find a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I was positive that this was better than winning the lottery. My 7-year-old mind came up with all kinds of wild schemes to procure one of these life-altering scraps of paper. From eating my way through thousands of pounds of chocolate to bribing unwitting playmates to do my ticket-search bidding, I (quite, literally) drew up blueprints. But as every year passed without …

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The Fantastical Paris Chez Sharon

Every week my email box is flooded with questions: How do I make cupcakes without a cupcake pan? Where did you find that tablecloth? Can you send me a piece of that cake you made last week? I try to answer all of these as honestly as I can, but sometimes I simply can’t reply to everyone… and no, I am not going to send you a piece of cake in the mail… plus, I already ate it all. Well, one of the most common questions I receive, is who are my favorite chefs to follow on Instagram. I have …

Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon

Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are my own.  With the Big Game just around the corner, it is time to get yourself prepared. Unwashed team socks, check! Matching jerseys for the whole family, check! And game day snacks, well let’s check that one off together. With the help of Tyson Foods, I am going to elevate your ‘Homegating’ game with a snack hack you won’t want to miss. Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon, compadres. Before we get to the recipe’s nitty gritty, I need to lay something out on the line. I …

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

If there is one thing I love on a cold winter’s day, it’s a cup of hot cocoa. Add to that another one of my loves, red velvet cake, and you have one heck of a drink recipe. Now, if you’re not too familiar with the world of red velvet, it is a red colored chocolate cake that is topped with cream cheese frosting. Yes, it is as divine as it sounds. So, it isn’t a huge leap to incorporate the two most famous elements of the dessert into a piping hot cup of cocoa. All we have to do …

Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa - Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa

Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa

Need a last minute drink recipe to impress your holiday guests? Then gather around and take notes! At the request of some of our loyal readers, I have whipped together a super easy, ridiculously delicious boozy hot cocoa recipe that you won’t want to miss. And since we’re doing this so last minute, let’s just cut to the chase… Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup of whole milk 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 ounces of peppermint liqueur 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon Step 1:  In a medium size sauce …

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Spicy Frozen Hot Chocolate

With the unseasonably warm temperatures this winter, one can’t help but feel a little wanting in the cold weather festivities.  It’s simply too hot to enjoy hot cocoa by the fire, while donning your chunky cable knit sweater socks.  So let’s cheat a bit and take a cue from today’s summer wedding in Charleston… spicey frozen hot chocolate.  Make the best of the atmosphere by trying out this recipe and learn more about the event that inspired it.  Photographer Priscilla Thomas introduces us to this happy couple: This romance began during a night out with friends and may have entailed lighting …

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Winter White Chocolate Macarons

Oh the weather outside is frightful… so let’s embrace it!  If you’re looking for some cold-weather party inspiration then you’ve come to the right spot.  Onida Cruz of Petite Seats worked collaboratively with a team of vendors to produce today’s Winter Wonderland, petite-sized styled shoot.  And my, oh, my is it a gorgeous one!  Complete with angel wings, a grand table setting, and a dessert table to rival even the sweetest dreams, this is one children’s party your little munchkin wouldn’t want to miss.  Inspired by the heavenly desserts, we’ve added our own Winter White Chocolate Macarons recipe to the mix. …

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Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tis the season for milk and cookies!  So why not spice up this favorite midnight snack with a little bourbon?!  Inspired by today’s gorgeous wedding, we’ve invented a devilishly yummy Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.  So bake up a batch and revel in the chilly glory of Kerry and Chris’s beautiful Maine winter nuptials. BOURBON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon of bourbon 8 ounces dark chocolate chips 2 1⁄2 cups of flour 1 cup of butter (softened) 2 cups of granulated sugar 2 eggs 3⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to …