You put WHAT in my chocolate cake?

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You want the best cake. The moistest cake. The healthiest cake.
I get that. I really do.

Bring out the chocolate flavor with a dash of espresso powder? Sure. I can handle that.

How about adding a dollop of sour cream? Maybe.

Make it moister with mayonnaise?

That’s where things cross the line for me. Some things just don’t belong in chocolate cake. My rule of thumb, if it goes on a sandwich, leave it out of my dessert.

Now, I’m not totally closed-minded. Let’s say you’d like dessert, but you don’t want all the calories that come with it. That’s understandable. In fact, I find some of the early hacks acceptable, substituting fats with fruits, such as, apple sauce, bananas, or pumpkin.

But, the latest trends have me holding my stomach.
Avocado, zucchini, kale, and the one that pains me to type in the same sentence as chocolate…black beans. Black beans, you guys.

If you are one that eats like this, I’m not putting you down. In fact, I applaud you and your super powers.

Call me stubborn, or call me a purist (I prefer the latter), but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

It’s not the fact that I don’t like vegetables. I’d just prefer to keep them out of my dessert. (Back to my sandwich rule).

Am I alone on this one? I’d love to hear your opinions!

13 Baking Essentials for your Fall Kitchen

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It’s hot outside. The trees are lush and green. But, the calendar says September, and that’s enough to get me excited about Fall.

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Fall is my favorite. The colors, the weather, the food.

It’s the dip-it-in-chocolate,

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smother-it-in-caramel,

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and put-it-on-a-stick time of year.

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And, I love it.

This year, I’ve put together a list of some of my most wanted fall kitchen items.

(While I’m not a brand ambassador, should you like and purchase any of the items too, this site will receive a small commission.)

 

Fall Baking Wishlist

Mini Pie and Quiche Baker

Why I need it: Because there’s nothing better than a warm gooey pie, than my OWN warm, gooey pie.

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Fall Apron

Why I need it: For times baking motivation is low, this little number will provide some Autumn inspiration.

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Raccoon/Fox Cookie Cutters

Why I need it: Quite simply, these little fellas are adorable.

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Fall Kitchen Towel Set

Why I need it: Because my kitchen is happy it’s almost Autumn, too.

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Harvest Loaf Set

Why I need it: Fact- Food tastes better in cute dishes.

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Mini Iron Skillets

Why I need it: Skillet cookies, brownies, and cobblers. Need I say more?

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Acorn Silicone Mold

Why I need it: These little acorns will add a cute little bit of whimsy to dessert. Put one on a cupcake, or a pile of them on a cake. Or, just rest one on a spoon, for an after dinner treat.

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Whipped Cream Dispenser

Why I need it: Time to take the hot chocolate game to a new level.

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Fall Sprinkle Collection

Why I need it: I like to get a fresh set of versatile sprinkles at the start of Fall that I can use all season long.

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Wilton Candy Melter

Why I need it: This goes into that dip-it-in-chocolate, smother-it-in-caramel category. Perfect for dipping apple slices, pretzels, marshmallows, or anything you want dripping with chocolate.

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Fall Leaves Cookie Stencil

Why I need it: Stencils are a fast and easy way to add artistic flair to desserts. Use them on cakes, with a dusting of powdered sugar, or paint them on cookies with royal icing.

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Tree Bark Footed Server

Why I need it: I love bringing nature indoors. This platter is the perfect pedestal for a cake or any assortment of fall goodies.

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3D Pumkin Cake Pan

Why I need it: It’s a cake that makes a statement. It can be dressed up, or served simple with a drizzle of warm fudge or caramel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on your fall baking supply wishlist?

Quiz: What’s in Your Lunchbox?

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Take this quiz to see what chocolate snack matches your school style.


As a kid, one of my favorite parts of the school day was lunchtime…especially if there was a sweet chocolate snack tucked inside of my lunchbox.

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What snack did you get?

What’s your all time favorite school time snack?

QUIZ: Can you guess these movies from emoji clues?

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Think you know movies? Try figuring out these movie titles based on the following sets of emojis. Hint: They all have something to do with food.
(If the Quiz doesn’t automatically load, please click the post title).

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What’s your favorite movie food scene of all time?
(I’m going with Matilda, and that gorgeous box of forbidden chocolates).

Poll: What’s the Best M&M’s Crunchy Flavor?

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Hi Chocolate Fans!

This past spring, M&M’s introduced a trio of new “Crunchy” flavors.

Mint, Raspberry, Espresso

 

The catch? Only one flavor will continue, based on the results of a public vote. Although official voting is now closed, ( you can vote for fun here), I wanted to know your thoughts…after all, you all are the REAL chocolate experts.

Have you tried the new M&M’s? Let’s take our own sample poll:

My Review:

I sampled all of the flavors, and I have to say, the results surprised me. Based on the flavors, I expected the Mint to be my top choice. Mint, plus crunch, seemed like a no-brainer. But it actually wasn’t my favorite. In my mind, I had associated Mint crunch to other candies, such as Hershey’s “Cookies n’ Mint Bar.

Do you know how I would describe that bar? Minty and Crunchy… and delicious. Unfortunately, the Crunchy Mint M&M’s were disappointing. The flavor fell flat. The crunch was there, but it was lacking that rich chocolate taste.

If I had to choose a winner, I’d pick the Espresso. But honestly, I wouldn’t go out of my way for them. Now, come out with an M&M’s Mint COOKIE Crunch flavor, and we’ll have a real winner. In the mean time, I’ll stick to Peanut M&M’s.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these new flavors. And while we’re talking flavors, what’s your favorite M&M’s flavor of all time?

 

 

Rank Your Favorite Doughnuts for National Doughnut Day

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Today is National Doughnut Day and I’m embracing it. Doughnuts are one of those feel-good comfort foods, (when you’re not focused on the calorie and fat content). So, give me a reason to eat doughnuts, and I’m going for it.

Although, I have many favorites, I hold a special place for Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Growing up, I can remember getting them only on special occasions. They were such a treat, and that was before the evolution of specialty flavors.

Nowadays, I’m biased to the chocolate glazed doughnuts, basic or filled. But, I want to know, which are your favorites?

If the ranker doesn’t automatically load, click the title above to start.

Photos courtesy of Krispy Kreme

Gifs via giphy

Rank your favorites and be sure to share your top choice in the comment section below!