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Popbar Welcomes the WafflePop, A NEW Winter Snack

We’re taking a short break from NYFW to celebrate another of our loves – delicious snacks. We were recently introduced to the Popbar, a delightful snack bar that offers all natural, handcrafted, customizable gelato on a stick. As if the delicious idea of authentic Italian gelato, sorbetto, and yogurts on a stick, weren’t enough, they came out with an even more delicious snack, the WafflePop. A simultaneously warm and cold treat made with the variety of gelato, sorbetto, or yogurt popsicles Popbar has available.

It will be love-at-first-bite when you sink your teeth into the layers of flavors and textures. What makes the WafflePop so damn delicious? Well, it’s a pop sandwiched between two hot waffles customized with chocolate drizzle and toppings of your choice. First, you select your preferred flavor of Popbar’s all-natural, handcrafted, and customizable pops (there are over 40+ flavors); then select your chocolate of choice for full or half drizzling; your creation is then sandwiched between two freshly made waffles and topped with your choice of toppings. We decided on a Coconut popGelato with milk chocolate and pink sprinkles. See our delicious creation below and check out the video of our WafflePop being created on our Instagram page:

PopBar NYC WafflePop Dessert PopBar NYC WafflePop Dessert

If you’re thinking of a fun thing to do for Galentine’s Day with friends, deepening your bond over your mutual sweet tooth at Popbar is a must. If you are looking for a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day, we recommend visiting the Popbar with your sweetheart. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic stroll or killing time before or after your romantic dinner, this sweet treat will not disappoint. In fact, we know you will also love another Popbar offering, their delicious gelatoShakes.

PopBar NYC gelatoShake

This innovative and decadent frozen drink is a twist on the classic milkshake. This delicious 16oz bottle of yum is served in a milk-jug style cup with a chocolate-dipped waffle cone overflowing with whipped cream. Yes, it is as incredibly delicious as it looks. The gelatoShake is made with 100% all natural ingredients.  It is available in six delicious flavors including green tea, strawberry, vanilla caramel, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. As with Popbar treats, the gelatoShake is handcrafted and made to your desire. It is the perfect way to enjoy a lot of love…..deliciously!

To experience the Popbar and all the decadence it has to offer, head over to the West Village at 5 Carmine St. (@ 6th Ave.).

Sheila G's Thindulgent Chocolate Bark and Brownie Brittle Bites

Chocolate Indulgence: Treat Yourself to Sheila G’s Decadent Holiday Snacks

Do you know what Thanksgiving week means? It means the holiday season has officially begun and it’s time for all thing merry. So we’re beginning our holiday season with a sweet treat. Last year we had everyone drooling with our Brownie Brittle Releases Decadent Holiday Snacks feature, and today we’re doing it again. With some new flavors under their belt. Join us in a little chocolate indulgence with Sheila G’s Thindulgent Chocolate Bark and Brownie Brittle Bites, the perfect snack for the true chocoholic.

Sheila G’s sources and uses Fair Trade Certified cocoa, and pairs it’s rich, creamy, chocolate with a mix of savory, crunchy, chewy ingredients Thicker than a sliver, thinner than a candy bar, with a bit of snap to it, every bit of Sheila G’s Thindulgent Chocolate Bark delivers richly satisfying flavors and textures. This goodness packed slithers of indulgence are available in four flavors: Cashew Toffee, S’mores, Caramel Pretzel, and Dark Chocolate Almond. Each bag of Sheila G’s Thindulgent Chocolate Bark retails for $4.49 each.

 Sheila G's Thindulgent Chocolate Bark and Brownie Brittle Bites

What makes Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle Bites so amazing? Sheila’s Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle is baked to crispy perfection, cut into bite-sized pieces, and covered in rich, creamy chocolate. They are deliciously snackable, wonderfully indulgent and so addictive. Brownie Brittle Bites are the perfect pop-in-your-mouth snack treat! We’ve been indulging in the very popular Brownie Brittle Bites, are now available in milk chocolate caramel and peppermint dark chocolate flavors for $4.49 per bag.

Sheila G’s decadent holiday snacks are perfect for you to share with friends and family, or to  enjoy all by yourself.  Indulge yourself in the sinful yet divine combination of chocolate chips, caramel, chocolate, and peppermint delights. The choice is deliciously yours.

The Sheila G’s holiday products are available now and sold at retailers nationwide as well as online on www.browniebrittle.com. Grab a bag or two and enjoy.

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream: No Bowls or Spoons Needed

On a hot and humid day like today, nothing beats snacking on some delicious cold ice cream. The problem is, hot days means ice cream melts quickly. This leaves you with melted ice cream either running down your hands and arms leaving a sticky mess, or a bowl of ice cream soup, as you try to eat it quickly. Thankfully there’s a way to enjoy delicious premium ice cream without the melting scoops, or the need for bowls and spoons – Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream.

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is rich and creamy slow-churned, bite-sized ice cream wrapped in mochi, a sweetened rice dough. This bite-sized frozen delight is the perfect, soft, chewy, creamy treat to indulge in on a hot day. The regular Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is currently available in 19 multipack flavors (including the new Triple Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream flavor – pictured below); 28 single serve flavors, including new flavors – Blood Orange and Red Velvet, and seasonal flavors – Pumpkin and Peppermint Candy. Bubbies Hawaii also recently introduced 4 new vegan ice cream flavors – Vegan Cherry, Vegan Mint, Vegan Vanilla, and Vegan Mango.

The Triple Chocolate Mochi recently won a Sofi Awards 2018 New Product Award in the ice cream, gelato, and frozen treat category. When you try the smooth, sweet, chocolate ice cream with premium chocolate chips encased in chocolate mochi dough, you’ll see why. Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, and rBST-free (cows have not been treated with the synthetic rBST hormone). Most of the Mochi Ice Cream flavors are 100 calories or less, and all are made from the highest quality ingredients. Trust us when we say, one bite of this creamiest, most decadent sweet treats and you will be hooked. Are you ready to eat ice cream with your fingers?

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is available nationwide Whole Foods Market, Albertsons, Balducci’s, Morton Williams, Brooklyn Fare, Fairway Market, or you can buy it online at www.buy.bubbiesicecream.com.

U.S. Pastry Competition Pastry Chef of the Year 2018

Paris Gourmet Presents the 29th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition

Who is ready for dessert? Are you ready to feast your eyes on some of the most spectacular desserts from the 29th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition? Held during the 2018 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York and hosted by Paris Gourmet, several of the nation’s leading pastry chefs competed for the prestigious honor of being called Pastry Chef of the Year.

While some of these will look for like artwork, they are in fact entirely edible desserts. Over a dozen finalists showcased their showpieces inspired by “The Great Race” at the Javits Center.  The leading pastry chefs were selected to participate were tasked with creating a showpiece derived from any form of recognized racing, such as car racing, swimming, horse racing, running, cycling and boating. They had three hours to set-up their exhibit and were each permitted one assistant.

The Pastry chefs showcased their talents by creating “petit gateau buffet” (mini cake/dessert display) and a plated dessert, exhibited along highly technical chocolate sculpted showpieces using Cacao Noel brand chocolate. The top eye-catching winning desserts included:

Stephen Sullivan – Winner & U.S. Pastry Competition Pastry Chef of the Year 2018

U.S. Pastry Competition Pastry Chef of the Year 2018
Steven Tran – 2nd Place Winner of the 29th U.S. Pastry Competition

2nd Place Winner of the 29th U.S. Pastry Competition

Courtney Cormier – 3rd Place Winner of the 29th U.S. Pastry Competition

3rd Place Winner of the 29th U.S. Pastry Competition

Alexandra Inkley – Honorable Mention Winner of the 29th U.S. Pastry Competition

Honorable Mention Winner of the 29th U.S. Pastry Competition

 “It is amazing to see the incredible chocolate sculpted showpieces from these extremely talented chefs. Board members of the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, one of the oldest and most prestigious chef associations in the world, presided over the judging procedures with over $16,000 of the award money presented,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Event.

U.S. Pastry Competition

The pastry competition also had a Junior Division, the winning desserts included:

Michael Metcalf – Junior Division Grand Prize Winner

Junior Division Grand Prize Winner Michael Metcalf

Sizhen Ivy Chen – Junior Division 2nd Place Winner

Junior Division 2nd Place Winner

Michael Fersner – Junior Division 3rd Place Winner

Junior Division 3rd Place Winner Michael Fersner

“The U.S. Pastry Competition, now in its 29th year, is America’s most prestigious pastry event and we are excited to welcome the competitors and judges to the leading restaurant and foodservice event in the heart of New York City,” stated Dominique Noel, Vice President of Paris Gourmet, the competition sponsor. “We look forward to a dazzling array of entries from the best and most creative pastry chefs.”

Other notable mentions we had to highlight include desserts by:

Xolisile Medina

Timothy Maguire

Julie Velasquez

Sequoya Anderson

The breathtaking competition was co-sponsored by Cacao Noel Chocolate, Pastry 1 (pastry ingredients), Beurremont Butter, Gourmand, and Maison de Choix. For more information, visit www.parisgourmet.com.

The Best Things in Life are Sweet: Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day

It is the week of Valentine’s Day, so if you haven’t already picked up a sweet treat for the love of your life or your Galentine, here’s your chance to wow them with something really yummy. Everyone’s favorite sweet spot, Dana’s Bakery, has some delightful, and delicious sweet treats that are perfect for gift-giving this Valentine’s Day. Known for their exquisite traditional French macarons with an American twist, you can easily spoil your Valentine or Galentine.  Say “Be Mine”, I Luv U, and “Kiss Me” in the sweetest and yummiest way possible from the Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day offerings. Check out the limited edition Valentine treats below:

Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box

Share the very special message of love, featuring special messages with the Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box. This 12-piece macaron gift is available for now Valentine’s Day and comes with six different macaron flavors, each with a special message of love. Enjoy the delicious flavors of Milk Chocolate Molten, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Milk Chocolate Caramel, Milk Chocolate Pistachio, Dark Chocolate & Orange, and Milk Chocolate Passionfruit.
Each 12-piece Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box is $36.00 and they’re perfect for anyone on your V-Day gift list.

Dana’s Bakery Love Box

 

Want your Valentine to know how much you love and care for them? Let them know with every bite of the macarons from the limited edition Dana’s Bakery Love Box. This limited edition heart-shaped Valentine’s Day gift comes with four macaron flavors: Raspberry Jam, Chocolate Molten, Red Velvet, and Cookie Dough. Just like the Sweethearts Box, the Dana’s Bakery Love Box is $36.00 for a box of 12 macarons.

All of Dana’s Bakery macarons are gluten free, made with almond flour, and certified Kosher Dairy by Kof-K, and can be shipped nationwide. What are your thoughts on the above Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day offerings? Which of these delicious macaron flavors are your favorites?

 

 

Gourmet Gift Baskets for your Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

We all know Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love, a sweet sentiment that deserves to be celebrated……..with something equally sweet. Does the love of your life have a sweet tooth? Do they love things like chocolates, cookies, brownies, and other decadent treats? Then keep reading on for some amazing Valentine gift ideas from Gourmet Gift Baskets. Offering the best in all sweet treats, as well as popcorn, fruits, nuts, and beer and wine, Gourmet Gift Baskets is your go-to for Valentine’s Day gift baskets filled with delightful champagnes, decadent chocolates, and a variety of exquisite treats that are sure to make your sweetheart weak in the knees. Check out a few of them below:

Send A Bear Hug Care Package, $49.99

Whether your Valentine is close by or far away, receiving this Bear Hug Care Package is sure to inspire a smile. This adorable Send A Bear Hug Care package is stocked full of decadent chocolates that everyone loves, some very gourmet cookies, and a sweet and cuddly teddy bear that’s perfect for snuggling.

“Happy Valentine’s Day” Cookie Cake, $29,99

Say “I Love You” in the sweetest way possible! This 9″ Valentine’s Day Cookie Cake is a heart-shaped, soft, and chewy cookie stuffed with milk chocolate chips and hand decorated with creamy vanilla frosting. This great, big, heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie is the equivalent of 30 regular-sized cookies.

“Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Brownie Cake, $29.99

Does the love of your life prefer brownies over cookies? The “Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Brownie Cake is a great alternative. This heart-shaped, extra chocolaty, brownie cake will easily win their hearts and win you best V-Day gift giver, plus the two of you will get even closer enjoying this very yummy gift that’s big enough to share.

Red Velvet Cake – $34.99 to $49.99

A delectable and different type of sweet gift for you and your sweetheart to enjoy together, whether it’s dessert after a first date or a treat after 40 years of Valentine’s Day dinners together. This double layered cake is made with only the finest ingredients like natural cocoa powder and fresh buttermilk. The rich red color is finished off with a vanilla infused cream cheese frosting and cake crumbles.

We would be completely ecstatic to receive any of these wonderfully sweet and loving gifts for Valentine’s Day. What about you? What are your thoughts on these Gourmet Gift Baskets? Which of these Gourmet Gift Baskets Valentine’s Day gifts would you love to receive from your sweetheart?

Celebrating the Galette des Rois w/ FIAF: A Cake Fit for a King…or Queen

The ball has dropped and the fireworks have long fizzled out, but don’t let the post-holiday blues sink in just yet. We’re still getting into the swing of 2018 and the New Year celebration should continue all throughout January. To keep the party going and to invite more luck and sweetness into our lives, we looked to the French. Specifically, we went to the epitome of French culture and language in New York City, the French Institute Alliance Francaise or FIAF for short. On January 17, we headed to FIAF’s Le Skyroom event space to enjoy some wine, cheese, bread, and cakes with a royal history, Galette des Rois, and Brioche des Rois.

While the Galette des Rois or the “Kings’ cake” is enjoyed in many parts of Europe, Canada, Latin America, and the United States, the focus was on the traditional French Galette des Rois. Dating back to the middle ages, the galette des Rois is served only in the month of January. It celebrates the Epiphany or the visit of the three kings to the Christ child.  It is a puff pastry confection with a frangipane filling. However, different variations exist depending on the region in France. The traditional galette is a light flaky golden brown pastry packed with a dense and palatable almond filling. We were fortunate enough to also taste a Brioche des Rois. The Brioche des Rois is more colorful than its cousin and can be found in the South of France. It’s made with raisins, candied fruits, and orange blossom water topped with pearl sugar and more candied fruits.

The lightness and fluffiness of the bread is balanced with the thick sweetness of the fruits. Best of all, baked into the dense filling and buried within the flaky layers of any galette is a fève or a porcelain charm. Whoever finds the fève inside their piece, gets crowned king or queen for a day. A box of Galette des Rois often comes with gold paper crowns for the lucky guy or gal who gets to rule over the party. Not only that, it’s also said that whoever finds the fève will have good luck for the rest of the year. An important thing to note when serving galettes with fèves in them—be sure to warn your guests to eat slowly and look out for the charms to avoid choking and chipped teeth incidents.

But hurry and get yourself this fun dessert before month’s end! We recommend getting one from Maison Kayser, the bakery who generously supplied the savory spread and the galettes at FIAF. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of wine from Gabriella Fine Wines, who also provided the perfect pairing to our feast. Bon Appétit!

Brownie Brittle Releases Decadent Holiday Snacks

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without taking the time to snack on some holiday treats, and Brownie Brittle has the perfect holiday snacks that celebrate your favorite holiday flavors, like peppermint and salted caramel. Some of Brownie Brittle’s best-selling items are made with a holiday twist. Perfect for you to share with your family or with Santa on Christmas morning. As you open your presents, spend quality time with your family, or indulge on your own, treat everyone to a few bites of these perfect, gratifying, chocolate snacks.

Say hello to the six new holiday flavors from Brownie Brittle. These indulgent bites, barks, and brittles make for the perfect snacks or gifts this holiday season!  The newest flavors are available in their classic Brownie Brittle, Brownie Brittle Bites, and Thindulgent snacks.

Thindulgent Chocolate Bark is available in a two new flavors: Dark Chocolate Peppermint and Caramel Pretzel Milk Chocolate. The peppermint dark chocolate pieces topped with peppermint flakes are holiday defined, and the salty and sweet caramel pretzel milk chocolate flavor is as decadent as it sounds. Each bag sells for $4.49.

The classic Brownie Brittle flavors also have a holiday twist. The Chocolate Chip flavor is topped with an indulgent white drizzle, while the Salted Caramel flavor is covered in a dark drizzle. These treats are available for $3.49 each.

The very popular Brownie Brittle Bites, are now available in milk chocolate caramel and peppermint dark chocolate flavors for $4.49 per bag. The sinful Chocolate chip morsels are covered in a layer of caramel, and milk chocolate to form the milk chocolate caramel flavor. The Peppermint dark chocolate bites are chocolate chip morsels as well, but these rich treats are covered with a layer of peppermint and dark chocolate.

All holiday products are available now and sold at retailers nationwide as well as online on www.browniebrittle.com.