Sweet Treats, Desserts and Chocolate Part 2.. Or What I Wish I Was Eating Right Now!
Don’t get me wrong. I love desserts though you wouldn’t know it to look at me. I am very picky. It’s been a real challenge on this year’s grouping of treats to feature.
An update: in part 1 I mentioned Karen Bolt’s company/website and I got to try a few of her killer cookies. Excuse me while I brush the crumbs out of my bed (and I don’t eat food in bed!!). They were that good and I even took a couple of them into the movie theater too.
Here’s part two of this wonderful assortment and it’s done in no particular order but this is a very eclectic list.
Gelatos and sorbets might sound anti-Christmas but actually it’s perfect for the holidays. Why not have something rich, creamy and icy all at the same time with indelible flavors and amazing array of things you can do with gelato and/or sorbets . GS Gelato is based in Florida but don’t let that stop you from ordering their products. They ship FedEx — so it won’t be melted by the time you get it! It’s an amazing site/company.
This company is essentially an outgrowth of the love story of the company founders, Guido and Simone
Guido and Simona achieved their goal of manufacturing authentic artisan Gelato and Sorbet in America. Today they operate a state of the art facility, are distributing their products throughout the country and franchising San Gelato Café retail locations. These cafés celebrate the cuisine and culture found in typical Italian Gelaterias.
Flavors and desserts you can create and/or purchase from GS Gelato.
* About 2 pints GS Gelato Tiramisu Gelato*
1 cup hot expresso or fresh brewed hot coffee
* 3 Tabp. dark rum
Scoop the Tiramisu Gelato into six small coffee cups or goblets.
Stir together the hot coffee and rum. Slowly pour the coffee over the ice cream.
Mini Pumpkin Pies
* Miniature pie crusts, prepared
* pumpkin gelato, softened
* whipped cream
With a spatula, place softened pumpkin gelato into pie crusts, smoothing on top.
Refreeze until hardened. Top with whipped cream and serve chilled
You can find an amazing array of flavors: typical Italian food (bicotti, Tiramisu,) as well as fruit flavors in the gelato and sorbets. Definitely hit their website and check it out. It’s such an easy dessert to serve– either with some liqueur, chocolate or caramel sauce!
The quality of the gelatos are very much that of what you would find in Italy. You can find them at http://www.gsgelato.com/gelato-sorbet
Another surprising brand I came up with was FM Artisan.
As I did more research, I found out it was the new artisanal collection from Fannie May brand designed by world reknown chocolatier Norman Love
This is the latest development from Fannie May and shows that the brand wants to get into hand-crafted chocolate in a big way.
This new line of handcrafted chocolates that are created in small batches using the freshest and highest quality ingredients from all over the world. The vibrant taste spectrum of these ultra-premium chocolates are as diverse in color as they are in flavors ranging from new classics like Birthday Cake and Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, to sophisticated flavors like 64% Dark Chocolate and Double Shot Espresso, and Hazelnut and Bourbon Vanilla confections
This is the 12 piece box. There is also a 25 piece box. Because they choose to preserve the freshness, expedited shipping is required! So expect fabulous flavors and textures.
Another brand in the chocolate arena is Fika Chocolates. This is an extension of the NYC based FIKA Coffee Bars which is a Swedish lifestyle coffee bar that encourages people to stop, have a coffee and slow down a bit. What better way to improve that day than with the addition of the chocolate line, FIKA Choklad from Chocolatier Hakan Martensson.
Håkan often draws inspiration from the world of fairy tales, fantasy and magical stories and his elaborate and unique chocolate sculptures were awarded with a gold medal at the 2008 Culinary Olympics .FIKA is proud to present a line of hand rolled truffles, pralines and chocolate bars, all created and crafted by Håkan Mårtensson. This new line combines passion for all things chocolate, exquisite craftsmanship and the highest quality ingredients possible. All to be able to take you on a journey and create an experience truly out of the ordinary.
The chocolate box you see above is called the Seven Deadly Sins
Pride – Brown – Almond Gianduja
Lust – Red – Passion fruit with Chili
Greed – White/Gold – Champagne/Strawberry Envy – Green – Cactus/Litchi
Wrath – Black – Raspberry/Licorice/Black Pepper
Sloth – White – Tahitian Vanilla
Gluttony – Yellow – Caramel
And because it is Gluttony, you get two of that one
Got to love the Swedish sense of humor there. Moreover, I am dying to try this and see how good this is because of Håkan’s expertise as a chocolatier and artisan. It’s amazing.
You can check out Fika Chocolads HERE
Ever had goats milk caramel? Bet not! Well you are in for a treat with Fat Toad Farm’s caramel sauce. This family-owned farm based in Vermont has entered into the artisanal arena
Try our unique and delicious Goat’s Milk Caramel Saucetraditional Mexican confection known as Cajeta! Handcrafted with fresh milk from our own herd of pasture-raised diary goats, we think our caramel will knock your socks off, but you don’t have to take our word for it – here’s what some of our fans have to say about our products:
There is a healthy list of recommendations including that of Chef Rick Bayliss!!
You can buy this caramel in a variety of sizes including a sampler box of their four flavors: Original, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon and Coffee Bean. Definitely worth the time and effort of placing a web order or picking up the phone!. You can spend as little as $4.25 or as much as about $50!! It’s entirely up to you! Get the sampler is my recommendation!!
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