Chocolate Macarons Indulgence, Go French

 

Many people look for pleasure in chocolate, but not many people know how to truly distinguish between a highly decadent piece of chocolate and the commercial chocolate that floods store shelves in the modern world. Some of the best chocolate is not available on your grocery store shelves – you actually have to order it from the Internet from companies that do not advertise a great deal because they do not want to be lumped in the same category as the commercial chocolate sellers.

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Sweet tooth satisfied with Scrumptious Brownie Brittle Snack

 

Brownie aficionados will surely love the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle. A brownie flavored cookie full of chocolaty goodness into a wafer-thin snack.

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My husband and I find it a perfect snack over a cup of coffee. It is also a scrumptious bite to eat for children who are fond of eating cookies. It is a great crunchy snack to serve your guests and can be an added finger food for children parties too.  My two sons enjoyed its crispy texture full of brownie taste. They love munching on it while watching movies. This bag of brittle wafers comes with a resealable packaging which can keep its freshness up to the last bite. 

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Why Chocolate is Good for the Health

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Do you know anybody who doesn’t like chocolates?  Most of us, if not all, certainly adore chocolates and it’s easy to see how it positively impacts on people. More than its delightful taste, it is also packed with lots of health benefits! In the last couple of years, studies were conducted to determine the health benefits as well as vitamins and minerals these sweets have. For some, these candies are just a feel-good-food but in reality, this food really contains anti-oxidants, a bit of caffeine and helps in the production of endorphins to boost your spirits and give you more energy.

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Molido – Pili Candies

Molido Pili Candies is one of the best delicacies of the Bicol Region in the Philippines.  It is made of the delectable crushed pili nuts, the fruit of the Pili tree or Canarium ovatum Engl. and sugar.

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Pili nuts have a rich, buttery flavor, frequently alleged to be superior to that of almonds.  The nut is inside a hard shell and can be eaten raw.

It is medically proven for health benefits as it is a rich source of healthy omegas and 8 amino acids.  Moreover, it also contains magnesium and a good source of vitamin E.

It has been a long time since I last ate these delicious candies.  Many thanks to a dear family friend who remembered to give us this “pasalubong” (present)  from their recent  Bicol trip.

 

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Making Your Own Gluten Free Christmas Candy

 

Christmas is quickly approaching and for those of us allergic to gluten this can mean another tedious holiday season spent selecting can’s and cannot’s amongst an assortment of tempting treats.  While the internet is full of lists with all the candies that individuals with gluten intolerances are capable of consuming, who wants to carry around a list or even worse, commit these 100 odd names to memory.  At your next Christmas get together why not simplify things and bring your own treats?  While this may be a little more time consuming than picking up a bag of who-zits and what-zits from the store, your homemade gluten free creation will be sure to impress those in attendances and might even be a great platform for you to show off all that pent up creativity.

A great treat for the holiday seasons is Christmas gum.  The problem with this for the gluten intolerant is that the majority of brands out on the market right now contain gluten.  A great way around this is to simply whip up your own!  The ingredients for this project are few and relatively easy to acquire. You’ll need gum base (easily purchased at a health food store, try Whole Foods or a local natural grocer), confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup and flavoring extract to give your gum flavor ( I suggest cinnamon or cherry, nothing too off the wall).

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Kiamoy

Kiamoy, chinese candy

Kiamoy

A Chinese candy that my eldest son and I love to nibble once in awhile is Kiamoy. The sweet, sour, salty and tangy taste of this preserved fruit is our favorite snack when we crave for something different to eat. My youngest son, Yahmir and my husband on the other hand choose the sweet Champoy for they do not like the after taste of Kiamoy.

Kiamoy is a preserved dried prune or plum which can be bought in Chinese stores. It is usually sold by the grams, I only buy 50-100 grams and just put it in a small bottle to last for a month consumption.  It is recommended to drink plenty of water after eating it because of its saltiness.

 

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