July 25, 2016 |
With mass-market U.S. chocolate consumption on the wane and millennial tastes trending toward health-conscious snacks, the Hershey Co. chocolate giant faces a challenging future, analysts say. While the central Pennsylvania company has been developing new product lines, its "category has been declining with the changing tastes of millennials," said Jack Russo, senior consumer staples analyst with Edward Jones. "Snacking is taking a different form, more protein" - energy bars, jerky, and fruits and nuts.
June 24, 2016
The Garden State, translated to the plate What does New Jersey taste like? Author John Holl attempts to answer that question in 150 recipes, in the new book Dishing Up New Jersey (Storey, May 2016). Local contributions include a recipe for honey-thyme caramels from Haddon Township's Mecha Artisan Chocolate and ancho and ale chili from the Blue Rose Inn in Cape May. - Samantha Melamed Dishing Up New Jersey, $19.95, at the Cook Book Stall at Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, 267-237-8986, thecookbookstall.com Pastry perfection Combine the goodness of a Jewish bakery with the skill of a trained pastry chef and you have Tova du Plessis' new Essen Bakery in South Philadelphia.
June 24, 2016 |
On a cool aluminum lab bench at Temple University sit plastic tubs of hard, dark chocolate. A visitor reaches into the tub labeled "Sample B," breaks off a chunk of the smooth chocolate, and slowly chews it. Her eyes open wide. "It's really good," she says. She smiles broadly. You might think chocolate that's been pushed through an electric field in a physics lab would be icky. But, a reporter found, it is rich in flavor and smooth. And, surprisingly, it's lower in fat. Welcome to the newest twist to an ancient treat.
June 11, 2016 |
What they are: Imagine the creamiest, most delicious gelato that's ever graced your lips and tongue. Then picture it on a stick . . . you know, like a Popsicle. But a more grown-up version of a Popsicle - on one of those fat little Popsicle sticks. The treat is a visually appealing hue, and the concoction itself is a trendy flavor like maple bacon or Nutella. That's what Tracy Donovan and her family imagined when they came up with the idea for their summertime business called POPularity Pops, which is beginning its third season in a little storefront on Bay Avenue in Beach Haven, Long Beach Island.
April 27, 2016
DEAR ABBY: For the last five months, I have been talking to a guy I met via a dating app. We live a few states apart and have yet to meet in person, but we communicate regularly. With my tax refund this year, I'd like to do something for me. He suggested that I visit him. I don't get any red flags from him, and I'm sure I'd be 100 percent safe while I'm there. However, I'm anxious about taking a trip by myself to visit a guy I've developed a massive crush on. I have thought about offering to pay his way here instead, or simply not going at all. I asked my friends and family for their opinions.
April 22, 2016
Makes 20 servings. 1 box matzo 1 pound unsalted butter 2 tablespoons corn syrup 2 cups sugar 6 ounces dark chocolate chips 6 ounces toasted sliced almonds 1. Line an 18-by-13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper, and place it on a heat-resistant surface or a towel. Lay down a single layer of matzo so it covers the entire tray. Break pieces to fill in the smaller gaps. 2. To make the toffee, place the butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a pan and put on medium heat.
February 18, 2016
Happy belated Valentine's Day! Hope you used the day to recommit yourself to love, both romantic and platonic. Because in all its forms, love is our best weapon for promoting well-being. You see, true love requires sacrifice, not just empty promises. Self-love, romantic love, and familial love can be great motivators to help us get healthy and live healthier lives. February is a great time to spread awareness about the importance of overall health and heart health in particular.
February 14, 2016
Valentine's Day is a time to think about romantic getaways. Because one of the most popular gifts is chocolate, here are some destinations where you can share your love for each other with your love of chocolate. Until the early 1900s, Ecuador was the world leader in cocoa bean production. The country is reviving the industry with a focus on artisan-style beans. Intrepid travelers can head into the mountains to tour cocoa plantations and take extensive classes in production. But even visitors to the Galapagos have multiple opportunities to taste gourmet chocolates.
February 12, 2016
Makes 8 servings Chocolate ganache: 9 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa solids), broken into 3/4-inch pieces 2/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into 3/4-inch, plus extra for greasing the dish 1 egg, plus 3 egg yolks 5 tablespoons superfine sugar Coarse sea salt, to serve Spice Mix: 2 teaspoons coriander seeds 3/4 teaspoon black peppercorns 1 small cinnamon stick 1 whole star anise 8 cardamom pods...
February 12, 2016 |
The expanded 25th-anniversary edition of Karen Finley's Shock Treatment brings her Thursday to the Free Library. In the introduction, Finley reminds readers of the 1980s and '90s culture wars and social divides that first brought the performance artist/poet to prominence. The new edition of the 1990 book contains the raw record of Finley's controversial late-'80s and early-'90s theatrical performances, embracing then-taboo topics. Her graphic discussion (and frenetic, naked depiction)