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Halloween Countdown: Ruth & Sira Garcia’s Chocolate Skulls

Posted in food, halloween, skulls and skeletons with tags , , on October 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

These creative confections have been featured on at least 15 sites I follow, but they are too pretty not to share. The inclusion of the gummy brains (with corresponding colors) is genius. Walnuts, as it turns out, also serve this purpose quite well.

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Ah, now where are my chocolate molds so I can try my hand at this?

See the individual pieces of the collection here.

Halloween Countdown: Time for Cake

Posted in food, halloween, undead with tags , , on October 4, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The cake below was the inspiration for a whole post on the subject. Can you believe this is a cake?
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On the flipside, we have simple and classy:
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Genius:
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Holy hell…
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Holy hell, and then some…
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For those who want to keep it pretty:
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And for those who prefer to keep it undead:
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The pumpkin trifecta:
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Oh my god…
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Great design on this little Sleep Hollow treat.
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Images via Google search and Cake Wrecks.

Sweet Fix: Richmond Philharmonic Cake

Posted in craft, food with tags , on September 3, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Here one of my favorite cakes from Sweet Fix, made for the Richmond Philharmonic.

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These disembodied conductor hands, seemingly floating in midair, are one of the most unique music themed confections I’ve laid eyes on. One can almost hear the orchestra play…

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Christine McConnell

Posted in food, sci-fi with tags , on August 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Thanks to my amazing friend Jen for introducing me to Christine McConnell’s delicious, delightfully dark delicacies!

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Christine is also a photographer (and model…her instagram link is mildly NSFW due to lingerie/bikinis). I’m shocked that she hasn’t made a bigger deal of her baking. It’s masterful!
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Shortbread face hugger, get on my table!
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Christine McConnell

Snik Snak

Posted in advertising, food, retro, vintage with tags , , , on August 28, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

You’ve got to be kidding me. Really. (That was my reaction when I saw this product).

Did you know the delicious Kit Kat bar, made by Hersheys, once had a rival by the Mars candy company?

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Milk chocolate around 3 layers of crisp wafers, packaged in break-off sticks. Look familiar? Aside from the ridiculously similar name, product specifics, and wrapper color scheme, Snik Snak’s catch phrase was “Take a break” as opposed to Kit Kat’s “Gimmie a break.” How Mars got away with this and it stayed on shelves for , I’ll never know!

I think the warped, horrible quality of the VHS commercial here only adds to it.

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Vicuña Chocolate Factory

Posted in destinations, food with tags , on August 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I have news of a very exciting business currently in the process of launching. My friend Neely is opening a truly spectacular and unique chocolate shop (if you can’t attend locally, there will be an online store as well)! Check out the Kickstarter…and prepare to drool.

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Located in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Vicuña Chocolate ethically sources the finest heirloom cocoa beans from Central and South America to handcraft chocolate bars. Once the cocoa beans arrive at Vicuña, all of the chocolate making happens onsite in the factory. Vicuña roasts, cracks, winnows, stone grinds, tempers, molds, and packages the chocolate for customers near and far. At the cafe, patrons will enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, cocoa husk tea, pastries, and — of course — the signature chocolate bars. Guests can learn more about the chocolate making process by visiting the in-house “chocolate museum” and by watching the factory at work.

ARE YOU SOLD YET?

Neely possesses unbelievable culinary prowess (she was a grand prize winner on the show Sweet Genius!), is passionate about her work…and happens to be one of the kindest, most radiant souls out there. This place is going to be AMAZING.

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I hope my fellow cocoaphiles out there will join in the creation!

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Anna Barlow Ceramics

Posted in craft, food, sculpture with tags , , on August 8, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Anna Barlow is one of my favorite ceramic artists. She creates decadent heaps of melting, oozing treats that seem to defy the laws of physics (obviously, treats really do defy physics otherwise I wouldn’t be totally up for dessert on a full stomach, which I often am. The regular stomach and “dessert stomach” are separate organs).

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In her own words:
I am fascinated by the way we eat food, especially by the rituals around celebrational or indulgent treats that have developed; the way they are assembled, displayed and then eaten. I am also interested in how food tells a story of the people and place it’s in. A full stand of ice creams could suggest a hot day or treats abandoned for some mysterious reason…

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Anna Barlow

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