Coffee Toffee Truffles

GIVING CHOCOLATE TO OTHERS IS AN INTIMATE FORM OF COMMUNICATION, A SHARING OF DEEP, DARK SECRETS.”  Milton Zelman

Coffee Toffee Truffles | From My Sweet Heart

Do you love giving food as gifts?  How about receiving?  Yes and yes for me, too!

Home made truffles always make a great edible gift.  They are not at all difficult to make.  You can package them easily.  And you can create so many flavor combinations with them.

These dark chocolate truffles have a semisweet chocolate base, are flavored with espresso, spiked with Kahlua and rolled in bits of crumbled English toffee. [Read more...]

Pumpkin Ale & Pretzel Caramels

IT’S BEER WEEK!!!

Yes!  Beer week!  A week full of beer, breweries and recipes!  Brought to you by the same fabulous women who brought you crepe week!  I must admit, when I first found out the theme of this week, I winced.  I’m more of a martini girl.  And the only time I really drink beer is when it’s really hot out and I’m eating spicy food!  My favorite beer is actually Red Stripe.   And while I thought about some type of savory baking, I was determined to use the beer in a sweet recipe.  And so I made these beer caramels!

 

Pumpkin Ale & Pretzel Caramels

I am such a sucker for the sweet and salty combination.  And I decided to take advantage of one of the seasonal beers to bring depth to the caramel.  You really could make beer caramels with any beer of your choice.  What’s your favorite?  This time I chose . . . . . [Read more...]

Chocolate Salami

DON’T PART WITH YOUR ILLUSIONS.  WHEN THEY ARE GONE YOU MAY STILL EXIST, BUT YOU HAVE CEASED TO LIVE.”  Mark Twain

Chocolate Salami | From My Sweet Heart

Is there a fine line sometimes, between illusion and reality? The illusion is usually easier to spot.  When I am looking at an optical illusion, though it looks real, I know that it is my mind playing a trick.  But what about emotion?  That ‘true love’ that didn’t last.  That ‘solid friendship’ that somehow fell by the wayside.  The feeling that you are ‘significant’ at your place of employment.  Or the belief that your blog is something ‘special’.  If it’s only a reality to you, is it actually a reality?  Or was it just an illusion?

Well there is one thing that I know for sure.  This chocolate salami is real!!!  Real dark chocolate.  Real pieces of buttery shortbread.  Real salty pistachios and real bits of french burnt peanuts.  This illusion is my reality!  And much sweeter than the real thing! [Read more...]

Chocolate Rocks & Twigs Bark

“ROCKS?  WHAT DID I TELL YOU ABOUT EATING ROCKS?”  Maurice Sendak/Where The Wild Things Are

Chocolate Rocks and Twigs Bark | From My Sweet Heart

Sometimes you come across a product that you are not looking for, never even knew existed, and don’t have a clue what you will do with it!  And so it was that I happened to find these chocolate rocks!  These are fun little pieces of chocolate candy which really do look like rocks!  But the texture is light and crunchy.  This weekend, I had a craving for chocolate bark and so I decided to incorporate these cute little pebbles into the mix!  See what I did and tell me how you might make use of them……. [Read more...]

Candy Cream Tart

“SWEET LIKE CANDY TO MY SOUL…..SWEET YOU ROCK AND SWEET YOU ROLL…..”  Dave Matthews

Candy Cream Tart | From My Sweet Heart

Who doesn’t like candy???  I do!!!  But oddly, I’m just not one to sit down and eat a whole candy bar.  Sometimes I will go to the Godiva store and put together a box of chocolates for myself, choosing the pieces that look interesting and appealing to me.  I sneak into that box for a little reward; or if I want a little pick me up.  But I can make that box last a really  long time!  Well this candy tart really rocks!  And here’s why……. [Read more...]