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Chocolate-covered bacon 2.0

Party in your mouth? A cross-section of the chicharron chocolate bar with pork rinds.

Does hearing the words “chocolate-covered bacon” make you yawn? Then maybe it’s time to try the chicharron chocolate bar made with pork rinds from Xocolatl de David, if you can get a hold of one. These are hard to come by because they were made in limited quantities. (Food Network magazine describes the flavor as Nestle Crunch with a bacony twist.) But the Xocolatl de David online store did have a Raleigh Bar with bacon caramel on top of pecan chocolate nougat that you can order.



Butch Bakery’s cupcakes will put hair on your chest

The company founder wanted to make manly cupcakes for manly men. But that’s like creating a manly doily. You can’t change something that’s inherently girlish, even when you butch up your product with flavors infused with beer and bacon. (Most of his customers are indeed female.) As my coworker pointed out, your guy isn’t going to swing by the cupcakery to pick up a six-pack on the way to the poker game.

Ranting aside, with flavors like rum-soaked lime cake with mint white-chocolate ganache (the “Mojito”), I’m glad they found this “gap” in the market. The chocolate discs are a nice touch, too, although the army print on a cupcake seems kinda like a Brody Jenner-Avril Lavigne hookup, as in, huh?

Currently they only deliver to Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, with plans to offer nationwide delivery eventually.


Georgetown Cupcake’s orange blossom

This is a seasonal flavor for June. Since I’m a sucker for desserts made with orange blossom water, I bought two. But after trying it, I couldn’t actually tell whether there was any orange blossom water in here (not that they claimed there was–I was going off of the name).

A cream cheese frosting may have worked better than the buttercream. I actually had to scrape some off. It had a buttery heaviness that reminded me of the box of lard my mom had in the pantry, circa 1980.

The zest dotting both the frosting and cake give this cupcake a decent citrus flavor. And I loved the candied orange peel topping it off. But after it leaves in July, I’m not sure how many folks will be missing it.


Cuisine Solutions orange souffles

We’ve been on a Cuisine Solutions kick lately, after learning that Citronelle’s Michel Richard gets his braised shortribs from this company (isn’t that cheating?). For their meats, they use a special sous vide cooking process, where food is cooked at a low temperature for a long time to preserve its texture, flavor, etc.

This box of souffles is not cheap at $34.99 including S&H from Costco’s website (we haven’t seen these in their stores). With 4 souffles per box, you’re totally paying fancy-restaurant rates for dessert–only you have to heat it up yourself! (Correction, June 14: You actually get 8 for that price.)

These souffles cook in the oven in about 15 minutes. I enjoyed the marshmallowy texture, complemented by a sugar-cookie base.

But the orange coulis. What a letdown. It reminded me of the canisters of frozen Minute Maid concentrate that my mom bought when we were kids. Didn’t taste fresh–I probably could have done better by juicing and zesting some navel oranges, reducing the liquid over the stove with a bit of sugar.


Stuff your face with cookies while doing good

Baking for Good lets you do just that, since 15% of proceeds go to the cause of your choice. Word is that their baked goods are very tasty. I’m particularly intrigued by the lemon and lavender shortbreads (below). They also do brownies, whoopie pies, rice treats and more, chock full of organic ingredients. Get your order in for the holidays! 


Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”: Holiday episode

Here’s where to find the two desserts that were mentioned on this episode. I’m not an Indian pudding fan (maybe I’ve just never had it done right?), but I do like to bring home a panettone for the holidays. It’s a buttery, eggy Milanese bread with an airy texture, studded with dry fruits. Panettone reminds me of Challah, flavor- and texture-wise. You can find them in grocery stores for about five bucks, and they have a pretty good shelf life. I liked toasting up slices before serving. It’s also a great bread for French toast.

Panettone Milanese-Emporio Rulli

446 Magnolia Avenue

Larkspur, CA 94939

(415) 924-7478

Warm Indian Pudding-The Colonial Inn

48 Monument Square

Concord, MA 01742

(978) 369-9200


treet online bakery @ clarendon farmers’ market

DailyCandy DC featured this place today, which takes online orders for their mini-cupcakes, brownies, cornbread and other goodies. This isn’t your ordinary bakery, though. Their ingredients are sourced from local farmers (check out the site for details) and they use not-terrible-for-you sweeteners like agave. 

Look for them at the Clarendon farmers’ market on Wednesdays from 2-7 PM (3100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington).

**Update 9/9/09: I tried three flavors of their minis (carrot, chocolate w/vanilla icing, vanilla w/chocolate icing) and can recommend the carrot and vanilla (the chocolate with vanilla icing was a bit bland). They were $11 for 12 minis and smaller than expected: about 1.5 inches across and 1″ high.**