Ben & Jerry’s Release SNL-Inspired Flavor ‘Schweddy Balls’

ben & Jerry's schweddy balls ice creamBen & Jerry’s, who is known for the constant release of new flavors (e.g. Clusterfluff & Bonaroo Buzz), has released a new ice cream based on the infamous Alec Baldwin Saturday Night Live Skit, ‘NPR’s Delicious Dish.’ Now even you can feel, smell and taste Schweddy’s Balls. Although these balls will definitely be colder and less misshapen since hopefully you won’t ‘rest them on a hot stove for too long.’

The flavor features fair trade vanilla ice cream, fudge covered rum balls, milk chocolate malt balls and a hint of rum. Schweddy Balls is available nationwide at all of Ben & Jerry’s Scoop shops and at grocery stores while supplies last.




Homemade Twix Bars

Homemade Twix Bars

Just in case you wanted to take Mars Inc. on with your own home-baked Twix Bars, here’s your chance to do so. This recipe from Mele Cotte makes 16 bars. 16 for you, none for me. Check out the recipe below!

Homemade Twix Bars

Shortbread Base

1 ¼ all purpose flour
½ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup castor (fine) sugar*
2 tsp. vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Caramel Filling

¾ cup unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
¼ cup dark corn syrup
1 14- oz. can sweetened condensed milk


10 oz. bittersweet chocolate** (like Scharffen Berger)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease/Spray and line the bottom of an 8-inch square pan.

Combine butter, flour, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.  Beat for 1 minute on medium speed until the batter starts to come together. Do not overbeat.  While together, but still crumbly, transfer dough into the prepared pan and press evenly to make the base.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

Meanwhile, make the filling.  Place the butter, sugar, dark corn syrup, and condensed milk in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.  Stir frequently. Once the sugar dissolves, increase heat and bring milk mixture to a boil, then reduce heat back to medium-low heat.  Cook, stirring frequently,  for 8-10 minutes until the mixture becomes thick and begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Pour over the baked shortbread base and let cool for 15-30 minutes. Place in the refrigerator to cool, and firm, completely.

Once firm, melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl, over a saucepan of simmering water.  Heat the chocolate, stirring frequently, until melted. Cool slightly.  Carefully pour over the caramel. Use an off-set spatula to even the layer and make any desired “wave” or pattern.

Chill to set. Cut into desired bars.  Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Makes about 16, 4-inch sticks.

*If you can’t find fine sugar, place the sugar in the food processor and pulse to make it fine.  Then, measure accordingly.

**semi-sweet works as well



Cravings Sweets

Chocolate Madeleines

Madeleines are one of the desserts that look just as good as they taste. Being known for their soft cake like texture, they originally hail from France and are notorious for their shell-shaped exterior. Traditional recipes call for ground nuts, almonds or even variations of lemon zest for a pronounced lemony taste. However, like most of the things we get our hands on, there are always modern twists on classic favorites. Which is why these Chocolate Madeleines are to die for!

Cravings Sweets

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip is probably the best accessory to a dessert course ever created. This bad boy dip is made from cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla extract and chocolate chips. You could probably serve this with about anything you think of, fruit, pretzels, cake or even ice cream. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip combinations are pretty much limitless! (Thx HowSweetItIs)


Creamy Candy Corn Ice Cream

I’m guessing there are going to be a lot of candy corn inspired desserts in the next few weeks, but why not, candy corn is awesome. In the spirit of Halloween, we have a wonderful creation: Creamy Candy Corn Ice Cream. I’ve had pumpkin pie ice cream and I know it’s amazing, but I can only imagine how good this is. Someone find me some of this stuff. (Thx FPD)