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Sweets

Carvel Debuts New Salted Caramel Soft Serve with Pieces of Heath Toffee Bar

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Real, actual pieces of salted caramel are a rich and toothy winter dessert — perfect for melting into cozy mugs of hot chocolate. But for when you need a sweet and salty fix in April, Carvel’s new soft serves and sundaes are just the thing to have you feeling all warm and fuzzy without actually being warm and fuzzy.

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Available now through June 29, the new Salted Caramel line features three distinct offerings: a Salted Caramel Soft Serve, Fresh Scooped Salted Caramel with pieces of Heath Toffee Bar, and a Salted Caramel Heath Sundae Dasher, which alternates layers of Salted Caramel Soft Serve with layers of whipped cream, caramel sauce, and Heath Toffee Bar.

Enjoy some during long walks on the beach, in the park, at an outdoor shopping mall. No fuss or gimmicks, this is ice cream at its most simply indulgent.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Apparently, this Wine Contains Drowned Baby Mice

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So, some weird things have been put forward in the name of health.  Everybody has a friend with a wacky hangover cure that involves raw eggs and orange juice, or a parent who practically shoves weird family cures down your throat every time you get sick. And of course, we all have that aunt who insists that Baby Mice Wine is the cure to everything. What? No? You guys don’t have a aunt like that? Nevermind.

This drink, speculated by many to be of Chinese origin, can also be found  in ancient Korea. The mice-infused wine is considered to be a health tonic, a cure-all to anything from liver disease to asthma. The story goes that villagers who couldn’t afford better medicine would drink it instead. Although there is no significant research proving its medical benefits (yet), others still put forward the claim that Baby Mice Wine holds medicinal properties.

When making Baby Mice Wine, one needs a) rice wine, and b)  a maximum of 3-day-old mice. Dozens of itty bitty tiny baby mice are bottled up, drowned alive in the wine and left to brew. After about 12 to 14 months  they are “safe” to drink.  One has to be careful in the construction of the wine. If not collected properly the mice will contaminate your drink, yikes.  Some have reported the wine to taste like gasoline, which only goes to prove that the type of people who would drink Baby Mice Wine are also the same type of people crazy enough to drink gasoline.

While not the strangest thing we’ve covered on our site, it’s definitely a contender.

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Sweets

Carvel Unveils New Heath, Reese’s and Oreo Sundaes

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Carvel announces their new Sundae Dashers for Fall, so you might as well carry over your ice cream budget from this summer. The new lineup includes delicious ice cream treats made with some of your favorites – Reese’s, OREO and Heath.

The Heath Sundae Dasher packs soft serve ice cream stacked with multiple layers of Heath milk chocolate toffee bar chunks, drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream. The Reese’s Sundae Dasher follows a similar recipe, but features Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups pieces drizzled with chocolate sauce and finished off with whipped cream.

Being a fan favorite, the OREO Sundae Dasher has been granted an extended availability. This creation combines soft serve ice cream with multiple layers of delicious OREO cookie pieces, fudge and whipped cream. These limited edition flavors are available until December 31 but we advise not to wait until the last day of the year!

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Recipes

Toffee Chip Cookies

By the time I decide I want to make cookies, I have passed the point of deciding that I want to eat them, so I’m already behind. In fact, I don’t think I even want to make them so much as I just want to eat them, and making them is just a necessary evil in order to get my fix, and if one thing is out of place, my motivator gets busted and I just go sit down defeated instead.

I open the refrigerator door and pull out my two rock-hard sticks of butter, and I’m already sad. I don’t know about you, but my cravings come fast and they come strong. My motivation, on the other hand, comes in small in small short-lived bursts.  What is there to do but wait for this butter to soften? Motivation… dwindling. Excitement… dying. By the time that butter is soft, chances are I’ve moved on to bigger and better things…

But melted butter? You mean I don’t have to wait for it soften? I don’t have to cream it? I don’t have to drag my heavy Kitchen Aid out and plop it on the counter (or give BF my “I’m sad and helpless” face for him to do it for me)?  That’s it, I’m in. If this recipe was a success it would be a victory for many future cookie recipes to come. If this recipe was a success, I would be able to make infinite melted-butter-cookie variations!

I know the suspense is killing you… WAS IT A SUCCESS? Well, only if you love sweet, chewy, chocolatey, toffee-y, cookies. (Um, that’s a “yes” for those of you who are still not sure). These things go like hotcakes, so you might want to double up the recipe.

Toffee Chip Cookies

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  • 2 1/4 C AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • ¾ C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 11(ish) oz of chocolate covered toffee chip (or chunks)

1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Whisk in vanilla and melted butter until sugar starts to dissolve.

3. Add eggs, stirring until the mixture thickens slightly. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined; stir in toffee chips.

4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap (I press mine to the surface to avoid drying out the dough) and chill in refrigerator for two hours.

5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

6. Drop dough in rounded tablespoons onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden and tops have just started to crack, about 10 minutes.

7. Allow to cool on baking sheet set on a cooling rack. Once cooled, transfer to an airtight container.

Tips

*I baked this batch with an Oxo “Small” Cookie Scoop – which scoops 2 teaspoons of dough, yielding a 2″-diameter cookie. I find that when I try to make larger cookies with this dough, they don’t come out as pretty, just in case presentation is important to you 😉

*Being of an impatient nature, I will usually skip the “chilling” process for cookies, but since this dough uses melted butter I decided it was important to chill. If you want to cut down the chill time you can scoop the dough onto cookie sheets first, then put them in the fridge or freezer until chilled. 

 *If you only want to bake a few, scoop extra dough into balls and put on a plate or baking sheet. Place in the freezer 20 mins, then transfer to a ziploc bag and place back into freezer. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375F and add a couple extra minutes to the baking time. 

*If you’re feeling motivated (or have some angry feelings to resolve) smash or cut your toffee bars yourself into toffee chips (should take about 8), if not just buy the pre-smashed Heath Toffee Chips at the store

[ Adapted from Serious Eats ]