Chocolate Pretzel Donut

Dunkin Donuts. Hi. Remember that one time our friendship was compromised when you created the vanilla truffle donut? You’ve redeemed yourself when you make the chocolate pretzel, and now, we’re besties again. Yay for forgiveness!

    I’m a sucker for salty and sweet flavor combo in sweets, and it’s an exciting thing. You’ve managed to catch on very well. The donut features a chocolate cake textured donut, fluffy and decadent. Then you guys take it to level 2 with your fancy pretzel bits. But that’s not all. No sir. You guys add caramel. Well played, Dukin Donuts. 

    I love this donut because it has layers of flavors that are both strong and enticing. The chocolate cake almost mimics a dark chocolate depth on the tongue; the caramel is infused with the salt from the pretzels, and the tastebuds comes alive. Thank you. 

    TheTalkingSpoon Yumfactor: 4 tongues and a tastebud. (4 and a half stars out of 5). This has become an addiction. That is all. 

    What are your thoughts? Love it? Dislike it? Wanna marry it like me? Do tell! Don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe. ūüėä

    Recipe Testin’: Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings (Adapted from the Pioneer Woman)

    appleI love Pinterest for its multitude of awesomeness. It’s no surprise it’s an extremely popular interactive vision board many use for ideas on an array of categories–food included. I often utilize Pinterest’s food boards and pins for cool recipes. Deciding after much procrastination to try a perfect fall¬†treat incorporating basic ingredients, I found a simple, yet delectable recipe using sprite, crescent¬†rolls, apple, butter, sugar and¬†cinnamon. The original recipe¬†comes from¬†The Pioneer Woman, whose¬†version includes 2 cans of crescent rolls and Mountain Dew. I had to improvise by adding Sprite and 1 can of crescent rolls, but it did the trick.¬†(Click on this link for the original recipe. This has step-by-step¬†pictures, and some of you may prefer that.)

    The following is Pioneer Woman’s recipe with a few tweaks I added for creativity. It takes 10 minutes to prep, 40-45 minutes to cook (depending on oven and browning) and serves 6-8 people. The recipe is straightforward, the dessert is undeniably scrumptious and this is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 Granny Smith apples
    • ¬†2 cans of original crescent rolls. I used one can and it worked just fine.
    • 2 sticks butter
    • 1 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1¬†teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 8¬†oz/ 1 cup¬†Mountain Dew or sprite.
    • Cinnamon to taste. I added¬†nutmeg as well. (To put it in quantative terms,start with 1/2¬† of¬†1/4 of a tsp. I eyeballed it, and this is the best I’ve got.)

    Directions: (Preheat over to 350 degrees)

    • Peel, core¬†and cut apples into 8 slices. This is an opportune time to use that apple peeler and corer if you have one. If not, it’s a great investment.
    • Open box of crescent rolls, and separate them into triangles. Place dumplings into a 9 x 13 inch pan. I used a round clear pan, lightly greased with butter.
    • Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll, starting from the top of the triangle, rolling downward to the tip of the crescent roll. Secure by applying gentle pressure to create an adhesion.
    • Melt two sticks of butter over medium-low heat. Add vanilla, sugar, and gently stir. Mixture doesn’t have to be smooth.
    • Pour butter and sugar mixture over the apple crescent rolls, thoroughly¬†covering apples. Pour Mountain Dew on the sides of the pan, around the appley crescents.
    • Sprinkle with cinnamon. (I got creative and used¬†nutmeg and sugar in conjunction to cinnamon. I thought a good idea would be¬†apple pie spice¬†or a¬†dash of sugar and ginger for next time.)
    • Place into oven and bake for 40-43 minutes, until apples are soft, butter bubbles and the crescents¬†are golden brown and crispy.

    Serve while warm. Toppings may¬†include: ice cream, whipped cream, or whatever works for you! Why not try¬†both versions/substitutions and incorporate the optional ingredients for variety? I’d love to hear your experiences in your comments.

    Why Eating Ben & Jerry’s Boston Cream Ice Cream Should Be A Sin.

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    Boston Cream Pie Ice Cream

    First off, I don’t literally mean to imply that this ice cream breeches any¬†sanctimonious¬†rituals of daily life, or acts to be a¬†blasphemous¬†force to be reckoned with. Not to mention the looming feelings of guilt I felt after indulging in this delciousness. I’m simply saying that this luxurious ice cream, is sinfully delicious. When I first tasted a spoonful,¬†I felt gluttonous, and became fully aware that if I continue to eat this, I’d be committing one of the 7 deadly sins on a hardcore level. So I stopped before things got too intense. :-/ ¬†(Yay for self-restraint :-D) . Described on the carton as “Boston Cream” flavored ice cream with fudge flakes, swirls of pastry cream and pieces of cake” this flavor reaches to portray magic in each spoonful. To make sure I describe this¬†accurately without too much¬†exaggerated¬†connotations, I’ll break down each flavor, under-current, and note as I recall.

    Firstly, what exactly *is* Boston Cream Pie flavored ice cream? (I don’t mean including the other added

    The dimensions of delicious.

    stuff like the chocolate flakes, the pieces of cake, and the ribbons of creme, but specifically the ice cream base). Now, think about this- Boston cream pie is NOT just a monotone flavor. One must take into account the chocolate glaze, the cakey foundation, and the gooey, custard rich center that makes it all worthwhile. In the context of this ice cream, what should have read in the product description based on what it actually tastes like is as follows:”Rich custard ice cream meets deep pieces of fudge flakes, dancing with ribbons of pastry creme”. Why? because the base of this ice cream is a plain custard- vanilla base. So if anyone is expecting for there to be more in terms of the ice cream, (such as more chocolate flavor) ¬†there you go. That isn’t to say that the smooth custard doesn’t hold up on its own. No. Quite the contrary. The custard undertone is smooth, and performs well with the bittersweet fudge pieces that don’t get left out in the equation of all this bliss. But just when you thought there wasn’t more, more just arrived. Imagine dense and decadent pieces of vanilla pound cake, which take on the richness of the custard ice cream.

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    Custard, creme and a little flake of fudge.

    Finally, as if that doesn’t wow your tastebuds, there are ribbons of pastry creme to tie it all together. It plays hide and seek, because at one portion of the ice cream pint, you may not get any, but then, when you’re expecting a piece of fudge, or a dollop of cake, BOOM! You’re met with a creamy, velvety goop of pastry cream. This is not for the faint of heart. If this description is too intense for you, then I don’t suggest trying this. But then again, whenever I indulge in something that gives me a guilt complex, I tend to intensify it.I appreciate the uniqueness of this flavor and the attention to detail Ben and Jerry’s have done to provide a nice compliment to the Boston Cream Pie. I’m sure this may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it. My only gripe is that there could have been more pieces of cake, or better yet, bigger chunks of cake. Also, since the custard ice cream is representative of the custard center, the ribbons in this ice cream could have been chocolate instead of more custard. I did feel that there was an abundance of custard and pastry creme that really mirrored the other. So, in other words, custard ice cream, chocolate ribbons, and bigger cake chunks. Other than than, it’s a great ice cream.

    Ben & Jerry’s Boston Cream Pie Ice Cream Yumfactor: 4 tongues and a tastebud (4.5 out of 5 stars) This is really rich and delicate, and¬†uniquely fun treat. I’d be curious to try it with chocolate swirls, and more cake chunks. This is what stopped it from being a 5, because the flavors would have been more balanced in my opinion.

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    Wendy’s Wildberry Frosty Shake Review

    Wendy’s is overdosing on wildberries¬†apparently. Berry Almond Salad, Wildberry Iced Tea and now, Wild berry shakes. Thankfully, the salad and the shake is amazing. ¬†Now, let’s continue.

    No fair! Mine didn't have the cool burgundy colored syrup on the whipped cream!

    The consistency of the shake is a creamy, well balanced fusion of ripe strawberries, raspberries and tart blackberries that don’t overpower the overall quality of the treat. It’s thickness is your standard milkshake consistency, but for some reason, reminded my of liquid frozen yogurt. Not a bad thing.

    Here’s Some Yummy Numbers: Nutritional Facts You May Want To Know-

    • Calories-550
    • Total Fat-14 g
    • Trans Fatty Acids- 0.5g
    • Cholesterol-45
    • Sodium 190
    • Carbs-95
    • Fiber-1g
    • Sugar-84g (Not diabetic friendly, unfourtunatley)
    • Protein-11g
    • Calcium-40%
    • Iron-2%
    • Vitamins (A)20%, (C)10%

    Although mine didn’t have the cool syrup on the whipped cream, I’d say this frozen treat is worth a try, not too artificial tasting, though I’m sure artificial ingredients are present, but good enough to be gone in 3 minutes. Not literally, unless you want to experience brain freeze. I believe I paid about $2.29ish for the small size.

    Wendy’s Wildberry Milkshake Yumfactor- 5¬†tongues. This is really good, and I have no complaints. Give it a try!

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