Live Candy Cane Making Demo at Tuck’s Candy Shop

Last week I had the pleasure of checking out one of my favorite holiday traditions – the candy cane making demonstration at Tuck’s Candy Shop! Located about an hour’s drive north of Boston (and accessible by commuter rail with a short walk), Rockport is on the tip of Cape Ann, Massachusetts.  You have likely seen…

Eating Your Way Through Autumn

So I’m taking a short break from dissertation editing and fretting about academic life to notice that the Red Sox are winning things and apparently it is Fall already. Hello outside world! While anything with pumpkin typically wins the “eating your way through Autumn” award, I’d like to suggest a couple alternatives. This morning while…

Robin’s Candy Shop, aka Willy Wonka for Adults

Not long ago while window shopping on Newbury Street, my friends and I were thrilled to randomly run across a new candy store called Robin’s Candy Shop. Their original location is in Great Barrington, MA.  The entrance Fun chairs for lounging outside Robin’s features “old-fashioned candies of yesteryear” and I’d say mission accomplished. Robin’s has…

The Jimmies Story

All you ever wanted to know about jimmies or sprinkles but were afraid to ask. An excerpt: When I mentioned jimmies, the long-established localism for chocolate sprinkles, in a recent column, it was just as a passing example; I didn’t mean to reopen an etymological can of worms. But a few days later, along came…

Sportello: Come for Dinner, Stay for Dessert

I was eager to try Sportello, a new Italian counter cafe in South Boston (Fort Point area) after hearing Barbara Lynch speak at the Boston Book Festival (full presentation description and other presenters here). In fact, there was a special Zagat guide printed just for the event: The more I hear about her and read…

Real Sugar is the New Sugar

http://www.flickr.com/photos/leonardlow/ / CC BY 2.0 No, really. At least, real sugar is the new way to savor sugar according to Corby Kummer, an Atlantic senior editor and curator of the food channel on theatlantic.com. In his article titled “Sugar and Spice,” Corby is delighted to learn that our beloved Necco Wafers has some special news:…

It’s Beginning to Taste a Lot Like Autumn

If you find yourself near Peet’s Coffee anytime soon, you lucky Brooklinite or Newtonite, I highly recommend picking up a bag of their seasonal goodies. In particular I am in love with their new Pumpkin Spice Caramel candies: At first they seem like they will be hard candies but in fact are not. I was…