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    October 2, 2014
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    April 9, 2014

    Recipe Wednesday: Chocolate crackles

    Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with a spacious kitchen. They often bring some of their market's best ingredients home with them and cook up a feast, and when they're not cooking at home, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Five Denver restaurants that pour beer in their sweets

    Beer is a very liquid asset in Colorado, stocked not just behind the bars in local restaurants, but often appearing in the food. As a follow-up to our list of ten Denver restaurants that use beer in their savory dishes, we searched the city's pastry cases for ways in which Denver restaurants get cre ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    Black Star Chocolates tweaks truffle recipe for a win at the 2013 Colorado Chocolate Festival

    Chocolatiers Andrew Starr and Jennifer Spielman of Colorado-based Black Star Chocolates weren't satisfied with the first version of their lemongrass-kaffir lime-coconut truffle -- specifically, how the chocolate overpowered the filling flavors -- so they made some changes in time for the 2013 Colora ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Peteybird Ice Cream Sandwiches wheels into downtown

    In April, "ice cream-sandwich enthusiast" Peter Bredemann donned hot-pink sunglasses, hot-pink fannyback and hot-pink flip-flops and started pedaling a hot-pink, three-wheel bike around Denver, peddling ice cream sandwiches. Now from noon to 2 p.m. every Monday through Friday, Peteybird Ice Cream Sa ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Cooking with Pete and Barb Marczyk: Chocolate bundt cake

    Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them and cook up a feast. Despite the fact that Valentine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Ikea's snack attack: Why is Swedish mustard so effin' good?

    After an afternoon of shopping for cheap to moderately-priced unassembled end tables and bathroom shelves at Ikea -- a trip that usually lasts into the early evening if you start on the top floor -- there is one last spot you really can't miss: the Swedish food market. This section of the store is a ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012
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    April 27, 2012

    Restaurants partner with AIA Colorado architects for Delicious Designs

    April is Colorado Architecture Month, but the celebration isn't limited to concrete and steel structures. The American Institute of Architecture's Colorado branch has partnered with five local restaurants on Delicious Designs, to show how architecture affects "where we live, work, play... and even e ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Milk and cookies with Lefthand's nitro stout and some Chocolove

    I had a case of the munchies the other day and knew from experience that chocolate chip cookies would cure it. An old neighbor and I used to get "safe" on a fairly regular basis (for more on safety, follow my man William Breathes) and as cliche as it sounds, the chocolate chip cookies he'd randomly ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012
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    January 27, 2012

    Five places to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day

    Time to get your sugar high, Denver. Today is National Chocolate Cake Day, which is an excellent reason to stop into a favorite spot for a slab of something rich, delicious and, above all, packed with chocolate. Need a suggestion? Here are five places that will give you a fix.

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Black Star Chocolates makes sweet chocolate lust -- one batch at a time.

    Andrew Starr is a choc-tease. He and his chocolatier partner, Jennifer Spielman, own Black Star Chocolates, and they create exciting, luscious and downright sensual confections. Since their chocolate creations are handmade, small-batch and filled with fresh, seasonal herbs and flowers, thought, they ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Sweet! The 2011 Colorado Chocolate Festival

    J. WohletzNaughty, naughty chocolate sauce.​Not all festivals are as interesting at the Colorado Chocolate Festival, which a Dana Cain creation that started out with chocolate-covered Twinkies, wine slushes, a guy dressed up like a box of Swiss Miss cocoa, some fine local chocolate makers kic ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Elana Amsterdam releases Gluten-Free Cupcakes

    Marble cupcakes with vegan chocolate frosting.​Elana Amsterdam had been baking healthy, high-protein desserts since the early '90s -- and then in 1998, she was diagnosed with celiac disease. One thing seemed to lead to another, and the delicious result is the local author's latest work, Gluten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Piece, Love & Chocolate opens in Boulder

    Piece, Love & Chocolate​Sarah Amorese fell in love with chocolate when she lived in Amsterdam. "My boss used to bring Belgian chocolates back to the office," she says. "And my husband -- boyfriend at the time -- and I did a lot of business trips through Europe. We used to visit every pastry an ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Chocolate Lovers' Lounge at Hyatt Regency Denver opens today

    ​How sweet it is! Starting today and continuing through Monday, February 14 -- yes, Valentine's Day -- the Hyatt Regency Denver , 650 15th Street, will feature the aptly named Chocolate Lovers' Lounge in the Peaks Lounge.

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    August 26, 2010

    Nathan Miller exits head pastry chef post at The Kitchen to launch a line of chocolate

    ​When head pastry chef Nathan Miller's last day at The Kitchen, 1039 Pearl Street, rolls around, it will mark, almost to the day, his sixth anniversary working at the restaurant -- six years of decadent sticky toffee pudding; six years of rich soufflé-like pot au chocolate; and six years of f ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Getting sticky at TAG

    Liz KellermeyerSticky toffee deliciousness​Warm sticky toffee cake, made with fresh dates and topped with caramel sauce and bourbon butterscotch ice cream, might seem better suited to a chilly autumn afternoon, but as the summer months settle in, don't expect the dessert to disappear from the ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Howard Shapiro, chief agronomist for Mars, dishes on good-for-you chocolate

    Mars Chocolate North AmericaHoward Shapiro wants to change the face of chocolate across the planet.​You might think that Mars -- one of the world's biggest candy companies -- and sustainability would be mutually exclusive concepts. But that just means you haven't met Howard Shapiro, the chief ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Sugar High: Olivea

    Liz KellermeyerChocolate and fleur de sel caramel tart with milk chocolate gelato and nougatine crunch. Oh, yes.​If your New Year's resolutions have you off the sugar, this post isn't for you. If, however, you've instead vowed to be more mindful of the quality of your indulgences and are keeping ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Sugar High: Cake and shake at D Bar Desserts

    Liz Kellermeyer​ Even though Keegan Gerhard and his wife, Lisa Bailey, opened D Bar Desserts, 1475 East 17th Avenue, just under two years ago, it took about two minutes for the sugar house to emerge as one of the city's premiere dessert spots. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner Monday through ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Sugar High: Sugar Bakeshop doughnuts and Sweet Action hot chocolate float

    Liz Kellermeyer​Welcome to the first installment of our new feature, Sugar High. Check back here every Friday to see where we indulged our sweet tooth during the week.   Granted, the chilly weather doesn't make an ice cream shop immediately leap to mind when considering where to warm the b ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Under Fire: Dishinthesis -- from the brain to the plate

    ​ Our former Cafe Society intern just decided to chuck college in favor of a real education: as a sous chef. In Under Fire, he chronicles his daily trials and tribulations in the kitchen. This is a story about how a dish makes it from my mangled mind onto the plate for service. And yes, it inv ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    Candy Girls: 5th Avenue

    Liz Kellermeyer​ 5th Avenue candy bars have been around since 1936, but we've yet to pull one off the shelf and indulge. The reason why is unclear, though we guess it has something to do with not having any idea what this candy is all about, from its providence to its flavor combinations.  We ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Lori Midson​I am not, nor have I ever been, a sweets person. For the most part, chocolate does absolutely nothing for me, although I do have an affinity for Vosges milk chocolate bar with smoked bacon. Because, you know, it's BACON. But you could pretty much shove a box of chocolates, a bowl of ca ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Candy Girls: Crackheads

    Liz KellermeyerWe must be looking a little tired around the office, because a co-worker recently bestowed this candy upon us. Hey, we don't look gift horses in the mouth, we just put them in our mouths. The gifts, that is. The candy.  Maybe we need a couple more of these...

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    June 25, 2009
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    April 24, 2009

    Name the candy in the poopy-looking diaper

    Aubrey's expecting her first baby any day now, and at a recent shower her friends presented her and other shower-goers with the following challenge: Identify the chocolate bar that has been melted down in a diaper to look like really disgusting poo. While we certainly all hope that her baby's dirt ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Candy Girls: IKEA Chocolate Bars

    Last week, Aubrey was off cavorting in San Diego while Liz was stuck at home, forced to sample some of the grossest candy in Candy Girls' history. It wasn't all fun and games for Aubrey, however, as she had promised to bring back strange and unknown treats from IKEA and Trader Joe's for us to sample ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Candy Girls: Shaman Chocolates

    We recently heard about organic chocolate bars from Shaman Chocolates, and were eager to try out these chocolates for a good cause: 100 percent of the profits go to support the Huichol Indians in the Sierra Madre mountains in central Mexico, and sales of the Fair Trade-certified chocolate have alrea ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Candy Girls: The Shoppe--Valentine's Day Specials

    We know that cupcakes aren't technically candy, but luckily we've found a loophole around that for Valentine's Day. The Shoppe, at 3103 East Colfax Avenue, is celebrating the holiday with a variety of adorable and delicious cupcakes all dressed up and masquerading as Valentine's candy. But these are ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Candy Girls: Urban Pantry

    Friends had been telling us about the unique candy and other goodies at Urban Pantry, 1242 South Broadway, and with the holidays approaching we decided to stop by and see if the Pantry stocked treats that might make good gifts. But nothing could have prepared us for the bounty of unusual delicacies ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Candy Girls: Flake and Curly Wurly bars

    So Candy Girls is cheating a little this week by devouring some tasty treats from across the pond that aren't technically new. But what better time of year to revisit foreign favorites, especially if you're looking for fun and economical gifts for loved ones? We got these at the House of Commons En ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008

    Chocolate Factory

    Grab a golden ticket to one of the sweetest festivals in Colorado.

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    November 21, 2008

    Candy Girls: Godiva European Dessert Truffles

    With fall upon us and turkey day fast approaching, I've started to think of some of my favorite, festive holiday treats. Candy canes? Sure. Pumpkin pie? Love it. Pecan pie? Yum. But none of them belong on the Candy Girls blog. Luckily, I found out that Godiva Chocolatier makes truffle versions of ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008

    Candy Girls: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

    With Halloween fast approaching, the Candy Girls found themselves craving the delicious fall treat of caramel apples. They knew that Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory always had heaps of beautifully covered apples on display, but they never could have imagined the true bounty of caramel, chocolate an ... More >>

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    October 13, 2008

    White Chocolate Grill opens today in Park Meadows

    Damn the economy -- full speed ahead! The Vistas at Park Meadows Mall gains another restaurant today when White Chocolate Grill opens at 4 p.m. Although the name seems to promise a fried-ice-cream-like experience, White Chocolate's menu actually includes a full range of American dishes, from fresh ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    Candy Girls: M&M's Premiums

    I've been hearing about these new "upscale" M&M's for awhile, and have been really eager to try them since our earlier foray into new M&M's flavors had gotten mixed reviews. We really enjoyed the Limited Edition Wild Cherry M&M's, but the Indiana Jones Special Edition Mint Crisps just tasted wrong t ... More >>

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    September 15, 2008

    Milking It: Double Chocolate Cookie Crisp

    Double Chocolate Cookie Crisp General Mills Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: Corn discs sprayed with cocoa-flavored confectionery coating and speckled with dark blobs meant to suggest chocolate chips -- and from a distance, they really do resemble them. Close up, however, they l ... More >>

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    August 1, 2008

    Candy Girls: Limited Edition Wild Cherry M&M's

    We found this mysterious pack of Wild Cherry M&M's tucked away in the wrong box at our local Walgreens. There didn't seem to be a display of them, and a search for like packages proved fruitless. We also haven't run across them in any other stores, leaving us wondering about the origins of our mys ... More >>

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    July 25, 2008
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    July 11, 2008

    Candy Girls: The Chocolate Therapist

    When the Candy Girls caught wind of a chocolate therapist in town, we knew this was something we were destined to investigate. Turns out Julie Pech is an author and lecturer living in Denver who has launched a career speaking to groups about the health benefits of chocolate. Additionally, once a m ... More >>

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    May 30, 2008

    Candy Girls: Dietrich's Chocolate & Espresso

    This week, the Candy Girls went out on assignment to Dietrich's at 1734 East Evans Avenue in the University area. Having heard of the shop's rich, decadent treats, we had to do a sampling of all of the fresh, homemade chocolates that owner Erich Dietrich makes at his store. Dietrich has been in Denv ... More >>

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    May 23, 2008

    Candy Girls: Original Peanut Chew

    This week we have a special guest commentator, J "I love grandpa candy" Kellermeyer. That's not really his middle name, but it sure is what we like to call him. J is a connoisseur of all sorts of candy that you probably thought they stopped making in 1953. He's been known to eat Bit-O-Honey and Mary ... More >>

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    October 5, 2007
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    December 2, 2004

    Drink of the Week

    Mint Chocolate Chip Martini

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    March 29, 2001

    Best Chocolates

    Sweet Rockin' Coffee

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