In line at the grocery store I spot a Snickers bar, a dark chocolate Snickers bar AND an almond Snickers. We used to have a cat named Snickers, but that doesn’t have anything to do with this post. I decided to get all 3 and conduct a little taste test. Before beginning the tasting I tried to guess which one I would like the best or if they would just be too different to choose a favorite or if my palate was just not one to properly conduct and judge this kind of contest! Then I realized…they are just Snickers and no one reads your blog ANYWAY! So, the tasting began. I had a glass of water on hand to cleanse my distinguishing palate between bites. I take a bite of original Snickers taking time to savoy the flavors…very comforting and familiar. Sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy. Dark chocolate Snickers…different texture (harder chocolate shell) but similar insides. The dark chocolate does make the flavors a little different, less sweet. Here I go back and forth between original and dark a few times. Then on to almond Snickers which has the least fat and calories of the three! Oh, wait, it is also the smallest in net wt. About 0.25 oz less. Tricky. Now I like this almond variation. The nuts have a crunchier texture than the peanut and, lets face it, almonds are way more sophisticated a nut than the peanut…which is A LEGUME mind you! The verdict is…Snickers Original! Snickers almond is a close second and dark chocolate comes in third. I hope you use this information the next time you find yourself standing in line at your local grocery store.
I completely forgot to post the picture of the completed motorcycle cake we had made for my Dad’s 60th birthday! It was a hit and my Dad really liked the cake. It was quite impressive AND it tasted great as well…a tough thing to do with cake 🙂 Here are a few pictures and the link to the bakery in Austin who made the cake. I highly recommend this bakery. We had the Valrhona chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream…delicious!
I drove to Austin for my sisters 22nd birthday. With Sarah, no trip is complete without a stop at Whole Foods on Lamar. I frequent the coffee bar at Whole Foods where a display case is always full of delicious looking cupcakes. Now, these are not your simple frosted cupcakes. On this Sunday afternoon the case boasted cupcakes that looked like apple pies, hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream sundaes…with a cherry on top! I am usually just an observer of the cupcakes, but when Sarah and I went to pay for our coffees the guy at the check out (who had noticed us drooling on the display case) asked us which cupcake we were going to get…so we got one. The precious cupcake traveled back to Round Rock and was dessert for Sarah and me. Beautiful and impressive…yes. Delicious…not so much. It was edible (and I ate it) but not the moistest cake or the tastiest icing I’ve ever had. The consistency of the cake was more like dry sweet cornbread, much like the cupcake I ate at Cupcake Cafe in New York…also beautiful and unpalatable. I don’t think you have to sacrifice taste for beauty, but this cupcake did.