Want It: August 02, 2007

Five Desserts Celebrating the Return of Twinkies

July 16, 2013

Twinkie fans rejoice! The golden sponge cake with cream filling is back after an eight-month hiatus. Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management, the firms that purchased Twinkies and other Hostess products, brought back the popular snack cakes after consumers went into a frenzy when they disappeared off shelves in November of 2012. To celebrate, we put together a Twinkies Pinterest board with our all-time favorite Twinkie recipes. Check out our top 5 below!

Twinkie Recipes 595

1. Twinkie Pie

2. Plankies

3. Twinkie Tiramisu

4. Twinkie Strawberry Shortcake

5. Twinkie Trifle

Do you have a favorite Twinkie recipe? Share it with us in the comments!

put your stamp on it

July 22, 2009

d is for delicious. duh.

Want your party favors to say “you”? Easy enough. Just put your name/initials/face on one of these customizable options perfect for baby and bridal showers, wedding favors and more.

  • M&Ms get personal by dropping the famed Ms in favor of your initials. Go whole hog and select a color scheme to match your wedding party.
  • Personal Wine lets you do the talking with personalized wine labels. Use one of their templates, or create your own.
  • Or create a label to go on anything at all at Beau-coup: candle tins, mint tins, even lip butters.

on the cuff

July 08, 2009

the missing link?

The baby shower world has lots of knickknacks for the new mom-to-be — beauty products, jewelry, scrapbooks, etc. But dads have a way of getting overlooked in the gift department.

Now snazzy dads everywhere can present the newest members of their family by way of these sonogram cuff links. They're subtle, sleek and the perfect way to be a proud dad-to-be.

get the scoop

July 01, 2009

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Like this design? Create an Evite invitation with this image.

I love ice cream novelties. By which I mean, I will happily accept any frozen treat served on a stick, squished between two cookies or served in a small tub with a flat, wooden, totally unhelpful spoon.

I've also just realized that I'm a fan of novelties in the field of ice cream too. Here are three cool ones:

  • Ice Cream Scoop & Stack — These cylinder-shaped scoops look extra fancy and make it far easier to stack on a cone. (Cuisipro)
  • Power Scoop & Well — We all have our tricks for cutting through ice-cold ice cream, but this combo takes it to another level. The microwavable bowl heats up water and keeps it hot (unlike the traditional cup of water method), and the scoop has a pointed tip to dig into the hardest ice cream. (Prepara)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Molds — Wouldn't a good ice cream sandwich taste even better if it were shaped like a star or a heart? Sounds hard, but these molds seem to make it easy: First you use them to cut the cookie shapes, then you use the press to make the ice cream middle. (Tovolo)

popcorn roasting on an open fire...

June 25, 2009

pop life, everybody needs a thrill

We all know what happens when you mix graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows with an open fire. Answer: magic.

Attempt the same feat in your kitchen and you get something pretty great, but it's not the same. So, does the same hold true when you take popcorn out of the kitchen? With this Grill Popper from Nordic Ware and a campfire or outdoor grill, you can find out.

Bring it camping, tailgating, to the backyard grill. And that mesh lid? It becomes your serving bowl. Awesome!

Chickens are the new black

June 23, 2009

oh. mah. bleGAAAAAWK!

Sure, the Obamas planted a Victory Garden, and these days urban and backyard gardeners from Brooklyn to the Midwest to San Fran are impressing their guests with salsas and salads plucked from their own sunny plots.

But can a tomato plant decorate your party? Will it entertain your guests? Certainly not. That’s where chickens come in. They’re budget-friendly — we paid $11 for each of them, plus a coop — and they even supply food!

Plus, chickens bring:

  • An element of drama. Where will they run next? What are they scratching at? Can I pet them?
  • The ultimate eco-friendly appetizers. From the backyard to the kitchen, there is no carbon footprint for fabulous deviled eggs!
  • Coolest kid on the block status. Sure, your friends have the newest iPhone, but chickens? That’s the next level.
  • Children love chickens! For petting, have an adult hold the chicken, beak facing away, while the tyke pats the smooth back feathers. Kids love chasing them too; don’t sweat it, chickens outrun little ones. Warning: My birds peck at beak-level food; when kids eat ice cream cones, put your feathered friends in the coop.

Ultimate, No Carbon Footprint Deviled Eggs!
Match the herb to the cuisine you’re serving. Going Greek? Add oregano. Good old American? Chives or dill will do. Italian? Try basil.

  • 1 dozen fresh eggs
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (low-fat will taste just as good)
  • 1 teaspoon. dried herb of your choice, plus a dash for sprinkling (got fresh? Use about 3 times as much, minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Place eggs in pot; add cold water until eggs are covered by an inch. Bring to boil over high heat. Cover, remove from heat and let sit 17 minutes. Fill a large bowl with ice cubes and water. Transfer eggs to bowl, and chill until cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes (this makes eggs easier to peel and prevents the dark coloring around the yolk).

Crack shells gently; peel, rinsing if necessary to remove shell. Slice each egg in half lengthwise. Transfer yolks to medium bowl and whites to platter.

Using back of fork, break up yolks. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon dried herb and mustard; stir to blend thoroughly. Correct seasoning if necessary.

Using small spatula or spoon, portion yolk mixture evenly into halved whites. Sprinkle yolk mixture with herbs and serve.

Serves 12 as appetizer

let me see ya grill

June 12, 2009

hot dog, we have a weiner!

I can't believe I missed this item when I was putting together my BBQ wish list. Thanks to Uncrate for letting me know about the Motorized Hot Dog Griller from Brookstone.

No more scorch marks. No more hot dogs that are raw on one side and blackened on the other. These dogs (or sausages, veggie dogs, brats) spin and cook to perfection without your having to lift a finger, thanks to a built-in electric motor.

Plus, the rotisserie sits a few inches above your grill so you don't lose valuable space for other food. Awesome.

firecracker, firecracker, boom boom boom

June 02, 2009

boom boom boom, let's go back to my room

Chocolate plays an important role in many holiday celebrations: Christmas advent calendars, Hanukkah gelt, Valentine's Day heart-shaped boxes, Easter bunnies and everything worth trading for on Halloween.

But what about July 4th? Must we declare our independence from chocolatey goodness on Independence Day? No, I say. NO!

Chuao's Firecracker chocolate bar looks like the right candy for the job. The bar's taste sensations make it a good fit for the holiday — take a nibble and you'll be making all the same noises people make when watching fireworks displays.

Oooh: first you taste rich, dark chocolate with a hint of salt to brighten the flavor
Ahhh: then chipotle adds a mild, smoky spice that complements the chocolate
Ohhh: popping candy crackles when you bite into it and creates fizzing and popping sensations in the back of your throat

bbq pdq!

May 29, 2009

slip sliding away...

It's time to update the BBQ wish list I started last summer. I've been a very good girl this year, and I hope the BBQ fairy rewards me with lots of eye-catching, mouth-watering 'cue delights.

Each year about this time, I turn to grill gods like Steven Raichlen, America's Test Kitchen and the slightly less famous but no less awesome grillmasters in my own life to see what they're grilling, which gadgets they're wielding and how they end sentences that start, "I wish there were a grill tool that...."

Here's what is lighting my fire at the start of this year's grilling season:

  • Large Silicone Basting Brush = your new baste friend. How does it beat the standard bristle brush? It resists odor, can stand temps of up to 600 degrees, doesn't get all clumpy and looks brand new after a run through the dishwasher — or a quick swim in some soapy water. (OXO)
  • ‘Slider’ Mini-Burger Tools (basket, burger press and cutter) make small burgers with maximum ease and adorableness. Take the trend toward mini comfort food and add grilled burgers you can shape and cook in a flash and what does that equal? BBQ S-U-C-C-E-S-S.  (Sur La Table)
  • Monogrammed steak brand. You heard me. We're talking a branding iron you use to ID your meat. Do you need one? Maybe not. Do you want one? Of course you do, cowboy. (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Wine barrel staves once formed a barrel that held red wine and now are ready to be tossed on your grill to add red wine nuances as well as oak. You like a little smoke in your red wine, don't you? Well, now you can add a little wine to your smoke. (The Steven Raichlen Store)

Pair these grilling gadgets with a BBQ-themed Evite invitation like the one below.

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do you give it the green light?

May 13, 2009

let me grill next to your fire

BBQ. Three tiny letters that promise bold flavors, enticing scents and good times outdoors.

Barbecuing always tops your list of favorite summer get-togethers, and this UGO FlameDisk we spotted on Springwise might just be a new reason to fire up the grill as the weather gets warmer.

Not only is this charcoal alternative eco-friendly, thanks to recyclable aluminum and renewable ethanol, it also claims to heat up in minutes, cool down quickly when you're done cooking and provide you easy clean-up since there's no ash or soot to deal with.

It's sold online, in supermarkets and at hardware stores for under $5. So, what do you think, grilling purists? Are you willing to give this Frisbee-looking disk a spin at your picnics and tailgating parties?