Tag Archives: chocolate

Nanaimo bars

I was browsing food blogs looking for inspiration for Olympic-themed cookies or cupcakes to take with me to an Opening Ceremonies gathering, when I saw a treat that looked awfully familiar.

Nanaimo bars!
Or, at least, that’s what the blogs were calling them.
To me, they looked suspiciously like Prayer Bars, one of my favorite holiday treats growing [...]

You can’t beat a Babka

I first heard about babka on Seinfeld…

…but it was my friend Kendra who really introduced me to this soft buttery bread filled with rich chocolate smear (Yes, you can make it with a cinnamon filling, too, but I agree with Elaine: A cinnamon babka is a lesser babka.) when she was working at a bakery [...]

Finding chocolate in E. Iowa

Gazette file photo
A tray of chocolates at Chocolate Haus in Amana.
Where do you go for really great Valentine’s chocolate in Eastern Iowa? Skip the pre-prepackaged stuff at the big box stores and try treats from one of our local shops:
Simply Divine in Cedar Rapids
Betty Jane Candies in Cedar Rapids
Sweetopia in Hiawatha
Temptations Fine Candies in Atkins and [...]