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Brownie Brittle: New Holiday Varieties Are Here!

Brownie Brittle Holiday Selection
All Photos By Gail

Do you have a favorite snack that tastes so delicious, you literally cannot believe how good it is? And maybe you buy a bag of that snack, and sit with the entire bag in your lap and just eat and eat until there’s nothing left in the bag except crumbs, but then you pour the crumbs out of the bag into your hand and lick them off of your palm? Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about.

For me, the sweet snack that makes my head explode is Brownie Brittle, which I first discovered at a food show about three years ago. If you are not yet hip to the Mother of all Sweet Snacks, let me explain that Brownie Brittle is a cookie-like baked treat that tastes like the well-done edges of the Brownie where the batter meets the pan. There are a few lame imitators out there but Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle is the original, and it is just insane.

Brownie Brittle Bites

Brownie Brittle comes in a varierty of delicious regular flavors that are available in your local market year-round, but during the Holiday Season each year they come out with few new, seasonal varieties and they always hook me up, because Brownie Brittle is my Holiday snack time jam. This year is no exception. Let me give you a quick run down of these irresistible, available for a-limited-time-only treats so you can add them to your holiday shopping list

Salted Caramel

The salted caramel chocolate treat is still very much on-trend again, and Browne Brittle leads the charge this Holiday season with its Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle with a Dark Chocolate Drizzle — for added festiveness! Some of you may not know that adding salt to chocolate does not make the treat taste saltier, but rather it enhances the flavor, and makes it taste like the most delicious chocolate on the planet. I brought a bag of Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle to the office to share with my team, and not only was it was devoured within minutes, but my co-workers simply would not shut up about how amazing it was. They are still talking about it.

Chocolate Chip BB

Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle — a year-round favorite — gets all dressed up for Santa with the addition of a little sweet white drizzle on top. Check it out!

Chocolate Chip BB

This particular variety of crunchy, chocolaty goodness is really special when broken up over a dish of ice cream with maybe some Trader Joe’s frozen cherries tossed in for good measure. Yummy.

Thindulgent

Things start to get a little crazy with what they are calling Thindulgent Dark Chocolate Bark, which is Mint Brownie Brittle pieces covered in dark chocolate, topped with peppermint flakes and a white chocolate drizzle. Sassy! Bring this to the Holiday Party and make lots of friends!

Dark Chocolate with Peppermint

Also brand new this year are Brownie Brittle Bites, which combine the best parts of  candy and cookies all in one outrageously indulgent morsel. Kill me!

Brownie Brittle Bites Peppermint

Imagine Junior Mints wrapped around layers of crunchy Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle and you get the idea. Verdict: Out of Control.

Milk Chocolate Caramel BB Bites

Brownie Brittle Bites also come in Milk Chocolate Caramel in case you do not have diabetes yet. All of these varieties of delicious Brownie Brittle cone in a festive resealable, snowflake-print pouch, with bow on it and everything, so you don’t even need to wrap it! Find a store near you that sells Brownie Brittle, or buy it online, at This Link!

Chocolate Chip with Plate

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Lindor Seasonal Truffles, The Perfect Holiday Confection Gift!

Lindor Truffle Display
Photos By Gail Except Where Obvious

Holiday chocolates are, seriously, the absolute best, amiright? I realize that Halloween has only just passed, and admonishing cries of “too soon” fill the air when we start going on about Christmas, when that day seems so far away at this point. But the truth is that seasonal confections are called ‘seasonal’ for a good reason. Holiday goodies are generally only available in stores for a limited time —  and if you snooze, you lose! At any rate, you can use the excuse that it is never too early to plan!

Lindor Truffle Display

If you are like me, one of your favorite holiday treats is the Lindor Truffle; the creamiest, most luscious chocolatey morsel you can buy for an outrageously reasonable price. So, imagine how difficult it has been for me to not yet have written about the new Lindor Truffle Holiday Flavors, especially since I’ve known about them since this past summer! You should thank me for showing such restraint. Yes, it was way back in July that I attended a holiday gift guide event (where these festive photos were taken) and had the chance to taste all of the new Lindor Truffle varieties that are making a limited-engagement appearance in stores just in time for your holiday parties and gift giving. Take a look!

Lindor Pumpkin Spice

Lindor Pumpkin Spice Truffles: A delicate milk chocolate shell envelops an irresistibly smooth pumpkin spice truffle filling. In keeping with the ubiquitous pumpkin spice craze that start as soon as there’s a chill in the air, these truffles have been available at retailers nationwide since August. SRP: $6.99

Lindor Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles

Lindor White Chocolate Peppermint Truffles: These delightful truffles feature a delicate white chocolate shell infused with peppermint pieces that envelops an irresistibly smooth peppermint truffle filling. I brought the sample bag I received at the show to the office to share with my co-workers, and everyone went crazy for them! SRP: $6.99

Lindor Peppermint Cookie Milk Chocolate Truffles

Lindor Peppermint Cookie Truffles arrive in wildly festive Lindor package design that’s so gorgeous, you don’t even have to wrap it! Just stick a bow on this bag that contains Lindor Milk Chocolate truffles infused with Peppermint and Chocolate Cookie Pieces. Insane! These Truffles are available exclusively at Target stores for just  $4.49 per bag. Totally worth a subway ride to Target, I say! pick up a few extra bags for last minute gifts!

Find out more about Lindor Truffles and the entire line of fine Lindt brand Swiss chocolates, and shop online, at This Link! Happy Holidaze!

Lindor Holiday Truffes

Demeter Fragrances: Smells Like Home For The Holidays!

A picture may be worth a thousand words, and a favorite song may inspire a wave of sweet nostalgia, but when it comes to the five senses there really is nothing like the power of smell memory for full-on transportation to the past. With their introduction of ready-to-wear scents of classic, everyday objects such as Grass, Leather and Crayons, Demeter Fragrance Library is a leader in the fragrance industry with their continuously evolving, cutting edge collection of scents. Now that the holidays are upon us, Holiday-inspired scents are more popular than ever, and Demeter has a collection that will take you right back to the aromas of fresh-baked treats wafting from your Mom’s kitchen, even if you’re now living across the country. Here are a few of the seasonal scents we like.

Christmas in New York City is a special time in a special place. It took the genius of Demeter Fragrance Library to capture that specialness in scent: Egg Nog, Spices, Apples and Roasting Chestnuts, all the elements that are uniquely New York at Christmas-time. This is a bold, cold weather scent that will instantly make you feel warm all over.

One of my very favorite Holiday scents is the invigorating pine smell of fresh-cut Christmas Trees. Even if your home is too small for a holiday tree, Demeter’s Christmas Tree cologne will infuse your being with Happy Tree memories all year long. The sweet and spicy scents of Gingerbread, Cinnamon Bark and Eggnog may inspire you to get busy with your holiday baking while subtler, ambient scents like Snow, Mistletoe and Fireplace comfort your senses while allowing you to bring a bit of the Winter Wonderland with you wherever you go.

Demeter Fragrances are priced to own and give as gifts, for as little as $10 for a .29 oz. Roll On Perfume Oil that can be tucked into your purse or a 1 oz. Spray Cologne for just $20. Please visit Demeter Fragrance Dot Com for more holiday-priced fragrance specials and to place an order!

Fashion Bug 2012 Seasonal Preview: Vibrant Colors and Easy Styles!


Fashion Bug Means “More Trend and Less Spend” (All Photos By Anne Raso. Click on Any Image to Enlarge)

NYC may be gearing up for months of colder weather, but Fashion Bug is already thinking ahead with an exciting preview of their late winter/early spring 2012 line that will have you planning your next cruise or beach vacation before you’ve even donned your winter coat for the first time! On Tuesday, October 25th, we had a chance to preview Fashion Bug’s upcoming line, including a wide array colorful and versatile dresses, skirts, sweaters, pants, tops and accessories – all due for release between February and April of 2012. They’ve even got a large size variety of choices for the plus-sized ladies out there. Here are just few of the new styles we saw and are already dying to own and wear!


Build Your Signature Looks from One of a Kind Prints and Patterns!

There are so many great reasons to love Fashion Bug. Not only are the clothes beautiful looking, comfortable, quality clothes that are made to fit and flatter any woman’s body, but the very reasonable prices (hardly anything is over $40) make expanding your wardrobe so affordable. It’s worth noting that all Fashion Bug textiles are exclusive to the retailer so you won’t find clothes like these anywhere else.


What an Awesome Bag!

We also love that the Bug sells every type of accessory – amazing costume jewelry, shoes and purses – to custom style any look. Also featured in Monday’s preview were several new looks pulled from Fashion Bug’s recently launched Juniors line, Loop 18 (available in sizes 9 to 27). Offering a youthful, vibrant take on everyday casuals, the Loop 18 collection is fashion-forward focused and features more body conscious fits to accommodate the current styles and trends favored by today’s young woman.


Maxi Dresses are In!


Look For These Styles Close to Easter 2012

All fashions seen in this post and many more will be available starting in February 2012 both online at Fashion Bug Dot Com and in Fashion Bug’s retail stores.