First Impression: Talenti Gelato Vanilla Bean

Hi Guys!

Today, I get to bring to you another first impression of the  Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto; specifically their Vanilla Bean! Initially, I had wanted to try the Tahitian Vanilla Bean but by the time I got back to the store, they only had the regular Vanilla Bean. Since I do not have a car and only Frys ( also known as Krogers) had the flavor for 3.49, I took the rail ( public transportation) to the store and then scurried my patootie home ( well, as fast as the rail could) in 100 + degree weather so that the whole thing did not become mush. Good News: it was softer but not milk so all is well. So, let’s get into this impression, shall we ?

 

Price: 3.49

What’s The Deal: The first thing I noticed was just how creamy & smooth this gelato ( as all gelato) was. Now before we get into taste, I just have to say now that I am the Vanilla Princess -ahem-…in other words I love Vanilla Ice Cream. I love it here, I love it there, I love it anywhere but nowhere *ha*. Okay okay, but really if I go to Dairy Queen, I have to get Vanilla. If I go to Baskins & Robbins, I get Cookies & Cream but the base is Vanilla, of course. If I go to Graeters Ice Cream, then I also get the Cookies & Cream. Even going to the store, make it a French Vanilla, a Homemade Vanilla, a Vanilla Bean…I am a happy individual. So, when I tried Talenti’s gelato, I also had some Blue Bunny Vanilla Bean in my freezer that I had collected on a previous grocery shopping excursion.

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Simply said, Talenti’s Vanilla Bean is quite a subtle treat; the taste of the vanilla base that is the ice cream with the beans is nice and simple. It’s a simple Vanilla Bean. I wouldn’t go to say that the gelato is exploding with exceptional flavor when looked at on a comparatively scale with all of the other makers of the Vanilla Bean flavor but the texture is exceptional.

Would I get it again ? Personally, I would not buy it again but only because Talenti has so many other unique flavors such as the Caramel Cookie Crunch & The Key Lime Pie that I would love to try next.

Until next time,

Bree

 

Sweetploring at The Phoenix Public Market

Hi Guys,

Are YOU ready for a sweet adventure ? I certainly was as I made my way out to the Phoenix Public Market after I finally managed to get a Saturday off from work. Unfortunately, it was unbelievably “musty” outside to the point that personally, I did not stay as long as probably would have if it was a cooler/more clear day out. Nevertheless, I did manage to hunt down some sweet goods that I wanted to share here – imagine me saying this in my wanna-be animal explorer-like voice-. Let’s just delve right into this adventure sweetplorers:

Peanut Butter Americano: as much as I am sure most of us are used to the typical creamy or crunchy peanut butter sold in our groceries stores, Peanut Butter Americano takes the peanut butter game to an whole other level. I mean Cinnamon Honey…Choco Blanco…yes we are talking about kinds of peanut butter!

Main Squeeze Lemonade: I had visited this place last year ( so, I want to say) and I just had to revisit and try some of their Strawberry Lemonade again. They specialize in lemonade that is natural & yes, delicious. They have Watermelon, Old Fashioned, Strawberry, Pineapple AND MANGO -woo-

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Heavenly Bites: I had never seen this place at the market before but it has been forever since I have gotten a chance to come so that’s no surprise. This place makes sweet things that not only taste good but that is good for you ( Organic & Healthy) :

Next, the Arizona Bread Company ( based in Scottsdale, I want to say) is a vendor that I have visited before and frankly, one can definetely appreciate their prices. Today, they had doughnuts and I kid you not, the largest cinnamon roll ( and one of the best deals) I have ever seen. I just picked up a buttermilk glaze ( so good & thick) doughnut for 1.75!

I noticed a place called Breezy Pops when I entered into the Phoenix Public Market and apparently, they offer natural ice pops; ” Latin American style”. From their Juicy Strawberry to their Sweet & Sour Lemon to the Creamy Horchata, it reminded me of Paletta’s Betty but a different spin, of course.

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For me, the BEST part of the Phoenix Public Market is open not just when the market is open but every day, the Phoenix Public Market Cafe. I had visited it for the first time a few weeks ago and I was really impressed with their portion sizes ( huuge), quality of food and the unique environment. Upon walking in the side door, I was greeted by these delicious looking cinnamon rolls and then a beautiful array of bakery cookies, cake, Macaroons, homemade poptarts and more! Unfortunately, their treats are a bit on the pricier range but every once in a while, I am sure it is worth paying for!

Overall, I love the idea of supporting local businesses which is why I can always appreciate the Farmer’s Market. Unfortunately in the heat and due to the musty conditions today, I could not fully enjoy it to it’s full potential ( that and another reason that I won’t mention) but if I can revisit, I surely will. There were more vendors there that I am sure I could have taken note  and I am sure many more of a variety of vendors that come depending on the Saturday that one goes but this is what I got when I went 🙂

Hope you guys enjoyed this little short, but sweet adventure. See you on Wednesday!

~ Bree

First Impression: Fudge Stripes Vanilla Cupcake Cookies!

Hi Guys ~

As you might have noticed, there was not a post posted on Friday but since I had to be up for work at 3:45am that day, I just did not have enough time to come on here to post.  But today, I am back with a First Impression and it’s going to be on the new, Fudge Stripes Yellow Bell-O’s Vanilla Cupcakes cookies in light of the new Despicable Me 3 movie ( that I have yet to see). I was scrolling through Wal-Mart and noticed two different cookies types: the Lemmy Num-Num (Lemon) and the ones that I am reviewing today, the cupcake ones.

Price: 2.00

The Taste Test: If you never had the Fudge Stripes Birthday Cake Limited Edition Cookies, then these might come as a particularly unique flavor but since I did have the birthday cake ones, I feel that this practically tasted the same (understandably, I mean how many ways can you imitate cake) ; just without the little confetti sprinkle pieces that were in the birthday ones and yellow-added coloring. Unfortunately, along with the taste was an odd and unpleasant aftertaste that intensified as I washed it down with water … just like the birthday cake ones. On a plus note, maybe it was just me but I felt that the cookies were a bit thicker that the original Fudge Stripes cookies.

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Would I Buy This Again ? No and I probably will not get the lemon ones either. I think that these are just their previous birthday cake batter dyed yellow in order to make it more suitable for Despicable Me 3 since their packaging is promoting the movie. If anything, maybe they should have released a Banana Fudge one because that is something relevant to the movie.

♥ Bree

 

 

Sweetality QUIZ: GET TO KNOW YOU!

Gooood Mooorning!

“Sweet-ality” may not be the most original and best sounding title to call this quiz/tag but it’s really all I could come up with that could best suit the purpose of this post. This tag is one that you can share whomever you like but I am also creating this just for my readers; fellow sweetplorers, so that I can get to know others sweet (perso)nality *ahah*. The question are as followed, have fun & comment below with your answers:

1) What is your favorite kind of Ice Cream ?

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2) If you would be any kind of dessert, what would you be ? Why ?

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Why ? The base of the cookie is your plain & simple sugar cookie which describes my personality of being a plain-jane kind of girl who likes to keep things simple and the confetti sprinkles show the liveliness/cheerfulness in attitude that I would like to adapt to.

3) It’s Thanksgiving and you can only have one dessert on your table, what would it be ?

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4) What is your go-to snack when your down ?

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5) Your heading to the movies, what is your ideal movie-treat to have ?

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While it’s probably closely followed by Buncha Crunch, ideally, popcorn is my go-to for the movies.Buttery..warm..fresh popcorn, it’s just too bad it’s so expensive : /.

6) When you have an Oreo, what do you appreciate more, the cookie or the creme ?

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7) Ice Cream, Sorbet, Sherbet Or Gelato ?

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This was really not the quickest decision to make, however because Ice Cream offers the consistency that I love and the fact that it’s the most accessible & plentiful option, I had to go with this one. That being said, offer me ANY and I’ll surely enjoy myself!

All righty, it’s your turn now! Answer below or on your blog and I will certainly come to check it out 🙂

~ Bree

 

 

Sweet Finds: 3 Mail Home-Ice Cream Shops That Caught My Heart ♥

I can live without cake, I can live without doughnuts, I can live without candy but one thing that I must have is Ice Cream. Ice cream here, ice cream there, Ice cream everywhere because I care. No really, though; I think Ice cream is my favorite dessert of all times! So, the idea of buying ice cream online was quite exciting and when I found these three stores online, it became a goal to be able to purchase from each of these stores at least once in my life.

First, we have a popular ice cream brand known as Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

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Price per pint: 12.00 ( Minimum of three for delivery)

Jeni’s was founded in 2002 and is devoted to creating quality & delicious ice cream without the artificial flavors and additives that can be found in some ice cream products out there. Jeni’s has everything from a Cream Puff flavor to a Brambleberry Sorbet to a Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean. I think if I had to choose ( and it would be hard to), I would go with the Ndali estate Vanilla bean because I am crazy about Vanilla, the Cookies & Cream Pint and the Lemon Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt. I just…can’t…wait!

Next, we have Graeter’s Ice Cream:

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Price per pack (6): 79.95 = about 13-14 dollars per pint

Graeter’s was actually an ice cream shop that was quite the treat when I lived in Ohio. I always used to stick with my one and only flavor: the Cookies & Cream ( oh my golly). Graeters was founded in 1870 in Ohio and they use a french pot method to make their ice cream ( and clearly, all these years later the methods works for them). The great thing about Graeter’s is that they can be found in select stores; for instance I have seen their brand in Fry’s/Krogers but only a few select flavors. As for me, if I could grab up a pint or a few from Graeter’s, it would have to be the Cookies & Cream and their Madagascar Vanilla Bean ice cream.

Last but certainly not least, there’s Salt & Straw, based out of Portland, LA & San Francisco.

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Price per pack (5): 65.00 ( about 13.00 per pint)

What I could immediately appreciate about Salt & Straw was it’s use of fresh ingredients to create such intriguing flavors such as their Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons or Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate. Founded in 2011 by the Malek cousins, the ice cream shop produces flavor combinations that are unique & fresh. While there are a few flavors that I can not see myself trying personally, I know that I would not mind trying the “Salted, Malted and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough”, the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, the Double Fold Vanilla and the Roasted Strawberry Tres Leches. This would be quite the place for a unique ice cream experience….Perhaps, a Sweetploration trip in the future ? I tell you, goals…GOALS!

♥ Bree♥

 

 

 

First Impression: Entenmann’s Lemon Glaze Doughnuts

Good Day to you all ~

Today, I wanted to do a first impression of the Entenmann’s “new” Lemon Glaze doughnuts. A few weeks ago I tried the Entenmann’s Honey Glaze Doughnuts so I just had to try these. I literally go to the store every week and I was just scrolling through the bread/doughnut aisle and noticed one box of these so I had to snatch them up just to review for them for you guys here. Have you seen them in the stores near you ?

 

Price: I believe I paid 3.58 for these ( I know it was 3 something for sure).

The Taste Test: Upon opening the package, I was expecting a strong “lemonade” scent, if you will, to arise from the package but for me, I really did not get too distinctive of a aroma from the doughnuts. As I took a bite into the doughnut, it was soft and I believe just their classic buttermilk doughnut but that was not I bought them for….I bought them for the taste of the lemon. While I was expecting almost like a Lemon Pound Cake in doughnut form, I do feel that the lemon taste was a lot more subtle here since it is just the “glaze” that holds the lemon flavor. What I did like about the glaze is that there was an increased flakiness of the glaze ( seemingly). As tasty as the doughnuts are, I do wish they would have added more lemon juice ( if that’s what they used to make the glaze) to the actual doughnut batter. I can appreciate the subtlety of the lemon flavor because it points in a more natural direction than artificial but I guess I wanted more of a lemon cake doughnut than just the glaze being lemon.

Would I buy it again ? Nah, I’ll just stick with their regular buttermilk doughnut and by the looks of it, since this is a limited edition, I won’t be trying it again anyway.

Have you ever had Entenmann’s doughnuts ? If so, what is your favorite one ?

♥ Bree

G.B.W.M: Candy-Yum Cupcakes

Goooood Morning!

I am so excited to bring this Get.Baking.With.Me segment to you today even though it did not quite turn out as planned. First, I had planned to share this on Friday but I realized that I would have needed to make the cupcakes on Thursday, even though they would not be eaten until Saturday. Then, I left my camera at a friend’s house on a Wednesday so I really could not share it on Friday. Thankfully, the day I made the cupcakes, I was able to retrieve my camera -whew- and bring them here to you today!

At first, I made the cupcakes using the Funfetti cake mix that I bought for my sister’s birthday but when my friend insisted that we make it from scratch I decided to go for it; though I do feel that she did most of the work

First, we creamed the sugar and the butter in her stand-alone mixer:

Then, in a separate bowl, we added the dry ingredients ( salt, flour, baking powder and cornstarch) and gradually added it into the mixer until it created a cake batter consistency. I then took an Ice Cream scoop to evenly fill the cupcake liners.

 

Then we put all 24 cupcakes into the oven on 350 ( one on the bottom and one on the top). Unfortunately, we neglected to realize that the levels would cook differently so the bottom rack was a bit brown on the bottom vs. the top rack being normal.

Once they cooled down, we simply took some sandwich bags, filled them with icing, cut the corner to create little icing bags. What I realized is that it is better to invest in a tip for uniformity purposes!

While, personally I love the way the gumball sprinkles looked, I am not too sure if i liked the extra crunch/bite that they added to the cupcakes. I just like the whole bite to be smooth and soft….maybe that’s just me. The day after I made the cupcakes, I added in these colorful lollipops just to give it more of a POP ( I put two into each cupcake at a side angle).

Overall, I think the cupcakes turned out all right but the more I completed them, my mind started to wander as to just how many things I could have done for the “candy-theme”. Plus, I also felt that the cupcakes were a little dry so some oil or yogurt would have been really useful but hey, what can a girl do ?

♥ Bree