The Original Good’s Candies

Tomorrow is October 1st and of course that means that “The Original Good’s Candies” in Kennard, will be officially OPEN! I always wait for this time of year (and try not to gorge myself on their candy) and it really signals the “official” start of Fall to me and my family.

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“Good’s Candies”

Good’s Candies has been in Kennard for as long as I can remember. I grew up on not only just their delicious candy, but wonderful memories visiting the shop as well. My Grandma Barbra still shares stories of when she worked for them (which I still request she tell me) and every time she shares them with me, the stories get sweeter and sweeter. Literally…because usually I’m eating some “Good’s” when she’s story telling.

All of their candy is hand dipped and made from scratch – which is hard to find in today’s world. It’s made in small batches and hand dipped – and ran by the same family for generations! It’s REAL “high quality” chocolate that is, without question, my favorite candy on Earth!

Some of my favorites!? Where to I begin? Their milk chocolate dipped toffee is amazing! Deliciously layered milk chocolate en-robbing a large chunky piece of scratch made toffee. (Of course also available in dark chocolate – but I find the milk chocolate to go better with the buttery toffee).

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I also enjoy their maple cream, peanut butter cream, vanilla cream, and raspberry cream. (The raspberry is a deliciously colored purple / pink that is just as gorgeous to look at as it is to eat…)

They also offer “chips” – mint, raspberry and molasses flavored “honeycomb” dipped in chocolate – all wonderful!

And don’t get me started on their nut candies! Oh my… pecan rolls, black walnut rolls and chocolate bark are all equally delicious. And you can’t forget their chocolate dipped cherries! Like cherries? These are the BEST!

They also offer “house specialties” that simply CAN NOT be missed! Snappers, Chatter Bars and Bourbon Cherries. Let me stop right here though… When you go YOU MUST TRY THE “Chatter Bars”! They are one of my FAVORITES and after one bite – they will be your new favorites as well! Delicious and thick vanilla filling with that “something extra” that really adds to the dark chocolate coating.

And you can’t forget their “extras” which include caramel corn, chocolate dipped marshmallows, chocolate dipped pretzels and chocolate covered Oreos – to name just a few.

“Vickery Chocolatier” truffles are also featured exclusively and – OH. MY. 😉 These are a MUST TRY!

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Straight from their website… “Our exclusive line of ‘Vickery Chocolatier’ offers ganache made with real cream, and infused with all natural flavors, many of which are grown in house. Extremely small batches are individually hand dipped and hand piped by our own Le Cordon Blu Chef. Seasonally varying flavors include but are not limited to: Fresh Peppermint, Wild Black Raspberry, Double Chocolate, White Chocolate Cardamom, Dark Rum, Port Wine, Whole Bean Espresso, Irish Cream, Hazel Nut, Grand Marnier, Spicy Ancho Chile, Key Lime, Asian Ginger and other custom flavors available upon request!”

Now – really…how bad could that be!? The white chocolate cardamom is calling my name NOW! 😉

My FAVORITE FAVORITE though!? Their white chocolate LEMONTHE BEST! (They offer a wide selection in white chocolate as well! Contact them for more information…)

I highly HIGHLY recommend everyone stopping in at “Good’s Candies” in Kennard and buying some of their amazing handcrafted chocolates. And take the time to chat too – they always love hearing where you are coming from, and what types of candy are your favorites…

Kevin and Kathy (Good’s Candies owners) are a delight to talk with – and their passion and love for their business and chocolate both run deep.

Stop in and try some – starting TOMORROW!!!

“Good’s Candies” is located at 116 South Main Street, in Kennard, Indiana.

Their phone number is (765) 785-6776

And guess what!? Can’t get to Kennard? THEY TAKE ORDERS ONLINE!!!

Visit them here to read more about their company AND to order your chocolates…

http://goodscandies.com/

Also check them out on Facebook, here…
https://www.facebook.com/goodscandies

Tell them BLAISE sent you!!!
(and wait until you see what they offer for Easter! Hint: BIG chocolate eggs! 😉 )

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Dreaming in chocolate,

Blaise

(Photos throughout by “Good’s Candies” Facebook page)

Cookbook Corner – Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen

Today’s “Cookbook Corner” goes to…

Blue Ribbon Baking Blog

“Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen” By: Francine Bryson

Before you STOP reading – let me explain something. I felt more than a little questionable when I picked this latest cookbook up to read and bake from…and let me tell you – I was pleasantly surprised! It was everything that I thought it would be…on a positive note – with more than a few things I really enjoyed. Let me explain…

I remember watching CBS’s “The American Baking Competition” over the course of several weeks, and I remember Francine Bryson being on the show. (I actually thought she WON until just about a month ago – she didn’t, but I’ll explain that later…) She was one of my favorite contenders because she used butter, butter and more butter in her desserts – oh and a little shortening, chocolate, heavy whipping cream and plenty of sugar (brown and white).

I KNEW what to expect when I picked this book up – and I was right. Recipes such as “Chocolate Silk Pie” (page 36), “Redneck Danish Cookies for a Crowd” (page 64), “Fudge Cake” (page 97), “Granny’s Queen Cake” (page 102) and “Turtle Cheesecake” (page 140) filled the book – all using plenty of butter…and this was expected.

What WAS NOT expected was the sweet stories sprinkled throughout. Stories about Francine’s mom, grandma, and family members filled the pages…and I immediately knew (after reading several “LOL” funny stories) that I would love this book – and love I did!

The book is divided up into the following categories…

Pies / Cookies and Bars / Cakes Like Granny Made / Cheesecakes / Sunday Go-To Meeting / Baked Goods to Show Off / Biscuits and Breads / Candy and Truffles

Each section is filled with delicious recipes and beautiful pictures. The stories that go along with each recipe are worth the price of the book alone. Some are hilarious – others are touching. Francine loves her family and through these stories – you can tell just how deep her love goes.

The recipes, I admit, are not “Earth Shattering!” but they are delicious tried and true FAMILY delicious recipes – and I really respect that. Francine shows her love through baking – and this book is her love note.

I have tried only three recipes from this book “Fudge Cake” (page 97), “Honey Bun Cake” (page 150) and “Apple Pie Bread” (page 196) and all three turned out perfectly. They were delicious and full of flavor – not at all dated.

I have several sticky notes attached to several other recipes that I’m wanting to try – and I can’t wait to get started!

I highly recommend this book for those who love baking and for those who love good family stories…

To learn more about the book, please click here…
http://www.randomhouse.com/book/237242/blue-ribbon-baking-from-a-redneck-kitchen-by-francine-bryson

To buy the book, please click here…
http://www.randomhouse.com/author/189108/francine-bryson-foreword-by-jeff-foxworthy

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. I received this book from “Blogging for Books” for this review. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise

Chew This – Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Today is the official publication of my THIRD “CHEW THIS” column in The Courier-Times! I’m so excited to share this with everyone! It’s for “Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Ganache”…

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Make sure and pick up a copy and let me know what you think! This recipe makes a cake that is so flavorful you won’t believe it! And with the addition of the zucchini (which you can’t taste) the cake stays moist for DAYS…unlike a regular cake! And with 2 ingredients, the ganache topping couldn’t be easier! Try it and find out why it’s one of my favorite “go-to” chocolate cake recipes! Enjoy!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Ganache

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/article_0db4248c-3b85-11e4-b28b-eb326d647a2a.html

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GIVEAWAY!

I would like to THANK YOU all for getting my “Blaise the Baker” Facebook page to ONE THOUSAND “likes”! I don’t know what to say – other than THANK YOU!!! It really means everything to me! I truly appreciate your supportive comments and your wonderful feedback…

To show my appreciation I would like to do my first “Blaise the Baker” GIVEAWAY!!!

The prize? “Cook Like a RockStar” By: Anne Burrell! I absolutely LOVE Anne and love her book! This is her FIRST book with tons of delicious recipes, kitchen tips and tricks and beautiful photos!

Cook Like a Rockstar Blog Giveaway

How do you enter!?

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GOOD LUCK! 😉

Blaise

UPDATE: (09/29/2014) The giveaway is now closed. THANK YOU to everyone that participated! A winner will be announced shortly! Watch your emails…

-Blaise

Cookbook Corner – Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

This week’s NEW “Cookbook Corner” goes to…

BITDB Blog

“The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook” By: Cheryl and Griffith Day

I have to say that this cookbook is one of my top ten most favorite cookbooks! If the authors looks familiar to you (Cheryl and Griffith Day) it’s because you have probably seen them with Paula Deen. (They ARE all friends and supporters of one another…and Paula wrote the book’s forward.)

Cheryl and Griffith Day have put together a wonderful cookbook here with amazing recipes that are both simple and delicious. Not every single recipe has a photo, but a majority of them do…and photos they are! Wonderful photographs fill the book and make you want to dive into a recipe before even reading through it completely.

I have never been to their bakery though (“Back in the Day”) but I would LOVE to go sometime. They offer sweet and savory dishes in house, as well as in this book. I will admit though that about 85% IS baking recipes…and there’s nothing wrong with that! I would much prefer a baking book any day! 😉

If you’ll notice, I take pictures of all my finished dishes, and place them in the cookbooks where I got the recipe from. I know…I’m a nerd! Ha! I also write the date on the back of the photo and what was thought about the recipe…

This book is arranged in 9 chapters. Breakfast / Coffee Cakes, Quick Breads, and Sweet Yeast Breads / Cupcakes and Cakes / Pies, Cobblers, Crisps, and Tarts / Puddings and Custards / Cookies / Brownies and Bars / Confections / Savories.

Not to be missed recipes (and some of my favorites) would include…

“Buttermilk Biscones” (page 14). These are delicious and so easy to make! An “in house” invention, Back in the Day has created a winner with these. If you like biscuits AND scones – check this wonderful combination out! I made these (as you can see from my photograph and love the turbinado sugar on the outsides) and was really impressed. I’ve made them several times and they are delicious with butter and homemade jam (page 17).

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(Buttermilk Biscones)

“Brown Sugar Banana Bread” (page 45). This banana bread is unlike any other banana bread I’ve tasted – amazing! The toasted pecans really add a whole other level of flavor. I also love sprinkling the top with a little extra brown sugar. This was a hit!

“Lovely Lemon Loaf” (page 54). I love lemon (as if I need to tell you that) and found this recipe one of my favorites from the book! I make it all the time and it’s so easy and packed with such flavor you won’t believe it! Don’t skip the lemon juice or lemon zest though…that is really what makes this recipe “pop”!

“Old Fashioned Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting” (page 64). This recipe…well…there are no words. It’s DELICIOUS! The taste is really old fashioned (like the name suggests) and the frosting is out of this world! Could the fact that this recipe calls for a POUND of butter be why they are so good!? Perhaps…but I refuse to apologize for it. They are incredible and I highly recommend you make these FIRST! (Also…notice my photo pinned on to the book! Ha! 😉 )

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(Old Fashioned Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting)

“Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting” (page 88). Hummingbird cake was really popular several years ago, but it’s faded into the background…until now. I made this for my Grandma Deloris (who loves this cake) and it was a big hit with everyone! The taste is something that must be enjoyed (nuts, mace and pineapple) but the cream cheese frosting really ties it all together – very “homemade” and old world tasting.

“Almond Crunchies” (page 182). These cookies are very light (almost like meringue) but have a big crunch and big flavor! They are really good when served with a cup of coffee. These almost remind me of a light and flavorful cookie from my childhood.

“Butter Mints” (page 211). These are perfect for weddings, baby showers or Church parties! Every time I make these, people go crazy! They are so easy and can be tinted ANY color for any kind of event! They are simple (4 ingredients not counting the color) and full of flavor! These are so much better than anything you can buy in the store!

That is all I’ve made from this cookbook, but there are SO MANY more I want to try. Take a look at my pictures again. See the “Post-It” notes lining the top? Those are all the “page markers” on the recipes I want to try! Ha! Yes…it’s almost the entire book.

I could go on and on and list all of the recipes I want to try, but instead I will just say this – BUY THIS BOOK – you won’t be sorry! It is delicious and wonderful…

To buy the book, please click here…
http://www.backinthedaybakery.com/cookbook.html

To learn more about the Bakery, please click here…
http://www.backinthedaybakery.com/index.html

PS – they are writing a sequel to this book titled “Back in the Day Bakery – Made with Love” being released in March 2015! I can’t wait… 😉

I’ve already pre-ordered my copy – and you can too, right here…
http://www.amazon.com/Back-Bakery-Made-Love-Make-It-Yourself/dp/1579655564/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1410968532&sr=8-3&keywords=back+in+the+day+bakery

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise

Giveaway Winner!

A big CONGRATULATIONS is in order for Barbara Newton!!! She was the lucky winner of my first ever “Blaise the Baker” GIVEAWAY! She won a copy of one of my favorite cookbooks “The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Store Cookbook”.

Barbara Newton Blog Giveaway Winner

Barbara said she “loves” the book and said she was “raised on food like this…” (southern food) as was I!

For my review of this book, please click here…
https://blaisethebaker.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/cookbook-corner-the-b-t-c-old-fashioned-grocery-store-cookbook/

To purchase YOUR copy of the book, please click here…
http://btcgrocery.com/the-b-t-c-old-fashioned-grocery-cookbook-recipes-and-stories-from-a-southern-revival/

I would like to thank “Blogging for Books” and “Crown Publishing” for giving me this awesome GIVEAWAY opportunity! I would also like to thank everyone for entering…

I am already planning my NEXT giveaway by trying to reach 1,000 “likes” on my Facebook page. “Like” me here (http://facebook.com/blaisethebaker) and check back for more giveaways coming soon!

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Blaise