[FHCx305] National Caramel Apple Day

Happy Halloween!

IT’S NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY!

Between pumpkin, candy corn, and caramel apples, we are really hitting the highlights of Autumn. Considering that it’s SPAK‘s favorite season for a number of reasons, we are more than happy to celebrate all of these.

It’s kind of traditional to do caramel/candy apples for Halloween. Some houses even hand out those wrapped caramel apples for trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to celebrate this in Disneyland where their caramel apples look amazing like these:

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Yes, those are apples underneath all that.

But when we do have caramel apples at home, we like to use a bit of dip and apple slices.

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LOOK AT THE DIP.

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Controlled scoops.

Sweet and tart and delicious. And this way, we spare SP‘s moustache of getting completely stuck with caramel.

Tomorrow is National Deep Fried Clams Day, National Calzone Day, and National Vinegar Day.

-SPAK

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[FHCx277] National Caramel Custard Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL CARAMEL CUSTARD DAY!

We’re nearly out of the woods on these oddly-specific flavored item days. Finding good custard is one thing, let alone certain flavors. We picked out this one that’s from Iowa.

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Very thick stuff.

Tomorrow is National Taco Day and National Vodka Day. In Sweden, it will be National Cinnamon Roll Day, but we aren’t Swedish nationals…

-SPAK

[FHCx266] National Ice Cream Cone Day/National White Chocolate Day

Dessert!

IT’S NATIONAL ICE CREAM CONE DAY AND NATIONAL WHITE CHOCOLATE DAY!

Prose by SPuncle SPicky: “White chocolate is NOT chocolate.  It’s just congealed cacao grease with a little — I guess I’ll go that far — chocolate taste.”

Yes, there’s something weird about white chocolate. There are very few things that have white chocolate that are worth going out of your way for. We even disguised our white chocolate consumption in this autumny bread pudding from Lund’s & Byerly’s:

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But we also have to say hello to autumn by waving goodbye to summer with one last treat: an ice cream cone!

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Raz’s, the local place

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Glossy, beautiful elephant tracks

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SP with a triple chocolate.

Now to go hyper on a sugar rush!

Tomorrow is National Great American Pot Pie Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx263] National Butterscotch Pudding Day

Heehee, butt.

IT’S NATIONAL BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING DAY!

If someone could describe to use the difference between butterscotch, toffee, and caramel flavors, that’d be great. I mean, it’s all just burnt sugar and butter, right? Butterscotch is brown sugar? I suppose we could do some research but… we’ll just rely on this to make our pudding today.

Big brown mess

Tomorrow is National (Rum) Punch Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx235] National Pecan Torte Day/National Eat a Peach Day

August didn’t feel like pecans before…

IT’S NATIONAL PECAN TORTE DAY AND NATIONAL EAT A PEACH DAY!

We recently had some chocolate pecan pie, which was great. And pecans (next to almonds) have been a favorite of those who put together the national food holidays: pecan day in April, pecan sandy day in June, pecan pie day in July… We’ll see them again when SP‘s birthday holds pecan cookie day.

But today is about the pecan torte. And just as we didn’t really know what constituted a torte when we had coconut torte day, we had to go with what people told us was a torte. And thankfully, that torte came from Surly Brew Co! Among their many other tasty foods, they have an excellent dessert menu.

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Chocolate cake made with Surly’s Damien beer, hazelnut chocolate, and salted caramel pastry cream, topped with pecans.

It’s a nice little dessert to share! Very chocolatey and salty and the little chocolate balls are fun.

It was also Eat a Peach Day! We aren’t exactly peach country up here in Minnesota. We got these beautiful Colorado peaches at HyVee.

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AK thinks that peaches are weird because they’re fuzzy. If that logic worked on other things, she probably shouldn’t like SP much either.

Tomorrow is National Sponge Cake Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx168] National Fudge Day

So many choices for today because

IT’S NATIONAL FUDGE DAY!

Fudge fudge fudge, we’ve done fudge before! Fudge is great. Sugary, cocoa-y, buttery fudge. Mmmmmm fudge.

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This stand was out at our local HyVee. They knew!

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Amy’s!

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Mmmmmmm.

Don’t overdo it, y’all.

Tomorrow is National Eat Your Vegetables Day and National Apple Streudel Day! (Apple streudel is not a vegetable)

-SPAK

[FHCx152] National Macaroon Day

‘Aroooooooooooon!

IT’S NATIONAL MACAROON DAY!

Our sources are unreliable this time around. And spelling differences between French and English don’t make this easier. Some swear that a macaroon is that coconutty ball held together by sugar and other tasty stuff. They’re popular with Jewish people on passover because they are one of the few treats that does not require leavening of flour.

Others say that the only real thing that can be called a macaroon is the French Macaron, the meringue-based cookie thing. On the one hand, wikipedia insists that a macaron is not to be confused with a macaroon. But according to John Murrel’s A Daily Exercise for Ladies and Gentlewomen, written in 1617, these are referred to as “French Macaroones.”

Tomato, to-mah-to? Whatever. We wanted to play it safe so we handled both.

Exhibit A: Patrick’s Bakery‘s caramel macaroon. Yes, they spell it with two Os. We picked this one up from Patrick’s when we were there for Coq Au Vin day. A great macaron has a very light crust to it, that comes from the meringue, followed by a delightful center that is typically chewy and pasty. And they do just as good a job with these macarons as they did with their food. Well worth heading in and picking some up! Plus, they’re much bigger than the usual, but it doesn’t sacrifice any flavor.

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Exhibit B: The best coconut macaroon known to humankind. It comes from Salty Tart bakery at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. SP and SPom discovered these amazing macaroons at the Minnesota State Fair at a produce stand several years ago. Since then, we’ve frequently made trips to the MGM for dinner (often at The Rabbit Hole) and made sure to pick up a pack of these amazing things.

Then, as it turned out, Andrew Zimmern talked about them on one of our favorite shows, Best Thing I Ever Ate.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/salty-tarts-coconut-macaroons-0172780.embed.html

We love them. They’re to die for. I mean, look at this.

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Ugh, mouth watering again. So whether you are of the Macaroon Mobsters or of the Macaron Musketeers, today is the day for you!

Anyway, tomorrow is National Hazelnut Cake Day and National Olive Day!

-SPAK