Candy Talk, Episode 20: Is it candy?

In this very special episode of Candy Talk, we get everyone riled up by debating just what makes candy…candy?

Join us as we attempt to define candy, and in the process expose our weirdness and test the resilience of our friendships. Is gum a candy? Marshmallows? Are any of you sneaking Flintstone Vitamins for a late-night emergency dessert?  Come out of the shadows, because you’re not alone!

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Candy Talk, Episode 19: Booze

Let’s get this party started. In this episode the Candy Talk team pursues more ways to legitimize day drinking with a deep dive into boozy candy.

Be our wingman as we get some liquid courage and ask the important questions: Can you actually get drunk off boozy candy? Which alcoholic treat tastes the most like burning? And did any of us drunk dial an ex at the conclusion of the taping?

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Candy Talk, Episode 18: Custom Candy Bars

What if you could create your own candy bar from the ground up? Would you use that power for good…or evil? In this episode the Candy Talk team morphs into chocolatiers and takes the build-a-bar challenge.

Join us as we reveal the sometimes peculiar history of chocolate bars (which classic candy bar was forced into an unholy trinity with mayonnaise and tomatoes? are you appropriately worried about avoiding neck gauntness?) and then alternately surprise and horrify each other with our haute couture concoctions. Which bars did we expect to like but didn’t?  And which one was the surprising winner supreme?

chocolate lab chocolate bar

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Candy Talk, Episode 17: Candy Corn

Halloween’s just around the corner, baby!  And because we court controversy, in this episode we feature the most divisive Halloween candy in recent times, Candy Corn.

How sweet can a candy be before it can no longer be measured by modern science? Does molding candy into the shape of actual food make it more wholesome? And what mystery ingredient can you add to candy corn to take it to the next level?

Schedule a preventative dentist appointment and join us!

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Candy Talk, Episode 16: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

In this episode, our chocolate gets all up in your peanut butter with an iconic American candy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Stick with the Candy Talk team as we harshly judge each other’s Reese’s-eating techniques, marvel at how many ways Reese’s can sell us chocolate + peanut butter, and debate if size does in fact matter*…

*get your head outta the gutter, ya perv.  

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Candy Talk, Episode 15: Muji

Candy Talk is going global again, and this time we’re introduced to candy from the intriguing Japanese company Muji.

Listen as our crack team samples a variety of Muji candies and discovers which has a taste you can feel in your nose, debates just how toasted is too toasted, and encounters a candy (pictured below) that made us so uncomfortable that we we won’t speak of it again just forget about it back off ok? [curls into fetal position]

muji

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Candy Talk, Episode 14: Dark Chocolate

Welcome to the dark side. In this episode of Candy Talk, we delve into the flowing silk rock ballad of the candy world: dark chocolate.

Is dark chocolate the ailment-punching Captain America of health foods? Which brand is the gateway dark chocolate? And at what percentage of cocoa does the bar start to absorb all available light?

Wrap yourself in an afghan and join us.

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Candy Talk, Episode 13: Pointless Nostalgia

Turn up the White Snake and synchronize your hypercolor Swatch, in this episode the team indulges in some pointless nostalgia and delves into 80s candy.

Which flavors we loved as children now cause us to cringe? Why did 80s candy try so hard to introduce children to smoking? And which iconic 80s candy was so good we BROUGHT IT BACK FROM THE DEAD?

Hang on, we’re about to hit 88 miles per hour.

Check out the awesomeness of this Big League Chew commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCawfG0CFvo

“Bar None” Recipe

bar none

Ingredients:

  • Voortman Chocolate Wafers
  • Finely chopped peanuts
  • Chocolate candy coating

Directions:

  • Set wafers on cooling grid, attempting to keep 2 wafers connected.
  • Melt candy coating per instructions on package.
  • Spread a bit of coating on top of wafer and sprinkle peanuts, pushing down so they stick. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
  • Pour candy coating over top, gently spread with offset knife to get complete even coating.
  • Allow to dry, then refrigerate.

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The Great Ingredient Pie Bake-Off

Before the ink was dry on The Great Ingredient Brownie Bake-Off trophy, someone shouted: “What’s next?”

“Cookies?”

“Nah, we already did chocolate chip.”

“Something savory?”

“The hot dish bake-off was kind of a flop.”

“Plus, we do chili in the fall.”

“Sweets seem to draw more entries…”

“Pie?!”

“YES! PIE!”

We kept the rules loose for the 1st annual Great Ingredient Pie Bake-Off. Sweet or savory. Pie, tart or galette. Baker’s choice.

  • Total entries: 6
  • Sweet: 6
  • Savory: 0
  • Pies: 5
  • Tarts: 0
  • Galettes: 1

 old fashioned blueberry key lime sour cream apple blueberry peach galette

It was a fierce competition, but in the end, Emily Tritabaugh’s Salty Honey was awarded the tarnished-pie-server trophy.

pie bake-off voting trophy salty honey pie

Salty Honey Pie

From Melissa and Emily Elsen of Four & Twenty Blackbirds

The crust

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8-10 tablespoons ice water with cider vinegar, or more as needed (combine 1 cup cold water, 1/8 cup cider vinegar and ice)

Directions:

  • Whisk the dry ingredients together and blend with a hand-held pastry blender the chopped, cold butter, being careful not to overwork during this step. The butter should be in pea-sized chunks, not too big, but not completely incorporated.
  • Slowly add the ice water and vinegar mixture and bring the dough completely together by hand, again being careful not to overwork. Aim to create a marbleized effect, so that the butter is still visible.
  • Divide into 2 discs, wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour or more before use.
  • Roll one disc of crust out to fit a 9-inch pan, about 1/4 inch thick. Place in a buttered pie pan, and crimp the edges as desired. Allow to rest and cool in freezer or fridge for at least 20 minutes.
  • Line the rolled-out crust with tinfoil or unwaxed parchment paper, add pie weights or about a cup of dry beans if you don’t have pie weights. Distribute them evenly.
  • Bake in a 375 F oven for 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before filling with custard.
  • Freeze second disc for another day

The filling

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1-2 tablespoons flake sea salt for finishing (Maldon is a good choice)

Directions:

  • All of the mixing can be done by hand, or with an electric mixer.
  • Melt butter and combine with the sugar, salt and cornmeal to make a thick paste. Add the honey, vanilla and vinegar and mix together. Fold in the eggs, add the cream and blend.
  • Pour the filling into a pre-baked pie shell and bake at 350 F for 45 to 60 minutes. The filling will puff up like a marshmallow and the center will be just slightly wobbly. Once cooled (at least one hour), finish with a sprinkling of flake sea salt. Slice and serve with freshly whipped cream.

MPLS Dog: Behind the Scenes

One of the great things about working at Ingredient is getting to see the behind-the-scenes of how the recipe and content development sausage is made.  

And in the case of the MPLS Dog, here we’re talking literal sausage. (Tee-hee.)

Coming up with the idea is only half the battle; we then have to bring that idea to life and put our money where our mouth is (sorry, that’s the last bad food pun, promise) to create something that is both fun and delicious.

Luckily, fun and delicious is Ingredient’s specialty. So we rolled up our sleeves and hit the Ingredient kitchen in full mad scientist/Doc Brown mode.

Every component of the MPLS Dog went through rigorous testing:

What’s the perfect consistency of the hotdish?

 mpls dog hotdish

Which cheese will make it through our intensive Cheese Trials? (Sometimes you just gotta blow torch things.)

mpls dog cheese trials mpls dog blow torch

Just how many tots should adorn this bad boy? (The correct answer is *all* the tots. Whatever you got, pack it on.)

mpls dog tater tots mpls dog ketchup

Once we’d perfected the recipe, it was time to get the MPLS Dog styled for its close up. Because sometimes, looks actually do matter.

mpls dog styling mpls dog pedestal

The end result? We nailed it.

mpls dog beauty

Our reward? The whole company gathered and we ate. We ate our work, and it was delicious.

mpls dog team lunch

At Ingredient, this is what we’re all about – we love food, we love food culture, and we want to create and share those experiences.

We won’t share tots, though. So don’t even ask.