Archive | October, 2012

Taste Test: Carnation Simply Hot Chocolate

28 Oct

Unlike most people, I don’t start my day with coffee or tea. I do however enjoy a nice hot chocolate, especially now that the weather is turning cooler.

Obviously, the best way to make hot chocolate is with steamed milk and a hunk of good quality chocolate, however I am not a barrista and that sounds like too much work. The other alternative is instant hot chocolate which usually contains weird oil type substances and other unpronounceable ingredients… Well, at least it used to!

Enter Carnation Simply Hot Chocolate. It’s only available in a giant vat from Costco (70+ servings) but man, is it EVER good. So rich and smooth with no chemical or oily flavours because there isn’t any: it only contains sugar, cocoa, dried milk, vanilla and salt. The only thing that could improve it is a dollop of whipped cream. Or maybe a shot of Bailey’s. Oh yeah.

Enjoy!

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Recipe: Cheater Pecan Pie

5 Oct

This pecan pie recipe is so easy, it feels like cheating. But it tastes like heaven so that’s OK, right? Yes, yes it is. It’s a definite keeper and would make a great alternative dessert for Thanksgiving to serve those crazy people who hate pumpkin pie. Or who like all kinds of pie and want an excuse to have two pieces.

Cheater Pecan Pie

1 package of butterscotch pudding and pie filling (not the instant kind, the cooked kind)
1 cup corn syrup
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 egg slightly beaten
1 cup chopped pecans
1 deep dish frozen pie shell

Blend the pudding and the corn syrup and then gradually whisk in the milk and egg. Pour the mixture into the pie shell and bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the top is firm and just starts to crack.

Cool at least three hours and serve with a scoop of ice cream.