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Salted Caramel Pie from Dangerously Delicious Pies

My husband and I had plans to be in the Detroit area this weekend, and so I insisted that we stop by Dangerously Delicious Pies, which Chow Down Detroit had recently posted about on Instagram. I’m never one to pass up an opportunity to try a new dessert, so we went in search of this pie shop and their salted caramel pie.

Dangerously Delicious Pies is located inside the Third Street Bar, which is located really close to the Wayne State campus. Finding the pies, however, can be a little confusing. Go around to the back of the bar, which is actually the entrance, and this giant sign will let you know that you’ve made it to the correct location:

Dangerously Delicious Pies in Detroit
 Then, enter the bar and look to your left and you will find the pie stand.

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Pomme d’Amour at Knead Patisserie

Pomme d'Amour (Creme Brulee Pastry) from Knead Patisserie in San Francisco

I was in San Francisco this past weekend and one of the friends that I was with told me that we had to stop by Knead Patisserie because she had heard about a crème brûlée pastry that we just had to try. I was obviously game as I don’t ever turn down the chance to try a new dessert!

Knead Patisserie is located in what I’m told is the Mission, and it’s a little out of the way if you’re staying downtown. I really don’t know about public transportation options as we took cabs to get there and back.

Can I take a second to tell you how glad I am that we made this trip? The Pomme d’Amour at Knead Patisserie might be the single best pastry I have ever had in my life. EVER.

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Paula Deen’s Hot Chocolate

Paula Deen Hot Chocolate


Despite the fact that it is March 25, the temperature in Chicago today was below freezing! While I’d normally be making the switch to iced and frozen drinks about this time of year, today’s frigid temperatures called for hot chocolate. While I have a favorite go-to hot chocolate recipe, today I decided to try out Paula Deen’s Hot Chocolate.

I followed this hot chocolate recipe from the Paula Deen website.

I was a little unsure about the recipe at first because it uses a can of sweetened condensed milk, the texture of which usually grosses me out, but I had a can sitting in my pantry so I decided to put it to good use. (The sweetened condensed milk replaces the sugar that is found in other recipes.)

Overall I thought this hot chocolate was creamy and sweet, but not overly so. The recipe makes a ton of servings, so it would be perfect for large gatherings! Overall, this was the perfect dessert for this chilly night and I have enough left over to get me through this cold spell that is supposed to break by the weekend.

I picked up the marshmallows last week from Provence Breads & Cafe in Nashville. They sell a huge bag of homemade marshmallows for just $8 – a real steal!

Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt

Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt


I’m not going to lie. What originally attracted me to Mast Brothers Chocolate is their vibrant packaging. Each chocolate bar has its own colorful and unique design and I had to stop myself from buying one of each bar simply because I liked the packaging. (It was tough!) I obviously purchased the Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt Bar, which was a delicious decision on my behalf!

Mast Brothers Chocolates are made in Brooklyn. The next time I’m out that way I’m planning on stopping by their facilities as I’ve heard they offer both tours and tastings and I’m a fan of both activities, especially when chocolate is involved.

Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate


The Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt Bar is 73% cacao from Madagascar, that’s very rich in flavor. It’s mildly sweet, but definitely not overly so. I really tasted the flavor at the back of my mouth, and the aftertaste lingered for quite awhile.

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