The Dish

THE DISH

November 05, 2003|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff

New chip off Hershey's block

Dark-chocolate fans, rejoice. Hershey Foods Corp. has introduced Special Dark Chocolate Chips that can be baked into your favorite cakes, pies and cookies or turned into rich sauces and candies.

The 12-ounce packages, available in grocery stores nationwide, have a suggested retail price of $2.29.

One delectable suggestion for using them: dark fudge truffles. Combine one 12-ounce package of dark chocolate chips with 3/4 cup whipping cream. Microwave on high until the chips are melted and the mixture smooth (about a minute).

Stir and refrigerate 3 hours until firm. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and roll each ball into a coating of chopped nuts, coconut, powdered sugar or cocoa. Store in refrigerator.

For other recipes, visit www.hersheys kitchens.com.

Enough for one

If you're the kind of person who runs for the first cup of coffee out of the pot, then a Massachusetts company has a product for you. Keurig Inc. has introduced a single-cup brewer, which brews coffee inside specially designed cups and dispenses it in individual servings.

Coffee lovers can choose from more than 50 coffees that are available with the Keurig system. The brewer is available for a suggested retail price of $249.95 at www.keurig.com.

From storage to bakeware

Think of Tupperware, and storage containers come to mind. But now the company has introduced a line of silicone baking forms just in time for baking season.

The forms come in four shapes: a 9-inch round, a 5-inch-by-8 inch loaf, a 6-cup fluted container and a muffin pan. Prices range from $29.99 to $35.99.

For information, call 888-919-8099 or visit www.tupperware.com.

Popping their lids

It's about time to retire the can opener.

Campbell Soup Co. has become the latest manufacturer to put pop-up tops on its cans. The new lids have been put on the company's condensed soup lines, including its best-selling Chicken Noodle, Tomato and Cream of Mushroom varieties.

Campbell's president, Jeremy Fingerman, said the repackaging is part of the company's push toward convenience. Other changes the company has made include making soup packages that are portable and microwaveable.

The new cans can be found at local supermarkets, mass merchandisers and drugstores.

EVENTS

* Learn to make dog treats for your pooch 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at For the Love of Food kitchen in Reisterstown. $45. Call 410-833-5579 for information.

* Explore the secrets of successful home cooking with chefs from the Culinary Institute of America 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. N.W., Washington. $220. Call 202-357-3030 or visit www.residentassociates.org.

* Sip nouveau wine from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Berrywine Plantations-Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. Call 800-514-8735.

* Taste Spanish cheese and other foods 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Graul's Mays Chapel, 12200 Tullamore Road, Lutherville. Free. Call 410-308-2100 for information.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail food@baltsun.com.

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