The Dark Historic Associations of Gingerbread

From violent literary associations to war-driven distribution, the history of gingerbread cookies happens to be tinged with darkness. According to historians, ginger first entered the European world of baking in the Middle Ages, after centuries of use as a medicine, due to The Crusades. Those fighting in the Middle East brought it back and centuries later it became a confectioner’s ingredient used to make hard, …

Super Chunk Sweets and Treats

Adventurous flavor combinations like bacon caramel popcorn and candied jalapeño cookies change up the snack game in Scottsdale

Banish any and all New Years Resolutions. Blue cheese and fig caramels, duck fat toffee, mesquite chocolate chip cookies, bacon caramel corn popcorn and the mysterious-sounding Cowpuncher (a chocolate cocoa cookie topped with a candied jalapeño and a sprinkle of cayenne) are just a few of the unusual treats offered by Super Chunk in Scottsdale, Arizona. Everything, from the ice cream to the black licorice, …

Kinderhook Snacks

Homemade snacks from Baltimore, stamped with former US President Martin Van Buren's face

After all of the Super Bowl festivities that took place yesterday, many Americans might never want to hear the word “snack” again. This morning, however, we found ourselves munching on triple ginger cookies, spicy and smoky mixed nuts and baked cheese stamps. The goods are from Baltimore-based Kinderhook Snacks, run by Katie Horn and Marie Stratton, who started selling their baked sweet and savory fares …