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Ovation: My All-Time FavoriteSweets

05/23/2013

sweettoothI have a terrible sweet tooth.  I always have.  My grandmother always said that I got it from her.  My sweet tooth has caused problems on and off throughout my life … when we were quite young my brother punched a hole in a wall when he learned that I’d taken the last Oreo … and I remember at least one skirmish concerning HoHos … it’s as if a meal doesn’t end until I taste something sweet, but I’ve learned to live with it.  Since I know it would be impossible to give up sweets entirely I’ve convinced myself that it’s ok to enjoy fewer high-quality sweets.

“If you buy the kind they don’t like, they’ll last longer.” – A loving father referring to Hydrox sandwich cookies

For example, I just treated myself to a couple of Pepperidge Farm Tahoes.  These white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are so good they melt in your mouth … literally.  Here’s a list of my other all-time favorite sweets:

Godiva White Chocolate Truffles – These white chocolate truffles with a creamy white chocolate filling are so wonderful that one is almost enough.

SONY DSCCadbury Creme Eggs – This heavenly treat consists of a thick milk chocolate shell protecting a white and yellow fondant filling that mimics the white and yolk of a real egg.  Easy to find between New Years and Easter but it’s best to stock up for the rest of the year.  They keep well in the freezer.

aero-mintNestle’s Aero Bars – This light, Canadian chocolate bar is full of air pockets … chocolate on the outside and smooth mint bubbles inside.  A-mah-zing.

Frango Mints – For many years the only place you could get Frango Mints was at Marshall Field and Company department stores.  Now they’re produced and distributed by Macy’s.  So darned good.

Tortuga Rum Cake – The best cake EVER.  I almost got in trouble with customs for bringing three of these home with me on a business trip to the Cayman Islands.  I need a much bigger briefcase.

Grandma Eilts’ Sugar Cookies – An old family sugar cookie recipe, passed down at least three generations, that requires a strong back to prepare and a glass of cold milk to enjoy.  Tasty memories indeed.

Girl Scout Thin Mints – Maybe not particularly “high-end” but, geesh, these things are good.  They’re sold two “sleeves” to a box.  In my universe those sleeves represent individual servings.  These, too, can be frozen but what’s the point?

Dairy Queen’s Mint Oreo Blizzard – Oreo cookies crumbled into pieces and mixed with cool mint and creamy vanilla soft serve.  I love it when my favorites get mixed together.

chesspieChess Pie – The recipe for this mostly southern dessert was originally brought from England and, basically, creates a single crust pie that includes a filling composed of eggs, butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.  What sets this pie apart from other custard pies is the addition of cornmeal.  If you’ve never tried it, I think you should.

Jelly Belly Buttered Popcorn Jelly Beans – Unlike traditional jelly beans, Jelly Belly’s enhanced flavors are included in the outer candy shell and not just the soft inside.  Jelly Belly uses natural flavors when possible and if you close your eyes you’ll swear you’re eating buttered popcorn.  And they’re much easier to sneak into a movie if you’re so inclined.

MintMeltawayFannie May Mint Meltaways – Fannie May is a quality chocolate candy company that has been specializing in gourmet chocolates since 1920.  Still a regional treat, the Mint Meltaway is a square candy with a tasty outer shell and a superbly mint truffle filling.  These, too, can be frozen but what’s the point?

It appears that, after studying this list again, I truly have a penchant for mint.  So, rather than deny myself sweets at all, I’m finding that when I allow myself a tiny taste of a quality treat it’s enough to sooth my sweet tooth.

Can you add anything else to this list?

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7 Comments
  1. Jeez, now I have gained ten pounds reading your post. Love your Blizzard. I had an old colleague and we used to stop at a DQ on I-85 after a day of meetings up that way to celebrate with a Health Bar blizzard. Take care. I need to go for a run now to work off the weight. BTG

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  2. The only ‘sweets’ I eat would be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I am not really a sweet tooth kinda guy.
    When Carlos and I go out we might share a dessert, and i’ll take one bite and be done with it.

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  3. My faves invariably combine chocolate & caramel like Riesens (dark chocolate wrapped around dark caramel – heaven), Turtle chocolates or any of the copy cats, pecan clusters, macadamia nut clusters, O Henry chocolate bars, etc., etc., etc. I also like Aero, Coffee Crisp, Snickers, Crunchie (chocolate over sponge toffee), macaroons, Bridge Mix. Non-chocolate favorites are Jelly Bellies (buttered popcorn, caramel popcorn, candy apple, juicy pear, rootbeer, strawberry marguerita, cherry cheesecake, chocolate pudding, pina colada), Nibs licorice & fruit jellies. I also like the Girl Guide thin mint cookies. Dare used to make a wonderful cookie (Something Jungle), it was like melt in your mouth shortbread with a few different kinds of nuts, it was delicious. Mostly I eat Peak Freene Lifestyle cookies now (faves are cranberry citrus oat crunch, blueberry flax & peach yogurt).

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