Oreo: The Cookie of Love

26 Jun

Not since Animal Crackers has a cookie caused so much controversy.

Following Sunday’s Pride Parade in New York, Kraft posted an image of a rainbow-creme Oreo on it’s Facebook page. In an interview with Mashable, an Oreo representative said the image was part of Oreo’s 100th Birthday Celebration campaign, which “bring to life trending topics, pop-culture news, milestones, or celebrations using images of the iconic cookie and milk.” In honor of LGBT Pride Month, this image symbolizes the change in society, and the company’s support for gay rights and, above all things, love.

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Unfortunately, the statement was not met with the love that it encouraged. Hundreds of users spammed the page with hateful, homophobic comments. Some even went as far as to say they would boycott the cookie and company.

Well haters are always gonna hate. Luckily, there are more lovers out there. Over 100,000 users “Liked” the image while another 45,000 shared it.

Kraft is not the first company to come out in support of gay rights. Earlier this year Ben & Jerry’s released Apple-y Ever After. The flavor, placed in carton that features a gay couple atop a wedding cake that’s decorated with rainbows, launched in the UK after the country legalized gay marriage.

Seeing multi-billion dollar industries support this cause shows that the times are changing. Hopefully the change in time will soon result in a change in law.

 

How do you feel about the Oreo pride? Do you think companies should show support for a cause, or stay neutral? Let us know in the comments!

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Bacon-Cheddar Muffuns

24 Jun

Happy Sunday Sweet Treaters. I hope you’re having a great weekend and, for the New York readers, I hope you’re surviving the heat wave.

Given the spike in temperatures, you have to be wondering what would provoke me to turn on the over. The answer: a Sunday brunch in the park with my amazing mentor and friend, Nara.

I wanted to make muffins, but I also wanted to make something with some nutritional value. After all, Nara and I are both dancers and very conscious about our health. So rather that whip up a cupcake disguised as a muffin, I went for something savory.

Now before you jump on my back about this being a sweet blog, remember that bakers can dabble in the savory as well. Heck, even ice cream shops can do that!

I found this recipe on Macaroni and Cheesecake, a truly food-gasmic site, but with a few tweaks I made it my own!

Bacon Cheddar Muffins w/ fruit salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package bacon, cooked and crumbled (I opted for turkey-bacon because I’m not a fan of pork. You can also use Canadian bacon)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and sugar together.
  3. Fold in cheese & bacon crumbles.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat together egg, milk, and oil.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients together.
  6. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with batter.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with fruit salad for a fully balanced meal.
  • Serve with a moved green salad, making for a great lunch or dinner.

What’s your favorite brunch treat? Let us know!

Woman Flees Crime Scene in Search of Ice Cream

19 Jun

At some point in time, we’ve used ice cream to cope. I know I’ve cried into a pint of Half-Baked because some boy broke my heart. But a woman in Texas to the ice cream coping method to another level.

On Friday afternoon, Stephanie Dillard crashed her car into a bus.  Rather than wait for the police and ambulance to arrive, the mother of three abandoned the scene and her three children that were passengers in the car.

Where did she go? FOX reports that Dillard was found eating ice cream outside of a CVS. Oh, did I mention she was naked. Some say she stripped and chowed down to cope with the Houston heat. I say there’s something going on upstairs.

Since the incident, Dillard was arrested and is being held at Harris County Jail on a $2,000 bond. The children, who suffered minor injuries, have been placed in the care of their grandmother.

All Natural Candy Comes to a Store Near You

19 Jun

As Americans, we love  candy. Whether it’s the “guess my filling” concoctions on Valentine’s Day or a basic box of Milk Duds at the movies, we eat this stuff up. Unfortunately, these goodies are filled with a ton of not-so-good ingredients (Red 40 doesn’t grow on trees folks). Thankfully, a new line of sweet treats is about to take care of that problem.

Unreal, a new line of all-natural candy, will soon make its way to the shelves of CVS, Target, and other stores. This creation comes from Nicky Bronner, a 15-year-old who realized a need for healthier candy after his parent took away his Halloween stash. With the help of his father Michael Bronner and natural food chef Adam Melonas, Nicky created five “better for you” versions of today’s top sellers, such as M&Ms, Skittles, Reese Cups, Milky Ways, and Snickers.

Unlike brand name bars, Unreal does not use hydrogenated oil, corn syrup, or artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. On average, Unreal products contain 45 percent less sugar, 13 percent less fat, and 23 percent fewer calories, than industry leading brands, on average per unit.

Good for you? No. Better for you? Absolutely.

I know I’ll give these treats a try. Will you?

Quick Fix: Cookie in a Cup

14 Jun

Last night, as I curled up on the couch to watch some TV, my stomach started to rumble, a tell tale sign that I need some food. But this was speical sort of a rumble, as it was begging for a certain sweet.

Coooooooookies!” it screamed. 

Now I’m a big believer in eating what you want, when you want it (in moderation of course). Cookies, however, aren’t something you can whip up with in a few seconds. At least, that’s what I thought.

After a little experimenting, and a little help from the internet, I managed to bake a sweet and satisfying cookie in under five minutes. Don’t believe me? Give it a go.

Cookie In a Cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. brow sugar, packed
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 3 drops of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Melt butter in the microwave.
  2. Mix sugars, salt, and extract with the butter.
  3. Add egg yolk and beat well.
  4. Mix in flour.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Microwave for 45 – 60 seconds.
  7. Let cool (this is still a cookie after all) and enjoy!

Not only is this a simple recipe, but it’s one that you can easily change up. Try butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips. Throw in some peanut butter. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Make cookie in a cup your way and let The Sweet Treat know how it turns out.

Burger King Introduces the Bacon Sundae

13 Jun

Just when you thought fast food couldn’t get worse for you. . .

Burger King announced today that is will add a bacon sundae to its summer menu. The 510 calorie treat, which starts as simple vanilla soft serve with hot fudge and caramel sauce, features a strip of back as well as bacon crumbles. While the sundae won’t make its national debut until the summer, Burger King began serving the treat this April in Nashville. The company claims the salty-sweet dessert “took Nashville by storm.”

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I don’t know that’s more disgusting about this item. The fact that is contains so much sugar and fat that it could kill you (61 grams and 18 grams, respectively), or the fact that people actually like this. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate dessert that mixes sweet with savory (balsamic strawberries anyone?). But I can’t wrap my head around mixing thick, probably under cooked, pieces of bacon with ice cream. Perhaps I just prefer my ice cream the old-fashioned way – on a cone with sprinkles.

Does the Bacon Sundae make your mouth water or make you want to gag? Let The Sweet Treat know in the comment section!

Tie-Dyed Cupcakes

6 Jun

Happy Hump Day Sweet Treaters!

Wednesdays are the hardest days to get through. You’ve all ready put in two days at the office (although it seems like more), and you have two more to get through when the day ends. Thankfully, we have the weekends to relax and release some stress before the week starts again.

For me, however, the last two weekends have been anything but relaxing. Between train trips, babysitting adventures, and a wedding, life was more chaotic than clam. Despite this buisy schedule, I still found time to squeeze in some dessert.

Last weekend (Memorial Day weekend), I traveled home for some doctor appointments. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Westerly without seeing some of my friends. On Friday night, I drove up to Hartford to visit my friend Meghan. The next day we ran Color Me Rad, a 5k race where attendants throw colored corn starch on you ever kilometer. Sounds fun, right? It was. I highly recommend you register for one in your area. Fair warning: it takes two showers for the color to come off.

Since Meghan and I are cupcake enthusiast and since I can’t show up somewhere empty handed, I decided to make Tie-Dyed Cupcakes. Appropriate for our running adventure. I thought they would be difficult to make, because when so many colors come together they turn brown. But with a little patients, they ended up looking great (and tasting even better).

I must make a confession: given my time crunch, I opted for boxed mix and canned frosting. I always encourage making treats from scratch, but it doesn’t hurt to take a little help when you need it.

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Ingredients

  • 1 box of white cake mix (you can use yellow, but some of the colors don’t come out as well)
  • Food coloring, assortment
  • 1 can frosting (you can use any flavor you want)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Plastic bowls (one for each color you use)
  • Toothpick

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven according to mix directions.
  2. Prepare batter according to mix directions.
  3. Divide batter among bowls.
  4. Squeeze a couple drops of food coloring into each bowl and stir to combine. The more coloring you add, the brighter your cupcakes will be.
  5. Using a spoon, drop a little of each color into your cupcake liners. Try alternating the order for variety.
  6. Using a toothpick, swirl the batters together. Only swirl once or twice to avoid “browning.”
  7. Place in oven and bake according to mix directions.
  8. Let cool and frost.

 

These cupcakes are perfect for a kid’s party, color run, or just to get you through the hump day.

Enjoy!

I would also like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts regarding my grandmother. We all experience loss in life, but it’s important that we keep the person alive through our words and actions.