Monthly Briefings:

Enjoy our monthly list of holdays, parades and festivals. Also, each month we will publish informative dessert news and reviews. Some stories could be about an ingredient we use, where it is made or grown, how it is harvested or even the ancient history behind it.  Whenever we learn of a modern-day chocolate convention, a big-time international business trade show or an interesting brand new dessert product in the grocery stores we will report it right here.  So we hope you return each week for some sweet news to brighten up your day.

August Holidays, Parades and Festivals

Will be updated later today, August 2.

Source: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2020



1. DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie

There are about 400 DoubleTree Hotels by Hilton located in 40 countries. No matter which one you stay in they all have the same cookie available for free at check-in: The famous Doubletree Chocolate Chip cookie. In fact, it is so famous it was said to have been the first food ever baked on a space flight. In late April 2020 the hotel chain decided to divulge the recipe. We give a five-star rating for the cookie and another five-stars to DoubleTree for unveiling the secret recipe.  Thanks DoubleTree!

2. Sally’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie

We found a great recipe from our friends at Sally’s Baking Addiction. The dough needs to be refrigerated for a few hours so it is easy to handle and spreads less in the oven.  We picked this recipe because it is close to our May Flavor-of-the-Month fudge, Chocolate Caramel Cookie. Sally has thousands of recipes, cookbooks and offers free dessert recipes every week. It’s a lot of fun and worth a visit.

3. Crock Pot Nerds Fudge Recipe By Sarah V. Hayes

Photo by Melissa on

Have your kids opened their lunchbox to see fudge, with Nerd’s on top? Providing them with such a kid-loving, appetizing dessert, my kids would wonder what they did right.  Whether  a dessert for good behavior, or a dessert to satisfy the sweet tooth, surely this recipe will be a gift. If you’re a parent whose learned bribery works well, you’ll want to store this recipe for safekeeping. Especially for those on a time-limit, you will be happy to know this can be cooked in a crock-pot. Taken from Melissa at, be sure to have your Rainbow Nerds handy:

500g milky bar chocolate
1x 395g Tin sweetened condensed milk
1x Tblsp spoon of butter
Box of nerds
Cook everything but the nerds with the lid off for 1.5hrs on low & stir on & off
Add nerds and mix.
Put in Tray to cool in fridge.