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A Booze Box from “Nunu Chocolates”

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Born in South Africa, Justine Pringle moved to America and eventually met her husband, Andy Laird, who was a musician who performed often in the city. In an effort to sell merchandise that was more than just shirts or CD’s, the couple decided on a whim to make chocolates. Much to their surprise, the sweets caught on and soon their side-job turned into a full-time career and enterprise, “Nunu Chocolates”.

The name originates from a term in Africa for young children, but the chocolates that this booming company create are not your average box of Russell Stover. At the Mad. Sq. Eats event, I checked out the Nunu booth, which was offering tastings of their chocolates paired with wine and beer. Sadly, I was there to work and not drink (however, my work was gorging on food, a tough way to earn a living), but I did pick up a box of chocolates to take back for later. The Booze Box ($12), pictured above, holds six pieces of their handmade chocolates, each with a different kind of liquor inside. Let’s tear into it and get ourselves a simultaneous sugar rush and buzz!
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A bunch of cookies from “Momofuku Milk Bar”

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The reputation of “Momofuku Milk Bar” is hands-down one of the best in the city for bakeries. With a spot in every major part of Manhattan and one deep in Hipster territory (Williamsburg), Momofuku has been moistening the panties of foodies for some time now. I have to admit, after getting hooked on the “Crack Pie”, I may be among those ranks now.

While hanging around the “Madison Square Eats” event in May, I picked up a few additional treats from their booth. With the price of three cookies for $5, how could I resist? I’d like to see you try! With the taste of crack… pie on my lips, I had high expectations for their cookies, and I am glad to report that they absolutely lived up their standards.
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Chocolate-covered bananas from “Forbidden Fruit NYC”

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We have looked at some pretty sweet sweet’s in the past dessert reviews here, be it a homemade Ring-Ding or homemade Oreo-style sandwich cookie, but what about when you want something that is a little less prone to causing diabetes? “Forbidden Fruit NYC” offers up a lighter alternative, taking fresh fruit and simply bathing them in chocolate.

Hiding away on MacDougal street, this tiny little eatery offers a variety of nature’s delights drenched in chocolate, all while maintaining a green eco-friendly store. The simple-looking menu is deeper than it looks, with combinations of coatings and toppings that turn your dessert into something tasty while still being relatively guilt-free.
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Crispy Carrot Bar from “Vosges Haut-Chocolat”

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Originating out of Chicago, “Vosges Haut-Chocolate” has been selling their “chocolate experience” since 1998. Founded by Katrina Markoff, a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute in France, hers is a story of success that can teach all entrepreneurs a lesson. Starting off with $15,000 and making chocolates in her home, she has since expanded to a national business that brings in millions a year, making unique flavor combinations that few other chocolatiers were daring enough to make. The big idea – travel the world through chocolate.

But this site is not about business, we are about two things – crushing pretentiousness in food, and eating. Lots of eating. Checking out the Vosges website, it was quick to see that I could accomplish both of those things in one post. Seriously, the “About” page makes my brain numb. But pretentiousness aside, I absolutely appreciate Katrina’s concept, and I was curious to taste what this 15 year-old business could offer. Today, we are looking at what is easily one of the tamer flavor concoctions from the company, the Crispy Carrot Bar.
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Homemade Oreo from “Westville”

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Oreo cookies are not just for hungry kids looking for an after-school snack or nostalgic adults wishing they were back in school. It’s safe to say that the Oreo cookie is a perfect food, from its pleasing shape to balance of chocolate cookie and cream filling.

“Westville”, which initially opened in 2003 and has since expanded to multiple spots in NYC, has been offering its own take on the Oreo for some time now, and as much as I did my best to practice self-restraint, I was forced to give into deliciousness.
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Sweets ‘n’ Treats: Ring Ding from “Murray’s Cheese Shop”

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“Murray’s Cheese Shop” in SoHo is known mainly for one thing, and if you do not know what that is please read the name of the store until you do. Aside from it’s namesake, they have plenty of meats both cured and fresh, wine, an amazing olive bar, fresh pasta and sauces, and other goodies hiding in their nooks and crannies.

It’s easy to miss something in the store since there is so much around, but if you get lucky, sometimes something will stand out at you. Right next to some packages of Salami, I found a few sweets, including the one we are reviewing today.

Originally created by the Drake’s company, a subsidiary of Hostess, the Ring Ding ceased to exist in November 2012 when its parent company was forced to close its doors. This left a huge gap in the world of commercial desserts, along with the extinction of Twinkies, Devil Dogs, Yodels, and Funny Bones. Thankfully, there are some baking geniuses who figured out how to make these items themselves, and Murray’s just happens to have one. How does this version hold up against the real deal? Let’s find out!
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