White Chocolate Isn't Really Chocolate

It's September 22nd and that means it's National White Chocolate Day! But did you know that white chocolate isn't actually chocolate at all? After fermentation, cacao beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted (much like coffee beans) and the shell is removed so confectioners are left with the cacao nibs, which are then ground to cocoa mass. The cocoa mass is then liquefied into chocolate liquor so it can be molded into whatever final shape the chocolatier wants. That chocolate liquor can then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. The main ingredient in white chocolate is that cocoa butter, a pale yellow vegetable fat. And yes, that cocoa butter is the same as what you find in many lotions and lip balms to help moisturize your skin!

The Vegetables of Fall and Why They Are Good For You

For many, fall means Halloween candy and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. And while we certainly love all the sweet treats of fall, there are also tons of healthy fall vegetables that make for great additions to your dinner table.
Butternut squash

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, No Coke, Pepsi!

You have to watch the classic SNL skit "Olympia Restaurant" in order to get into the right mood for National Cheeseburger Day, which is September 18th! And in honor of National Cheeseburger Day here are a few fun facts about everyone's go-to grilling favorite.

Where Do Apples Really Come From?

GourmetGiftBaskets.com calls New Hampshire home, and with fall coming up fast that means two very important things for New England: leaf peeping and apple picking! Our neighbor state, Massachusetts, is home to Johnny Appleseed himself, the legendary pioneer who brought apple trees and nurseries to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. There is nothing quite like picking an apple from the tree yourself and biting right into it! It doesn't get much fresher than that, and apples direct from the orchard just taste so much sweeter, juicier, and crisper than what you find in the store. 
Apples and Pears for Sale