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Dessert Contest Prize: $390K Home

$100 contest is latest to embrace trend

(Newser) - If you passed on chances to win an inn , a bakery , or a goat farm , now you've got another to win a $390,000 home in California. A realtor is giving away the refurbished 1906 residence in rural Jackson to the person who submits the best dessert recipe, reports... More »

Actually, That Waiter Doesn't Want You to Order Dessert

The food may be rich, but the profits are slim

(Newser) - When your waiter asks if you'd like coffee or dessert, he's hoping for a yes, right? Perhaps not. It turns out that many restaurants are better off, from a financial perspective, if you get out of there and make room for the next customer, the Washington Post reports.... More »

Don't Call Dunkin' Donuts' 'Croissant Donut' a Cronut

Company rep claims DD isn't copying treat made famous by NYC bakery

(Newser) - Starting next week, you'll be able to nosh on a croissant-donut hybrid if you live near a Dunkin' Donuts—but don't call the delectable dessert a Cronut. The chain says that starting Nov. 3, it will churn out a limited run of its "Croissant Donut," which... More »

Record Dessert Costs $35K

It does, however, come with a diamond

(Newser) - Filed under the what-recession category: A UK chef has concocted the world's most expensive dessert, which will set you back $35,000, reports Time . Along with dark chocolate pudding, champagne caviar, and gold-laced biscuits, you get a 2-karat diamond. The dessert from chef Marc Guibert at the Lindeth Howe... More »

Scientists Hunt for New Chocolate Flavors

American and Peruvian researchers scour the Amazon for wild cacao trees

(Newser) - In 2008 and 2009, American and Peruvian scientists joined forces on a hunt for sweet treasure—new kinds of chocolate. They explored the Amazon Basin, searching for wild cacao trees—which produce the beans that go into chocolate—and discovered 342 specimens from 12 watersheds, reports NPR . Each new cacao... More »

Pastry Chef Invents Dessert-Scented Perfume

He also bakes desserts based on famous fragrances

(Newser) - A little cream, butter, and lemon sponge cake may just give Calvin Klein a run for his money. For years, Spanish pastry chef Jordi Roca has been baking desserts that smell like perfumes; now he's bottling a spray that he also uses to enrich citrus notes in desserts. And... More »

4 Burned in Fiery Dessert Disaster

Attempt to make bananas foster table-side goes horribly wrong

(Newser) - We're guessing this waiter didn't walk away with a tip: A Tampa Bay server's attempt to serve bananas foster table-side ended up burning four diners, two of whom were hospitalized. The mishap happened Saturday night at Ozona Blue Grill in Palm Harbor, reports MyFox Tampa Bay . "... More »

Maine Fights Over Whoopie Pies

Backers want it to be the state dessert

(Newser) - Food fight in Maine, and this one doesn't involve lobsters. Instead, it's about whoopie pies—"creamy frosting sandwiched by a pair of chocolate cakes," explains the Kennebec Journal for the uninitiated. Health food it's not, but whoopies are so beloved that the state legislature is considering a bill... More »

Shame On You, America: Give Pie Some Respect

A Salon writer spends a few thousand words saying that

(Newser) - Plenty of people like pie. But they don’t love it the way they should, says Vincent Rossmeier of Salon. “For too long, pie has played the ugly stepchild to that flamboyant diva of desserts, cake,” he argues. “Sure, plastered with enough frosting and chocolate-ganache implants, cake... More »

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