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Sea salt brownies at Trader Joe’s

Sea salt brownies at Trader Joe's

I’m not sure if was “sea salt” or the word “brownie” that caught my eye first when I spotted this plastic container of salty-sweet goodness at Trader Joe’s, but when put together these words justified my hypnotically tossing one in the cart. Seriously, French sea salt brownies? It’s brilliance only thought up by one of my favorite grocery stores. And the best part is that they are brownie “petites,” which, in theory, increases your chances of a whole box lasting more than a week. Sure, pastry chefs have combined sweet and salty combinations for a while, but there’s usually something cold involved (salted peanut gelato, etc.), but it’s rare to find a classic, straight-up fudge brownie sprinkled with the perfect amount of sea salt, that you can take on the go, and eat, um petitely…yeah or like five at once. For my past Trader Joe-nsing, click here, here and here.

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Terry’s Toffee

Mazel Toffee from Terry's

So I know I’ve mentioned this before, but one of my favorite streets in Chicago is Grand Avenue, just west of Halsted. Not only is it my own ‘hood, but I love the collection of 100-year-old storefronts and old buildings unscathed by too many new condo developments. One of those memorable storefronts is Terry’s Toffee, marked by a chocolate brown sign, ever-changing display of twinkling lights, and life-size Oscar sign to signify the toffee’s appearance in the swag bags at the Academy Awards year after year. Terry’s was born 7 years ago when Terry Opalek and his partner Michael Frontier started getting creative with toffee (based on Opalek’s grandmother’s toffee recipe), and eventually opened their flagship shop and mini factory in a former bakery. They’ll celebrate 5 years in the same location this February, making more than just celebs happy with varieties like Lavenilla (lavender and Madagascar vanilla infused toffee dipped in white chocolate), Koffee Toffee (espresso toffee in dark chocolate, and Asian Accent (ginger-wasabi pea toffee in dark chocolate). The place is party, hostess gift or just munch-an-entire bag-on-your-own central, and if you’re celebrating Hannukah tonight (or anytime over the next 8 days), the signature Mazel Toffee; a crunchy, salty, chocolate combination of Matzo with toffee and milk chocolate, is fully stocked (with samples!) and totally blows away a bland bag of Hannukah gelt, and the plastic gold net it comes in. 1117 W. Grand Ave., 312.733.2700

Free samples of Terry's signature flavors, try to try just one..yeah, just try.

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Momofuku Milk Bar

Crack pie at Momofuku Milk Bar

See, waiting for your table isn’t always a royal painski when things like crack pie, compost cookies, blueberry cream cookies, chocolate chip cake, candy bar pie (caramel, peanut butter nougat, peanut brittle, toasted pretzels and chocolate crust) are staring you in the face. This happens at pastry chef Christina Tosi’s sleek and modern Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC if you are waiting for your table at the adjacent Momofuku Ssäm, or if you head in for dessert after 8PM. Sure, steamed pork buns, branzini and hamachi await, but let them as you reach for a chocolate chip, marshmallow and cornflake cookie fresh from the oven. They actually offer a few daily changing savory items like a very intriguing sounding chorizo challah, the “volcano” (a potato dish encased in bread) banana green curry bread, but you’ll most likely reach for something that goes with the cereal milk soft serve. Momofuku Milk Bar, 207 2nd Ave., NYC

Chocolate chip cake


Compost cookie


Candy bar pie

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