Dried lavender adds a wonderful lavender flavor to cakes, frostings, muffins, and more! You can grind it up with granulated sugar and use this lavender sugar in baking recipes, or add it to liquids to infuse milk or water with lavender.
Freeze-dried strawberries are my secret weapon for adding a vibrant strawberry flavor to desserts. These crunchy little morsels are tasty on their own, but my favorite way to use them is to grind them up in a food processor and add the strawberry powder to whipped cream, buttercream frosting, or any cream filling! The powder gives it a strong strawberry taste without adding excess liquid that might mess up the texture.
This Orange Flavoring Oil is great for giving candies and baked goods a strong, vibrant orange flavor. Unlike extracts, orange oil is very potent, so you only need a small amount to get a big orange taste! It can also be added straight to melted chocolate and will not cause the chocolate to seize.
This is my favorite purple gel food coloring. Just a little bit is needed to turn your frosting and baked goods a beautiful shade of purple! Regal Purple is nice because it's a true purple--not too blue and not too pink. If you're looking for something more on the blue spectrum, try Americolor Violet, and if you prefer something more pink, try Americolor Electric Purple.
Chocolate Biscotti is a delicious treat on its own, but it can also be an ingredient used in making other desserts! I like to crumble it up and use it as a cake and cupcake topping, or use it instead of ladyfingers in trifles and tiramisu.
Candy Cane Bits are a great way to add candy cane taste and texture to your desserts! Crushing up candy canes is a huge pain--it's a mess, they're sticky, and they get candy dust everywhere. Not to mention, they start to stick together as soon as they're crushed! Buying candy cane bits is the easy solution--just measure out what you need and you're good to go! Plus, they don't get sticky nearly as quickly. Win-win!