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!
Black gel food coloring is a MUST in my kitchen! It is so hard to achieve a true black color without adding a gallon of food coloring--and even then, you often end up with a dull gray instead. This Americolor gel is the best I've found--it's very intense, and will produce a deep black without the need to add a ton of additional coloring. Pro tip: whenever possible, when trying to achieve a black color, I like to start with chocolate desserts. It's much easier to get to black when starting from brown, versus starting from white! So if chocolate frosting or chocolate cake works with the dessert you have in mind, I suggest starting with chocolate and adding black food coloring to that. You'll thank me for it!
Red Candy Melts are an easy way to make red candies at home. Red can be a very hard color to achieve with food coloring, so whenever possible I always recommend buying red candy coating or red fondant–it’s just much easier to get a true red without having to add a gallon of coloring! These wafers melt easily, have a pleasant taste, and are great for dipping and molding. Use them for making Valentine's Day Candies, Christmas Candies, or spooky Halloween candies!
This cream cheese flavoring is my secret weapon when it comes to making cream cheese buttercream! Adding cream cheese to frosting makes it softer, and sometimes I really want a stiff buttercream with a tangy cream cheese flavor. Introducing this flavoring extract! It's specially formulated for use in frostings, and a small amount will give your boring buttercream a great cream cheese flavor. It really allows you to have the best of both worlds!