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A Salty-Sweet Surprise for National Popcorn Day

When we heard that today was National Popcorn Day, we here at Cooking Channel immediately began plotting the number of ways to celebrate this food holiday: super spicy? classically cheesy? dressed in herbs? Since January (and our get-fit resolve) is waning, we settled on sweet, in the form of crunchy, sugar-coated caramely, caramely caramel corn.

But no ordinary caramel corn recipe would do — this day comes just once a year, after all — so we turned to the master of sweets himself, Double Ovens chef and Unique Sweets star Zac Young, to get his inventive take on the classic. Not one to disappoint, Zac shared a recipe that hits the sweet-tooth spot — with plenty of salty, smoky and savory flavor to boot. We guarantee this palate-pleasing treat will have you popping a second batch in no time.

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Happy Trails with Sweet Actions’ Trail Mix Ice Cream


Sam and Chia, co-owners of “Sweet Action” ice cream in Denver, blaze a new delicious trail with this sweet and salty ice cream flavor.

Even rough and tumble cowboys need to get in touch with their sweet side, and no one understands this better than our friends out West at Sweet Action Ice Cream.  Chia Basinger and Sam Kopicko might not be traditional gun-slingin’, cattle ropin’ cowboys, but they’re definitely pioneering new frontiers in the ice cream biz. Since they opened Sweet Action in Denver, they’ve served up over five hundred fearless flavors, including more savory ones like Colorado Sweet Corn and Sour Cream and Chive. Sound risky? Well that’s because it is, but the flavors also happen to be insanely, out-of-this-world delicious.

Lucky for us (and for you, since we can’t keep a secret), we managed to wrangle the recipe of one of our favorite flavors — Trail Mix Ice Cream. Wondrously cold and creamy with just a hint of vanilla flavor, the ice cream base makes a sweet and subtle backdrop for all the yummy trail mix add-ins. Next comes the crunch factor. Studded with almonds, peanuts, chocolate chips, rich peanut butter cups, colorful M&Ms and chewy raisins, every icy bite explodes with sweet and salty crunchiness. And hey, if you don’t own an ice cream maker and don’t think you’ll be flying out to Denver any time soon, no worries. Try tossing a handful of your favorite trail or nut mix on top of your favorite vanilla ice cream. You’ll be glad you did.

As much as we love this recipe, the best take away from Sweet Action is their commitment to taking chances with their ingredients and recipes.  Don’t be afraid to explore new flavors and culinary frontiers, because (in the words of one very wise cowboy), “It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.” Thanks, Roy Rogers. And happy trails, foodies!

Make sure you watch Unique Sweets tonight at 10:30pm ET to see Sweet Action in action and all the epic sweets of the wild, wild West.

Recipes from the Episode:

5 Mouthwatering Food Porn Shots of Desserts

Why should you tune in to the new season of Unique Sweets tonight at 10:30pm ET on Cooking Channel? Because there are restaurants, bakeries, boutiques and candy stores in this country making desserts that will blow your mind (case in point below).

Geographical and insulin limitations prevent us from trying all the shockingly tantalizing treats featured on the show, but just looking at them is enough to get us salivating. Here are five desserts, with recipes, to get you to sugar rush over to your DVR and program in Unique Sweets, every Sunday at 10:30pm ET.

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Peanut Butter Fudge Pie from San Francisco’s Z CioccolatoPeanut Butter Pie Fudge

Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Fudge Pie

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Celebrate National Doughnut Day With a Fonut

Olive Oil Rosemary Fonut Recipe

Meet the "fonut," the doughnut's sexy, sophisticated cousin.

Today, as the nation pays homage to doughnuts, we’re celebrating National Doughnut Day with something slightly more unique: fonuts!

Fonuts are baked, not fried – but just as delicious as their doughy cousins. These sweet confections are vegan, gluten-free – oh, and unbelievably addictive.

The Rosemary Olive Oil Fonuts (pictured above) come from Fonuts in LA. That “powdered sugar” topping is actually pulverized olive oil. (That’s why it’s a Unique Sweet). Or, for all the lemon lovers out there, give our Lemon Fonuts a try.

Want more? Find out how Fonuts are made here.

Lemon Fonut Recipe

Tart and delicious Lemon Fonuts

But don’t get us wrong – We love DOUGHNUTS, too:

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Sifted: The Breakfast Edition

An Ode to Caramel Creme Pastries by Une Duex Senses

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Did you drool over the salted caramel creme pastries featured on Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets? Une Deux Senses decided to recreate the breakfast pastries at home. The results are indulgent enough for dessert (although we have no problem with eating them in the morning).
  2. The Brits know their rhubarb, and Eating for England says it’s not just for pies and tarts. So celebrate spring with a seasonal breakfast: Dollop rhubarb-strawberry compote on hearty buckwheat waffles and enjoy.
  3. Cookie and Kate celebrates the fabulousness of toast with a simple mashed avocado remedy. With endless possibilities for additional healthy toppings, we’re sold!
  4. We love scones as a grab-and-go breakfast. These fresh ginger and black pepper mascarpone scones by Butter Me Up Brooklyn have a touch of sweetness and “just a kick of warm spice.”
  5. It’d be hard to grow tired of bagels and cream cheese. But just in case that’s an issue, The Meaning of Pie presents to you a delicious and sweet blueberry cream cheese to jazz up the morning.

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Dinner Party Duo Heads to Texas in “Married With Dishes”

Tamara Reynolds and husband Karl

Married With Dishes - Tamara Reynolds and her husband, Karl.

Tamara Reynolds (whom you may recognize from Unique Eats) and her husband, Karl, have been hosting an underground Sunday Night Dinner at their Queens apartment for nearly eight years. Needless to say, the couple are used to cooking for a crowd under pressure. But what happens when Cooking Channel sends them down to Fredericksburg, Texas to put on a homegrown feast for the Lone Star State in the new special Married With Dishes?

“Guerilla warfare,” Tamara says.  “It’s a stressful cooking situation, as you’ll see. Top Chef’s got nothing on me.”

The pair was given 12 hours to find a location, source ingredients and invite total strangers to a dinner that embodied Texas while still staying true to the area’s (and Tamara’s) German roots.

“There’s a whole German community in the middle of Hill Country in Texas,” she says. “I had no idea.”

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Sweet & Salty with the Baked Boys

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

If you’ve been watching this season of Unique Sweets, then you’re already familiar with Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, the owners of Brooklyn-based Baked bakery and guest contributors on the show.  We caught up with the dynamic dessert duo to get their take on the latest and the greatest in sweets.

You’ve traveled all around the country in the name of sweets. What’s one “trend” you see sticking around?

Matt Lewis: The salted sweet dessert. You’ve seen it evolve into other sweets, like bacon cupcakes. Anything with bacon in it is all about the salt factor. Brown butter is another, though it’s not always done correctly.

Renato Poliafito:And Americans are starting to catch on to using olive oil in their desserts.

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Channel Your Inner Child, Tonight on Unique Sweets

Swiss Roll

Lulu's Cream-Filled Swiss Rolls tonight on Unique Sweets

Cream-filled chocolate rolls, red velvet cake, ice-cold popsicles — tonight’s all new episode of Unique Sweets takes a look at your favorite childhood sweets, but now they’re all grown up.

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New Show on Cooking Channel: Unique Sweets

Crack Pie from Milk Bar

Imagine a show that’s devoted entirely to the sweeter side of food. Cinnamon rolls, birthday cake, pie in a jar… whatever you crave. Enter Unique Sweets, a show that’s on mission to find the most creative ways to get your sugar fix across the country.

Unique Sweets, the desserts-only spin-off of Cooking Channel’s popular show Unique Eats, premieres Sunday, April 24, at 10:30 p.m. ET. To tempt your sweet tooth while you wait for the premiere, here’s a preview of one of the treats featured in the premiere episode: Crack Pie.

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