It’s the U.S. Army’s 237th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than with food?
Admittedly, the military and gourmet chow don’t go hand in hand. Hard to imagine partygoers munching on MREs, hardtack and cream chipped beef on toast (known to some as “#$%@ on a shingle”).
It all started when Candace Nelson, a judge on the Food Network's “Cupcake Wars,” had a late-night pregnancy craving for, yes, cupcakes. As the founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes - one of the leading forces behind the haute cupcake craze - she should have had 24-hour access to all the vanillas, red velvets, milk chocolates she wanted, but it was not to be.
Sprinkles was already closed for the night, and Nelson’s craving went unsatisfied. The entrepreneur was inspired, and she turned her misfortune into a goldmine: a 24-hour Cupcake ATM.
A Valentine's Day proposal alone may sound sweet, but Philadelphia-area bakery Cupcakes Gourmet is laying on the sugar extra thick.
And hey, look on the bright side: If the person says no, at least you're left with a snack to eat your feelings with.
We visited with Nelson at the opening of her first New York City outpost to discuss the Oprah effect, what's next and how to beat the "just another cupcake shop" rap.
When it comes to food, I'm pretty simple. Give me something sugary, salty, crunchy or soft - and I'm satisfied.
It wasn't until my first taste of a particular red velvet cupcake in 2007, I learned the true meaning of love - or rather - "food love."
It is hard to put into words the taste of said cupcake from Sprinkles in Beverly Hills, but rest assured it was the best cupcake - let alone dessert - I had had in my life.
At first, I assumed that this was the typical reaction one has with a good cupcake, and I continued my time in California visiting Sprinkles as often as I could - even if it meant waiting in a line that stretched down Santa Monica Boulevard. When I moved to New York a couple years later, I knew I'd miss Sprinkles but assumed other cupcakes could easily fill the void.