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May 11, 2020

Blog-The GOoDS Crew

by Meridith Braun
Fun

Meet The GOoDS Crew

Whether it’s a fleet of scrappy rebels taking on an empire, little ponies learning that friendship is magic, or an unlikely fellowship coming together to toss a ring into a volcano, geek culture has taught us time and again that teamwork makes the dream work.

Here at the GOoDS, we’ve assembled our own super-team of sweets-lovers to make your sugared dreams a reality; and this week, we wanted to let you know a little more about us!

SAM

Commander-in-Sweets
aka Founder, Co-Owner, Award-Winning Designer, and Master Creator
Fave GOoDS Treat:
  • All of our cookies (especially the chewie-chocolate chip) and our Sea Witch truffle.
Top Fandoms:
  • Chaotic neutral equal opportunity nerd — I love them all, with special shoutouts to Star Wars, Mass Effect, Muppets, Sandman, Farscape, DC, Disney Villains and Magic.
Hobbies:
  • Is working a hobby? Otherwise I enjoy board games, video games, painting terrain for miniature games like Batman Miniatures and snuggling with my pup Shadow. I’m also learning how to play kalimba for my Bard D&D character who doesn’t know she’s magical… yet.
How did you get into baking and sweets?
  • From the dawn of the human race there have been two things that have always brought people together: stories, and good food. I have always been a geek– I started as a kid with Star Wars, Renaissance Festivals, Pirates, and BTTF– and started baking when I was two. Mixing the two together came naturally to me. Through these two mediums that are so good at bringing people together regardless of their differences, I aim to make the world a sweeter place.
If you could move to one of the planets in the Star Wars galaxy, which would it be and why?
  • Felucia is my favourite planet but there are way too many things that would try to eat me so that’s out…. After some deep thought, I would want to visit every planet, but I would want to live on Mandalor if this was before the clone wars. If it was after then I would want to put down roots on Naboo or with the Wookies on Kashyyyk. (Don’t judge me, I like the quiet pretty life with things that don’t try to kill me and Cloud City would be too boring and there aren’t enough trees.)
When in history would you take your Delorean if you knew wouldn’t mess up the timeline?
  • I would go be a pirate with Anne Bonny and Jack Rackham for a while before popping over to the set of “Adventures of the Starkiller” (Star Wars: A New Hope’s working title) and watch the magic unfold while getting to meet the troublesome trio and the rest of the cast.
Destruction, Control, or Synthesis?
  • #spoileralert, I chose Synthesis, but regardless of which choice you made, I’ll meet you at the bar.

MERIDITHMeridith

Emperor Chocolatine

aka Co-owner, Chief Marketing Officer and Taste-tester
Fave GOoDS Treat:
  • Just one?! Daily fresh baked chocolate cookies and Sloane’s Heavenly Cream Tea make my heart sing
Top Fandoms:
  • Top Gun, Retro gaming, Pinball, Pikmen, Harry Potter, Seinfeld, Marvel, Walking Dead, Pixar
Hobbies:
  • Board games, cooking/baking, interior design, video games, spending time with friends/family, raising 2 awesome boys
What did you do before creating the GOoDS with Sam?
  • Wow…this could take a while. As a child of the 70s/80s and proud GenX-er, I grew up battling it out with my older brother on our head-to-head Coleco football game handheld or Vanguard, Berzerk or Pac-man on our Atari 2600. That began my first nerd passion that continued through the Super Nintendo years. Cut to post-university, a few years in NYC working in high-tech public relations and then remembering where my passion truly lay after playing Myst and seeing the first Playstation games — the video game industry. I spent almost 20 years helping to market every kind of game from Looney Tunes Duck Dodgers to Driver to Unreal Tournament through 4 different console and handheld cycles including the not long-lived but much loved Sega Dreamcast. My career highlight was creating the publishing arm for Digital Extremes from the ground up to self-publish our most successful game, Warframe. After that I pulled a Costanza and left on top. Beyond that I’ve been an avid cook, baker and amateur cake decorator since I was 6 years old so when I met Sam it seemed like a perfect match of our collective creative nerd forces!
What’s your favourite interior detail or decoration at the cafe?
  • The exposed brick wall and art we’ve added to it is so fun and oddly enough the wallpaper we put in the cafe bathroom is one of my favorite decorations, also the cafe tables and chairs we chose especially the wingback chairs in the window really help add the charm to a comfy, cozy, quirky cafe.
What Pixar character do you most identify with?
  • Elastigirl/Mrs. Incredible – kick-ass mom’s rule!
When it comes to fighting the zombie horde, are you a ranged or melee kinda gal? And where is your post-apocalyptic stronghold?
  • I’ve put a lot of thought into this after too many seasons of the Walking Dead. Normally I’m a sniper fan but in the zombie apocalypse you need to polish all kinds of killing skills so I think I’d work on my melee attacks to stay agile. My stronghold would be a solar or windmill-powered farm in Montana or Idaho where population is scarce but living off the land is plentiful.
 

MARGOMargo

Cake Wizard

aka Cake Decorator
Fave GOoDS Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookie Top Fandoms:
  • Lord of the Rings, Legend of Zelda, Twin Peaks, the film industry/filmmakers
Hobbies:
  • Arts and crafts, LEGO minifigures, film photography, cringing through 90 Day Fiance
What’s a cake design you’ve felt extra proud of?
  • I think I would say the Stranger Things cake I did with Sam [which can be seen on our Instagram!]. I think the demogorgon I created looks really cool; I like sculpting figures.
With a tip of the hat to Agent Cooper, favourite pie flavour?
  • Blueberry! Warm blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream… oh boy.
Where in Middle Earth would you want to live?
  • Hmm. I feel like I should say Rivendell because of how gorgeous it is, but it’s also just so fancy. Maybe too fancy. For me. Hahah. Would have to be The Shire, even though that’s probably the most obvious answer. I just love the small town feel, gorgeous little houses with all the beautiful wood interiors, rolling hills and gardens… * drifts off into daydreams *
 

NATASHANatasha

Dough Whisperer

aka Baker
Fave GOoDS Treat:
  • Garlic Parmesan Scones and Texas Cheesecake Massacre
Top Fandoms:
  • Scooby Doo, Mortal Kombat, Fire Emblem, DC (Villains in particular)
Hobbies:
  • D&D, video gaming, baking, writing
If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be and why?
  • I’d be a Rainbow Chip cookie, crispy and colourful.
Black Eagles, Blue Lions, or Golden Deer?
  • Well I’d have to say Golden Deer, but most of my favourite students come from the Black Eagles house.
Who has the best FATALITY moves?
  • Easy, Erron Black simply because he is a handsome cowboy so he wins at life.
 

MANDYMandy

Chief Chocoholic

aka Chocolatier
Fave GOoDS Treat:
  • Double Chocolate Raspberry Cake and Chocolate Chip Cookie
Top Fandoms:
  • It’s hard to pick but there’s a special place in my heart for Disney Princesses, Harry Potter, D&D, and comic books
Hobbies:
  • Chasing my kids (6 and 7), baking sourdough bread, painting, watching too much TV
What’s the most peculiar chocolate you’ve ever had?:
  • The most intriguing bonbon I’ve had was from Onyx and flavoured like Tom Yum Soup.
What are your House and Patronus?:
  • I am a Hufflepuff and my patronus is a Doe.
Who’s your favourite Disney princess, and why?:
  • Belle; fiercely loyal and uniquely herself, she stands up for what she believes in and doesn’t take crap from anyone, especially Gaston.
 

MARIANNEMarianne

E-mail Gremlin

aka Marketing and Community Management
Fave GOoDS Treat:
  • Eldritch Blast
Top Fandoms:
  • Steven Universe, Sailor Moon, Animal Crossing, horror movies
Hobbies:
  • Cosplay, hand-sewing, reading, video games, drawing, witchery
If the GOoDS social accounts were a Sailor Scout, which one would they be and why?
  • Probably Sailor Pluto, who is the guardian of the portals of space and time. Potentially not fully human. Has great style, cares for others, super cute with a little dash of darkness
What kind of witch are you?
  • I’m definitely a kitchen witch. All my favourite witchy things are centred on the home. And what could be more enchanting than a delicious cookie, baked with love?
What would your personal Steven Universe gemstone be?
  • Probably Opalite? It’s definitely super pretty but its appearance will change depending on whether it’s placed on a black or white background. It’s mostly milky in colour but reflects oranges, pinks, blues, and violets. Opalite is apparently all about self-worth and self-esteem and I dig that! It is also supposed to be good for smoothing tough transitions in life and helping keep things on an even keel.
 

KELSEYKelsey

Head Cafe NPC

aka Front of House Supervisor
Fave GOoDS Treat:
  • Sponge Toffee
Top Fandoms:
  • Cardcaptor Sakura, Harry Potter, Animal Crossing
Hobbies:
  • Competitive cosplay (local and international), embroidery, video games
What makes The GOoDS’s customers so awesome?:
  • Their excitement when they walk into the shop or visit our convention booths.
What’s your best cosplaying memory?:
  • Hearing our team name called when we won the honour of representing Canada in Nagoya, and hearing our Country called when we passed to the second round/ Finals at the World Cosplay Summit. And not a memory per se but all the wonderful friends I’ve made around the world through the hobby!
Tom Nook– saint or tyrant?:
  • Saint, that raccoon lets me pay back my 0 interest loan at my own pace. I wish he could give me a mortgage in real life.
 

Damian

DAMIAN

Humble Cash Monkey

aka Front of House Team
Fave GOoDS Treat:
  • Salted Caramel Cookie
Top Fandoms:
  • Destiny 2, Haikyuu!!, ONE OK ROCK
Hobbies:
  • Volleyball, doodling, napping with cats
What’s the best joke you’ve drawn for our sidewalk sign?
  • The Christmas + New Year board that said “Merry Geekmas & a Happy Nerd Year” in Star Wars font.
What’s your preferred class/species in Destiny 2?
  • I’m a crayon-eating Titan main/Exos for life.
If you were an anime trope, what would you be?
  • Easy, shounen protagonist. I believe in the Power of Friendship.
 

KIRAKira

Merchant’s Apprentice

aka Front of House Team
Fave GOoDS Treat:
  • Cookies and Cream Cake
Top Fandoms:
  • Disney (esp. Villains), Jim Henson, Pokémon, RPDR
Hobbies:
  • Reading, jigsaw puzzles, handicrafts, movies, quirky video games
What’s your favourite drink to make?
  • Butterbeer, in all its sparkly magical glory.
Which Disney villain do you think would have what it takes to win RPDR?
  • Leaving aside Ursula, who already is a drag queen (see also: Divine), definitely Cruella de Vil. A cackling high-fashion queen who’d crush the sewing challenges and read the other queens for filth.
What movie would you pay to see reenacted by The Muppets?
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel. Big cast, bright aesthetic, hijinks… Like, how has there NOT been a Wes Anderson/Muppets joint at this point?
 

RyanRYAN

Mild-Mannered Reporter for the Daily Bugle

aka Photographer and Videographer
Fave GOoDS Treat:
  • Leftover cake from YouTube episode filming
Top Fandoms:
  • Horror/genre films, and whatever video game I’m currently playing
Hobbies:
  • Harassing my cats, making bleeps and bloops on a two-tier table of synthesizers, Twitch streaming classic games (twitch.tv/ry_tron), paying off my mortgage to Tom Nook
What was your most memorable shoot with the GOoDS?
  • That time I filmed Sam get murdered by Michael Myers. What a nice day.
Who is your favourite cat from pop culture?
  • Catbus, from My Neighbor Totoro
Which gaming system best represents you and why?
  • Sega Saturn, as my mind is often on another planet and my films have only gotten stranger over time.
 

GOoDieGOoDie

Lovable Mischievous Mascot

aka The Lovable Mischievous Mascot
Fave GOoDS Treat:
  • Neptune caramel sea salt chocolate truffle and the customers that stay after closing.
Top Fandoms:
  • Oh pirates and steampunk for sure! But also pingpong because I always win. I also have a soft spot for National Geographic, I like when they say my friends (like nessie, bigfoot and my lovable pal Ron) and I don’t exist. Cracks me up every time.
Hobbies:
  • Outside of making every genre delicious? Swimming, sculpting and sinking ships into the watery abyss. Don’t worry, I only do that on my days off.
If you could have hands instead…would you?
  • Sometimes I accidentally get tangled with the apron strings when I put on my apron, but otherwise tentacles are practically perfect in every way.
If you could bake a cake for anyone, who would it be?
  • Well that’s easy, obviously Kermit the frog. He’s my idol. *Starts humming Mana, Mana….
What would you say your strengths are?
  • I’m a team player and always willing to take whisks! Sometimes they don’t like that though.
And that’s our GOoDS crew! Although we’re all stuck in isolation right now, rest assured our Borg-like hive mind is always plotting through our advanced communication system (aka Zoom) to ensure that once we’re back to business, your resistance to our delicious snacks will be futile. But like… in a good way.

We want to meet you! Take a selfie or create a sketch and tag us @thegoodsweetsto #goodsweetsfamily

Big props to our resident artist, Damian who made us all into cartoon form for this blog…the talents never cease to amaze with our crew!

May the fork be with you
– The Grand Order of Divine Sweets

Blog – Homemade Hot Chocolate

April 27, 2020
by Kelsey
Drinks, Fun

Cozy Up With Some Hot Chocolate ☕️

They say April showers bring May flowers, and this week’s weather in Toronto is certainly looking like we will have a whole lot of flowers! To make what looks like a blustery week a little sweeter, we (GOoDie the octopus🐙 and I) are sharing our sinfully delicious Hot Chocolate recipe with you!

This recipe can be used with ANY of our GOoDS chocolate bars for a wide range of flavours. The hardest part is choosing what flavour to use! We decided to go with our Sea Salt bar first, and to make it extra special GOoDie is pairing it with homemade whipped cream and caramel! See more flavour suggestions at the end of this blog!

If, like a few of us you don’t have any GOoDS bars left you can also substitute 25g to 50g of any chocolate you may have, and hopefully we can get you restocked soon.

Chocolate Bar Hot Chocolate

To make Chocolate Bar Hot Chocolate at home you will need:
  1. A GOoDs Chocolate Bar, you will use ½ a bar per cup
  2. 1 cup Milk or Milk Alternative
  3. Whipped Cream (optional)
  4. Caramel (optional)
Step 1:
  • Using half the chocolate bar, break it into pieces and place in a pot over the stove on low heat. This is important because you don’t want to burn your chocolate!
Step 2:
  • Melt down the chocolate, use a whisk to keep the pieces moving.
Step 3:
  • After the chocolate is fully melted whisk in 1 cup of milk until fully blended.
Step 4:
  • Pour into a mug.
Step 5:
  • Add your favourite toppings. Since we used a Sea Salt chocolate bar I topped with sea salt and caramel to make a Caramel Sea Salt Hot Chocolate.
Step 6:
  • Enjoy!

Caramel Sauce

For the Caramel Sauce I followed the Oh-so-easy Caramel Sauce from AllRecipes found here. To make Caramel Sauce you will need:
  • 1 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
Step 1:
  • Prepare the sugar, butter and milk
Step 2:
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan.
Step 3:
  • Add in the milk and brown sugar into the pot with the butter
Step 4:
  • Bring mixture to a boil and keep stirring until the sauce has thickened up.
Step 5:
  • Remove from heat and mix in vanilla extract
Step 6:
  • Pour on to desired food and enjoy!

Whipping Cream

Whipping Cream is very easy to make, you can sweeten it with sugar or flavoured syrup or enjoy it without adding anything! For this example I added a teaspoon of vanilla sugar. You can whip the cream by hand, or use a blender / magic bullet if you have one. Step 1:
  • Add your sweetener to your bowl or mixing vessel.
Step 2:
  • Add the whipping cream, the amount will depend on how much whipped cream you want, I used roughly 1/3 to ½ cup of cream.
Step 3:
  • Whip it. Whip it good! (I couldn’t help myself 🤣) This will take significantly longer if you are whipping by hand. For the blender or Magic Bullet blend it for 30 seconds, remove and shake, blend again. Repeat until it is a nice and fluffy consistency.
Step 4: Top your treats with whipped cream, or enjoy from a spoon 😉 We definitely won’t judge!
Other delicious pairing suggestions –
  • – Smoked GOoDS bar with a shot of whiskey for an extra special cozy treat
  • – Orange blossom GOoDS bar with whipped cream infused with a sprinkle of lemon zest
  • – Mint GOoDS bar topped with marshmallows
Stay cozy this week and let us know what flavour pairings you come up with!

This Sunday’s movie night is Jurassic World 🦖🦖 (Sadly, no Goldblum, but Chris Pratt is a dream and going to be a new daddy soon! Congrats! 👶 Sam was outvoted, but Meridith is going to be very happy this weekend!🤣) We will see you in the chat!

May the fork be with you,
– The GOoDS

April 20, 2020

Blog-Sugar Cookies

by Marianne Jette
Cookies, Fun

Cookie Overload 🍪 (is there such a thing?!)

So, this week we decided to give Sam a breather from the blog so she can focus on creating new original recipes for the shop 🤤 and the care packages of bread and other baked goods she’s been creating for local families in need. (Seriously, this woman is a machine, she just started doing this late last week and has already managed to help over 125 local families! I guess that’s just what happens when you leave an introverted baker at home. 🤭

 
Sam baking bounty

Sam’s big baking bounty going into Covid19 care packages.

 

When your source for recipes is busy, what do we do?! We take to the internet! If you’re bored at home (or stress-baking!) and in the mood for about 200 cookies, this is the recipe for you!

This week we tried Emma’s Goodies recipe for making cookie boxes and the results were delicious. You can get the recipe we followed here. The recipe makes one basic dough, and has instructions for how to adapt that dough into 5 different cookie recipes!

🍪 Butter Cookie Super Recipe 🍪

  • – 750 gr soft room-temp Butter ( 6 2/3 sticks )
  • – 300 gr Powdered Sugar ( 2 1/2 cups)
  • – 3 room temp X-Large Egg Whites
  • – 900 gr All purpose Flour ( 6 cups + 1/2 cup)
  • – 3 tsp Vanilla
  • – 1/4 tsp Salt
Divide the dough into 5 equal portions. For each of the 5 doughs, follow one of the instructions below:
Vanilla Butter Cookies
Leave the first dough as is.
You’ll need a piping bag and a tip of your choice.

Linzer Cookies
to the second cookie dough, add:
  • – 60 gr Almond Flour (1/2 cup)
  • – 40 gr All Purpose Flour ( 4 tbsp)
  • – 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
Gingerbread Style Cookies
to the third cookie dough, add:
  • – 2 3/4 tsp Ginger
  • – 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • – 2 or 3 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • – 40 gr Flour ( 4 tbsp)
For stronger gingerbread flavor add more ginger.

Sugar Cookies
to the fourth cookie dough, add:
  • – 50 gr All Purpose Flour ( 5 tbsp)
  • – 1/2 tsp Vanilla
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
to the fifth cookie dough, add:
  • – 60 gr Sweetened Cocoa Powder (7 1/2 tbsp) (‘Bloom’ the cocoa with 5 tbsp hot Milk) If you’re using UNsweetened cocoa powder you may have to add 1 tbsp more icing sugar.
  • – 20 gr All Purpose Flour (2 tbsp)
Rolling, Cutting, Baking
Once all your doughs are mixed, roll them out to about ¼” thick and cut out your cookies with your cookie cutters of choice. Pop them in the oven preheated at 340F for about 15 minutes (although if your cookie shapes are very small, they won’t need quite as long). Once they are out, let them cool completely before decorating. Here’s the before and after: basic butter cookie dough to vanilla (we added some red food colouring to make the vanilla cookies pink!), chocolate, ginger, linzer, and piped cookie doughs! This makes for a lot of cookies to roll and cut out, so enlist helpers if you can! We used a combination of some basic cookie cutters to get cute cut-out cookies, and also a few fun shapes like Cookie Cat from the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe.

Don’t have cookie cutters? No problem! Cookie cutters are fun to have but if you don’t have them, you can still make yourself some delicious cookies. Just use a thin-rimmed glass as a makeshift cookie cutter instead! If you’re handy with a knife and very dedicated, you can also make yourself a paper template of the shape you want, and use a sharp knife or even a craft knife to cut out your cookies one by one. Or hey… be extra crazy creative and freehand cut your own shapes! Once the baking is done, the hardest part is waiting for them to cool down completely before decorating them. Good news is, this recipe makes so many cookies that it’s unlikely you’ll snack on them all while you wait to decorate.

Decorate

We used some homemade Red Clover Blossom Jelly that we made and preserved last summer. The jelly is sweet and floral and refreshing, and made for really cute cut-out cookies! If you don’t have jam or jelly on hand, that’s okay too! Other good options for cookie decorating include:
  • – Royal Icing (homemade or store bought)
  • – Buttercream (homemade or store bought)
  • – Melted chocolate
  • – Peanut Butter/Nut Butter
The rest of the cookies were left plain because by the time we got to this point it was also time to start making dinner!
Since this dough can last up to 10 days in the fridge, we recommend making batches of cookies this big over a couple days. You can prepare the dough on one day, then roll out and bake another. Leave them to cool overnight and decorate on the third day! Either way you choose to do it, you’re in for a treat. These cookies are delicious and perfect for all kinds of different events and occasions. There’s a lot of cookies, so brace yourself for a lot of yum!

Time to taste test!

What cookie shapes did you create? Show us your creations! Tag us at either @thegoodsweetsto or #goodsweetsfamily

This weekend we’re diving in to Jurassic World 🦖 for our Netflix Watch Party! Stay tuned to our socials for the movie link 📽 posted on Sunday and hopefully we will see you in the chat!

Stay safe, and may the fork be with you. Always
– The GOoDS

Cupcake Colouring Sheets

April 7, 2020
by Meridith Braun
Fun

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!🧁

We wanted to make sure that even during isolation everyone feels special on their birthday, and what’s a birthday without cake?! Make a birthday wish by colouring, cutting, and pasting together the perfect cupcake from our cupcake craft pages below!

Bring it into The GOoDS once we reopen and we’ll trade you your paper creation for one of our Classic Cupcakes for FREE to make your day sweeter. Click on each link to print the two pages needed to make your cupcake.

Happy birthday from all of us at the GOoDS, and may the fork be with you. Always.

Click on each link to print the two pages needed to make your cupcake. Don’t have a printer? We’ll accept hand-drawn cupcakes too! This is for birthdays from March 10, 2020 until we re-open (which we hope is soon!)

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CAKE FLAVOURS & FILLINGS

Step 1 Choose Cake Flavour

(choose one) 

Vanilla Cake 

Chocolate Cake

Red Velvet Cake 

*Vanilla and chocolate cake can be made gluten free by request $5 fee

**cannot guarantee trace amounts

Step 2 Choose Filling

(choose one)

BUTTERCREAM  OPTIONS:

Vanilla Bean
Ice Wine Lavender
Lemon Cream
Chocolate
Cream Cheese
Hazelnut Crunch
Cookies & Cream
Peanut Butter Caramel
Stone Ground Matcha

GANACHE OPTIONS:

Double Chocolate Raspberry
Caramel Sea Salt
Earl Grey Cream
Chocolate Espresso
Dark Spiced Rum