Here's a formula for sensational skin: cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and . . . chocolate?
I know this sounds a little weird, ok, a lot weird, but these are some awesome brownies. And anyway, it's not like I'm pouring PBR into my brownie mix. The trick is in using a dark, malty beer you like that already has some desserty characteristics. Toasty, bready, toffee, coffee, chocolate flavors come to mind, and you can go a little crazy with the possibilities (could you imagine coffee porter brownies??). I chose to use the Bruery's Rugbrod, a toasty, spicy, Christmas-y Danish Rye ale that gave the brownies a lightness belied by their fudginess. It sounds contradictory, fudgy yet light, but the bubbles appear to be working their magic. To put an exclamation point on the spiciness I added a pinch of cayenne and cinnamon, just for a hint lingering in the background, and lightly sprinkled halved walnuts on top for their toasty, nutty goodness. I love how rustic the scattered walnuts look on top of the brownies, plus they add a lovely crunch. Enjoy! PS - Compartes makes seasonal beer chocolate truffles too!
We all know how much energy children have, but wait till you bring them to Compartes Chocolatier to dip their own chocolate! Yes, that’s right, last weekend at Compartes Chocolatier, more than twenty children came to dip their own chocolates… it was not as messy as it sounds!
Entering in little groups they first each gave their name which was written down and attached to their own tray. They then received a guided tour of the factory containing some of the original Compartes equipment from 1950…
… and then came the fun! Into the Magic Room, laid out on plates were marshmallows, Oreo cookies, Graham Crackers and Pretzels...
Choosing five pieces each, the children dipped their selections into the kettles of milk and dark chocolate, laid each piece out on their tray, then with a bit of effort (waiting for chocolate to dry is as exciting as it is difficult, at any age!) tried their patience outside with fun and games.
Twenty minutes later and finally dry, they collected their very own hand-dipped confections and sat down to enjoy the deliciousness and satisfaction. We were left with some very happy children!!
Does this sound like something you are interested in doing for your children? Please drop in to our store, call or email us for more information on planning your own chocolate-covered party!