Aww, That’s So Sweet!

Chances are, if you purr these words this upcoming Valentine’s Day – or, if they’re directed to you – chocolate is involved.  Not just any variety, either, but chocolate made by the couverture method, a highly-refined Belgian technique reserved for the very finest cacao available.  With a price tag to match, too.  Though for you,… Continue reading Aww, That’s So Sweet!

Another Chocolate, Herr Mozart?

Just in time for Mozart’s birthday, coming up Wednesday (it was the 26th of January, if you’re reading this in archive), here’s an Austrian confection, Mozartkugeln (“Mozart Truffles”).  While the composer was famously fond of sweets, Salzburg chocolatier Paul Fürst didn’t invent Mozartkugeln until a century or so after Wolfgang passed to the eternal in… Continue reading Another Chocolate, Herr Mozart?

Warning: Causes Blackouts

Now that you know, are you ready for all this chocolate?  Be advised, it’s relentless.  Start with a velvety chocolate cake, fully as rich and moist as is any devil’s food cake you’ve tried.  Top that with a creamy chocolate pudding, cooked on the stovetop, then chilled to concentrate its cocoa goodness. Mercy?  Not likely;… Continue reading Warning: Causes Blackouts

Brownies for a Princess

By legend, when an Austrian princess was staying at the Italian resort isle of Capri back in the 1800s, she started longing for the dense chocolate cake of her native Vienna, Sachertorte.  Not knowing how to make the Viennese delicacy, the resort’s Italian chefs prepared a more familiar local almond cake, added cocoa and hoped… Continue reading Brownies for a Princess

Lots of Cream, Though

Think of today’s dish as being a chocolatey dessert mocha, light on the coffee (quite light, actually), with copious servings of cream.  Best of all, it’s crowned with a generous dollop of Bailey’s Irish Cream-laden topping.  A double dose of cream thus completes this, reinforcing the smooth chocolate dreaminess found throughout. Formally speaking, this is… Continue reading Lots of Cream, Though

World’s Longest Street

It must be, to make it all the way from Madrid to Mexico City.  Churros are gloriously of that street, offered at roadside stands throughout the Spanish-speaking world (and in a few fortunate outposts beyond), delighting pedestrians with crunchy bursts of sweetness.  To those unfamiliar, think of a cinnamon donut, except crisper and lighter.  Absolutely… Continue reading World’s Longest Street

Yeah, Real Mature

What can you do, though?  Today’s treat, Revel Bars, earns its name, as one bite brings childhood flooding back.  Adult cares and worries melt away in sweet, chewy smoothness.  Age is irrelevant as happy memories become present reality. An exaggeration, surely?  Not for anyone who’s tried one of these.  When Cook’s Country featured Revel Bars… Continue reading Yeah, Real Mature