Brownie Bite Surprises and a Decadent Chocolate Giveaway Worth $176

Brownie Bite Surprises and a Decadent Chocolate Giveaway Worth $176

Have you ever been invited to a home shopping party at a friend’s house? Of course you have. And I’m sure the invite puts that same pit in your stomach as it does in mine. You feel compelled to accept, knowing that you’ll then feel compelled to buy an expensive piece of jewelry or clothing that you don’t really want or need.

Miniature Dessert Cups by DoveBut what if the party didn’t involve jewelry? What if the party was an excuse to get together with your girlfriends to eat chocolate and drink martinis? That’s a party I would be happy to rsvp to, and that’s just the concept of Dove Chocolate Discoveries. Next Thursday, September 22, Dove Chocolate Discoveries will be holding chocolate parties across the country to celebrate Back to School. Now that that the kids are back in the rhythm of doing homework, it’s time to celebrate having our days back to ourselves! And as far as I’m concerned, sharing chocolate desserts is the best way to celebrate, well, pretty much anything.

If you’d like to join in the fun, you can sign up to have  your own Girls’ Night In with a Dove Chocolate Discoveries chocolatier. The Dove Chocolate Discoveries website will put you in touch with a local Dove Chocolatier with whom you can coordinate scheduling.  The chocolatier will bring samples for you to taste at your Girls’ Night In with your friends, and you will have the opportunity to purchase Dove Chocolate Discoveries products at the party. If you choose to host a Girls’ Night In party on 9/22, all hosts who have a party of $350 or more will receive an extra $50 in hostess credit to spend on the products of their choice.

After the Dove Chocolate Discoveries PR team asked me to write this post, they sent me a giant box of chocolates to play around with and create a recipe. The quality of the chocolate is excellent; in both milk and dark chocolate, it has a creamy quality and a rich chocolate flavor without bitter or spicy overtones. In addition to chocolate bars and bits, there were also mousse mixes, adorable mini dessert cups, and even a chocolate martini mix.

I was sorely tempted to create something to fill the delicate dark chocolate dessert cup shells, but ended up turning to a classic to showcase the chocolate: brownies. An inferior chocolate just cannot hide in a rich and fudgy homemade brownie recipe. To keep things interesting, I studded the brownies with the miniature peanut butter chocolate bits I received, and they added a subtle, but yummy, hint of peanut butter. This recipe will be included in the ones the chocolatiers can choose to serve at their parties on 9/22. Watching the chocolate melt and meld with the butter is a thing of beauty, and the resulting brownie is the perfect balance of fudge and cake, to satisfy people in either brownie camp. In case you’re in a hurry, you can also try the Dove Chocolate Discoveries brownie mix. I just love the ritual of making a homemade brownie.

Homemade Fudge Brownies

These homemade fudge brownies are easier than using a mix and the perfect balance of fudge and cake.

Recipe: Rich and Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Surprises

Summary: Although these brownies are homemade, they come together in one pot in under 10 minutes. Easier than opening a box of brownie mix and much richer.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12


  • 8 TBSPS or 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 178 grams of semi-sweet chocolate or 3 bars of Dove Chocolate Discoveries Semi-Sweet Dark Chocolate
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups of Dove Peanut Butter Filled Milk Chocolate Baking Bits
  • 2 tsps of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 13 inch by 19 inch baking pan.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar. Let it cool a little.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time and mix well with a whisk.
  5. Add flour, vanilla, peanut butter milk chocolate baking bits, and salt and stir until just blended.
  6. Pour batter into greased baking pan. It’s up to you and anyone begging to lick the bowl how well you scrape down the sides. Bake in oven 30 to 35 minutes. We like it a little mushy in our family. But to make sure it’s cooked, slip a knife into the middle and make sure it comes out clean.

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Small part of the Dove Chocolate Discoveries Giveaway Prizes

This is just a small portion of all the chocolate the winner of the Dove Chocolate Discoveries Giveaway will receive.

THE GIVEAWAY: Won by Meredith – randomly selected by “and the winner is” plug in.
Even if you’re not into having a chocolate party in your home, you can have a chance to sample these chocolates for yourself by entering the giveaway I’m hosting. One of my readers will receive the same massive box of goodies that I received which is worth $176. The box contains enough chocolate to get you through a tough winter:

  • 1 ½ lb Chef-Series chocolate bars (1 each of milk and dark)
  • ½ lb Chef-Series white chocolate bar
  • Dark Chocolate Dessert cups
  • Peanut Butter baking bits
  • Chocolate Baking mix
  • Chocolate Martini mix
  • Milk chocolate-covered cinnamon-dusted almonds
  • Mousse Starter Kit
  • Sugar-free Caramels

To enter to win, please leave me a comment about your favorite form of chocolate therapy. I’ll select the winner at random after midnight on Friday, September 23.

And there’s many ways to earn additional chances to win, just make sure to return here to leave comments for each additional entry. You can:

Just don’t forget to leave me a comment each time you perform an entry action so that you get credit.


151 Responses to Brownie Bite Surprises and a Decadent Chocolate Giveaway Worth $176

  1. Oh. My. Goodness. I LOVE Dove chocolate!!!! This school year stressed me out, but only because I also started a new full-time just just a few weeks before school started…eeek! But we’re getting into the swing of things.

  2. You are DEFINITELY in my feed!

  3. Angela says:

    Back when I was in school just getting ready every morning stressed me out!

    Congrats on the baby! My second baby was born 7/21. Would love a bit of Dove chocolate for those crazy days caring for a toddler AND a newborn. :D

  4. Angela says:

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  5. Annie West (Tsew) says:

    I “liked” you on my Facebook. Whenever I’ve had a bad day at work, I relax with a glass of red wine and a good dark chocolate snack. It melts away my worries.

  6. Chocolate Therapy? Hot Cocoa, rich, creamy on a cold winter day! Perfect!

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  9. My favorite form of chocolate therapy is a delicious cupcake or cookie with surprise of chocolate inside. Thanks for sharing this recipe and fun. Oh and Mazel Tov again to your entire family :)

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  12. meredith says:

    brownies are my favorite form of chocolate therapy

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  16. amy marantino says:

    i love chocolate milkshakes.

  17. Maureen says:

    Just a little bit of chocolate will save me. But when I really feel the urge for a major splurge I will make a batch of brownies with little dove bars in them and then have a little bite and it will ooze a bit of chocolate goodness out of the little square of brownie.

  18. Chocolate – I will eat it in any form. Brownies have to be my all time weakness though – a rich fudgy brownie!

  19. By far, brownies are my favorite form of chocolate therapy.

  20. jennifer dansberger jones says:

    my favorite chocolate is every form of dark chocolate!

  21. jennifer dansberger jones says:

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  23. traci s says:

    saying i love chocolate isnt enough to describe how i feel about chocolate! when i say i have it every day , im not joking,if it was me alone i think chocolate would be my main food staple! i get the urge for it late at night, when we shouldnt be eating, right now i have a bet with my bf on who can give up thier addictions the longest, mine is wonderfully smooth chocolate his is icky cigarettes so even if he wins i win too!!

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  27. Kelly says:

    when everyone is whining at you and asking for this and that… * and that’s just the hubby* lol now that’s a good time to indulge in some chocolate magic!!!!!

  28. Diane M. says:

    Anything dark chocolate will do the trick.

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  32. Diane M. says:

    I tweeted! Thanks for the yummy giveaway.

  33. Alice says:

    my favorite chocolate therapy is probably making anything chocolate – especially chopping chocolate for cookies… its the best!

  34. debbie says:

    My favorite form of chocolate therapy is a slighty warm, mint mocha hazelnut brownie. It always makes everything better.

  35. Jude says:

    Chocolate as therapy? Chocolate’s not therapy; it’s the reason to live.

  36. livia says:

    chocolate therpy? melted chocolate on a spoon with a jar of pb. ta-da!

  37. Jennifer Owens says:

    oh how you tease… when is chocolate NOT good! you showed me that picture and made me want to make brownies RIGHT NOW!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I love foodie blogs, and now I’ll be following yours FOR SURE!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

  38. Jennifer Owens says:

    ok. following you on twitter
    tweeted about all this deliciousness.
    liked you on facebook- will follow there too
    posted on my fb wall
    you’re in my rss feed also

  39. Becky Miller says:

    My favorite Chocolate therapy is eating a gallon of chocolate ice cream!

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  42. Jamie S. says:

    Liked you on facebook!

  43. Jamie S. says:

    Shared about contest on my facebook page…. excited I am going to a party in a week.

  44. Bar says:

    My favorite form of chocolate therapy is brownies with chocolate ice cream next.

  45. Barbara says:

    I am now following you on twitter & posted about the contest, liked your FB page and also shared the contest on my page. I want free chocolate, quality chocolate! :)

  46. Barbara says:

    Following on twitter as dragonsrest

  47. Ellen C. says:

    I love white chocolate in any form.

  48. Barbara says:

    Chocolate therapy is brownies or chocolate ice cream with something yumnmy mixed in (fudge swirls, brownies, etc).

  49. Alice says:

    I posted a link on my FB wall!

  50. sue says:

    The recipe say peanut butter the surprise that there isn’t any peanut butter in the recipe??

  51. sue says:

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  52. Chris S says:

    I love dark chocolate and help to sooth after a long day

  53. Chris S says:

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  57. Jan says:

    I go to chocolate any time I feel stressed. I love to just let it melt in my mouth and feel the creaminess and taste all the flavors. Then I feel much better1

  58. TawndaM says:

    *drool* for me, there is just something amazing about chocolate brownies right from the oven then drenched in hot fudge sauce and whipped cream (when I have it…)

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  62. Elyssa says:

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  63. Elyssa says:

    My favorite chocolate therapy is to immerse myself in it through aroma and taste and enjoy my neurotransmitter chocolate high.

  64. Lorrie says:

    As a Dove Chocolate Discoveries Chocolatier, I love that you are getting the word out about us.

    It is too bad you did not get the brownie mix. While I will not take on homemade, I firmly believe that our Truffle Fudge Brownie Mix is the BEST you’ll get out of a box. Amazing flavor and it includes an 8 oz pouch of chocolate chips.

    Give them a try, they are very much worth it.

  65. Christine Jensen says:

    I LOVE Dove Chocolate and for me I can fill my chocolate cravings with a few Dove Dark Chocolate Promises :) Oh my yumm

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  69. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    Just indulging in delicious, mouth-watering chocolate is my favorite form of therapy. I love homemade brownies, chocolate ganache, and chocolate with peanut butter. I recently tasted Dove chocolate-covered cinnamon-dusted almonds and they are fabulous! I didn’t feel guilty eating them either–because I like to think they’re healthy for me :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    the first thing I saw was the pictures of your baby–she’s beautiful!

  74. I’d love to win, so I can make those brownies. How on earth are you finding time to bake? When I truly need chocolate, I’ll take it in almost any form, but the milk chocolate Lindor Truffles? Heaven. I expect it to be a looong winter so this would come in handy.

  75. Staci A says:

    My chocolate therapy usually involves a cup of hot cocoa after a long day.

  76. Staci A says:

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  77. Staci A says:

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  78. Staci A says:

    I subscribe to your RSS. Thanks!

  79. Patricia says:

    I love a good piece of white chocolate. Also, some great choclate therapy for me is a hot pepermint flavored hot chocolate. Yum.

  80. Patricia says:

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  81. Patricia says:

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  83. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I love brownies and a cold glass of milk

  84. Vicki Wurgler says:

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  85. Ally says:

    Ah! The best chocolate therapy for me is sitting in a chair with a book and some nice dark chocolate.

  86. Kimberly B. says:

    One of my favorites is chocolate fudge ice-cream.

  87. Kimberly B. says:

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  92. Jennifer V says:

    My favorite form of chocolate therapy is a dish of chocolate ice cream for an indulgent evening snack. Thanks!

  93. Jennifer V says:

    I follow you on Twitter (@jenalber).

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  96. Kristie says:

    Lately I’ve been like Kit Kats :-)

  97. Kristie says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

  98. Jennifer Owens says:

    tweeted again. I feel like a bird.

  99. Jessica T. says:

    I need a good brownie with a chocolate bar melted on top after a long week of work!

  100. Jessica T. says:

    I liked you on facebook (Jessica Todd).

  101. Becke Boyer says:

    My favorite form of chocolate therapy is baking then eating a pan of homemade brownies. Lucky for my waistline, it’s a rare indulgence.

  102. Becke Boyer says:

    Follow @Frenchfoodiemom on Twitter

    DONE. I’m already a long time follower of yours.

  103. Becke Boyer says:

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  107. Laura DeLuca says:

    i like dove dark chocolate

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