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.
But 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.
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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 13 inch by 19 inch baking pan.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar. Let it cool a little.
- Add eggs, one at a time and mix well with a whisk.
- Add flour, vanilla, peanut butter milk chocolate baking bits, and salt and stir until just blended.
- 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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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
HOW TO ENTER:
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.
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