Fresh Madness

A Blog from Pure Madness Chocolate

Fresh Madness

A Blog from Pure Madness Chocolate

Fresh Madness

A Blog from Pure Madness Chocolate

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Mochatini

10/15/15 11:01 AM

 chocolate espresso cocktail

An after dinner drink is lovely, but what if you’d prefer a little something sweet? This drink solves both problems—and promises to satisfy each of your cravings with espresso and chocolate. And if there’s anything we know for certain, it’s that chocolate and coffee are a perfect pair.

espresso dark chocolate cocktail

What you need:

1oz dark chocolate

1 tsp sugar

1.5oz espresso (or one shot)

2oz chilled vodka (or to taste)

Ice

Cocktail shaker

How you make it:

Chop chocolate and combine with sugar in your cocktail shaker, pour hot espresso shot over mixture and stir until smooth. Add chilled vodka and ice and shake until combined. Strain into a martini glass and top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate for garnish. Recipe makes one drink. 

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There’s something about the notes of cheese that speaks to the flavor of chocolate—and wine is a perfect addition to the mix. We paired two of our chocolate bars (one milk and one dark) with cheese and the results were enthralling, to say the least. It would be the perfect thing for a party and would even make for an interesting night at home.

First, a cheeseboard is a must. We used one made of slate, but marble is also a good choice. It will help keep the cheese at a consistent temperature and makes for a beautiful presentation. Unwrap the cheese before you serve it to allow it to breathe and serve at room temperature by removing from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

Your chocolate should also be served at room temperature (keep it out of the fridge, however!) alongside complimentary cheese on your board. Here are our suggestions:

milk chocolate cheese pairing

The Smoky Almond Bar with Beehive Cheese Co.’s Barely Buzzed

The smooth, nutty flavor of the milk chocolate is perfect alongside this unique hand-rubbed cheese coated in espresso and lavender with notes of butterscotch and caramel. The crumbly texture is pleasing from start to finish—and also pairs perfectly with red wine (we tried it with a cabernet).

chocolate and cheese

The Pure Dark Bar with Gorgonzola

The spicy nature of blue cheese is an ideal match for the intensity of dark chocolate. The combination will create bold new flavors together—and all sorts of contrasting textures to explore.

And when it comes to pairings, exploration is truly the name of the game.

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chocolate banana dream

8/11/15 10:58 AM

milk chocolate pudding recipe

 

chocolate banana pudding

Some things are too good to be true, but we can assure you this amazing dessert is not. You might even say it’s a dream come true: made with both milk and dark chocolate, this layered delight is the perfect crowd pleaser. Bring it out and serve it up to your guests who are sure to be begging for seconds.

What you need:

1 Hawaiian milk chocolate bar (you could also use Smoky Almond), chopped

1/3 (1 oz.) Pure Dark bar, chopped

3 cups whole milk

6 large egg yolks

½ cup sugar

3 T cornstarch

½ tsp vanilla extract

12 oz. thin chocolate wafer cookies (like Nabisco)

3-4 large bananas, peeled and sliced ¼” thick

2 cups whipped cream

Milk or dark chocolate shavings, for garnish

How you make it:

Pastry cream:

Pour milk into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Whisk in milk and dark chocolate until melted; remove from heat.

Whisk yolks, sugar, and cornstarch in large bowl. Carefully whisk in the chocolate mixture until combined, then pour into saucepan over medium-high heat and whisk until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and transfer to a clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap over the surface of the pastry cream until cooled to room temperature.

Spoon 1 cup of pastry cream into a glass dish (we used a larger bowl). Layer cookies, bananas, and pastry cream on top, ending with pastry cream.

Cover dish tightly and refrigerate until chilled (at least four hours, recommended overnight). When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

 

(Adapted from Bobby Flay’s Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding recipe)

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