Happy birthday to me....
happy birthday to me,
happy birthday to meee-eeeee
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
Yay! It's my birthday! I LOVE my birthday!!
You know what else I love? CHOCOLATE.
Chocolate and my birthday go together like...well ya know...like stuff that goes together.
For my 21st birthday, I even gorged myself on chocolate as opposed to the general tradition of getting sick on alcohol instead. Best. birthday. EVER! So, imagine my excitement when the amazing people at Divine Chocolate agreed to send me some of their amazing chocolate to celebrate my special day (and oh yeah, on top of that, they're giving 3 of you wonderful readers a gift set too! So it's like everyone's birthday!! Continue reading past the recipe for the giveaway info.)
Up until now I hadn't had the opportunity to try Divine chocolate, although I have seen it in multiple stores in the city, (such as the one on 1066 Third Avenue, near my favorite Bed Bath and Beyond location--check out their store locator to find where YOU can get some Divine chocolate.), so I was STOKED to be sent such an amazing array of chocolatey goodness! Divine provided me with their baking line as well as their super festive holiday goodies! So far, everything has been just luscious-I cannot wait to try out everything!
AND, on top of delicious chocolate products, Divine also has an incredible story. Grown in Ghana, the cocoa beans used by Divine Chocolate are hand-harvested, slow-fermented and carefully dried by the family farmers of the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Cooperative, who co-own the company. While Fair Trade makes sure farmers get a better deal for their cocoa and some extra income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry. HOW COOL is that??!
For more info. about Divine Chocolate, visit www.divinechocolate.com/us. For news about competitions, deals, and more, sign up for the Divine Newsletter: http://www.divinechocolate.com/us/subscribe-our-newsletter.
Now, on to what I DID with my chocolate.
One of mine and Michael's fave spots to get some food in this city is Heartland Brewery and, at their Union Sq. location, they have a dessert they call "Ole Time S'mores" and I was SUPER into it. But, I don't get down there very often these days, and other locations don't seem to have that dessert. So, I thought to myself...why not just recreate it? And I did!
This deep dish s'more is, sort of, single serving. The perfect birthday dish means you don't have to share. First I made a nice thick, buttery, graham cracker crust. Then, the main component, a smooth, rich, thick chocolate ganache I made using half milk and half dark Divine chocolate (giving the perfect balance, methinks), and then a beautiful top of toasted marshmallows. Ahhh...definitely my kind of birthday dessert.
And it's pretty darned easy. Because nobody wants to spend all day slaving away on their birthday...
...then again...most people don't make their own birthday treat do they? I'm weird.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME AND MY WEIRDNESS! HOORAY FOR S'MORES AND CHOCOLATE AND KAYLE!!!
Deep Dish S'more
Author: Kayle, "The Cooking Actress"
- Approx. 14 homemade graham crackers (3/4 cup ground) (you can use storebought)
- 1 tbsp. butter, melted (may need more)
- 3 oz. dark chocolate, broken into pieces (I used Divine Chocolate 70% Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar)
- 3 oz. milk chocolate, broken into pieces (I used Divine Chocolate 38% Milk Chocolate Baking Bar)
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- Mini marshmallows, for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 16 oz. container (I used this one) with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a food processor (or possibly a blender) process graham crackers until finely ground. Scoop out a small handful and set aside.
- Pour in 1 tbsp. melted butter and process until the crumbs are moistened (if needed, melt and add more butter.)
- Press the moistened graham crumbs into the bottom and sides of the prepared ramekin. (You may have more crumbs than needed.)
- Bake 7 minutes, or until fragrant and set. Cool completely.
- In a heatproof bowl combine broken up chocolate pieces and heavy cream. Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Whisk until smooth and melted-if needed, return to microwave and heat in 20 second intervals. Shouldn't need more than 1 minute or so.
- Pour into the cooled crust. Let sit until the chocolate has reached room temperature.
- Once it's reached room temperature, refrigerate for at least an hour, or more.
- Cover the top with mini marshmallows.
- Place under a broiler until the marshmallows are golden and toasted (keep a close eye! Don't want them to burn or catch on fire!)
- Sprinkle with a little bit of the reserve graham cracker crumbs.
- Leftovers can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
and now, to celebrate my birthday, I've got a gift for YOU!
The winners have been chosen,
congratulations Monica, Lori, and Denise!
Divine Chocolate, the premium chocolate brand and Fair Trade social enterprise co-owned by cocoa farmers in Ghana, is giving away ***THREE*** Gifts Sets to celebrate the holiday season. Each set contains:
Giveaway closes November 20, 2013, 12 AM EST. A
fter the contest is over, I will send the winners an email (so please make sure you provide an email address or some other way to get in touch with you), and obtain shipping information (we do not share this information with anyone). The winners will have 3 days to respond or another winner will be chosen, all prizes will be awarded. The winner will be chosen via a random number generator. Divine Chocolate is responsible for delivery of the Gift Sets. Open to U.S. residents over the age of 18. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. "Like" The Cooking Actress on Facebook-leave a comment on this post to let me know you did so. Follow The Cooking Actress on Pinterest-and leave a separate comment letting me know. Follow The Cooking Actress by email-leave another comment. Follow me on Twitter @kayleblogna-leave a separate comment on here to tell me. Follow me on Instagram @kayleblogna-leave another comment, saying you did so. Sign up for the Divine Newsletter-leave me a comment telling me if you did. "Like" Divine Chocolate USA on Facebook and leave the comment "I’d love to win Divine Chocolate holiday treats! Sent by The Cooking Actress #DivineInNYC"-leave a comment on here letting me know. Follow @DivineChocUSA on Twitter-leave a comment tell me you did. Tweet this about the giveaway: (and leave a comment on this post afterwards)I’d love to win #free @DivineChocUSA holiday treats! #DivineInNYC @kayleblogna #giveaway http://bit.ly/17mX85g
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