Life’s a Box of Chocolates…

The end of summer is marked by last visits to the beach and back to school shopping, spending time with friends and family, savoring the last few days.

For us, the end of summer also means our annual neighborhood barbeque, everyone eating and chatting in the street. And yes, we actually set up a table and chairs in the middle of the street – talk about small town charm. With a grill, plastic chairs, tables, and coolers, it’s not something you’ll see every day.

We’ve got an age range from third grade to grandparents, and everyone has their own unique quirk. We all bring something different, potluck style, everyone trying a little of this and a little of that.

Our contribution had to involve chocolate…some major chocoholics on the street! Also small and bite-sized because there was a lot of food and a lot of desserts – you’ve got to leave room to try them all! So, introducing (drumroll please) two-bite chocolate chocolate brownies!

Meliss came up with this one and although you may (will!) want to just eat the brownie bites as soon as they’re done and warm out of the oven, do yourself a favor and wait. Make the ganache. Cover the brownies in the extra chocolate. Decorate them all differently. Savor every bite.

Life is a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.

Brownie Ingredients:
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flour
¾ c. chocolate chips or chunks (We used both – the chunks added a needed level of fudginess ☺)

1. preheat oven to 350o
2. beat butter until creamy
3. add sugar
4. add eggs until blended
5. add cocoa and vanilla
6. add in flour slowly, beating well
7. add the chocolate
8. pour into well-greased mini-muffin pans
9. bake about 15 minutes or until done (DON’T overcook!!! They taste good even if a little underdone, but overcooked? Not so much…)
10. let cool a good long while. While they are cooling, make the ganache (recipe below)
11. dip brownie bites in ganache using a fork – the easiest way was to put the brownie in the ganache, lift it out using a fork, and place it on a tray covered in parchment paper. Place them top-down.
12. decorate them to your heart’s content!!

Ganache Ingredients:
2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
2 c. heavy cream
2 tsp. vanilla eggstract ☺

1. put chocolate chips in a large bowl
2. boil cream
3. once cream boils to the top of the pan, remove from heat and pour it over the chocolate chips
4. let it stand for a minute or two
5. stir with a whisk until smooth
6. add in vanilla until well blended

inspired by Pioneer Kitchen
brownie recipe from
ganache recipe from

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