Easy Barbecue Potato Chip Brownies

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Technicality: Easy

Taste: A mesquite yet sweet chocolate party in your mouth.

Time: 35mins

One day while shopping in Whole Foods upon checkout I stumbled upon what I thought was so ingenious. A company by the name of Wild Ophelia  http://www.wildophelia.com/  they make very unique chocolate bars.  I purchased their Smokehouse bbq potato chips dark chocolate bar and decided to take their idea a step further and experiment with how bbq potato chips would taste within a dessert such as brownies.  I myself found it to be quite nostalgic but definitely not for the faint of hearts. You pretty much have to have an open mind and acquired taste for this dessert. But if your someone who likes chocolate and bacon together you will like this or you just might like it anyway. I’d like to also note this was my 1st time making it with the Betty Crocker Original Supreme Brownie mix (best brownies in a box if you ask me) I previously boozed up my recipe by making homemade Chocolate Rogue Stout beer brownies (see picture below) which were just as good only much much richer than the Betty Crocker brownie mix & oh so boozy well maybe just a little lol.  Oh and I almost forgot to mention the Wild Ophelia chocolate bar is must try. I will be curious to try the rest of their line of chocolate bars.

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Barbecue Potato Chip Brownies Recipe

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
  • 1 cup of barbecue chips
  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Follow instructions on box to mix all ingredients together. Once mixed together add in 1 cup of mini chocolate chips this is just my preference you can choose to add them or not. I myself actually prefer espresso chips in my brownies.  Much like the ones Starbucks used to make.

Once everything is all mixed place brownie batter in baking dish and add bbq chips into batter. When I made my other Stout brownies with the bbq chips I placed the bbq chips on top of the batter and noticed they were a lot crunchier as opposed to adding the chips within the batter. It’s personal preference on this one as well. I just like biting into the crunch all while being surrounded by soft ooey gooeyness.

Follow baking times for baking pan size according to recommendations on box.

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Bourbon Whiskey S’mores Ice Cream Bites

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Bourbon Whiskey S’mores Ice Cream Bites

So with the S’mores craze going on I am always looking for more ways to put a spin on America’s favorite desserts and of course by boozing it up. For how else would it make it into the Exotic Bites and Cocktails hall of fame recipes lol. This recipe is pretty simple and takes no time to make. I basically made an ice cream S’mores within a cupcake pan. Yes it was that simple. So here’s how it all went down.

Behind the scenes:

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Recipe yields roughly 1 dozen bites 

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 stick of butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups chocolate chip morsels (I used regular and mini ones)
  • 12 scoops of ice cream of your liking (I used double vanilla)
  • 1 oz of Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 cup of marshmallows
  • 1 tsp of coffee grounds

Preheat oven to 350˚

To make the Ganache topping:

I placed 1 cup of chocolate chip morsels, 1 tsp of coffee grounds, 1 oz of bourbon whiskey in a stainless steel bowl over a medium saucepan of boiling water you may also use a double boiler if you have one or the microwave. Let the morsels melt down a bit and remove bowl from saucepan and add 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream and stir. I then cover my Ganache with plastic wrap and let it cool at room temperature.

For the crust:

Mix 1/2 stick of melted butter with graham cracker crumbs. Place crumbs in lined cupcake pan by lightly packing down. Add as much crumbs as you like or however thick or thin you want the crust to be to your cupcake liners. I personally find more the graham cracker crust all the more the better.

Once cupcake liners have been filled with the graham cracker crumbs to your liking place in oven and let crust take form for about 3-5 minutes. Just enough for the crust and the butter to incorporate one another. Please note that if you leave the crust in the oven to long it becomes really hard once you freeze these bites. This is why it’s best just to heat the crust a tad bit.

Let crust cool.

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For the filling:

Once crust has cooled mix 12 scoops of ice cream with 1 cup marshmallows and 1 cup of both mini and regular chocolate chip morsels into the ice cream (you can also buy S’mores ice cream to use instead of the vanilla). Place a scoop of the mixed ice cream into the cupcake liners and pack down. Top with cooled off Ganache and place in freezer for a few hours or until bites have hardened. Once bites have hardened to your liking please by all means indulge.

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