Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party

Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party Ideas

Fall is such a nice time to enjoy gathering with friends.  This time of year most people are back on a regular schedule with work and school, and the rush of the holiday season has not quite hit.

Hosting a Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party is a fun and surprisingly easy party your friends will love!

In my experience, when you ask friends if they’d like to come over for some chocolate and wine, the only question they will ask is WHEN?

And when chocolate the star of the party you don’t need to worry about making any other dessert!  Just a few very simple appetizers and you’ll be set!

Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party

For this fun twist on a tasting party, I started with Lindt new EXCELLECNCE Dark Chocolates.

Lindt provided me with a selection of their EXCELLENCE Dark Chocolates as well as suggested wine pairings from J.Lohr.

I was really surprised how tasting the chocolate and wine together really elevated the flavors of both!

Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party

In addition to the Lindt Chocolates and J.Lohr wine, I simply prepared a platter of fresh fruit and a small cheese and cracker plate.

Certainly you could add a few more appetizers if you would like to create more of a meal.  I have a whole Pinterest board full of delicious Appetizers & Snacks where I’m sure you could find some delicious ideas.

Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party Ideas

Lindt made the chocolate and wine pairing easy on me and my guests by providing cards describing the suggested pairings.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J.Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay.  This well balanced Chardonnay paired perfectly with the naturally sweet pineapple and roasted hazelnut pieces in the chocolate.  This pairing provides a delightful finish of caramel and cream.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange paired with J.Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling.  Enticing notes of lychee, pear and orange are present in this bright and luscious wine.  It’s the ideal match for the sweet citrus profile of the EXCELLENCE Intense Orange.

Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt paired with J.Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir.  The fresh ripe berries in this wine are accompanied by a touch of earth and brown sugar that compliment the sharpness of the Fleur de Sel and sweet cacao characteristics of EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Chili paired with J.Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah.  This is an elegant red wine with rich fruit aromas and flavors.  Paired with sweet dark chocolate perfumed with premium red chili, this pairing create a spicy warmth that bursts onto the palate.

Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa paired with J.Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine’s ripe aromas of blueberry and black plum match perfectly with the rich notes found in EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa.

Each guest had their own favorite combination… and it was amazing to notice the different flavors that the chocolate and wine brought out in each other.

My favorite pairing was the light and fruity combo of Lindt EXCELLECNE Pineapple paired with the Chardonnay.

Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party Ideas

 

Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party Ideas

Lindt Chocolate wants to encourage you to host your own Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party!

Lindt has prepared a beautiful selection of EXCELLENCE Dark Chocolates for one lucky Glorious Treats reader to share with their friends (or keep for yourself… I wont tell!).

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Simply leave a comment below telling me, what’s your favorite flavor of chocolate?

 

Lindt Chocolate Giveaway

Giveaway details – Giveaway sponsored by Lindt Chocolates.  Giveaway open to U.S. residents 18 years old and older.  One comment per person.  Giveaway ends Sunday, September 21st at 9pm Pacific.  Comments must be left on this blog post.  If you are reading this post in an e-mail, click on the blog post title to view this post on-line.

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Winner #34 Sherill

Disclosure – I was provided products and/or payment in exchange for my time to create this post.  I only share products on my blog that I use and love.  All images, text and opinions are my own.

Baked Apples Recipe

Classic and delicious baked apples recipe - Perfect for fall!

Nothing says fall quite like apples and cinnamon!  This classic and delicious Baked Apples Recipe is a perfect treat to kick off the fall season!

My mom often made baked apples when I was growing up.  They are so simple to make, and a quite healthy treat (if you can enjoy them without ice cream!).

Baked apples make a nice dessert, but I love them for breakfast too!

Classic and delicious baked apples recipe - Perfect for fall!

I was inspired to share this recipe when I was recently sent some beautiful bowls (pictured) from Pampered Chef.

I hope you’re all familiar with Pampered Chef.   Pampered Chef is a direct seller of high quality kitchen tools, cookware and serving ware.  You can purchase their products on-line or at home parties hosted by Pampered Chef consultants.  I’ve been to several Pampered Chef parties over the years and I’m always happy to attend!  Each time I discover a new product I love!

Some of my most used and beloved kitchen items are from Pampered Chef!  A few of my personal favorites are my Stoneware Bar Pan, my Zester (seriously the best citrus zester ever!), and my Cookie Scoops (I have the small and medium).

Pampered Chef has asked me to help spread the word about their Round-Up from the Heart campaign.  Since 1991 Pampered Chef has been encouraging their customers to “round-up” their product order to the nearest dollar.  Funds are distributed to Feeding America® and are used in the community where the donations originated – making Round-Up from the Heart a national campaign with a local impact.

As an extension of the Round-Up from the Heart campaign, Pampered Chef has designed a limited edition Nourish Soup Bowl.  For each bowl purchased, Pampered Chef contributes $2 to Feeding America®.

In addition to the funds being raised with each sale of the Nourish Soup Bowls, Pampered Chef hopes to use this “Feeding Families, One Bowl at a Time” initiative to raise awareness of the problem of hunger in our communities.  As families enjoy meals in these beautiful bowls, the hope is that conversations will be sparked about the importance of helping others, and living with a heart of gratitude.

Classic and delicious baked apples recipe - Perfect for fall!

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Baked Apples

Baked apples are simple and delicious treat. Top with ice cream or whipped cream to make them extra special!

Ingredients:

4-6 apples (see notes)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup raisins, currents or dried cranberries
1 Tablespoon butter (divided)
3/4 cup boiling water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375*F.

2. In a small bowl add sugar, cinnamon, nuts and raisins and stir to combine.

3. Prepare apples by washing well and cutting out just the core. An apple corer is very helpful if you have one.

4. Once the cores are removed, place apples into a baking dish (9"x9" or similar). Stuff each apple with sugar mixture, pressing as much into the cavity as you are able. Any excess mixture can just be sprinkled into the bottom of the dish.

5. Cut the Tablespoon of butter into 4 or 6 pieces and press a piece of butter onto the top of each filled apple (as pictured in blog post).

6. Pour very hot/boiling water into the baking dish, pouring around the apples, not directly on top of the apples.

7. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until apples are tender, but not mushy.

8. Allow to cool slightly, then enjoy as is or topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Any apples leftover can be stored in the refrigerator and heated in the microwave the following day.

Recipe source - Glorious Treats (although the original origin of this type of recipe very old I'm sure)

Apple notes- Select apples that are good for baking such as Fuji, Honeycrisp, Jonagold or Gala.

Supply notes- I used an apple corer from Pampered Chef.

Classic and delicious baked apples recipe - Perfect for fall!

As you enjoy meals with your family this week, cherish the time together as well as the food.

Be sure to connect with The Pampered Chef on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest for additional news, sales, and promotions.  You can also purchase the limited edition Nourish Soup Bowls, or other charitable products like their Round Up From The Heart Trivets which also benefit Feeding America®.

 

Disclosure – I was provided products and/or payment from Pampered Chef in exchange for creating this recipe and sharing their products.  I only share products and brands on my site that I use and love.  All images, text and opinions are my own.

Caramel Mocha Milkshake

Caramel Mocha Milkshake - All of my favorites in one delicious treat!!

Before we say good-bye to summer, let’s enjoy one more cool treat!

This Caramel Mocha Milkshake combines all of my favorite flavors into one amazing treat!  Caramel, chocolate, coffee, whipped cream… yep, it’s pretty much bliss in a glass!

You wont believe how easy it is to make this fancy coffee drink that would rival any coffee shop creation!

Caramel Mocha Milkshakes - You wont believe how easy it is to make this amazing shake!

I was recently sent some Millstone coffee to try and to ”play” with.  I love good coffee, and especially love making fancy coffee drinks at home.

For this Caramel Mocha Milkshake I used Millstone’s House Blend.  The House Blend is a well balanced, medium roast coffee.

For those of you who love an even deeper flavor, Millstone has a new dark roast, Mayan Black Onyx.  This rich, full bodied blend is Certified USDA Organic and Fair Trade.

Either delicious Millstone variety would work well in this milkshake recipe.

As the weather cools off and you’re ready for a warm drink, replace the chocolate ice cream in this recipe with hot chocolate for a warm and satisfying treat!

You can find more information on all of the Millstone coffees, as well as more delicious recipes at Millstone.com.

 

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Caramel Mocha Milkshake

Caramel, chocolate, coffee, whipped cream... this milkshake is bliss in a glass!

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup (8oz.) strong brewed coffee, such as Millstone House Blend
2-3 cups good quality chocolate ice cream

salted caramel sauce
whipped cream

Directions:

Brew coffee, then set aside in the fridge to cool.

When the coffee is fully cool, add coffee and about 2 cups chocolate ice cream to a blender and blend until smooth. Add additional ice cream as needed, depending on desired thickness.

Heat the caramel sauce if needed, then drizzle some caramel along the inside of 2 glasses.

Fill glasses with coffee/chocolate milkshake.

Top milkshakes with whipped cream and an additional drizzle of caramel.

Serve immediately.

Recipe source - Glorious Treats

 

Caramel Mocha Milkshakes - Bliss in a glass!

This Caramel Mocha Milkshake is a delicious afternoon treat!

For a perfect morning pairing, enjoy a hot cup of Millstone coffee with a fresh baked treat such as a Morning Glory Muffin, or Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffin.

 

Disclosure – I received products and/or payment from The J.M. Smucker Company for my work creating this post.  I only share products on this site that I use and love.  All images, text and opinions are my own.

Peanut Butter Cookie and Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich

Peanut Butter Cookie & Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

There is something so indulgent about a homemade ice cream sandwich!

This Peanut Butter Cookie and Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich is a surprisingly delicious combo you can’t fully appreciate until you bite into it!

A few weeks ago I enjoyed a trip to Oregon (along with a group of 11 other bloggers) to visit the Tillamook factory and a Tillamook dairy.  I had a wonderful time and ate lots of delicious things… amazing cheese, yogurt and ice cream!

One of my favorite foods on the trip was an ice cream sandwich made by the Imperial Restaurant using chewy peanut butter cookies and the most perfect Tillamook Strawberry Ice Cream!  This delicious treat was part of a trio of ice cream sandwiches all featuring Tillamook Ice Cream.

When I first read the menu for the evening and saw the Peanut Butter Cookie and Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich listed I didn’t think that sounded like flavors that went together… and then it hit me, peanut butter & jelly!  One bite and I was totally sold!

Peanut Butter Cookie & Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Cookie and Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich

Directions-

Earlier this week I shared the recipe you’ll need for these Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies.

Mix the cookie dough as directed, but roll just 1 tablespoon of dough into a small ball, then flatten (with the bottom of a glass) to about 1/3 of an inch tall.   You want the cookies to be pretty flat so the finished sandwich is not too giant to bite into.  Create a criss-cross (hashtag) pattern on the top of the cookies with a fork (before baking) if desired.  Bake the cookies 7- 8 minutes.  Cool as directed in the full recipe.

When the cookies have fully cooled and you are ready to assemble the sandwiches, match up pairs of cookies that are very similar in size, scoop a generous scoop of strawberry ice cream on one cookie, top with another cookie and enjoy immediately.

I do not recommend preparing the sandwiches a head of time and storing in the freezer.  I tried this and although they were still delicious, the cookie became a bit too firm and then the ice cream was pushed out of the sandwich with eat bite.

*Note – I used Tillamook Strawberry Ice Cream and it is truly my favorite!  If you can find it, I would highly recommend it with this recipe (or anytime!).

Here is a peek of the ice cream sandwiches we enjoyed at the Imperial Restaurant….

In addition to the amazing Peanut Butter Cookie and Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich our Tillamook #Blog2Farm group enjoyed in Portland, there were two other delicious ice cream sandwiches made especially for our dinner party (pictured above).

There was a Chocolate Cookie and Tillamook Udderly Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich and a Soft Ginger Cookie and Hazelnut and Salted Caramel Tillamook Ice Cream Sandwich.  The Ginger/Caramel Combo was a very close second for my favorite of the bunch!

My friend (& neighbor) Heather, of Heather’s French Press was one of the other bloggers in our group and fell in love with the Ginger/Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches too!  While I was busy at work making these Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches, she went right to work re-creating the Ginger ones!

Head on over to Heather’s French Press for the delicious recipe for Soft Gingersnap Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.

If you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should!), you’ve already seen a few more highlights from the trip.

I’ve long been a fan of Tillamook products, and we pretty much always have a “baby loaf” of Tillamook cheddar in our fridge!   Now that I’ve seen the Tillamook factory, met many of the people who run the business, learned a bit about how their products are made, and visited a Tillamook dairy farm, I am more of a fan of Tillamook than ever!  They really go the extra mile to create quality dairy products!

Here is a little peek into the fun our group had during our visit…

(*Note – the video has music)

This trip was extra fun due to the amazing group of bloggers included on this #Blog2Farm adventure!

I loved sharing this adventure with  Dorothy, Heather, Lizzy, Anita, Stephanie, Jesseca, Deseree, Rachael, Lisa, Jane and Liren!

Thanks to Tillamook (and the amazing ladies of Soda Pop PR) for including me on this trip!

Although my visit to Tillamook was sponsored and facilitated by Tillamook, this post is not a sponsored post.  All of the text and opinions are my own.

Le Creuset & Casabella Giveaway

What a fun giveaway I have for you today!  I’ve teamed up with Le Creuset and Casabella as well as a great group of blogging friends to share an amazing giveaway!  I wish I could enter  =)

I imagine you already know that Le Creuset sells simply the BEST cookware!  I know I’m going to sound like a totally baking/cooking nerd here… but I’ve dreamed of owning a Le Creuset French Oven for YEARS!  This year that dream came true, and I know that my beautiful French oven will be a piece of cookware that I will be able to enjoy for decades!

One of the least fun parts of baking up a storm is the mess it can create!  Somehow cleaning is much more enjoyable when you have some new, pretty cleaning tools!  Casabella has an extensive collection of quality cleaning tools, as well as fun kitchen gadgets!

The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive this entire gorgeous collection…

 

Le Creuset & Casabella Cookware Giveaway

This amazing prize pack includes…

Le Creuset Stainless Steel and Cast Iron Cookware Set (RV $810)

Casabella Cleaning Set (RV $200)

The cleaning set includes…

Are you ready to enter?  Enter using the form below.

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Take some time to visit each of the participating blogs, I know you will find lots of beautiful and delicious inspiration!

The Little Kitchen

Rasa Malaysia

Fifteen Spatulas

Dear Crissy

skinnytaste

My Baking Addiction

Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

 

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