Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the March, 2004 edition
of For Chocolate Lovers Only! Each month, you'll find recipes,
tips, and recommendations on great chocolate specialties. Ready
for spring yet?
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: What do you get when
you combine a brownie-walnut base, a light chocolate buttercream
filling, and a dark chocolate ganache glaze? If you’re really
lucky and it’s done very well, you get a Triple Chocolate
Butterbar, from the Upper Crust Crumbs Dessert Company in
North Carolina. Butterbars are the creation of Patti, the head baker
at this small enterprise, and they’re something special. They’re
very rich, but they still manage to be delicate and light-textured.
They’re not enormous, so they don’t overwhelm you, but
you’ll definitely know you’ve had a dessert after eating
one. And if you’d like a little variety in your desserts,
Butterbars are also available in Lemon Streusel, Pralines and Cream,
Chocolate Peanut, Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Mint, and the
not-yet-listed-on-the-website Café Mocha.
If you’re throwing a bridal shower this spring, these would
be perfect for the occasion, but then again I can also envision
them on the dessert tray at an informal family party or if you just
want something fun and different around the house for an after-meal
sweet. You can order online or by calling Upper Crust Crumbs
Dessert Company at (336) 374-6318 (this is also the fax number);
if you live in North Carolina, you can find Butterbars at any Whole
Foods Market or Earthfare store. Bear in mind that Butterbars are
perishable; they must be refrigerated (this increases shipping
costs, alas), but they can also be frozen, which is quite convenient
and will theoretically stop you from eating too many at once (this
may well be a problem once you taste them). I like the attitude
at Upper Crust Crumbs Dessert Company, and Patti, at least,
obviously knows her way around a kitchen! Find out more about Butterbars
Do you have a comment, question, or suggestion? I’d like to
hear it. You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please specify that you’re writing about chocolate. Thank
you! Pam R., I’m sorry I couldn’t get back to you, but
your husband’s e-mail address rejected my reply as spam. In
answer to your question, however, I didn’t get to the NYC
Chocolate Show last November at all, so I can’t say much about
the exhibitors except those I’ve written up before.