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Indulge with Fuel Fudge

I cannot say enough great things about Fuel Fudge! These fudge packets are so addicting and so delicious. Fuel Fudge is a fierce team dedicated to bringing you all-natural products that we wholeheartedly stand behind. Fuel Fudge is the embodiment of hard work and vision to bring customers a much needed product that not only fuels their daily quest for adventure, but also provides a source of beneficial nutrients that taste amazing.

The Original Fuel Fudge isn’t that tooth-melting sugar block that you buy from the corner candy store. No. This is fuel for those who are living life to the fullest. A delicious blend of essential fats and nutrient-rich superfoods to help you power through your next challenge. Whether you need the extra energy reserves for you early morning run or you’re preparing to dominate the competition, this is the natural advantage.
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It’s All Natural – It comes in a packet and is a liquid above 76ºF. Inside that packet is a delicious blend of essential fats and nutrient-rich superfoods that help provide you with sustained energy
Contains 5 Superfoods – Cacao, Turmeric, Maca, Raw Honey and Coconut Oil. But what is a superfood you ask? It’s a nutrient-rich food especially beneficial for health and well-being. They each bring their own unique list of benefits and come together to taste amazing!
Source of essential fats – Did you know that your brain is 60% fat? Without essential fats you’d have a severe lack of energy, and Coconut Oil provides an essential fat that is hard to find from any other source!
Delicious Treat, No Guilt – Instead of grabbing a sugar-packed candy bar to satisfy that sweet tooth, you can feel full and enjoy the benefits of the many nutrients when you grab a packet of Fuel Fudge.

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-Mitz

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Caramel Layered Brownies

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic week. This past weekend, I hosted a party and since every party needs dessert, it was so hard for me to decide which one to bake. Everyone loves the classic fudgy, chocolatey, gooey brownies. So why not add some caramel in between? This recipe on Caramel Layered Brownies are too good. It was so hard to just place one brownie on a plate because I surely wanted to eat more than one! They take no time at all to make and no time at all to eat! Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • 2 eggs
  • Oil
  • Water
  • 1 can of sweet condensed milk
  • 1 bag of caramel baking chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Follow the directions on the brownie mix box. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, 1/3 cup water, and 2/3 cups oil. Mix until smooth and then whisk in 2 eggs.
  3. In a small enough baking tray, add about 1/4 of the brownie batter.
  4. Place in oven at 375 degrees F for 12 minutes. Once the brownies have baked for 12 minutes, leave the oven on, but set aside the brownies to cool.
  5. While the brownies are baking, in a small pot over medium heat, add 1 can of sweet condensed milk and the bag of caramel baking chips.IMG_9933.JPG
  6. Continuously stir until all of the caramel baking chips are melted and the mixture turns into caramel. This will take about 10 minutes.IMG_9934.JPG
  7. Once the caramel mixture is done, pour the entire mixture over the brownies and spread evenly.IMG_9935.JPG
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  9. Then, add the remaining brownie mixture over the caramel layer.IMG_9936.JPG
  10. Place the brownies back in the oven at 375 degrees F for about 35 minutes. Do not over bake.
  11. Once the brownies are done baking, set aside to cool and then cut into squares.
  12. Plate and serve!IMG_9944.JPGIMG_9945.JPGIMG_9942.JPG

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • I used a brownie mix box to save time as I was making other dishes for a party. You can make these brownies from scratch with flour, sugar, baking soda, vanilla extract, eggs, water, oil, and coco powder. I will make brownies from scratch in the future and share the recipe!
  • Feel free to add chocolate chips to the brownie batter to make it even more chocolatey!

This recipe really makes your stomach happy. Very comforting. It doesn’t even have to be for a party. These Caramel Layered Brownies are a perfect weekend treat and would be paired deliciously with a glass of milk!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Brigadeiro, a Brazilian Sweet: Valentine’s Version

Hi everyone, Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I know it’s a Tuesday, but I decided to share this Brigadeiro recipe today on actual Valentine’s Day rather than tomorrow, so those who still have to prepare a last minute vday treat, can do so with ease! I wish Valentine’s day always fell on a weekend so I had more time to bake delicious goodies.

I was introduced to Brigadeiro last summer at my cousin’s birthday party, when his Brazilian-American girlfriend had made them. Unfortunately, I had no idea these existed in the universe, had absolutely no idea on how they were made, what was in it, and how they tasted. However, no taste bud can go wrong with chocolate. For some reason, my brain picked between two potential flavors on how Brigadeiro would taste: either tootsie rolls (I am not a fan of tootsie rolls) or Lindt chocolate (I think I was expecting something gooey to be inside the ball, just like a Lindt chocolate). It tasted like neither. The moment I took a bite into one, I was in heaven. There’s no proper way to describe how Brigadeiro taste. It’s fudgey, chocolately, and just so so so good. I proceeded to eat 5 more as I learned how easy it was to make.fullsizerender-18

The word, Brigadeiro, was definitely a foreign word to me at that time. Although I had a Brazilian foreign exchange intern in my lab who would share pretty much everything you needed to know about Brazil, including the food and the way of life, she forgot to mention the most important sweet that brings Brazilians together- Brigadeiro!! Brigadeiro is a small chocolate ball covered in chocolate sprinkles that is always present at a celebration, mainly birthdays. Today, I decided to make Brigadeiro for Valentine’s day, as it is a very special day for me and my Valentine. Of course, this is a very rich sweet and should probably only be indulged on special occasions or be shared with more people besides yourself. I must warn you…once you eat Brigadeiro, you’re never going to want to stop eating them! All you need are 4 ingrediants – so easy!

Let’s get started!

Ingredients:
Yields about 10-12 Brigadeiro

  • 14 oz (usually 1 can) of sweet condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (plus a little bit more for your hands when rolling into balls)
  • 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • Sprinkles (whatever color your heart desires)

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized sauce pot, pour the sweet condensed milk in and add 2 tablespoons of butter.
  2. In a small bowl, add 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder and some water to dissolve the cocoa powder. Stir with a spoon until dissolved.
    • The cocoa powder doesn’t fully dissolve in sweet condensed milk, so dissolving it in water beforehand does the trick.
  3. Add the cocoa powder-water mixture to the pot and place on stove on medium-low.fullsizerender-3
  4. Here comes the semi arm work out/what feels like a century but is actually only 20 minutes: Stir the contents of the pot with a wooden spoon or spatula constantly!
    • Constantly means constantly. Don’t let the mixture burn.
  5. Continue stirring for about 20-30 minutes or until the mixture thickens. You want to make sure the heat is still on medium-low to medium. Any higher than medium and the chocolate will burn.fullsizerender-12
  6. You will know the mixture is thick enough and ready when you run a wooden spoon right through it on the bottom of the pan. Both sides of the Brigadeiro “batter” should take a while to touch back together. fullsizerender-1
  7. Once thickened, turn off the stove and butter the top of a large plate.
  8. Pour the Brigadeiro “batter” on the plate and spread evenly.
    • This is the part where you can taste test and lick the spatula after spreading the batter evenly.
  9. Let it cool at room temperature for about 30-45 minutes.fullsizerender-11
  10. Arrange your mini cupcake liners and pour the sprinkles in a bowl.
  11. Place a little butter on your hands and grab about a table spoon of the Brigadeiro batter and roll into a bite sized ball.
  12. Fully cover the Brigadeiro in your favorite sprinkles and place in a mini cupcake liner.
  13. Chill for about 30 min and then serve!

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Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • Use whatever sprinkles you want! Traditionally, chocolate sprinkles are used. Today, I used Valentine’s Day sprinkles and liners. You can even use crushed Oreos or coconut flakes; whatever your heart desires.
  • The bottle of sprinkles I used was just enough to cover 10 Brigadeiro. I suggest having 2 bottles or a bigger size if you are making more.
  • Constantly stirring until the mixture thickens can be tedious. I suggest putting on some music or having the TV on in the background.
  • Make sure you constantly stir- this is a hit or miss with Brigadeiro.
  • The more cocoa powder you add, the more chocolatey it’ll be. I went ahead and added 5 tablespoons; 4 tablespoons is the “normal” amount.
  • Since these are homemade, each Brigadeiro will not be the same size and that’s ok! If you want to present them as the same size, I suggest using a tablespoon to scoop the batter before rolling each Brigadeiro into a ball.

I hope everyone can try making Brigadeiro this weekend! This will be a very special treat for your Valentine, your friends and family, or even for yourself! You can never go wrong with chocolate. It takes minimal effort to make them and you can get very creative with the exterior coating. I love being culturally open and incorporating cuisines together. So, I am already planning on spreading this Brigadeiro goodness over brownies as a frosting for the next occasion! My mouth is already watering..about to go eat another Brigadeiro!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

-Mitz