Spike These Brownie Bars With Boozy BittersJanuary 27, 2016
Brownies are an unadulterated indulgence; no matter how complicated restaurant desserts become to impress the hungry public, a good old block of fudge will always elicit the same reactions of contentment. It brings one back to their childhood, when scoops of ice cream on top of warm brownies were snuck and tucked away under tables, and the marriage of chocolate and vanilla seemed to be the height of perfection.
While these sweets are incredibly nostalgic, Brownie Bar takes your childhood memories and turns them into adult pleasures. This dessert purveyor takes booze that pair well with the intensity of dark, bitter chocolate, and bakes them straight into their fudgy bars for a treat that is both old-school, and modern at the same time. The Cerveza Negra bars use the dark lager’s caramel notes and bittersweetness to enhance flavor, while the Black Label variant incorporates a little smokiness. Don Papa Tablea changes it up a bit for an all-local brownie, using tablea from Malagos in Davao, and rum from the Negros distillery.
While spiked chocolates are nothing new to the market, it’s really Brownie Bar’s Brownie Bitters that make all the difference. Used normally to enhance the profile of liquors in a cocktail, these bitters bring out both the intensity of chocolate, and the flavor of the liquor in their fudge brownies. A few drops from the vials add kicks of burnt sugar, or spice, and even a honey finish to the bars. This is a product so well-conceived and so well-executed that we can’t help but give them the brownie points they deserve.