This post has nothing to do with music believe it or not? I have decided to end my year of posting with something a little different this time around. I'm posting about my other love, which is food. While many of the gun happy folks in the city will be out there shooting bullets at the moon tonight pretending like they’re really celebrating New Year’s, I’ll be at my house sipping on something sweet and eating one my favorite desserts. Your boy SoundNexx loves some good home cooking, but I loves me some tasty desserts too!
Today, I am blessing you folks with a list of my Top 5 Desserts of 2007. Be aware that these tasty delites are the real deal, so there's none of that low-fat, sugar-free crap going on over here. That's not how I roll when it comes to desserts, so feast your eyes on these...
05 – Heath Bar Trifle: Ingredients include, but not limited to chocolate cake/fudge brownies, cool whip, chocolate pudding and Skor/Heath toffee candy bar bits. The trick to this dessert is layering. Improper layering of the ingredients can leave you with a messy concoction that will probably taste good, but it’ll look like you know what! You can substitute some of the ingredients based on your personal taste, but don’t get crazy. I have seen plain M&M candy used in place of the toffee candy. This dessert is good for any time of the year. Make sure you have some other folks to share this one with because it's pretty rich.
04 – Detroit's Boston Cooler: Ingredients include quality Vanilla Ice Cream and Vernors ginger ale soda. This tasty treat is Detroit classic even though it’s named after a city in Massachusetts. Click HERE to find out the unique history behind the Boston Cooler. Vernors ginger ale got its start here in Michigan, but it has found its way to several other states over the years. This golden ginger ale is wonderful when mixed with some premium vanilla ice cream in a large glass or cup. Don’t buy that cheap ice cream that comes in the huge tub with the handle sold at your local market because that’s fake ice cream full of air pockets. That cheap stuff won’t hold up with quality ginger ale. If you don’t have access to Vernor’s ginger ale, other brands of ginger ale should work as well? If you are feeling kind of randie, you can add a little rum in it to spice things up just a little!
03 – Paradise Pie (Chocolate Chip): Ingredients include a warm chocolate chip & coconut brownie, premium vanilla bean ice cream, Sanders Butterscotch Caramel Topping, Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge, chopped pecans and/or walnuts and optional whip cream topping. Place warm brownie on the plate and drizzle it with room temperature Sanders butterscotch caramel topping. Then place a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top of the cover brownie then drizzle with Sanders hot fudge topping. Sprinkle chopped walnuts and/or pecans over the top of ice cream and brownie. Finally, finish things off with a small amount of whipped cream to bring everything together. I’ve never been to heaven, but I’m willing to bet that this is the closest thing to it! Chili’s Restaurant makes a pretty good version of this dessert if you are too lazy to prepare it at home.
02 – Momma’s Double Chocolate Fudge Cake: Ingredients include devil’s food cake, melted fudge, semi-sweet chocolate chips and chocolate pudding mix. I can’t tell you my mom’s baking recipe for the unforgettable treat, because then I’d have to kill you! I will share this with you though, once the cake has finished baking a warm melted fudge sauce is poured all over it to provide its true flavor and moisture. With that warm fudge penetrating the outer cake layer and merging with those numerous chocolate chips buried deep inside the crevices it makes for a taste-gasmic experience. Add a scoop of premium vanilla bean on top a warm piece of this cake is better than any words can describe!
01 – Cookie-Sookie Sundae: Ingredients include Panera Bread’s Chocolate Chipper or Chocolate Duet with Walnuts cookies, premium butter-pecan ice cream, Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge topping and whipped cream topping. A soft cookie works better with this treat. Place one warm cookie in a bowl and add two medium scoops of butter-pecan ice cream on top. Place a second cookie on top making a sandwich. Add a substantial amount of warm Sander’s fudge on top of the dessert and then finish it off with some whipped cream. Depending on how large you cookies are a second cookie on top may be too much for the average eater. Eliminating the second cookie on top of this dessert works just as well.
When it comes to sweet topping and cakes the Sanders Company is the REAL DEAL! I've had some great toppings over the years, but Sanders brand is by far the best of them all...spoons down. Their products can spice any old regular dessert with the quickness. If you can't find them in your local stores check out their website here:
Vernors ginger ale is a staple here in Michigan! Canada Dry who?? If you consider yourself a ginger ale connoisseur and you've never had any Vernors you definitely need to try it. Check out their web site to get your hands on some here:
Panera Bread has some excellent goods, but their cookies are my favorite. Mrs. Fields who?? If you didn't know before, well now you do. Check out Panera Bread here:
On that note, I'm about to close the door on this post. It's been a good year in 2007, but I hope it's even better in 2008! When I get my hands on one of these desserts it will be for sure! I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and hopefully you'll be checking for me in 2008!