Pieces of salty pretzels are strewn about a dark chocolate ice cream base flavored with Guinness beer. Need we say more?
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The best endorsement I can give these caramels: I turned them into Christmas presents. Malty, sweet, and just a little crunchy, cut them as large or as small as you'd like, wrap them in wax paper, and get ready to be everyone's favorite this year.
To up the testosterone in these manly cupcakes, Arrick has incorporated a duo that's more at home at your local bar than in a pastry shop: beer and pretzels. The beer here is your choice of stout, Guinness is good but a darker, more chocolaty stout is even better. Since the stout is baked into the cake base and swirled into the icing, you're looking for a stout full of roasty caramel-and-coffee notes.
Brewers have been fermenting sour beers with stone fruits and berries for centuries but it's Jeni Britton Bauer, the ice cream mastermind behind Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home who had the good sense to bring them together in ice cream form. Her Sour Beer Sorbet is a model for a whole world of sweet-tart and totally refreshing sour beer and fruit combos.
In the world of upscale ice cream, salted caramel is the new black. Every parlor with a pedigree has a version, and home ice cream makers practically write it love poems. I won't be the first to say that salted caramel is one of those perfect foods best left unmolested by other flavors. But I can't leave well enough alone.
Ah, St. Patrick's Day—the color green, pinches, and parades. But what on earth is a chocolate blogger to do on this, the drinkiest of holidays? Why, talk about chocolate stout, of course! I decided to ask Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, to fill me in. And if for some reason you don't drink it all, try it in this Chocolate Stout Irish Stew recipe.