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October 31st, 2009 · Print Print

Max Brenner: Chocolate

No, it’s not my love story (although I think every one of us has a love story with chocolate buried somewhere in our past).

It’s Max Brenner’s.  For those of you who don’t know, Max Brenner is the most amazing restaurant in New York for dessert-o-philes.  Their dessert menu is, I am fairly sure, at least 30 pages long, and consists of amazing creations like chocolate pizza, chocolate waffles, fondue, s’mores, and a zillion different versions of hot chocolate.  Help — I think I am actually gaining weight just by typing this out.

So, when the company offered me a copy of their book (full disclosure: for free!), I immediately thought of you guys.  As in, “can I give one of my lucky readers a copy of this amazing book?”

Because who doesn’t want to learn how to make chocolate pizza?

Fortunately, the answer was yes, so one winner will be getting a copy of this book as well!  (Only residents of the US and Canada this time — sorry!)   To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite chocolate creation.  I’ll announce the winner a week from today — good luck!


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79 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Yvette // Nov 2, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I have two – brownies and your peanut butter chocolate (cup)cakes.

  • 2 Amber // Nov 2, 2009 at 8:16 am

    My favorite chocolate creation has to be my chocolate cheesecake cupcakes! They are wonderfully rich and a cupcake is perfect for any occasion or no occasion at all.

  • 3 Jessica // Nov 2, 2009 at 8:53 am

    When I was growing up I remember my mom making Baked Alaska.  From the first moment I saw it out of the overn I thought it was the coolest chocolate dessert that I had ever seen… and it still is.

  • 4 Rosa Rassi // Nov 2, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Well to pick out just one favorite.. It is not easy.
    One of the desserts that I always go back when I am in need of comfort and flavor is Double Layer Borwnies, from the book Bake it to the Limit ( Dede Wilson) . This is a confection with a brownie base with toasted walnuts and espresso, topped and baked with a layer of ganache.  I serve it topped with an espresso bean covered in dark chocolate.  I am baking a batch tonight mmmm.

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  • 6 Haley // Nov 2, 2009 at 9:03 am

    There are a million different ideas swimming through my head. However, the thing that sticks out in my mind is a cupcake I had recently:

    Mexican Hot Chocolate cupcake

    Dark chocolate cupcake flecked with cayenne
    Cinnamon buttercream frosting with cayenne
    Cinnamon-covered marshmallow on top

  • 7 Sara // Nov 2, 2009 at 9:55 am

    wow, where to begin. I suppose my favorite chocolate creation is the good old brownie, or some sort of warm molten chocolate cake.

    Thanks!

  • 8 Laura // Nov 2, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I have a love affair with chocolate. My favorite all-time was a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache between the layers and drizzled over the top with some chopped & toasted walnuts sprinkled around. Yum! A good frosted chocolate brownie is an everyday favorite. I guess there’s no questioning why I’m packing around a few extra pounds :)

  • 9 Beth // Nov 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I’m a sucker for a good hot fudge pudding cake, although the Nutella ice cream recipe found is a close second!

  • 10 mia rivarde // Nov 2, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    my favorite chocolate creation is made by a higher power (God)- The cacoa tree in the Amazon from which all things great and chocolate based descend from !

  • 11 Christy // Nov 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I love chocolate mousse. Both the light, fluffy version or a more solid, less sweet interpretation. Chocolate mousse! I love you!

  • 12 chokolaj // Nov 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Any chocolate and peanut butter combination has my attention.  I’m always trying new things in the chocolate realm, though.  I am experimenting on my own and have made some wonderful champagne truffles.  Those are my fav!

    And I love Max Brenner – especially his philosophy on chocolate!

  • 13 ikkinlala // Nov 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Chocolate cheesecake with strawberries.

  • 14 Jessica // Nov 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Either french truffles with cocoa dusting or gianduia ice cream!

  • 15 Alexandra // Nov 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    The flourless chocolate lava cake from Terroni in Toronto. This is what I would want for my final meal.

  • 16 Mary Katherine // Nov 3, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I think I have to say Molten Lava Cake – one of those delicious cakes that oozes melted chocolate once you cut into it…..yum!

  • 17 Stacey // Nov 3, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Oh man, just one?  That’s really tough – especially since I think it’s hard to top the purity of a really good bittersweet chocolate eaten out of hand and tasted with the mindfulness used when enjoying a class of fine wine.  For my money, it doesn’t get any better than Scharffen Berger 70% Bittersweet.

    But if we have to talk creations, then it’ll probably have to be World Peace Cookies (http://food.jitterbeangirl.com/archives/000768.html).  When made with really good chocolate (see above for my poison of choice!), these cookies are delightfully rich and decadent and extremely satisfying – and you don’t have to slave over them for hours or try to get a difficult restaurant reservation to enjoy them :)

  • 18 calvin // Nov 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

    i cant eatz chocolatz

  • 19 saveur // Nov 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Chocolate truffles are my favourite… mmm…

  • 20 Mary Gwen Lynch // Nov 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    honestly, all chocolate desserts are amazing, but you just can’t beat a warm, soft, chewy chocolate brownie with a scoop of cold, rich, homemade buttery vanilla ice cream on top…. the most simple dessert, but the most comforting, fulfilling dessert there ever was. add caramel to the middle of the brownie and/or toffee bits on top and its completely different feeling, equally amazing.

  • 21 Kerry // Nov 3, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Chocolate Croissants or Nutella on toasted brioche

  • 22 KLJ // Nov 3, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I love anything chocolate, but my ultimate favorite is truffles…chocolate raspberry truffles. YUM!!!

  • 23 Amanda // Nov 4, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Dark Chocolate Lavender Bar by Dagoba.

  • 24 Sarah // Nov 4, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Yum!!!!!

  • 25 Shannon // Nov 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I love the Nutella sandwich cookies my mom makes every Christmas. Sooo good!

  • 26 Marissa // Nov 5, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Hands down.. CIOCCOLATA CALDA CON PANNA at Rivoire in Piazza della Signoria in Florence!

    This true Italian hot chocolate is so thick, rich and decadent.  Actually more like a meal than a beverage.  Just thinking about it takes me back to our recent trip to Italy!

  • 27 sandra // Nov 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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  • 28 kendra // Nov 5, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    i really enjoy eating chocolate chip cookies….famous amos.  they are my favorite.

  • 29 Jerianne Hanks // Nov 9, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    A little children’s book, Why God Made Chocolate introduces little children to a correct principle…anything as good as chocolate has to be from a heavenly source!  HaHa.  My fave to eat are chocolate lava cakes and my favorite to make is a fabulous chocolate dipping sauce for beautiful strawberries made from melting either Milky Way Bars or Snickers Bars with cream carefully in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds to the right consistency.  You will die and go to heaven immediately!!!

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