While trolling the Internet, the Victor crew came across an interesting new thing. A barista named Dayne Levinrad from South Africa came up with a way to serve coffee in an ice cream cone. Right now it is being touted as the most Instagrammed coffee.
It took a while for him to come up with the right formulation since chocolate melts when it is hot. In the beginning the cones melted right away. He now makes his cones using four layers of different chocolates. He has a patent pending for his invention.
Using his past digital marketing experience, he came up with a viral way to promote his design.
Here are links from the top social media sites to see what it looks like:
Did you know that a popular treat in Japan is Maccha Green Tea Kit Kat? Imagine our surprise when we saw the familiar wafers covered in green instead of chocolate. You might find them in a Japanese grocery store. We found them on Amazon (along with hazelnut kit kat and sweet potato kit kat). You can also get a mixed flavor pack with Uji-Matcha, Red Bean Azuki, Strawberry Wa-ichigo, and Sakura Matcha. We also saw Cheese Cake Chocolate, Pancake flavor, Raspberry flavor, Shinshu Apple Chocolate, Strawberry Cheese Cake Chocolate, Pumpkin Pudding flavor, Apple Pie flavor, Kankitsu (citrus mix), Beni Imo (sweet purple potato), Houjicha (roasted green tea), Rum Raisin Chocolate, Wasabi, Pumpkin pudding. You can see them all here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=japanese+kit+kat
That got us to thinking how many more candies are made from green tea. Besides Kit Kats, we found some hard candies, green tea flavored chocolate, soft candies, chewy candies. You can find them here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=green+tea+candy&rh=n%3A16310101%2Ck%3Agreen+tea+candy
the Victor Crew
There is nothing like the taste of chocolate with coffee! YUM! Here is a recipe from the Swedish Crown Bakery.
Karleks Mums (or Mocha squares)
1.5 cup sugar
1.5 cup flour
2 tbsp. Cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
6 oz. melted butter
3/4 cup milk
6 tbsp. coffee
4 tsp cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
1.5 cup powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Using a kitchen mixer, whip eggs and sugar on high speed until white & fluffy.
3. While whipping eggs, melt butter in a pot on the stove.
4. Sift flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
5. When butter is melted, add milk. It is important that the butter is hot when adding the milk, so the mixture doesn’t cool down too much.
6. When the egg/sugar mixture is ready, change the mixer from high to low speed.
7. Gradually add the flour and the butter mixtures to the egg mixture. Continue to whisk on slow for 15-20 seconds, or until there are no signs of lumps. If there are still lumps, change the speed to medium and whisk for another 10 seconds.
8. Pour the batter into an oiled 9×13 pan and bake at 350 F for 18-20 min. Check with a toothpick to make sure the cake is ready inside. Set aside to cool.
9. While the cake is cooling, make the glaze.
10. Melt the butter in a pot. When fully melted, add all the other ingredients while stirring quickly with a whisk or wooden spatula until it forms a shiny, semi-thick glaze. If the glaze is too thick, add more coffee, a tsp at a time. If the glaze is too runny, add more powdered sugar.
11. Put glaze on the cooled cake, making sure to spread evenly.
12. Sprinkle cake with unsweetened shredded coconut.
13. Let the glaze settle on the cake before cutting into squares and enjoying with a cup of coffee or tea.
Here is a recipe sure to please. You may even think about making these as a gift around the holidays. These are one of my favorite treats!
3/4 cup dipping chocolate dark, milk or white (the best you can afford)
1/2 cup coffee beans, roasted
cocoa powder if desired
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a bowl in the microwave (see your microwave’s settings for melting chocolate.) When the chocolate is melted, pour in the coffee beans and stir to coat. Remove the beans one by one with a fork. If desired, roll in cocoa powder. Place on a baking sheet covered with waxed or parchment paper. Place in refrigerator to set. Enjoy.
Here is a simple recipe Jody‘s crew gleaned from looking at several ways to make Caffe Mocha.
For the syrup:
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 dash salt
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
The syrup makes about a cup.
For the coffee:
Brew as much coffee as you want double strength
For each cup of Caffe Mocha:
Use about 1-2 tablespoons syrup (above) and add 1/4 cup double strength coffee. Add 3/4 cup hot milk (steam it if you can). Enjoy