Recipe: Valentine's Surprise Brownies

Recipe: Valentine's Surprise Brownies

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Mmmm… brownies with Winans candies? Yes, please! These fabulous brownies are super chocolate-y with a texture in between cake-y and fudge-y. They’re also full of hidden Winans deluxe Valentine’s mix in festive red, white and pink colors!
 
Deluxe Valentines Mix
 
They’re super easy to make and are delicious. We’ve got the recipe for you below. Use it for any of your leftover Winans candy (we’re kidding, obviously, hide some of your Winans until you’re ready to make these brownies). We think it’s delicious with any of our seasonal deluxe mixes!
 
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Winans Valentine’s Surprise Brownies
Makes 9×13 pan of brownies (24 individual brownies)
Ingredients:
Canola oil
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour*
½ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon espresso, finely ground
½ cup Winans deluxe Valentine’s mix candies, cut larger pieces into small half-bite pieces
Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil so that it extends up the sides and over the edges of the pan. Coat the foil generously with canola oil. Place the chopped unsweetened chocolate and butter into a small pot over medium-low heat. Stir until both the chocolate and butter are melted. Remove from heat and let cool.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla, whisk well. Add the melted chocolate mixture.
Stir in the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder and espresso powder until smooth. Pour half of the batter and spread evenly into the prepared pan. Arrange the candy pieces on top of the batter. cut side down. Be sure to leave a little space between each candy piece and the sides of the pan. Pour the remaining half of the batter and spread to cover the candy. Smooth the surface.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top of the brownie is set and the edges have pulled away from the side of the pan and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour. Lift the brownies from the pan using the extended foil edges and place on a cutting board. Cut the brownies into 2 inch squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week (if they last that long!).
*To make this recipe gluten-free, use 1 ⅓ cup gluten-free  all purpose flour (we recommend Bob’s Red Mill) and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum instead of regular wheat all-purpose flour. Follow the same directions as above.
Adapted from GF Contraband Candy Brownies from This Ohio Life.

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#WinansCelebratesLove is back for another round! We were amazed by all the different ways our customers celebrated love last year — so amazed that we want to do it again!
Winans is here to help you celebrate love, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day!
We encourage you to celebrate Valentine’s Day, as well as the little and big moments in life! Cherish time spent with friends and family, whether it’s a big birthday party, a peaceful Sunday dinner or a rousing Friday night football game. After all, we’ve been here, helping you show your loved ones how much you care for five generations. We help you show your love  in the sweetest way possible!
Share your love on social media — we’re giving away Winans gift cards for our favorites! Use the hashtag, #winanscelebrateslove, and share your pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Caption your photo, or write a quick (short) story about how Winans helped you celebrate love.
 
#WinansCelebratesLove2015#WinansCelebratesLove Contest Details
Dates: Monday January 25th – Monday February 15th

Details: Post photos to Facebook and/or Instagram, using the hashtag #winanscelebrateslove. Tag Winans too, use Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees for Facebook and @winanscandies on Instagram. Multiple submissions are allowed!

Ideas:
A photo of your favorite Winans drink or chocolate.
A shared moment with your favorite person at a Winans location
A pic of you and your favorite barista.
 
We want you to show us how you are celebrating love any day at Winans, not just on February. 14th.
We can’t wait to see what you share!

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So, Valentines Day is coming up quicker than we all expect. Trust us, we’re still confused about where Christmas went! But we know how you think…every year its the same old gig with Valentines Day. You’ll go out to dinner while the kids are at the sitter, then maybe if you’re not too tired you will go out to a movie or peruse the mall. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that! However, we know that the night before is when you decide to do that…yeah, we got you procrastinators! This year Winans Chocolates and Coffees wants to help you to celebrate love. Cherish every moment. We want to help you make your sweetie feel loved not only on Valentines Day but every day. We do that by celebrating the little moments. Celebration of the very thought of love.
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After all, Winans has been helping you do that very thing, celebrate love, for five generations. We can help you show your loved one how much you appreciate them in the sweetest way possible! So the only thing we ask in return for our endeavors of helping you celebrate your loved one is to share with us how you do it! Use the hashtag, #winanscelebrateslove, and share on Facebook and Instagram. You can share photos, a simple status, or a story about how we succeeded in making you feel the love.
 
In return of generously sharing your stories and photos, we plan on giving away some gift cards for the cutest, most heart-felt and funniest memories, photos and stories that are shared with us! (You can “enter” multiple photos). Now what kind of pictures and stories should you share you ask? Whether it is photo of your favorite go-to drink that you love or a shared moment with your favorite person at a Winans location…maybe it is a photo of your favorite barista who delivers the products you love in the best way…We just want you to tell us how you are celebrating love any day at Winans, not just Feb. 14th.

And we can’t wait to see what you share!

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