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Archive for September, 2009

Gourmet Giveaway: Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


Dark chocolate lovers rejoice with new
Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.
Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

This week’s Gourmet Giveaway prize sponsor is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which never fail to deliver what they promise: creamy peanut butter encased in rich milk chocolate. It’s hard to fathom how the classic treat could be improved, but it’s definitely been upgraded for those who consider themselves die-hard dark chocolate lovers.

Hershey’s recently re-introduced Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups for those who prefer dark chocolate, and can’t get enough of that smooth peanut butter taste. (The dark peanut butter cups were first introduced in 2003 as a limited-edition item.)

The prizes: Three winners will each receive four two-packs of Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups along with two bags of the dark chocolate miniatures. If you’re concerned about too much candy, you can give the two-packs away and allot yourself two miniatures a day.

  • To enter this week’s Gourmet Giveaway: Visit THE NIBBLE’S Gourmet Chocolate Section and click on the link at the bottom of the page. Enter your email address for the Gourmet Giveaway prize drawing. Good luck!

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CONTEST: $25,000 Grand Prize In French’s 1st Live National Cook-Off

Do you have an original, easy-to-make recipe that makes a great family meal? Then enter it in French’s first-ever Live National Cook-Off and you could win the $25,000 grand prize.

Encourage friends and family to vote for your recipe: In addition to the grand prize of $25,000, weekly prizes will be awarded based on the number of popular votes a recipe receives.

Recipes must include at least one French’s product. You can get inspiration from the recipes on the website. Submit your recipe by October 31, 2009 at

QUICK BURGER TIP: Make your burgers taste better. To 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey, mix:

  • 1/4 cup French’s Classic Worcestershire Sauce or French’s Reduced Sodium Worcestershire Sauce (30 % less sodium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Shape into 4 burgers.

Garlic & Lemon Herb Marinated Chicken is
made with French’s Spicy Brown Mustard or
Honey Dijon Mustard. The recipe is on the

  • Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes or until cooked through, turning once.
  • Splash on more Worcestershire to taste.


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TIP OF THE DAY: Wine Buddies

Instead of giving a friend a bottle of wine as a birthday, congratulatory or holiday gift, take him or her to a wine tasting. Share the experience and the memories, and build your wine knowledge together. If your budget allows, you can add a bottle of wine as a surprise at the end of the tasting. Most cities have regular tasting events and classes. If you don’t know where to find them, ask at wine stores.


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RECIPES: Chex-ilicious Party Mixes


Like things spicy? Try the Deviled Chex Mix.
Photo courtesy of Chex.

Earlier this year, Chex asked America to create the most Chex-ilicious party mixes, and the five finalists are awaiting America’s vote at Go get the five recipes, have a tasting party and cast your vote for:

  • Buffalo Chex Mix, inspired by buffalo wings, includes hot sauce, ranch dressing and celery seed.
  • Chexicago Party Mix, which combines caramel, cheese popcorn and cheese crackers for a sweet-and-salty effect.
  • Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch has pumpkin pie spices and pecan halves, perfect for the holidays.
  • Deviled Chex Mix, a spicy blend of chili powder, coriander, cumin, curry and paprika.
  • Lemon Rosemary Chex Mix, with almonds, is a light and buttery take on Chex Mix
Each recipe takes just 15 minutes to prepare. We’ve been making Chex Mix since high school and while the original is still a favorite, these winners are fun. We’ll certainly be making one of them for the holidays. (That’s the hint to our favorite recipe, although everyone at THE NIBBLE voted for a different recipe.)


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TIP OF THE DAY: Sweet & Salty

Most people prefer sweet butter at the table, but there’s a contingent that favors salty. A solution to please everyone: Serve sweet butter and provide a cellar of delicious sea salt. Salt butter lovers can sprinkle a few grains on their butter, and enjoy the superior flavor and crunch of the sea salt over commercial salted butter. In fact, some award-winning salted butters are made by blending creamery butter with sel gris or another fine sea salt, and some top restaurants serve sweet butter with sea salt on top. Be artistic with black or red lava salts.

  • Check out our eye-opening glossary of sea salts.
  • Read about the one salt butter we love: from Vermont Butter & Cheese. It’s perfect—just a touch of salt in an exceptional artisan butter. Butter lovers: It’s worth sending for if you can’t find it locally.


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