Chocolate Mousse Cups
Contributed by: NAPSA
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(NAPSA) - Culinary competitions draw the best cooks out of the kitchens to share their treasured
recipes. For years, food producers have been rewarding these talented folks with ribbons and
monetary prizes in exchange for their winning recipes.
Companies like Wisconsin's Saco Foods hold baking and cooking contests throughout the
country. By tapping into the company's Web site or calling its consumer hotline, consumers can
obtain award-winning hometown recipes.
But even with a copy of the prized recipe, you may wonder if you can recreate it with the
same success. According to Amy Thompson, director of consumer affairs at Saco Foods, many
cooks have time-tested techniques that make their pie crusts flakier, cakes moister or desserts
look more tempting.
When cooks create desserts for competitions, one of the most popular categories-taste-is
the primary concern. But many winners reveal that a creative presentation makes their dessert
better overall. "A delicious chocolate cake will score points with most, however, adding an
appealing, edible garnish makes it the best it can be," says Thompson.
Thompson offers some helpful hints for making blue ribbon-replicas right at home. For
topping off cakes or serving on the side of short cakes, chocolate dipped strawberries make the
most elegant and tasty treats, hands down. When plump, juicy strawberries are enveloped in a
smooth chocolate coating and served with desserts, they become irresistible. "Over the years
we've found that many ribbon winners dip their strawberries and other fruits for garnishes in Dolci
Frutta," says Thompson. Dolci Frutta brand revolutionized the chocolate melting process with its
microwavable container. Just melt the top-quality chocolate wafers, stir and dip. In no time at all
you can create a stunning fruit garnish that looks like it took as much preparation time as the
dessert itself. Dolci Frutta can be found in supermarket produce sections.
Buttermilk has also been relied on by prize-winning cooks for making baked goods extra
moist and delicious. It can be used in virtually any recipe calling for regular milk. Saco Foods
offers time pressed and traditional cooks Buttermilk Blend, a powdered buttermilk made from real
sweet cream churned buttermilk that stays fresh in your refrigerator for over a year. "They tell us
that once they start using buttermilk in the dry form, they never go back to liquid," says
This delectable raspberry and chocolate combination by Annie Woods of Ogden, Utah, won first place in the 2000 Utah State Fair.
- 1 8 oz. carton SACO Dolci Frutta
- 6 4-inch balloons, blown up to size of fist
Melt Dolci Frutta according to package directions. Wash blow-up balloons in warm, soapy water
to remove latex dust. Dry thoroughly. Spray non-stick cooking spray on balloons, using your
hands to coat entire balloon evenly. Dip balloons in melted chocolate, rolling slightly to each side
to coat well and evenly. Place dipped balloons on waxed paper until hard. Gently let air out of the
balloons, leaving chocolate shell.
- 1 pkg. Raspberry Danish Dessert (Pudding Pie Filling Glaze)
- 1 cup fresh red raspberries (reserve a few for garnish)
Prepare Danish dessert according to package directions for the glaze. Cool completely. Just
before assembly add raspberries to mixture.
- 1 pint whipping cream, whipped
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup SACO Premium Cocoa (or any baking cocoa)
Sweeten whipped cream with powdered sugar. In separate mixing bowl beat cream cheese
with granulated sugar, vanilla and cocoa. Fold sweetened whipped cream into cream cheese
- 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
Place 2 to 3 Tbsp. of raspberry mixture into the bottom of each chocolate
Fill 3/4 full with chocolate mousse. Top with white mousse.
Garnish with fresh berries and mint leaves, if desired.