With the Holiday season fast approaching, the time is now for guilty pleasures and dietary indulgences. Fans of this blog know well my love of the decadent sweet treat called Brownie Brittle — an oven-baked brownie-thin with a crisp cookie crunch. OMG, this stuff is delicious. In honor of what I like to call the Holidaze, Brownie Brittle reintroduces flavors that are available only during theses chilly months, and tarts-up their packaging with snow flakes and bows so that you can grab a few bags for last minute gift giving! Convenient!
Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle is Ready For its Close Up
With a narrow window of availability to purchase Brownie Brittle’s holiday varieties, I want to make sure you try what is not only my favorite flavor, but the favorite of Brownie Brittle originator herself, Shelia G — Salted Carmel Brownie Brittle! The salted caramel chocolate treat remains very much on-trend, and Brownie Brittle leads the charge this Holiday season with its Brownie Brittle that is liberally studded with velvety Caramel Chips, and topped with a Dark Chocolate Drizzle — for added festiveness! Something I learned from watching too many baking shows is that adding salt to chocolate does not make the treat taste saltier. Rather, salt enhances the flavor of the chocolate, and makes it taste like the most delicious thing on earth.
Warning: Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle is highly addictive! I recommend that you take a few pieces out of the bag, put them on plate, and then take that to the TV room or wherever you are going to have your snack, leaving the sealed bag behind you in the kitchen. so that you don’t lose control. Shop for all varieties of Brownie Brittle at your local supermarket, or online at This Link!
Last night, Geoffrey and I did a modified a mid-week art crawl that included a stop at Flag Art Foundation on West 25th Street before heading off to the upper east side to scope out new art by David Zink Yi at Hauser & Wirth and, not long after that, scurrying off to their boss after show party held at The East Wing – where we were served party foods that were just insane! Props to Hauser & Wirth for knowing how to throw a bash!
But backing up just a bit, when we arrived at Flag Art, we noticed a pretty groovy looking ice cream truck called the Coolhaus Truck (like Cool Haus Architecture, but for frozen treats) parked at the curb out front. Geoffrey and I made a personal commitment to buy their ice cream once we returned from seeing the art. Well, what a glorious surprise it was to find that the nice folks at Flag Art (who, on a previous visit actually “scolded” me for 1. Having my bag too close to the art, and 2. Looking at the art too intently. So not kidding) were giving each exhibit attendee a card for one free gourmet ice cream sandwich from the Coolhaus Truck! Flag Art Foundation!
This is what they look like
Can I just tell you that these ice cream sandwiches, which you can create to your personal bacchanalian preference from a ridiculous selection of home baked cookies and gourmet ice creams, are SO DELICIOUS – so fucking delicious– that you will want to lay down right on the sidewalk and just die from the pleasure of eating one. I am not exaggerating at all. When a piece of my chocolate chip cookie sandwich broke off and fell onto my arm, Geoffrey actually ate the cookie off of my arm! Best ice cream sandwiches, ever. Even though we got ours for free we totally would have paid the $5, which is what they cost.
Visit the fine website of Coolhaus to read some nice blogs about their pleasure coma-inducing ice cream sandwiches and find out when the truck will be in your neighborhood.
As Geoffrey and I left the Factory Fresh Gallery and set off to explore the neighborhood, I felt a bit peckish. We didn’t have to walk very far before we found a place to grab a snack just a few blocks up the road from the gallery, where we spotted Arancini Bros, a tiny storefront that sells Rice Balls exclusively. For just $3 each you can choose one of six varieties of Rice Balls including the Ragu (traditional meat and tomato sauce with peas inside a rice ball loaded with mozzarella cheese), the white bean and escarole (a vegan choice), chicken with fontina cheese and even a sweet rice ball made from chocolate rice (flavored with Nutella) stuffed with peanut butter mousse. The selection of flavors offered varies depending on the day. I had the Ragu and it was absolutely delicious, crispy on the outside, warm and creamy on the inside. All in all it was a cheap and very satisfying snack! Arancini Bros is also connected to a bar called the Wreck Room which I understand is great space for drinks and shows! Check them both out when you find yourself in Bushwick!
Arancini Bros is located at 940 Flushing Ave, (between Evergreen Ave & Stanwix St) in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY 11206