Harrisburg – Adrianne Jackson baked up the winning brownie at the annual Hershey’s® Cocoa Classic Cookie/Brownie/Bar contest at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Jackson of Nazareth, Northampton County received $250 for her mint flavored brownies.
“In a year where we saw a lot of peanut butter, the mint sort of stood out by itself,” judge Chris Fickes said.
The panel of five judges included members of The Hershey Company, the Owner/Personal Chef of Tempt Your Palate, and a Cooking Contest competitor/winner.
They evaluated 80 entries on flavor, texture, inside characteristics, outside characteristics and creativity to narrow it down to the top five.
Second prize and $100 was awarded to Sara Kurtz of Lehigh County. Emily Farner of Cumberland County won $50 for her third-place entry. Jon Kershner of Berks County was fourth and Matthew Brown of Lancaster County took fifth.
Crème de Menthe Brownies
1 cup sugar
½ cup softened butter
Cream together well.
Add 4 eggs, 1 at a time beating well after adding each one.
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (16 oz.) can Hershey’s Syrup
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
Mix together well and pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Crème de Menthe Filling
½ cup soften butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Crème de Menthe
Blend well and spread on chilled brownies then refrigerate.
6 oz. Hershey’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
6 tablespoons butter
Melt together-pour over filling and spread evenly. Refrigerate and garnish as desired.
One variation of a garnish is melting 1 cup Hershey’s Premier White Chips and coloring it green with green food coloring. Pour it into candy molds. Another variation of a garnish is putting mint leaves on top.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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