Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sin in a Cup chocolate dessert + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber


Congratulations to Krista on her new release: Color Me Murder
Isn't this cover clever? You can color it yourself!

From Daryl:

Pressing the Issue, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out and selling well. Thank you to all my fans for buying a copy and for so many posting lovely reviews. If you haven't purchased your copy yet and wish to, links are below. The e-book is only $3.99. The trade paperback is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

"An enjoyable read and I enjoyed the secondary arcs where romance was in the air with several beloved characters. I hope there are more books forthcoming in this delightfully charming series." ~ Dru's Book Musings 

The story features a Renaissance Fair that has come to Crystal Cove. For authenticity, I researched a lot of fair foods and cookbooks. What fun! I love my job! One of the recipes that I include in the book is a frozen dessert. Katie serves these at the shop. Bailey and Jenna go nuts for them. I did, too. It's one of my favorites. Easy but messy to make and oh so delicious. You’ll want to lick your fingers a lot. Try not to or you will OD on chocolate. LOL Also, don’t be disappointed if the first few times you try to make them they don’t turn out “pretty.” Working with chocolate and ice cube trays isn’t easy. But the result is divine. Remember, you’ll want a square-shaped ice cube tray, not the rectangular kind. If you do use the rectangular kind, then forego setting these little tasty treats in mini muffin cups. 


8-12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (8 ounces is probably ample)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon liqueur (I like an orange-based liqueur like Grand Marnier)
a pinch of kosher salt
12 raspberries

You will need a 12-cube ice cube mold and, if desired, mini cupcake holders.

In a medium bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave longer, if necessary, until just melted, about 15-30 seconds more. It’s okay on this round of microwaving if it’s not completely smooth. Don’t overcook.

Pour a teaspoon of the melted chocolate into each ice cube mold. Using clean fingers, press the chocolate around the sides of the mold completely. Freeze the mold until the chocolate is solid, about 10 minutes. If you feel you didn’t get enough chocolate around the mold, remove from freezer and add more chocolate and repeat the pressing and freezing. You’d like a nice “crust” to form.

Meanwhile, in another medium bowl, combine cream cheese and sour cream. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar, liqueur, and salt, and stir until fluffy and light.

Remove the ice cube mold from the freezer and fill 12 cubes about half full with the cream cheese mixture. Press a raspberry into the center of each cube. Fill the rest of the cube with the cream cheese mixture and top with melted chocolate. * You might need to re-melt the chocolate. Again, don’t overcook. Zap in 15-second intervals.

Freeze the mold until the mixture is solid, about 90 minutes.

Invert the mold to release the cubes. Serve in mini cupcake holders, if desired.  Keep frozen what you don’t eat.

Enjoy!  Share, if you feel you can. I know my friend Kim Davis said she kept them all for herself.  ;)


To celebrate the release of Pressing the Issue, I'm giving to one commenter either an e-book or trade paperback copy of Pressing the Issue plus some fun swag. Tell me what is your favorite frozen treat? Leave your email so I can contact you if you win. If you tell a friend about this giveaway and my new release and mention it in your comments, you'll have a second chance to win! I would truly appreciate the word of mouth support.

The annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, damsels in distress, and medieval murder. As the annual fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna’s Cookbook Nook is packed with all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a vineyard. But when they discover the body of the vineyard’s owner bludgeoned by a wine press, their merriment fades, along with hopes for a vintage year. Which churlish varlet did the deed? Fie on them all! Verily, Jenna can’t rest until justice is served, and she vows to track down the killer. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again?

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  1. My favorite frozen treat? This might seem lame, but I love putting a single-serve container of Elli Quark (look it up if you're unfamiliar with this product - it's awesome, so many great flavors) in the freezer. Healthy-yet-decadent-tasting frozen yogurt, minus the tang.

  2. I think my favorite frozen treat would be fudgecicles. I am not sure that is spelled right. Actually, anything chocolate will do. I am sharing this with my alter ego. She will appreciate it:

    1. Sue, I haven't had one of those in ages, and I used to love them! Hmm. ~ Daryl

  3. I like gelato. suefoster109 at gmail dot com.

    1. Sue, there's a place in Grand Central Station that has the best gelato. whenever I'm in New York, I go there for a scoop. ~ Daryl

  4. I like frozen chocolate covered banana slices.
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  5. Ice Cream sandwiches which I love since they are so delectable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. I have to agree, Traveler. Love these. Does anyone know if there is a gluten-free brand? Think I'll have to make some at home. :) ~ Daryl

    2. Daryl, I have found a brand called Annie's Organics. They have a chocolate and a lemon cookie to make ice cream sandwiches. Hopefully they are available where you are - they are in the Northwest.

  6. Blizzards especially the Chocolate Extreme. ckmbeg (at ) gmail (dot) com

  7. I have a problem with lactose. I should probably buy stock in the company that makes the chewable tabs I take when I eat cheeses. I'm going to save the recipe for after Passover which is coming at us at Light Speed. I'd love to add Pressing the Issue to my collection of Daryl's books.

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    1. Nora, I just started using Lactaid milk with my cereal and coffee, and that seems to have really helped me. I don't think I'm lactose-intolerant. I don't have any trouble with cheese. But I might be borderline so why not cut back a bit? (Gluten-free/nut-free seems to be enough of a cutback in my diet LOL) ~ Daryl

  8. Wow, that recipe looks amazing! My would-be current treat (if I can find it again) is Dole’s frozen chocolate-dipped pineapple pieces. Yum! Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Anne V, they make those? Really? Must try to find. ~ Daryl

  9. My favorite frozen treat is Heath Klondike bars. I love the toffee bits and the chocolate coating. Hmmm....maybe I should put those on this week's grocery list? Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Autumn, I love Klondike bars. Just the right size. ~ Daryl

  10. My favorite desert is ice cream sandwiches. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. Revel's are my favorite frozen treat. I remember them from when I was young. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Petite, I don't now what revel's are. Must look them up ~ Daryl

  12. My favorite frozen treat is hands down fro-yo with granola sprinkled on top. YUMMMM!!! haha! It's satisfying and I don't feel horrible for eating it.

  13. Do Strawberry Daiquiris count? If not, soft chocolate ice cream is a treat for me. cheers at MarjimManor dot com

    1. Margo, LOL. Love it. I love daiquiris. I think they count. :) Soft chocolate ice cream is one of my faves, too. ~ Daryl

  14. Thank you for the giveaway! My favorite frozen treat is haagen-dazs white chocolate raspberry truffle.
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  15. The raspberry looks just like a flower when you cut it -- a beautiful and delicious dessert! My favorite frozen treat is gelato -- so many wonderful and creative flavors ~

    1. Celia, I think it's amazing, too. I must make more gelato. I made an apricot one last year that was heavenly. ~ Daryl

  16. My favorite frozen treat is chocolate covered frozen bananas. I will definitely try your frozen cheesecake bites recipe, though. It looks really tasty! Thanks for having this great give-away!