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Love Smoothies!

Love Brownies love smoothies! We’re all about the naughty little treats but we thought it was about time we gave you a slightly healthier option. So, we’ve started doing this great new range of fruit and vegetable smoothies to go with your brownie.

Flavours

  • Berry Go Round – strawberry, raspberry and blackberry
  • Big 5 – kiwi, pineapple, mango, apple and strawberry
  • Kale Kick – kale, spinach and mango
  • Broccoli and the Beast – broccoli, spinach, banana, mango, pineapple and cucumber
  • Detox zing – blueberry, carrot, ginger, courgette and banana

Obviously we all know we’re supposed to eat our 5-A-Day, but these smoothies also have many other health benefits. Ginger can aid digestion and also help relieve the symptoms of that nasty cold and flu. Check out BBC Good Food’s website here for more information on ginger and more ways you can incorporate ginger into your diet. Even though kale may seem like it doesn’t belong in a smoothie, it goes really well with mango! Mango takes away the taste of the kale and it’s a great way to get some essential vitamins and minerals. If you’re wanting to be super healthy, why not try it with a scoop of protein powder in? Ask us in the shop for more details!

Our smoothies are available to drink in or take away, served with a sprig of fresh mint. If you drink in we’ll serve it with one of our reusable straws! If you haven’t heard about them yet, have a little read of our keep cups and reusable straws blog post.

Smoothie offer

Do you love smoothies as much as we do and fancy trying one when you next come in? Just quote ‘blogsmoothie’ when you next come into the shop to get 20% of your first smoothie. Not around this summer? Don’t worry, we’re doing this offer until the 1st October 2018 so you’ve plenty of time to pop in and enjoy!

Each smoothie contains one of your 5-A-Day. So, whether you need your green boost on a morning for your breakfast on the go or a berry smoothie to go with your fresh raspberry brownie, come in and see us and we’ll sort you out!

It’s Time to Meet the Brownie Team!

So, we’ve introduced you to pretty much all of our products here at Love Brownies… but we thought it was time you met the brownie team behind it all. Over the next few weeks, we’re giving you the chance to ‘Meet the Brownie Team’. You’ll be able to find out a little bit about who they are and what they do behind the scenes. We’ll be talking about a different team member each week so keep checking our blog and Meet the Brownie Team!

 

Meet Laura

“I’m the newest brownie team member and the latest to join the Love Brownies mission. I have recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Food Science. I’m a Yorkshire girl and I love being able to work here back in my home town of Ilkley.

 

I’ve been here a couple of months now and already I’m loving it and feel like part of the team. I’ve taken on the role as shop manager, so you’ll regularly see me behind the counter serving up your favourite chocolate treats! However, I’ll soon be up in the kitchen as a product developer and baker. My goals here at Love Brownies are to create some new and innovative products. I want to see what more we can do with a brownie! There’s a lot going on here over the next few months and I’m excited to be part of that journey.

 

The working environment here is great. It can be a bit crazy at times, but the brownie team is really good at working together. And we still manage to have a laugh along the way! I love our brownies as they’ve got that crispy shell and gooey centre. I like to have them slightly warm with a generous scoop of ice cream! It’s difficult to pick my favourite flavour but I’d probably have to say caramel fudge or fresh raspberry!

 

I’ve always been interested in food, and I’m definitely a fan of eating it! I regularly go out and love finding new places and cuisines to try. I’ve been baking since a young age and was taught by my grandma. I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen which led me to studying food science at university. I love being on stage and in my spare time I do a bit of musical theatre. For the past few years I’ve been involved in productions with Guiseley Amateur Operatic Society. I took a break in my final year of university but I’m hoping to get back into it.

 

So that’s a little bit about me and I’ll see you next time you pop into the Love Brownies shop!”

 

Introducing Northern Bloc!

So.. who are Northern Bloc?

Northern Bloc is latest company we’re working with. They specialise in ice cream and they’re based right here in Leeds. They pride themselves in creating ice cream that is 100% natural and free from artificial ingredients. All their ice creams are also gluten free and vegetarian friendly.

 

Northern Bloc ice creams are a cross between Italian style gelato and English ice cream. Their founders have Italian routes and they know all the secrets to making the best gelato which makes this ice-cream unique. They’re all for weird and wonderful flavours and even their classic vanilla ice-cream uses top quality Madagascan bourbon vanilla. One of their incredible flavours is hazelnut and tonka bean. We know what you’re thinking… what actually is a tonka bean?! It’s a seed originating from South America. According to Northern Bloc, the tonka bean brings chocolate and vanilla notes which complement the hazelnut.

 

This year, Northern Bloc have launched a completely vegan range including both sorbets and ice cream. They’ve managed to create that creamy ice cream texture we all love without using the classic vegan dairy alternatives. Their vegan ice creams don’t contain soya and are 100% natural, like the rest of their range. These would also go great with our new vegan brownie! If you haven’t heard about our vegan brownie yet then you can read all about it here.

 

Why not check out what else Northern Bloc are up to on their blog or Instagram page @northern_bloc.

 

The Love Brownies shop will be stocking 4 delicious flavours of Northern Bloc ice-cream. These are: Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla, Ginger Caramel, Chocolate and Sea Salt, and Coconut and Caramelised Almond. Yum! You’ll be able to have a scoop (or two or three…) in a cone or tub, or with one of our many flavours of brownie!

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Keep Cups and Re-usable Straws

We’re really keen to do our bit for the environment, so we’re bringing in keep cups and re-usable straws to buy and use in store. Both the keep-cups and re-usable metal straws will be available in our shop very soon!

Keep cups

We’ve recently installed a brand-new coffee machine and we’re training our bakers up to be little Love Brownie Baristas! So whether you need your espresso on a morning to kick start the day or a latte in the afternoon with your brownie, you’ll be able to get it in one of our keep cups to take away with you. Bring it back with you each time you want a hot drink and you’ll get a discount!

Re-usable Straws

We’ve completely banned plastic straws from the Love Brownie Bakery and have been using paper straws for a while now. However, we wanted to know what more we could do to help save the environment. So that’s why we’ll be using re-usable straws. Our brownie milkshakes, homemade lemonade and all our other cold drinks will be served with a metal straw in store. Or if you’re taking away we’ll give you the option to purchase a re-usable straw to keep!

It doesn’t matter if you’re not purchasing a drink from us, as you’ll still be able to buy both the Love Brownie branded keep cups and re-usable straws in store. The Love Brownie keep cups will keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold. The re-usable straw comes in a case with a cleaning brush, so you can use it again and again. Don’t forget to bring it with you when you go out and say no to plastic straws! You’ll also be able to purchase them online here.

Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party have a chain of coffee shops spread out across the South West and the Midlands. They are the first coffee to ban the use of single-use coffee cups in all their shops. They say only 1 in 400 single use coffee cups used are actually recycled, despite most claiming to be recyclable. This is very big step towards helping the environment and you can read all about how they’ve made this change on their blog here.

 

Keep cups and re-usable straws may only be small changes that we’re making here at Love Brownies but if everyone made these small changes then it would make a big difference to the environment!

Brownie Kebabs – a quick and easy summer dessert!

Not just your average kebab.. why not have a go at these brownie kebabs at home?! A perfect addition to your summer barbeques. These are both quick to make and yummy to eat so perfect for all the family! It’s gooey brownie combined with fresh fruit and melted chocolate, what’s not to love? Simply follow these easy steps to creating this ready-in-a-flash dessert that’s sure to impress!

 

To make 8 brownie kebabs you will need:

3 bags of Love Brownies Brownie Bites (we’ll leave the flavour choice up to you!)

Fresh fruit, we’d recommend british strawberries or raspberries

Good quality chocolate, melted

8 wooden kebab skewers

Start by pushing one brownie bite onto the skewer followed by a piece of fruit of your choice. Then another brownie bite and some more fruit and keep alternating until the skewer is full. Drizzle with the melted chocolate and serve! These can easily be eaten off the skewer which minimises the washing up!

 

If you wanted to make these brownie kebabs extra special, why not serve with a scoop of your favourite local ice-cream? We’re loving Northern Bloc at the moment, they’ve got loads of interesting flavours, including vegan ones! Read all about what they’re up to at the moment on their website here. Or how about decorating with fresh mint and crumbled meringue pieces? The possibilities are endless!

 

We have a wide variety of flavours of brownie bites for you to choose from, from sweet caramel fudge to boozy morello cherry with a kick of Kirsch. You can buy all of our flavours of brownie bites on our website here or pop into store to grab a bag for only £4!

Why not take a photo of your brownie kebabs and upload them to Facebook and Instagram? And make sure you tag us @lovebrowniesbakery so we can see your creations!

Vegan Brownie

You’ve asked for it, so we’ve done it… a vegan brownie is finally on its way!

We’ve been working on a vegan brownie for a while now, making sure it’s just as perfect as our others. We are very excited to announce that our vegan brownie will be in both our shop and online VERY soon!

What does being vegan mean?

Being vegan means you do not eat or wear any animal products, which also includes honey. More information on veganism can be found on The Vegan Society website here. Because our brownie is vegan, it is completely free of any products coming from an animal, including dairy and eggs. Nowadays, there are lots of vegan alternatives for dairy. There are many varieties of milk, including almond, soya and oat, that are all great for baking. As an alternative fat to butter you could use vegetable oil, coconut oil or nut butters. Stork have launched a 100% coconut oil that doesn’t have that coconut taste, unlike regular coconut oils! You can read all about it here. Flaxseed and chia seeds soaked in water can also be used as an alternative to eggs. They absorb all the water to make a thick paste which can easily be used instead of egg in recipes. Flaxseeds can cause a bake to become quite dense. This is a bonus for our brownies because it makes them all gooey and fudgy in the middle!

Our vegan brownie uses the finest quality chocolate, along with almond butter, almond milk and flaxseed. Almonds are a rich source of good fats and flaxseed is high in essential omega-3 fatty acids. Both are also a good source of fibre. So, you could say our vegan brownie is pretty healthy (well, as far as brownies go)! You can order our vegan brownies online here.

So just keep checking our website, blog and Facebook page to find out when they’ll be launching online but available in our bakery on Wednesday!

 

Happy National Chocolate Day Fellow Chocolate Lovers!

Happy National Chocolate Day fellow chocolate lovers!

National Chocolate Day is our favourite event of the year here at Love Brownies, apart from Brownie Day of course! So lets talk about Chocolate and other lovely stuff!  Our award-winning brownies are made from the finest Venezuelan chocolate to give them that rich, chocolatey flavour alongside sweet Belgian milk chocolate chunks. The rest of the high-quality ingredients are sourced locally right here in Yorkshire.

In case you didn’t know, each brownie is individually made in its own little tin to ensure you get that crispy shell and gooey centre and a little raised roof. We have a wide variety of flavours from salted caramel to fresh raspberry, which are all based on our double chocolate brownie. You can get these for £2 each or why not get them gift wrapped with a personal message for just 50p extra to give to your loved ones (or for yourself, because you deserve it).

Now that’s our brownies covered, where do we even begin to start with our hot chocolate?! We don’t use any old powdered hot chocolate here. We melt our chocolate down and blend it with cream and sugar to create that thick, Italian-style hot chocolate. This luxurious drink is available in our shop and is made fresh every day. Or if you’re fancying a naughty little treat, why not accompany it with one of our brownies for just £4.95. Not got time to visit the shop? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We also do hot chocolate blocks which are little blocks of chocolatey goodness that you just add to hot milk and stir. You can buy these in store or online and get them delivered right to your door!

When did Chocolate happen?

Chocolate was first introduced into Europe in the 1500’s and is thought to be on 7th July, which is why we celebrate National Chocolate Day on this day. It came to England soon after, however, it was not in the form of a bar, but was in fact a bitter chocolate drink. It wasn’t until the mid 1800’s that the first chocolate bar was created by Joseph Fry, who in 1847 discovered that he could make a moldable chocolate paste by adding melted cacao butter back into Dutch cocoa. By 1868, a little company called Cadbury was marketing boxes of chocolate candies in England.  Now we can’t imagine life without it!

Competition time! Fancy the chance to win a box of 4 double chocolate brownies or a hot chocolate and a brownie when you next come in? Then listen up! Just tell us how many times we say the word chocolate on our blog today.   You have until midnight on 6th July and can enter by emailing hello@lovebrownies.co.uk with your answer. Good luck!

So how will you be celebrating National Chocolate Week? Got no plans? Then pop in to see us and we’ll sort you out!

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Fry_(type-founder)

Whats’s so Wimbledon about our Wimbledon brownie?

What’s so Wimbledon about our Wimbledon brownie? 

Well, we’ll let you into a little secret.  It’s fresh strawberries soaked in Pimm’s No.1, with creamy white chocolate chunks and a hint of mint (don’t worry, there’s no cucumber). That’s right, we’ve taken all that summery goodness and put it into a brownie, all for just £2! It’s sweet, chocolatey and has a little alcoholic kick, perfect for a dessert served with a scoop of ice cream. Or a glass of Pimm’s. Or both. We’d recommend any of those options!

You’ll be able to enjoy this treat all the way through the tournament, as it’s available both online and in our shop until the end of July. So why don’t you surprise your family and friends by sending them a box or buy some for yourself… just because!

It’s the 141st Wimbledon Championship this year, surely we can celebrate that right?! Back in the day, only 200 people attended Wimbledon. Now, nearly 500’000 attend from all over the world to watch this British summertime sporting event. Don’t forget all the others who sit and watch from the comfort of their sofa in front of the TV. Garden and street parties will be occurring all across the nation, serving scones with strawberries and cream, and of course, jugs and jugs of Pimm’s. With Pimm’s being the Official Partner, why not bring some of our Wimbledon brownies along to your celebrations this year?  What to know more about Wimbledon  https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/683536/Wimbledon-2016-behind-scenes-facts-figures-tennis-tournament

These summery flavours won’t be around forever (a bit like this nice weather) so why not come into store today and enjoy one with a cup of Yorkshire Tea and our made to order sandwiches. Or order some online here! We’ll send them out in a gift box with a personalised message and a gift tag suitable for any occasion.

So, whether you’re an avid tennis fan, enjoy celebrating the event or just a lover of a glass of Pimm’s or two, our Wimbledon brownie is perfect you.

Wobblegate – what a great find !

Welcome  to Wobblegate  – a family run crushed juice company which was our cheeky little find at last years Quality Food Awards  http://www.wobblegate.co.uk 

An unusual and intriguing name and of course every name has a story worth telling- their’s is hilariously because they had a wobbly gate to their orchard!  How great names are born..genius idea! Why did we call ourselves Love Brownies, well simply because people do, we do and what’s not to love!

Back to the orchard – we are pretty fussy about what we stock in our little bakery’s – you will notice the ‘s’ at the end of Bakery – but that is for another blog :0).  We spend a great deal of time understanding our suppliers and what makes them special and how we can work together, so we cannot wait for Wobblegate to join us and for our customers to see why we love them so!

Glyn and Tom (father and son) have spent 30 years producing fruit, but for the last 9 have been bottling their own gorgeous award winning range (and selling out just as quickly as they are making it).  The Royal Palace have taken a liking to it too and stock it there!  We have good taste you can see!

When we first tried the range, we were really taken aback with how fresh and clean tasting their juices were and guess what, no sugar or preservatives are added –  ‘why fix it if it is not broken’ as they say!

Where can you find Wobblegate?

They are a sussex based family team, and apart from the amazing taste and how lovely they are as a family run company, they struck a cord with me as I grew up in an orchard in Sussex.   I have many a memory running between the apple trees and dodging wasps.  In summary,  Wobblegate is a perfect fit and one we would like to share.

Instagram

Visit their instagram page https://www.instagram.com/wobblegate/?hl=en

Flavours

You can try flavours such as Apple & Pear, Crushed Apple, Apple & Elderflower, Apple and Raspberry and squeezed breakfast – gorgeous when served over ice and a slice.  Which flavour do you go for?  For me the Squeezed Breakfast I go for every time…hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

 

Salted Caramel Brownie Special Offer

Salted Caramel Brownie special offer hits your screens for just two days only!

Make the most of this offer by clicking the link below.

https://lovebrownies.co.uk/product/facebook-saltedcaramel/

Offer expires on February 2nd, so for just two days you can order and we can deliver a gorgeous treat yourself box of four salted caramel brownies for just £10.

We can deliver to any address in the UK without it costing a penny more.  If you are quick enough you can make the most of this offer and request a valentine dispatch date.  Or need them guaranteed for next day, then just select the next day option and pay a little extra.

The only difference with the treat yourself boxes, is you do not have the option to have a written message on the inside and it is designed for you to treat your self and let your hair down. Go wild and make a coffee too and enjoy.   After all it is the end of January and pay day is here! Not to mention the diets are over and the fun for 2018 really starts now.

Make the most of our Salted Caramel brownie special offer as they are a winning combination.  Love Brownies was set up over 9 years ago and over the years we have tried not to go down the predictable flavour routes and create flavours that really worked for us. But through customer request we needed to play with our Salted Caramel recipe. If a customer wants it, then if a reasonable request why the devil not do it!  The results were coming back thick and fast that our Salted Caramel Brownies were seriously the best ever and we needed to make them an available product on line and in the Love Brownie Bakery. So we did!  So buy until your heart is content.

We would just love to know what you think about them? So tell us by emailing us  at hello@lovebrownies.co.uk.

Why not try them with some seriously amazing ice cream we have come across especially the salted caramel flavour https://www.halotop.com/

 

 

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