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    Summer Southern Brittle Loves the Heat

    Posted by Scott Gonzalez on 7/30/2012
    Hello Three Georges Candy Fans,
        It's hot, hot, hot outside and that reminds me of making Brittle. Brittle candy depends on heat to come out right. It must get very hot before it's ready.
         I never actually saw my Grandma in the kitchen -- my Grandpa was the cook in the family and boy could he cook. But, my mother does remember that Grandma could make a mean brittle in her day and she remembers that Grandma's favorite was southern pecan brittle. Mom had a taste for that brittle and she kept hounding me until I learned how to do it. If you've never watched brittle being made, it's a sight to see. There's lots of action.
         When you're making confections, everyone helping thinks you're yelling at them. You have to get all your ingredients ready, load up your candy kettle and, then, it's a waiting game. As you watch the temperature rise, everyone else has gotten caught up in some story and they're not paying a bit of attention to the pot of boiling lava about to reach temperature. Hot recipes go up to 300 degrees. It's serious business. With candy, when it's time, IT'S TIME. No waiting. Get the stuff on the marble table. Don't forget to oil the marble table top and get your oiled gloves ready, too.
         At the last minute, right as you turn off the fire, add your flavor and then the baking soda. The mixture looks calm and creamy until the baking soda hits and, all of a sudden, it gets really foamy and fluffs up. Quick, time to pour it on the marble table top. Then, you have to spread it before it hardens. Let me tell you, it hardens fast. You flip it once, wearing your oiled gloves, and stretch it perfectly so it isn't heavy. Switch on the big cooling fan and before you know it, it's BRITTLE!
         Call Three Georges Candy Shop at 226 Dauphin Street in Mobile (251.433.6725) to find out when our next batch is being made and come watch. It's one of the more interesting productions of candy. Remember to Like us on Facebook and get special discount coupons. It's our 95th Anniversary. We're celebrating all year and we're sweeter than ever.
         Scott

    Southern Summer Chocolate Mousse

    Posted by Scott Gonzalez on 7/2/2012
    Hello Three Georges Fans, I love cream pies in the summer with cool, creamy filling in graham cracker crust. A few years back at Three Georges we started thinking about our favorite pies. My first thought was chocolate - a pie that actually tasted like chocolate - not like so many I'd bought before. Those pies looked good on the outside and I expected to bite into a mound of chocolate flavor, but they just tasted blah. How disappointing is that?      We set out an array of chocolates to test. What a chore it was to taste them all! Somebody had to do it and it took a lot of chocolate tasting to discover the best one. The result is our Triple Chocolate Mousse Pie. We whip up our fluffy mousse, fill the crust to the top and pipe in creamy whipped topping. Then we sprinkle on curled chocolate shavings. Over the next 2 weeks we'll be making our fresh chocolate mousse pie in the store and, if you'd like to be a part of the experience, call Three Georges (251.433.6725) and sign up for a free Mousse Making Class, starting on Thursday, July 5, 1 p.m. All this talk about chocolate mousse makes me remember the first time I made it myself at Easter. It was 1991 and I was dating Siobhan, who's now my wife. I knew she loved chocolate and I knew she was giving it up for Lent. I had no idea how to make chocolate mousse but I asked a friend who was a good cook and followed his directions. I waited until Lent ended on Easter Sunday and then I surprised Siobhan by serving it to her in a wine glass topped with fresh whipped cream. She loved it! Shortly afterward, we became engaged. I'm not sure if my first chocolate mousse creation had anything to do with it, but, maybe. Who knew that would lead to Three Georges and the summer of 2012 when we're making the best chocolate mousse for you to enjoy. Our store celebrates it's own special 95th Anniversary this year. All the more reason to see you there. Scott.
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