The Didactic Gourmet

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Cookies began as oven testers for cakes!

Cooks once used small bits of cake batter to test their oven temperature for baking. These bits of batter were called “koekje,” which means “little cake” in Dutch.

The little testers became favorites for snacking and were eventually baked intentionally as single-size servings. Variations, flavors and additives gave them a culinary niche of their own. Premium ingredients and exotic, tropical fruits and nuts give Britt cookies a home-baked, gourmet touch.

Source: www.kitchenproject.com

Try chocolate for a boost!

Chocolate is a great natural antidepressant. It contains tryptophan, which helps you create serotonin, your body's own antidepressant.

Contrary to popular belief, chocolate does NOT contribute to acne. However the milk in milk chocolate might, so enjoy the benefits of dark chocolate. Most of Britt’s fruity or nutty cocoa-based confections contain dark chocolate.

Source: Internet

Coffee from plantation to cup

Ten acres of coffee bushes can produce up to 100,000 pounds of coffee cherries. That amounts to approximately 20,000 pounds of beans after hulling or milling.

The percolator was invented in 1827 by a French man. It would bring coffee grounds mixed with water to a boil and produced a pungent taste. Today, most people prefer using the filtered or drip methods for brewing. We at Britt prefer the French Press for brewing any of our coffees. The drip method would be our second choice.

Source: Internet

Guava – A Flavor of Home

Guava, called guayaba en Costa Rica, is one of the flavors we most associate with our country’s assortment of tropical fruits. It’s as loved by mammals and birds as it is by humans. It owes much of its spread throughout the country to the fact that animals eat the fruit and disperse the seeds in their droppings. In parts of the U.S. and Cuba the wood of the guayaba tree is sought after as a fuel for cooking fires. It’s thought to give fire-cooked foods a special flavor. Britt chocolates and cookies contain bits of natural guava jelly. Try some, and enjoy our country taste!

Source: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/guava

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