Thursday, December 2, 2010

Reese's Peanut Butter Brownies

Care packages to B at college always include ingredients to make this recipe:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownies

Make a pan of brownies as outlined here.
For the 12x17 pan, frost the cooled brownies with 1 ½ cans of chocolate frosting. Cut up 32 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. (I purchase 8 King size packages which have four cups per package.) Gently press the pieces of peanut butter cups into the wet frosting.
Put ½ cup of creamy peanut butter in a quart size Ziploc bag. Microwave for 10 seconds. Clip the corner and drizzle the peanut butter over the peanut butter cups.
Microwave 3 Hershey bars in a quart size Ziploc bag until melted. Clip the corner, and drizzle onto the brownies.
Let Set. Cut. Serve.

Yesterday, I was missing B- the brilliant, faithful side of him. But there is another side of him- the normal side. Here is one of the first college experiences he had- as told in his own words.-

“Several weeks ago me and some buddies came across the ultimate food challenge. We heard about it through the show Man vs. Food. The host of the show took a trip to Hawaii where he ate at this pancake joint in Honolulu; so we all watched the episode to see what it was. The challenge was to eat 3 ginormous pancakes that were each the size of a large pizza and as thick as a hamburger, with a pound of toppings added to it, no joke! So after man vs. food got his trash kicked by the pancakes we thought that we should go down and show him how it’s done.
We had been training all week for the eating completion. We started by researching what foods make the stomach expand which we concluded that we must drink gallons of water every day and consume large amounts of pineapple, the one thing that tastes good in the Café (campus cafeteria). Next we observed all the techniques from famous hot dog eaters to see what the best ways were to get the food down. If only this much time and effort went into our school work! Just kidding mom it does ;)
So it’s the day of the competition and we all have one slice of wheat bread and a little bit of Gatorade then off we go. After the two and a half hour bus ride to Honolulu we decided to tire ourselves out at the beach all day. After the long day at Waikiki we made our way to the Mac 24/7 for the pancake eating contest. Each stack of pancakes was bigger than my face (times 100). And it came with a pound of toppings on it; mind you- Man vs. Food didn’t even make it ¾ of the way through the stack before his time ran out which was 90 mins, and this is his JOB, to eat a lot of food! So we all get our pancakes and we all start going to town. I think of myself as a power eater and I love pancakes so this seemed like a reasonable task. My technique was to eat standing up, no fork, bouncing up and down while jamming out to some tunes. After about 20 mins I was more than half-way done and still cruising when shortly thereafter the starch from the mass of food in front of me was expanding in my stomach and I felt sick, but my goal was to finish and prove I could out eat Man vs. Food--so that’s what I set out to do. There was about 20 mins left in the completion, most of my friends had only finished one pancake and another finished 1 and a half. I was more than ¾ done, that’s right -I beat Man vs. Food! I should be the rich guy that is the star of the show, wouldn’t that be the life, get paid to eat food. At this point I was feeling way sick but still kept eating. I ate 2 or 3 more bites and then felt it, I was going to hurl! My friends tried to get me to finish it because I was almost there but it wasn’t going to happen so I tried making my way to the bathroom, bbbbbbuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut I didn’t make it in time. I threw up all over the restaurants floor! It was Epic!! So the moral of the story is it is only possible to "beat" Man vs. Food if you make yourself sick then dominate a restaurant floor with the food they gave you :) "
So today I’ve shared one of B's favorite recipes and his favorite college experience; thus in one post, I’ve paired one of my most requested recipes with puke. Did I share too much? These brownies are "B’s treats". Therefore, the pairing in one post is him: a little bit of perfection mixed with some room for refinement.
Love you B- see you in 18 days!


  1. I wonder if the jumping up and down was really a good idea? Maybe he needed a little more research with the hot dog winners.... LOVED the story! thanks for sharing!

  2. I am getting ready to bake for a bake sale tomorrow... so I came to find recipes. Died laughing at this story. Kyle enjoyed it as well!! ;)