Try A' La Mode Gourmet Brownies for an Absolutely Decadent Treat

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Like many home bakers, Brenda Barker always loved to make brownies. And like lots of nice people, Brenda gave them to her friends for gifts and at school events and everybody told her, "You really should sell these." But unlike most dreamers, she actually decided to take the plunge and go into the brownie baking business. Lucky for us!

This entrepreneurial mother of two started A' La Mode Gourmet Brownies out of her home kitchen and still bakes her brownies batch by batch using the finest chocolate, real butter and vanilla, organic eggs and other natural ingredients. In fact, she still keeps a schedule based around family activities, so her delicious brownies were unavailable March 20-30 for spring break.

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Hand-cut and packaged in precious little boxes festooned with tissue and ribbon, A' La Mode brownies make excellent gifts. Available in three-brownie taster boxes, half-dozens, dozens or party trays of brownie bites, the brownies run about $2.50-$3 apiece and are worth every penny (and calorie).

The flavor varieties offered are a Triple Chocolate Bar with three different kinds of chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and my personal favorite, Caramel by the Sea, which has a ribbon of rich caramel and is topped with sea salt.

(My Pavlovian response is being triggered just by the memory of that one as I type this.)

To order your own A' La Mode brownies, visit the company website or email Barker at alamodebrownies@gmail.com. The company offers free delivery within a 15-mile radius of Nashville with a minimum order, and priority mail shipping is available for deliveries outside of the Metro Nashville area. The brownies will stay fresh for up to five days and may be refrigerated for up to 10 days, but frankly I can't imagine having any of these delicious morsels last that long around my house.

Brenda suggests warming them by heating in the microwave for 10-15 seconds and serving with ice cream. Sounds like a heck of an idea to me.

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