Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway (and their decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake)!

October 11, 2011
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I’ll be honest: As an avid baker with a highly discerning sweet tooth, I make it a rule to almost never purchase packaged desserts. Most of the time I’d rather just make them myself. This particularly applies to cookies. I find that your average pre-packaged store-bought cookie tastes, well, pre-packaged and store-bought. Usually there are flavors and textures present that guarantee a long ingredient list full of scary words such as partially hydrogenated and yellow #6, which aren’t exactly tempting.

For Tate’s Bake Shop cookies, however, I would break my rule. I mean, just look at these guys!

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I received an email from the people at Tate’s last week, asking me if I would be interested in trying their Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate cookies (uh, yeah!) and doing a review and a giveaway on my site.I don’t really do many product reviews and giveaways either, but again, for Tate’s I made an exception. Why? Because I’d actually been dying to try these cookies since they had first been introduced.

But wait a minute, I thought that you didn’t “do” pre-packaged cookies.

I generally don’t, but Tate’s Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate cookies had recently won the Gold sofi Award in the Cookie category at the 2011 Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C., where I had a booth for my granola. These are like the Oscars for specialty foods, and they are tough to win. I had heard the buzz that had been building around this product at the show, and I knew that for a chocolate chip cookie to win the top prize, it had to be darn good.

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And they ARE. Darn great, for that matter. Thin. Crisp. Buttery. Caramel-ly (OK, so that’s not a word, but you know what I mean.) Rich dark chocolate generously scattered throughout. In a word: Addictive.

I’m much more of a dark chocolate person than a milk chocolate person, and I prefer crisp chocolate chip cookies to soft, so these are perfect for me. Plus, they are all-natural: Dark chocolate chips, white whole wheat flour, butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, and water. No scary ingredients whatsoever!

Bonus: As I apprehensively turned over the bag to look at what I was sure would be a diet-destroying calorie count, I was happy to see the number 80, with only 4 grams of fat. Not too bad, especially since I kept finding myself reaching for a piece here and there throughout the day (such as while I type this post.)

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Tate’s has been kind enough to offer a super-sweet prize package to one of my Peanut Butter and Julie readers, which I have detailed below. In addition, the are offering ALL of my readers an opportunity to try their cookies with an exclusive discount coupon worth 15% off at their e-bakery. Just enter the word “COOKIE” at checkout through October 31.

In order to be considered for the giveaway, please leave a comment including your favorite Halloween candy. I still haven’t decided what we are going to give out this year, and I need some ideas :)

You can also earn extra entries if you “like” Tate’s Bake Shop on Facebook and/or Twitter. Please let me know in your comment if you have done so! On Saturday, October 15, I will randomly select one lucky winner to receive:

  • Not one, but THREE bags of Tate’s Bake Shop’s Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip cookies
  • A signed copy of Kathleen King’s fantastic Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook, pictured below

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I have owned this cookbook for a few years now, and it has definitely reached the stage where the pages are dusted with flour and the occasional chocolate-covered fingerprint (that’s the sign of a good cookbook, right?) This book is filled with recipes for all of the treats that you would hope to find inside a classic American bakery like Tate’s. And yes, there is even a recipe for their chocolate chip cookies!

As a preview for the lucky winner, I created one of my favorite recipes from the cookbook, the deceptively simple no-bake Chocolate Mousse Cake. This would be a perfect dessert for entertaining: It can be made in advance, and it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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Here are a few extra tips for making this decadent double-chocolate delight:

  • The cake can be made in advance and frozen, wrapped tightly, for 3-4 days. It can also be refrigerated overnight.
  • Instead of making one large cake, you can make individually sized portions in mini springform pans, or you could even make individual cups, as pictured below.
  • If you can’t find the chocolate wafer cookies at your grocery store (I sometimes have a hard time), you can always grind up some Oreos instead. Since the Oreos have the cream filling in them to help keep the crust moist, I suggest cutting the amount of butter in the recipe by a few tablespoons.

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Tate’s Chocolate Mousse Cake

Printable Recipe

Makes one 10-inch round cake or two 7-inch round cakes

Ingredients:

For the Crust

3 cups chocolate wafer crumbs

9 tablespoons salted butter, melted

For the Mousse Filling

2 3/4 cups chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate

2 large eggs

4 large eggs, separated

2 cups heavy whipping cream

For the Topping

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Prepare the crust: Grind the chocolate wafers in a blender or a food processor. Place them in a bowl and add the melted butter. Press the crumb mixture into a 10-inch springform pan, covering the bottom and the sides evenly. Refrigerate the pan.

Prepare the mousse filling: Melt the chocolate in the top of a double-boiler. Remove it from the heat and transfer the melted chocolate to a large bowl. Add the whole eggs and mix them in well using an electric mixer. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each addition and stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until they are stiff. For the cream and egg whites into the chocolate mixture until completely incorporated. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and chill it overnight or freeze it for future use.

Make the topping: Whip the heavy cream with the sugar and the vanilla until stiff peaks form.

Loosen the crust on all sides using a sharp knife and remove the sides of the springform pan. Cover the cake evenly with the cream topping one hour before serving and chill.

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60 Responses to Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway (and their decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake)!
  1. I do so love anything with caramel for Halloween……and congratulations on the Oprah feature!!!! You are awesome.

  2. My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn!

  3. And I already follow tate’s on FB….

  4. Thanks, Laurie!  Got you covered for multiple entries.  And no, you and Lily are the awesome ones :)

  5. Thanks, Rachel.  I eat waaaayyy too much candy corn.  Its so addictive!

  6. During Halloween time, I always look for Twix and Hershey’s Special dark!

  7. I love Indian corn and peanut butter cups!!

  8. Would love to win. My favorite Halloween candy is Twizzlers!

  9. I love reese’s peanut butter cups. These are the first to disappear from our Halloween stash!

  10. Tracy, thanks for the reminder.  I love Twizzlers (especially when used as a straw at the movies), so they would be great to have as leftovers!

  11. My favorite Halloween candy is Midnight MilkyWays! The dark chocolate makes them soooooo perfect.! These cookies look great…..and so does the mousse cake….yummm!

  12. I am a sucker for candy corn but only at Halloween. The cheesecake recipe looks delicious. Would it be wrong of me to serve at my “Tastefully Simple” party next week ;-)?

  13. My favorite candy mmmmmmmm… I love anything and everything that includes chocolates, peanut butter and chocolate, caramel and chocolate, nuts and chocolate…

  14. Ooh, that chocolate mousse cake looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it. My favorite for Halloween is probably mini Twix bars, though Kit Kats come a close second…

  15. I like Tate’s Bake Shop on Facebook and Twitter.

  16. Mellowcreme pumpkins! I have a little jar full of them on my counter. And now that I think about it – I may need to go grab a few! :)

  17. Thanks Donna!  Ooh!  Midnight Milky Ways — I havent tried those yet.  Thanks!

  18. Thanks, Kelly!  Its actually not a cheesecake — just a mousse cake.  And yes, I thought that it was fairly simple, so I think that it would be great for your party.  Enjoy!

  19. I’ve heard nothing but great things about these cookies – I’d love to try them! My favorite Halloween candy is Smarties. :-)

  20. This is a toss up! Reeses Peanut Butter Cup or Red Vines. I did some serious trading for these! Tates and I are friends. I am looking forward to trying the tastiness!

  21. Peppermint Patties. Hands Down. Let the stockpiles begin…..

  22. Snickers, gotta be Snickers……

  23. I “Like” Tate’s on FB

  24. Their cookies are so buttery and crisp. They are really very good. Just imagine if you were at the actual store. You’d have a hard time saying no to trying each one. Snickers rock for Halloween!

  25. Kathy, theyre dangerously good.  I think that I went into sugar shock one time from Smarties–easy to do!

  26. Love Reese’s PB cups. Can’t limit that love just to Halloween, though!

  27. Thanks, Carrie!  Trading was always the best part.  Im pretty much addicted to Twizzlers and Red Vines year-round :)

  28. Hi Guys!
     
    I think that I would have a serious problem if I lived nearby Tates.  I might become their best customer (and subsequently gain about 100 pounds!)  Snickers rock anytime–theyre always a crowd pleaser at Halloween.

     

  29. My favorite Halloween candy is the mix bag of candy corn & pumpkins. I love the big pumpkins & having them melt in my mouth! I also liked Tates on FB & am following them on Twitter!
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  30. My favorite halloween candy is Milky Way! I also like peanut m&ms. Your mousse cake is beautiful – is the mousse firm enough to slice neatly?
    thanks for the giveaway!
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

  31. I love candy corn!

  32. Twix Bars are my favorite… I’ve given them out to trick or treaters for years

  33. Hi Karen!  Milky Ways are always a popular choice :)  Yes,  the mousse cake is definitely firm enough to slice if it is chilled for several hous (or preferably overnight).  You can also freeze it.

  34. I am addicted to candy corns. Only Brachs though. =)

  35. Michaela Rosenthal October 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm Reply

    PLEASE. FEED. ME. CAKE.

  36. Tate’s cookies cookies look delectable. I like that they have a whole wheat version. Thank you for having the giveaway! I love the plain and simple Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars for Halloween. I think that any chocolate candy is a winner though. I “like” Tate’s Cookies on FB. Thanks again, Julie.

  37. My favorite Halloween candy is Butterfinger Crisp bars, (kind of like a Kit Kat) but with bits of Butterfinger in it.

    I am so lusting after those cookies. Pure recognizable ingredients, and Dark chocolate. YUM!

  38. My favorite candy is Butterfingers!

  39. Anything chocolate! I think mini Reese cups are probably my favorite. And candy corn. Candy corn is a Halloween staple.

  40. Favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s pumpkins

  41. My favorite is almond joys.

  42. My favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s.

  43. My favorite Halloween candy is Twix!!! Cannot get enough of them!

  44. I like Tate’s Bakeshop on FB!

  45. I also follow Tate’s Bakeshop on Twitter

  46. Thanks, KJ!  I really need to try those Butterfingers Crisp bars.  Maybe I asked the wrong question…..all of these answers are tempting my sweet tooth!

  47. Hi Julie! I ‘like’ you on Facebook and I am also following you on Twitter. I loooove chocolate! So my favourite Halloween chocolate treat would be the the two piece Caramilk. Mmmmmm. So little but sooo good. :)

  48. Hi Julie! Candy corn mixed with peanuts is a great combination! You get sweet and salty! And in terms of “packaged candy”, I love a twix bar! Happy Halloween! :)

  49. Those cookies look awesome. I love love love crispy chocolate chip cookies! I may have to check Tate’s out!

    Favorite Halloween candy…well, I just had a bag of candy corn last week. And that is one of my favorites. Have to get it every year. There is also a candy called Bottle Caps that I only find around Halloween. They are kind of like Sweet Tarts but taste like soda flavors. And I really like getting Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins. The peanut butter to chocolate ratio is perfect!

  50. Thanks, Carie!  Oh my goodness — Bottle Caps!!  I had completely forgotten about those too.  Good one!

  51. I love Twix all the time, but Halloween is great. My kids give me all the Twix they get and I go to town.

  52. My absolute favorite Halloween candy is Twix! They are just so delicious and addictive.

  53. Even when I was just a tot, I would walk from house to house, keeping my fingers crossed for Butterfinger bars. Nowadays, I can buy them myself, and I still get that excited.

  54. Gotta love straight up Hershey bars…mmmm, chocolate! It gets dangerous when I shop for Halloween candy, can’t buy it too early or it’ll be gone!

  55. Fabulous giveaway! Our favorite goodies to give out are Hershey Bars. Kids get so excited just to see a big ole Hershey Bar!

  56. My favorite is Reese’s peanut butter cups.

  57. Yum, that cake looks so good! I usually go for snickers or twix first.

    And, I recently saw your granola featured in the Oprah magazine – congrats Julie, how exciting!!! :)

  58. Thanks so much, Kerstin!  Yes, the Oprah mention is very exciting — Im buying several copies!!!

     

  59. Ohhh man. That cake looks amazing!!

    I love Tate’s cookies! They are very good. I haven’t tried the whole wheat ones yet. My favorite Halloween candy is Twix.

  60. Thanks, Emily!  I love Twix too — especially frozen (they last longer!)

     


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