Saturday, July 18, 2020

Pots &Co, Delicious Little Desserts In What Else....Pots!

Who doesn't like dessert???  The answer to that would be a big fat..NOBODY! Nothing's better after any sort of meal than a sweet treat, just to finish things off.  Now, in the days of quarantine, and sheltering in place we need those treats even more and with everything else that one has going on in a given day, work, home school, cleaning, cooking, and pet amusement, not a lot of thought gets put toward dessert. After all, we're all out there feeding our sourdough starter and  trying to perfect our bread baking skills. I know I have.

But no one lives by bread alone, or crackers, or waffles, or pancakes, or biscuits or the numerous other things I've been making with my sourdough discard. And I haven't had the time or the energy to get too busy on the sweets front which is where Pots& Co. come in.
Pots and Co. is an English Dessert Company that bakes delightful individual servings  of Chocolate Fudge Lava Cake, Sticky Toffee Cake, and a lot of other treats, each served in it's own individual ceramic pot, which after you have licked it clean, can be washed and used for other things. So, when the folks from Pots reached out and asked if I'd like to test sample some of their desserts, of course I answered YES!  As it turns out their desserts are available now in the USA, in fact they're likely found in a store right near you. Just check this handy MAP.
The magic of Pots is getting a fabulous dessert straight from the oven into your maw with a minimum of effort. As I mentioned a while back, I was sick for two months with what my doctors  think was likely covid. I haven't felt that bad in like.....ever? For two months and change I was hardly able to eat. I had no appetite, I was in isolation for a while communicating with the family via Facetime, and I felt like hammered dog meat. I wound up losing about 16 pounds which in my case was not a good thing. While I was in isolation most of the "dessert" I was enjoying was Pedialyte and Chocolate Ensure so when I was finally up and on my feet and well again I was jonesing for something tasty and then  Pots & Co arrived.
I rarely buy pre-made desserts as I made so many when I was consulting for CocoaPlanet, that dessert-making for a crowd is almost second nature by now. But, there are times I want dessert and just don't want to have to make it myself especially since I was recovering.  I'm also picky about my ingredients. We grow a lot of our own organic produce and nearly everything we eat is made from scratch, something I rarely find in off the shelf stuff.

As it turns out Pots and Co. is just as picky. Their desserts contain no additives, and no preservatives. Their ingredients include sustainable cocoa, and Cornish sea salt, which gets a big thumbs up from me. Plus, it's so easy. Each box of Pots contains four dessert servings. There's no need for any extra effort, they can be baked in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, or  microwaved even more quickly. They come in cute little ceramic cups with lids.  This is the Sticky Toffee.

Remove the lid and it's ready for baking.

Place them on a baking sheet and you're good to go.

I baked my Pots because after all, as I said to the family, "we're not animals here, we can control ourselves for 15 minutes while chocolate lava cake is baking in the oven....can't we?"

Of course we can, since I was also whipping cream and making vanilla ice cream to go along with the Pots. We had to wait a bit.
Below,  is the Chocolate Fudge Lava Cake the first one we tried.  It's delicious dark chocolate with a fudgy interior that swims onto your spoon. Top it with a dollop of home made whipped cream. The strawberries in the background are sitting in an empty Pots pot, but they wound up on top of the cake too.

The other type of Pots and Co. dessert that I sampled was the Sticky Toffee Cake.  Now here I have to make a confession. I LOVE sticky toffee cake, yet I've never made one. Sticky Toffee Cake is sort of a birthday/anniversary tradition around here. Any special celebration usually involves dinner at the Glenn Ellen Star, our favorite celebratory dessert.... Sticky Toffee Cake with Ice Cream. Now, I'm used to getting this about once or twice a year and somehow I never dreamed I'd actually be able to have the sticky toffee experience in my own home... in fifteen minutes without going to all the trouble to do it from scratch myself. Pots and Co. has that covered.  Sticky Toffee Cake about to receive it's ice cream hat.

Vanilla ice cream and Sticky Toffee a match made in heaven.

Annnnnd bingo!  Amazing Sticky Toffee and it's not even anyone's anniversary or birthday!  Hell,you don't even have to put on pants to enjoy this, you know no one is coming over to your house now anyway. These are the perfect way to please all members of your corona  quarantine bubble.

Up until now these desserts were only available in the UK or on British Airways, but now we here in the US of A don't have to go anywhere (not that anyone's going anywhere anyway) to enjoy them. They're right in your local market and you don't have to take your shoes off or go through a body scanner, unless that's your jam. Pots &Co definitely ups your dessert game, because neither man nor woman lives by bread alone.  

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