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Date Night Dessert

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day. Nothing says, “Happy Valentine’s Day!” better than chocolate. Take care of your sweetie’s heart during this month, American Heart Month, with this unique and tasty dessert from the files of The Spicy Olive. Loaded with flavor and the heart-healthy benefits of quality olive oil, Blood Orange Brownies and Macerated Berries are a fan-favorite at The Spicy Olive, which is known for this recipe. Their Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil gives this treat its unexpected zing. The citrus and the chocolate is a classic combination, making for a rich and refreshing finale to a Valentine meal. Top your Blood Orange Brownies with vanilla ice cream and Macerated Berries for a simple but elegant date night delight.

Blood Orange Brownies

Box of brownie mix and ingredients listed on box, 
 except vegetable oil

Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil

Macerated Berries

2 cups fresh strawberries

½ cup The Spicy Olive Chocolate Balsamic

½ cup The Spicy Olive Blood Orange Olive Oil

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

½ cup fresh basil, rolled lengthwise 
 and then sliced lengthwise

Vanilla ice cream

Fresh whipped cream

Directions

Prepare a boxed brownie mix (Melanie Cedargren at The Spicy Olive recommends Ghirardelli brand) according to the package instructions, but replace the vegetable oil with Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil. Bake the brownies as instructed on the box. While the brownies bake, clean and hull the berries, then cut them lengthwise into thin slices and place in a bowl. Add equal parts of the balsamic and oil. Gently fold in the fresh basil and sugar. When the brownies are cooled, cut them into serving sizes. Immediately before serving, top each brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Spoon the Macerated Berries generously over the top of the ice cream and brownie. Add an artful finish to your dessert with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.