PB &J Moo is the Perfect 4th of July Treat

Sweet Bliss' PB &J Moo is a summer treat that brings sophistication and junk food together in a perfect combination. Photo: Sweet Bliss Artisan Chocolates

July 2nd, 2012, Los Angeles, Ca-The PB &J Moo is a summer treat that brings sophistication and junk food together in a perfect combination, and a must on your menu to enhance any Fourth of July party.

Sweet Bliss Artisan Chocolates is the creator of the PB&J Moo, amongst other delectable handcrafted chocolates.

Ilene Shane, owner of Sweet Bliss Artisan Chocolates, honed her talents as the private chef for designer Ralph Lauren.

As a young child Shane found a love for sweet and delectable treats that would be the foundation for some of her most desirable concoctions.  Growing up she would bargain for PB&J sandwiches and trade with her mother’s healthier tuna fish sandwiches in hopes to satisfy her need for something more.

Sweet Bliss, Moos, Ilene Shane

“I was always looking to trade a healthy lunch for something that was more pedestrian. I was a junk food fiend,” she laughs.

Shane graduated from Culinary School at New York Restaurant School, she began working in restaurants, did a stint in catering until she became Lauren’s private chef, a job she held for eight years.

Shane initially didn’t have much of a pastry background, but a mastery of pizza dough ultimately led her to tinker with other types of pastry. One thing led to another and thus began the new chapter in her life. With a few perfected treats she walked into Bergdorf Goodman’s, and her line of chocolates had begun.

The best sellers and hottest items of this summer are the tried and true Moos. They come in a variety of summer flavors with fun names like Moo Over Miami (Key lime pie), Elvis (Banana & Peanut Butter) and Joe Moo (Coffee Cookie Cream).  Each cleverly named chocolate is adorned with three colorful spots inspired by cows themselves.

At first glance you might mistake the chocolate Moos for a truffle but they’re actually a thin Belgium chocolate shell; which is merely a vehicle to carry the sweet and savory combination of fillings.

The chocolates are really about the fillings. Each Moo’s inside is designed with purpose and each one brings out the creamiest, crunchiest, sweetest and saltiest flavors in every bite. 

I’m addicted to peanut butter, so when I read the box and discovered there was a peanut butter and Jelly Moo I was ecstatic. When I took a bite I was amazed at how much salty, creamy peanut butter she had managed to put into one Moo and then to top it off with grape jelly a flavor I don’t think I’ve had in years but remember fondly.  The bold flavors made my memories flood in and for a moment I was taken back in time where I was sitting at my best friends house enjoying a peanut butter sandwich with a cold glass of milk. 

Shane has mastered the simplicity of chocolate in a fun approachable way that appeals to everyone. Though whimsical Moos are the summer favorite she’s also known for her hand painted shoes, purses and varieties of chocolates.

Sweet Bliss can be purchased online on her website at sweetbliss.com. The Moos start at $22 for a 5 piece set.

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Mary Moran

Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica.  Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events.

In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others.    Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly.

Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients.  She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating.  Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger.

Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.

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