April 29, 2009 - Falling in Love with LovePuppies Brownies
     Following a rave write-up by pal Addie Broyles in her Austin American-Statesman blog, we got in touch with LovePuppies Brownies founder Joel Haro - just find out what all the fuss was about.  Now we know - it’s about some of the best brownies we’ve indulged on!
     Haro delivered a sampler pack of his hand-crafted chocolate morsels, and we dove right in to the flavor combination that I love - chocolate and mint.  And it was pure heaven!
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     My mother grew mint in our backyard when I was a kid, and she is an award-winning baker (blue ribbons at both Hemisfair and the Texas State Fair!).  So I have fond memories of her homemade brownies with fresh mint.
     Haro’s LovePuppies Brownies certainly brought back those memories, and his cache of flavors is making new ones.  We’re doling out the samples - to make them last - but we will definitely be buying replacement samples of his mocha, double chocolate, and the favorite mint.  Next on our list to sample is the Trailer Chic - a blondie of dark chocolate chips and pecans.
     Raised here in Austin, Haro graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York.  He named his new venture for his five adorable dogs, which share his time with a love of cooking and riding motorcycles.
    LovePuppies Brownies are available at the Treat and La-Dee-Dah trailers in the South Austin Trailer Park at 1311 South 1st Street.   You can also order them online and by calling (512) 507-9526.

(Image: Joel Haro and his LovePuppies Brownies inspiration Maggie; photo courtesy Joel Haro)