Dec 9, 2011

Brownies and a Giveaway

Did you guys know that Kikkoman—the brand that makes soy sauce—actually has a wide array of products that don't have anything to do with Asian food? I didn't have the slightest clue, but it turns out I even regularly purchase some of their other products. Like these Panko Bread Crumbs; I use them all the time and had no idea Kikkoman made them. I should start reading labels more often.

So what does Kikkoman have to do with brownies and a giveaway? Well, they recently sent over several products for me to try, and soy milk (in chocolate and original) was one of those things. It seems obvious now since they work with soy, but I had no idea Kikkoman's name was on it (see paragraph above about needing to be more observant with labels). (Also, keep reading for info about the giveaway.)

Since I already knew I love their soy sauce (Ginger Glazed Mahi-Mahi, Sweet Chili Tilapia, Easy Fried Rice, Fish in a Garden, and Sweet, Spicy and Citrus Tilapia), teriyaki sauce, and bread crumbs, I decided to give their chocolate soy milk a whirl. Not only does it taste smooth and creamy, but it didn't even taste like soy milk. I think it would be delicious heated up—instant hot chocolate, but I wanted to go one step further and cook with it. I checked out their selection of recipes and knew instantly what I would make:

Chocolate Lover's Cake Brownies.
Ingredients (slightly adapted from link above):
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar 
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
2/3 cup vegetable oil 
2 eggs 
1-1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract 
3/4 cup Pearl Chocolate 
Organic Soymilk 
Powdered sugar (optional)

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  2. Mix together granulated sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, and 1/3 cup boiling water in large mixing bowl with wooden spoon. Add oil, eggs and vanilla; beat lightly until just combined.
  3. Alternately add flour mixture and soymilk, beating after each addition.
  4. Pour batter into nonstick 15 x 10-inch jelly roll baking pan.
  5. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 18 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

These little guys are tasty! They're definitely more cake-like than regular brownies, but they have such a nice, velvety chocolate taste to them that make you want to eat one (or two) more than you really should. The only thing I didn't like was how much oil was in the recipe, and if I make it again I'll try substituting some applesauce.

Along with the goodies mentioned above, Kikkoman also gave me a $25 gift card to give to one lucky reader to use at any commissary world-wide. I absolutely love it when companies support the military and their families.

Here's the deal: I know this seems limiting since commissaries are just for those with special access, but I really want to encourage those without commissary privileges to enter. If you win and can't personally use this, consider giving it to a military family you know—talk about a fantastic way to support others! If you can't think of anyone you'd give it to, don't enter :)

To enter: Leave one comment below telling me what our favorite Kikkoman product is and what you like making with it. (Here's a sampling of all their products and recipes)

Details: Make sure you leave a valid email. If I can't get in touch with you, I can't give you the giftcard. Comments will close around 2 pm (EST) on Wednesday, December 14, and I'll announce the winner on December 15. 


  1. First off those brownies look delish! I must make them!
    Second...had no idea they made anything but soy sauce either!
    Third...I use their soy sauce and make a Bok Choy salad! it is sooo yummy!!!! ::great now I am craving Bok Choy I must make this too::

  2. Those brownies look tasty! I had no idea they made soy milk. None what so ever. Kinda cool. I use their soy sauce and usually make sesame noodles or wonton dipping sauce with it!

  3. I LOVE their soy sauce and typically use it to make my garlic shrimp fried rice. It's SUPER tasty!

  4. I use their soy sauce to make a dipping sauce for gyoza (yum!!) and their hoison sauce in stir fry and lettuce wraps.

    P.S. Try substituting some yogurt or sour cream for the oil instead of applesauce! It makes them more fudgy (or maybe that's just because I can't leave brownies in the oven long enough...)

  5. A. Oooh my those brownies look delish - definitely trying them soon!

    B. In the first paragraph (sorry if I'm being nitpicky!), you mentioned Kikkoman making products that don't have anything to do with Asian food, but panko are a style of Japanese bread crumbs (slightly different from other bread crumbs). I didn't know if you knew that or not and just wanted to point it out! :)

  6. I have never heard of Kikkoman, but if I did make something I would make those brownies, they sound delish! Loving the gift card giveaway, thanks! :)

  7. Yum! I'm a huge fan of their low-sodium soy sauce! I use it tons of recipes! I recently made my own sweet & sour sauce using their soy sauce.

  8. We use their soy sauce the most. I looooveee pouring it on rice. It's the right amount of salty for me!

  9. Oooh, I need to make those brownies ASAP...I know the hubs would LOVE them!

    I definitely use their soy sauce the most, on anything from rice to pork tenderloin. Using it to make a mean stir fry is probably my favorite way, though!

  10. My fave Kikkoman product is their soy sauce, especially the low-sodium one. I pretty much use it any time I make anything remotely Asian. Those brownies look delicious though!

  11. My favorite product is their gluten free soy sauce! And I'm not military but have plenty of friends that are and I'd gladly give the gift card to them if I won!

  12. Cool giveaway! I love their soy sauce the most. And particularly on fried rice! It's my fav!

  13. Yum! I love cake-like brownies! And I love Kikkoman products. My favorite- using their soy and teriyaki sauces in steak and chicken marinades and in the sauce for sesame chicken.

  14. all your baked goodies look soo good. I knew that they made the panko bread crumbs but that and soy saue is the only things i have tried from kikoman.

    I use it mostly in arroz con pollo recipe! and to season meats and stews

  15. I had no idea they made anything besides soy sauce. And Kikkoman is the ONLY soy sauce I have ever bought. However, I am not a fan of soy sauce (or any type of Asian food for that matter). Their marinades look really good and I think I will be picking one up to try. We are always trying to find a new way to make grilled chicken different.

    P.S. I am now craving brownies!!

    P.P.S Found you through friends on Twitter :)