Who remembers (or still loves) cola bottles? The small gummy sweetie which tastes just like cola. I loved them when I was younger, when I used to get at least 20 in a 10p bag (they used to cost 1/2p when I was wee).
So, after making a couple of treats inspired by sweetie favourites such as rhubarb and custard (my rhubarb and custard cookie bars) and my Chocolate Lime Krispie Treats, I decided to pair cola bottles with chocolate for cola bottle brownies.
I made Chocolate Cola Cupcakes back at the start of Cakeyboi and loved the pairing of cola and chocolate, so knew that the fudginess of brownies would work well with the distinctive flavour of cola.
I used a mix of real cola in the brownies, cola flavouring which you can find in a few supermarkets these days (I got mine from Sainsbury’s) and added cola bottles into the batter. The cola bottles dissolve when baking, leaving pools of delicious cola intensity when you bite in.
The brownies are dark in colour and very moist. They do break up quite easily, so leave them to set for a few hours after baking, if you can wait that long! This gives them a chance to set up and get a bit sturdier to handle.
I did toy with the idea of putting on a cola flavoured frosting, but I liked the simplicity of the naked brownies, but that is always an option for you.
Cola Bottle Brownies
Delicious chocolatey moist brownies with the flavour of cola throughout.
- 125 grams plain flour
- 375 grams granulated sugar
- 65 grams unsweetned cocoa powder
- half teaspoon salt
- half teaspoon baking powder
- 150 ml cola (diet is fine)
- 150 ml vegetable oil
- 1 medium egg
- 2 teaspoon cola flavouring
- 100 grams cola bottle sweets
Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a 9"x13" baking pan with foil and grease lightly. In a bowl sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and powder. In a jug mix the cola, oil, egg and cola flavouring together. Pour this on to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Lastly add the cola bottles and stir through the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool fully before slicing into squares.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 9"x13" pan
I am entering these brownies into this week's CookBlogShare hosted by Lucy at Supergoldenbakes.