Catch Brownie Bowl Fever by Winning Your Own Set!

Brownie BowlNot long ago, we introduced readers to dessert diva Christine Walker and her innovative brownie bakeware. Now, the Brownie Bowl is getting serious attention far beyond our write-ups! Christine’s bowl is getting very high praise from users on Pinterest, DIY baking website Bakerella and many other baking-savvy social sites.

To celebrate, Davison is sponsoring a Brownie Bowl giveaway that gives you the chance to be master of your dessert domain by winning a set of two Brownie Bowls from Chicago Metallic!

Not long ago, Chicago Metallic sponsored a Brownie Bowl giveaway on the Love From The Oven blog, offering the bowls as a prize for the reader with the best dessert idea. Judging by audience response, the contest and the bowls were a huge success.

Love From The Oven blogger Christi reviewed the Brownie Bowls and wrote:

“A few weeks ago, I was catching up on my favorite blogs and reading about Bakerella’s trip to the Home and Housewares Show when I spotted a new product from Chicago Metallic – an amazing mold to make Brownie Bowls. Shut the front door.  BROWNIE BOWLS. I couldn’t hurry myself over to the Chicago Metallic website fast enough.  And there they were.  An amazing set of Brownie Bowls for $10.99.  Shopping cart, checkout, start stalking UPS trucks…  And they arrived.  The UPS left them by the door and ran back to his truck (I think he’s afraid of me – sometimes I get really excited when I know that he’s bringing me stuff like, well, Brownie Bowls).

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Readers and contest entrants could hardly contain themselves, commenting:

“I would make chocolate brownie bowls, filled with a chunky peanut butter frosting, topped with a chocolate drizzle. Sounds like heaven!”

“I would use a chocolate mousse filling with the brownie bowls. You are right, there are so many possibilities for the bowls.”

“How perfect! I would make SO many ice cream sundaes with these Brownie Bowls!”

“Little Rice Krispie treat cups with peanut butter mousse and chocolate. I need one of these pans!”

Bakerella readers also exclaimed:

“Looks like a fantastic time… what a fun adventure to be able to see all the new products coming out! I’m thinking that Brownie Bowl is on my wish list …”

Kitchen Inventions“Brownie Bowls?!? Holy wow!!”

“Oh Em Gee! I NEED a Brownie Bowl mold! How have I lived this long without one?!?!”

QVC customers raved:

“These Brownie Bowls are so cute and do just as they are supposed too. 5 Stars to them. The things you can do with them are endless. I encourage all to try these.”

“Fun and satisfies that different something we all search for.”

“ … it was a bit much on the chocolate (can’t believe I said that!!) but definitely delicious!! Can’t wait to try out other recipes. I think I might have to buy another set. 4 doesn’t cut it in my house!!”

If these reader comments have whetted your appetite, ‘Like’ our Facebook page through Rafflecopter for a chance to win your own Brownie Bowls, so you can create decadent desserts, savory snacks and captivating confections.

To Enter: Contest opens June 4, 2012 at noon EST and ends June 11, 2012 at noon EST. No purchase necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes. A purchase will not improve your chance of winning. Register to win by liking the Facebook page through Rafflecopter.

Prizes: Sponsor will give away one(1) package of two(2) Brownie Bowls, valued at $20. No more than one prize will be awarded.

Winner Selection: Potential winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by June 11, 2012, noon EST. Odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.

The employees of Davison and members of their respective immediate families are not eligible to enter this giveaway.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Davison’s research, development and presentation services are provided for an upfront fee paid by the client and a contingent fee, or a percentage of royalties obtained by the client, if any. New product development is an uncertain endeavor and the use of Davison’s services typically does not result in a license agreement, sales on any market or profit to the inventor. Davison does not perform analysis of the feasibility, marketability, patentability or profitability of ideas submitted to it.

The client has not made a net profit on this product. A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

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The Brownie Bowl – High School Cookie Mess to QVC “D”essert Success!

Davison InventorsIt is often said that the everyday can become extraordinary when seen through the eyes of a visionary.  When Pennsylvania native Christine Walker watched her high school boyfriend and his teammates make messes on their cafeteria trays with gigantic cookies soaked in milk, she knew that’s just not the way the cookie should crumble.  Christine had a vision.

“I was horrified and thought, ‘I need to put a stop to this,’” Christine said.  “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be better in the shape of a bowl?’  That would solve the mess, but still be delicious.”

Although the self-proclaimed obsessive baker waited several years to take her vision to the next level, Christine eventually found the motivation to move forward with her delicious idea after baking a batch of cookies and sharing her idea with, of all people, her personal trainer.

“He said, ‘You have to pursue this!’  He had a friend, who had worked with Davison; [so], I was actually referred… and I took his advice,” said Christine.

Needless to say, his advice and Christine’s delectable design are paying off!

With the help of Davison’s creative team, Christine’s Cookie Bowl has been licensed by Xtraordinary Home Products under their Chicago Metallic brand and is now selling as the Brownie Bowl on QVC – on TV and online!

Cookies, brownies… and, oh, so much more!

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Thanks to its sleek, silicone design, the Brownie Bowl can cook at any temperature, with any recipe.  So, users can bake cookies, Baking Innovationcakes, breads, brownies, cereal treats, muffins… nearly anything… and they bake up evenly every time.  The Brownie Bowl is even dishwasher safe for easy clean up!

We highly suggest you check out the video on, but with fair warning… you’ll probably leave hungry and with some new silicone bakeware!

But, Christine Dared to Invent… Dare to Watch! 

The client has not made a net profit on this product. A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

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The Twisted History of the Pretzel

Whether salted or unsalted, crunchy or soft, there is one common characteristic that all pretzels share: their distinctive knotted shape. On April 26, we celebrate National Pretzel Day, so what better time to look back on the origin of the tasty pretzel? The pretzel has a rather “twisted” history, as there are several accounts regarding its original invention.

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The most widespread story is that the first pretzels were invented by a monk in 610 A.D. During the season of Lent in northern Italy, the monk is said to have been baking unleavened bread, when he thought of a way to reward children for memorizing prayers. He twisted the dough, so it resembled arms crossed in prayer and named his creation “pretiola,” which means “little reward” in Latin.  Other sources say that something similar occurred, but in a monastery in southern France. 

There are also theories that the pretzel originated in Germany by a desperate baker, who would only be acquitted from a jail sentence if he could make a small cake, through which the sun could shine three times. It is said that he created the “bretzel,” which was adapted in English as the “pretzel.” Despite dissent about the pretzel’s conception, we do know more about the first hard pretzels.

In the 17th century, a Pennsylvania baker accidentally overbaked his batch of pretzels. He tasted the hard pretzel and Food Innovationdiscovered that he had made a rather delicious mistake. Nearly 200 years later, the first pretzel bakery, the Sturgis Pretzel House, opened in Lititz, Pennsylvania, in 1861.

It wasn’t until 1935, however, that the Reading Pretzel Machinery Company introduced the automated pretzel machine. This machine automatically twisted pretzels, so bakers no longer had to make them by hand. Once factories were able to mass produce pretzels, they became a popular twisted treat worldwide. 

Southeastern Pennsylvania is still the heart of pretzel production in America today and the state of Pennsylvania produces 80% of the country’s pretzels.  In 2003, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell instituted April 26th as National Pretzel Day to recognize the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and industry, as it is the birthplace of the world’s first hard pretzel.

So, whether you prefer your pretzel soft or crunchy, with cream cheese, mustard or another dipping sauce, today, enjoy it with little extra thanks to all those inventors who helped to make it so twistedly delicious!  Happy National Pretzel Day!

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New “Dare to Invent” Webisode Series Goes Live!

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Just as we were preparing to release tonight’s “Dare to Invent” webisode, we opened up the pages of a local publication and read all about it! 

Nestled in the pages of “The Horse Trader,” you can find Mr. Davison, our client, Joseph, (inventor of the Silicone Dessert Bar Pan), plus a brief article about our innovative method and some of our featured inventors!

The same article also appears online at the “San Diego NewsCape” and “Ingenious Ideas,” and even includes some “Dare to…” tips for prospective inventors:

Dare to Take Action:  Do your research to see if there is already something similar on the market.

Dare to Share:  Share your idea with others. A nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement will protect you from having your idea stolen.

Dare to Evaluate:  Evaluate your idea honestly and think about how to market the product.

Dare to Ideate:  Shape your creation with sketches, illustrations and photos.

Dare to Leave a Paper Trail:  Use a notebook to write down all your ideas.”

Finally, the article encourages all readers to Dare to… Watch our innovative webisode series!  This week’s episode, the third in our series, features Joseph Springer and his Silicone Dessert Bar Pan.  It’s live NOW on YouTube or through a link at!

Watch “Dare to Invent” now!

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“D-liciously D-lightful” Valentine’s Day Treats

As all of you lovers out there are aware, today is Valentine’s Day, a time to express our love to our “sweeties,” “honies” or whatever your preferred pet name for your lover is!

Now, we know you can do this in a number of ways… chocolates, flowers, jewelry, etc. But, why not show your Valentine you care with some holiday-themed Davison designs?

Fill up the heart-shaped Silicone Cookie Bowl with your sweet’s favorite sweets!

This great baking tool, designed for Xtraordinary Home Products, allows you to bake “D-licious” cookies and fill them with fruit, pudding, ice cream or anything your little heart desires!

If those treats don’t have your Valentine swooning, how about baking up something in the Sweetheart Silicone Dessert Pan?

Joining the original Dessert Bar Pan, which was designed for our client, Joseph, the heart-shaped Sweetheart pan allows you to cook up “D-lightful” treats that no Valentine can deny!

And, if you don’t have a Valentine to spoil this year, that’s just more “D-licious” treats for you! Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

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Surprise-Filled Cupcakes? YES, Please!

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We’ve got D-licious news about some Davison-designed bakeware that has landed on new store shelves! 

Chicago Metallic’s Cupcake Surprise Pan can be found on the shelves, in the catalog and on the website of Sur La Table!  If you’re not familiar with the store, it boasts of selling ”quality tools that set the standard for excellence in the industry.”

Without a doubt, the Cupcake Surprise Pan fits that bill!

George DavisonThe pan, which allows you to bake sweet treats with a surprise-filled center, has already been available at Bed Bath & Beyond, on QVC, at and at other stores.  Now, we can add Sur La Table to our ever-growing list of over 1,000 retailers that carry Davison designs!  

So, how do you use this D-lightful pan?  Simply place your favorite filling on the center spike of each cupcake mold,  fill with batter and bake!

And, oh, so many tasty options!  Fill the pan with cherries, coconut, chocolate, peanut butter, pineapple, cookie dough, strawberries… just about anything! 

Baking InventionsWhile you’re enjoying your “secret snack,” thank Mr. Davison and his team for all that deliciousness.  The Surprise Pan, which is sure to satisfy any sweet craving, is just another example of a successful Davison-designed product that is showing the power of teamwork! 

Congratulations to everyone who had a hand in helping create this success-filled Surprise Pan and to everyone who helped launch the product to new store shelves!

 A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.  This corporate product was invented and licensed by Davison for its own benefit.

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