A fantastic place to get great tasting chocolate brownies is to go to Sobo Chocolate
I enjoy chocolate brownies of course but a nice twist is to chop up candied ginger in very small pieces and add it to your mixture.
Apply a thin layer of french chocolate icing, then garnish with thin strips of candied ginger on top in the design of an X. Great taste with a nice twist.
From the source :History of Brownies
"Have you ever wondered about the how brownies originated as you baked up a batch or took your first bite?
The exact history is difficult to reconstruct for brownies. There are many conflicting stories regarding the origin of brownies and how they came to be.
Brownies are thought to be of US origin, the name derived from their color (brown) and from the mythical pixie-like characters common in children's stories from the same time period. One story suggests that brownies were invented at the Palmer House in Chicago in 1892.
The first recipe for "brownies" dates back to the 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook
for molasses cakes baked in individual pans - a far cry from what we think of as brownies.
The earliest published recipe for chocolate brownies appears to have been for "Bangor Brownies"
back in the Boston Daily Globe (1905). Some contend they may have originated when baking powder was inadvertently left out of a chocolate cake batter, resulting in a 'cake' that didn't rise but tasted great.
It is speculated that the careless cook may have lived in Bangor, Maine - thus the name, "Bangor Brownies." This is my personal favorite story since my parents grew up close to Bangor, ME, giving me a connection to the area, and thus to the story.
Chocolate brownies didn't become widely popular until the 1920s, when chocolate became more readily available."
Just some info....