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10 Things to do with Chocolate

| December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chocolate, produced from the cacao tree, is beloved by many. This decadent treat, in any form, is a popular dessert or sweet snack. We simply can’t get enough. In the popular children’s movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, an entire river was made from chocolate. Because, who could resist a leisurely boat ride on a river of chocolate? There are many things you can do with chocolate, here are the top 10.

10. Molds

When you buy your chocolate in disks or a block, you can melt it down and pour it into a detailed mold for fun gift giving chocolate. Molds are simple and easy to use. Just pour chocolate into the  mold of your choice and watch as the chocolate forms into your chosen shape, even into a lollipop if you choose. Chocolate molds are a great way to customize your chocolate. They’re perfect for gift giving, party favors, or a little treat for  yourself.

9. Chocolate Massage

“Do you know chocolate massages are popular in the best spas of Europe”

True chocolate lovers don’t mind being covered in chocolate. This decadent treatment can be a saving grace for your skin. Chocolate, though once believed to cause acne, is now considered a spa favorite when treating skin from head to toe. The high caffeine content in chocolate is beneficial in firming skin, stimulating circulation and allowing a natural healing process. Chocolate is also rich in antioxidants and can improve one’s overall health.

8. Valentine’s Day Gifts

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a heart shaped box of chocolate. Especially when the box includes a candy map, indicating the flavors inside. Heart shaped boxes were originally intended as holiday treats, until the popularization if Valentine’s Day. February 14th originated as a day for lovebirds, with a heart shaped box of candy as  the perfect gift.

7. Fondue

French for “to melt”, fondue gained popularity in the 1970’s, when fondue parties were all the rage. A pot of rich, creamy, melted chocolate is ideal for dipping anything from strawberries to marshmallows. Wedding receptions and  bar mitzvahs, have caught onto the craze, providing  chocolate fountains for guests to enjoy. These slow moving waterfalls allow for a quick dip of fruit, pretzels, or even fingers. A perfect for any occasion.

6. For Breakfast

Need an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast? Research has shown that people who eat chocolate are frequently slimmer. Try adding chocolate  to your pancakes, waffles, granola, or crepes, or drizzled over bacon. So, why not have it for breakfast? You’ll be satisfied throughout the day and won;t have to worry about craving something you’ve already allowed yourself to have.

5. Truffles

With two layers of chocolatey goodness;  a hard coating outside and a soft ganache center inside, it’s always a good time to eat a chocolate truffle. Whether homemade or store-bought, truffles never disappoint. Truffles come in many varieties, from French to American, to Californian, with ingredients varying for each. Truffles combine layers of chocolate in a variety of forms to make a delicious chocolate treat.

4. Coated Fruit

Combining the sweet and delicate taste of fruit with a creamy milk chocolate is sure please anyone’s palate. You really can’t go wrong, adding a little chocolate to your fruit. A spoon full of chocolate can make anything better. Melted chocolate spread on the tips of strawberries, which are then refrigerated and allowed to harden, make a beautiful gift any time of year. Dipping pineapple, apples, even, cherries, can never be wrong.

3. By the Spoon

Enjoying a winter treat, like hot chocolate, is always better with a chocolate spoon. An actual spoon covered in chocolate, that is. Dip a plastic spoon into melted chocolate and allow to cool and harden. Then, when the time is right, dip your chocolate spoon into a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy. Great for gift giving, as many believe that chocolate is not simply an edible, it;s a lifestyle.

2. Make Brownies

Skip the box, and whip up a homemade batch of these baked treats. Rich, creamy, and decadent,  brownies are best  served warm, next to a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a tall glass of milk. Requiring only a few ingredients brownies are a quick easy dessert. With butter, sugar, eggs, and cocoa powder as the main characters, a brownie recipe can be easily assembled with ingredients on hand in one’s pantry.

1. Keep a Hidden Stash

Chocolate has so many redeeming qualities, which is probably why we crave it so much. Eating chocolate can lower your blood pressure, lower your risk of heart disease, even diabetes. Dark chocolate, rich in fiber, can help you to feel full. Keeping a stash of chocolate, on-hand, is good for your mind, body, and soul. Having access to this sweet, creamy treat will also eliminate the opportunity for an out-of-control craving.

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