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All Things Chocolate

I was four years old when I had my first soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone covered with hardened dark chocolate. It was love at first taste with that chocolate. Luckily there are many more perfect pairings with chocolate from baked goods to fruit to yogurt.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate GlazeI was four years old when I had my first soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone covered with hardened dark chocolate. I was immediately in love with that chocolate! Alas, I cannot claim mutual exclusivity in this relationship. Recipes like Chocolate Dipped Anything, Chocolate Almond Cake with Bay Whipped Cream and My Fruity Nutty Chocolate Valentine have claimed the hearts of many people including mine who have succumbed to the likes of chocolate.

Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate PuddingHere’s a quick rundown of different types of chocolate:

  • Unsweetened Chocolate – Also known as baking chocolate, it’s about 55% cocoa butter and 45% cocoa solids. The tempting aroma is hard to resist, but remember, pure chocolate without anything added is not sweet at all. 

  • Milk Chocolate – Likely the favorite among most Americans, this sweet, mild and smooth chocolate is formed when some of the chocolate liquor is replaced with milk and/or milk solids.

  • Bittersweet Chocolate – It contains at least 35% chocolate liquor. The higher the percentage, the darker and more bitter the chocolate. Tip: bittersweet chocolate chips are great in cookies! 

  • Dark or Semi-Sweet Chocolate ­­­­­­– Usually these chocolates contain 15% to 35% chocolate liquor and are mildly sweet and somewhat bitter. 

  • Cocoa Powder – Cocoa solids are removed from the chocolate liquor, pressed into a cake then ground into fine powder. 

Did you know that white chocolate — made of cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar and vanilla — has the aroma of chocolate, but is not really chocolate at all?

Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry Fudge

Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry FudgeIf you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day the entire month of February like I do, you’ll appreciate these ideas — regardless of your favorite variety of chocolate:  

What’s your favorite chocolate recipe? Let me know.

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