Chocolate is the perfect way to show someone that you care, whether it’s family, a lover or just yourself. However, chocolate can play a role in much more than just dessert. Whether it’s dark chocolate or cocoa powder, chocolate adds rich, complex flavor to recipes and even contains small amounts of nutrients like magnesium and antioxidant flavonols.
We’ve packed these sweet and savory recipes with enough chocolate to make anyone smile. Find the one that fits how you’re showing love — or try all three. Because everything is better with chocolate, obviously.
For Your Family: Baby Back Ribs with Slaw
Cooking a warming, savory meal (the tender pork ribs kind) will win the entire family over. Make it extra special with a twist — a smoky-sweet, cocoa powder–infused rub that adds complexity and flavor. On the side, serve a crunchy, colorful slaw loaded with superstars like kale, cabbage and beets.
For Your Sweetheart: Chocolate Mousse Tart
Up the romance, no matter your eating style, with a decadent, swoon-worthy dessert. Did we mention that it's seriously chock-full of chocolate? This indulgent, chocolate mousse- and ganache-filled tart uses almond flour and cocoa powder for its crust, plus it’s made without dairy ingredients. Top with fresh fruit like raspberries and blackberries for a pop of color and flavor.
For Yourself: Chocolate-Date Energy Bites
Be good to yourself by making these fudgy, perfectly sweet energy balls. Unsweetened cocoa powder adds rich, chocolatey flavor while dates add sweetness without adding refined sugar. Try these vegan and paleo-friendly treats for an energizing snack when you need a pick-me-up.