With a standing mixer, the recipe takes less than 10 minutes of active prep, and if you're really not up to the task, you can substitute already-whipped cream and be done with it in seconds. The best part? It's creamy, rich but not too cloying, and full of chocolate hazelnut flavor. No one will ever guess that part of the chocolate indulgence comes from a can. Want the recipe? Then keep reading.
I'm definitely a fan of Valentine's Day, but mostly because I like the excuse to eat chocolate. Besides tasting good, dark chocolate is full of heart-healthy flavonoids (equal to many fruits), can soothe a cough, increase blood flow, and lower blood pressure.
Spread the love even more this holiday by buying my picks for chocolate that's organic, Fair Trade, or health-inspired, and don't forget to throw in a cute card — your sweetie will love you even more for it!
- Vosges chocolatier Katrina Markoff fuses her premium chocolates with things like curry, wasabi, and ginger, but we especially like Vosges because of its yoga and chocolate weekend workshops. Make vegan and gluten-free friends happy with the Vosges vegan truffle collection ($25) — with ingredients like agave nectar, organic coconut milk, pomegranate, and acai, this collection is sure to be a hit with health conscious friends.
- The handmade Drunken Figs ($35) from Cocoavino are made with red wine and dark chocolate — talk about antioxidant overload! Chocolate from Cocoavino is organic and Fair Trade certified, made with wind power, and sold in eco-friendly packaging.
- Forget Nestlé Crunch; Dark Quinoa Chocolate bars ($5) from Alter Eco give you that same crunch except with a tiny burst of protein. Alter Eco sources all of its ingredients from Fair Trade farms and also helps fund community development programs.
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Since we're all about chocolate this week, I want to know what's the best chocolate dessert you've ever had? Was it an amazing brownie? A scrumptious molten cake? An unbelievable gelato? Please share your most memorable chocolate experiences with us below!
The original recipe calls for chicory coffee, but after searching high and low, I couldn't find any, so I substituted a strong brewed coffee. This eggless cake is an easy souffle with a lava-like center; it's sure to thrill the chocoholics in your life. While the cake cooks, there's plenty of time to light candles and sit down to a romantic dinner. Get ready to dip your spoon into this gooey cupped cake — just keep reading for the recipe.
Welcome to chocolate week! That's right, you read that correctly; all this week on YumSugar we are devoting ourselves to chocolate. From tips to recipes, we have a lot of fun things lined up. Let's begin with this roundup of our favorite chocolate dishes. Here are 10 recipes that would be a perfect finish to any meal — be it a special Valentine's Day dinner or simply a Friday night.