Are you a chocoholic? Love dark chocolate, brownies, fudge, chocolate soufflé, flourless chocolate cake, hot chocolate? Do you love how good it tastes, how incredible it smells? Well, you are not alone! Of course, not all chocolate is good for you, but some is. Choose wisely.
Once in a while we run into, or rather ‘bite’ into, something sooooo delicious we just gotta share it! For sure this one’s a keeper – made them for the grandchildren and family and not a crumb left on the plate. It’s that time of year when we collectively smell the scent of the holidays and good food all around us; and with that in mind, get this recipe in your roundup!
a special feature by Arlene Bronstein, Author & Grandmother Extraordinaire*
Years ago my husband’s aunt, Mitzi Tucker, gave me this recipe. She taught me how to make these pretzels with my children. Today my grandkids love making them with me. I keep the ingredients in my pantry and pull them out when we need a fun activity. My grandkids love to choose what types of kisses to use, unwrap them and then decide which color M&M to place on which pretzel. This may seem like a simple task, but they spend a lot of time in the decision making process!
So here’s the deal about chocolate – first of all, it’s actually been reported to boost your immune system. Yep, that little cacao bean (the source from which chocolate is derived) is full of antioxidants which play a key role in supporting a healthy system. The truth is, the deeper the color chocolate, the more antioxidants. So go for that dark chocolate, as the lighter milk chocolate doesn’t offer the same benefits.
This holiday season get into the spirit mode that’ll satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth and spread wintry cheer. Give your friends a basket of homemade cookies, and of course, save some for your immediate family. There’s nothing better than special sweet treats. Check out these delicious cookie recipes!* Oh, and by the way – we tested them.
There’s a secret ingredient in this recipe that helps replace the dairy in this vegan, fudge-like treat. It’s avocado!
An important cooking note here to be mindful of: the key to a firmly set but fudgy texture is using bittersweet chocolate with minimum 60% cacao. Lower percentages will result in fudge with a scoop-able ganache-like texture instead of bars.
This Valentine’s Day, step up your average gift for your special someone with this amazing chocolate truffle recipe. We are sure that your Valentine’s heart and taste buds will LOVE you for theses truffles. Have a beautiful day!