Cooking With Chocolate

Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and a vast number of foodstuffs involving chocolate have been created, particularly desserts including cakes, pudding, mousse, chocolate brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. Many candies are filled with or coated with sweetened chocolate, and bars of solid chocolate and candy bars coated in chocolate are eaten as snacks.

A recent study indicates that when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate. Chocolate says “I’m sorry” so much better than words. I never met a chocolate I didn’t like. We all love chocolate and  If there’s no chocolate in Heaven, I’m not going.

Why is chocolate good for you? Chocolate contains a range of nutrients which include minerals such as potassium, calcium and iron. It also contains the B-vitamin riboflavin. It is true that most of chocolates’ calories do come from fat but the ingredient, known as cocoa butter, is the kind of fat that consists mostly of monounsaturated fatty acid also found in olive oil; the ‘healthy’ fat needed in all diets. Although studies are constantly being done with chocolate (and why not?), studies in the past (e.g. Netherlands, 2006, Harvard, 2003) have shown two significant additional positives. In these test studies, the people who consumed cocoa regularly had a lower blood pressure than those that did not, were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and had better peripheral blood flow.

The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation. So let’s cook with chocolate! 

S’mores Ice Cream Pie. Easy steps and no need to bake. Recipe HERE

Rocky Road Fudge. Make Rocky Road Fudge for a gift or make them for yourself. Recipe HERE

Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies. A yummy blend of brownies, cookies and peanut butter in one delicious bite. Recipe HERE

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars. Recipe HERE

 

Rolo Cookies are an easy recipe with just two ingredients. Recipe HERE