Gourmet Dark Chocolate Milk With Fresh Ginger and Pear

This Ain't Mama's Chocolate MIlk

Chocolate Pear with Ginger Iced Milk
Chocolate Pear with Ginger Iced Milk | Source

Main Chocolate (cocoa) Producers Around the World

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Asia
An increase in chocolate (cocoa) crops contiues to grow in Malaysia and Indonesia where the crops are considered to be a relatively new undertaking.
South America
As expected, Brazil and Ecuador are top producers of cocoa.
West Africa
NIgeria, and the not so known, Cote D'Ivoire are top cocoa producers. Ghana gives us the very best quality cocoa found anywhere on earth.
Information derived from http://www.worldagroforestry.org

Sophisticated Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk brings back those wonderful childhood memories we cling to as we age. Once we have become "all grown up", mama's chocolate milk may require a little tune-up. You'll still be comforted by real dark chocolate, but this chocolate milk drink gets laced with the fruity freshness of pears, fresh ginger, and coconut. The results are a simply amazing homemade chocolate milk that has the sophistication to delight your grown-up pallet, as well as your childhood memories.

Where Can I Find A Gourmet Chocolate Milk Recipe

You won't find this chocolate milk recipe on any menu, cafe', or at the food court. This one comes straight out of your home kitchen! Fresh, a little sweet, a touch of spice all collide with crisp cool ice cubes to wash over your tongue in a decadent dance of flavor and refreshment...and the mood boost from the chocolate ain't so bad either!

Gourmet Dark Chocolate and Pear Recipe

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5 stars from 8 ratings of Gourmet Ginger Pear Chocolate Milk

Chocolate Milk Cook Time

Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 7 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: [Approx. 2] 6oz. gourmet chocolate milk beverages
Gourmet Dark Chocolate with Pear Iced Milk Ingredients.
Gourmet Dark Chocolate with Pear Iced Milk Ingredients. | Source

Ingredients (Only 5 for Gourmet Chocolate Milk)

  • 1 Cup (237ml) 2% Milk
  • 1.5 Ounces (about 3 Tbl or 40g) Dark Chocolate, [70% Chocolate]
  • 1 Ripe Pear, [pealed, cored and chunk-cut]
  • 1/4-inch slice of Ginger, [fresh and pealed]
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons (about 45ml) Coconut mIlk, [fresh coconut water is okay, but the canned coconut milk really works best]

Picture By Picture Instructions

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Melt the chocolate in the milk over low heat, stirring constantly.Slice a wheel of fresh ginger and peal it.Core, peal, and chunk-cut the pear.Pour the coconut milk and add the pear and ginger to the blender.Pour the dark chocolate milk into the blender with all of the other ingredients. Give everything a good whirl in the blender on liquefy. Make sure it gets really smooth!Pour blended dark chocolate milk over ice and serve!Dark Chocolate and Pear Gourmet Iced Milk!
Melt the chocolate in the milk over low heat, stirring constantly.
Melt the chocolate in the milk over low heat, stirring constantly. | Source
Slice a wheel of fresh ginger and peal it.
Slice a wheel of fresh ginger and peal it. | Source
Core, peal, and chunk-cut the pear.
Core, peal, and chunk-cut the pear. | Source
Pour the coconut milk and add the pear and ginger to the blender.
Pour the coconut milk and add the pear and ginger to the blender. | Source
Pour the dark chocolate milk into the blender with all of the other ingredients.
Pour the dark chocolate milk into the blender with all of the other ingredients. | Source
Give everything a good whirl in the blender on liquefy. Make sure it gets really smooth!
Give everything a good whirl in the blender on liquefy. Make sure it gets really smooth! | Source
Pour blended dark chocolate milk over ice and serve!
Pour blended dark chocolate milk over ice and serve! | Source
Dark Chocolate and Pear Gourmet Iced Milk!
Dark Chocolate and Pear Gourmet Iced Milk! | Source

Instructions for Making Dark Chocolate Iced Milk

  1. Using a small, thick bottom pan, slowly and gently heat the milk with the chocolate until it has completely combined with the milk. [Break the chocolate up into small bits, if not using dark chocolate chips]
  2. Peal the slice of ginger, then peal and core the fresh ripe pear cutting it into chunks.
  3. Put the pear, chocolate milk, coconut milk, and the ginger slice into a blender.
  4. Give it a whirl until very smooth.
  5. Serve in a chilled glass over ice cubes. Garnish with a small pear peal, mint leaf and a few chocolate crumbles.
Add some rum!
Add some rum! | Source

Turn Chocolate Milk Into a Cocktail

If you wish to turn this grown-up chocolate milk into a delicious dark chocolate alcoholic cocktail, try adding 2-ounces of coconut flavored rum at the same time you add the coconut milk. The end result is not much different than "drinking" a Mounds candy bar, but without all of that chewing! Cheers!

Dark Chocolate Chips
Dark Chocolate Chips | Source

Why is Dark Chocolate Good For Me

The Good News About Eating Dark Chocolate

I have yet to run upon anyone who despises chocolate. If anything, we humans bustle to the foot of the chocolate god to worship its sweetness, rich flavor, and the uplifting euphoria consuming it brings. So when the realization that dark chocolate can actually be good for our health, pantry upon pantry has become stocked full with the stuff. Let's take a closer look at 4 great reasons we should be eating dark chocolate when ever possible!

4 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

  • Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate - Antioxidants are these tiny little warriors that are found in certain foods—dark chocolate is one—and are known to attack and destroy free radicals. Free radicals are very destructive molecules that cause health issues as well as heart disease in the body.

Chocolate Can Prevent Heart-Related Illnesses

  • Epicatechin and Dark Chocolate - epicatechin is a very healthy compound found in dark chocolate, and is wonderful for our bodies. A study conducted at the University of Cologne, Germany, by Dr. Dirk Taubert, MD, PhD, and a few colleagues found that those people who ate dark chocolate had a much higher level of epicatechin in their blood, which helped in reducing blood pressure, in both the top (systolic) and bottom (diastolic) readings.

  • Cognitive Health and Dark Chocolate - Several compounds found in dark chocolate result in better cognitive thinking while also lifting the mood. Eating dark chocolate feels pretty much the same to the brain, as does falling in love. This is because of the chemical phenylethylamine, which gets released when we fall in love. This mastermind chemical stimulates the brain into sending endorphins throughout the bloodstream, which is why we get that feel-good mood-lift after consuming dark chocolate; or when falling in love.

  • Tooth Health and Dark Chocolate - Now I know your saying how can sweets be healthy for our teeth, but hear me out. Dark chocolate contains this amazing chemical that keeps the enamel on our teeth super hard. Theobromine is known to keep tooth enamel hard, and is found in our friend, dark chocolate. If you pay regular attention to your dental health by maintaining good dental hygiene, dark chocolate can benefit you by keeping those beautifully hard pearly-whites, just that!

1.5 Ounces of Dark (70%) Chocolate

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1.5 ounces
Calories 230
Calories from Fat189
% Daily Value *
Fat 21 g32%
Saturated fat 13 g65%
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Sugar 12 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Where is Cocoa Produced

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The best quality cocoa comes from Ghana. Plans are in the works to increase the production of cocoa by as much as three times the current output.

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Nigeria grew around 160,000 tons of cocoa in the 2006 - 2007 season. Current production is measured at 1/4 less than it was 30 years ago.

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In 2009 Côte D'Ivoire produced 30% of the world's chocolate. Ivorian chocolate futures get bought by Hershey's, & Nestle who help set world prices

What You Think Really Does Matter!

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Comments for "Gourmet Dark Chocolate and Pear Iced Milk" 55 comments

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Purple Perl 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

Looks delicious! Those step by step instructions are easy to follow. Voted up and congrats!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

This drink is unique and sounds delish! Way to go India!


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Mmmm, this looks delicious! I can't wait for summer to come along so that I can try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Congrats on being a winner! I don't know how I missed this! You did a great job researching chocolate and did a great job writing the Hub.

I voted this UP, and will share.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Sally's Trove~ Thanks for sharing that you found the gourmet chocolate drink outstanding!I am so thrilled that you guys made the recipe! I like your variation, using the almond milk in lieu of cow's milk. I sure appreciate the feedback!

HubHugs~


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

My daughter just made this outstanding drink for us. What a winner it is. She used plain almond milk instead of cow's milk. It's too early in the day for the cocktail version...maybe tomorrow evening. :) 5 stars from us!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Happyboomernurse~ Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this chocolate drink recipe! I am so glad that you approve of the hub!

Big HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

cloverleaffarm~ You can use any kind you like. In my experience the best choice was vanilla Silk (favored soy milk) which worked pretty darn good, and added a kick of vanilla richness. I have even substituted pear nectar for the coconut milk, which is a big boost to the pear flavor. Thank you for sharing your comments and I hope you enjoy a cold glass of Dark Chocolate Pear Iced Milk!

Cheers~


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

This sounds delicious. Could you use vanilla soy milk instead of the coconut. Or perhaps another kind of milk. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, and shared.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Congrats on your contest win for this delicious sounding drink.

I like that you included the nutritional facts and information about health benefits of chocolate.

Rated 5 stars and up across the board except for funny.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Thanks so much ChaplinSpeaks! I am quite honored by the win.

HubHugs~


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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

Congratulations on your weekly contest win, K9!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

kelleyward ~ Thanks! With so many great entries, it is quite an honor. Thank you HP and judges!

HubHugs~


kelleyward 4 years ago

Congrats! Wonderful hub!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Rajan~ Glad you like the recipe! Sure appreciate the shares and votes!

Cheers~


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

k9, a very innovative recipe this. I've always been fond of chocolate milk and this recipe gives me the choice to enjoy it with a variation I didn't know.

Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Voted all the way up and across. Shared this hub too on FB and G+1


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

WOW! Thank you to each and every one who shared your thoughts and comments on a little dark chocolate and pear drink. I am honored you stopped by, and grateful for your support. Hoping you enjoy the drink as much as I do!

Many HubHugs!


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eatforcheaper 4 years ago from London

That sounds amazing.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, this sounds fabulous and it's definitely a popular recipe hub! Thank you for sharing this delicious idea.


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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Well, out goes all that new year resolutions, not that I made any.

This, I hope is as delicious as it looks! I love your images, it just makes it a bit more tantalizing. Now I just need to print me that direction to Nigeria to get me some of that cocoa. :)

Thanks for sharing. Voted Up and Useful.


Chris Hugh 4 years ago

Oh brother. This looks so delicious. I think I'm gonna hit Trader Joe's later and get some milk, chocolate, pears and coconut milk. And ginger. LOL. And whip this up. Inspirational!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Oh my you said that word that throws me into a tizzy... dark chocolate... my true love! I will share this!


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Ron Hawkster 4 years ago from United States of America

Most excellent blog with tons of interesting info. I enjoyed reading it. You are an able writer and researcher. Keep it up please.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Dark chocolate and dental health--who knew?? Wow! I love dark chocolate. Going to have to make this! Many votes and sharing!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You had me at "chocolate"! I was surprised by the addition of ginger. Your hub is well composed; I vote up, useful, and interesting too.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Mhatter99~ "It opens worlds of possibilities" what a great way to look at it! I am so glad you find the recipe up to your standards! Thanks for playing along.

Cheers~


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

wow! not only does this sound good, it opens worlds of possibilities. thanks


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Patty Inglish, MS~ What a wonderful surprise to see you here today! I hope you find the Dark chocolate and Pear Iced Milk a delightful treat! Thank you for the share and vote, Patty!

HubHugs~


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

I shared this one, along with rating it up. I shall try this recipe tonight.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Jools99~ HA!...I'll supply the rum and chocolate pear iced milk, you find a beach or crisp clean pool! Just say when and where! ;)

The fact that this beverage is fantastic as a kid-friendly drink, which can also be turned into a grown-up cocktail in a "splash" is one reason I enjoy it so darn much! Less mess in the kitchen and everyone [of all ages] is happy!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts today!

HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

CriticalMessage~ I am so glad your imagination approves! I hope your taste buds follow suite! Thanks for leaving your comments!

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Robin~ HA! It is hard to go wrong with coconut rum, chocolate, and a fresh pear! Makes me want to find a tall glass, a good book, and a nice beach! I sure appreciate that you made it by for a read today, I am honored that you did.

Huge HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

plinka~ Thank you for leaving your comments. I am glad you approve of the dark chocolate and pear combination.

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Peggy W~ Thanks for the votes and for sharing! And I agree with you both, this HP contest is way too yummy! But, I have discovered a menagerie of fantastic new recipes I will putting on the stove real soon! Thank you for leaving your comments!

Big HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Hyphenbird~ I have made this chocolate milk recipe using vanilla Silk, almond milk, and even goat's milk. They all taste pretty darn good [even better with that splash of rum!]. If you use coconut milk however, I would increase the fresh ginger two-fold. I have found more coconut milk will dull the ginger flavor significantly. I hope you enjoy the drink!

Thank you for sharing your remarks!

HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Docmo!! How nice to find you here today! Makes me smile. As for dark chocolate, I really started to appreciate it well before the reports of its great health benefits around 1985. But, now that I know it can be healthy too, it is on! I have found dark chocolate even makes a great steak sauce when combined with an aged good balsamic vinegar, fresh ground pepper, salt, honey, and a dash of spicy heat from Cayenne!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the recipe Doc, I really appreciate it!

Big HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Sally's Trove~Hmmmm....I like the way you think Sally! Like you, I prefer a splash of rum; which takes this recipe from the school yard to pool side in a flash! I adore the drink for its versatility as well as just being plain yummy! Thank you so much for leaving your comments here, I am grateful.

HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Kellyward~ Glad you liked the recipe enough to vote 5 stars! It really is one of those gotta try treats! Simple 5 ingredient recipes like this one are tops on my list for summer. Thanks so much for the votes!!

HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Just Ask Susan~ So nice to find you here today, I am a big fan of dark chocolate myself. Nothing under 70% cocoa for me! Unless it comes wrapped up in a Snickers wrapper! ;)

I sure appreciate that you shared your thoughts, Susan.

HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

@emilybee~ It is a really tasty chocolate drink to say the least! Thanks for your comments.

@Vellur~ I have been making this chocolate milk recipe for about 8 years now, 3 years ago I added the coconut milk to the recipe and it was love at first sip! The recipe has remained as it is ever since. Thanks for your remarks.

@Daughter of Maat~ I too love dark chocolate and pears, often cutting fresh pears into slices and dipping them in melted dark chocolate. Very yummy evening snack! Thank you for dropping by!

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

WhydThatHappen~ I know!! So many tempting recipes are being shared in this contest that I hardly know which one to make first! Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers~


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I prefer strawberry milkshake but I could be swayed if this was furnished with a wee dram of rum! I am pleased to see that you have considered this option :o)

Voted up etc, etc


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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

I can just imagine the combination and my imagination is liking this a lot !


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Robin 4 years ago from San Francisco

What an interesting recipe! I love dark chocolate and pears, so I'm sure I would love it. I also like the idea of the coconut rum! Yumm!


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plinka 4 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

It looks great. Pear and chocolate is a good combination.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I second Whyd'ThatHappen's comment. This contest has my gastric juices working overtime! This sounds like a great drink recipe. Up votes and sharing.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

OH, this looks SOOOO great. Since I don not like cow milk, I will try it with almond or coconut milk. I am salivating right now.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

oh mama. this is utterly yummylicious! love the flavour of pear and dark choc. I know there are tremendous health benefits to dark chocolate - and it is the milk and sugar that add the calories. wonderful recipe!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Pear, chocolate, coconut, ginger...wow! I'll take mine with rum, thank you. I can imagine this drink bottled, like Yoo-Hoo or Starbuck's Frappuccino. I think it would be a huge money-maker. Awesome!


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

Dark chocolate and pears, can't go wrong there!! Great hub!!


kelleyward 4 years ago

This sounds fantastic! Voted 5 stars and shared. Yum! Kelley


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Sounds delicious! I've always preferred dark chocolate over any kind of chocolate.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, delicious recipe. Love chocolates. This is something new, really awesome.


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emilybee 4 years ago

Now this looks interesting!!! I looove dark chocolate so much, I have some each day. I'll make this someday!


WhydThatHappen 4 years ago

It was a terrible idea on hubpages part to have a food recipe contest. I've been hungry nonstop! I'll will avoid this hub for a while and come back when I can actually make myself some, or I'll just be torturing myself.

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