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Chocoholics' Heavenly Treats

Updated on February 8, 2013

How to make sure you always have emergency chocolate available

I admit it, I am secretly a chocoholic!

I mean that I love chocolate, almost any kind. But there is nothing gluttonous about it, on the contrary. Just when I need my lift, I know that I need it. Chocolate!

I can even go without chocolate for many days, but then, often without any clear reason, the yearn presents itself!

During the Holidays there is always an easy fix available: Chocolate Cakes, especially during Christmas the Bûche de Noël - a traditional Yule Log made of chocolate. The handmade Chocolate Truffles, that you can make in any flavour if you make them yourself, are also essential Holiday Chocolate Treats. I will include the recipe below for you to make your own Chocolate Truffles, they are really not difficult to make. Just remember that you need good quality chocolate and cacao powder for the best results!

I also always love to make my family and friends Chocolate Birthday Cakes. For my Mother, who must have the healthiest eating habits that I know, I usually make a low-carb, low fat Chocolate Cake with Cherries. A couple of years ago I made my brother a White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake, that he first claimed being "overly sweet" for his taste, but by the next morning most of the cake had disappeared. Just a word of advice about melting white chocolate: always do the melting of chocolate in a bain-marie - a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water, but with white chocolate make sure that the water is not boiling anymore when you insert the chocolate in the bowl. I personally take the warmed bowl off the pot when inserting the chocolate.

I also don't need large tablets of Chocolate to devour, often just an After Eight - the famous British Chocolate Mint after dinner will suffice. If eating Italian a couple of 'Baci di Perugia' chocolates or Leonidas Ganache or Bûche Pralinée after a nice Stomp with sausages in Belgian style.

When I used to live in the Central Europe I often used to go for lunch at the local

Le Pain Quotidien and opt for a simple tartine et chocolate. During the week-ends we often had breakfast there, with croissants and hot chocolate and made sure that we always had some of their heavenly chocolate hazelnut spread available also at home.

The best French Hot Chocolate I have surprisingly not enjoyed in Paris, although some of the smaller Cafés in Bastille still make it in the traditional manner using whole milk, not cream. This should also be good news for those who worry about calories in hot chocolate. Over ten years ago my then favourite Patron de café shared his family recipe with me. While I will not mention the name of the Patron here, although I wish to send him my best regards, while sharing his wonderful recipe with you, so also you can enjoy the glowing goodness it brings to the cold of the winters!

But back to the best French Hot Chocolate, that I enjoyed in a tiny French Chocolatier in Tallinn, introduced to me by a dear friend. Since then I have always made sure, that I have time to stop for a cup at The Pierre Chocolatier when I visit Tallinn.

But life isn't always like a Box of Chocolates. There are times, when a chocoholic does run into an alert state and for those desperate moments I advice a simple bar of chocolate. A Cadbury Chocolate Bar, a Bounty, Twix or a Daim, at the right time at the right place, can turn almost any misery into a momentum. Just make sure to have some available - in your handbag, in the car and in your larder at home!

Green & Black's Organic Chocolates

Green & Black's Organic truly masters the art of wine and chocolate pairing.

They offer deluxe chocolates in different flavours paired with Bonterra Organic Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonterra Organic Sauvignon Blanc.

So luxurious and simple, delivered to your door!

This Christmas I offered my husband, another secret Chocoholic in the family, a gift box of selected deluxe chocolates paired with St Peter's Organic Ale and St Peter's Organic Bitter. As he really enjoys the St Peter's range of different biers, he was delighted to try them with these elite chocolates.

I would recommend this idea for any loving wife or girlfriend whit a secret Chocoholic as a husband.

Cadbury's Flake over the years - - the crumbliest flakiest milk chocolate in the world

Chocolat trailer 2000 - by Lasse Hallström starring Juliette Binoche & Johnny Depp

Chocolat on the IMDB

Chocolat - - the Film & the Soundtrack

Salvador Dali - Lanvin Chocolate - Our fellow Chocoholic

Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate Fountain is a classic, just add the strawberries and Champagne!

Old-fashioned Chocolate Cake - with Nigella Lawson

from the Nigella Feasts - Chocolate Heaven

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory - Original Trailer 1971

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory on the IMDB

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory trailer - remake of the classic with Johnny Depp

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the IMDB

Chocolate Mousse - with Nigella Lawson

from the Nigella Feasts - Chocolate Heaven

Like Water for Chocolate - by Laura Esquivel

This is a beautiful book with wonderful recipes. If you don't know it yet, I recommend you to read it!

The True History of Chocolate - and recipes for cooking with Fine Chocolate

Essential for every Chocoholic!

In the Chocoholics' Garden

Chocolate Habanero Chili plants

Chocolate Cosmos flowers have a sweet and delicate scent of chocolate, that is most intense during the morning.

Frida's Fiestas - by Frida Kahlo

Here you can find the recipe for Frida Kahlo's famous Oaxacan mole - a savory sauce with chocolate, chili and herbs.

Hot Chocolate recipe by Carl von Linné

The original recipe of the famous Swedish Botanist

from Chokoladkultur.se

"One dissolves 1 ounce of chocolate bar in 6 ounces of water or tepid milk and heat it up until the mixture slowly simmers, stir it over the fire for a quarter of an hour, whisk until spumous, whereupon the scum is poured into a vessel. Continuous skimming is momentous; the remains in the vessel are to be whisked anew, so that it spumes."

After giving the cacao tree its scientific name, Theobróma cacáo, in the mid 18th century Swedish physician and botanist Carolus Linnaeus (Carl von Linné) described the beverage as mild and salubrious. Chocolate was sold in pharmacies and consisted of roasted and grounded cocoa beans, sugar, vanilla, ambergris and cinnamon, all processed into viscous paste to be dried. The different ingredients, especially combined, were considered to be stimulating the nervous system and the love life. The fortifying chocolate drink was also believed to cure several maladies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies - with Nigella Lawson

from the Nigella Feasts - Chocolate Heaven

more mouthwatering recipes by Nigella

Chocolate Beetle - Chinese car dealer provided a sweet treat for Valentine's day

It took more than 200kg of chocolate to cover this Beetle. A true Chocoholic's dream car?

Baileys Chocolate Chip Cheesecake recipe - my Irish friend gave me this recipe a long time ago, this cake is decadent!

ingredients

for the crust

CRUST:

2 c. graham cracker crumbs

1/4 c. granulated sugar

4 tbsp. melted butter

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat 9 inch springform pan with non-stick spray. Combine crumbs and sugar in pan. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture into bottom and 1 inch up sides of pan. Bake until light brown. About 7 minutes. Maintain oven temperature at 325 degrees.

FILLING:

2 1/4 lbs. cream cheese, room temperature

1 2/3 c. granulated sugar

5 eggs

1 c. Bailey's Irish Cream

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually mix in sugar. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Blend in Baileys and vanilla. Sprinkle half of chocolate chips over crust. Spoon in filling. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Bake cake until puffed, springy in center and golden brown, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Cool cake completely.

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    • CCGAL profile image

      CCGAL 6 years ago

      What a delicious lens - I love chocolate, too. Yum!

    • blue22d profile image

      blue22d 7 years ago

      I am at work and I see now that I will have to go out at lunch for a chocolate run. Very nice lens. If you live near a Trader Joe's....they have some really nice chocolate bars at excellent prices.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image

      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I'm drooling for chocolate now! I wonder if my hubby would mind if I made dinner completely out of chocolate. Well, I'd enjoy it!!

    • divacratus 2 profile image

      divacratus 2 7 years ago

      Yum! I am a chocoholic too!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Ambergris as a chocolate ingredient, huh? Sounds "fishy" to me, Mr. Linnaeus! LOL (Google it, I won't say what it is - to preserve the delicate nature of this beautiful page.)

      5*s and a hearty SquidAngel Blessing! :)