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Melted Chocolate – Dipping and Drizzling Homemade Treat Ideas

Updated on December 30, 2012
Strawberry dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with milk chocolate.
Strawberry dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with milk chocolate. | Source

Melting, Dipping and Drizzling Chocolate

I have melted a lot of chocolate in my lifetime. For many years, I used to make chocolates using candy molds and sell my special treats at craft fairs and other venues.

However, you do not need candy molds for the creations in this article. Here, you will find attractive, interesting and simple ideas for dipping and drizzling your melted chocolate. Be creative and have fun. No doubt, your family and friends will be impressed!


Buying Chocolate for Melting

There are many different brands of chocolate that you can use to melt. If you are thinking of using a chocolate bar, be sure it has cocoa butter added to it so it melts smoothly to cover all the nooks and crannies of whatever you decide to dip. The higher the cocoa butter content, the smoother the chocolate.

You could use something like Nestle’ or Hershey’s chocolate morsels. Another option is to use Wilton Candy Melts.

My preference has always been to use chocolate wafers made by the Merckens Chocolate Company that I buy from my local cake and candy supply store. They are available in 1, 5 or 10 pound bags.

Merckens chocolate is available in a variety of rainbow colors and flavors similar to the Wilton table I created below. I like the taste of Merckens chocolate better than any other brand of chocolate wafers.

Colors and Flavors Available in Wilton Candy Melts

Color
Flavor
Light Brown
Light Cocoa
Dark Brown
Dark Cocoa
Dark Brown
Chocolate Mint
Tan
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Red
White Chocolate
Yellow
White Chocolate
Blue
White Chocolate
Green
White Chocolate
White
White Chocolate
Lavender
White Chocolate
Orange
White Chocolate
Pink
White Chocolate
Vibrant Green
White Chocolate
NOTE: The white chocolate can be flavored by adding Wilton Candy Flavor. Compiled by Sharyn's Slant.

Wilton Candy Melts on Amazon

How to Properly Melt Chocolate

There are three main methods to melt chocolate. These methods can also be used when a recipe calls for additional ingredients to be added to the melted chocolate such as shortening, etc.

First, let me give you some important tips. No matter what melting method you use:

  • Be patient and do not rush the melting process.
  • Be sure to never get water or moisture in your chocolate. Any moisture or condensation on your utensils or in the pot with chocolate will cause it to stiffen, become lumpy and not melt properly. All equipment must be completely dry. Also avoid splashing water from your double boiler into the chocolate.
  • If you happen to get moisture in the chocolate, stir in a teaspoon at a time of shortening or vegetable oil (not margarine or butter) until the chocolate becomes smooth again.
  • Always use low heat to keep the chocolate from scorching.
  • Chocolate chips or wafers tend to retain their shape even when they are melted, so be sure to continuously stir during the melting process.

1. Double Boiler

This method is the best if you are concerned about scorching the chocolate. You simply place water in the bottom of the double boiler, enough so that it comes to about 1 inch below the top pan. Place your chocolate in the top pan and move the double boiler to a low heat on your stove.

As the water in the bottom pan heats and starts to steam, the chocolate begins to melt. Do not let the water boil, only steam. Constantly stir the chocolate until it is melted. Remove from heat.

This is the method that I prefer. It takes a little longer but eliminates the possibility of the chocolate being scorched.

2. Microwave Oven

Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave uncovered on high for 15 second intervals. Stir often to check its consistency.

3. Direct Heat

Place chocolate in a heavy saucepan on very low heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate begins to melt. Remove the pan from the heat and continue stirring until smooth.

Making Special Treats with Melted Chocolate

There are so many things you can dip in chocolate or drizzle chocolate on top. Be creative with your chocolate colors too. Here are some fun ideas to spark your creativity.

Chocolate covered marshmallows.
Chocolate covered marshmallows. | Source

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Candy sprinkles if desired
  • Lollipop sticks if desired


Chocolate covered pretzels.
Chocolate covered pretzels. | Source

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Pretzels - any shape
  • Candy sprinkles if desired

Chocolate covered bacon.
Chocolate covered bacon. | Source

Chocolate Covered Bacon

Yes, some people consider this a delicacy!

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Thoroughly cooked, crisp bacon

Chocolate covered cheesecake squares.
Chocolate covered cheesecake squares. | Source

Chocolate Covered Cheesecake

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Cheesecake squares

Check out my recipe Mom's Famous Cheesecake Squares

Chocolate covered Nutter Butter cookies.
Chocolate covered Nutter Butter cookies. | Source

Chocolate Covered Snowmen

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Nutter Butter cookies by Nabisco
  • Green and/or red plain M&M's
  • Candy sprinkles


Chocolate covered peanuts and popcorn.
Chocolate covered peanuts and popcorn. | Source

Chocolate Covered Popcorn & Peanuts

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Peanuts

Chocolate covered bananas.
Chocolate covered bananas. | Source

Chocolate Covered Bananas

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Peeled bananas
  • Skewers or lollipop sticks
  • Candy sprinkles if desired

Chocolate covered Oreo cookies.
Chocolate covered Oreo cookies. | Source

Chocolate Covered Oreos

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Oreo cookies or any type cookie
  • Candy sprinkles if desired

Chocolate covered chow mein (rice) noodles.
Chocolate covered chow mein (rice) noodles. | Source

Chocolate Bird Nests

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Chow Mein noodles
  • Jelly beans or malted milk eggs
  • Marshmallow Peeps candy

Chocolate covered coconut.
Chocolate covered coconut. | Source

Chocolate Covered Coconut

What you need:

  • Melted white chocolate
  • Melted milk or dark chocolate
  • Chocolate cups molded in a muffin pan
  • Coconut

Mix white chocolate and coconut. Spoon into dark or milk chocolate pre-made cups. Drizzle with chocolate.

Chocolate covered peanut or raisin clusters.
Chocolate covered peanut or raisin clusters. | Source

Chocolate Covered Peanut or Raisin Clusters

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Peanuts or raisins

Substitute other nuts such as almonds or cashews. My favorite that I use are red-skin Spanish peanuts.

Chocolate dipped Biscotti.
Chocolate dipped Biscotti. | Source

Chocolate Dipped Biscotti

What you need:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Biscotti

Substitute any type of homemade cookie.

Creative ways to use chocolate wafers without melting.
Creative ways to use chocolate wafers without melting. | Source

Chocolate Wafer Decorations

Instead of melting your chocolate wafers, a great idea is to cover cake sides or decorate the top of cupcakes.

Drizzle chocolate on a plate before placing your special dessert.
Drizzle chocolate on a plate before placing your special dessert. | Source

Drizzle Chocolate on a Dessert Plate

No matter what type of dessert you are going to serve, simply decorate your dessert plate first with a drizzle of melted chocolate. It's elegant and certainly adds to your display.

Chocolate fountain!
Chocolate fountain! | Source

Additional Ideas for Dipping and Drizzling Melted Chocolate

  • Chocolate covered spoons for dipping in coffee
  • Chocolate covered graham crackers
  • Other fruits covered in chocolate: orange slices, cherries, etc.
  • Chocolate covered potato chips
  • Drizzle chocolate over a cup of coffee or hot chocolate
  • Use a chocolate fountain for dipping whatever you desire

Hint: My favorite food dipped in a chocolate fountain is angel food cake. Seriously, try it, you will love it!

This is Sharyn's Slant



No double boiler? No problem! Try this!

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      Sharon Smith 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you so much Vellur! I hope you have a great holiday!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, photos and instructions. Delicious ideas too, voted up.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi imtiaz ~ thank you for your compliments. I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

      Sharyn

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      Md. Imtiaz Hossain 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      Excellent writing + excellent recipe ideas. Yummy yummy yummy dessert all around. Thanks

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Vicki ~ Aww, thank you SO much. I appreciate your feedback and votes. Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Your hubs are also so beautiful and well laid out. Especially this one! Mouth-watering, too! Many votes!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey TT ~ well, I think that means that you approve, ha. Thanks so much for sharing this article. Enjoy some chocolate!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Pamela-anne ~I certainly hope you had wonderful dreams the other night. If you do try the chocolate covered bacon, please let me know what you think. I appreciate you stopping by, thank you.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Michelle ~ So you are a chocoholic? :) I'm so glad you like these ideas. I appreciate you stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Now this is what I'm talkin' 'bout! :)

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      Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I want to jump in and eat my way down to the end of the hub yum yum I know I will be dreaming of a world covered in chocolate tonight thanks for the yummy hub; the bacon and choc actually sounds good I know I love both. Something to try in future for sure!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, I love anything dipped in chocolate, be it marshmallows or a good old grape!! Chocalicious! Thanks for sharing, Sharon!!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Torrilynn ~ Thank you so much for you feedback. Chocolate covered strawberries would make a great treat for yourself for the upcoming Valentine's Day. Take care,

      Sharyn

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      I really enoyed your hub. I love all things that are chocolate or has to do with chocolate. Everything looked very yummy and I will try the melted chocolate strawberries soon enough. Thanks and voted up.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi adity5 ~ Thanks for stopping by and for the compliments. Very much appreciated!

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      adity5 4 years ago

      Nice hub :) Loved it !!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Diana ~ Thanks so much! It's really difficult to not like chocolate, ha. I appreciate you stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I love this hub. Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Voted up.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi SINewsome ~ well thanks. I guess that means you like this article :) Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sophie Newsome 4 years ago from New York

      This hub is heavenly!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Paula ~ Of course my intent was to temp readers but not drive them insane with their chocolate addiction. Oooops, sorry, hope you are okay, ha. But I'm glad you liked this hub and it made you perspire a little :)

      Mary ~ Homemade dipped chocolate treats make awesome gifts for family and friends. I've never added paraffin but I bet it helps the consistency. I agree about the double boiler. That is the only way I melt my chocolate too.

      Kelley ~ I know, I wouldn't like the bacon either. But some people do. Thank you for all the shares and pin.

      vespawoolf ~ You are welcome for the tips. The Wilton Candy Melts are okay but I still prefer the Merckens chocolate. Chocolate covered biscotti is great. You can buy it that way, but it is much better with freshly melted chocolate.

      learner365 ~ You really can be very creative with melted chocolate. The bird nests are adorable. I also make a candy where you use the Chow Mein noodles in melted butterscotch chips and add peanuts. My mom used to make those for us years ago.

      vibesites ~ Thank you for your "fantabulous" feedback. I hope you try some of these ideas.

      B. Leekley ~ Thank you so much for all the shares. And I really appreciate you adding this to your party hub. That's awesome!

      Thank you everyone for your great feedback! Happy New Year!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Rebecca ~ I think the snowmen are cute too. If you were going to make them, I recommend putting them on a "cooling rack" so that when you coat with the chocolate, it drips below onto a cookie tray. Thanks for sharing and pinning.

      CC ~ Chocolate heaven? YAY! I'm looking forward to those pictures. Let me know, I'll link them.

      Gypsy48 ~ I hope you got your chocolate fix :)

      Dr. BJ ~ Great idea for melting chocolate - IN THE MOUTH, ha. Glad you enjoyed these ideas!

      Pamela ~ One of my favorites is the cheese cake squares too. Anything with cheese, I'm right there!

      Sunnie D. ~ Chocolate covered anything is good, I agree. I also agree to skip the bacon, ha.

      OanaBoteanu ~ it's great to meet you. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for the votes!

      Tammy ~ I love your idea! Ritz cracker, peanut butter and chocolate = WIN! Thanks for your compliments too.

      Penelope ~ I hope that the chocolate you can find where you live has cocoa butter. As long as you can melt it, you can make these delicious treats. Thanks for sharing.

      Eddy ~ Thanks for your feedback. Glad to hear you added this to your recipe book :)

      THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. It's been a busy beginning to the year ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Carol ~ One of my favorites is the chocolate covered cheesecake too. Thank you so much for stopping by to read and comment.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Ruchira ~ So glad I could make you drool, ha. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy New Year!

      Sharyn

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, Yummy, and shared with followers and on social networking sites. You are gifted. I have added this hub to a links capsule in my How to Host a Poetry Night Party with a Wines and Chocolates Potluck hub.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Very fantabulous ideas! I love them all! I haven't eaten chocolate with bacon yet though I know that bacon is also incorporated into sweets. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up, awesome/useful and shared! :D

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      Saadia A 4 years ago

      This looks absolutely wonderful. There are indeed many ways where you can use melted chocolate and have fun with it. I really liked your idea of chocolate bird nests. As they look so adorable :)

      Thank you for sharing such an interesting Hub with us. My vote up and awesome !!!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, this is a load of great ideas. I love the quality of Wilton products but have never tried their chocolate melting wafers. I'm making a mental note for next time I order something from the U.S. Here in Peru, Hershey's large bars are probably the best quality chocolate we have access to. The chocolate covered bacon sounds really interesting, but I will most likely do the chocolate covered biscotti just because I love it. : ) Thank you for the chocolate melting tips, too.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Chocolate covered bacon ahhhhh yuck! Wow this is a fabulous hub. I pinned and shared all over. Hope to get to make some of these (beside the bacon) real soon!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub. I gave lots of chocolate covered candy balls for Christmas gifts. I put a little paraffin in my melted chocolate. That works well for me. Also I use a double boiler for the best results.

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Billy ~ so, you think nine million views, well I hope so, ha! I am glad that I wrote a hub on one of your essential food groups! Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Maria ~ I know, I wouldn't like the bacon either, ha. I hope you took the time to experiment since you have the ingredients. Thank you for stopping by. Happy New Year to you and your family. Sending hugs,

      Sharyn

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sharyn....Yeah sure....go ahead, tempt me, drive me insane.....encourage my chocolate addiction.....mmmmm Yum. Chocolate, light, dark, sweet, melted, drizzling......Candy. OMG....how do we read this and scroll down the sinful photos without going mad???......My heart is pounding, I'm shaking and perspiring. Are you proud of yourself?

      Of course you are! You should be. Another excellent, delicious hub.

      Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!..Up & Oh YES!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Mmm another great one for that recipe book of mine.

      Here's to a great New Year for you Sharyn.

      Lots of love.

      Eddy,

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      This is great though we have different chocolate here. Lots of Swiss and Belgian and English (Cadburys). It's really good and your ideas are so pretty. Thank.s voting and sharing!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi MO ~ All of these treats are so easy to make. And there are so many colors you can choose from too. I know, that bacon is kind of weird but I had to add it, ha. It is a delicacy in some places. And you mentioned chocolate covered potato chips that I included in my additional ideas at the bottom. Yeah, they are good too. If you try to make them, use a thick ruffle chip. The combo with the salt it really good. Thank you so much for your great feedback and for sharing this article!

      Sharyn

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You have literally covered everything here! What a beautiful and delicious hub. This year I had something new that would really fit in here. Take two Ritz crackers and spread peanut butter between them and dip that into white chocolate. MMM... This looks like a hub of the day to me. :)

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      OanaBoteanu 4 years ago

      Yammi only the sight of those pictures make me want chocolate!!! SunnieDay seems like we are having the same problem here :)

      Thanks Sharyn for this hub, very informative, great tips and lots of recipe ideas.

      Voting up.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Oh my goodness these pictures are making my mouth water..I love chocolate covered in most anything but strawberries to me are the best..Although bananas are not bad either...think I will have to pass on the bacon..hehe Thank you!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I must agree that anything covered in chocolate is wonderful. The cheesecake squares really caught my eye. I have never done anything like this, but it doesn't look too hard. I appreciate the directions. Great hub. Voted up!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Anything that is chocolate covered or drizzled is my kind of treat, Sharon, although I'm not sure about the bacon. You omitted my favorite method to melt chocolate though. In my mouth! Thanks for all these delicious choclatey ideas.

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Chocolate covered marshmallows and coconut sound so good. I need some chocolate now, awesome hub!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I am in chocolate heaven. Yep, heaven! What a delicious hub you've written here. I haven't melted a lot of chocolate in my time but you've inspired me to try to I'll take pictures while I'm at it. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are such attractive desserts! I love the snowmen. The marshmallows are good, I'll bet, and really easy. What a colorful Hub! Shared and pinned for sure!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Second time commenting. Hope it works this time. I love these ideas ..You presented them so easily and so deliciously. Chocolate pretzels and I love the chocolate cheese cakes...a Yummy Hub...Voting up and pinning.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I agree with Bill. Sharon you have hit the right nail, my friend.

      I was drooling while reading this hub :) happy holidays!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...this is one of those subjects that is guaranteed to have nine million views....everyone loves chocolate, right? I know it is one of my essential food groups. :)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Sharon,

      This looks absolutely fabulous except for the bacon...that needs to be kept with the eggs in my humble opinion!

      But what a wonderful guide for some creative masterpieces that look delectable and beautiful as well...I will look forward to doing some experimenting over these snowy couple days, as I have the ingredients!

      Voted UP and UABI...have a peaceful and cozy new year, my friend!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh my! The temptation! You HAD me at chocolate. Lots of great ideas Sharon. These look fantastic, fun and easy to make. I'm glad to see there are a variety of colors available out there too. The chocolate covered cheesecake really caught my eye - YUM! I'm not too sure about chocolate covered bacon hehe. I did see chocolate covered potato chips once. Shared!