Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ingredient of the Day: Chocolate

We love chocolate, you love chocolate, everyone loves chocolate. So, it's not hard to understand how chocolate became our ingredient of the day.

Chocolate has been eaten as far back as 1100 BC in Mexico, Central and South America. Lucky for all you chocoholics, the stuff actually has some health benefits for the circulatory system and brain plus some anticancer properties. Unfortunately, because chocolate contains theobromine it's toxic to most pets, so make sure to eat every last bit yourself!

You probably started eating chocolate bars, candy bars and s'mores as a kid. Even though we don't want to leave those behind, here FoodPair presents some new and some classic preparations to help you satisfy your chocolate fix. Enjoy!

Cupcake Pops
They're chocolately, fun & easy to make.
Ingredients in this recipe: chocolate, canola oil, sprinkles, cream cheese frosting

Peanut Butter Buckeyes
Of course peanut butter pairs well with chocolate.
Ingredients in this recipe: chocolate, butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar

Go Get 'Em Smoothie
Add chocolate to your smoothies for energy and flavor!
Ingredients in this recipe: chocolate, honey, banana, milk, espresso powder

S'mores Sundaes
We call all make s'mores, but what's the next level? This is!
Ingredients in this recipe: egg, butter, walnuts, brown sugar, salt, vanilla extract, baking powder, whipping cream, bittersweet chocolate, marshmallows, whole wheat flour, coffee ice cream

Caramel Swirl Hot Chocolate
Another great use of chocolate in a drink.
Ingredients in this recipe: chocolate, caramel, water, powdered sugar, whipping cream

Let’s get cooking!

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