Chocolate

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Searching for the Best Chocolate Tea

Are you searching for the best chocolate tea? Tea and chocolate can be a hard flavor profile to pin down due to the variety of ingredients and brewing methods available. Read on to learn more about chocolate and how its different forms can factor into the tastiest chocolate tea blends. Chocolate Ingredients Cacao Nibs — […]

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22+ Creative Uses for Hot Chocolate Mix

We recently launched our new “Comfort Cocoa” hot chocolate mix to much fanfare.  The simple, creamy raw cocoa base, paired with a pinch of sugar and spices, makes for such a comfortable and comforting beverage (as the name implies).   Since it’s dairy-free & gluten-free, it’s also a great gift or to share with guests. But […]

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“Yule” Have a Great Holiday With This Chocolate Cake of Decadence

Sometimes Christmas baking goes smoothly, but other times, like today, it goes spectacularly wonky. A Medieval Tradition Turns Into a Cake I’ve been wanting to make a yule log, also known as Bûche de Noël, since I read about it as a little girl. I was delighted by the oddness of celebrating the holidays with […]

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Bonkers for Brigadeiros: A Brazilian Treat That’s Super Sweet

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Are you a chocoholic with a sweet tooth that’s always in overdrive? If so, your holiday baking plans are about to get a lot more interesting — and irresistible! Say hello to the beguiling brigadeiro. Historic Recipe, Romantic Sweetness Brigadeiros are best described as a Brazilian bon-bon, a soft, truffle-like delight made with cocoa and […]

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Yummy Minty Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Recipe

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Few flavors pair so beautifully together than mint and chocolate. There’s hot chocolate with mint tea. Or a chocolate mint cocktail. And need I mention mint chocolate ice cream?! Your dinner party guests will be thankful for your hospitality when they see this beautiful mint chocolate cheesecake recipe come out of your kitchen at the […]

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apricot chocolate chip scones

Dessert or Brunch Recipe? Both: Apricot Chocolate Chip Scones

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As many of you know I am obsessed with baking, so it’s probably not a surprise to you that one of my favorite kitchen items is my cast iron scone pan that I got as a gift many years ago. If there is any one baked food product I am specifically obsessed with, it’s scones. […]

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4 Surprising Add-Ins for Tea

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When it comes to doctoring up your tea, cream and sugar are all you need, right? And maybe a lemon wedge now and then if you’re feeling adventurous. My friends, there are so many other delicious tea add-ins to explore! Even if you’re a tea purist, I think you’ll have a hard time resisting these. […]

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Chocolate Hazelnut Throwdown: 5 Popular Spreads Go Head to Head

It’s a dessert, a breakfast treat, a snack-time dip, an Italian import, a generations-old take on affordable luxury, a nutty-chocolatey-ooey-gooey spoonful of deliciousness. It’s chocolate hazelnut spread, and its popularity in the United States is growing faster than you can spread it on a baguette and go, “Mmm.” It seems like everyone and their crazy […]

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Ménage á Trois: Chocolate and Wine Pairing with a Twist

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There are some who swear that nothing is more luxurious than letting a bit of chocolate melt on the tongue only to be swished away with a swig of wine. But sadly, not everyone is a believer in chocolate and wine, there are those who swear that they are nothing more than a terminable, incompatible […]

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Party Recipe: Chocolate Chip Orange Celebration Cake

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This feature was brought to you in collaboration with our sponsor, Nestle. I recently went to Portland’s largest garage sale. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s a real thing, and I enjoyed a Saturday morning filled with digging through tables and piles of other people’s junk treasures. We didn’t end up buying much, but I did […]

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Cooking With a Coffee Kick

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Joe, java, jitter juice, nectar of the gods, lifeblood — whatever you call it, we like our coffee. In the morning, it makes daylight bearable. On the road or on deadline, it keeps things moving. And it’s not just for drinking. Coffee has long been a popular flavor enhancer in both sweet (think tiramisu) and […]

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Sneak Peek: Recipes from our Drink Your Chocolate Guide

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We’ve just released our latest guide, Drink Your Chocolate to much fanfare. Available for both Kindle and downloadable/printable PDF, Drink Your Chocolate contains recipes and recommendations for chocolate in all drinkable forms – coffee, tea, wine, vodka, beer, and more. We also have a 3-course tasting menu – each course contains a healthy dose of […]

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Milk and Cookies for Big Kids: 4 Ways to Upgrade Your Moo

Ok, so brownies and port aren’t really your thing and you’re craving the traditional plate of cookies with milk. Except… you’re a grownup now, so why have just plain milk? Here’s how to upgrade your moo for 21-and-up enjoyment. The Basics Getting “adult” on your glass of milk doesn’t have to be hard. The simple […]

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Some Like It Hot: 3 Cocoa Recipes for Chocolate Lovers

Hot chocolate is a perennial cold-weather favorite here in the US and many other countries, but it has its origins with the Maya of millennia past, who drank it spicy, bitter, and… cold. We have the Europeans to thank for sweetening the deal, and every culture and age since has added its own twist to […]

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Comfort and Joy: Three Puddings to Warm Up the Season

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While warm days may be the time for ice cream, cooler weeks are ideal for cozying up with dessert comfort foods like pudding. Although it’s easy to pull an instant packet of pudding mix off the shelf and have a uniform, albeit chemical-laden, bowl of pudding a few minutes later, homemade pudding from scratch is […]

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We Want Some More! S’mores Recipe Roundup

There are few foods that transition as well from childhood to adulthood as the s’more (whose name literally means, “some more.” Coincidence? I think not.). From summer camping trips to backyard firepits, the s’more is simply expected to make an appearance. But with fall upon us, it’s time to think about bringing the s’mores indoors. […]

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3 Canadian Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes (That You Can Make Any Time of Year)

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While the rest of North America is busy getting ready for Halloween, Canadians are busy in their kitchens baking up traditional Canadian desserts in preparation for celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. Similar to American Thanksgiving, the Canadian holiday was established as a time to give thanks for assistance received by natives in the New World after a […]

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Simply Elegant Date Night Menu: Butternut Squash Risotto + Salted Chocolate Tart

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This feature was brought to you by Frei Brothers Reserve. Although my current home is Portland, Oregon, I have always said my spiritual home is Amsterdam.  There is just something special about enjoying a glass of wine or hot coffee while looking out over those shimmering waterways, the twinkling lights, and the stretches of corner […]

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How to Host a Chic Chocolate Tasting Your Friends Will Love

It’s Friday night. Do you curl up with a Hershey’s bar and call it a day? Or do you meet your friends for cocktails down at the bar? Why not do both and host an at-home chocolate tasting! You can make this a fancy to-do or a casual meet-up. All you really need is chocolate, […]

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Flavored Butters: Impress Your Guests with this Easy Upgrade

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This 4th of July when all your friends and family are at your place for a backyard cookout, serve up a spectacular spread with the help of flavored butters. Also known as compound butters, flavored butters are the easy way to make everything that comes off your grill as appetizing and delicious as the food […]

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Summer Switch: Cold Versions of Favorite Hot Drinks

When the temperatures start to rise and we pack away the jackets and long sleeves, we also replace our warm, winter drinks with summer thirst quenchers. Here are some refreshing cold counterparts to our favorite hot beverages. Cold-brewed Coffee Cold-brewed coffee (also called toddy coffee) is new to me, but I’m hooked. As a fan […]

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Feasting On Chocolate: A Foodie’s Guide to Chocolate Pairings

Chocolate and romance are a likely couple. So, why not devote a whole day to feasting on the luxurious aphrodisiac with your beloved? Let’s look at some ideas for a day of decadence certain to make your sweetheart swoon. Breakfast – Chocolate with Bread and Bacon To start your day, whip up a batch of […]

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From Bean To Bar: Searching for Artisan Chocolate in America

Chocolate has been a part of our national appetite for more than a hundred years, but not all chocolate is equal. Bean to bar chocolate makers are finding that America craves the rich flavors, natural and organic ingredients, as well as the health benefits that are lost in mass-produced chocolate. The term “from bean to […]

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Famous Cookie Recipes From Around the Globe

Cookies are universal.  Around the globe, each country has its own famous cookies as a comfort food and a childhood treat.  Sometimes, great cookie ideas came from one person and before we knew it, these famous cookie recipes are making their journey around the world – thanks to the worldwide web and delicious articles like […]

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Chocolate Bliss: New World Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

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Do you love chocolate? Then you’ll love the new book by Susie Norris called Chocolate Bliss.

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