As the last weekend of National Ice Cream Month approaches (we know, we’re tearing up a little bit over here, too) there’s no better way to send off the sweetest time of year than by whipping up some homemade ice cream! Brrrrr-illiant, no? So whether you like chocolate, vanilla or something fruity, it’s time to schedule a date this weekend with the coolest kitchen accessory: your ice cream maker!
We know every month feels like National Candy Month, but June is the real deal—get ready to celebrate! For an extra-sweet treat, check out Seattle Chocolates’ Truffle Bar Collection. Their bars are known for their creativity, their eco-friendly ingredients and—most importantly—their deliciousness.
We’re loving their summer flavors right now: Campers’ S’mores, a milk chocolate bar filled with marshmallow nougat and graham cracker pieces, and Lemon Ice, a white chocolate bar full of lemon oil and sour lemon candy pieces. Check out all 28 flavors here—trust us, your sweet tooth will thank you.
Photo courtesy of Seattle Chocolates
We love brownies, and we’re also sweet on blondies, their caramel-flavored cousin. Start with our simple recipe, then fun it up with the same mix-ins and toppings for our Mind-Blowing Brownies (ours are studded with dried cherries).
1 1/2 sticks butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang. Coat the foil with cooking spray.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Off heat, whisk in both sugars, vanilla and salt. Whisk until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well between additions. Add the flour; stir until just blended. Pour into the pan.
3. Bake the blondies until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 40 minutes. cool in the pan set on a wire rack. Using the foil overhang, lift the blondies out of the pan. Cut into squares.
We know the days leading up to Valentine’s Day can be a bit hectic, especially if you’re trying to plan the perfect meal for your sweetie. Stressing over stroganoff? Going crazy over creme brulee? Here’s a dessert idea that’s quick, easy and just as easy to look at as it is to eat: Cran-Raspberry Truffles.
Creamy raspberry-tinted white chocolate gets coated in a bittersweet chocolate blanket and topped with dried cranberries for the ultimate after-dinner treat. The best part is you freeze ‘em in between steps, giving you plenty of time to work on your other dishes! Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Bacon lattes, crazy guacamole combinations and Vegemite Toast: When it comes to trying exotic foods and flavor combos, the staff at Every Day with Rachael Ray is always down. But this idea had us a little mind-boggled (not to mention sweaty after consuming): Chocolate-covered jalapeño peppers!
FTD is an online flower and gift shop that, just like most retailers, is gearing up for Valentine’s Day. These spicy treats definitely caught our attention! Each pepper is hand-dipped in milk, dark or white chocolate and arrives perfectly chilled and fresh. But beware! Each pepper is raw, so watch out for a mouth full of seeds, the spiciest part of the pepper.
The thought of eating spicy peppers with chocolate was pretty foreign to us, but after one bite we knew we had found a winning flavor combination. The chocolate cuts through the raw heat of the pepper, but still leaves your mouth a little toasty (depending on your spice tolerance). This is a treat we’d love to share with our Valentine — as long as they’re just as open to trying to new things as we are. Click here to save $10 on your purchase, and still get it in time for the big day!
As we begin another week, here’s a thought to perk up your Monday: It’s National Chocolate Cake Day! Between the pumpkin pies, cookie swaps and juice cleanses, you may have forgotten about this old friend, but we’re here to give chocolate cake new life in 2014. Whether you want a classic recipe that looks right out of Matilda, or you’re interested in a chocolate cake remix, here are some ideas to get you started.
The Classic: Chocolate Layer Cake
The Sweet Piece of Nostalgia: S’mores Lava Cakes
The Most Indulgent: Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
The No-Sharing-Necessary Dessert Fix: Black-Bottom Cupcakes
New hot chocolates are pushing the kiddie classic in delicious new directions–and leaving plain powdered mixes in the dust. Here are our six favorite new mixes. BYO marshmallows!
Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate Hot Cocoa K-Cups
The old-school packets catch up with the times thanks to these single-serving cocoa capsules. No need to stir out the lumps–the machine takes care of that for you! $8.79 for 12 servings
Ghiradelli Chocolate Caramel Premium Hot Cocoa
The San Francisco chocolate company does its classic hot chocolate mix one better by blending it with sweet, buttery caramel. $4.89 for 9 servings
Chuao Chocolatier Deluxious Dark Drinking Chocolate
A cocoa for true chocolate lovers: This powdered mix has big chunks of Venezuelan dark chocolate that melt into a rich, smooth cup. $15.95 for 9 servings
City Bakery Hot Chocolate
New Yorkers are hooked on this Manhattan cafe’s decadent mix of heavy cream, whole milk and dark chocolate. Thanks to these handy cartons, now the rest of the country can taste what all the fuss is about. Just heat and drink! $3.99 for 2 servings
Land O’Lakes Arctic White Hot Cocoa Mix
Instant cocoa lightens up with this sweet, creamy white-chocolate blend. Simply add hot water, stir, then sip. $5.49 for 12 servings
CocoaPlanet CocoaMint Chocolate
Delicious straight out of the package, these peppermint-flavored organic dark-chocolate disks can also be stirred into hot milk to make a refreshing twist on hot chocolate. $2.99 for 1 serving
Written by Robin Jones
If you ask us, the very best way to wind down after a busy week is a work-free self-indulgence. And there’s no better recipe for this crisp fall day than our rich, creamy, warm chocolate pudding!
Just one bite of our Warm Chocolate Pudding will take you straight to chocolate heaven. Even better: It only takes one saucepan and seven ingredients to make (and most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen!). Share this sweet snack with friends to celebrate the end of the work week, or simply indulge alone–we won’t judge you if it never even makes it out of the pot!
Watch our video tutorial to learn how to make these decadent bowls of perfection here.
I have a confession. I’m a s’more-aholic. When I see my favorite bloggers post their version of a delicious recipe involving chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows, it’s almost a guaranteed instant pin. So after a few months, er, maybe years?, of collecting and trying out some of the most delicious eye candy on the web, I’d like to share some of my favorites with you.
These S’more Mini Dippers from Kevin & Amanda are an instant party hit—and so easy to make! Just whip them up, then leave them by your coffee station for some dipping and sipping!
Every girl knows there’s nothing better than the perfect sweet and salty combo. Solution: Pretzel S’more Bites from The Novice Chef.
I made these S’more Brownies from The Bakerella for a book club night (the book, The Interestings, was all about a group of friends who met at summer camp, so S’mores seemed like the natural fit for dessert). Hot out of the oven there were requests for seconds… and thirds… and absolutely no leftovers.
My other weakness: Red Velvet. Combine it with S’mores and you’ve got one great, over-the-top treat. Try these Gooey Red Velvet S’mores Bars from Sugarcrafter.
And last, but certainly not least, Jessica over at How Sweet It Is nails it with all of her recipes and these No Bake S’mores Cheesecakes are no exception. Seriously, try them.
Looking for more sweet eats? Try our Every Day with Rachael Ray twists on the classic S’more:
- Mocha S’more Squares
- S’more Lava Cakes
- Bonbon S’mores
- Grilled Gingerbread S’mores Cake
- Warm and Gooey S’mores Treat
The chocolate chip cookie has been an American favorite since its serendipitous invention in 1937, when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn–ring a bell, anyone?–added pieces of a chopped chocolate bar to her cookies. In honor of National Chocolate Chip Day, we present you with some of our favorite recipes inspired by Ruth’s fabulous invention and delicious tiny morsel, the chocolate chip.
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