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Unexpected, Awesome Easter Treats


Does a tiny foil-wrapped chocolate egg just not do it for you on Easter morning? Here are some offbeat, awesome Easter treats actually worth the hunt this Sunday morning.

Chocolate Jesus
In the (admittedly rewritten) words of Cool Hand Luke, “I don’t care if it rains or freezes, long as I have my chocolate Jesus.” Though perhaps not for the most humorless Easter observers, this gilded four-inch edible icon ($14.40) from mouth.com is a refreshing update to the standard chocolate chick. There’s also a chocolate Moses if you prefer your edible action figures in pairs. (Available for overnight shipping through the end of the week.)

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Hump Day Snack: Chipotle-Chocolate Bark

Need a last minute V-day gift this week or a spicy-sweet pick-me-up that’s just for you and you alone? Chocolate bark is the snazzy yet simple solution on both fronts. It’s easy to make, requires just a handful of ingredients and is endlessly customizable to your taste. Plus, it looks purty when haphazardly broken into shards and piled in a tin. The recipe for this Valentine-appropriate marbled bark layers chipotle powder-laced dark chocolate with pink and white chocolate melting wafers, all dotted with chopped almonds and a sprinkling of flaked sea salt. You can sub in your favorite nuts or another spice instead, but the chipotle powder adds an unusual smokiness and slow heat that rises in the back of your throat (in the best possible way).

For even more chocolate-packed treats to sink your teeth into this week, try these other desserts that beg to be devoured in double (or triple) portions:

Sifted: Rose-Shaped Sweet Rolls, Four-Cheese Ravioli Hearts + More

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  1. Some valentines might prefer their roses on the doughy side, so treat them to this buttery bouquet of sweet rolls with a warm caramel nut sauce (from Seasons and Suppers) in place of store-bought blooms.
  2. Prove your pasta-making prowess with homemade four-cheese ravioli hearts and a porcini mushroom sauce from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, and your sweetheart will surely swoon.
  3. Nothing says romance like a crisp-skinned, wine-glazed roast, and Adventures in Cooking drives it home with their cozy winter recipe for roast chicken with persimmons and sage.
  4. Prime citrus season is upon us, which means it’s time to start squeezing those grapefruits in preparation to make Blogging Over Thyme’s tangy grapefruit-curd-filled doughnuts.
  5. Gimme Some Oven brings you the perfect project for fans of conversation hearts with a candy-coated strawberries-and-cream layer cake.

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Hump Day Snack: Fudge Forest

Everyone knows that the best holiday centerpiece is an edible one, and that means that this lush forest of fudge is the indisputable choice for your Christmas table this year. Don’t be fooled by the grassy hues, these trees are chocolatey through and through. They’re easy to make too, with a simple formula for white chocolate fudge that’s bolstered with marshmallow cream, vanilla extract and heaps of Grinch-tinted food dye. Once you’ve got your perfect green shades down to a science, just cut the fudge into wedges or use a tree-shaped cookie cutter. Prop your trees up in a bowl of snowy sugar and watch your family tear the forest apart like a ravenous pack of lumberjacks. It’ll be a merry Christmas indeed. Get the easy deets for building this festive fudge forest, then further explore the sweet thickets of Cooking Channel’s fudge collection:

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week

Chocolate Car

Guess what? It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Other treats get one lonesome day to be recognized, but the majesty of chocolate demands the entire third week of March. Looks like it is finally time to give in and dig into all of the candy bars you’ve been hoarding all year. While you chomp, check out these mind-blowing chocolate creations.

Photos: The 10 Craziest Chocolate Creations Ever

Sifted: Sweet and Salty Desserts + More Delicious Bits

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  1. Guinness and chocolate is a match made in heaven. Add pretzels to the mix, and now we’re really talking. Sprinkle Bake’s Guinness pretzel truffles are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
  2. You can never have enough chocolate chip cookie recipes. Speckled with caramel and sprinkled with salt, Baking with Blondie’s recipe is a winner.
  3. Saltine crackers are the secret weapon in a Pinch of Yum’s 10-minute peanut butter fudge. Share them or keep them for yourself; they’re too easy not to make.
  4. For Anti-Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to A Cozy Kitchen’s dinner for one: cacio e pepe. With just four tasty ingredients (butter, lots of black pepper, cheese and pasta), it’s hard to go wrong.
  5. Mardi Gras may be over, but any day would be a good day for Tracey’s Culinary Adventure’s beignets.

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Valentine’s Day Four-Ingredient Dessert

The best part of this Valentine’s Day dessert? It requires only four ingredients: chocolate, butter, eggs and sugar. Tyler Florence’s Flourless Chocolate Cake is not for the timid — it’s an intensely rich chocolate experience. Top with confectioners’ sugar for a romantic presentation and serve with freshly whipped cream to balance the flavors. Your sweetie will thank you.

Here’s how it’s done:

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Train Frontman Pat Monahan’s Dark Chocolate Obsession

Train frontman Pat Monahan
In honor of the Grammy Awards last night, we’ve got some chocolate love from Grammy Award-winning band Train. You may have thought they just played music (and had pretty faces), but think again. Frontman Pat Monahan, an avid chocolate lover, reached out to Ghirardelli and partnered with them to create three premium chocolate bars under the name of his hit album Save Me, San Francisco: Sea Salt Almond, Dark Cabernet and 72% Cacao. We’re betting they now have unlimited access to chocolate; not a bad second gig.

Pat shared with us his top five reasons for eating dark chocolate:

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Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate-Covered Toffee

Chocolate-covered toffee is one of my favorite candies and it’s easy to make. All you need is a candy thermometer and some time. The result is a buttery caramel, with a slightly toasty flavor. I added a bit of coffee to the toffee, giving them a slight bitter edge, which is a perfect complement to the sweet candy. To finish them off, dip some of them in milk chocolate or drizzle in dark chocolate and sprinkle with toasted almonds and sea salt. They make a lovely Valentine’s gift.

Chocolate-Covered Toffee

1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup water
2 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted
toasted nuts, optional
Sea salt, optional

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Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine’s Day Desserts


Chocolate Souffles by Handle the Heat
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  1. Handle the Heat’s recipe for chocolate soufflés is perfectly portioned for just you and your valentine.
  2. Sucree’s chocolate truffle cake with salted caramel is the epitome of romantic desserts.
  3. To spice things up, make Olives For Dinner’s whiskey sriracha candies. They’re not for the faint of heart.
  4. Milk and Honey’s cookies and cream truffle cookie bars are deliciously rich treats that will make everyone happy.
  5. Pastry Affairs’ pomegranate white wine panna cotta is a “flirtatious little dessert” that is sure to impress.

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