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Chocolate Truffles

“There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and chocolate truffles.” This chocolate quote surely makes sense to all the chocolate lovers out there.

Chocolate truffles are an immensely delicious treat any time of day and any day of the year.  But did you know that they are named after the fungus, the fruiting bodies of underground mushrooms, because of their resemblance as it looks a lot like the dirt?

Chocolate truffles are typically made with ganache which is a mixture of chocolate and cream, but can also be made with centers such as mints and walnuts then served in variety of ways such as covering it with crumbled nuts, shredded coconut, or confectioner’s sugar. These may look intimidating but actually are very easy to prepare, the only difficulty you’ll ever have here is the dilemma of whether to grab another bite or not!
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Chocolate Caramels

Do you know the feeling of the idiomatic expression “hitting two birds with one stone”? That’s what you get when you eat this yummy confection. Chocolate per se is heavenly, but try incorporating it into caramel and you are sent beyond heaven.

Just so you know, the milk products are the most important ingredients since it is the primary source of fat in caramel, which gives it that delightful texture. Milk is known to have a lot of nutritional benefits such as calcium which is good for the bones, and chocolate contains antioxidants that can help prevent cell damage. Suffice it to say, you are really on for a healthily delicious treat!

Anyone with a sweet tooth who gets to taste this would surely ask for more of these rich, chewy, fudge-like and melt-in your-mouth goodies. Also, this treat also makes for a delightful yet inexpensive gift!
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Chocolate Zombie Bunny

As we're coming up fast on Easter you may be thinking about all that Easter candy you'll need to put in baskets and hide around the house.  Of course some of that candy is likely to chocolate bunnies.  Your children will expect the annual chance to bite off the bunny ears.

Perhaps you already know that your son or daughter is crazy about Zombies and will attack a defenseless chocolate bunny by not just eating its ears first, but by going straight for its brains.  Maybe it's time to play along and consider giving the bunny that fights back - a chocolate zombie bunny!
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Victorian Chocolate Molds

There is always something magical about a piece of molded chocolate with the crisp lines, exquisite detail, and of course the sumptuous chocolate.

Amazingly, not all molded chocolates are shaped like truffles, hearts or squares... there are over 50,000 different designs for chocolate molds.

Diverse styles range from stern German Santa’s, elegantly dressed Easter Bunnies, Victorian children playing with toys, national monuments, household items, holiday themes, a zoo full of animals, and everything in between.

The Anton Reiche Company began manufacturing metal chocolate molds in Dresden, Germany during the 1870’s. Fewer than 20 companies followed suit - producing increasingly beautiful and always intricately designed molds.  Very large “Show Case” molds were produced for chocolate shop windows and some of them stood more than three feet tall!
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Chocolate Dipped Spoons

If you are creative and crafty (as in talented in making crafts, not as in clever with intent to do evil) this may be the project for you.  Spoons dipped in chocolate can make an impressive gift!

Before I get into the project, I would like to define some terminology for you.

couverture coating -  this is a professional-quality chocolate coating that contains a high percentage of cocoa butter, allowing the chocolate to form a thinner coating shell than other chocolate.
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Chocolate-Themed Party

Generally speaking, I think parties with a theme are easier to plan and more fun to attend.

Using chocolate as the star of your party appeals to all ages, genders, and budgets.  And it works great for the party–poopers, too.  Ever had the pleasure (or obligation) of trying to throw a party for the person who says “Don’t throw me a party, I hate parties!”?

I bet they won’t turn down a party in which chocolate is the center of attention.
If you are planning a kid’s birthday party, what could better than making it a chocolate party?
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Chocolate Board Game

Chocolate-opoly?  Check this out...

Chocolate-opoly is a decadently delicious property trading game for chocolate lovers.  Come again?
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Chocolate, Massage, What?

I just tried chocolate scented therapeutic massage oil...


What more is there to say?

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Mother’s Day and Chocolate

Those two things, Mother's Day and Chocolate, just fit together nicely, don’t they? 

Mother's Day is celebrated on different days and different months depending on which country you live in.  In the United States, it is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. 

We can thank Anna Jarvis for this great day.  She is the one credited for founding Mothers Day in the US.

How do you choose the perfect chocolate for Mom?
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Truffles – Unique Chocolate Gifts

Survey after survey shows chocolate as the number one flavor preferred by American adults.  I admit to being one of those chocolate loving adults!

I’m a chocolate lover that never tires of chocolate as a gift, chocolate as a treat, and chocolate as part of my everyday diet.  At the present, though, I am particularly fond of seeking out unique chocolate.

What do I mean by unique?

Unique can mean different things to different people but for me, unique chocolate is handcrafted, creative in design/presentation, and exotic in flavor.   The chocolate truffle embodies all these characteristics for me.  In my book, the chocolate truffle is the Queen of unique.
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