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Pascha 85% Chocolate Chips

Once upon a time, when I was working at a large chocolate manufacturer, I created chocolate chip formulas. Formulas are based on adding ingredients together until they total 100%. A semi-sweet chocolate chip has to contain a minimum of 35% chocolate liquor or cacao mass (by law) so a typical chocolate chip formula might look like this:

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My Chocolate Fountain Adventure

My son graduated from college a couple weeks ago. Earlier, during the party planning stage, he informed me that he’s not really into cake for dessert (what!?). Sweets, he said, are more my style.

So, when it came to figuring out what to serve, I was looking for easy, delicious, fun, and well, not the typical decorated sheet cake.

While different ideas kept floating around the edges of my thoughts (but not really impressing me), my mom suggested a chocolate fountain. Hmm. That had appeal. What could be easier than self-service dessert? And what could be more fun and delicious than a cascading wall of chocolate with endless dipping treats?

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Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Baking Chips

Standard chocolate baking chips, most often labelled “Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips”, contain a minimum of 35% chocolate. A typical chocolate chip ingredient list looks something like this: Semi-Sweet Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors).

The Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Baking Chips are made with 63% chocolate. The ingredient list looks like this: Cocoa Beans, Sugar, Sunflower Lecithin and Real Vanilla. There a couple noticeable differences between the two lists, and I want to take a moment to talk about these.

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Chocolate Chip Butter Cake Recipe

Yellow. It's the color of baby chicks, fluffy young ducklings, sunshine, and altogether Spring. It's also the color of butter. Yum. And what is baking without butter?

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Caramel Chocolate Chip Cake

The National Chocolate Chip Day was celebrated last week. It’s not like we need a specific reason to have our chocolate treats, but it feels to good to have something specific to celebrate here and there.

Chocolate chips have always been am essential ingredient in an array of delectable treats, from chocolate chip muffins to chocolate chip cookies. They became famous in the 1930s, when Ruth Graves Wakefield accidentally created the original chocolate chip cookie at her Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass.

To celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day, albeit late, go get a handful of chocolate chips and bake something sumptuous for you to share with friends and family. Here is a recipe to get you started.
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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

Cookies can be many things to many people. They can be a daily treat or an occasional guilty pleasure. They can be a midnight snack staple just before you hit the sheets. They can be your go-to food during unannounced visits from friends. They can be practically anything you want them to be. It gets all the better when you throw nutritious stuff into the picture.

A banana can be a delectable dessert all its own since it is sweet by nature. Aside from being delicious, bananas are known for their substantial health benefits. They contain high levels of potassium, fiber, and essential vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin A.

On the other hand, oatmeal makes a wise choice too when you’re rooting for nutritional content. It’s particularly good for the heart. It’s also proven to lower cholesterol and stabilize sugar in the blood, and also, it can basically boost the immune system.
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Chocolate Chip Lollipops

Everyone knows about lollipops. These kiddie treats are especially popular with the, er, kids. This lip-smacking type of confectionery, also called lolly, pop, sucker, or sticky-pop comes in different shapes, sizes, and flavors. They are known for being mounted on top of a stick.

The origins of lollipop are somewhat a blur. Many people claim that it has been around since the 18th century. The Roman word "lolly" apparently means tongue and "pop" means slap.

These sweet delights have always had a special place in our hearts since most of us grew up loving them. These days, various companies are producing delectable and entertaining lollipops but most of these treats come in fruit flavors. Just for fun, let's make some delicious alteration and come up with chocolate-chip lollipops!
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The History of Chocolate Chip Cookies

Homemade chocolate chip cookies almost always bring a smile to one’s face not only because of its pleasant taste but also because of how we grew up eating them.

What many people don't know is that, like the most renowned inventions, these treats were just accidentally created by Ruth Graves Wakefield back in 1933. Wakefield was the proprietor of the Toll House Inn, which was located on the outskirts of Whitman, Massachusetts. It was a famed place then to get some scrumptious home-cooked meals. Ruth's strategy to provide her patrons an additional serving of entrées for them to take home, along with her homemade cookies as dessert, made the inn all the more popular.

One day, Wakefield was preparing one of her favorite recipes, Butter Drop Do cookies. She commonly made the recipe using bakers’ chocolate, but she realized she had run out of it and only had Nestle semi sweet chocolate on hand. She then thought of utilizing it so she mixed it into the batter thinking it would melt and blend well. The chocolate pieces certainly did not mix like the bakers’ chocolate. Instead, it held its shape and softened to a creamy texture, and the rest is chocolate chip history.
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Chex and Chocolate Party Mix

With the 4th of July holiday weekend coming up, it's time for a good party recipe.  Chex mixes are always good for munching.  This version is sweetened and has chocolate chips added. 

As far as I am concerned the coconut, peanuts, and raisins are all optional. The chocolate is required.  Modify the recipe to fit your tastes.
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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day. This is the best time to eat larger portions of food because you will be able to make use of the calories for energy all throughout the day.

You can easily buy muffins on the shelves of your local bakery or grocery. However, nothing beats homemade muffins.

With a few enhancements, such as simply adding fruit toppings like banana, you are on your way to giving yourself a healthy and delicious delight. Banana is one of the most popular fruits to combine with chocolate. It simply gives you a fruity taste with a twist of chocolate goodness!
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