Mmmm chocolate!

When it comes to pampering yourself, you can't beat chocolate. Nowadays, it comes in milk, white and dark, with dark chocolate producing far less guilt! It is so versatile too. You can let it melt gently in your mouth, dip fresh fruit into melted chocolate, use chocolate chips to make delicious cookies, etc. Mmmmmm, chocolate!

Chocolate has the scientific name theobroma cacao, which when translated means "food of the gods". It is considered by many civilizations to be an aphrodisiac, and chocolate helps to improve moods. It works well for me! And it contains some vitamins too, although using it as your daily vitamin probably isn't a good idea!

Nowadays you can even get candles that have the chocolate aroma, so you can have the scent without the calories! In fact there are so many yummy aromas about for candles these days, that I'm sure you'll have difficulty choosing from them all!

 

chocolates for moms are a good idea any time!
The Heavenly taste of Chocolate!
by: Mike Yeager

A delicious, mouth-watering piece of sweetened chocolate is a treat that tempts everyone. Whether it’s a delicious chocolate truffle or a double dipped chocolate nut cluster that just bursts with flavor as soon as it placed inside your mouth; quality chocolate candy is a treat that you enjoy and deserve. Chocolate candy, soft candy, chewy candy, chocolate and fruit candy are all available today over the internet at great prices.

 

For a quick energy pick up, consider chocolate. After putting your body through a grueling workout such as walking, running or bike riding, it demands bodybuilding nutrition. An easy, quick and reasonably priced way of fulfilling this need is to simply savor a piece of chocolate.

 

I like this idea a lot, but then I like chocolate a lot too!  ~ Site Editor

 

chocolates help to improve your mood!


 

How do you show someone you love them? Do you buy them expensive gifts? Spend quality time together? Make personal sacrifices just to see them smile? Dedicate a song to them? Write a love letter or note of encouragement? Become their cheerleader? Those are wonderful things to do but my question goes deeper then those types of activities, even beyond your romantic partner. How about a piece of chocolate? There’s nothing better.

 

I like the idea of doing something different to tell a loved one how you feel about them, but chocolate sure makes it easy, and is sure to be well received. Plus you have such a wide variety of types, shapes and sizes as well as just chocolate, or cream filled, or liqueur. And of course, you can always make your own, but perhaps that is rather ambitious for a busy Mom!  ~ Site Editor


 

 

About The Author
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Now, of course there are calories associated with chocolate, but you can control the damage caused by these extras by only eating one or two pieces of chocolate at a time, not the complete bar. And if you put the remainder some where safe, it'll be there as a treat for you next time you need to pamper yourself.

You may want to consider making up one of the following recipes for enjoying during your pampering sessions, and share the extra with your family. That way they might encourage you to pamper yourself more often! And you can even get your children to help you make them.

  

Fudge Drops

Ingredients:
11 1/2 oz Pkg milk chocolate morsels
1 1/4 c Granola cereal
1 c Salted peanuts
Garnishes: candied cherries
Candy-coated chocolate pcs

Instructions:
Place milk chocolate pieces in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at MEDIUM (50% power) for 2 minutes.
Stir in cereal and peanuts.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper-lined cookie sheets.
Garnish, if desired.
Chill until firm.

Yield: 4 dozen




Chocolate Sorbet

Ingredients:
1 cup cocoa
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:
Combine all except the vanilla in a saucepan.
Heat on medium until the mixture reaches a boil, stirring frequently.
Turn off heat, and stir in vanilla.
Chill.
Freeze according to your ice cream maker's instructions.




Chocolate Fruit Balls

Ingredients:
125 g Dried apricots, chopped
1/3 c Raisins, chopped
1/3 c Sultanas, chopped
2 ts Grated orange rind
60 g Dark chocolate, grated
180 g Dark chocolate, extra
60 g Butter

Instructions:
Combine apricots, raisins, sultanas, rind and grated dark chocolate in a small bowl.
Roll teaspoons of mixture into balls.
Refrigerate overnight.
Break extra chocolate into pieces, place in top of a double saucepan with butter over simmering water.
Stir until smooth or microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes.
Dip each fruit ball in chocolate until evenly coated.
Place balls on foil-covered trays; allow to set in a cool place.
Store balls in airtight container in refrigerator.

Yield: 15 Servings




Chocolate Balls for Kids

Ingredients:
1 c Brown sugar
1 c Granulated sugar
1/2 c Milk
1 t Vanilla
1/2 c Cocoa powder
3 c Quick cooking oats
1 c Sweetened desiccated coconut
1 c Diced glace or maraschino Cherries
1/2 c Chopped walnuts
optional Icing sugar

Instructions:
Combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder and milk in medium sauce pan.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved.
Pour into bowl.
Stir in vanilla, add oatmeal, coconut, cherries and walnuts if using.
Cool to room temperature (about 1 hour).
Shape into 1 1/2" balls.
Roll in icing sugar.
Store in airtight container in single layers between waxed paper.

Yield: 48 Servings




Very Old Fudge

Ingredients:
2 c White sugar
1/2 c Corn syrup
1/2 c Milk or cream
1 ts Butter
1 ts Vanilla

Instructions:
Mix the first 4 ingredients, stirring occasionally.
Boil until soft to medium ball stage.
Cool.
Add vanilla and beat with a wooden spoon until stiff.
Add nuts and cherries if desired.
For chocolate fudge, add 2 tbls. cocoa.

Yield: 6 Servings

Once you have your treats all ready, then you can start pampering yourself. Enjoy your chocolate treat - you deserve it!

 

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