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!
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
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
|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
Mike Yeager Publisher
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.
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
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
1 cup cocoa
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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.
Freeze according to your ice cream maker's instructions.
Chocolate Fruit Balls
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
Combine apricots, raisins, sultanas, rind and grated dark chocolate in a small bowl.
Roll teaspoons of mixture into balls.
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
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
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
2 c White sugar
1/2 c Corn syrup
1/2 c Milk or cream
1 ts Butter
1 ts Vanilla
Mix the first 4 ingredients, stirring occasionally.
Boil until soft to medium ball stage.
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!