Chocolate is a wonderful thing. It brings joy to children and adults alike for many different reasons. There are many different types of chocolate, including milk, dark, white, and unsweetened. There are so many ways to enjoy eating it – from eating it like a snack or adding it to your breakfast cereal to baking cookies with it, making cakes and brownies. We all have our favorite way to enjoy chocolate, but there are so many different ways to do it! But how can you enjoy chocolate in new ways? Here are some ideas:
Pair chocolate with meat
Chocolate and meat pairing may not be common, but meat recipes use chocolate as an ingredient. For example, chocolate and bacon are a match made in heaven. Chocolate can be used to flavor all sorts of dishes, from savory sauces to desserts. A simple chocolate sauce can add depth and richness with only four ingredients: heavy whipping cream, cocoa powder or dark chocolate, vanilla extract, and sugar. Melt the chocolate into the heated cream using a double boiler on low heat until there are no visible chunks left, then whisk in other ingredients (sugar syrup). This rich concoction pairs well with chicken breast pieces cooked in clarified butter that’s tossed in brown sugar before being baked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. The result is a crispy chocolate-coated chicken. A chocolate sauce can also be great with steaks, and it will give extra flavor to your meat especially grilled meats. It also works well when added into sauces accompanying main courses such as steak or chicken stew (think about how well-caramelized onions go with chocolate!).
Make chocolate dips for grilled fruits
Chocolate can also be used to make chocolate dips for grilled fruits. When prepared, it will have a smooth and creamy chocolatey texture that’s perfect for dipping grilled figs or strawberries in. To do this, melt chocolate with heavy cream or milk over low heat, then stir until there are no more visible chunks of chocolate left before adding sugar syrup (optional). This easy dip recipe would work great as an appetizer on the side of any dinner table, but you can also use it as a dessert by serving it alongside roasted pineapple slices and mango pieces. Ingredients: Heavy whipping cream, Cocoa powder or dark chocolate, Vanilla extract, and Sugar syrup. You can do this when camping, and you have portable cooking essentials (a must-have for your camping), chocolates, and fruits that can be grilled. Who says you can’t enjoy chocolate and fruits together in the outdoors? You can also grill pineapple and bananas for dessert or make s’mores by melting chocolate in the microwave before you put it over marshmallows and graham crackers sitting on aluminum foil. This is perfect if you don’t have an outdoor oven!
Make chocolate-flavored desserts
Chocolate can be used in desserts like cakes, brownies, pies, and ice cream sundaes. As long as you use good quality cocoa powder rather than hot fudge sauce from a jar, your recipes shouldn’t suffer too much by having some chocolate in them. You make an easy dessert by dipping pretzels, marshmallows, and graham crackers into the bowl of melted chocolate and place them on a pan lined with parchment paper to set. Chocolate-flavored desserts like chocolate cake are easy to make because chocolate is the main ingredient.
You can melt chocolate chips in the microwave for a chocolate-vanilla ice cream sundae, then stir them into vanilla ice cream and top with whipped cream and cherries. You might also want to add some hot fudge sauce or caramel from a jar too! If you don’t have an outdoor oven for s’mores, use chocolate as one of your ingredients instead. Melt chocolate by microwaving it in small intervals until smooth before spreading it over marshmallows on aluminum foil that’s sitting next to graham crackers sprinkled with sugar just like normal s’more recipes do. This dessert tastes delicious even if there isn’t any fire involved!
Add chocolate to your drinks
If chocolate isn’t already an ingredient in your favorite morning drink, such as coffee or hot cocoa, consider adding it! Add a few chocolate-covered espresso beans to the bottom of your cup before brewing for a delicious flavor twist. Drinking chocolate is also perfect with some whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon on top if you’d prefer something cold during the summer months. Try out one of these recipes from around the world – Mexican Hot Cocoa, Belgium Hot Chocolate, Swiss White Chocolate Mocha Latte, Turkish Coffee With Cardamom And Saffron Foam, and more.
If you’re looking for new ways to enjoy chocolate, we have a few suggestions. Pairing it with meat can make the two complementary tastes even better than they are on their own. Dips made from your favorite fruits and topped with crunchy nuts or seeds can be an easy way to get more fruit into your diet in between meals. Or try enhancing desserts by adding some chocolate flavorings like cocoa powder (or baking them). And lastly, incorporating these flavors into drinks is another great option that won’t leave you feeling guilty about indulging! Which one will you give a try?