31 Days of Chocolate:Oct.14th- National Dessert Day

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October 14th: Enjoy a Fall dessert in honor of National Dessert Day

My jeans are yelling, “You’ve been eating Fall desserts every single day.”

But, the voices in my head are yelling something different.

Perhaps, just one little cookie….

Ms. Fields Yummy Mummy Cookie Cake

Or, just a small bite…

Vampire Teeth Cupcake

by ShopBakersnook

Or, one tiny slice of cake.

Halloween Chocolate Cake

By William Sonoma

And, if one little slice, leads to the whole cake, that’s okay. It’s a special time of year.

Chocoholic’s Fall Bucket List: 31 Days of Chocolate

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There’s just something about October that just energizes my soul.

Maybe it’s the chill in the air,

the cozy clothes,

the days in the pumpkin patch,

the nights in front of the fire,

the vibrant leaf confetti,

AND, the promise of bucket-loads of chocolate candy.

Don’t want to miss out on any chocolate opportunities? Let me be your guide, as we celebrate 31 days of October, chocoholic-style.

 

Day One:

Today we celebrate the 30th birthday of Matilda, by Roald Dahl.

What better way to celebrate than eating a chocolate cake bigger than your head!

Too much of a good thing? Is that possible? Let me know, in the comment section below!

(Will go easy on you on this one….If you eat any chocolate cake this month, check it off your list. ✅)

You put WHAT in my chocolate cake?

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You want the best cake. The moistest cake. The healthiest cake.
I get that. I really do.

Bring out the chocolate flavor with a dash of espresso powder? Sure. I can handle that.

How about adding a dollop of sour cream? Maybe.

Make it moister with mayonnaise?

That’s where things cross the line for me. Some things just don’t belong in chocolate cake. My rule of thumb, if it goes on a sandwich, leave it out of my dessert.

Now, I’m not totally closed-minded. Let’s say you’d like dessert, but you don’t want all the calories that come with it. That’s understandable. In fact, I find some of the early hacks acceptable, substituting fats with fruits, such as, apple sauce, bananas, or pumpkin.

But, the latest trends have me holding my stomach.
Avocado, zucchini, kale, and the one that pains me to type in the same sentence as chocolate…black beans. Black beans, you guys.

If you are one that eats like this, I’m not putting you down. In fact, I applaud you and your super powers.

Call me stubborn, or call me a purist (I prefer the latter), but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

It’s not the fact that I don’t like vegetables. I’d just prefer to keep them out of my dessert. (Back to my sandwich rule).

Am I alone on this one? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Quiz: What’s in Your Lunchbox?

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Take this quiz to see what chocolate snack matches your school style.


As a kid, one of my favorite parts of the school day was lunchtime…especially if there was a sweet chocolate snack tucked inside of my lunchbox.

(If the Quiz doesn’t automatically load, please click on the post’s title).

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What snack did you get?

What’s your all time favorite school time snack?

What dessert are you making for Thanksgiving?

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Decisions!

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I have yet to decide on what I’m making for dessert. So, I’m tempting myself with my options.

Single layer?

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Lots of layers?

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Ice Cream?

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Or, Ice Cream Cake?

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Warm and dreamy?

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Cool and creamy?

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Chocolate fluffed?

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Chocolate stuffed?

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Chocolate covered?

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Chocolate Smothered?

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After viewing all of these pieces of chocolate heaven, the answer is clear.

I’ll make one of everything!

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(Thanksgiviving Day)

Husband: You know you have enough dessert here to feed 60 people.

Me: Well then,…I guess we’ll have leftovers.

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What dessert are you making (or eating) for Thanksgiving?

13 Chocolate Desserts to Add to your Foodie Bucket List

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Movie Theater Sundae photo

Brownie, topped with popcorn flavored ice cream, peanut butter pretzels, and brown butter caramel.

Where to find it:  The Stanton Social, NY

 

Cookie Shots photo

The interior of the handmade cookie cup is slathered with Belgian chocolate, and then filled with a Madagascar vanilla or chocolate cream.

Where to find it: The Dirty Cookie, CA

 

Chocolate Sphere photo

Warm buttered chocolate melts the chocolate sphere to unveil chocolate lava cake and ice cream.

Where to find it: Pantry, Boston

 

Eggloo Waffle and Ice Cream photo

Inspired by Hong Kong’s Egg Waffles, Eggloo’s waffles are stuffed with your choice of homemade ice cream and toppings.

Where to find it: Eggloo, NY 

 

French Hot Chocolate photo

Hot Chocolate thick enough to use a spoon.

Where to find it: Angelina, Paris

 

Outrageous Milkshakes photo

See the photo below? Enough said.

Where to find it:  Black Top, NY

 

Cannoli Nachos photo

Cannoli chips served with sweet ricotta dip.

Where to find it: Di Mare Pastry, CT

 

 

The Kitchen Sink Cake photo

The “cake” is actually made up of layers of cheesecake, pecan pie, devil’s food cake, brownies, peanut butter crunch, vanilla chiffon cake, and chocolate chunk cookies…and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Where to find it:  Hard Rock, Universal Studios, Orlando

 

Ice Cream Fondue photo

Where to find it: Mega Bangna, Thailand 

 

Chocolate Pinata photo 

Break open your own chocolate piñata to release a bounty of churros and fresh fruit.

Where to find it: Uncle Julio’s, TX

 

Chocolate Explosion (photo)

Your waiter cracks open the sphere to reveal vanilla and mango mousse, brownie chunks, nuts, and candy. Then, the dessert is finished off with ice cream, chocolate sauce, and liquid nitrogen. 

Where to find it: Quattro Restaurante, Mumbai

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Rolled-Up Ice Cream photo

Thai-inspired homemade ice cream, hand-rolled in front of you.

Where to find it: 10Below ,NY

 

The Treasure Chest photo

Chocolate treasure chest overflowing with a dozen scoops of ice cream, 3 slices of cake, deep fried Oreos and candy bars, and more!

Where to find it: Caesars, Las Vegas

 

I’m always on the lookout for new chocolate experiences. What desserts would you add to the list?

 

 

Smile and Say Cheese-Cake!

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Girl Scout cookie season has come and gone. So what’s a girl to do when she has an insatiable craving for the Samoa cookie?  

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What’s a Samoa, you ask? 


It’s the cookie with-

Sweet toasted Coconut,

 

Rich, decadent Chocolate,

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And, chewy golden Caramel.

 

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And when you combine all three flavors and textures, it’s nothing short of irresistible.

 

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Now imagine all of that goodness…on top of a cheesecake.

 

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No-Bake Samoa Cheesecake 

Original Recipe by Life, Love and Sugar

 

Ingredients

Crust
2 cups Oreo crumbs (from about 20 Oreos, leave filling in the Oreos))
1/4 cup butter, melted
 
Filling and Topping
1 cup coconut flakes, divided
24 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1 cup vanilla wafers, broken into pieces
1/2 cup caramel sauce, divided (I use this one)
8 oz cool whip (or homemade whipped cream)
1/4 cup mini chic chips for topping
additional caramel sauce for topping
chocolate sauce for topping (I use this one)

Instructions

1. Spread coconut onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 325 degrees for 5-10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool.
2. Combine Oreo crumbs and melted butter and press into the bottom of a greased 9 inch springform pan.
3. Combine cream cheese, sugars and extracts in a large bowl and mix until smooth.
4. Fold in 3/4 cup of coconut flakes, vanilla wafer pieces and 1/4 cup caramel sauce into cream cheese mixture.
5. Add Cool Whip to cream cheese mixture and stir until combined.
6. Add batter to crust in 3 parts, adding a little more of the caramel sauce each time until you’ve used all of the caramel. Use a knife to swirl caramel around. Be careful to not put the knife through the crust.
7. Smooth out the top of the cheesecake.
8. Top cheesecake with remaining 1/4 cup coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, chocolate sauce and caramel sauce.
9. Refrigerate until firm, 4-5 hours.