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?



13 Extreme S’mores

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For anyone who loves chocolate, summer is synonymous with S’mores.

There’s nothing that compares to toasted marshmallows,

melting over hunks of chocolate

oozing over the edges of crispy graham crackers.

It’s like a hug, in your mouth.

21 Chocolate-Themed GIFs For Every Situation

 

Chocolate, marshmallows, and graham. We’ve sampled the combination in cakes, candies, and even ice cream. Whether the marshmallows are camp-fired and classic, or meringue and modern, these flavors are just meant to be together.

 

13 Extreme S’mores Recipes,

You’ll Want to try this Summer


S’mores Cake

Find the recipe here at Liv for Cake

 

S’more Waffle Sundaes

Find the recipe here at My Baking Addiction

 

Peanut Butter S’mores Galette

Find the recipe here at Port and Fin

 

S’mores Petit Fores

Find the recipe here at Baking My Way

 

Toasted S’mores Truffle Pops

Find the recipe here at Ashlee Marie

 

S’mores Cheesecake

Find the recipe here at Life, Love & Sugar

 

S’mores Pot De Creme

Find the recipe here at Bakin’ Bit

 

S’mores Ice Cream

Find the recipe here at Gunny Sac

 

S’mores Coffee Cake

Find the recipe here at A Treat’s Affair

 

S’more Truffles

Find the recipe here at Sprinkle Some Sugar

 

Baked S’mores Doughnuts

Find recipe here at Handle the Heat

 

S’mores with Homemade Lavender Marshmallows 

Find recipe here at Salted and Styled

 

S’mores Skillet Dip

Find the recipe here at All Created

 

 

Find more Chocolate Summer Recipes here (gif by giphy):

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13 Chocolate and Beer Recipes

13 Must-try Brownies

 

 

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.

 

 

13 Ways to Enjoy Cookie Dough

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Cookie Dough.  

The ultimate comfort food.  The texture.  The creaminess. The chunks of chocolate goodness.

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Cookie Dough has that feel-good quality.  It reminds you of childhood, while helping you forget the worries of adulthood.

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As tempting as it is to stick a spoon, a finger, or your face into a bowl of raw cookie dough, we all know the risks.  Luckily, there are plenty of recipes that embrace the flavor, without the worry. Here are some of my picks. What’s your favorite?

 

 

13 Stunning Easter Desserts

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A few days before Easter, I’m contemplating the construction of the dessert table.  Of course,  we’ll require an ample  selection of Nostalgic Easter confections.  Bowls of chocolates wrapped in pastel foil, malted Robin eggs, marshmallow chicks, and chocolate Easter bunnies galore.  

Then, we will need a couple hand held treats.  Pastel Cookies and Coconut Nests to eat in between egg hunts and outside games. 

But, the treat that needs most attention, takes center stage on the dessert table.  It’s the Easter show stopper.  Whether cute, or beautiful, it should warrant oohs and awes. And it better taste good, too.  Nothing worse than biting into a gorgeous chocolate egg and finding it hollow.

Here are the finalists inspiring my Easter show piece.  What will you be serving?

13 Stunning Easter Desserts 

OREO Day!

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Oreos.jpgIf you’re anything like me, you grew up with Oreos. And chances are, you have your own Oreo style. The Dunk… The Stack… The Twist-and-Lick.

You may prefer the Classic, the Golden, the Thin, or the Double-Stuffed, or you may be adventurous, sampling the never-ending list of Limited Edition flavors. How many of these have you tried?

 

Me? I’m more of a purest. I prefer the classic. The one that I can split into halves, suddenly feeling like I doubled my score. The one that has that distinct chocolate flavor, and just the right amount of frosting. That classic Oreo cookie— that reminds me of childhood.

I guess at the end of the day, every cookie consumer creates their own Oreo experience…And today is the day to bring it to the table.

Need more motivation?  Try these recipes.

 

Cookies n’ Cream Fudge

Recipe by Lil Luna



Mini Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake Trifles

Recipe by Life, Love and Sugar