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.

31 Days of Chocolate: Oct.12th- New Improved S’mores

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October 12th: Add new flavors to the traditional S’mores

There’s nothing wrong with the classic s’mores.

Nothing.

Today, we’re just expanding the options. Try these new flavor combinations:

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cookie Dough Marshmallows, Reese’s Cups

Triple Chocolate: Chocolate Crackers, Chocolate Marshmallows, Dark Chocolate

Bourbon Caramel: Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Caramels, Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Spicy Cinnamon: Cinnamon Crackers, Cinnamon Churro Marshmallows, Dark Chili Chocolate

31 Days of Chocolate: Oct.11- Chill out!

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October 11th: Cure what ales you, Sample some chocolate beer

I admit, I’m not a huge beer fan. But, every once and a while, I have a taste for it. Which means my older brothers are in town, playing poker and drinking craft beers. Okay, they drink beer, and I sip some samples. Especially, when chocolate is on the label. Chocolate flavored beer. Game, changer.

Here are some variations of chocolate beer- so many flavors! Have you tried any? Let me know in the comment section below!

Wasatch Brewery: Black O’Lantern- Pumpkin Spices & Chocolate

Founder’s Brewery: Breakfast Stout- Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout

Flying Dog: The Fear- Pumpkin Spices with a hint of Chocolate

Left Hand Brewing Company: Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout- Black licorice, dark chocolate and coffee

Sonoran: White Chocolate Ale

Boulevard Brewing: Chocolate Ale with Raspberry

Not a fan of beer? Have a root beer! ( Don’t forget to add the chocolate).

31 Days of Chocolate: Oct. 5th- Take a Hike, Raisins

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October 5th: Take a hike, make a chocolate trail mix

I confess, I don’t exercise like I should. But, if there’s one thing that will get me eager to strap on some athletic shoes and head outdoors, it’s fall. The cool, crisp air, the gorgeous Autumn landscape… the luring scent of chocolate chip cookies baking at the neighbor’s house.

For the best views, I like to venture away from home, to a park, or the mountains. Now if I’m going to go on some epic hike, I’m going to need to be prepared. That’s right, snacks. And hitting the trails means one thing, Trail Mix.

Of course, you can buy a generic trail mix already prepared on the grocery store shelf. But, if you’re anything like me, you’re going to pick around half of the ingredients. Enemy #1, The pesky raisin. I know many of you adore them. But, for me, if I accidentally ate one, my afternoon would be ruined. Too dramatic? Maybe the hatred stemmed from one too many bad trick or treating experiences as a kid.

You know the kind….You knock on the door, plaster on your sweetest smile, and eagerly open up your candysack.

All of your hopes are on a prizedĀ chocolate bar. Your eyes grow big; your anticipationĀ builds.Ā Thump…A box of dreaded raisins.

Okay, enough of my ramblings (until someone brings up kale. Lol)

For me, the perfect trail mix has several components. Something salty, something sweet, something crunchy, and something fun.

Here are some trail mix ideas for October:

 

 

 

*Chocolate nuts and dried apples pictured by Nuts.com.

*Gummy candy pictured by Candywarehouse

Have a favorite snack mix combination? Please share in the comment section below!

31 Days of Chocolate: October 2nd

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It’s day two of Agatha’s 31 Days of Chocolate.

Today is all about embracing the fall season. Meaning, trading in the summer bathing suit for some comfortable-room-for-eating-stretchy pants.

It’s time for a little TLC, or what I’d like to call, Truffle Loving Care.

October 2nd: Treat yourself to a seasonal truffle, or two, (or a box, I’m not judging), at a chocolate shop. NotĀ the stuff you buy by the bagful for Trick or Treaters. Not the candy you find in stale bulk boxes at the grocery store. A REAL chocolate shop. With REAL chocolates. The kind of confections you pick out of the shop case like fine pieces of jewelry. The real deal, because you deserve it.

Here are some of my season’s picks:

See’s Candies: Caramel Apple Scotchmallow

Katherine-Anne Confections: Walnut Goat Cheese Truffle

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory:Ā Peacan Pie Truffle

Christopher Elbows: Blood Orange Carmels

What’s your favorite luxury chocolate?

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. āœ…)

13 Baking Essentials for your Fall Kitchen

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It’s hot outside. The trees are lush and green. But, the calendar says September, and that’s enough to get me excited about Fall.

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Fall is my favorite. The colors, the weather, the food.

It’s the dip-it-in-chocolate,

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smother-it-in-caramel,

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and put-it-on-a-stick time of year.

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And, I love it.

This year, I’ve put together a list of some of my most wanted fall kitchen items.

(While I’m not a brand ambassador, should you like and purchase any of the items too, this site will receive a small commission.)

 

Fall Baking Wishlist

Mini Pie and Quiche Baker

Why I need it: Because there’s nothing better than a warm gooey pie, than my OWN warm, gooey pie.

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Fall Apron

Why I need it: For times baking motivation is low, this little number will provide some Autumn inspiration.

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Raccoon/Fox Cookie Cutters

Why I need it: Quite simply, these little fellas are adorable.

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Fall Kitchen Towel Set

Why I need it: Because my kitchen is happy it’s almost Autumn, too.

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Harvest Loaf Set

Why I need it: Fact- Food tastes better in cute dishes.

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Mini Iron Skillets

Why I need it: Skillet cookies, brownies, and cobblers. Need I say more?

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Acorn Silicone Mold

Why I need it: These little acorns will add a cute little bit of whimsy to dessert. Put one on a cupcake, or a pile of them on a cake. Or, just rest one on a spoon, for an after dinner treat.

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Whipped Cream Dispenser

Why I need it: Time to take the hot chocolate game to a new level.

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Fall Sprinkle Collection

Why I need it: I like to get a fresh set of versatile sprinkles at the start of Fall that I can use all season long.

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Wilton Candy Melter

Why I need it: This goes into that dip-it-in-chocolate, smother-it-in-caramel category. Perfect for dipping apple slices, pretzels, marshmallows, or anything you want dripping with chocolate.

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Fall Leaves Cookie Stencil

Why I need it: Stencils are a fast and easy way to add artistic flair to desserts. Use them on cakes, with a dusting of powdered sugar, or paint them on cookies with royal icing.

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Tree Bark Footed Server

Why I need it: I love bringing nature indoors. This platter is the perfect pedestal for a cake or any assortment of fall goodies.

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3D Pumkin Cake Pan

Why I need it: It’s a cake that makes a statement. It can be dressed up, or served simple with a drizzle of warm fudge or caramel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on your fall baking supply wishlist?

You’ve Been Tagged! Halloween Tag

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October is the perfect month to get to know my fellow bloggers a bit better! So, consider yourself tagged for this fun Halloween survey. šŸŽƒ

 

  1. What scent sets the holiday mood?
  2. Favorite Halloween Fun Size Candy Bar?
  3. Favorite Halloween movie?
  4. Favorite seasonal sweet?
  5. What toppings are on the perfect candy apple?
  6. What’s your favorite costume you ever wore on Halloween?
  7. Most enjoyable fall tradition?
  8. Pumpkin Patch Hayride or Haunted Hayride?
  9. What song is a must for a Halloween Party Playlist?
  10. Favorite Halloween Monster: Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.?
  11. Cider or Cocoa?
  12. Scary movies or Scaredy cat?
  13. Pumpkin Spice: Yum, or Yuck?
  14. Which is scariest: Spiders, Zombies, or Clowns?
  15. Best find in your Trick or Treat bag?
  16. Worst thing to get in your Trick or Treat bag?

Here are my answers:
What scent sets the holiday mood?
Cinnamon Spice! I love the brooms, pine cones, candles, and anything else I get my hands on.Ā 

Favorite Halloween Fun Size Candy Bar?
When it comes to chocolate, it’s impossible to pick a favorite. Snickers, KitKats, Peanut M&M’s, Heath…they’re all good.
Favorite Halloween movie?
Family Favorite- Hocus Pocus. I adore scary movies, too…not gory, but one with a good suspenseful plot, and a dark and stormy feel to it, is perfect!

Favorite seasonal sweet?
Chocolate Covered Apples
What toppings are on the perfect candy apple?
Chocolate, Caramel, and Crushed Peanut Butter Cups. (I have chills thinking about it).

What’s your favorite costume you ever wore on Halloween?
Wonder Woman (Because nobody messes with a super hero’s candy).

Most enjoyable fall tradition?
Finding the perfect pumpkin to carve in the pumpkin patch…then, buying a cheap replacement at the grocery store, because the other one is too perfect to carve. (It will look so perfect with the Thanksgiving decor).

Pumpkin Patch Hayride or Haunted Hayride?
Pumpkin Patch. Yes, I like a good scare…from behind the tv screen, where zombies can’t grab me and pull me into the dark forest- to the chain saw shed.

What song is a must for a Halloween Party Playlist?
Monster Mash

Favorite Halloween Monster: Dracula, Frankenstein, other?
Frankie! He’s my favorite Halloween icon.

Cider or Cocoa?Ā 
If I chose cider, I wouldn’t be named Agatha Chocolats. Cocoa, for sure. And bring on the whipped cream!

Pumpkin Spice: Yum, or Yuck?
Mostly, yum. Until it gets out of hand, and I’m smelling it all day in toilet cleansers and laundry detergent.

Which is scariest: Spiders, Zombies, or Clowns?
Clowns. Yep.

Best find in a Trick or Treat bag?
A Pumpkin Wrapped Lindor Truffle


Worst thing to get in your Trick or Treat bag?
Raisins.
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Your Turn!Ā 
If you have the time to participate, I’d love to hear your answers!šŸ‘»