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. 10th- Mmmummies

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October 10th: Chocolate Mmmummies

These little guys are warm, toasty, and oozing with chocolate.

Ingredients:

Miniature Hershey Bars

Refrigerator Croissant Rolls

Mini M&M’s

Directions:

1. Stretch a croissant around a candy bar. Be sure to cover the bar well so the chocolate doesn’t escape. Just leave a small opening for the eyes.

2. Add the M&M eyes.

3. Bake according to package directions.

Now that’s a Yummy Mummy!

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!

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 chocolateā€¦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 canā€™t bring myself to do it.

It’s not the fact that I donā€™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? Iā€™d love to hear your opinions!

Rank Your Favorite Doughnuts for National Doughnut Day

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Today is National Doughnut Day and I’m embracing it. Doughnuts are one of those feel-good comfort foods, (when you’re not focused on the calorie and fat content). So, give me a reason to eat doughnuts, and I’m going for it.

Although, I have many favorites, I hold a special place for Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Growing up, I can remember getting them only on special occasions. They were such a treat, and that was before the evolution of specialty flavors.

Nowadays, I’m biased to the chocolate glazed doughnuts, basic or filled.Ā But, I want to know, which are your favorites?

If the ranker doesn’t automatically load, click the title above to start.

Photos courtesy of Krispy Kreme

Gifs via giphy

Rank your favorites and be sure to share your top choice in the comment section below!

Community Share- Bake & Take: Pies

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Ā Hello Bakers!

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In honor of Pi Day, we’re hosting our first official Bake & Take.Ā 


What is a Bake & Take?

Step #1

Bake something scrumptious. This month: Pies



Step #2

Take a photo of your masterpiece and link in the comment section.

 



Step #3

Sit back, while the foodie community salivates over your culinary creation.


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Happy Baking!

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Up Next: Spring Desserts