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We Join America in Celebrating National Chocolate Day with 8 Decadent Chocolate Recipes

November 27, 2014

Forrest Gump is famous for the quote, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” But what we really wish was that life gave us a constant supply of chocolates. Until we wait for that fairy food mother to grant that wish, however, we can still enjoy chocolate and have it in all kinds of ways. Today, we also celebrate America’s National Chocolate Day a little earlier to give you some of our past recipes that serve cacao in drinks, breakfast meals, pastries, and even pasta.

1. Chili Chocolate Mousse

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This drink literally lets you taste sugar, spice, and everything nice. The chili powder gives just enough kick without overwhelming your palate, thanks to the fattiness of the chocolate calming down the added heat.

Find the recipe here.

2. White Chocolate Champorado with Crispy Dried Squid

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Chocolate usually means champorado for us Pinoys, but you can also add a slightly sweeter twist to this breakfast favorite by using white chocolate instead. Top that warm bowl of chocolate-laden rice with crispy squid and you have a refreshingly different take on the sweet with savory pairing.

Find the recipe here.

3. Fake Twix

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Convenience stores make buying chocolate bars like Twix fast and easy, but baking them on your own offers a different type of satisfaction. Imagine licking some of the dough off the spoon before putting in the oven to bake. Then the smell of caramel and chocolate fill your kitchen and maybe your entire house before you bite into that warm homemade treat.

Find the recipe here.

4. Chocolate Soba with Vanilla Bean Dipping Sauce

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Drinks and desserts aren’t the only ways to enjoy chocolate. This recipe shows you how to make chocolate pasta using Dutch cocoa. The creme anglaise makes for the perfect sauce to this dessert-slash-meal hybrid.

Find the recipe here.

5. Dark Chocolate Carbonara with Warm Honey Yogurt

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We don’t only have one chocolate pasta recipe but two! If you happen to have a pack of Pappardelle’s Dark Chocolate Linguine, then this recipe lets you enjoy it carbonara-style with warm honey yogurt sauce. Feel free to add your preferred fruits to enjoy this dessert pasta dish’s sweetness.

Find the recipe here.

6. White Chocolate-Stuffed Mandarin Orange and Sesame Cream Puffs

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Chocolate is good on its own, but it’s made even better when combined with fruits like oranges. This recipe lets you enjoy such a combination and in the comforting warmth of a choux pastry.

Find the recipe here.

7. Deep Fried Cheesy Tikoy Spring Roll with Spanish Chocolate Dip

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Just like most of our current cultural practices, we combine the influences of the Chinese and the Spanish in this dish. The deep fried tikoy with cheese lets you enjoy that flavorful crunch that is made even more decadent with the Spanish Chocolate dip.

Find the recipe here.

8. Chocolate Beer Truffles

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You can question the unlikely combination of beer and chocolate, but trust us on this one. These beer truffles made with Stella are beyond delight. Cool, smooth, and intensely chocolatey, the malty beer adds so much richness to the truffle that is not at all cloying. Play around with different beers for variety in notes and flavor. We’re eyeing a Cerveza Negra next.

Find the recipe here.

How would you celebrate Chocolate Day? Feel free to share with us some of your own recipes in the comments section below!

Gela Velasco Gela Velasco

Gela is a young adult slowly settling into her late twenties. She likes to make a mess in the kitchen when no one’s looking, dance till dawn on long weekends, and dream about beef on lazy afternoons. On some days she learns how to write good in graduate school. Her life goals include sashaying somewhat like Beyonce and to write a cover story on Leonardo di Caprio.

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