Chocolate Week: Dip, Drizzle and Dabble in the Kitchen
Apparently in America the time period between Valentine's Day when your love bequeaths a giant box of chocolates to you and when the Easter Bunny leaves them hidden around the yard is just too long. To shorten the distance between the holidays, Americans have added their very own "Chocolate Week" right in the middle of it. This is that week, the same week as St. Patrick's Day.
If you're a chocolate lover, you'll want to head to your favorite stores in hopes of a sale, and if you're looking to make your own confectionery delights, I have some of those for you too.
- Chocolate-Beer-Filled Donuts
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lovers' Cupcakes
- Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate-Covered Pretzels
- Chambord Cupcakes
- Oreo and White Chocolate Brownies
- Flourless Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Banana Pops
- Chocolate Gateau Alice
Feeling guilty and still want to indulge? Chocolate is good for you.
:: Chocolate, the dark variety especially, is full of flavonoids, which work as antioxidants, protecting the body from heart disease.
:: Dark chocolate has been shown to lower your blood pressure and reduce your LDL cholesterol.
:: Struggling with math? A 2009 study shows how chocolate may help.
:: Melting chocolate in your mouth has been shown to increase brain activity and heart rate.
So, once you've finished your St. Patrick's Day feast, make dessert something chocolaty for chocolate week.