Wouldn't you agree we all get those sudden cravings for chocolate at one time or another? Sometimes it is during stressful moments we feel like, if I can just get a piece of chocolate, I am sure everything will be just fine. Is that too funny or what?
What is your favorite form of chocolate? I can understand if you answer with chocolate chip cookies, brownies, chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, or one of those new gourmet dark chocolate bars, which have suddenly populated the candy section at your local supermarket. Maybe you love them all like I do!
The great thing about chocolate is how wonderfully versatile it is, able to be utilized in uncountable recipes. Collected here is what I think may be the ultimate top ten chocolate recipes, gathered from a few sources across the internet. If you like chocolate, then you're guaranteed to love these chocolate recipes. Don't forget to phone your chocolate loving friends and let them know you have this chocolate lover's list of recipes. Matter of fact, use the link at the end of the article to go ahead and email it to them.
1. Better than Sex Chocolate Cake
Every summer, a friend's mother makes this particular cake for her annual 4th of July backyard party, and all the guests go crazy for it. There are many variations of this chocolate recipe, but this is the recipe her mother uses. This is likely one of the best versions.
1 package Chocolate cake mix (preferably dark chocolate or German chocolate cake mix) 14 oz sweetened condensed milk 17 oz caramel, butterscotch, or hot fudge topping for a really chocolate cake) Cool whip 5 oz toffee chips (or crushed Heath bars) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans
Preheat the oven to 350F. Bake the cake mix according to directions on box 30 minutes in 13-x-9 pan. Cool the cake for 15 minutes. Then poke holes in the top of the cake every half-inch with a fork. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the top of cake, making sure some of it goes into the holes. Let stand until the milk has been absorbed into the cake. Drizzle with the topping you've chosen, and then spread the cool whip on top. Sprinkle generously with toffee chips and nuts. Refrigerate if not serving immediately. Serves 10
2. Double Chocolate Cheesecake
As with the Better than Sex Chocolate Cake, there are also quite a large number of chocolate cheesecake recipes, but Epicurious.com has one of the best. To get this delicious recipe, visit this link: Double Chocolate Cheesecake
3. Chocolate Chip Cookies
What is a top ten list of chocolate recipes without the ultimate chocolate chip cookies recipe? For the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe, we go right to the source, the recipe of Ruth Wakefield, who is credited with inventing the chocolate chip cookie. Her original recipe has been adapted into numerous variations over the many years since its inception, but here is the one that delivers a chocolate chip cookie of impeccable flavor and texture. It can be found at Chocolate Chip Cookies
4. Chocolate Brownies
Nearly as important as the chocolate chip cookie, a recipe for chocolate brownies is also a necessary addition to the list of top ten chocolate recipes. The best recipe for the fudgiest brownies can also be found at Epicurious.com, here: Chocolate Brownies
5. Chocolate Mousse
Making chocolate mousse can be a rather simple procedure or an incredibly complex one, so I've supplied two recipes here, an easy one for novices and a more difficult one for professionals or those who want to make a truly authentic chocolate mousse.
A list of chocolate recipes isn't complete without a recipe for Hot Fudge. Epicurious.com once again provides the best recipe for Hot Fudge Sauce: Hot Fudge
7. Chocolate Peppermint Sauce
Another great chocolate sauce topping.
¼ cup butter (1/2 stick) 2 squares (1 oz) unsweetened chocolate 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar 1/8 tsp salt 2/3 cup light cream or half-and-half ½ tsp vanilla ½ cup whipping cream, whipped ½ cup peppermint candy, coarsely chopped
Melt butter and chocolate in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in sugar and salt gradually, mixing until well combined. (Mixture will be thick and dry). Gradually stir in cream and vanilla. Return to heat. Cook over low heat until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Cool. Stir in whipped cream and candy. Refrigerate; serve cold over ice cream.
8. Chocolate Truffles
I've provided two recipes here, one fairly simple and one for gourmet chocolate truffles, which requires a bit more skill in the kitchen. The easier one is here at Recipezaar: Chocolate Truffles