Do you fancy yourself as a chocoholic? Do you live, breathe and dream chocolate? Even if we don’t all think about chocolate all the time, it’s safe to say that the sweet treat holds a special place in our hearts and bellies.
Chocolate transcends mere sugar, for many, it’s an experience, a way to celebrate, show affection, continue traditions, bond with our children, and much more. At its core, chocolate is love.
And having a little more love sprinkled in here and there can only be a good thing, right? It is the month of love (and chocolate) after all. In honor of the iconic brown sugary goodness, here are 5 unique and exciting ways to cook with chocolate. Oh yes, chocolate need not be reserved only as a dessert or treat, there are ample ways to include it in your cooking! Check it out.
Delicious Ways to Cook with Chocolate
Dark Chocolate Hummus
Hummus, that delicious semi-creamy spread that goes great on pita, carrot sticks and celery, can be made of chocolate? Why yes, indeed it can. According to a couple cooks, their dark chocolate hummus recipe is a crowd-pleaser and party favorite and is best served with fruits. You can see what the hype is about and try out the recipe for yourself here.
Spicy Tomato & Chocolate Soup
Tomatoes and… chocolate? Sounds strange, but it’s the kind of combo that you really shouldn’t’ knock until you’ve tried it! Everything delicious about an excellent tomato soup with just a pinch of chocolate to add in a whole new layer of flavor. This is an absolute must-try. Make it on a cold or rainy day or better yet, make it for your sweetheart. Thank you to The Travel Bite for bringing the world this gem.
Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Brie Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese – an American classic. Take everything you knew about it and throw it out because this recipe might just change your life. Three of the most delicious foods known to man, dark chocolate, raspberry, and brie cheese, are being combined in a GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH. DELICIOUS. Thank you, Spoon University for creating such a treasure.
Chocolate Bread Pudding
Bread pudding, an excellent and classic dish to bring to a party, has been revolutionized by Martha Stewart to include chocolate. Let us introduce chocolate bread pudding, the even-more-popular party favor you can bring to the next social event.
Dark Chocolate Marinara Sauce
Everything about marinara sauce is delightful. The color, the taste, the fact that it typically goes on pasta. Yes, yes, yes! But wait, it can get ever better. Dark chocolate can be added to the mix. Gimme Some Oven lays it all out in a simple, quick, and easy-to-understand recipe. Add this is to your marinara sauce at your next dinner party and see if anyone can guess what the secret ingredient is!
There you have it, five of the strangest, yet also most delicious, ways one can utilize chocolate in cooking. And not desert cooking, oh no, regular meal cooking. From sweet to savory, and everything in between, chocolate proves its versatility time and again. Nobody puts chocolate in a pigeon hole.
Interested in learning even more about chocolate, while on vacation we might add? Book a trip to the idyllic Caribbean island of Curacao, where one of the world’s greatest chocolatiers resides. (link to chef blog) Chef Wouter will blow your mind with his chocolate creations and then he’ll teach you how to get started making your very own chocolate creations. All of this chocolate wonder happens at the iconic Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, where Chef Wouter works as the executive pastry chef.