Food Porn Friday – It’s National Chocolate Day

The National Confectioners Association has declared October 28  as National Chocolate Day. If you check the candy holidays list on their site, you may notice that every month has some type of chocolate holiday and rightfully so. In fact, last year I did a post about National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day which included a slide show from  WebMD about the history of chocolate. Because WebMD is exactly where I go for my chocolate history. They do have some pictures of chocolate. I also added a few pictures of chocolate. You know, for visual appeal.

Here’s a reminder of one of the pictures.

And here’s another for the fashionistas in the crowd.

Now, before you run to the kitchen to start making your sinfully delicious concoctions, a wonderful site to visit is allchocolate.com. Along with all the great information and recipes, there is a cooking with chocolate 101 page  you can check out to learn some of the basics of cooking with chocolate.

(Image via calgarypubliclibrary.com)

Now that you’ve  read some tips and techniques, let the drooling and planning begin.

Here’s a list of 101 chocolate recipes from Homemakers.com that range from cakes, bars and brownies to puddings, ice cream and drinks.

Several companies that produce chocolate also include recipes on their websites. Hershey’s, Cadbury, Ghiradelli and Lindt are only a few that have recipes and tips on their websites.

And YouTube always has some helpful videos if you prefer watching how treats are made. This video for Chocolate Rum Balls uses rum flavouring as an option if you don’t want to use the real thing.

There are times when having a chocolate cake within reach isn’t the greatest of ideas. But, what do you do if all you want is a slice. How about chocolate cake in a mug.

I have given chocolate bark as Christmas gifts, it is so easy. Sometimes I only used the milk and white chocolate (as seen at the beginning of this video) to make marble bark or I’ve exchanged the milk chocolate with peppermint-flavour dark chocolate chips. My favourite is milk chocolate and macadamia nuts but you can have so much fun experimenting and it’s ridiculously easy to make.

If you want something different from the much-maligned fruit cake, try this white chocolate and dried fruit bark. This is a segment from a news show so you can skip the first 25 seconds or so to see how it’s made and the finished product.

I hope you find something you like – no, I can’t help you with the people in the pictures at top – and remember to pace yourselves. No need to overindulge. Or share if you don’t want to.

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