Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, there’s less guilt and more goodness on the dark side.

Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake

Photo by Wendy T

Sweet News for Chocolate-Lovers
Nutrition experts say dark chocolate is especially high in natural antioxidants, and that eating dark chocolate may improve cardiovascular health and reduce stress.

Indulge dark chocolate cravings–in moderation–and lower blood pressure at the same time? Sweet!

Here are just a few ways to eat dark chocolate to your heart’s content.

Cookies

Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Photo by Rebekah Rose Hills

Cakes and Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

Photo by jrbaker

Cheesecakes

Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake

Photo by jlang

Candies

Easy Decadent Truffles

Photo by naedwards

Custards and Puddings

Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

Photo by Abbie

Covered with Chocolate

Chocolate Strawberries

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Chocolate Grows on Trees

  • It’s true. The dark chocolate you love to eat is made from cocoa–the roasted and ground seeds, or nibs, of the cacao tree.
  • Sugar is added to offset the natural bitterness of the cocoa, along with cocoa butter for that luscious mouthfeel.

How Sweet It Is
Tweaking the amount of cocoa, cocoa butter, and sugar produces different kinds of dark chocolate:

  • Bittersweet has the least amount of sugar
  • Semisweet has more sugar than bittersweet
  • Sweet has the most sugar
  • Cocoa powder can be sweet or bitter, and has the least amount of cocoa butter
  • Couverture has the most cocoa butter; great for melting, dipping, and molding

Milk chocolate has milk added to the mix (but you knew that) and does not offer the same health benefits as dark chocolate.