When it comes to chocolate, there’s less guilt and more goodness on the dark side.
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.
- Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- VIDEO: Chili Chocolate Cookies
- More Chocolate Cookie Recipes
Cakes and Cupcakes
- Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes
- One Bowl Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Torte
- VIDEO: Chocolate Lava Cake
- More Chocolate Cakes
- VIDEO: Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake
- Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
- Doubly Decadent Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
- Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake
- More Chocolate Cheesecake Recipes
- Easy Decadent Truffles
- Dark Chocolate Bark
- Holiday Rum Balls
- VIDEO: Caramel Chocolate Coins
- More Chocolate Candies
Custards and Puddings
- Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding
- Chocolate Chess Pie
- VIDEO: Ultimate Chocolate Dessert
- More Chocolate Custards and Puddings
Covered with Chocolate
- Chocolate Strawberries
- Instant Chocolate-Covered Bunnies (On a Stick)
- Chocolate Ganache
- Chocolate Covered Cherries
- VIDEO: Boston Cream Pie
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.