The Holiday Gift of Chocolate
Give the gift of chocolate to your chocolate lover this year!
Tis the season of giving, receiving, and best of all, enjoying everything the holidays have to offer. Whether you’re attending an office soiree, a family gathering, or hosting a neighborhood shindig, chances are you’re going to be giving out gifts this season. And what better way to let the people in your life know how much you love them than with the gift on everyone’s list: Chocolate.
Summer and hot chocolate don’t really seem to match. Hot chocolate drinks are more synonymous with, maybe, the first snowfall! Winter lovers often swear by hot chocolate and come summer, they regret that they would need to wait for about five whole months before they can begin to enjoy a steaming mug of their favorite drink.
If you are a winter lover, and yet don’t mind sipping on a colder or a chilled version of hot chocolate, here are 10 perfect frozen hot chocolate recipes for you to enjoy during the summer days.
A new year brings new goals, resolutions changes, and improvements. As this new year begins, I think about what changes and improvements I want to make.
Making a resolution of eating better is one of the top goals year after year. Healthy choices when it comes to decisions about what to buy and what to make is always a goal to be improved on. More and more these days we are finding ways to eat local, know what is in the food we eat and improve on the nutritional ingredients.
We all hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s what gives us energy as we start the day, but we also want to make sure it sticks with us, so we don’t eat one or two more times before we even get to lunch. Choosing the right foods will give us the energy we need and helps us maintain a healthy weight. For a lot of us, we have so much to do before we run out the door in the morning, that we don’t have much time to prepare breakfast. There isn’t time to put a bunch of ingredients together, so we need something fast and easy. We need to eat fast and take off for work and school. Or maybe we need to eat on our way.
Try these make-ahead homemade granola recipes to help give you the energy that will stick with you throughout the day.
Now that the Thanksgiving turkey has been picked clean and the mountain of dishes is finally washed and put away until next year, we can turn our attention to what we all really enjoy about the holidays: Having an excuse to sample a few new chocolate holiday desserts. Sometimes one a day. The most wonderful time of the year indeed.
There is something about falling snow mingled with the smell of fires burning and chilly toes that just begs for some self-indulgence. The whole season demands it. We brave the shopping malls. We scrape ice off our windshields. We spend countless hours bundling kids into and out of winter coats, hats, boots and mittens (bonus points if the mittens actually match).
And best (or perhaps worst) of all, we receive countless invitations to holiday parties. Which means we’d better come bearing desserts!
Hot Chocolate and a Movie
Now that Daylight Savings has kicked in, rendering us all sleepy before the 5 o’clock news even runs, we can indulge in a cozy tradition that truly is better when the sun goes down and the temperature plummets. Hot Chocolate and Movie Night!
We’re putting a delicious spin on the whole idea of Dinner and a Movie. Dessert and a Movie. More specifically, hot chocolate dessert and a movie. Yes, hot chocolate. It’s not just for mugs anymore. We’ve found some recipes that incorporate our favorite food in its powdered form, and when paired with movies that are either timeless or an instant classic, the result is nothing short of delicious!
So we all know we love chocolate. We love the way it smells, the way it tastes, the way it feels on our tongues and envelopes our minds in bliss. Our significant others are almost jealous of our relationship with the cute little cocoa bean in all its delicious incarnations. And now we can have one more thing for them to be jealous about. Let’s create our own chocolate spa stay-cation and indulge our entire bodies in it!
Ghosts! Ghouls! Goblins! Your Mother-In-Law showing up to your house unannounced! Yes, all these things are terrifying, signaling that we are in the throes of the scariest season of the year. But we’ve found a way for you to indulge yourself and any fellow chocoholics you know: Halloween Hot Chocolate.
Halloween party chocolate treat ideas for adults or kids!
So now that most of us don’t have to worry about bathing suit shopping anytime soon, we can focus on other, more delicious things. Namely, Halloween candy. More specifically (and if you love chocolate as much as I do), chocolate Halloween candy. And what better way to welcome this holiday in all its tantalizing, terrifying glory, than to try out some scare-riffic Halloween chocolate recipes?