Chocolate

As a drink or a little square of candy to end the day, chocolate is tough to not love. Usually connected with Valentine’s Day, giving chocolates as gifts is the general symbol of indicating love and affection. Chocolates in reality contain endorphins, which give a boost in the mood, generating that feeling of euphoria or happiness, that same happy feeling one gets post-workout. Definitely J.K. Rowling got that part right in her Harry Potter books, giving chocolate to anyone who has survived a dementor attack. Going back to chocolate and love, during Valentine’s Day or any other particular occasion, it is not unusual to see sights of bringing chocolate candies with roses to a loved one or serving chocolate cake. Even a mug of hot chocolate with a marshmallow gives that satisfying feeling after a bad day or a sapping day at work.

As candies, chocolates have ranged from bars, to squares, fun shapes, filled ones, lollipops, and so on. Plain milk, dark, white, or marbled, they can be mixed with marshmallows and fillings for a unique texture or flavor. Although artisan brands and combinations are procurable at most supply stores, homemade chocolate candies can be made at the comfort of your own homes as there are easy-to-do recipes to make them from store-bought books to simply searching them online. Compound chocolate is also available in baking and confectionery supply stores, which can be melted and poured into moulds and frozen until hard and ready for boxing. Making your own chocolates can be a fun way to make gifts and giveaways for Christmas or parties.

Cakes, ice cream, and cookies are also other ways on how chocolate can be integrated into a foolproof dessert. In ice cream, it can even be used to jazz up plain vanilla ice cream by shaving some chocolate on top, or adding something sweet to yogurt. Classic chocolate chip cookies can be also presented as gifts or for that chocolate lover friend you have, make chocolate dough and overdose on the chocolate chips.

Chocolate is an ingredient that’s hard to go wrong. It gives literally a dose of happiness at first bite. Whether served warm as pie or as a mug of goodness, enjoyed as it is dipping fruits in it or in a candy bar, or enjoying it cold as a milkshake or ice cream, it is enough to bring a smile to anyone who loves it. Dementors be warned.

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