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American National Chocolate Week – Desserts

American Chocolate Week has many perks. We’ve already established chocolate  as a health food and learned it can be used in delectable main dishes like seared pork tenderloin with cocoa spice rub. Now it’s time to jump into the deep end – chocolate desserts.

There’s no reason to pretend – what we all really want is a nice piece of sugary goodness wearing a three piece suit of chocolate.

Fast Fact: Did you know American consume half the world’s supply of chocolate?  The average American eats almost 11 pounds of chocolate every year. Men aged 12 to 19 consume the most and women aged 30 to 39 are second. Who saw that one coming?

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Molten Chocolate CakeEyes-rolled-back-in-your-head good. On the outside it’s an appealing recipe, one quick fork swipe shows the real prize – oozing, pooling melted chocolate. It’s okay to lick the plate with this one.

Recipe Link: Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe

Chocolate Eclair Squares

Chocolate Eclair SquareLayers of fluffy pudding, Cool Whip and cookies with chocolate drizzled on top – quick and easy. Whip it up for guests or as a late night quick treat. Then go for a run or just dream about running.

Recipe Link: Chocolate Eclair Squares Recipe

Chocolate Dessert Waffles

Chocolate Dessert WafflesWhat’s better than waffles? Chocolate dessert waffles! Serve warm topped with sweet cream or fresh fruit. Can you really eat it for breakfast? Who’s gonna stop you?

Recipe Link: Chocolate Dessert Waffles Recipe

Chocolate Dessert Lasagna

Chocolate Dessert LasagnaThe cool thing about this recipe is it really uses lasagna noodles! Ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate chips all blend together for a perfect dessert. In case that’s not enough to get you baking, the recipe also calls for roasted pistachios and white chocolate.

Recipe Link: Chocolate Dessert Lasagna Recipe

Chocolate Sorbet Sundaes

Chocolate Sorbet SundaesA delicious twist on a the old-school banana split. Using chocolate sorbet instead of scoops of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream elevates this childhood treat. Fresh raspberries replace the sticky, sweet maraschino cherry.

Recipe Link: Chocolate Sorbet Sundaes Recipe

Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip CookiesChocolate is meant to be enjoyed by all, including those with dietary restrictions and preferences. Chocolate chip cookies like grandma used to make. Maybe not your grandma, but someone had a grandma that used almond flour, agave nectar, grapeseed oil and dark chocolate to make chocolate chip cookies.

Recipe Link: Gluten Free – Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Toffee Bars

Gluten-free Toffee BarsGluten free doesn’t mean glutton free and most will have a hard time stopping at just one of these toffee bars. White rice flour, garbanzo and fava flour help make this sweet thang suitable for every tummy.

Recipe Link: Gluten Free Toffee Bar Recipe

Chocolate Cake

Of course we can not forget chocolate cake here, but honestly… where do we begin?

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake - Photo by Travelingswede on Flickr

Chocolate Pumpkin cake?
Chocolate Coconut Cake?
Chocolate Orange Layer Cake?
Chocolate Cluster Peanut Butter Cake?

Mint Chocolate Pudding Cake or just plain old-fashioned Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake?

Maybe Chocolate Truffle Cake instead?


  1. You are right. Chocolate, white or dark, added to foods or consumed by itself tastes great and something many of us enjoy throughout the year.
    I had the opportunity to visit a cacao plantation with my family, beautiful sight. Interesting trivia: a cacao tree can live about 100 years but its commercial production stops after 25 years. The cacao pods display different colors, a festive celebration of the great chocolate to follow.
    Really enjoyed your post and like your blog. Thank you for your insights.

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