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15 Easy and Mind-Blowingly Sweet Chocolate Recipes You’re Looking For

15 Easy and Mind-Blowingly Sweet Chocolate Recipes You’re Looking For

“The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare…neither knew chocolate.” 
– Sandra Boynton

Like author Sandra Boynton, I firmly believe that there is a direct correlation between tragedy and a lack of chocolate. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I couldn’t live without it. However, because I try and live a relatively healthy lifestyle, I make sure that my chocolate intake is limited to the truly spectacular. I’m not wasting calories on mediocrity! With that in mind, here are some of the amazing chocolate recipes on the internet that you have to try immediately.

1. Coffee and Kahlua Brownie Bites

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    Brownies are probably my favorite chocolatey treat, so adding both coffee and kahlua absolutely blows my mind. Also, being bite sized means I can justify having eight in one sitting…right?

    2. Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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      Whichever genius decided to mix chocolate with peanut butter has my eternal gratitude.

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      3. Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies


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        I can’t believe that this is actually a thing. I no longer have to make a hard choice when it comes to snack food at the movies! This is definitely one for you sweet-mixed-with-savory fans.

        4. Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs


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          Here’s one to keep in mind for April.

          Why waste your time on stale, bargain basement Easter eggs when you can have ones filled with freakin’ cheesecake? I think that even the good Lord would agree that this recipe is more miraculous than Christ’s rising.

          5. Chocolate Mousse Tart with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust

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            This bad boy is the ultimate triple threat. Mousse + cookies + tart! This needs to get in my belly immediately.

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            6. Chocolate Donuts


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              Channel your inner Homer Simpsons by indulging in these delectable donuts. They’re not just heavenly, they’re…holey. Yeah, that just happened.

              7. Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

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                They may not be Bluth’s Frozen Bananas, but they’re still pretty damn good. They’re the perfect summertime time treat, especially for myself and all fellow Aussies who are boiling their butts off at the moment.

                8. Best Cocoa Brownies

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                  Yeah, another brownie recipe. I told you that they’re my favourite. This is absolutely the best brownie recipe that I’ve encountered. It’s also incredibly versatile, so don’t be afraid to stir in a swirl of peanut butter or add some peppermint chips if you like those kinds of things.

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                  9. Chocolate Fondue

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                    It’s fun to say and fun to do!

                    10. Chianti Chocolate Cupcakes


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                      Don’t worry, the recipe doesn’t insist on fava beans or cannibalism.

                      There’s a reason why red wine and chocolate are often paired together. Despite the large portion of these recipes that call for booze, the answer isn’t ‘alcoholism.’ The two are simply divine together. So why not take it one step further by mixing them together?

                      11. Parisian Hot Chocolate

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                        Simple and sinful, which naturally makes it the best combination for a cold winter day.

                        12. 30 Minute Chocolate Croissants


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                          Bringing a little Paris to your kitchen has never been so simple…or delicious!

                          13. Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Pretzel Cupcakes


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                            I just can’t seem to get away from the salty and sweet mixture, and I’m okay with that. For those who have experienced chocolate coated pretzels, or at least want to, these are the cupcakes for you.

                            14. Blue Velvet Cupcakes


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                              Move over, red velvet, there’s a new colour in town and it’s ready to rock your tastebuds.

                              15. Chocolate Soup


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                                Yeah, you read that correctly. Chocolate soup has officially landed, and I for one am embarrassingly excited about it. I also appreciate that the primary ingredients are made from Lindt, which is the king of chocolate. Not only are their products delicious, the company is responsible for the invention of ‘conching‘, a process that has made modern chocolate what it is today.

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                                Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                Boundaries are limits

                                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                • When do you feel disrespected?
                                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                • When do you want to be alone?
                                • How much space do you need?

                                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                Sample language:

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                                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                Final Thoughts

                                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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