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30 Recipes Of Chocolate Art You Should Try Now

30 Recipes Of Chocolate Art You Should Try Now

If you love chocolate, then you are going to want to try these awesome chocolate recipes. Most of them are fairly easy, and the results are out of this world. Just try not to drool too much on your computer screen while you are checking them out.

1. Salted Chocolate Diablo Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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    It doesn’t get much better than this. These are definitely not the ice cream sandwiches you remember from when you were a kid. Delicious dark chocolate cookies with a hit of ginger with your favorite ice cream sandwiched in between. A little bit of salt helps to satisfy those salty/sweet cravings.

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    2. S’Mores Pie

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      If you love S’Mores, and if you love pie, you are going to go nuts for this S’Mores pie. Just imagine a soft, chocolate pie filling layered over a delicious graham cracker crust, topped with marshmallow, and even more chocolate. This is definitely a diet buster, but more than worth it. Besides, you can just do a few extra sit-ups tomorrow to make up for it.

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      3. Chocolate Fountain

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        There is more you can do with a chocolate fountain than just using plain chocolate. Check out these delicious recipes and maybe even get creative and try your own ingredients. Your next party will be the talk of the town with ChocolateFountainOnline!

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        4. Chocolate Chip Cookies

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          This is one of the simplest recipes to make, and also one of the most delicious. When you think back to the comfort foods you loved as a kid, chocolate chip cookies probably come to mind. Be sure to have at least one while it is still warm and gooey!

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          5. SweetAlmond (Tiramisu)

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            This looks fancy, but it is not difficult to make. The most difficult part of this recipe is waiting to eat these sweet treats. The recipe says to keep them in the fridge overnight, but you will be lucky to be able to wait a couple of hours. At least try to make sure that they get chilled.

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            6. Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Glaze

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              The name kind of says it all, doesn’t it? If you love chocolate and coffee, this is the dessert for you. Plus, the cinnamon in the glaze gives it an added burst of flavor.

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              7. DIY Chocolate Bowl

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                This is a fun project to do with the kids. This chocolate bowl is made with a balloon (no, you don’t eat the balloon). Use your imagination and try different types of flavored chocolate.

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                8. Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream Float

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                  This will take you back to your childhood days of hanging out at the soda shop. You can enjoy this cool, sweet treat any time, and it’s easy to make. Serve this tasty treat at your next barbecue.

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                  9. Chocolate Star Cookies

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                    This is a simple sugar cookie with a delicious chocolate twist. A chocolate star candy (also called rose buds) on top of each cookie turns a regular cookie recipe into total decadence. You don’t even need a cookie cutter!

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                    10. Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

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                      Chocolate and peanut butter. Is there any better flavor combination out there? Don’t forget the ganache, which will almost literally melt in your mouth.

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                      11. Paleo Banana Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Muffins

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                        Believe it or not, healthy can still be delicious. This recipe, with plenty of delicious and healthy ingredients, proves it. These are great for kids’ lunch boxes, because there are no peanuts.

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                        12. Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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                          If you want a chocolate treat that is ready in less than 30 minutes, make these cookies. Just remember, they need time to set. You’ll need willpower to keep from eating them before they cool.

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                          13. Chocolate Orange Mousse

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                            This is more complicated than some other chocolate recipes, but oh so worth it. If you are having a dinner party, this is the ideal dessert. Just make sure that you don’t eat it all before your guests arrive.

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                            14. Chocolate Swiss Roll with Chocolate Ganache

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                              These melt in your mouth Swiss rolls may look like the ones you buy in stores. But, there is a big difference. Instead of melted chocolate on top, they are coated with creamy chocolate ganache.

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                              15. Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan Banana Ice Cream

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                                Just because someone is vegan, it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy delicious chocolate treats. This dessert is easy to make. It is also perfect for the vegan with a sweet tooth.

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                                16. Thick & Creamy Chocolate Pistachio Chia Shake

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                                  This recipe proves that chocolate recipes can be healthy as well as delicious. It is loaded with healthy ingredients that actually taste great. You can even turn this into a vegan recipe with a couple of substitutions.

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                                  17. Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies

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                                    The mascarpone cheese makes these brownies smooth and creamy. Forget the traditional chocolate frosting. Decadence requires more decadence, which in this case is a chocolate ganache.

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                                    18. Snickers Chocolate Cookie Cups

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                                      Do you love Snickers bars? Do you love cupcakes and cookies? If you answered “yes”, you need to try this delicious recipe that combines the best of both worlds.

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                                      19. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

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                                        Remember watching your mother making fudge, and it seemed like it took hours? This quickie recipe involves very little cooking, and no beating at all. You can have awesome fudge in just a few minutes (but you have to wait three hours for it to chill before eating).

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                                        20. Easy, Elegant Chocolate Souffle

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                                          Don’t let anyone tell you that soufflé is difficult to make. It just depends on the recipe, and this is an easy one. You only need four ingredients to make this tasty chocolate dessert.

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                                          21. Chocolate Ice Cream

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                                            You don’t have to wait for summer to enjoy this frozen dessert, and it’s easy to make. It is time consuming, so don’t expect to eat it right away. Just remember, it is definitely worth the wait.

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                                            22. Chocolate Cannoli

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                                              You can make your own chocolate cannoli shells for this recipe, or use packaged shells. With this treat, you get chocolate, creamy, and crunchy all in one. These can be tricky to make, but with practice you will be a pro in no time.

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                                              23. Homemade Almond Joys

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                                                This recipe is better than the store-bought bars. The filling is sticky to work with, so be sure to chill it before rolling into balls and dipping in chocolate. You can eat these right away.

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                                                24. Chocolate Cake with Strawberries

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                                                  This is an awesome dark chocolate cake with creamy frosting. The original recipe calls for raspberries. But, using strawberries adds a whole new delicious twist to an old favorite.

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                                                  25. Layered Chocolate & Lavender-Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

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                                                    The hint of lavender completes this sweet dessert. You can try variations of this recipe. If you’re in a hurry, simply eliminate one of the layers.

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                                                    26. Marshmallow Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

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                                                      Two of the best flavors in the world, in one awesome treat. You can also try using marshmallow fluff in place of the marshmallow filling. This will let you make the cupcakes even quicker.

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                                                      27. Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

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                                                        Everyone loves food on sticks. What could be better than dessert on a stick? This simple recipe involves dipping frozen bananas in chocolate. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

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                                                        28. Dark Chocolate Waffles

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                                                          Breakfast will never be the same again. Now you can have chocolate for breakfast, guilt-free. Or, enjoy them as a delicious dessert with any meal. Kids love these.

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                                                          29. Chocolate Fridge Cake

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                                                            Here is a cake you don’t have to bake. Simply combine the ingredients, and refrigerate until the cake is set. It even has some healthy ingredients, such as prunes and nuts.

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                                                            30. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Dutch Baby

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                                                              This fall treat can be enjoyed any time of the year. All of the flavors combine into one delicious dessert everyone will love. You can use canned pumpkin puree when pumpkins aren’t in season.

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                                                              Featured photo credit: Dennis Wilkinson via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                                              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                              • (1) Research
                                                              • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                              • (3) Creating the outline
                                                              • (4) Drafting the content
                                                              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                              • (6) Revision
                                                              • (7) etc.

                                                              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                              2. Change Your Environment

                                                              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                              6. Get a Buddy

                                                              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                              Reality check:

                                                              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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