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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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                                                              Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                                                              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                              Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                                              To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                                              Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                                              1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                                              Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                                              Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                                              To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                                              2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                                              Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                                              If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                                              Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                                              3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                                              Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                                              Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                                              4. Feed Your Brain

                                                              Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                                              This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                                              Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                                              Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                                              5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                                              According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                                              Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                                              Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                                              6. Write it Down

                                                              If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                                              It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                                              You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                                              7. Listen to Music

                                                              Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                                              8. Visual Concepts

                                                              In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                                              Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                                              Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                                              9. Teach Someone Else

                                                              Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                                              Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                                              10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                                              Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                                              So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                                              Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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