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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 January 17, 2019

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                              Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                              Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                              Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                              Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                              The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                              There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                              How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                              According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                              Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                              Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                              The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                              Listen carefully:

                                                              We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                              The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                              Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                              8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                              There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                              Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                              1. Pray Daily

                                                              You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                              When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                              Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                              Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                              2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                              A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                              By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                              Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                              If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                              This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                              How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                              3. Smile Often

                                                              Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                              Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                              Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                              The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                              4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                              A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                              When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                              Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                              Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                              5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                              I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                              Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                              What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                              6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                              God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                              I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                              I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                              7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                              You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                              How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                              First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                              If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                              If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                              If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                              Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                              8. Go Exercise

                                                              Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                              The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                              You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                              12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                              It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                              Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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