30 Ways To Treat Yourself With Dark Chocolate

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we blended the things.

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If my relationship with dark chocolate had a theme song, it would be “I Will Always Love You” because we’re always pining for one another (okay, just kidding, our pining is super one-sided, I’ll be honest). But I need you to know it’s the Dolly Parton version, not the Whitney Version. Ours is a quiet love. A tender love. We don’t need theatrics. Just one another. Dark chocolate is the Burt Reynolds of my heart.

For real though, I just fucking love dark chocolate. I eat it almost every day because I’m a grown woman and I can treat myself!

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I read somewhere that craving chocolate is a sign your body needs magnesium, but you know what? I think my body really truly needs chocolate to function. I know my HEART AND SOUL AND WILL TO LIVE do, at least.

But I have to confess I’m a chocolate snob. Quit trying to pass off Hershey’s as good chocolate! Dark chocolate is higher in cocoa, which means it’s actually real chocolate, unlike the watered down versions you can buy at the gas station. My favorite kind of dark chocolate is currently made by Chocolove, but I’ll never say no to a Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate Bar because they’re the best. I think we can all agree that sea salt and dark chocolate is the best thing to be paired since the dawn of time.

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I’ve rounded up 30 Dark Chocolate Recipes to pair with “I Will Always Love You” which is now stuck in your head.


 

1. Salted Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Chocolate

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via Real Simple


 

2. Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake

 

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via Your Daily Chocolate


 

3. Dark Chocolate Meringue Cookies with Espresso Ganache Filling

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via Family Meal Blog


 

4. White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars

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via Love Veggies and Yoga


 

5. Dark Chocolate Orange Pudding

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via Good Life Eats


 

6. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

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via Sweetpolita


 

7. Dark Chocolate Espresso Mousse

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via Flourishing Foodie


 

8. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

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via Sweet Revelations


 

9. Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

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via Sprouted Kitchen


 

10. Dark Chocolate Fudge Merlot Cupcakes

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via How Sweet Eats


 

11. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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via Better Homes and Gardens


 

12. Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

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via Better Homes and Gardens


 

13. Dark Chocolate Flan

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via Better Homes and Gardens


 

14. Dark Chocolate M&M Cookies

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via Love To Be In The Kitchen


 

15. Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

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via Love To Be In The Kitchen


 

16. Creamy Dark Chocolate and Banana Muffins

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via Farm Fresh Feasts


 

17. Mini Chocolate Tarts

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via Avocado and Pesto


 

18. Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt OREO Cookie Balls

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via Madigan Made


 

19. Trail Mix Brownies

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via Healthy Seasonal Recipes


 

20. Frozen Chocolate Granola Cream Cake

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via Bette Crocker


 

21. Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Chocolate

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via Recipe Chart


 

22. Brownie Pie

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via Bakers Royale


 

23. Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake with Earl Grey Creme Brulee Filling

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via Gourmet Baking


 

24. Florentine Cookies

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via Sweetpolita


 

25. Dark Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies

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via Shugary Sweets


 

26. Dark Chocolate Mousse

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via Brown Eyed Baker


 

27. Chocolate Stout Cheesecake Fudgesicle

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via The Beeroness


 

28. Dark Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Rosewater Frosting

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via Sweetpolita


 

29. Dark Chocolate Bark with Candied Maple Bacon and Sea Salt

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via Guilty Kitchen


 

30. Grilled Chocolate and Parmesan Sandwich

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Okay, now before you panic at the thought of chocolate in a grilled cheese, please note that there is scientific research about the flavor profile of parmesan and dark chocolate, determining them to be a perfect pairing:

Each ingredient’s volatile compounds (aromas) are quantified using gas chromatography and/or a mass spectrometer. The concentrations are then compared with their respective flavor threshold and finally matched with other ingredients that have similar compounds.

I don’t pretend to understand science, but that’s some research I can get behind.


What other dark chocolate deliciousness are y’all cooking up?

Hansen is the former DIY & Food Editor of Autostraddle.com and likes to spend most days making and cooking and writing. She teaches creative writing at Colorado State University and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in her free time.

Hansen has written 190 articles for us.

32 Comments

  1. Feeling really motivated to go home and make that Dark Chocolate Orange Pudding. But probably with something other than orange flavor.

    Also, I’ve been working through that berry post. I made the raspberry coconut girl bait and the crescent wrapped baked brie. Very delicious, no regrets. Would do again.

  2. Cheeseboy (a grilled cheese franchise in N.E.) makes grilled cheese sandwiches that have nutella & american cheese on cinnamon swirl bread with powdered sugar on top, so cheese & chocolate is definitely A Thing.

    • I know, right? Ew, fat and sugar! Let’s go eat nothing but carrot sticks and water forever so we stay super skinny!

      Seriously though, your comment comes across a little fat-shamey, but I’m sure you didn’t mean it that way.

  3. My favourite quickie simple way to enjoy dark chocolate in a baked good. Make cupcakes with vanilla or chocolate cake mix, pour half the required batter into the cup cake holes. Drop as much solid dark chocolate as you feel like in, then just add the rest of the batter. Bake ’em then eat ’em while they’re warm, if you manage to not eat them all but still want the molten chocolate center just microwave them.

    Simplest way of all: Grate your chocolate with a cheese grater on top something like a frosted cake or into ice cream.

  4. this morning i was talking with a friend about chocolate benefits, that we can eat and do a healthy diet. It’s not true that chocolate gets you fat.
    She should look at this and change her mind about dark chocolate. Some of this recipes look yummi

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