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Dining on Chocolate

Photo Courtesy of Emily Gilbert

It’s chocolate lovers month and we’re in chocolate heaven. For a chocolate themed event, do more than decorate with chocolate colors. Decorate with a chocolate mosaic table instead. Godiva created this promo as part of decked out chocolate rooms, which included chocolate candles, chocolate statues and even a chocolate headboard!

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Chocolate Aloha

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Ted’s Bakery on Oahu’s North Shore has a popular haupia pie. This recipe takes a twist on this lovely treat.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 ounces 72% cacao chocolate
1 (13 1/2 ounce) can coconut milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoon vanilla
5 Tablespoons sugar
6 Tablespoons corn starch

Directions

In a large bowl pour melted butter over chocolate graham crumbs. Toss to coat. Reserve, cover, and refrigerate 1/2 cup of crumbs. Press the remaining crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie dish.

In a medium bowl melt chocolate in the microwave, heating on high in 30 second bursts then stirring until chocolate is completely melted. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan whisk together coconut milk, milk, vanilla, sugar and cornstarch until thoroughly combined. Heat over medium while whisking constantly until mixture begins to thicken. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 more minutes, continuously whisking then whisk in melted chocolate.

Remove mixture from heat and pour into prepared pie dish and use a spatula to spread the pudding evenly in the dish. Let cool uncovered on the counter for about 10 minutes then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving cover the top with cookie crumbs. Serve chilled.

Coffee Cocoa

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Why choose between serving hot chocolate and coffee when you can do both?

Ingredients
1/4 cup cocoa powder (3/4 ounce; 25g)
1/4 cup sugar (2 ounces; 55g)
1 1/2 cups (355ml) milk
2/3 cup (160ml) strong coffee or espresso
Whipped cream, for serving

Directions

In a medium bowl, stir together cocoa powder and sugar until thoroughly combined. In a medium saucepan, heat milk over moderate heat until steaming. Whisk in cocoa/sugar mixture along with coffee, whisking rapidly until hot and frothy. Divide into warmed mugs and top with whipped cream.

Chocolate in 3D

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Yes, all chocolate you consume is technically 3D. But customizing it with a 3D printer gives it a new and exciting twist. Choc Edge is a 3D chocolate printer available to buy or rent, printing both 3D and 2D designs. Print words, logos, themes. The possibilities are virtually endless.

 

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