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Simply Irresist- a- ball!!

So I recently stumbled on this awesome blog full of healthy, delectable, chocolatey desserts. I’m obsessed!! The recipes are amazing and super innovative. I decided to try out the German-Chocolate Fudge Bites. YUM YUM YUM!

German-Chocolate Fudge Balls

They’re raw and vegan!! (Except for the chocolate chips I opted to add). They are seriously delicious. So good, I’m going to make them for Rick’s Valentine’s Day chocolate bake off at his work. Can’t wait to hear what folks say about this delicious and healthy-er alternative!!

 

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Death by Chocolate

Over the weekend, we ventured out to Harvard Square in Cambridge for the second annual chocolate festival. At one point in the afternoon, several vendors came together to promote their eateries and gave out FREE samples of chocolate. FREE samples, need I say more? It was chocolate overload…I couldn’t have asked for more. We were near the front and still waited in line for about 40 minutes…and the line stretched long behind us.

Long Long Line

Chocolate Samples

(Starting bottom left and circling clockwise)

  1. Chocolate ice cream smothered in chocolate sauce from JP Licks
  2. Chocolate ice cream with chocolate chunks from Libby’s Dairy Bar
  3. Gluten free and sugar free chocolate mouse with whipped cream from Legal Sea Food
  4. Chocolate fudge cake from Finale
  5. Fried crepe stuffed with Nutella from Bertuccis

To my dismay, I couldn’t finish all mine due to the impending stomach ache, but Rick had no problem finishing his!

Happy Man

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Chocolate Festival in Harvard Square

Um, not much needs to be said about the title of this post except for: CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL. Yeah, that’s right…the last weekend of January will be a chocolate festival in Harvard Square featuring an assortment of decadent chocolate treats from local purveyors. There are several offered activities including Death by Chocolate: A Murder Mystery (sidenote: I hope this is my fate…); the Art of Chocolate Tasting: learning the intricacies of the chocolate making process; and an Evening of Wine and Chocolate: pairing the two in the best possible way. Rick and I will be in attendance from start to finish…will you? Stay tuned for an update on this upcoming afternoon filled with indulgence and gluttony.

Chocolate Truffles

Crystal

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UPDATE: 5 TIPS FOR BADASS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

While my cookies turned out to be delicious (I’ve already plowed through about half the batch) I wanted to show you the dark and dangerous realities of cookie baking. While taking out my second batch from the oven, I was distracted by Tabatha’s Salon Takeover and accidentally burned my bicep with the scalding hot cookie sheet (see picture below).

Cookie Burn

It turned out to be quite a large battle wound. Now all I need to do is think of a better story that will make me look like more of a badass and less like a nincompoop.

Crystal

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5 Tips for Badass Chocolate Chip Cookies

To celebrate the holidays, I baked my favorite…chocolate chip cookies. Admittedly, I’m not a hugely savvy baker (I still have TONS to learn) but after many attempts and much trial-and-error, I have finally mastered this classic cookie. There’s not one specific recipe I follow (typically whatever is on the back of the chocolate chip bag) but it’s the tricks you implement that makes these cookies THE BOMB. Below are 5 tips I have for making these cookies better than most:

  1. You MUST refrigerate the dough for at least 8 hours, although 24 hours is preferred. This is crucial.
  2. Add and extra teaspoon of vanilla, so 3 teaspoons all together
  3. After plopping the dough balls onto the cookie sheet, add a little bit of sea salt to the tops. This gives a nice sweet and savory dynamic. (Note: only do this if you use unsalted butter).
  4. Bake the cookies for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. They may still look uncooked when you take them out, but they will continue to bake once you take them out.
  5. The better the quality of the chocolate chip, the better the cookie. I recommend Ghiradelli semi-sweet chips. These can be found at any major grocery store.
All these tips combined will bake some badass cookies that are sure to be the most popular at any party. Sandwich some ice cream in between or dip them into some chilled almond milk. Chocolate chip cookies will forever and always be my favorite cookie.
More baking tid-bits coming soon!

Crystal

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