From cacao seeds to a sweet and gooey flavour, chocolate can be a strange addiction.
Although consuming a huge amount is unhealthy, eating the right proportion of chocolate can provide a number of benefits: It can improve your memory, blood circulation and, most importantly, it plays a role in making you a happier human.
Eating a chocolate bar casually can be convenient and fast. However, there are other ways of eating chocolate “indirectly” — by including them in your favourite desserts to enjoy with loved ones.
5 Simple And Delicious Desserts You Can Make From Chocolate Bars
Fudgy Chunkies Brownies
Everyone loves brownies and it is one of the most popular desserts you can find out there. Not only are they a great tasty snack, but making your own brownies can be a fun and interesting family activity to enjoy with your kids.
All that’s needed to take them to the next tier are chunks of crunchy, savoury chocolate bars and the oven. Brownies are simply delicious, rich in chocolate, gooey and soft on the inside, and possess a delicate texture without the dryness when you munch. You will be smiling before you know it after taking a bite.
Frozen S’mores Pies
Inspired by our best campfire treat, “The Famous S’Mores” — how nostalgic! Remember what it felt like to toast the marshmallows after a long day while being a Boy and Girl Scout? This dessert is very similar to your good old days’ treat, but with just a little twist to make it more sensational and frozen.
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The protagonist of this incredible dessert is the layer. The trick is by doubling the graham cracker part to make a thick coating and adding some tiny chocolate chips that will bring you the taste of perfection!
Italian Sundaes With Chocolate Spreads
Thinking about Italians, “gelato” might be quite familiar to you. This dessert is super simple to make. All you need to have are two pints of Fior di Latte, a type of gelato without the egg yolks, and a cup of chocolate spread. If you can’t find the gelato, vanilla ice cream is a great substitution. To assemble this delicious treat you will need to scoop gelato in a chilled bowl, add some spreads, another scoop of gelato and any desired toppings!
A Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake with Caramel Sauce and Peanuts
To make this dessert, only a microwave oven is required and your cute microwave-safe little mug — no oven necessary! All you need to do are stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a mug.
Mix the cream, oil, and 3 tablespoons of water until smooth.
Make a well in the middle with a spoon, and pour half of the caramel sauce into the well.
Microwave it for 60 seconds on high power and carefully take it out. If you want, add ice cream, peanuts, and the rest of the caramel sauce on top. Then, it is ready to serve immediately! Bon Appétit!
Easy Peasy Fudge Pops
Another effortless recipe that will make your life easier: Easy peasy fudge popsicles. A popsicle mold and a stick are the most important things you’ll need to make this.
To make this recipe, put coconut milk, condensed milk, cocoa powder, and a little salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Then, pour the blended mixture into the ice-pop molds. Freeze it for an hour so you can put the stick in, and then freeze it again for about 4 hours, or until it is firm. The last step is to dip the molds into cold water and carefully remove your popsicle from the mold. Enjoy!
Some Fun Facts About Chocolate
Did you know that “Latin America and Asia” produce the majority of the world’s chocolate?
However, in the cocoa industry, child labour, slavery, and deforestation are common problems because cocoa can only be grown in a small area and in countries that are less economically developed. There are still an estimated two million children working on cocoa farms in West Africa alone. Hershey, Nestle, and Mars have all faced lawsuits alleging child labor in their supply chains in recent years.
To avoid fueling this raging fire, the solution is to support sustainable chocolate from local farmers where all of the profits go directly to them and their product – and to look for certificates that attest the product was sustainably produced and meets ethical, fair-trade criteria.
Top Tips To Choose A Sustainable Chocolate
- Chocolate from West Africa
Favor businesses that:
- Source cocoa transparently
- Make contact with farmers.
- Make chocolate from farmer-owned cocoa
- Use eco-friendly packaging and low footprints
At Impakter’s Eco Marketplace, you can be sure that all the chocolate products are 100% eco-friendly and support fair-trade and local farmers. Because we believe that in order to make our society better and greener, we need to make a small impact every single day.
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by Impakter.com columnists are their own, not those of Impakter.com — In the Featured Photo: A chocolate bar. Featured Photo Credit: Chocolate Brands