Apparently today is International Chocolate Day. I would like to thank Milton S. Hershey (founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company) for being born today so that the National Confectioners Association had a reason to make this a holiday.
I mean, seriously? A holiday for chocolate? As if I needed a reason to indulge today! But I suppose if it’s a holiday I’d better make the most of it, right?
If you don’t want to crave delicious chocolate for the rest of the day, then stop reading now. If however, you need something to quench your chocolate fix, read on for some ideas.
THE COMPLETE COOKIE
by Barry Bluestein and Kevin Morrissey
If, like me you like cookies with chocolate, made of chocolate, dipped in chocolate, filled with chocolate, topped with chocolate, etc., then you need to get your hands on this book. It’s got recipes and variations for some of my favorites (chocolate chip and peanut blossom cookies are my fav), as well as many other types. So even if there’s someone in your life that doesn’t like chocolate (gasp!), there’s something in here they will like too.
Maybe you want to indulge in chocolate deliciousness but want some healthier alternatives. This book includes all kinds of healthy substitutions that you can use based on what’s already in your pantry. Looking at the Chocolate Obsession Cake alone, I can see four different options for flour (including gluten free). I’ve never subbed carrot juice for milk, but apparently it can be done?
Perhaps you really, for a legitimate reason, won’t be having chocolate today. If that is the case, I am truly sorry. However, if you still want to celebrate this glorious holiday, maybe reading about the history of chocolate is better suited to your situation. From Mexico and Central America nearly four millennia ago to its modern worldwide consumption, the authors trace the uses and consumption of chocolate in its many forms.
I don’t feel like I need to say anything about this one. It’s a cookbook from Ghirardelli. You’re welcome.
I know you should never judge a book by its cover, but this one has stood out to me for a long time. It’s got a bright red spine and a delicious looking chocolate cake right on the cover. Just seeing this book makes me want chocolate. This cookbook has cakes, cookies, brownies, mousses, snacks, pastries, icings, and a lot more.
Enjoy! I hope you’ve found something wonderful to help celebrate this glorious holiday. At the very least, you read about it and thought about chocolate, which was my plan all along. Muhahaha!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a rather persistent craving to fill.