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What's your favorite usage of chocolate as an ingredient?

Asked by McBean (1703points) August 10th, 2008

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flyawayxxballoon's avatar

Hmm, that’s a tough one! Chocolate is just soo good…

But I guess if I have to choose, it would be peanut butter chocolate cheesecake. I made that once, though I forget the recipe…but it was absolutely fantastic! It’s regular cheescake with Reese’s peanut butter cups in them, and then I did a chocolate drizzle on top…delicious!

McBean's avatar

@flyaway…definitely two great tastes that go great together!!

flyawayxxballoon's avatar

@McBean; I thought so! =)

tinyfaery's avatar

Mole, hands down.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Honestly? My absolute favorite way to eat chocolate is to buy chocolate chips, melt them down and dip strawberries and bananas in it. So simple, so good.

McBean's avatar

@tinyfaery…I love mole! I think I just decided against ice cream for supper now.

flyawayxxballoon's avatar

This is probably one of those totally obvious things that I’m just out of the loop on, but what is mole?

McBean's avatar

@DD…I love melted chocolate on fruit, too! A great – incredibly easy – chocolate fondue recipe (the kind you can use in either a fondue pot or a crock pot on low) is to simply melt a bag of chocolate chips with a can of sweetened condensed milk. My son and his friends love chocolate fondue with assorted fruit, pretzels, and marshmallows. I sometimes put out graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut and chocolate sprinkles for them to dip their chocolate-covered tid-bits in. It’s a party!

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mamasu's avatar

Okay, what’s mole?

I love the combination of chocolate, bananas and peanut butter. I make banana ice cream with fudge swirls and peanut butter swirls and chunks of banana. I’ll have to find the recipe. It’s yummy.

Lightlyseared's avatar

chocolate fridge cake.

mamasu's avatar

What is a chocolate fridge cake.

I’m starting to think my chocolate obsession is limited in scope. I see room for expansion here. ;~)

McBean's avatar

Mole (pronounced MO-lay) is a savory Mexican sauce made with dried red chile and other spices, sesame seeds (and sometimes peanuts or other nuts), unsweetened chocolate, onions and garlic. It’s slightly sweet (I actually use a bit of brown sugar in mine) and very spicy. It’s also very rich and absolutely delicious.

flyawayxxballoon's avatar

Sounds absolutely strange, yet really good!!

McBean's avatar

@mamasu… I’m guessing your picky eating doesn’t include most things chocolate?

mamasu's avatar

Chocolate is my friend.

Oddly, my picky eating usually revolves around meats and a few veggies and fruits. I really should be a vegetarian just because I hate the texture of so many meats. Actually all except 2 or 3.

Chocolate, however, is the ultimate yum. Mole sounds yummy.

It’s amazing how chocolate can add to seemingly incompatible ingredients to make something heavenly. Original cincinnati style chili has chocolate and cinnamon mixed into the meat mixture, along with other ingredients. It’s really flavorful, though not chocolaty.

shilolo's avatar

Chocolate syrup, drizzled on a woman’s body…. ;-)

cak's avatar

oooooh….drooling….Mole, is probably one of my favorite things, in the entire culinary world!

I love my Grandma’s Buttermilk Chocolate Cake, with a Mocha/Coffee icing. The perfect amount of chocolate, and it’s not too sweet.

I love cheescake with dark chocolate swirled in. It’s one of the most requested cheesecakes I make.

tinyfaery's avatar

High-five for mole.

McBean's avatar

@cak…sounds like a good meal to me. Mole over rice and one of your two cakes (maybe both) for dessert. How about a Yoohoo to wash it all down? Or would that just be wrong?

flyawayxxballoon's avatar

No, Yoohoo could never be wrong! I love that stuff…best chocolate drink ever.

cheebdragon's avatar

yoohoo kicks ass!

McBean's avatar

Have any of you tried the Hershey’s chocolate drink that comes in a box? No, it’s not milk. I believe it may be even a tad better than a Yoohoo! And this is the bonus of having a young child. Plenty of opportunities to buy and try all kinds of stuff that adults shouldn’t buy.

syz's avatar

Um, mole. Such depth, such complexity (and soooooo many recipes).,,FOOD_9936_5261,00.html?rsrc=search

McBean's avatar

And if you don’t feel like whipping it up entirely from scratch, you can purchase it in a jar: . Because of all the nut oils and ground chile, you’ll want to be very careful prying the metal lid off of the jar. If you splash that top layer of oil on you, you’ll never get it out of your clothes!

Once you take the lid off, pour the oil down the drain (you won’t need it) and dilute the thick paste with chicken broth. I also add a bit of brown sugar and cumin to round out the flavor. Saute chunks of chicken breast and then simmer them in the sauce. Serve it over white rice or saffron rice. It’s amazing.

I’ve also added a tablespoon of the jarred mole paste to my regular tortilla soup recipe. Don’t forget to top the finished soup with chunks of avocado and a dollop of sour cream (or Mexican crema) to temper the spiciness!

Now I’m very, very hungry for mole of some sort.

cak's avatar

@McBean! Yoohoo! YUM! I haven’t had one of those in a very, very long time!

Oh no, probably just the perfect balance!

Lovelocke's avatar

Cici’s Pizza used to have these chocolate-sauced/powdered sugar desert stick things. Once, I combined them on my plate and chocolate sauce got on my pizza. After I discovered that flavor sensation, 9/11 happened.

…but it was still delicious.

trudacia's avatar

I’m boring… I love my mom’s icebox cake. Layers of chocolate pudding and graham crackers.

Also love Ovaltine with cold milk. Malted milk rocks!

It’s also fun to lick chocolate syrup off a friend.

charliecompany34's avatar

use it for mole baby!

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Tiny, I know exactly what you’re talking about! It’s the spices and stuff that are like saturated in oil that never come out! because I found that sometimes dish detergent will take the oil out of fabric…but not always, and if there’s spices in it (especially turmeric i’ve found) then that spot is going to be yellowish forever…and ever….
yeah, i’m a really clumsy person, i know way too much about stained clothing, carpets, couches….et cetera…

Carla's avatar

Is there a bad way to have chocolate….

I don’t think so. I love a good chocolate mousse, warm chocolate chip cookies right from the oven, smores when camping, hot fudge sundaes, a molten lava cake, and when I want a naughty late night snack there is nothing like a toasted english muffin with peanut butter topped with chocolate chips and put under the broiler.

Seesul's avatar

Chocolate Fondue with Cointreau. Served with Angel Food Cake and Fresh Fruit for dipping. MMMMMMMMM!

McBean's avatar

@Carla: You may be the queen of chocolate!

gooch's avatar

I love it shaved on my pasta!

McBean's avatar

gooch: Really? Over the marinara? Or do you chocolate up your garlic butter?

gooch's avatar

Over the red sauce it’s awesome you need to try it I learned it in Italy

manuel_alarcon's avatar

I love to melt white chocolate and mix it with merken (a kind of dried red chile,... from chile) delicious!

McBean's avatar

@manuel: Hmmm…I can see that being good. The creamy sweetness of the white chocolate playing off the spicy, sour, bitterness of the chile. Sounds like it would be pretty, too.

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