My granddaughter is bright, bubbly, tall, slender, beautiful… and a chocoholic! Everyday she requests a chocolate croissant and chocolate ice cream! When we go to the store she routinely asks for a piece of chocolate candy. So what is it about chocolate that even a three year old finds it so enticing?
Well, the list can go on and on. It’s moist, sweet, yummy, invigorating, …. A zillion scientific studies have been done attempting to answer this question, but the only conclusion that I can come to is that it is personal. My granddaughter, the expert, has her favorites, and here they are:
Divine Milk Chocolate Bar – Made with the finest cocoa, smooth cocoa butter and real vanilla, giving it a distinctive creamy flavor. Divine is the only fair trade chocolate company which is owned by its cocoa farmers.
Large Gold Foiled Milk Chocolate Coins – Known as “gelt” in our house.
Godiva Chocolatier Gold Ballotin (8 pc.) – Also makes a pretty gift.
M&M Milk Chocolate Candy – Can’t go wrong with M&Ms!
Hershey’s Kisses, Milk Chocolate – An old favorite.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares – These are creamy and individually wrapped for a quick treat.
Give them a try and enjoy!
Have you heard all the hype about Coconut Oil?
I finally decided to try it out, and bought the two-pack on Amazon. I have read that along with some health benefits, coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer or even in your hair. I love the smell of coconut, and this particular brand seems to get very good reviews (Nutiva’s Cold-Pressed, Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil). No, they’re not paying me.
While I generally try to fry foods as little as possible, this oil is a fun alternative to my good old standby, olive oil. It does lend a slight coconut-y flavor to foods, but was very good in a chicken-broccoli-pineapple stir fry!
I started looking for other ways to use my new ingredient and found this delightfully yummy cookie recipe!
It made about 12 large chunky, chewy (dare I say decadent) cookies.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In an electric mixer, beat together coconut oil, eggs, and brown sugar until well mixed.
- Add remaining ingredients, mixing together just until all are incorporated.
- Use a 1/3 cup-measuring cup to form cookies on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes, or just until the outside of the cookies have browned.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool.