Put down that kale salad and listen up: You need more chocolate in your life. Studies have shown that dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, it can reduce stress, and most importantly, it tastes better than kale. Like a million times better. So check out these six ways to get more chocolate into your life:
This East Coast chocolate company’s European drinking chocolate features decadent shaved chocolate blends sourced from South American and Caribbean cocoa beans that taste just as good iced as they do piping hot.
2. Midnight Black Chocolate Pudding
If your chocolate motto is “The darker the better,” check out Joy the Baker's pudding recipe, which uses black onyx cocoa powder to make an intensely dark chocolate pudding.
3. Endorfin Chocolat CSC (community-supported chocolate)
That’s right. For a small fee, you can have artisan chocolate shipped to your house on a monthly basis. This Oakland, California, company fills each box with a variety of raw/unroasted bars, barks, truffles, drinking chocolate, and nut butters so you can get your chocolate fix regularly.
4. Charles Chocolates Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles Recipe from CHOW.com
Feed your chocolate craving by making this easy, indulgent candy recipe from Charles Chocolates, a San Francisco–based small-batch artisan chocolate company.
5. Vosges Haut Chocolat Travel the World Through Chocolate Steamer Trunk
If your sweet tooth is supersized, get this 50-pound sampler box of all of Chicago-based Vosges’s line, including White Chocolate Champagne Truffles, Aztec Elixir Couture Cocoa, and Mo’s Milk Chocolate Bacon Bar.
6. Grilled Chocolate Sandwich from Food52
When a chocolate recipe is written by cookbook author and chocolate guru Alice Medrich, it’s pretty much guaranteed to rock your socks off. Her grilled chocolate sandwich is so simple, and yet incredibly satisfying: melted chocolate, a sprinkle of salt, and buttery grilled bread.
Need more chocolate? Check out our chocolate dessert recipes to satisfy your cacao fix.
Photo Credits: Top cake image from CHOW.com, L.A Burdick Chocolate from Michael Basu on Flickr, Joy the Baker Chocolate Pudding, Cacao Community Chocolate Heart, Charles Chocolates Truffles / CHOW.com, Vosges Chocolate Trunk, Chocolate Sandwich / Food52
Leena Trivedi-Grenier is a Bay Area food writer and cooking teacher with an undying love for pot stickers. She earned her master's in gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu. Her writing appears on her blog Leena Eats and in various food-based encyclopedias.