Hello all of my sweeties! Here is the latest chocolate news from the web:

09 Jan

Farm Show: Chocolate Cake competition looks devilishly delicious (blog)
At the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show there were tables filled with cakes of al different shapes and sizes. One had a pig on top, another was iced to look like a present (complete with ribbons). They all had one common ingredient though – chocolate. In …

I was a little disappointed that they did not show a picture of the cake with the pig on top, or the one made to look like a present. I did find a good baking tip in this article, however:

“Vicki Brightbill of Pleasant Gap in Centre County spent 20 years perfecting her chocolate mocha cake recipe. Last year she believes she came up with the perfect combination of ingredients.

“It has dense texture, but is still moist and light,” she said.

Vicki Brightbill of Pleasant Gap, Centre County

The key to her cake is the cocoa. Brightbill mixes Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder with Hershey’s regular cocoa powder and tosses in a bit of coffee. The result is a smooth, rich delectable treat.”

The 14th Annual Feast of Chocolate
Carson Now
It’s almost here, the 14th Annual Feast of Chocolate. Come get your chocolate fix Feb. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. in the relaxed atmosphere of the Carson City Plaza Conference Center, with all you-can-eat chocolate, wine, music, raffles and silent auction …

If any of you are going to be in Carson, Nevada on February 9, you may want to check out this chocolate feast.

Brownie mix recall: Undeclared walnuts in Food Club Chocolate chunk brownies
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Jan. 4, a recall of chocolate chunk brownie mix due to undeclared walnuts. Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. said the wrong packaging was used for the food during production. The Chester, Ill. based food …
If any of you buy Food Club brownies, you may want to read this allergy alert. You will need to scroll down past the video, to see the article.

Here are several tasty ways to eat more chocolate in 2013. For the first one, I love their tip about using plain ol’ inexpensive dental floss to cut a soft cake—what a great idea. Sounds like a true cake expert to me. The recipe calls for Dutch Process cocoa powder. According to this site:, you can find this at Whole Food’s Market:
Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake
If ever there’s a time to try out a complicated, decadent new dessert recipe, it’s the holidays, when you have a crowd to appreciate it. This Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake from America’s Test Kitchen requires a delicate hand, but any chocolate fan will …

Hot chocolate tastes best in orange mugs, study finds
CBS News
To see how hot chocolate enjoyment was affected by cup color, Piqueras-Fiszman and her colleagues asked 57 participants to rate samples of the same delicious beverage in four colors of plastic cup: white, cream, orange and red. (All cups were white on …

Remember to drink this next one from an orange mug and “never, ever, let it cool.”
Christmas Recipe: Polar Express Hot Chocolate
Let me start by saying – I love hot chocolate. So, when I saw this recipe for Polar Express Hot Chocolate on the blog Honey & Fitz I knew I had to make it. Don’t be afraid when you see the ingredients – this is a decadent, rich, flavorful hot chocolate …


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