A Sweet Taste of Paris

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My family and I recently had the pleasure to visit Paris.

I could not travel to the city of lights, aka, the city of magical-sugary-concoctions, without a trip to Angelina’s. I’ve been daydreaming about their infamous rich, thick hot chocolate and decadent sweet pastries forever.

We arrived at Angelina’s late in the afternoon. It would have been my first stop, but the others had some other petty things to complete first. (Something about the Eiffel Tower and Louve😉).

To our dismay, the cafe was quite busy and the pastry case almost empty.

Life lesson: Always visit bakeries first thing in the morning for the most variety.

(Priorities, right?)

Thankfully, there were still a few things left for us to sample.

The hot chocolate, l’Africain, was served in its own cute little ceramic pitcher…but, was missing the notorious side of whipped cream.☹️The flavor was sweet, rich, and slightly more bitter than an American hot chocolate, (which probably would have benefited from a hefty dollop of whipped cream. Not that I’m bitter). But still, good stuff.

Next up were the pastries.

Although it wasn’t chocolate, I had to sample their house speciality, The MontBlanc. Filled with a pleasant chestnut cream, and a meringue crust, it was like nothing I’d ever had before.

But of course, I’m partial to chocolate. So, the next confection was even more appreciated.

The Choc Africain cake was layered with brownie, chocolate mousse, and bitter dark chocolate cream. Although I enjoyed the richness, the chocolate flavor was so intense, I had no problem sharing.

My favorite of the day? This little beauty…

The Trocadéro. This pastry was on the seasonal dessert menu. But, I could eat it all year long-each and every day. The Trocadéro is a hazelnut biscuit topped with layers of chocolate and hazelnut cream, and finished off with a coating of milk chocolate and crushed almonds. The flavors, plus the textures, created chocolate perfection.

Been to Paris? What’s the best thing that you ate?

 

 

 

31 Days of Chocolate:Oct.14th- National Dessert Day

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October 14th: Enjoy a Fall dessert in honor of National Dessert Day

My jeans are yelling, “You’ve been eating Fall desserts every single day.”

But, the voices in my head are yelling something different.

Perhaps, just one little cookie….

Ms. Fields Yummy Mummy Cookie Cake

Or, just a small bite…

Vampire Teeth Cupcake

by ShopBakersnook

Or, one tiny slice of cake.

Halloween Chocolate Cake

By William Sonoma

And, if one little slice, leads to the whole cake, that’s okay. It’s a special time of year.

Chocoholic’s Fall Bucket List: 31 Days of Chocolate

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There’s just something about October that just energizes my soul.

Maybe it’s the chill in the air,

the cozy clothes,

the days in the pumpkin patch,

the nights in front of the fire,

the vibrant leaf confetti,

AND, the promise of bucket-loads of chocolate candy.

Don’t want to miss out on any chocolate opportunities? Let me be your guide, as we celebrate 31 days of October, chocoholic-style.

 

Day One:

Today we celebrate the 30th birthday of Matilda, by Roald Dahl.

What better way to celebrate than eating a chocolate cake bigger than your head!

Too much of a good thing? Is that possible? Let me know, in the comment section below!

(Will go easy on you on this one….If you eat any chocolate cake this month, check it off your list. ✅)

You put WHAT in my chocolate cake?

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You want the best cake. The moistest cake. The healthiest cake.
I get that. I really do.

Bring out the chocolate flavor with a dash of espresso powder? Sure. I can handle that.

How about adding a dollop of sour cream? Maybe.

Make it moister with mayonnaise?

That’s where things cross the line for me. Some things just don’t belong in chocolate cake. My rule of thumb, if it goes on a sandwich, leave it out of my dessert.

Now, I’m not totally closed-minded. Let’s say you’d like dessert, but you don’t want all the calories that come with it. That’s understandable. In fact, I find some of the early hacks acceptable, substituting fats with fruits, such as, apple sauce, bananas, or pumpkin.

But, the latest trends have me holding my stomach.
Avocado, zucchini, kale, and the one that pains me to type in the same sentence as chocolate…black beans. Black beans, you guys.

If you are one that eats like this, I’m not putting you down. In fact, I applaud you and your super powers.

Call me stubborn, or call me a purist (I prefer the latter), but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

It’s not the fact that I don’t like vegetables. I’d just prefer to keep them out of my dessert. (Back to my sandwich rule).

Am I alone on this one? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Quiz: What’s in Your Lunchbox?

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Take this quiz to see what chocolate snack matches your school style.


As a kid, one of my favorite parts of the school day was lunchtime…especially if there was a sweet chocolate snack tucked inside of my lunchbox.

(If the Quiz doesn’t automatically load, please click on the post’s title).

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What snack did you get?

What’s your all time favorite school time snack?

Quiz: Baking 101

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How would you rate your baking skills when it comes to chocolate recipes? Let’s find out! No worries, it’s all meant in good fun. 😊

(If the quiz doesn’t automatically load, click on the title to start.)

 

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How did you do? Share your results in the comment section below. Also, tell us— What’s your favorite chocolate dessert to bake?

What dessert are you making for Thanksgiving?

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Decisions!

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I have yet to decide on what I’m making for dessert. So, I’m tempting myself with my options.

Single layer?

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Lots of layers?

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Ice Cream?

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Or, Ice Cream Cake?

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Warm and dreamy?

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Cool and creamy?

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Chocolate fluffed?

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Chocolate stuffed?

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Chocolate covered?

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Chocolate Smothered?

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After viewing all of these pieces of chocolate heaven, the answer is clear.

I’ll make one of everything!

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(Thanksgiviving Day)

Husband: You know you have enough dessert here to feed 60 people.

Me: Well then,…I guess we’ll have leftovers.

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What dessert are you making (or eating) for Thanksgiving?