Chocolate Recipes You’ll Fall In Love With

When women think of Valentine’s Day, boxed candy, roses and cheesy Hallmark cards from loved ones often come to mind. But let’s be real. The key to any girl’s heart is chocolate. Lots and lots of it. In honor of the anniversary of Hershey’s Chocolate — which was founded on February 9th, 1894 — and to get you to think outside the heart-shaped box this Valentine’s Day, we present to you some positively decadent chocolate-based recipes.

Impress your friends and loved ones with these cheap, easy and incredible treats. Even the most challenged baker can master what we’ve culled here for you!

Easy Chocolate Bark

This delicious recipe is perfect if you’re craving a chocolatey snack, and it only requires two types of ingredients.

Ingredients:

6 ounces of dark chocolate

4 ounces of semisweet chocolate

½ cup almonds, chopped

Directions:

  1. Combine the chocolates and melt in a microwavable bowl.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper
  3. Pour the melted chocolate over the parchment paper. Use a spatula to evenly spread the chocolate.
  4. Sprinkle chopped almonds over chocolate layer.
  5. Put the bark in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes
  6. Cut the bark into three-inch pieces and serve.

Chocolate Mousse

A quick and easy, yet completely delectable, no-bake dessert made in the time it’ll take you to watch the latest episode of Modern Family.

Ingredients:

8 ounces of semisweet chocolate

2 cups skim milk

2 packages sugar-free chocolate Jell-O

2 cups of fat-free cool whipped topping

1/3 cup of fresh brewed coffee

Directions:

  1. Melt the chocolate, 1 cup of milk and the coffee on high in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining milk and pudding packages to the chocolate mixture. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  3. Take the pudding out of the refrigerator, fold in cool whip and serve.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Dark chocolate + Sweet strawberries = A (somewhat) healthy, satisfying and fail-proof sexy dessert.

Ingredients:

6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

3 ounces white chocolate, chopped

1 pound strawberries with stems, washed and dried very well

Directions:

  1. Put the dark and white chocolates into two separate heatproof medium bowls.
  2. Fill two medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Turn off the heat and set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (If you want to limit the clean-up process or don’t have a stove, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute until melted.)
  4. Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat.
  5. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper.
  6. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl.
  7. Set the strawberry on the parchment paper and repeat with the rest.
  8. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle over the dipped strawberries.
  9. Set the strawberries aside for 30 minutes, or until the chocolate sets.

Oreo Truffle Balls

This is seriously the easiest and most satisfying recipe for Valentine’s Day, and it’ll be hard to resist more than one. Trust me.

Ingredients:

1 (16-ounce) package OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

2 (8-ounce) packages semi-sweet baking chocolate

Directions:

  1. Crush package of cookies to fine crumbs in a food processor. (If that’s not available, you can also put the cookies in a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin and place in a medium bowl).
  2. Add cream cheese, mix until well blended.
  3. Line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper.
  4. Roll cookie mixture into balls, about 1-inch diameter.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until hardened.
  6. In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate until smooth.
  7. Take cookies out of the refrigerator, dip the balls in chocolate and place back on baking sheet.
  8. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered in refrigerator.

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