11 Interesting Ways to Cook With Chocolate

Katie Sweeney

Some days, it feels like chocolate will solve all of life’s problems, and today, it most certainly will, because it’s National Chocolate Day. Although national food holidays are somewhat absurd, how could one not get behind a day that celebrates all things chocolate?! It’s not only delicious eaten out of hand as a gourmet chocolate bar, but it’s also an ingredient that can be used to enhance the flavor of countless dishes. Although chocolate is mostly used in sweet preparations, it adds richness and depth to savory dishes. Ready to think outside of the box when it comes to cooking with chocolate? Here are 11 unusual ways to incorporate it into a dish.

Everything tastes better with baconeven chocolate. Be sure to use extra-crispy bacon when making this recipe. This will ensure that you can dip the bacon into the melted chocolate with ease.

Two traditional bread techniques (challah and babka) are combined to make this hybrid breakfast treat. It does involve rising, so be sure to start hours before you plan on serving it.

Cocoa powder is an superb addition to a spice rub for protein. This rub consists of cocoa powder, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, oregano, chili powder, brown sugar, and dried mustard. For the most flavorful ribs, massage the rub into the pork and let it sit, wrapped in plastic, overnight in the fridge.

Sometimes the only dessert that will do is an ice cream cake. This one is made with almond milk and coconut milk, so it’s an ideal treat for lactose-intolerant dinner guests.

Wouldn’t these decadent dark-chocolate waffles make the perfect Halloween breakfast? They are wickedly delicious!

Give classic chocolate cupcakes a gourmet makeover by piping on a creamy dulce de leche frosting. Top with candied bacon bits for the ultimate indulgence. These sound to die for!

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Chocolate is a key ingredient in traditional Mexican mole, a complicated and time-consuming dish. However, this recipe demystifies it and makes a rich sauce for chicken enchiladas by mixing tomato paste with chicken broth, chocolate, cumin, and chili powder.

Normally, blondies have no chocolate, but this genius recipe for butterscotch-based blondies gives them a chocolate crust and banana-rum filling. Yum!

In the mood for warm chocolate cake but don’t want to end up with an entire nine-inch layer cake? Whip up this chocolate cake in a coffee mug in the microwave. It’s a single serving that takes minutes to make. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and call it a party!

Need a fast and easy dessert that will delight a crowd? Make these cookie bars by pressing a pretzel crust into a baking sheet. Top with sweetened condensed milk, peanuts, chocolate, and more pretzels. Bake, slice into squares, and enjoy!

The combination of mint and chocolate work wonderfully in ice cream, so why wouldn’t the duo shine in pudding as well? Since you’re essentially making two different types of pudding, this recipe requires a little time and effort, but the final dish is so worth it!

What is your favorite chocolate dish?

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