As you probably know, chocolate is an almost universally loved treat, and it can be enjoyed in so many ways - chocolate cake, chocolate-chip cookies or just a plain bar of chocolate. Yum! But, since February is National Chocolate Lovers’ Month, it’s the perfect time to expand your chocolate repertoire with these five ways to celebrate with new ideas for enjoying your favorite sweet:
- Add it to Breakfast
- Chocolate and Vegetables
- Drizzle it over popcorn
- Pair it with wine
- Mix it with nut butter
1. Add it to breakfast.
Chocolate-flavored cereals have long been a favorite of little kids for breakfast. Now grownups and kids alike can enjoy chocolate for breakfast by adding it to cold cereal or oatmeal. Simply sprinkle cocoa powder on top instead of sugar for a less sweet, but deeper flavor.
Also, milk and dark chocolate chunks make a delicious addition to your cold cereal and melt deliciously into hot oatmeal. And if you’re really feeling indulgent, swap out plain white milk for chocolate milk for some double chocolate flavor. Trust us - your kiddos will absolutely love this swap!
2. Chocolate and Vegetables.
You’ve eaten chocolate-covered strawberries and bananas, and maybe even a chocolate apple, but have you and your family members tried chocolate on your vegetables? National Chocolate Lovers’ Month is the perfect time to try this chocolate trend.
All you have to do is dip raw vegetables, such as carrots, asparagus, broccoli and radishes, into melted chocolate (milk, dark or white chocolate) for a relish tray that your whole family will love. You can also try drizzling melted chocolate over cooked vegetables for a sweet twist.
3. Drizzled over popcorn.
Popcorn is a great snack and a go-to for watching movies with your loved ones on the couch. Next time you make popcorn, skip the butter and add chocolate instead.
Drizzle your favorite melted chocolate on top of your popcorn for a delicious sweet-and-salty combination. If you like a little spice with your chocolate, try adding a dash of cinnamon or chili powder.
4. Pair it with wine.
This is a great way to celebrate National Chocolate Lovers’ Month for the adults of the family. Nothing sounds better than putting two of your favorite things together, but somehow it is difficult to find the right wine and chocolate pairings to complement each other.
Luckily, we have some suggestions! With white chocolate, try something sweeter, such as an ice wine or Moscato. When sampling milk chocolate, choose a medium-bodied red like a pinot noir or merlot. Dark chocolate pairs well with cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel.
The key is to pair flavor intensity levels. If you’re eating bolder chocolate (like dark chocolate), you should choose a full-bodied wine. On the other hand, if you’re eating white chocolate (much more mellow in flavor than dark chocolate), go with a light-bodied wine instead.
5. Mix it with nut butter.
Many people have heard of Nutella, the popular chocolate-hazelnut spread. And if you and your family love the taste of Nutella but are ready to branch out, try mixing chocolate into your favorite nut butter. You can use classic peanut butter, almond butter, or even tahini (sesame seed butter). Simply mix in the melted chocolate of your choice and enjoy on a slice of toast, crackers or whatever you choose. It’s that simple!
Time to Celebrate
With these five ways to celebrate National Chocolate Lovers’ Month with your family, you now have new recipe ideas to enjoy chocolate for breakfast, with your veggies and as a late-night snack. Feeling inspired? Head to your local Food Lion to pick up everything you’ll need to give these chocolatey ideas a try!
From our family to yours, we hope you have a fabulous time celebrating this sweet holiday together.