5 Ways to Enjoy National Chocolate Lovers' Month


February 14, 2018 | Food Lion
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Celebrate National Chocolate Lovers' Month with Five New Ways to Enjoy Chocolate. 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. February is National Chocolate Month, and it is the perfect time to expand your chocolate repertoire. Celebrate National Chocolate Month with these five new ideas for enjoying your favorite sweet.

1. Add it to your breakfast.

Chocolate-flavored cereals have long been a favorite of little kids for breakfast. Now grownups can have chocolate for breakfast too by adding it to cold cereal or oatmeal. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top instead of sugar for a less sweet, but deeper flavor. Milk and dark chocolate chunks make a delicious addition to your cold cereal, and melt deliciously into hot oatmeal. If you're really feeling indulgent, swap out plain white milk for chocolate milk.

2. Mix it with nut butter.

Everyone has heard of Nutella, the delicious chocolate-hazelnut spread, and if you haven't heard of it, run out and buy a jar. If you 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.

3. Chocolate and vegetables.

You've eaten chocolate-covered strawberries and bananas, and maybe even a chocolate apple, but have you tried chocolate on your vegetables? National Chocolate Month is the perfect time to try this new chocolate trend. Dip raw vegetables, such as carrots, asparagus, broccoli and radishes, into melted chocolate for a relish tray that your whole family will love, or try drizzling melted chocolate over cooked vegetables for a sweet twist.

4. Drizzled over popcorn.

Popcorn is a great snack, and a go-to for watching movies. 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.

5. Pair it with wine.

Nothing sounds better than putting two of your favorite things together, but somehow it is difficult to find the right combination of chocolate and wine to complement each other. Wine.com [http://blog.wine.com/2017/02/pairing-wine-chocolate-tips-tricks/]offers these pairing suggestions to make sure your taste buds will be satisfied. With white chocolate, try something sweeter, such as an ice wine or Moscato. When sampling milk chocolate, choose a medium-bodied red like pinot noir or merlot. Dark chocolate pairs well with cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel. Indulge yourself this February and enjoy National Chocolate Month.