Happy World Chocolate Day!

Happy World Chocolate Day! If you are anything of a chocoholic (like we are!) it’s difficult to keep away from all things chocolatey. Going out for dinner and want dessert? You go for the chocolate pudding. Craving a midnight snack? You go for a chocolate treat. You know it. We know it. You just can’t get enough of chocolate.

It can be sweet. It can be bitter. It can be gooey. It can be spicy. It can be added to savoury or sweet dishes. You can have it chopped up with your morning oats, you can have it hot with whipped cream during a cold winter day – chocolate is simply the best. If you are looking for new chocolate goodies to enjoy at home, on the go or as a midday snack at the office, here are a few that you must try!

Lottie Shaw's Triple Chocolate Biscuits

Coolmore Chocolate Fudge Cake

Jude's Belgian Chocolate Custard

Border Biscuits Luxury Chocolate Selection Box

If you are still craving something super chocolatey and feel like putting on your chef’s hat, we have searched the internet for some of the best chocolate recipes, and guess what? We found them! Here are some of the most decadent chocolate recipes that will make your mouth water.

Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake

Recipe and photo credit: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com

The most indulgent, rich and moist chocolate cake you will ever try. Once you’ve done this recipe, it will be your go-to. Trust us. This recipe combines unsweetened natural cocoa powder with dark cocoa powder to create the richest flavour.

What you need:

Chocolate cake

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Ganache

How to make:

Preheat over to 177°C. Grease four cake pans, line them with parchment paper and then grease them.

To make the cake, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, sugar, baking powder, salt and espresso powder in a bowl. Set aside. Use a mixed to whisk the oil, eggs and sour cream together on medium speed until combined. Add buttermilk and vanilla and combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then, add the hot water or coffee and beat on low speed until the batter is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter evenly into the cake pans. Bake for around 19-23 minutes. The cakes are done when you insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake and it comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool.

As the cake cools, it’s time to make the chocolate mousse. Whisk hot water and cocoa powder together and set aside. Melt the chopped chocolate in a bain-marie – place the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of water in the stove. This will allow the chocolate to gently melt. Once melted, pour hot water/cocoa mixture into the melted chocolate and stir until smooth. Set aside. Whisk heavy cream and vanilla extract together on medium/high speed until medium peaks form. Then, pour in the chocolate mixture and gently fold using a rubber spatula. Cover the mousse and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Assemble the cake before preparing the chocolate ganache. Spread the chocolate mousse in between each cake layer. Then top off with chocolate mousse and around the sides of the cake. Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour.

Then, it’s time to prepare the chocolate ganache. Place chopped chocolate in a bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it simmers. Pour over chocolate and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Stir slowly until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Let it cool before spreading it on the cake. Then pour it and decorate as you wish.

Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

Recipe and photo credit: https://cafedelites.com

Fudgy brownies with a gooey centre and a crispy top! These brownies will make you come back for more – you won’t be able to have only one. This recipe will soon become a staple in your home and will have everyone asking for the recipe!

What you need:

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 175°C. Lightly grease a square baking pan with cooking oil spray. Line it with parchment paper.

Combine hot melted butter, sugar and oil in a bowl. Whisk well for about a minute. Add vanilla and eggs. Beat for a minute. Sift salt, cocoa powder and flour. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Do not overbeat. Pour batter into the pan and top with chocolate chunks (optional). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the centre of the brownies no longer jiggles. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature.