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Feel the love with homemade Chocolate Treats for Valentine’s Day

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Recipe Reads: THE CHOCOLATE ADDICT’S BAKING BOOK by Sabine Venier

Chocolate is known as the “Food of the Gods”. How many of us delight when we receive a red heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day?

There’s just something about chocolate that says “LOVE”. Now you can share the love when you make homemade sweet treats and have we got a great chocolate cookbook for you, called The Chocolate Addict’s Baking Book by Sabine Venier

But first, here’s a little chocolate trivia to share around the dinner table. (Source: The History of Chocolate https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-americas/history-of-chocolate):

  • The history of chocolate can be traced to the ancient Mayans and even earlier to the ancient Olmecs of Southern Mexico
  • Chocolate is made from the fruit of the cacao trees which are native to Central and South America. The “fruits” are called pods, and each pod contains about 40 cacao beans which need to be dried and roasted
  • Chocolate was originally only used to create a bitter drink which the Mayans drank at special celebrations
  • The Aztecs believed chocolate was given to them by their gods and used cacao beans as currency. They considered them more valuable than gold!
  • Christopher Columbus discovered cacao beans after intercepting a trade ship enroute to America and brought back the beans to Spain around 1502. Spain began importing chocolate in 1585 and soon the chocolate craze took Europe by storm.
  • The first American chocolate house opened in Boston in 1682, and by the mid 1700’s, cocoa beans were a major import product.
  • In 1828, Dutch chemist Coenraad Johannes van Houten invented “Dutch processing”
  • The first chocolate bar was made in 1847, created by British chocolatiere J.S. Fry and Sons. Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter is credited with creating milk chocolate. He later partnered with Henri Nestle to form the Nestle Company which introduced milk chocolate to the masses.

Attention chocoholics! Now that you are craving chocolate, here is a divine chocolate cookbook jam packed with delicious chocolate recipes including Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie.

The Chocolate Addict’s Baking Book by Sabine Venier

Excerpted from The Chocolate Addict, copyright © 2020 Sabine Venier, published by Page Street Publishing Company, photography by Sabine Venier, excerpted with permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Appropriately named, The Chocolate Addict this is a must-have cookbook for chocoholics. From the cover to the photos to the recipes, this book will have your mouth watering for chocolate treats. It’s like every heavenly chocolate dessert recipe is packed into one book. The recipes seem easy to follow and most use ingredients you likely have at home (my pantry is always stocked with chocolate although it sometimes dwindles over time with breaking off a piece of chocolate or a handful of chocolate chips here and there).

For Valentine’s Day a batch of Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies seems to suit the occasion. But if you really want to make an impression, think Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie!

Chocolate Angel Food Cake Roll sounds like a light, heavenly chocolate dessert while Chile Chocolate Lava Cakes with a goey chocolate filling seem devilishly delightful!

As the saying goes, everything is better with bacon so how about making the family a batch of Glazed Bacon Chocolate Donuts (chocolate and bacon—now you are talking!)

From cover to cover, The Chocolate Addict is overflowing with astoundingly good chocolate recipes and this is a book you need to add to your shelf today! (Before Valentine’s Day at least), but you will turn to it again and again whenever you are craving chocolate—okay every day of the year.

Recipes from The Chocolate Addict’s Baking Book by Sabine Venier:

Chocolate Angel Food Cake Roll

Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie

by Laurie Wallace-Lynch

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