Cooking with Chocolate for
Valentines Day: From Sweet to Sinful
With Valentine's Day looming on the horizon, everyone is scrambling for the perfect way to say, "I love you." Well, as the saying goes: "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach"!
One of the most popular ingredients in Valentine's Day baking is chocolate. And with good reason - chocolate is nature's aphrodisiac! Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, the same naturally occurring amino-acid released when we fall in love, and tryptophan, a building block of serotonin, one of the brain chemicals involved in sexual arousal.
Of course, as Ellen Albertson, author of "Food as Foreplay" says, "Love radiates from the heart, seeps into the food and gives it the mystical quality that ignites the soul. The real aphrodisiac is you."
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Even still, a little chocolate can't hurt, right? So here are three decadent recipes featuring the ultimate love food, that you'll definitely want to try this Valentine's Day.
Crock-full of Chocolate
This incomparable chocolate pudding cake in made in your crockpot. Cooking takes 6-8 hours on low, so you'll want to plan ahead.
1 pkg. chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. instant chocolate pudding
1 cup water
2 cups sour cream
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup dark chocolate chips
Combine cake and pudding mixes in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and water. Add sour cream and oil and continue to beat until smooth.
Pour into a crock pot coated with vegetable spray. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Makes 8-10 individual servings, which can be topped with whipped cream and strawberry sauce.
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Chocolate Brownie Pie
Visit our holiday recipe site, Holiday Eats, for more Valentine's Day recipe ideas.
Related article: Chocolate: What is the Love Connection?
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