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08th Mar 2014

Seven Ways With… Chocolate

Una Kavanagh

There are so many foods out there that deserve the credit for being versatile and go beyond the mistaken boundaries of frying, baking and boiling.

Chocolate is renowned for being used for all sorts of delectable snacks and treats, but have you ever thought about the other ways you can utilise its goodness?

In this feature, we’re looking at some alternative ways to cook, prepare and eat popular foods from across the globe. From unusual dishes to simple classics, here are seven ways with chocolate:

1. Salted Caramel Brownies

A delicious alternative one the popular traditional brownie, by adding a bit of salt into it you add a whole new dimension. Have a look a this great recipe from The Cook’s Belly here.

2. Chocolate Truffles

Rich and full of chocolately goodness – truffles are an absolute treat and well worth putting the time and effort into making. Check out this recipe from Gin & Griddle here.


3. Chocolate Baklava

Satisfying and rich, this baklava recipe with chocolate is wonderful if you’re looking for an alternative to slices of chocolate cake. See this recipe from A Taste of Home here.

4. Mousse

A sweet treat that’s so simple you can whip it up the night before. Perfect for finishing off the romantic dinner or even as a midweek comfort food! Have a look at this great recipe from Dermie O’Sullivan here.


5. Chocolate Almond Rocher

Also known as nutty and crunchy chocolate bonbons, these little balls of chocolate are cheaper than splashing out on a box of Ferrero Rochers – plus homemade for the win. This recipe from Daily Delicious is worth trying.

6. Ganache

A gorgeous chocolate filling, mastering ganache is a must. (We may be guilty of eating ganache straight off a spoon!). Have a look at this recipe from The Food Network here.

7. Rocky Road

Chocolate, marshmallows and biscuits – need we say more?! Rocky road works well on so many occasions, birthday parties, desserts, general snacking, you name it. See Donal Skehan’s recipe for Rocky Road Buns here.