Lolis are stereotyped as chocolate guzzling fiends. Dessert prints are everywhere inspiring the sweet loli phrase "Looking at you could give me diabetes". And though it's true that nobody should eat sweets twenty four seven, eating chocolate actually has it's health benefits (which is lucky for me because I eat a little every day).
Although white chocolate does little good for the body, milk and dark chocolate can help improve the function of the circulatory system. Eating a few squares of chocolate every day can act as a brain stimulator and can actually help to improve your memory!
So because I'm in an extra chocolatey mood, here are some of my favorite treats!
1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate covered strawberries are ridiculously delicious, they pair the rich, creamy flavour of chocolate with the refreshing taste of fruit. In stores they can be very expensive to buy, but you can make them cheaply at home. Just buy some of your favorite chocolate and melt it over a pan of boiling water, dip in some strawberries and voila!
2. Cadbury's Dairy Milk
Cadbury's is my favorite brand of chocolate ever! I like to break up the squares, put them in a zip lock back and carry it around in my purse. Eating a square every few hours is a lovely treat, but I never go through a whole bar in a day. If you are trying to buy Cadbury's in America you must be careful as the Hershey chocolate brand makes it over here and has changed the recipe (oh how I despise the taste of Hershey). Make sure to look on the back and make sure it doesn't say the dreaded H word anywhere, and if you are having trouble finding real Cadbury's chocolate try going to your local British food store!
3. Chocolate Fudge Cake
Chocolate Fudge Cake is my very favorite type of cake. You can find it at almost any bakery or grocery store and trust me, it is heavenly! I like it best when warmed slightly and topped with vanilla ice cream! I also like to put it in a martini glass, crunch it up a little, mix in some berries and top with a dollop of cream. Doing so introduces some other yummy flavors and also limits the portion.
4. Chocolate Bark
Basically all chocolate bark consists of is smashed chocolate with unusual toppings or fillings. My favorite kind of bark is topped with crunched up peppermint, but I also enjoy the kind with hardened toffee on the top! The cool thing about bark is that you can make it with virtually anything you like, just make sure to mix in your extras while the chocolate is still melted.
Nutella is by far the cheapest and most versitile chocolate treat that I can imagine. It is a simple chocolate and hazelnut spread that you can buy in most grocery stores, but the possibilities are seemingly endless. I regularly enjoy Nutella sandwich (which I call "Dessert Sandwiches"), Nutella on toast, fruit dipped in Nutella, Nutella filled crepes, and even just spoonfuls of Nutella straight out of the tub! If you haven't ever tried it you are seriously missing out!
I'm sure that this article triggered some hardcore chocolate cravings in many of you, so go and grab yourself a treat. When your done eating let me know what your favorite kind of chocolate is!