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Best Chocolate Recipes and Tips

Satisfy your cravings with sweet recipes and ideas for cakes, brownies, cookies, and much more.

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8 Best Brownie Recipes
Whether your valentine prefers traditional brownies or indulgent mix-ins, these treats will make your sweetie swoon.

The Best Chocolate Bars
Willy Wonka, eat your heart out: Real Simple staffers selflessly tasted more than 180 luxe bars to determine which ones deserve a golden ticket.

11 Best Baking Chocolates
The best bars, chips, and cocoa powders on the market.

Turtle Bars

6 Favorite Bake Sale Goodies

These treats are bound to be best sellers.
Photo: Sang An

6 Delicious Chocolate Bars, Boxes, and Gifts

Made without artificial dyes, these tasty disks get their beautiful, muted coloring from natural sources like beet juice, turmeric, and purple cabbage.

51 Best Chocolate Recipes

Woo your valentine with one of these decadent treats.
Photo: Con Poulos

Stir-Ins for Brownies

Give basic brownies an easy upgrade with these sweet and savory extras.
Photo: Yunhee Kim
Turtle Bars
UNREAL41 Candy Coated Chocolates
Classic Chocolate Layer Cake
Chocolate batter on wooden spoons

Cooking With Chocolate

Chocolate bar

The Secret to Buying, Storing, and Prepping Chocolate
The Aztec king Montezuma believed chocolate to be an aphrodisiac (perhaps explaining its popularity on Valentine’s Day). With its antioxidants, a bit of dark chocolate may even be literally good for your heart.

How To: Melt Chocolate

How to Melt Chocolate
Chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-dipped cookies―perfectly melted chocolate can take a simple dessert from delicious to divine. Low heat is the key; excessive heat can easily burn it or make it grainy. This video demonstrates some quick steps to melt chocolate to the proper consistency.

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Chocolate-Buying Checklist

Use these smart suggestions from Michelle Tampakis, resident chocolate expert at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education, to choose premium chocolate.

  • Cocoa as the first ingredient. High-quality chocolate should list cocoa, or some derivative of it—such as cocoa butter—as the first ingredient. If cocoa is not the primary ingredient, the chocolate is likely high in sugar.
  • Cocoa percentage of at least 60 percent. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the darker and less sweet the chocolate. A chocolate of about 60 percent cocoa is suitable for snacking, while a chocolate with at least 80 percent cocoa will have a strong, bitter flavor better suited for baking.
  • A dark, well-sealed wrapper. The more chocolate is protected from light and moisture, the longer its shelf life will be. While clear packages can be pretty, chocolate well wrapped in foil and an over-wrapper is more likely to stay fresh.

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