It was the year 1847 when a wise young man by the name of Joseph Fry developed the process of moulding chocolate and so this treat, as we know it today, was born. The Latin name of the cacao tree is Theobroma Cacao which translates to “food of the gods” and we can definitely understand why the ancients would think of it in this way. If there was ever a universal treat that could unite people together then it is the humble cacao bean. And just when we thought we couldn’t grow fonder of this velvety treat, we found out that eating chocolate can actually be healthy!

Chocolate Desserts
Via: Pralinenwerkzeug

Yes, you read that correctly. Recent studies suggest that chocolate is a super-food and that it can significantly improve your mood, heart or blood vessel health and it is anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory. Of course, the above information is only applicable to dark chocolate in moderate amounts but we are conveniently choosing to ignore this bit ;). Keep reading to find three of our favourite chocolate recipes that are super easy and quick to make.

1. Fluffy White Chocolate Mousse:

Many do not consider white chocolate to be “real” chocolate but we decided to add this recipe to our list regardless because it is simply a blessing to your taste buds.

White Chocolate Mouse
Image via: My Baking Addition

INGREDIENTS:

  • 350 g white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, separate
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD TO THE MADNESS:

  • Mix the chocolate and two thirds cup cream in a saucepan and gently stir over medium-low heat until the liquid is silky smooth. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool.
  • In another bowl, beat the remaining cream until it is thick and fluffy. Add the last two ingredients. Fold this mixture into the chocolate mixture.
  • Pretend you are on MasterChef South Africa.
  • Spoon equal amounts into dessert bowls and refrigerate, covered, for no less than two hours.
  • PRO TIP: add your favourite fruits such as strawberries or blueberries to the mix to give it a pop of colour.

2. Double Chocolate Trouble (uhem, trifle):

If you are anything like us and live in a state of blissful denial that calories don’t count during the holidays, then this recipe is for you.

Chocolate Dessert
Via: Olivias Cuisine

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 5 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 packets of chocolate wafer cookies
  • 2 of your favourite chocolate bars, crushed

METHOD TO THE MADNESS:

  • Whisk the milk and pudding mix together for 2 minutes. Let it set while you beat the cream until it forms little snowy peaks.
  • Take a moderately large baking dish and spread the wafers on the bottom to form the base layer. Spread a quarter of the chocolate pudding mix and a quarter of the whipped cream respectively over the cookies. Repeat until you have used all of your mix.
  • Sprinkle with crushed chocolate bars and refrigerate overnight.
  • Set up cameras to watch over the fridge to ensure that midnight-snacking culprits will be caught.

3. Chocolate Apple Wagon Wheels:

The last recipe is slightly healthier than the previous two because (kids, say it with me) an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Apple Desserts
Image via: Simply Delicious Kitchen

INGREDIENTS:

  • I kg medium apples
  • 5 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 350 g chocolate, chopped
  • Favourite rainbow sprinkles

METHOD TO THE MADNESS:

  • Cut apples in small thin wedges or rings and spread on a non-stick baking sheet. Dust it with the sugar and cinnamon.
  • Bake for one and a half hours (or until the apples are dry and crispy) and turn once. Remove to wire racks to let them cool.
  • Place a metal bowl over simmering hot water and melt the chocolate (we know this is a lengthy process but we promise it will be worth it.)
  • Dip the apple slices in the chocolate and sprinkle with the colourful candies. Let it set and enjoy.

    Chocolate Baking
    Image via: Harankash

Which one of these recipes will you try out this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!

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