Chocolate Cherry Almond Braid

This year’s #Choctoberfest is quickly coming to a close, but I couldn’t go without sharing this delicious braid. We may have eaten it all in one night…whoops! Flaky crust wrapped around a chocolate and cherry filling. It was really delicious, quick to make and will impress your family and friends.

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Monster Mash-up Filled Cupcakes

Today is National Chocolate Cupcake day  and the perfect way to celebrate is with these Monster Mash-up Filled Cupcakes. It’s also the fourth day of #choctoberfest and today’s cupcakes features a product from one of our sponsors, Sprinkle Pop. Sprinkle Pop creates trendy sprinkle mixes that you can’t find anywhere else. I used the Monster Mash-up mix – which included pumpkins, eyes, ghosts, and so much more. I love that they color over 50% of their sprinkles in-house, so each batch is a one-of-a-kind experience. Even better – all their orders are shipped for free in the US. What sprinkle mix would you love to create something with?

I made these cupcakes for my cheerleading squad. They’ve been working really hard on their half-time routine and parade routine that they deserved a little treat. Really..I didn’t need 2 dozen cupcakes sitting on my kitchen counters for days calling my name to eat all of them! HA! The chocolate cupcakes are moist, the frosting has the perfect amount of sweetness and then the center is filled with sprinkles. Surprise!

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Instant Pot Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Triple chocolate cheesecake. Do I need to say anything more?

I was nervous to try making a cheesecake in my IP again as the last time I made one, I accidentally dropped it and made it again. I didn’t want that to happen again, so I was super careful … and as you can see, it came out perfectly. These cheesecake is for all the chocolate lovers – chocolate cookie crust, rich chocolate cheesecake, and a layer of chocolate ganache. It is a super rich dessert – a little piece goes a long way. My husband thought it was too chocolately …. who is this man?!?!? There’s nothing as too much chocolate!

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S’mores Bread Pudding

My kids love s’mores and are always asking to have a fire pit. The weather has not cooperated, it’s rained, rained and rained most of the summer. Needless to say, there have been no s’mores making at our house. I wanted to make something that would give the feeling of eating s’mores but without the fire. This recipe sure accomplished that!

You get gooey marshmallows, melted chocolate and crunchy graham crackers all in a soft bread pudding. It was really good and definitely satisfied my kids need to make s’mores.

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Welcome to #Choctoberfest 2018 with Imperial Sugar

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This is one of my favorite weeks of the year, because #Choctoberfest is finally here! From now until the end of the week, I am joining forces with over 100 other bloggers from around the world to post delicious chocolate recipes. Every day, #Choctoberfest bloggers will be celebrating all things chocolate – milk, dark, white, bittersweet, semi-sweet, and cocoa!

We are starting with a #Choctoberfest prize pack from our generous sponsors. Scroll down to learn how you can enter to win. One lucky winner will receive the following: Continue reading

Chocolate Babka

Babka has always been one of those recipes that I want to try, but it looked so difficult. I got over my “fear” of making homemade breads a couple of years ago, so I decided it was time to make babka for #choctoberfest! This Eastern European yeast-risen cake has lots of steps and takes all day to make – but it’s so worth it! There’s a rich chocolate filling that is swirled in brioche-like cake. This version has a little orange zest in the cake and topped with an orange syrup for a little bit of freshness and adds a touch of sweetness.

Imperial Sugar helped make this recipe possible with their generous donation of sugar as a sponsor of #Choctoberfest. You should have seen my face when 88 lbs of sugar arrived at my house. I’ll be set for all my baking this holiday season with my kids! Thanks Imperial Sugar!

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Chocolate & Vanilla Swirl Shortbread Cookies

I’m excited to kick off my #Choctoberfest recipes with this scrumptious recipe for shortbread cookies! Shortbread cookies are one of my favorite cookies – they’re simple, but oh so good! I love the combination of the vanilla and chocolate and they weren’t too sweet.

These cookies feature baking cocoa from one of our sponsors, Rodelle. I’m always on the hunt for premium ingredients and this cocoa did not disappoint! It’s much darker in color than other cocoa I’ve used in the past and has a richer flavor. In addition to a great flavor, Rodelle’s Gourmet Baking Cocoa has health benefits, including antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamins. It’s also kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO.

Rodelle has been around since 1936 and offers a complete line of superior baking ingredients, baking extracts, and gourmet spice blends that will take your culinary adventures from good to grand. I can’t wait to try more of their products in the future!

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#Choctoberfest 2017

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Today is one of my favorite days of the year, because it is the official start of #Choctoberfest. This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below.

Over 70 bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and will be posting 200+ chocolate recipes over the next week. Keep your eyes peeled, visit any of the blogs listed below, or use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along. You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, where we post chocolate recipes all year long.

You can also enter to win our #Choctoberfest prize pack. Thank to our amazing sponsors who are contributing the following items for the prize:

  • $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 1 case of granulated white sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of light brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), and 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds) from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint from our silver sponsor Barlean’s
  • 300-piece Lindt LINDOR Truffles gift bag (you choose the flavors!) from blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen

This prize pack is valued at over $450! To enter, simply follow participating sponsors and bloggers using the below giveaway widget.

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Stay tuned to see the delicious recipes bloggers have cooked up using Imperial Sugar and Barlean’s products. Thank you also to Davis Chocolate and Rodelle for being #Choctoberfest shoutout sponsors! Watch Instagram and Facebook to find out more about about their chocolate products.

Here is a complete list of all the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2017, so you can see the recipes they are posting throughout the week:

The PinterTest KitchenFix Me a Little LunchSavory MomentsCrumbs in my MustachioHouse of Nash EatsBake It With LoveThat RecipeHardly A GoddessCooking With CarleeA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresBody RebootedCindy’s Recipes and WritingsThe Redhead BakerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceSweet CoraliceSeduction in The KitchenCooks&Books&RecipesEveryday EileenUnder My Apple TreeFamily Around The TableBottom Left of the MittenThe Spiffy CookieFairyburgerJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJonesin’ For TasteJane’s Adventures in DinnerTake Two TapasJennifer BakesThe Unlikely BakerHostess At HeartKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynns Sweets and TreatsWildflour’s Cottage KitchenChocolate SlopesLittle House Big AlaskaMakes, Bakes and Decor2 Cookin MamasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeBooks n’ CooksMildly MeanderingLiving IdeasRestless ChipotleGet the Good Stuff!The Weekday GourmetAn Affair from the HeartWest Via MidwestCookie Dough and Oven MittThe Bitter Side of SweetCookaholic WifeDaily Dish RecipesFor the Love of FoodThe Saucy SouthernerCook’s HideoutBy the PoundsTramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South DakotaSarah Cooks the BooksChef Sarah ElizabethFantastical Sharing of RecipesSarah’s Bake StudioThe Pajama ChefFrankly EntertainingLong Distance BakingPalatable PastimeThe Freshman CookThe Food Hunter’s Guide to CuisineA Day in the Life on the FarmWendy PolisiTampa Cake GirlMy Southern Sweet ToothCanning and Cooking at HomeFull Belly SistersSuperSizeGuy.comOur Good LifeThe Life Jolie

Dark Chocolate Cherry Smoothie #Choctoberfest

Another one of my favorite flavor combinations is cherry and chocolate and this smoothie definitely delivered that! I’m really enjoying participating in #Choctoberfest and getting to try a bunch of new recipes and my family is sure enjoying all the treats we’ve had this week. I have two more recipes that I’ll be sharing next week – it’s been a busy week! Today’s recipe features a product from one of our sponsors, Barlean’s. Barlean’s is focused on paving a “Pathway to a Better Life,” which resolves around creating prosperity for people in a variety of meaningful ways. Not only are they creating nutritional supplements, they help support many outreach programs throughout the world. I love being able to support companies that give back and I know I’ll be adding more of Barlean’s products in my life.

This smoothie was the perfect way to start my day. It was a little sweet and full of chocolate flavor. Plus, it was packed full of antioxidants from pure cocoa and a variety of fruits and veggies from the Barlean’s Chocolate Silk Greens I used.

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Chocolate Coffee Brownies #Choctoberfest

Drumroll please…..here’s my second recipe for #Choctoberfest!! I love chocolate and coffee together and these brownies were the perfect combination of both. Today’s recipe features coffee from one of our sponsors, Caveman Coffee Co. Caveman Coffee Co. is a leader in the third wave specialty coffee market. Their coffee is hand-picked, wet processed and roasted in small batches in New Mexico. I received a bag of their Blacklisted coffee and I immediately knew I was going to love it! It’s a bold dark roast that is full of body and low acidity – the perfect type of coffee to combine with chocolate.

These brownies were really good. They’re more cake-like than fudge, but you can’t go wrong with any type of brownies! My husband raved about them and said they were so perfect warmed up with a glass of milk.

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