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How to Cook with Leftover Chocolate

Are you overwhelmed by chocolate after Valentine's Day? Try these recipe ideas for turning leftover chocolate and candy into scrumptious sweet and savory dishes.

By
Kara Rota
Episode #039

Today on the Clever Cookstr, we're talking about leftover chocolate.

I know, it sounds like a crazy problem to have. But after a choco-centric holiday like Valentine's Day, you might find yourself with an assortment of milk and dark chocolate in a number of shapes - maybe even too much to get through while sitting on the sofa watching Downton Abbey.

If that's the case, don't panic. We won't let any of that chocolate goodness go to waste. Here are 4 ideas for incorporating it into both sweet and savory recipes:

Idea #1: Brownies, Cookies, and Cupcakes

Brownies, cookies, and cupcakes are the easiest things to make with leftover chocolate. You can even use candy bars with other ingredients like nuts, caramel, or toffee bits as ingredients for your tasty treats.

See also: Candy Bar Cupcakes by Julie Hasson

 

To make brownies, preheat the oven to 350o then grease a 9 x 13-inch cake pan. Take a stick and a half of melted butter and beat it together with a cup and a half of sugar in a large bowl until thoroughly blended. Then beat in 2 large eggs, one at a time, and stir in 2 tablespoons of water and about half a teaspoon of vanilla. 

Sprinkle half a teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of baking powder, and three quarters of a cup of unsweetened cocoa powder over the mixture, then mix it all together. Stir in half a cup of flour just until it's blended in - don't overmix it. 

Now it's time for the leftover chocolate! You want to end up with about a cup and a half of crumbled chocolate candy - so that's about 10 fun-size mini Snickers bars. Stick them in the food processor and pulse on low until you have a crumbly texture. Mix the candy into your brownie batter, then fold the batter into the greased cake pan.

Bake the brownies at 350o for half an hour and don't forget to let them cool completely before cutting them into delicious squares. .

Idea #2: Chocolate Pancakes

You know what's an even better surprise than breakfast in bed on Valentine's Day?

Chocolate pancakes a few days later!

You could melt leftover chocolate with cream to make a chocolate ganache to pour in place of syrup over any flavor of pancakes. Strawberry pancakes would be pretty fantastic this way. Or you can chop up leftover chocolate bars and use them in place of chocolate chips in your favorite pancake recipe.

For a triple-chocolate-threat, mix unsweetened cocoa powder into the batter, then add the chopped candy and top with chocolate ganache sauce. 

And now for something a bit more savory......

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About the Author

Kara Rota

Kara Rota headed children’s programming at Chicago’s Green City Market and studied food politics at Sarah Lawrence College. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She has written about food for Irish America Magazine, West Side Rag, Recipe Relay, and Food + Tech Connect, and is the former Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com.

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