But, when the holidays come we have all these reasons to bake, create, cook - and eat! Chocolate! Dark chocolate please. Not only does it have those antioxidants, that inherently dark, slightly bitter taste is intoxicating when you adjust from milk chocolate. Interestingly, though I used to love milk chocolate years ago, I wouldn't care for it now. Even very delicious vegan milk chocolates... they're wonderful, but I find them sickly like milk chocolate.
These recipes are not new as such - they are either in my current books or I've posted them before. But, I know that they have been loved by others for gifting (as well as enjoying all your own), so I am sharing them again...
First up, Chocolate Mint Melties from eat, drink & be vegan
This bark is one of my own Christmas traditions. I make it every year and gift it to family and friends. The combination of roasted almonds, chopped ginger, and dried cranberries is beautiful. Though, there are many other combinations you can try (some are suggested in the recipe). And, with a high-cocoa dark chocolate, the bark is intense but still melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Be sure to use a high-quality bakers chocolate for this exquisite treat.
And, if you want more chocolate confections, here are Unbelievably Rich Chocolate Truffles from ed&bv.
Now, when I said the bark melts in your mouth, well, that is if you don't compare it to these truffles! These remind me slightly of 'icy cups', though not nearly as sweet and far more rich and with a deeper chocolate flavor. But, the coconut milk gives the truffles that melt-y quality. Be sure to refrigerate these, as they are very soft at room temperature.
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This luxurious hot cocoa will warm you from your nose to your toes! It uses a light coconut milk to give it a more velvety texture without being too heavy. Kids will love it, guests will love it.
And, okay, I cannot leave without giving you something festive that isn't chocolatey. So, I have reposted my Gingerbread Folks from my newest book Let Them Eat Vegan - out this Spring guys!
I really hope you enjoy making, sharing, and eating these holiday recipes. Christmas blessings to you. :)