Chocolate season is all year round. More than 90 million pounds of the stuff are purchased in October just before Halloween, but chocolate-lovers all around the world know that there's never a bad time for that sweet, creamy deliciousness.
While the U.S. accounts for 20% of the world's chocolate consumption, no one seems to love gourmet chocolates as much as the Europeans. In fact, 50% of the world's chocolate retail sales occur in Europe, which is a great thing for European chocolate suppliers!
Dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate, we love it all! Here are some ways to make your summer just a little sweeter.
Your New Favorite Summer Chocolate Recipes
- White Chocolate and Summer Berry Napoleons
A puff pastry accompanied by a layer of white chocolate cream beneath a medley of blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, all topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar.
- S’mores Cheesecake with Summer Berries
Who doesn’t love making s’mores on a warm summer night? You can enjoy this summer favorite without the campfire! This scrumptious dessert is a rich chocolate cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and a fluffy marshmallow topping.
- Strawberries with Chocolate Caramel Sauce
This one is simple enough! Just dribble this rich and delicious chocolate sauce over some ripe strawberries for a perfect warm weather snack.
- Strawberry-Chocolate Freezer Pie
On a hot summer day, what could be more refreshing than a cold piece of sweet strawberry pie?
- Chocolate Decadence Ice Cream Pie
Want more chocolate with your chocolate? This frozen dessert includes three different kinds of chocolate ice cream, a chocolate cookie crust, topped with a chocolate sauce.
- Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches
Choose any ice cream you like to stick between two delicious brown-butter cookies. Then pick your toppings: chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, toffee bits, etc.)
- Ice Cream Tacos with Chocolate and Peanuts
The Choco Taco may have become a favorite brand name dessert, but you will love making these delicious treats from scratch.
- Chocolate Zucchini Mini-Muffins
Breakfast just got a whole lot more interesting with these chocolate-based muffins!
Try any of these recipes with pure dark chocolate to add a more bitter-sweet spin!
Chocolate doesn't have an off-season. In cold weather, warm weather, rain, sleet, or sunshine, it's always a great time for chocolate!