10 Surprising Things to Do with Chocolate

Mocha-Braised Short Ribs
We all love chocolate! Whether you prefer intense dark, creamy milk, or sweet white chocolate, we can agree on one thing -- any time is a good time to indulge. Think beyond the world of desserts with these decadent recipes that celebrate chocolate in sweet snacks, sides, and main dishes.

Chocolate, 10 Ways

Make a break from the bar with a tempting sweet or savory treat that starts with chocolate.

#1 Top a Chicken Sandwich

Ditch boring grilled chicken. We've spiced up this zesty sandwich with a slathering of homemade Mexican mole sauce (hello, chocolate!) and chopped papaya for a fresh tropical twist.

#2 Add a Crust to Salmon

Chocolate with fish? Believe it! Rich cocoa and nutty almonds provide the crust atop this 30-minute anything-but-basic salmon.

 

#3 Stuff Inside Ravioli

Rethink your pasta course. Serve warm baked ravioli for dessert, and you'll be rewarded with crunchy pockets filled with luscious, oozing milk chocolate.

#4 Saute in a Sauce

White chocolate + shrimp = delicious. Don't take our word for it: Find out for yourself with our easy and elegant one-dish meal.

#5 Twist into a Sweet Snack

No arm twisting here! Ultra-chocolaty pretzels are sure to satisfy your most intense chocolate cravings. Keep a batch in the freezer for any time you need a sweet snack.

#6 Sprinkle onto a Salad

Chocolate on salad? Yes, please! A delicious balance of sweet, tart, tangy, and fresh, this salad proves chocolate and citrusy greens are a perfect pairing.

#7 Rub onto Pork Tenderloin

We're crazy for cocoa-crusted pork! Top juicy tenderloin with a robust rub of dark cocoa powder, bitter coffee, and spicy chili powder. Temper the heat with a tart sour cherry salsa.

#8 Coat Baked Chicken

No grill? No problem. You can enjoy these oven-barbecued chicken breasts any time of year. Ancho chile pepper brings the heat while bittersweet chocolate deepens the flavor.

Tip: This chocolaty barbecue sauce can be used on pork chops or grilled meaty fish, such as swordfish or halibut.

#9 Whip into Butternut Squash

Give sweet butternut squash a little spice. You'll understand why opposites attract in this comforting side dish swirled with rich cocoa and spicy ground chile pepper.

 

#10 Add Flavor to Chili

Not for the faint of heart, our South-of-the-Border chili is loaded with rich chocolate and smoky chipotle peppers. Want even more flavor? Finish the bowl with a sprinkle of dark cocoa powder and a cooling dollop of sour cream.

Bonus Idea: Braise Short Ribs

Marry chocolate and espresso, and you'll have the start of a delicious sauce. Three's company when you add short ribs for an elegant take on classic comfort food.

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