Chocolate in Unexpected Places

Whether you have a love for all things chocolate or are simply looking for something different to try, these recipes are the treat for you.

1. Crostini with Gorgonzola, Pears, and Chocolate

These crispy Italian appetizers are sure to melt in the mouth. The unmistakable tang of blue cheese is smoothed by the addition of a slice of chocolate so that even timid eaters will find themselves reaching for a second bite.

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2. Spinach Salad with Mangos, Dried Cranberries, and Chocolate Vinaigrette

Start off any meal with this light and healthy mix of sweet greens. The velvety texture of the spinach is highlighted with a soft cranberry crunch, succulent bits of mango, and a drizzling of chocolate.

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3. Reishi Mushroom & Walnut Super Dark Chocolate Bar, Prosciutto & Buffalo Mozzarella Panini

Get back into sandwiches with these pressed and melted delights. A panini in any form is a flavour-packed delight, but the melody of walnut infused chocolate, savoury mushroom, and rich mozzarella makes this a dish not to miss.

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4. Pasta with Dark Chocolate Marinara Sauce

Here is a sauce I bet you haven’t tried. By simply adding a pinch of cocoa to a once classic recipe, you can wake those taste buds and tone down that tomato flavour to win the hearts of tomato haters.

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5. Spicy Tomato & Chocolate Soup

Warm your tummy with this sweet and spicy mix. An added bit of chocolate will guarantee a new taste in every spoonful.

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6. Chocolate Beer Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

You already know how sweet and tangy that barbecue sauce can be. Add a dip of chocolate and you can truly say that it tastes like candy.

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7. Enchiladas

Corn tortillas stuffed with queso añejo cheese and sweet onion, then dipped in a sauce of chocolate and dried chilies. Here is a Mexican dish that will get you jumping.

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8. Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Brie Grilled Cheese

Memories of youth have never been sweeter. This unconventional pairing can be the comfort food of your dreams or the coating to your classy dinner.

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Photography by Luisa Contreras via Flickr

Tiina is a designer for On the Danforth. She focuses her love of magic into her work and has recently self-published a fantasy novel titled Broken Court. Find more of her work on her blog.

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