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Chocolate Covered Friday: 9 Football Party Foods for the Chocoholic

 

Chocolate Covered Friday: 9 Football Party Foods for the Chocoholic


Its that time!  Football season is kicking off and cooler temps are on the way.

Whether you love football or not, I think football parties are a super awesome way to get together with friends and fill your tummy with scrumptious food.

In today’s Chocolate Covered Friday, I’m bringing you football treats that are covered in chocolate (cuz thats what we do around here).

Scroll through the list and tell me which one you’ll be making this football season.

1.  Snickers Rice Crispy Treat Football

Photo Credit: Thrifty Jinxy

Photo Credit: Thrifty Jinxy

Recipe here

 

2. Snickers Salad Recipe

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Photo Credit: Views from the Ville

 

 Recipe here

3.  Football Brownies

Photo Credit: Amanda's Cookin'

Photo Credit: Amanda’s Cookin’

Recipe here

4.  MnM & Reese’s Football field

Photo Credit: The Country Chic Cottage

Photo Credit: The Country Chic Cottage

Recipe here

5. Easy Football Ice Cream Brownie Cake

Photo Credit: Barefeet on the Dashboard

Photo Credit: Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Recipe here

6.  Hershey Chocolate Nugget Printables

Photo Credit: I Really Love Chocolate

Photo Credit: I Really Love Chocolate

Printable here

7.  Patriots Milky Way Game Day Bites (use different colors for your team)

Photo Credit: Shaping Up to Be a Mom

Photo Credit: Shaping Up to Be a Mom

Recipe here

8.  Snickers Caramel Crunch

Photo Credit: Summer Scraps

Photo Credit: Summer Scraps

Recipe here

9. Football Field Hershey Nugget Printable

Photo Credit: I Really Love Chocolate

Photo Credit: I Really Love Chocolate

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There you have it!  As if you need another reason to eat more during your couch surfing football parties but if you are the hostess, you will really knock your guests out with these creative, delicious chocolate recipes.

Love & Chocolate,

Becca



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Chocolate Covered Friday: 33 Tricked Out Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Chocolate Covered Friday: 33 Tricked Out Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes


There’s nothing more classic than a Chocolate Chip Cookie.  Especially when it comes right out of the oven and into your tummy =)  In today’s post, I have found 33 awesome chocolate chip cookie recipes but these are unique sweets cuz they’re totally tricked out.  I have tasted some on camera here but I think you’ll have fun browsing and in the comments below, tell me which one you will make tonight!

1.  Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies (with coconut oil)

Photo Credit: Home Cooking Memories

Photo Credit: Home Cooking Memories

Recipe here

 

 

2.  Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Photo Credit: Love to Be in the Kitchen

Photo Credit: Love to Be in the Kitchen

Recipe here

 

 

 

3.  Very Berry Double Chocolate Cookies
Photo Credit:  My Cooking Spot

Photo Credit: My Cooking Spot

Recipe here

 

 

4.  No Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies

Photo Credit: Fearless Dining

Photo Credit: Fearless Dining

Recipe here

 

5.  Big Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Photo Credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Photo Credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Recipe here


 

6.  My BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Photo Credit:  This Simple Home

Photo Credit: This Simple Home

Recipe here

 

7.  Double Stack Chocolate Chip Cookie

Photo Credit: Amandas Cookin

Photo Credit: Amandas Cookin

Recipe here

 

 

8.  Bread Crumb Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Photo Credit: Thrifty Jinxy

Photo Credit: Thrifty Jinxy

Recipe here




 

 

9.  One Batch of Dough Gives you Three Types of Chip Cookies

Photo Credit:  The Crafting Chicks

Photo Credit: The Crafting Chicks

Recipe here

 

 

10.  Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Photo Credit: Copykat.com

Recipe here

 

 

11.  Homemade Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Photo Credit: Bakes in Slippers

Photo Credit: Bakes in Slippers

Recipe here

 

12.  Scottish Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Eclectic Mom Sense

Photo Credit: Eclectic Mom Sense

Recipe here

 

 

13.  Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Fleece Fun

Photo Credit: Fleece Fun

Recipe here

 

14.  Chocolate Chocolate Chip Butterball Cookies

Photo Credit: Carolyns Homework

Photo Credit: Carolyns Homework

 

Recipe here

 

15.  Turtle Cookies

Photo Credit: The Kitchen is My Playground

Photo Credit: The Kitchen is My Playground

Recipe here

 

 

16. Chocolate Chip Angel Cookies

Photo Credit: The Joys of Boys

Photo Credit: The Joys of Boys

Recipe here

 

17.  Chewy Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Stuck on Sweet

Photo Credit: Stuck on Sweet

Recipe here

 

 

18. Health Walnut Cookies

Photo Credit: Avocado Pesto

Photo Credit: Avocado Pesto

Recipe here

 

 

19.  Soft Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies

Photo Credit: This Mom Can Cook

Photo Credit: This Mom Can Cook

Recipe here

 

 

20.  Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Snappy Gourmet

Photo Credit: Snappy Gourmet

Recipe here

 

21.  Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Little House Living

Photo Credit: Little House Living

Recipe here

 

 

22. Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: 3 Boys and a Dog

Photo Credit: 3 Boys and a Dog

Recipe here

 

 

23.  Better than Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Daisy Cottage Designs

Photo Credit: Daisy Cottage Designs

Recipe here


 

 

24.  Chocolatey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Unschooling Mama

Photo Credit: Unschooling Mama

Recipe here

 

 

25.  Brown Butter Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Study at Home Mama

Photo Credit: Study at Home Mama

Recipe here

 

 

26.  Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies with M&M’s

Photo Credit: Bless this Mess Please

Photo Credit: Bless this Mess Please

Recipe here

 

 

27. Seven Layer Bar Cookies

Photo Credit: Is This Really My Life

Photo Credit: Is This Really My Life

Recipe here

 

 

28. Oreo Surprise Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Organized 31

Photo Credit: Organized 31

Recipe here

 

 

29. Pumpkin Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Mom Endeavors

Photo Credit: Mom Endeavors

Recipe here

 

 

30.  Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

Photo Credit: Our Table for Seven

Photo Credit: Our Table for Seven

Recipe here

 

 

31.  Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sunflower Seeds and Coconut

Photo Credit: Farm Fresh Feasts

Photo Credit: Farm Fresh Feasts

Recipe here

 

 

32.  Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Smart Savvy Living

Photo Credit: Smart Savvy Living

Recipe here

 

33. Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies (egg-free and gluten-free)

Photo Credit: 3 Boys and a Dog

Photo Credit: 3 Boys and a Dog

Recipe here

 

So my lovely Chocoholic . . . which was your absolute favorite cookie? Tell me below and tell me if you plan on making it this weekend!

Love & Chocolate,

Becca

P.S.  As a chocoholic its super important to have your own stash of Chocolate.  Of course you agree you chocolate lover, try Abe’s Market for awesome prices

P.P.S. Our first ever wine tasting/chocolate tasting party is happening over here

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


 

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August: Printable Coupons (part 1 of 2)




What chocolate lover wouldn’t want this toy?

 

What chocolate lover wouldn’t want this toy?


 Dairy Queen Restaurant Starter Set

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  • Dairy Queen set comes with 2 walls, 1 floor and over 20 accessories
  • DQ restaurant includes Blizzards, tiny soft serve cones, hot dogs and more in super detailed miniature scale
  • Sets snap together allowing kids to build their mall across or up and down!
  • Build, play, collect! Each Starter Set is 7.75″ wide & 8″ tall

 

Get it here

 

 


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Chocolate Covered Friday: 3 Chocolate Treats to Make this Weekend

 

Hey all you beautiful Chocolate-Lovers!


3 Chocolate Treats to Make this Weekend

As you know from watching my episodes, I’m always on a hunt for all things chocolate. Today and every Friday, I bring you my fave chocolatey, ooey, gooey, scrump-dilly-umptious treasures from around the globe. Click on any of the pictures below and you’ll be taken to the step-by-step directions. You have no excuses! Unless you are satisfied with just drooling, then drool away.

First up is Julia Child’s Reine de Saba cake from Julia of The Red Headed Traveler

If you are a fan of Butter and/or Chocolate then you have to click on this melt in your mouth cake (which is pretty much every single one of you)

Photo Credit: The Red Headed Traveler

Photo Credit: The Red Headed Traveler

 

Next, we have adorable sandwiches that have massive flavor in each bite.  Kelly from the Tasting Page has shown you how to make these step by step and BTW, the ingredients are super simple (side note: she brought these to an LA Food Blogger Cookie Swap, so cool)

Photo Credit: TastingPage.com

Photo Credit: TastingPage.com


And last but certainly not least, Barista Brownie Cookies from Wendy at The Monday Box

I love baristas + I love brownies + I love cookies

Don’t these look fabulous?!?  You have to go see Wendy work her magic with this one and find out her WHY behind her creations.  You will surely be in awe of her mission.

Photo Credit: The Monday Box

Photo Credit: The Monday Box

 

 

Now its your turn my lovely Chocoholics =)

Which one are you most inspired to try creating this weekend?

#1 (cake), #2 (Nut cookies) or #3 (brownie cookies)?

 

 

 

P.S. If you like just chocolate bars, here is a really unique Ritter Butter Biscuit Bar review

P.P.S. Our first ever wine tasting/chocolate tasting party is happening over here

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Cheers,
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Chocolate-Covered Friday: 5 Recipes for the Chocolate Lover

5 Recipes for the Chocolate Lover


Hey all you beautiful Chocolate-Lovers!

As you know from watching my episodes, I’m always on a hunt for all things chocolate.  Today and every Friday, I bring you my fave chocolatey, ooey, gooey, scrump-dilly-umptious treasures from around the globe.  Click on any of the pictures below and you’ll be taken to the step-by-step directions.  You have no excuses!  Unless you are satisfied with just drooling, then drool away. 

 

Who wouldn’t want a pirate ship birthday cake?  Age 5 or age 50, this is awesomeness!  Check out Gude’s recipe on her site Hodge Podge Craft where she has step by step directions here to be the hit of your next party.

Hodge Podge Craft

Photo credit: Hodge Podge Craft

 

 

 Best of Long Island and Central Florida (I know you East coast people, like me, will love that name . . . you totally get it) has created the Buttermilk Chocolate Cookie.  To me, there is nothing better than a chocolate cookie, it just screams COMFORT!  Go make her recipe here

photo: Best of Long Island & Central Florida

photo: Best of Long Island & Central Florida




 

I’ve always wanted to send someone one of those edible, chocolate covered fruit arrangements . . . until I see the price tag.  Well, DIY Daily Life and I were thinking the same thing BUT she decided to do something about it and shows us exactly how to make it ourselves for a mere fraction of the cost.  Now its your turn, go here!

Photo credit: Daily DIY Life

Photo credit: Daily DIY Life




 

I recently visited my first Serendipity restaurant, you know, that restaurant that serves the $1,000 hot fudge sundae?  It was a super hot day, I really wanted hot chocolate and chose the Frozen Hot Chocolate . . . win-win for a hot day.  The price tag was still hefty (although not $1,000) and thankfully, I discovered Family Food Travel

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Photo credit: Family Food and Travel

 

I’m sooooo sold on this one.  I love Maraschino Cherries.  I love Cake Balls.  I love Chocolate.  Flour on my Face has done a beautiful thing by combining them all together.

 

Lucky us!


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Photo credit: Flour on my Face

 

In the comments below, tell me which one you will make for your friends and family?  Will you roll up your sleeves for the pirate ship cake, make a classic cookie, gift someone your own chocolate covered arrangement, save 10 bucks on frozen hot chocolate or make some cherry chocolate cake balls?   Do tell!

P.S.  If you like just chocolate bars, here is a really unique Ritter Butter Biscuit Bar review

P.P.S.  Our first ever wine tasting/chocolate tasting party is happening over here

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

 


 


Ice Cream Giveaway Winner


One winner announced on Friday night, August 8, 2014. 
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Come back and see who’s name is here
Love & Chocolate,
Becca
And the winner is . . . . . .

Carol Walters

(Carol – please email me iReallyLoveChoc (at) gmail (dot) com

with your mailing address and I will pop the voucher in the mail ASAP)



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Ice Cream Giveaway


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Tell me your favorite ice cream flavor in the comment section below to be entered.

BONUS: Pin it for an extra entry =)

Winner announced on this page on Friday night (August 8, 2014)


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7 Mouthwatering Chocolate Treats for the Diabetic

7 Mouthwatering Chocolate Treats for the Diabetic


If you love chocolate, then you know what its like to have a craving.  That feeling that you not only want chocolate but you NEED chocolate.  Diabetics are no different, they have the same cravings but can’t always satisfy those cravings.  Thankfully, with the rise of Diabetes we have seen companies step up and offer a wide variety of sugar free chocolates.  Check out these mouthwatering chocolates below =)

 

1.  Sugar Free Assorted Chocolates

A classic box of assorted luscious confections, in one guilt-free box. Enjoy a sugar free assortment of chocolate truffles, toffees, buttercreams, jellies and caramels. Yummy!!

Go here –> I want this

 

2.  Sugar Free Pretzel Bites

Looking for the perfect guilt free snack? These bite size chocolate covered pretzels are exactly what you’re looking for. A crispy salty pretzel bite smothered in sugar free chocolate creates everyone’s favorite salty-­sweet flavor combo. These delicious snacks are perfect for the sugar conscious person or one dealing with special dietary needs.

Go here –> I want this

 

3.  Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Filled Crumb Tarts

Oats Any Time (O.A.T.) Chocolate Chip filled Crumb Tarts are Maine-made, sophisticated Artisanal Treats.

I would eat these for breakfast, as an afternoon or evening snack, or as a dessert.  I just love the combination of buttery goodness and chocolate

Go here –> I want this

4.  Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa

Oh yes!  A favorite childhood classic is made perfectly for the diabetic persons’ needs

Go here –> I want this

 

 

5.  Hershey’s Special Dark

One of my favorites and first pieces of dark chocolate I ever ate.  Now ready for the Diabetic!

Go here –> I want this

 

6.  No Sugar Added Hedgehogs

No Sugar Added Hedgehogs are made with  creamy smooth hazelnut filling, in a shell of lavish milk chocolate. Each package contains three delicious Hedgehogs. Cute and scrumptious!!

Go here –> I want this

7.  No Sugar Added Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter + Chocolate = Happiness

Go here –> I want this

 

Love & Chocolate,

Becca

 

 

Oh, here is another fabulous sugar free treat . . . very unique and ZERO calories

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”