8 Surprising Ways to Use Chocolate Slideshow

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Chocolate-Covered Roasted Garlic
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Chocolate-Covered Roasted Garlic
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Roles are reversed in this recipe, with the chocolate acting as the bold and stronger flavor, and the roasted garlic adding hints of sweetness. 

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Chocolate Cherry Granola
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Chocolate Cherry Granola
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What can be better than chocolate at breakfast? This recipe adds chunks of it into granola so you're not only starting off your day on a right note, but a decadent one. 

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Bite Me More

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3-Bean Chili
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3-Bean Chili
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You won't miss the meat in this dish, and that's because it's packed with three different types of beans, corn, and bell pepper to make it extra hearty. A hint of super-dark chocolate gives it the depth it would lose from the lack of meat. 

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Leslie Durso

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Mole Poblano
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Mole Poblano
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This mole recipe from Los Sombreros Mexican Café & Cantina uses not one, but four chiles in it to give it its distinct flavor. Douse it on chicken, pork, or turkey to add some life to your meal. 

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Los Sombreros

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Chocolate Wasabi Brownies
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Chocolate Wasabi Brownies
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These days, it's very common to see a sweet ingredient most usually found in a dessert worked into an earlier course. This recipe flips that concept on its backside, adding spicy wasabi peas as a crumb topping to delicious chocolate brownies. 

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Kim Kushner

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Dark Chocolate Covered Kale Chips
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Dark Chocolate Covered Kale Chips
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Kale chips have been all the rage because they're the perfect healthy substitution for anyone with a potato chip addiction. This recipe makes them even better with chocolate, playing to our love of sweet and savory combinations. 

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Mixed Nuts Mole
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Mixed Nuts Mole
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We most commonly see mole recipes in liquid form, doused over Latin American chicken or steak dishes, but this recipe presents it dry, baked with nuts to be enjoyed on your coffee table. 

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Cynthia Nims

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Short Ribs Braised in Beer
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Short Ribs Braised in Beer
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It's hard to do short ribs wrong, but this recipe does them oh-so right. The short ribs are braised in a chocolatey-Guinness beer liquid to give them a uniquely rich flavor. 

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