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Chocolate is one of the most popular foods in the world. People eat it, drink it — some even sculpt it. The first chocolate bar was made in England in 1842 by the Cadbury Company and milk chocolate was invented in Switzerland in 1875. Each year, Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate, which is about 11 pounds per person!
Made from the seeds of the cacao bean (first used nearly 2,000 years ago), the production of chocolate is a lengthy process involving the fermenting of the seeds which are then dried, cleaned, cooked, and finally crushed to produce cocoa butter. The cacao bean was once considered so valuable that the Aztecs and Mayans even used them as currency and warm chocolate was a beverage for kings.
We reached out to our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers to see which chocolate recipes they make and love. From chocolate baklava and a sinfully rich chocolate zucchini cake to truffles and chocolate chip espresso brownies, we selected 12 chocolate recipes that are guaranteed to satisfy your darkest chocolate craving.