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When Chocolate Is Actually Good For You


The Aztecs and Mayans thought it made their soldiers stronger for battle. Dominican friars in the 16th century were so enamored with the stuff, they made allowances for it during fasting. Nowadays, marathon runners chug chocolate milk to replenish after races and scientists (who may or may not have more important things to do) conduct […]

Bean to Bar


Illustrations by Beatriz Gutierrez  How a pulpy white pod becomes dark, velvety chocolate: 1. The Theobroma cacao tree grows year-round, clustered on either side of the equator. Its flowers are pollinated by flies called midges; 5 to 7 months later, football-shaped pods appear. 2. These large pods sprout directly from the trunk and range in […]

Hazelnut-Chocolate Bars

Rich, Velvety Hazelnut Chocolate Bars with Crème Fraîche


Chocolate ganache is typically made with heavy cream; here we use crème fraîche to add a welcome tangy note to these deeply chocolaty bar cookies.

Quark Parfait

Quark Parfaits with Chocolate Cookies and Raspberry Sauce


Tangy, creamy homemade quark is paired with rich, dark chocolate in this not-too-sweet dessert.

Valentine's Day Cheese Plate

Valentine’s Day Cheese Plate


When it comes to everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday, a great cheese plate is key. It takes almost no time to prepare but provides a wallop of wow-factor—as long as your pairings are on point. What more would you need to woo your beau? To source these sexy selections, we reached out to Tess McNamara, director […]