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Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate

You know, there should really be a chocolate monster to rival the cookie monster. It’s that important. History itself shows us how vitally important chocolate is.  The Mayans and Aztecs in Mexico are known to have used it first, making a spicy frothy drink out of the ground cacao pods. From there it was taken to Spain. At some point the French got hold of it, and that’s where it began it’s real journey of transcendence. Because they invented chocolate mousse and ganache.

Here’s a video on how chocolate is made by El Rey chocolate factory:

Of course, chocolate desserts are found worldwide now, and pastry chefs make the most of chocolate to create delightful concoctions. Our chefs have prepared a chocolate bundle that I mentioned in an earlier blog, 8 Guilty Pleasures.

Allow me to rhapsodize.

First you get our Chocolate Ganache cake. Moist chocolate cake with layers of Ganache.  Ganache, in case you don’t know, is a French term for a smooth, creamy and rich mixture of chocolate and fresh cream.

Next Madeleines dipped in chocolate. Madeleines are elegant little French cakes with distinctive shell shapes. Rich and buttery, soft with lightly crisped edges. These little delights are dipped into rich dark chocolate.

Our family size chocolate cake is so good that Greg said he would eat the whole thing in a single sitting, given the chance. Incredibly moist chocolate fudge cake, filled and iced with a delicate sour cream chocolate frosting.

Gourmet Cookie Selection: Three chewy cookies. Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookies, Snickerdoodles and Dr. Midnight Cookies make a sweet trilogy. Indulge in chocolate-y goodness!

Double-fudge Brownies-Don’t the words double fudge make your hair stand up?  Made with Guittard Chocolate, this dense and decadent no-nut double fudge brownie is laced with chocolate chip.

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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The Giving Season – 6 ideas for feel-good gifts

What do we all really want to do this season? We want to get into the spirit, and give as much as we can. It’s human nature, and it’s what makes us beautiful.  It makes us feel good, and it helps people around us, so what could be bad?

MagicKitchen.com is proud to partner Graham’s Foundation year-round. Graham’s Foundation provides care packages designed for the needs of parents of micro-preemie babies, and we provide gift certificates to go into those packages.

1. Give a gift of delicious frozen meals for a local senior. We provide a $10 discount for seniors, so a gift certificate is an excellent choice.

2. A donation to Graham’s Foundation will help the parents of a micro-preemie baby. Make a donation in the name of a friend!

3. Dedicate a Tree – Dedicating a tree is an unusual and eco friendly gift that will last for years to come. Check it out at  www.plantatreeusa.com. You get to give a nice certificate.

4. Adopt a Dolphin – Ocean Conservation Society provides an adoption certificate, along with a booklet.

5.  Name a Star – Ideal for anyone who’s into astronomy, the International Star registry gives you a star chart with the location and coordinates of your star. OK, this doesn’t actually give anything to anyone but the service, and your named star won’t be recognized by the International Astronomical Union, but this is just plain cool.

6. Send Christmas Dinner – Do you know someone spending Christmas alone?  There are few things as lonely, and nobody wants to cook  big dinner for themselves. Our Best of the Season Meal bundle provides a comforting Turkey dinner with dessert that’ll leave them with leftovers.

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