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Chocolate Guide | Taste of Home

Did you know? Decadent, ooey-gooey chocolate comes from beans…cocoa beans! When the center of the bean is ground into a liquid state, it becomes chocolate liquor. Here’s more information about chocolate:

Unsweetened Chocolate

Also known as baking and bitter chocolate. To create this, the chocolate liquor is cooled and molded into blocks.

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Dark Chocolate

The term dark chocolate is not regulated, but it often refers to sweet and bittersweet chocolates containing at least 35 percent chocolate liquor. It can also have sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla.

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Milk Chocolate

Must contain at least 10 percent chocolate liquor and 12 percent milk solids. It’s considered the most common kind of eating chocolate.

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White Chocolate

Not considered a true chocolate, it actually has little chocolate flavor. It’s typically a mixture of sugar, cocoa butter, milk solids and vanilla.

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Quick Chocolate Curls

Adding a pretty chocolate garnish to any dessert is a cinch. Use a vegetable peeler to “peel” curls from a solid block of chocolate. To keep the strips intact, allow them to fall gently onto a plate or a single layer of waxed paper. If you get only shavings, your chocolate may be too hard, so warm it slightly.

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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Guide


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Chocolate-Praline Layer Cake

 Chocolate-Praline Layer Cake

For the chocolate-lover in all of us, this dessert is the one. Packed with pecans, the luscious layers are topped off with heart-shaped chocolate candies. Every day is Valentine’s Day with this cake!—Kathy Engler, Brookfield, Wisconsin
12 Servings
Prep: 30 min.
Bake: 30 min.+ cooling


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans


  • 1 package (18.4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) cook-and-serve chocolate pudding mix


  • 1-3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate curls and heart-shaped chocolate candies


  • In a small heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and cream.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour into two greased 9-in. round baking pans and sprinkle with pecans.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, eggs, milk, butter, sweetened condensed milk and pudding mix; beat on low speed for 30 seconds.
  • Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Transfer to prepared pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate, praline side up. Spread with half of the whipped cream. Top with remaining cake layer; spread remaining whipped cream over top. Garnish with chocolate curls and candies.

Yield: 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 slice (calculated without garnishes) equals 674 calories, 41 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 170 mg cholesterol, 506 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.

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