Science has proven what we have always known: chocolate makes you feel good. A compound in chocolate called phenylethylamine raises the endorphin levels in your brain, helping you feel calm and happy. According to The Exploratorium, chocolate even "contains pharmacologically active substances that have the same effect on the brain as marijuana ..." Well, it's nice that scientists are spending their time on such important research.
Now that you know a bit more about the science of chocolate, let's get to the recipes! From crockpot recipes to easy make ahead desserts, this selection includes some of my favorite chocolate indulgences. And remember to post your favorite chocolate choices on the Busy Cooks Forum. After all, chocolate makes the world go around...
Easy Valentine's Chocolate Dessert Recipes
- Creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert
This fabulous recipe serves a crowd; it's so rich you must cut it in small squares. Enjoy it with a cold glass of milk.
- Special Kay Bars
These are my favorite no bake bar cookies; the crunch of the cereal is complemented by rich and chewy peanut butter and smooth and creamy chocolate.
- Molten Chocolate Cakes
These decadent little cakes with their molten chocolate center are easy to make using brownie mix.
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue
Peanut butter and chocolate combine to make a rich and creamy dessert fondue. Peanut butter mellows chocolate, adding a richness and smooth mouthfeel to this fabulous dessert fondue recipe.
- Chocolate Dainties
This is a chocolate version of the popular wedding cake or tea cake; another old family recipe. The combination of powdered sugar in the dough and the low baking temperature makes a very tender cookie. They're delectable!
- Crockpot Chocolate Mess
This fabulous, decadent chocolate pudding cake is made in your crockpot.
- Best Brownies
I stand by this brownie recipe through years of trying others. There's something about stirring the sugar into the hot melted chocolate that makes these brownies creamier. Yum.
- Crockpot Turtle Cake
Try this elegant and very rich chocolate turtle cake that is made in your crockpot!
- Brownie Fudge
This amazing brownie recipe is so rich and so sweet. Make sure you cut the brownies into very small pieces - about 1" square, because not many people can handle a bigger piece!
- Candy Bars
Chocolate sweetened condensed milk isn't made any more (what a loss!), so make these delicious bars with regular condensed milk.
- Cream Cheese Frosted Brownies
Cream cheese frosting adds fabulous texture and flavor to rich and decadent brownies. Yum.
- My Dad's Favorite Brownies
This brownie recipe is incredible. If you love brownies, you need to try this recipe at least once in your life.
- Cashew Truffles
You can use any type of nut you wish in the candy. For a darker chocolate taste, use all semisweet chocolate instead of part milk chocolate. But I think a bit of milk chocolate adds a delicious depth of flavor.
- Crockpot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake
This rich and gooey chocolate pudding cake is made in your crockpot. This rich, gooey cake is good straight from the crockpot, cold or reheated. It doesn't keep very well, but you shouldn't have any left over anyway!
- Easiest Fudge in the World
This recipe probably came from Eagle Brand or Nestle, I can't remember which one. So I'll give credit to both. It is probably the easiest recipe in the world, thus the name!
- Crisp Chocolate Caramel Bars
This wonderful recipe can be a bit difficult to cut. Make sure to use a very sharp knife and cut with a swift motion. They are worth the trouble - the taste is fantastic!