Coating your candy canes in a rich robe of chocolate raises the bar for the classic holiday sweet, imparting both a delicious flavor contrast and adding a festive visual appeal. They're a sweet party favor, an easy way to make your hot chocolate more awesome, and--bonus--they're really easy and quick to prepare.
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Of all the snack chips I tried covering in chocolate, the Cheetos were certainly the most compelling—vaguely shrimplike in shape, these nubbly, crunchy, chocolate-and-cheese snacks were oddly addictive in a sweet-and-salty, lowbrow sort of way.
Turns out, potato is a surprisingly versatile candy filling, working very well with a variety of flavors and textures and making for a texture that is surprisingly creamy. This recipe for Potato Kisses is rich with sweetened coconut. And of course, like so many things, it's even better with a rich coating of dark chocolate.
This recipe calls for mint extract, but you can use any extract or oil you like - just add to taste.
[Photograph: Lucy Baker] Forget plain, boring old vanilla marshmallows. These pack a double punch of chocolate and peppermint schnapps and are just the thing for topping off a mug of holiday cocoa....
Bonbon Jovi Truffles: they may be slippery when wet, but they don't give love a bad name.
Chocolate truffles are incredibly easy to make and can be flavored with just about anything. This recipe combines a rosemary and orange-infused ganache with 66% chocolate. The truffles have a nice earthy flavor from the herb, a bright citrus finish, and a rich chocolate to support the combination.