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Sweet Sensations

Indulge in an assortment of petite chocolate treats
Sweet Sensations

In the chocolate world, size matters: smaller is definitely better. Sure, a huge slice of cake has its appeal, but it can’t compare to a selection of miniature treats that offer a wide range of flavors and textures. Plus, those tiny confections are just so cute! This time of year, they’re also remarkably versatile. Packed into a pretty box for a Valentine’s Day treat, arranged on a plate as an elegant chocolate dessert, or taken to the office to share with co-workers, a few little morsels add up to a whole lot of love.

February 2009 p.74

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Mini Moon Pies

Mini Moon Pies

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Semisweet Chocolate and Peanut Bars

Semisweet Chocolate and Peanut Bars

Talk about cookies that raise the bar! Buttery pastry, dark chocolate, and peanuts make for a luscious, creamy-crunchy-nutty experience.

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Dark Chocolate Nuggets

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Studded with dried fruit, nuts and crisp cereal, these orange-scented chocolate clusters make exceptionally easy, irresistible gifts. Melting the chocolate in stages may seem a little picky, but it’s actually a short-cut method for “tempering” chocolate. (Tempering stabilizes the chocolate and prevents a cloudy appearance.)

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Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Vegan Chocolate Truffles

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Melt-in-your-mouth truffles don’t need much to make them irresistible, but if you want to jazz up this recipe, try stirring in 2 teaspoons of flavored liqueur, such as Chambord, Frangelico, or Kahlúa.

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White Chocolate Blondie Bites

White Chocolate Blondie Bites

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White chocolate often plays second fiddle to dark and milk. These moist squares put white chocolate back on top, while giving coconut and almond flavors room to shine.

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