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Count Chochula Brought You a Sweet Treat!

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This devilish treat is well within your calories and provides you with other healthy benefits …

Dark Chocolate Fruit Dip

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 195 per serving
Percent from Fat: 37%

Tip:  One small piece of dark chocolate a day – just 30 calories' worth – eaten two hours after dinner can actually lower systolic (top number!) blood pressure 3 points and diastolic (bottom number!) blood pressure 2 points.

Culinary Taste Tip:  You can use different types of fresh fruits in this dish: almost anything you can slice and keep dry.

Culinary Technique Tip:  Melt the chocolate in the microwave using a microwave-safe glass bowl, stirring every minute.

Preparation:  Set slices of fruit on paper towels to absorb any excess moisture. Melt chocolate in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes.**

Pour chocolate into 3 shallow soup bowls. Stir cinnamon into one bowl, cardamom into the second and cayenne pepper into the third. Dip one side of each slice or section of fruit into chocolate. Place fruit, coated sides up, onto a wax-paper-lined plate. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, about 15 minutes.

Substitutions:  *2/3 cup (4 ounces) dark or bittersweet chocolate chips may replace the dark chocolate, eliminating the chopping step. It's only dark chocolate that is rich in cocoa polyphenols, which lower blood pressure.

Tips:  **Or, place the chocolate in a Pyrex measuring cup or small microwave safe glass bowl. Microwave on high power 1 minute. Stir; continue microwaving 1 minute or until chocolate is completely melted when stirred.

Nutritional Analysis:  Total fat (g): 8; Fat calories (kc): 75; Cholesterol (mg): 1.8; Trans fatty acids (g): 0; Saturated fat (g): 5.3; Polyunsaturated fat (g): 0; Monounsaturated fat (g): 0; Fiber (g): 5.9; Carbohydrates (g): 31; Sugar (g): 24; Protein (g): 1.7; Sodium (mg): 1.4; Calcium (mg): 16.


You may find more sweet treats in the Healthy Cooking Community http://www.medhelp.org/forums/show/280  ;


partake in the final Trick of the evening

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566103 tn?1228385767
That sounds YUM O
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21064 tn?1309308733
Now, this is worth hunting for!!!  CHOCOLATE!!
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Yummy !!!!
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390388 tn?1279636213
I don't like to have chocolate in the house but;  O MY does that sound good.
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213044 tn?1236527460
I was hoping for pieces of eight, but pieces of chocolate fruit will do in a pinch.

Cayyenne pepper???
Which plate are they on?
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168348 tn?1379357075
Hi All .. It's good to see so many people out having a GHOSTLY GREAT TIME!

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