Chocolate is a serious weakness of mine. It’s a little scary how a small square of that indulgent, rich deliciousness can change my entire mood. Turns out, I’m not crazy, there’s actually a physiological reason (I KNOW, I was relieved, too!), as recent studies have found that eating dark chocolate in moderate amounts reduces cortisol and catecholamines, the hormones related to stress and anxiety.
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Can’t resist candy this time of year? Create your own treat with non-tricky ingredients! Luscious dark chocolate, hearty hazelnuts and a dash of pumpkin pie spice come together in this incredibly easy recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Bark. Chunky, fun and full of fall flavor, you won’t be tempted to unwrap any of your kids’ fun-sized bars with a batch of this sweet stuff on hand.
What’s better than chocolate and peanut butter, when it comes to candy bar flavors? Try dark chocolate and almond butter—with a sprinkling of chopped cashews—and see for yourself! Replicate the wrinkled-edge look of store-bought butter cups by layering ingredients in muffin tin liners, peeling away the paper just before serving.
Get your fudge fix with these nut-studded dark chocolate squares that look like they’re from an upscale candy shop but can be made easily on your stovetop. Packed with pistachios—one of the most protein-rich and lowest-calorie nuts—with finely chopped almonds and sea salt mixed in, they’re a gourmet treat with bonus nutritional benefits.
Need dessert, quick? These no-bake almond butter bites are about as easy as it gets—just mix the ingredients, form into balls and freeze. When set, dunk in melted dark chocolate for a layer of extra “Mmmmmm”! You get double the nuttiness with almond butter and PBSLIM™, a new powdered peanut butter boasting 85% fewer fat calories–yet the same rich, roasted flavor–of the spreadable kind.
Ooey gooey chocolate, fluffy marshmallow goodness and crispy graham crackers — everyone likes s’mores! It’s just a fact of life. But for kids who can’t eat gluten, s’mores are usually just another treat on a long list of foods that are off-limits — until now!
Can we just say one word: “Yum!” Yup, it’s true: We looooove sweets. So when we discovered that July 31 is National Jump for Jelly Beans Day, we knew that we had to explore the options for satisfying that sweet tooth without guilt!
From the obvious (fresh fruit masquerading as “candy”) to the surprising (would you believe calorie-free chocolate dip for those strawberries?), we’ve sampled, tasted, oohed and ahhed our way to the sweetest blissful options available. Here you go:
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