The thing about chocolate is, there are so many ways to dig it. Some reach for the deep, dark, bitter stuff while others go for creamy milk chocolate. Some prefer candy, others prefer cake, or brownies, or pudding, or cookies, or even savory dishes like mole.
(Want to learn more about chocolate? This roundup of our favorite brands of chocolate products, and some tips on storage, tempering, and the best ways to use them in your cooking, should help.)
Here's how some of our Cook's Country coworkers like their chocolate.
Alli Berkey, Test Cook
Morgan Bolling, Associate Editor
Ice cream for sure. And brownies. In fact, I freeze brownie batter in small portions, and then each night I bake myself a teeny little brownie and have it with a scoop of ice cream. It's a ritual that I love.
Matthew Fairman, Test Cook
I really love chocolate in Mexican mole, a complex and primarily savory dish where chocolate reveals a completely different side of itself. But I eat most of my chocolate in trail mix and granola, like chunks mixed in with nuts and oats and stuff.
Cecelia Jenkins, Associate Editor
Chocolate chip pancakes. Chocolate chips are so great. Sometimes I put them in my mother's pumpkin bread recipe. And I love chocolate milk. Love it.
Katie Leaird, Associate Editor
Hot fudge over ice cream. Or chocolate-covered blueberries, which we used to make when I worked at a chocolate factory.
Bryan Roof, Executive Food Editor
I love a really sloppy, messy molten chocolate cake or pudding cake. Or, I love a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie. I like them super soft, so I always underbake by a few minutes.
Ashley Moore, Associate Editor
My favorite chocolate is a small bite of bittersweet chocolate after dinner. But I also love a rich, luxurious flourless chocolate cake. A small amount of espresso powder really amplifies the chocolate flavor.