While those heart-shaped boxes of milky, cream-filled bonbons don't qualify, recent studies show that pure dark chocolate is actually good for you. But that doesn't mean you should stack a massive supply next to the remote control and settle in for the winter. In moderation (and in the following recipes), you can enjoy the glorious taste of dark chocolate guilt-free.
Chocolate ranks among the most heavily sprayed crops, so it's important to choose organic. For the greatest health benefit, buy traditionally prepared or "artisan" chocolate (most likely to contain more flavonoids because it's gently made with reduced heat) with at least 70 percent cocoa.
This luscious, no-cook dessert uses -- surprise! -- avocado to add creaminess.
This deceptively simple snack cake features dark chocolate, rosemary, and fruity olive oil. Trust us when we tell you it won't last a day -- you'll find yourself sneaking fragrant slices at the counter, serving wedges with a cup of coffee in the afternoon, and eating the rest for dessert.