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Kitchen Extravaganza | Adventures with Chocolate Review & Giveaway (US)

Chocolate lovers will not want to miss this new cookbook, Adventures with Chocolate by Paul A. Young. This exciting cookbook has 80 wonderful recipes that celebrates chocolate including both sweet and savory offerings.

It was a rare cold evening in Florida, so I decided to try Paul’s Aztec-style Hot Chocolate which elevates hot chocolate to new flavor levels that far surpasses anything you will ever taste in those little store-bought packets. Using cocoa powder, dark chocolate, spices and muscavado sugar (I found this at Whole Foods), I whipped up a delicious authentic Mayan style hot chocolate by also adding a pinch of ground chile powder. The result was perfect because it is not overly sweet and you really get the flavor notes from the chocolate, chile and the spices……delicious!

I was literally swooning over the delectable recipes in this cookbook and it was hard to narrow it down to a few selections because I wanted to make everything at once. When my children were tucked snuggly into their beds, I whipped up “The Ultimate Chocolate Martini” for my husband and I to enjoy. This cocktail was so easy to make and it was amazing.

I cannot begin to describe how delicious the “Cacao-nib and Madagascan Vanilla Smoothie” tastes and it is a favorite treat for my children to enjoy. It is made using healthier ingredients like low fat, soy or rice milk, greek yogurt, honey, vanilla pods (the scent of these is wonderful when you break it open) and cacao nibs. It is creamy, luxurious and very satisfying.

Our family favorite is the Dried Cherry and Coconut Brownies which disappear as quickly as I can make it. It is the first time that I have baked using spelt flour and I was very pleased with the result which tasted great…..very moist and a nice chewy texture.

This cookbook is invaluable for home cooks and bakers who are looking to explore with new chocolate recipes. I appreciate that the recipes use whole food ingredients, are decadent yet not overly sweet and the instructions are easy to follow.

You can purchase your copy of Adventures with Chocolate (SRP $24.95) on and at other retailers. You are also invited to visit Kyle Books to check out all of the great book titles and new releases.


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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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