Dark Chocolate Chips Deliver Richer Chocolate Flavor

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Dark chocolate chips are the greatest addition to cookie dough ever invented! They're also a great way to add rich chocolate flavor to anything.

Use them in your favorite recipe, you'll taste the difference.

Semi-sweet, dark or bittersweet, you choose the level of chocolate intensity.

Mix them together and make an awesome triple chocolate chip cookie.

Drop them into a batter, melt them, sprinkle them on top or eat them like candy.

They're delicious no matter how you use them.

Bake with them and your desserts will impress.

Plus they're a fabulous way to get those health benefits of dark chocolate into your diet.

Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

New to dark chocolate? Semi-sweet chips are your best choice. They're the sweetest of the dark chocolate chips with the mildest chocolate flavor.

You'll find those little morsels irresistible (most people do) in cookies fresh from the oven.

It's the way the chips conceal their warm and creamy centers until you bite into them releasing the molten chocolate.

The chocolate slowly melts on your tongue caressing your taste buds. You can't help it, you want (need) more!

What if you don't like cookies (gasp!)? Well then you can use them in...

  • bread
  • brownies
  • cake
  • candy
  • fudge
  • muffins
  • pancakes
  • pie

Melted and incorporated into the batter or filling or added as is, they impart a sweet, slightly dark chocolate flavor.

Here's a simple and tasty way I like to use them. Put 2 tablespoons of Nestle® chips in a bowl. Microwave about 1 minute or until melted. Add 1 cup of Cheerios® and mix well.

An easy chocolate dessert with the added nutrition of the cereal and only 170 calories and 10g of fat.

Ok, so I'm biased toward Nestle®. I've loved their semi-sweet chips for years (more than I'm willing to admit).

They make excellent chocolate chip cookies. But Ghirardelli® chips are a close second.

They're good but...

Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

When you're ready for intense chocolate taste, try dark or bittersweet chocolate chips. They're so good you can eat them like candy, straight from the bag.

So be sure to buy extra to bake with.

Choose either dark (aka dark semi-sweet) with a cacao content of 50% or more. Or bittersweet with a cacao content of 60% or more.

That's a lot of chocolate liquor (liquid chocolate) plus added cocoa butter.

Use it to set your inner pastry chef free. The rich, intense chocolate will take your baking to another level.

Your family and friends will be impressed.

Maybe a little too impressed, they may not believe you made it. So let them clean up the mess.

I like the Nestle Dark Chocolate Chips with 53% cacao. They're very good in chocolate chip cookies.

They're even better in desserts.

Normally I bake with cocoa powder because it's easier to use (no melting means no burned chocolate).

But the chips, with more cocoa butter, make a more decadent treat.

So now I do the melting when I'm in the mood.

You will too, once you taste the difference for yourself.

Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Recipe

Here's one you may want to try. I found it on the Nestle Chocolatier® dark chocolate chips package. They renamed them Nestle Dark Chocolate Chips.

It's an awesome recipe for chocolate layer crumb bars. It's a buttery cookie crust covered with a thick layer of dark chocolate topped with crumbs and dark chocolate chips.

You'll find the recipe on Nestle's baking website. 

It's a great recipe, but it can be even better. I used to make this recipe substituting the Nestle Chocolatier® 62% cacao chips for the 53%.

They no longer make the 62% chips.  But you can use their 62% cacoa baking bar to make the recipe.

That makes the dessert bars even more intensely chocolate and delicious.

So good, you may not even want to share with your family or friends!

Or if you're a true dark chocoholic, you could make only half a recipe of the crumb mixture and bake it in an 8 x 8-inch pan.

That way you get a really thick layer of bittersweet chocolate.

How Many Calories in Dark Chocolate Chips?

According to the package, Nestle®...

  • Semi-sweet chips contain about 70 calories and 4 g of fat per tablespoon.
  • Dark (53% cacao) contain about 60 calories and 4 g of fat per tablespoon.

The amount of calories and fat will vary by brand.

Dark chocolate chips may be tiny but each of those bits are packed with rich chocolate and benefits.  Bake with them and you just might get a reputation...as the best baker on the block.

Try this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. It's packed with chips and chunks!

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