Chocolate Now, Dinner Later!

Mia Teal

E-Commerce Marketing Department

Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by chocolate, chocolate, and once again…chocolate! It is the best time of the year to be creative and festive. Speaking of creativity, have you ever wondered how to make your own chocolate? We found a fun and easy chocolate recipe that would be a great activity for the family, or for you to try on your own!

Five main ingredients are needed to make your own chocolate:

  1. 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder
  2. 1/8 cup Dry Milk Powder
  3. 2 ¾ tablespoons Cacao Butter
  4. 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  5. Chocolate mold
  6. Sweetener (optional)
  7. Candy Pieces (optional)

Step 1: Add 1-2 inches of water to a medium saucepan. Next, insert a heat-proof bowl on top of the saucepan. Bring water to a simmer (not boil) and add tiny, proportional pieces of cacao butter into the heatproof bowl. The cacao butter should not be touching the water. Whisk the cacao butter frequently. 

Step 2: Once the cacao butter is melted, add cacao or cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, dry milk powder, and any other add-ins to the heat-proof bowl. Stir these remaining ingredients until completely blended. 

Step 3: Pour the chocolate mixture into the molding of your choice. Transfer to the freezer for 20-30 minutes.

Step 4: Try not to eat all the chocolate at once!

Not feeling up to making your own chocolate. We understand! At Price Chopper and Market 32, not only do we have fantastic chocolate dessert recipes, but we also have a wonderful Bakery Department that strives to go above and beyond for our customers. We have so many options to make your holiday season extra special!

Other digital sites where you can locate our chocolate-filled recipes:

Price Chopper Homepage 

Price Chopper Ready Recipes

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Some holiday must-tries!

Chocolate Cinnamon Scones: Chocolatey, cinnamony, and festive! You cannot go wrong with these Chocolate Cinnamon Scones. Try pairing with your favorite PICS coffee blend or PICS hot chocolate. 

Double-Chocolate Peppermint Bark: With only four key ingredients, these are easy to make and do not have to look any specific way. No pressure when making this delicious dessert!

Minty Hot Chocolate: Exactly how it sounds – This mint hot chocolate is everything and more! Be sure to give it a try.

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How to Make Milk Chocolate

National Homemade Bread Day!

Mia Teal

E-Commerce Marketing Department

The aroma of freshly baked bread is like no other. On National Homemade Bread Day, we want you to step out of your comfort zone and try making your own bread from scratch. If you do not feel up to the challenge or maybe time is not in your favor today, we have some ways for you to get creative even with a quick bread mix of your choice. 

There are so many more options than just plain “white” and “whole grain” bread. What about something sweet or savory? At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have a variety of options for your bread. Take a look at the items below!

Spices & Herbs:

  • 1. Cinnamon
  • 2. Nutmeg
  • 3. Cloves
  • 4. Sage
  • 5. Thyme
  • 6. Basil
  • 7. Rosemary

Grains:

  • 1. Oat
  • 2. Bran 
  • 3. Wheat
  • 4. Barely
  • 5. Rye

Candy, Nuts, & Seeds:

  • 1. Milk / Dark Chocolate Chips 
  • 2. Coconut Flakes
  • 3. Walnuts
  • 4. Pistachios
  • 5. Almonds
  • 6. Poppy/ Sesame / Flax seeds

Fruits:

  • 1. Bananas
  • 2. Apples / Applesauce 
  • 3. Blueberries
  • 4. Cherries
  • 5. Apricots 
  • 6. Raisins
  • 7. Kalamata Olives 
  • 8. Lemon / Lime / Orange Zest

Vegetables:

  • 1. Zucchini 
  • 2. Carrots 
  • 3. Pumpkin

Cheeses:

  • 1. Cheddar
  • 2. Parmesan
  • 3. Goat

If you are on a tight schedule and don’t have time to make any sort of bread, check out our Bakery Section for a wide variety of delicious bread. You will not be disappointed!

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How to Make Ice Cream at Home

Ice cream is an amazing treat! Especially on those beautiful summer nights. But stopping buy your local shop can add up throughout the season. That’s why sometimes it’s nice to make your own homemade ice cream. It can sound intimidating, but it can actually be super easy. Here’s our guide to making ice cream at home!

The easiest way to make ice cream takes only four ingredients, a mason jar, and just a bit of elbow grease. 1 cup of heavy cream, 1.5 tablespoons of granulated sugar, .5 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt is all it takes. Add these ingredients to a mason jar, twist the lid on tight, and shake. This is where the elbow grease comes in. The mixture needs a good shake for 4 to 5 minutes, if you can call in some backup or other members of the household that will certainly help. Just tell them they will be getting ice cream out of the deal!

Once it’s nice and shaken, the mixture will have doubled in size and nicely coats the back of a spoon. Once you’ve reached this point you know you’re ready for the next step…freezing! Store the jar in the freezer and in about 3 hours, you should have created firm, scoopable ice cream. This is the simplest way, but definitely add in your own flavorings to the base or toppings to the final ice cream product.

You can also make ice cream in plastic baggie at home. Add the same ingredients to small, resealable plastic bag, make sure all the excess air is out and the bag is sealed tightly. Meanwhile, combine salt and ice in a large resealable plastic bag.  Place the small bag inside the large bag and shake, elbow grease again, but this time for 7 to 10 minutes, until the ice cream hardens. Remove from the bag and enjoy!

Sources:

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a54721/ice-cream-in-a-bag-recipe / https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/how-to-make-simple-homemade-ice-cream

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