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california dark chocolate candies

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 22, 2018  |  0 Comments
Can candy offer health benefits? If you make these, the answer is definitely yes! These candies start with dark chocolate, which contains polyphenols that act as antioxidants. But the real surprise is what’s inside; it’s prunes! Research suggests that eating 5-6 California prunes a day may help support healthy bones—plus they provide additional polyphenols. They’re a perfect bite for an after dinner sweet. Enjoy!   Disclosure: At the time of posting, Jackie Newgent is a spokesperson for California Prune Board.
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dark chocolate black forest torte

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 27, 2012  |  3 Comments
Makes 16 servings: 1 slice each My friend Mo sent me an overly decadent recipe to makeover for her husband’s birthday. Of course, she gives me a dessert recipe that seems quite intimidating. (I’m definitely a cook, not a baker!) But going outside my comfort zone often results in very good things. So baker or no baker, do give this inspired torte a try, too. Black Forest cake is named after Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser), a liquor distilled from tart cherries, that has origins in the Black Forest mountain range of southwestern Germany. It’s the most distinctive ingredient in the traditional cake. However, there were no cherries to be found in the “before” recipe; so I added in some cherry goodness …...
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