6 Foods to Smother in Chocolate

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Who doesn't love chocolate?!

With the sweetest day of the year, Valentine's Day, just around the corner, check out six incredible ways to dip chocolate -- everything from ice cream tacos to goat cheese.

You can thank us, later.

How to Temper Chocolate
1.    Finely chop a semisweet or bittersweet chocolate bar. Don’t use chips, which often contain additives that prevent them from melting slowly.
2.    In a glass or ceramic bowl, microwave 3-quaters of the chocolate at 50% power in 15-second intervals, stirring in between, until it’s just melted.
3.    To cool, add in the rest of the chopped chocolate and stir until smooth. Now you’re ready to dip!

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Chocolate Coated Chorizo
Slice dried Chorizo, on a bias, into 1/4 inch thick slices. Dip and chocolate and remove to a parchment lined sheet tray. Allow to cool and room temperature.

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Chocolate Dipped Goat Cheese
Dip half of the boucheron wheel (or a small log of goat cheese) into chocolate. Remove onto a parchment line sheet tray and allow to cool. Place on a cheese board with crackers and dried fruit.

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Chocolate Ancho-Chile Tortilla Chips
Dip a tortilla chip halfway into the chocolate. Remove to a parchment lined sheet tray and sprinkle with salt and ancho chile powder.

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Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Taco
Dip the edges of the taco in chocolate and roll in crushed peanuts. Allow chocolate to harden at room temperature. Stuff with strawberry ice cream and serve or freeze until ready to eat.

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Chocolate Covered Bacon with Hazelnuts
Bake bacon on a rack in the oven until crisp. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Dip the bacon in melted chocolate and coat in chopped hazelnuts.

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Bacon & Chocolate Hazelnut Bouquet 
Don’t have time to temper chocolate? Just take a few strips of bacon arrange them in a jar of chocolate hazelnut spread!

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