Recipe: Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Your eyes aren’t fooling you. I’m taking a small break from my mommy blog to tell you about a quick, easy & tasty recipe I discovered.

I found an abundance of avocados in my weekly Farm Fresh to You shipment. Before I could say “What the heck am I going to do with all these avocados?” I found a recipe for Chocolate Avocado Mousse tucked into the bottom of the box. I was super intrigued, so I just had to try it out.

Avocado and chocolate mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1 large (8 oz) avocado, halved, peeled, and seeded
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey, or sugar)
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup soy, almond, coconut, or regular milk

Cooking Directions

  1. Cut the avocado into several chunks and put into food processor
  2. Add the cocoa powder, sweetener, milk, and vanilla.
  3. Blend until the mousse reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Add more milk or sugar if needed
  5. Serve chilled

 

I found the initial recipe to be just a bit thick, but a little more milk helped with that. In the end, I had a very rich and smooth chocolatey treat. The avocado may sound a bit weird, but I couldn’t even taste it. It just helped give the mousse a buttery texture. Much thanks to Farm Fresh to You for including this recipe. I would’ve never thought to mix chocolate with avocado. What has been the most bizarre but tasty dish you’ve had?

Recipe: Death By Chocolate

Halloween is just around the corner. Are you looking for something to bring to a party? Well, this dessert right here has been a real crowd pleaser. My husband’s family have always been the bakers where my family are the cooks. Every time I go to my husband’s family’s house for the holidays, I’d always find some kind of homemade baked good just sitting there on the counter, ready to be devoured.

It comes as no surprise that it was someone on his side of the family that had started making this Death By Chocolate that my husband would rave about almost all the time in college. It was only a matter of time when he would have to make it for me.

I finally got to try this bowl of deliciousness when we were invited to a Halloween party two years ago. Let me tell you, it was a real hit. So much so we brought it to another party last year & again, it was well received.

So I give you the fun to prepare Death By Chocolate (what a way to go)

 

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Death by Chocolate
A kahlua infused decadent treat.
Ingredients
  • 1 box Devils Food Cake mix
  • 1 cup Kahlua liqueur
  • 3 boxes chocolate jello pudding mix
  • 2 large containers cool whip
  • 4 Skor or Heath candy bars, crushed
Instructions
Make a quick mix dark chocolate or devils food cake using round cake pans that fit easily in a large bowl. Cool, punch holes with toothpick and add 1 cup Kahlua. Refrigerate overnight.Prepare the Jello pudding per package instructions.In a large bowl, put one round cake and layer with pudding and cool whip. Add the second round cake & do the same and then finish with crushed Skor bars.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 large dessert

Have you gotten shaved?

If you recall a few months ago, I talked about authentic Hawaiian ice and how good it was. Well thankfully, a friend of mine told me right after that post went live, that theres a Hawaiian Ice place right here in the South Bay, Torrance to be exact.

Calling Get Shaved popular was really one of the biggest understatements. The line snaked around the outside of the store. It wasnt really a hot day either but nonetheless we decided to brave it out. After 20 minutes in line, we made out selections. I chose Monkey Brains with banana strawberry syrup generously poured over the smooth ice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream underneath.

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When I got my order, it was already blatant how this dish got its name. Personally I thought it was pretty cool looking. The syrups did retain that fruity flavor I tasted while in Kihei, Hawaii but they were a bit high on the sugary side. The consistency of the ice was the same and the scoop of ice cream was pretty sweet. The one thing I really didnt like was the long line. I know thats a good sign for the business but I dont think Id like to wait in it like that all the time. Also the floors were really sticky which sadly couldnt be helped with such a long line snaking around the corner, heavy foot traffic is inevitable. This was probably why everyone took their shaved ice to go.

We did go back a few weeks later on a school night and there was no line, maybe thats what we need to do in the future. So go ahead and try Get Shaved. Try going on a weeknight, maybe there’ll be no line.

1790 W Carson St
Torrance‎ CA‎ 90501
USA

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Adventures in Desserts: Chocolate Zabaglione

I don’t know a single person that would turn chocolate down. Let’s face it, it’s comforting, some say even dark chocolate in small portions is actually good for you due to antioxidants. As long as you don’t over indulge in any of the varieties of this classic, you’re in the clear.

I found this recipe in my Everyday Italian cookbook. I’m still not ready to tackle the world of pies, tarts, and cakes just yet but this isn’t your average chocolate dip. The tartness of the wine and the sweetness of the chocolate are the perfect balance and they go well with your favorite fruits or cakes.

Seeing how I’m a beginner, if I can make this, practically anyone can!

It’s ice cream & cake time!

Mat first made this for me in college and it recently made a comeback at my *gasp* 30th (eek) birthday party. I hope you enjoy it as much as we all did!

30 Oreos crushed

1/2 stick of butter or margarine

carton of ice cream softened

small carton of Cool Whip

1 can of condensed milk

1 13 oz can of Hershey’s chocolate syrup

1 stick of butter or margarine

In a small sauce pan, combine the last 3 ingredients and bring to a low boil over medium heat.  Cook while stirring as the sauce thickens (I usually cook for about 10 min. after coming to a boil).  Set aside to cool completely.

Mix crushed Oreos and butter in a 9×13 pan.  Spread over bottom of pan forming a crust.  Put in freezer.

While the crust is setting up in freezer, take the ice cream out to soften.  Take the crust out when frozen and spread the ice cream over the top.  Put back in the freezer.

Take out the crust and ice cream layer after completely frozen.  Pour cooled chocolate sauce over the ice cream layer.  Put back in freezer.

Finally, take out and spread Cool Whip over the top of the chocolate layer.  Sprinkle with a few crushed Oreos.  Put back in the freezer to set up one final time.  Then it will be ready to eat.  The easiest way to cut the cake when finished is with an edge of a metal spatula

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Ice Cream Cake
I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like ice cream cake.
Ingredients
  • 30 Oreos crushed
  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 carton of ice cream softened
  • 1 small carton of Cool Whip
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 13 oz can of Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • 1 stick of butter or margarine
Instructions
In a small sauce pan, combine the last 3 ingredients and bring to a low boil over medium heat. Cook while stirring as the sauce thickens (I usually cook for about 10 min. after coming to a boil). Set aside to cool completely.Mix crushed Oreos and butter in a 9×13 pan. Spread over bottom of pan forming a crust. Put in freezer.While the crust is setting up in freezer, take the ice cream out to soften. Take the crust out when frozen and spread the ice cream over the top. Put back in the freezer.

Take out the crust and ice cream layer after completely frozen. Pour cooled chocolate sauce over the ice cream layer. Put back in freezer.

Finally, take out and spread Cool Whip over the top of the chocolate layer. Sprinkle with a few crushed Oreos. Put back in the freezer to set up one final time. Then it will be ready to eat. The easiest way to cut the cake when finished is with an edge of a metal spatula

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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 medium cake

Old School Charm Meets the Beach at Handel’s

The first time I heard about Handel’s Ice Cream was when I was volunteering at the Crown Jewel Club’s Beauty 360 event last summer. I noticed some women walk in with polo shirts with the store’s name embroidered on. Several people made comments about how good their ice cream was. As a foodie, I knew I had to swing by.

Well, like most things, I forget, & get lazy. However, I wasn’t going to let a visit to this place slip through my fingers as many a restaurant did back before my foodie days.

Yes I know it’s been chilly lately but I headed out to try this South Bay gem. As we all know, we could all use some ice cream every now & again for a quick pick me up.
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Like another old fashioned ice cream shop in Torrance, Handel’s was a counter only order format with a few tables up front. The staff was very friendly & the interior of the place seemed very clean, and also very bright. The menu was very organized & offered everything from milkshakes, floats, sundaes, and splits.

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Handel’s Ice Cream only has outdoor seating, a few tables on the patio it shares with the rest of the strip mall to be exact. I did like how it’s located in a very well lit strip mall area. My turtle sundae was delicious. For a small, it definitely was enough to take home & eat later too. The flavor was very rich. I couldn’t detect any powdery or artificial fillers to it. If there were they did a damn good job of hiding it. ;)

I’m glad I found another local gem in the South Bay area. I’ll be visiting a lot more once the weather warms up!

Handel’s Ice Cream

1882 South Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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Foster’s Old Fashioned Freeze: A Sweet Throwback

I never really liked living in Florida. However, one place that I’ll always go back to is a small ice cream shop called Campbell’s Dairy Land. Bright hard plastic red & white umbrellas are seem all over their patio that usually fills up with the high school crowd on most Friday nights. The shop seemed so nostalgic.

I’m glad to say I found something similar over here in the South Bay. Foster’s Freeze also harkens back to a much simpler time. It’s a small store with only two large picnic tables in the front. A small order window is present under the bright neon glow of its namesake in old school font. The menu, albeit somewhat disorganized & all over the place does have the staples of any small ice cream shop including floats, malts, banana splits & sundaes.

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My peanut butter jelly blizzard was quite large for the price, which is a good thing. The only drawback was that it was too soft serve. I had to eat the portion that was above the rim of the cup before it could start melting all over the place. Other than that it was tasty, no powdery mix could be detected.

I’m glad we have a little flavor of the past right here in Torrance. I’ll be sure to stop by every now & again.

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Recipe: Caramel Pudding

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Still looking for a last minute dessert for your party? Enter homemade caramel pudding. It’s pretty sweet so a little goes a long way! It can definitely feed a crowd.

Ingredients

1 8oz can condensed milk

1 cup whipping cream

vanilla wafers

Directions

Put the can of condensed milk in a medium sauce pan.

Fill with enough water to cover the can.

Bring to a boil & cover & boil milk in the can for 3 hours.

Once the milk is done, preheat oven to 425.

Open can of milk & put into a pie plate.

Cover with foil, place in a shallow pan of water and bake until thick, about an hour. Remove foil & cool.

Once cool, mix the caramelized milk with whipped cream.

Layer dish with vanilla wafers. Chill before serving.

Homemade Caramel Pudding

More Yogurt Shops Pop Up

In an ever changing plaza where The Counter has taken the place of Baja Fresh, Yogurtland has also moved in. Like many of its counterparts, it is self serve frozen yogurt as well as self serve toppings. This one however boasts its healthiness right on the label of the respective flavor.

Also like its competitors, the yogurt is priced based on weight. However, Yogurtland’s prices seemed to be slightly better than the rest. The quality of the yogurt was good but nothing special.

How long will this yogurt trend last? Which one is your favorite chain?

There’s Nobody Here Bundt Us Cakes

You’ve worked out at the 24 Hour Fitness in Manhattan Beach & you think you deserve a little treat even if it’s “cheating” look no further but Nothing Bundt Cakes located across the way in the Bristol Farms shopping plaza.

A new neighbor to the Manhattan beach neighborhood, they offer bundt cakes in many sizes starting with the mini “bundtlet”to the tiered cakes.  Red velvet, chocolate, and lemon are just a few of the many flavors offered. The texture is moist and the flavor finds a happy medium between sugary and sweet.

The cakes are available for purchase at the store, over the phone, and online. Delivery options are available as well.  They offer the cakes for many occasions like birthdays, weddings, love, corporate, and sympathy.

Whether it’s curing a sweet tooth, a birthday, or anniversary, Nothing Bundt Cakes is ready to provide.

Nothing Bundt Cakes in Los Angeles on Fooddigger

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