Chocolate Ganache

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This baby craves chocolate … on a daily … scratch that … hourly basis. Did I ever crave chocolate prior to the pregnancy? No. My husband is the chocoholic of the couple. Whenever we would order ice cream before the pregnancy, he would always linger near the chocolate bins while I perused the strawberry and vanilla flavors. Whenever I would bake treats, he would always request chocolate on top of chocolate on top of cookie dough (with chocolate chips) on top of chocolate. Me? I preferred the fruit tart route. Could we have been more opposite in this category? I don’t so.

Then, Nugget entered our lives and introduced me to the wonderful world of chocolate. Yes, it truly is a wonderful world. Now, whenever my husband and I get ice cream, you will most likely find us huddled together, trying to decide what chocolate-filled treat will satisfy our tastebuds.

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I’m fairly confident that this baby takes after his/her Daddy’s heart (and tastebuds). But then again, maybe the baby is a mix between his/her Daddy and my side of the family. Why do I say that?

Well, when I was chatting with my Dad the other day, he was asking all about the pregnancy and I told him that I was beginning to develop an insatiable sweet tooth. Knowing my tastes and preferences, he knew that this was a major development for me.

This whole sweet tooth talk soon turned into a little story told by my Dad. This was the story that really opened my eyes and solidified the thought that Nugget is definitely a good mix of his/her Daddy and generations of my family. How? What I didn’t know was that my Dad had quite the enormous sweet tooth when he was younger. Oh, and my Grandpa (his Father) also had a huge sweet tooth. I honestly had no idea.

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My Dad told me that my Grandpa would always have a cupboard in the kitchen stocked with candy … Hershey’s, black licorice … the works. The first place that my Dad’s friends would go to in the house would be my Grandpa’s candy cupboard.

And, as if the candy cupboard wasn’t enough, because my Dad had such a sweet tooth, he would ride up to the local drugstore with his lawn mowing money in his pocket and load up on sweets at the store. Due to all of the playing, mowing, and riding, he stayed thin while enjoying his sweet treats. What’s not to love about that?

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So, that brings me to my conclusion: Nugget definitely loves his/her sweet treats and it’s all thanks to my husband, my Dad, and my Grandpa. That list is compiled of three of my most favorite men and all three are my heroes. As heroes in my life, they must be doing something right. As a 21-week pregnant lady, I will embrace those chocolate-filled cravings and carry on the tradition … in moderation, of course. 
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*I’m 21 weeks in the photos throughout this post.

Chocolate Ganache
Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
Directions:
  1. Prepare a double boiler and heat the chocolate, heavy cream, and coffee together in the double boiler until melted and smooth.

What is your favorite chocolate treat?

*Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

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