Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chocolate Soup for Two


Valentine's day is exactly one month away and I'm elbow deep in chocolate recipes. I've been searching for ideas and inspiration for sweet, edible tokens of affection.  Recently while watching a food show on TV, I saw chocolate soup being served at a popular chocolate bar/buffet.  Patrons were proclaiming their love (between slurps of soup) for the warm, velvety smoothness and rich chocolaty flavor.  I got out a pen and paper and wrote:


In my search I've found so many variations on chocolate soup, I didn't know which one to try!  They all sounded so rich and almost too heavy. (Does anyone really want a heavy dessert on date night?) After a few trial runs, I decided to make my own. 



Chocolate Soup for Two

A very basic chocolate soup recipe with marshmallow cream cheese ...

See Chocolate Soup for Two on Key Ingredient.


I wanted to lighten the soup without compromising the richness or velvety texture.  I mixed skim milk with fat-free half and half to maintain the creamy texture.  I also found that I could not tell the difference (in the completed soup) between the fat-free and regular sweetened condensed milk.  One of my favorite elements of this dish is the marshmallow & cream cheese garnish.  It provides an interesting and needed flavor contrast.


I used Ghiradelli semisweet baking chips, but the variations on this recipe are as numerous as there are varieties of chocolate.  I would imagine an orange infused chocolate bar would pair well with a little Grand Marnier in this soup.  I also think a big fat biscotti crouton (or many of them) would be a delicious addition.

 
This dessert should be served warm.  I have a jar of gourmet ice cream topping called "chocolate crunch" that I used for further garnishing.  Completed, the soup is rich and velvety just like the full-fat version.  The flavor is a bit like a rich chocolate pudding.  If I could describe where chocolate soup lives, it's somewhere between rich hot chocolate-ville and chocolate pudding city. 


I think this would be an excellent Valentine's day dessert to share with someone special, even if that someone special is your Grandma.  I view the holiday as a celebration of all kinds of love, and not just the romantic variety. I'm hoping to share more chocolaty recipes with you before V-day arrives, and I can't wait to see what everyone else will be cooking up!

28 comments:

Mara... said...

Oh. My. Goodness!!! This looks heavenly!!! This looks like something I would just love, I never even thought of chocolate soup. I cannot wait to see more of your chocolate recipes. I like the celebration being about all kinds of love, too!!

Christina P. said...

I'm drooling...wow this sounds so delicious, beautiful photos too!

Megan said...

Oh how I would love to have a big bowl of that right now. Looks sinfully delicious! Love the thought of some big fat biscotti croutons on top.

cookies and cups said...

yum yum yum yum! could I use a straw ;)?

Karen @ Mignardise said...

Really cute idea! Sounds and looks delicious. Great photo too.

Ingrid said...

Heather your photos are gorgeous!

I'm not a fan of chocolate but this does sound interesting! I think it would be fun to serve the kids and their friends. :)

Happy Friday!
~ingrid

Sarah said...

chocolate soup? That's got my name all over it! Thanks for the gorgeous pictures

Sue Sparks said...

This looks divine!!! Your photos look like they came right out of Gourmet magazine! I love chocolate, rich chocolate, and this fits the bill perfectly! THANKS!

Linda said...

Right up this Chocolate-Lover's alley!
Gorgeous photos...lovely dessert. WILL TRY IT!!

Sandie (Inn Cuisine) said...

Such cute photos! And chocolate soup? I've never had it, but I can assure you I'd love to try!

Flirting with flour said...

I love makeover recipes that taste just as good as the originals! This is gorgeous and sounds sinlessly delicious :D

Donna-FFW said...

I have never thought of chocolate soup.. that sounds fantastic! Perfect dessert. Stumbled upon you via Ingrid:)

gaby said...

I'm out for a mission: Find VEGAN Chocolate Soup!!!

Terri said...

I love this! I can't wait to try it. I love how you put the spoons together to form a heart too!

Casey said...

Where are those spoons from?? They're GORGEOUS.

Richard said...

Can' wait to give this a try!

Kate said...

'Patrons were lamenting (between slurps of soup) about the warm, velvety smoothness and rich chocolaty flavor.'

I'm a Stumbler and this leapt out at me - lamenting means they were crying with grief! (Maybe they were dieters?)

SprinkleBakes said...

Lamentation, (verb): to cry out lustily.

But yes, hilarious! Chocolate has that effect on me.

Eric said...

Hey! My spoons! I knew I chose well when my daughter proclaimed they were "B.A." Her way of saying bad ass without actually saying it.

Casey, they're Gourmet Settings "Treble Clef," and they're available online and in other retailers. I got mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Now to fix me some soup...

Brooke said...

We featured this on our blog today! Thanks for super 'hip' recipe.

http://hiptoclipcoupons.blogspot.com/2011/02/month-of-valentines-chocolate-soup-for.html

Brooke

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samantharose said...

Um... where did the recipe go?!?

Anonymous said...

the recipe is on the picture where it says description, recipe,about

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Anonymous said...

Where is the recipe???? You post it, yet give no recipe for it?

SprinkleBakes said...

The recipe is posted on Key Ingredient card in this post. It must not be viewable from the device you are using. Here's a link.

http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/213583/print/

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