Foodie Friday: Dipping Chocolate For Your Valentine

by Amy Tella, MS, RD, CNSC, 
Clinical Nutrition and Patient Services Manager 
Gwinnett Medical Center

While the recipe below is not entirely guilt-free, when paired with yummy strawberries, bananas, pineapple or other fruit, it is sure to impress your Valentine. And, of course it's delicious - it's chocolate!

Chocolate Dip 
(makes approximately 25 tablespoons)

1 cup packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups 1% milk
2 ounces chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk brown sugar and cocoa powder in a large heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk until a smooth paste forms. Bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking constantly, for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate; stir until melted. Stir in vanilla. Let cool slightly; serve warm.

Per tablespoon: 40 calories; 1 g fat ( 1 g sat , 0 g mono ); 1 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 6 mg sodium; 28 mg potassium.

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