You may have heard that in recent years, health experts have told us that chocolate can actually be GOOD for us! This is a major contradiction that goes against what most of us were told while we were growing up about chocolate: it’s bad for your skin, your teeth, etc. The real health benefits that we’ve been hearing recently about chocolate are referring to the darker varieties of chocolate. Those that contains at least 70% cacao chocolate are stated to have a major benefit in the reduction of plaque formation in the circulatory system.
While chocolate tends to be high in sugar and in fat, you can still enjoy a chocolate treat if you’re watching your weight and working towards being more heart-healthy. I’m sharing with you a recipe for a rather unusual chocolate treat, called “Easy Chocolate Blox”, which is more of a candy than anything. This is not very high in calories when you prepare it according to the basic recipe. If you can afford the calories, and want to make it extra-good, you can add nuts, marshmallow cream, or chopped Maraschino cherries to the basic mixture to dress it up more.
This treat will remind you of fudge and it has to be prepared in advance to allow enough time for the candy to set up in the refrigerator, since it contains gelatin. When I came across this recipe, and examining the list of ingredients, I found it to be very intriguing. After preparing it, I knew this would be a favorite with me, and it still is, some thirty-five years later!
Feel free to splurge a little and have a chocolate treat that is actually heart-healthy!
EASY CHOCOLATE BLOX
4 Envelopes Unflavored Gelatin
1/2 C. Sugar
1-1/2 C. Cold Water
2 C. (1 12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients; stir constantly over low heat for 5 minutes or until chocolate is melted; pour into an 8 or 9 inch square pan and chill until firm; to serve, cut into 1 inch squares. Makes about 6 dozen.
Variations: stir in 1/2 cups of any of the following: chopped nuts, raisins, marshmallow cream, or chopped Marschino cherries.