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Sugar High Friday #13: The Dark Side

Cacao Pods, True Dark ChocolateHappy birthday Sugar High Friday! This international sweet tooth blogging extravaganza, created by Jennifer at The Domestic Goddess, has been going strong since October 2004, giving food lovers around the world an excuse to make something sweet each month. The first event started with only 10 brave participants, and throughout the year it has grown like a loaf of sweetbread in the oven, with the last Sugar High Friday event bringing in over 70 entries from bloggers in 19 countries. What a truly sweet success.

The very first SHF topic was white chocolate, challenging many to set aside their beliefs about this questionable form and get creative with their entries. Most participants claimed “I normally don’t bake with white chocolate, but for SHF…” and proceeded to make wonderful creations like White Chocolate and Ginger Cheesecake and White Chocolate and Rice Milk Flan with White Chocolate-Pistachio Emulsion (say that 10 times fast!) In honor of the inaugural theme, we’ll take the anniversary edition to the dark side with dark chocolate. I know many of you are thinking, “Dark chocolate is so easy. I’ll just pull out my favorite cookie, brownie, cake, etc. recipe and whip up something quick…” Not so fast. Even though dark chocolate is a common baking ingredient for most of us, in the spirit of Sugar High Friday I challenge you to find something new and interesting to make. Try a different recipe or add a twist to one of your favorites. Post your entries on Friday, October 21 and e-mail a link to your post to kelli at lovescool . com. Let the baking begin!

Sugar High Friday #13 – The Dark Side
Theme: Dark Chocolate
Friday, October 21, 2005


Jennifer says on September 27th, 2005 at 6:20 pm:

Amazing intro, Kelli! I am really excited about this SHF – I can’t believe how much it has grown since the very first edition only a year ago. And what better theme ingredient for it’s first birthday than dark chocolate…let’s all go over to the dark side! YUM.

Zarah Maria says on September 28th, 2005 at 2:45 am:

How exciting! And what a great idea to go dark (although the boyfriend probably won’t agree – he’s more into milk chocolate.) Count me in!

Mia says on September 28th, 2005 at 4:37 am:

Oooh, I just got 3 books on chocolate – Bittersweet and Chocolate & the art of low-fat desserts by Alice Medrich and Chocolate Dessert by Pierre Herme. I’m stuck in the dark side with so many choices! Help!

Nic says on September 28th, 2005 at 3:19 pm:

Bravo for including the “try something new” caveat, Kelli. I know I would have been tempted to use a fall-back. But I know some chocoholics who might already have tried everything Niki .

S.L. Plant says on September 28th, 2005 at 4:28 pm:

I can’t wait. I am glad I have some time to look for some great recipes. I am so excited to see the round-up!

Rachel says on September 28th, 2005 at 5:42 pm:

This theme is like a dream!

Cath says on September 28th, 2005 at 7:26 pm:

Awesome theme Kelli! I can’t wait to see the creations that are going to come in for this one…

fanny says on September 29th, 2005 at 10:50 am:

Hi Kelli, i’m so excited with this new theme as i couldn’t participate to the last edition of SHF but this time i’ll be home with a great oven and my new book “Mes desserts au chocolat” from Pierre Herme.

By the way i tagged you for the childhood food memories meme.



tanvi says on September 29th, 2005 at 7:52 pm:

I get to play with dark chocolate? Score! Great theme, Kelli :-)

Kelli says on September 29th, 2005 at 10:37 pm:

Thanks! I’m excited for it too. I’m still not sure what I will make!

milgwimper says on October 1st, 2005 at 12:55 am:

WOW I actually might be able to participate in my first SHF! YAY! :D

dilek says on October 1st, 2005 at 2:18 am:

Kelli that is a wonderful theme! I love dark cholate:) I’m looking for the delicious recipes!

Ms J says on October 1st, 2005 at 2:15 pm:

Well, it seems unanimous we’re all thrilled about the dark chocolate & as always looking forward to the next SHF!!

Alice says on October 1st, 2005 at 7:36 pm:

What a great idea for the anniversary SHF!!! I can’t wait!

Sandra says on October 3rd, 2005 at 8:49 pm:

I absolutely love dark chocolate! This will be my first SHF and I’m looking forward to joining in. Should be lots of fun!

Stephanie says on October 4th, 2005 at 11:19 am:

Oh…oh! I am so in! Yum…

Ruth says on October 6th, 2005 at 4:17 pm:

I love dark chocolate, so I’m in….only problem will be to try to find something new, not only to me but to all the great blogs I’ve visited that love chocolate.

KimC says on October 8th, 2005 at 8:51 pm:

My daughter kittykait has pointed out that there is only one other person in the blogger world who lists “eating dark chocolate” as an interest in her profile.
Can we change that? Dark chocolate lovers unite!

penguin says on October 13th, 2005 at 5:50 pm:

Great subject! I obsess over dark chocolate…I have dreams of Valrhona 70%…mmm…and wake up drooling…

stef says on October 13th, 2005 at 11:36 pm:

what a lovely theme — especially since i’ve got LOTS of dark chocolate purchased on my last chocolate-shopping trip. now to find a “something new” recipe….

LisaSD says on October 15th, 2005 at 4:35 pm:

It’s so fitting that my first ever online cooking event will involve dark chocolate, because I consider myself quite obsessed with it. I’m so excited…what to make, what to make?

Dawn says on October 17th, 2005 at 8:35 pm:

This will be my first SHF, too, and I am already thinking up ideas…

Alanna says on October 20th, 2005 at 2:18 pm:

Here’s an early SHF post for Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cake. Yes, it includes a vegetable! Alanna

McAuliflower says on October 22nd, 2005 at 3:42 am:

I just posted mine and sent you an email. Should we do technorati tags with this one?

stephen says on October 22nd, 2005 at 1:02 pm:

Hi…sorry to be late…my entry is up at Fiery, Dark, Dangerous Chocolate Soufflé! Thanks for hosting this wonderful event!

Belly Timber » Blog Archive » Is my blog on a sugar high… the (belated) brainwave edition says on May 19th, 2006 at 9:49 pm:

[...] The IMBB/SHF combo chocolate soufflé! [...]

Lovescool - For the Love of Dessert » SHF #13: Dark Side Wrap-Up says on May 24th, 2006 at 10:29 am:

[...] 75 dessert lovers from over 15 different countries journeyed to the dark side for the Sugar High Friday anniversary event this past Friday. Participants were challenged to use dark chocolate in a new or interesting dessert, and I am pleased to say that the entries surpassed all expectations. I am truly inspired by creations like the Chocolate Almond and Date Filo Coil by Celia at English Patis (wow!) and Chocolate Covered Sweet Sesame Spheres by Indira at Mahanandi. I was also happy to find new takes on classics like Chocolate Pear Clafoutis by Julie at A Finger in Every Pie and Fiery, Dark, Dangerous Chocolate Soufflé by Stephen at Stephen Cooks. The wrap-up for this event leaves us all with an excellent list of dark chocolate recipes. Thanks to the creativity and dedication of all involved, I’m sure this dark edition will go down as a bright spot in Sugar High Friday’s history. [...]

Zen Foodism - A Food Blog Emanating from San Diego » Sugar High Friday #13: Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nuggets says on June 28th, 2006 at 5:54 pm:

[...] I decided to keep it really simple for Sugar High Friday #13. Just two ingredients combined to form heavenly little nuggets of frozen-together goodness. Sometimes the simple things in life are the most exquisite. [...]

chef-girl.net » SHF#13: Three-Spatula Chocolate Cake says on August 6th, 2006 at 4:24 pm:

[...] This is my very first Sugar High Friday entry… I make lots of things with chocolate, but I’ve never made one of those lovely, dense flourless (or flourlow) cake, so I decided that would be an appropriate challenge. I was all ready to try out this recipe when I realized I only had four and a half ounces of chocolate left from the birthday pie. After a quick cruise through the rest of the Williams-Sonoma recipes, I found a cake that required just five ounces of chocolate. Perfect. I made up the last 1/2 ounce of chocolate with some Chipits I found at the back of the cupboard. [...]

For The Love Of Baking :: Balls of Joy (SHF #13: The Dark Side) :: October :: 2005 says on September 13th, 2006 at 8:22 am:

[...] I never have milk chocolate stocked in my pantry. It’s always dark chocolate. I keep some white chocolate (it’s not chocolate!) mostly for garnish. So, one day, when I was craving reaaaally bad for something chocolatey, I turned left-over cakes into balls and balls of dark chocolate. All placed in black paper cups. Dark mood, sweet teeth. Just in time for Sugar High Friday #13; happy 1st anniversary! This time, Kelli of Lovescool is hosting the event (read her lovely roundup here). I hope i won’t be disqualified because I use a little bit of white chocolate, only for decorating purpose. Trust me. [...]

muthu says on November 15th, 2008 at 11:28 am:

This is very first time to this sugar blog. its a very nice taste white chocolate. its a very creative work to done.

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