Valor Chocolate

Valor Chocolate

Valor Cafe in Valencia Spain

I eat a lot of chocolate since it is my passion and my business. Most of it is good, more than good, but I don’t think about it once it is gone. On a recent trip to Spain, I happened across Valor Chocolate or Chocolates Valor out of Alicante and I have been thinking about Valor ever since. I only spent a few fabulous moments at a Valor Chocolate cafe in Valencia, but my experience was wonderful.

I purchased a simple hot chocolate or so I thought. What I got was an extremely rich drinking chocolate sort of similar to how chocolate was consumed long ago when chocolate was first introduced to Europe. The drink is a tad sweeter since the processing of chocolate has changed dramatically, but wonderful all the same. I also purchased a few chocolate bars to take home which turned out to be nicely flavored and balanced. Valor does use Soy Lecithin, but there are worse things to worry about.

Although I won’t visit the Valor Cafe for a while, I have located a US source, in fact many, I have been out of the loop. You can visit to purchase their chocolate drink mix and or bars. Enjoy.

OMG, You love me! Triple chocolate chip cookies

I am not too much of a romantic, but i did feel the desire to make some cookies with some extra love for my sweet family. Here is the recipe for the cookies that make my family say “you do love us” I choose organic with all of these ingredients, but they will still taste wonderful if you are unable to do the same.

2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Cane Sugar
1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Chocolate #1)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter
1/2 cup Earth Balance Shortening
2 large Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
12 oz Dark Chocolate Bar broken into small pieces. (Chocolate #2)
1/2 cup Chocolate Nibs, slightly grounded. (Chocolate #3)

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees

Beat butter and shortening together, add sugar and vanilla and mix well. Add eggs one at time, mix well. Mix dry ingredients together, mix well. Add dry ingredient mixture to butter mixture and mix well.

Prepare a cookie sheet with a non stick mat. 1 Tablespoon of dough make one cookie, although you can do whatever you like. Enjoy.