Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Fall is here! You know how I know?

ZUCCHINI. I love zucchini. It’s one of those vegetables you can use to make eleventy bagillion things. Plus, it usually grows to be ginormous, so you can make all those things out of just ONE zucchini. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

And while I love things like stuffed zucchini boats and zucchini fritters, I like to make sweet things out of my zucchini. All the breads and muffins and sweet treats galore. I pack them into boys’ lunches, take them along to fall parties, and gift them to people who need more zucchini in their lives. Because who doesn’t need more zucchini in their lives?

But now you’re wondering: What’s this have to do with Halloween, right? Stay with me. My most favorite zucchini recipe of all time has to be my Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. I’m not big up on chocolate, but this sweet bread is so moist, so delicious that I just want to eat the whole thing in one sitting. I refrain, of course. Mostly.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 2/3 cup flour
2 cups shredded zucchini
2 cups chocolate chips

  • Set your oven for 350 degrees.
  • Combine your eggs, honey, vegetable oil, brown sugar, and vanilla. Tip: Use your finger to spread a little oil around the measuring cup for the honey; it will slide right back out. Mix until well blended.
  • Add the salt, baking soda, cocoa, and flour. Fold together and mix until it’s all dark brown and mixed nicely.
  • Add your zucchini and 1 3/4 cups of your chocolate chips. Mix together.
  • Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the top with the remaining chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 60 minutes and use a toothpick to see if it’s finished.

Baker’s Tip: You can also make little cupcakes out of this batter (think: lunch box friendly), but you’ll need much less cooking time. Check at about 25 minutes with a toothpick and adjust from there.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

This really is a great addition to a Halloween or fall festival party for the adults in the group (and kiddos, of course). I know I’m more likely to grab a piece of sweet bread than dip my hand in the candy bowl. If you bring this along to serve at your kids’ party, you’ll be the hit and everyone will ask you for the recipe.

With all of the sweet treats coming up, I’ve made sure to get the boys new toothbrushes at our last dentist visit. The kids are also stocked up on Aquafresh® Cavity Protection Toothpaste to help keep sugar acids at bay when we’re indulging in all the fun of the fall season. And by the kids, I mean us too. Because I’m going to make more of this bread. I’ve got enough zucchini to fill my freezer with sweet breads until next fall. Hooray!

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Quick & Easy Summer Treat: Summer Popcorn

Summer means sunshine, barbeques, and “bring a dish.” If people want me to bring a dip, I bring Buffalo Chicken Dip. Because buffalo sauce. If I’m asked to bring a salad, I lean toward “weird” ones, like ramen salads. And if the hosts request a dessert, I panic.

Or, I used to panic.

While I like my birthday cake, I’m not big up on cakes. I love pie, but I’m still working on making a pie crust that doesn’t suck. I also like to make things that kids will like too, so no fancy tartes or tortes or whatever it is we’re all pinning these days.

So I make Summer Popcorn.

It’s really easy.

First, I pop the popcorn in my Whirley-Pop.

Whirley Pop!

If you’re not familiar with the Whirley-Pop, you’re missing out. Best. Popcorn. Ever. My husband purchased one after a fellow firefighter brought one to work to make popcorn for the rest of the crew. I thought he was crazy for purchasing another kitchen thing; kitchen gadgets are his thing though. I joined the crazy when I fell in love with the process and the taste. We haven’t eaten microwaved popcorn in over two years.

Spread the popped corn on to a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

Melt white chocolate however you see best fit.

Making Summer Popcorn

Some people use the microwave, but I don’t really like doing it that way. All the beeping and door opening and closing drives me bonkers. I also think it negatively affects the taste, but that might just be me. However, when I went to pull out my double boiler, I remembered in a fit of “let’s clean out our cupboards,” I gave it away. I actually said to my husband, “I can just melt chocolate in the microwave.” UGH.

So I fashioned my own and melted up my white chocolate melting chips. The Ghiradelli White Melting Wafers melted the best of any white chocolate I’ve attempted to melt before.

You then pour it over the popcorn and give it a good mix with a wooden spoon.

Making Summer Popcorn

Then comes the fun part. Pour on the sprinkles! I went with red, white, and blue because nothing says summer like red, white, and blue.

Summer Popcorn

If the party you’re attending has a theme, go with colors that match the theme. Pink and green sprinkles scream, “WATERMELON!” I always like to use a bright, light blue and yellow for a beachy type feel. I used both jimmies and crystal sugar.

Summer Popcorn

Summer Popcorn

And then—the hardest part—let the whole thing cool completely. (Though, trust me, you’ll want to grab a piece of popcorn in the still-warm, melty chocolate. It’s heavenly.) After it’s cooled and hardened, you can place it in a bowl for traveling or in individual baggies if you’re handing them out to kiddos.

It’s a sweet treat that will please kids and adults alike.

And, of course, don’t forget to brush your teeth after such a lovely treat. Even if you don’t eat this treat at your next summer barbeque, there are lots of hidden sugars you may not consider. BBQ sauces contain a lot more sugar than you think. Love lemonade? Me too, but it’s loaded too. Aquafresh® Cavity Protection Toothpaste can help clean the sugar acids from everyday (or special day!) foods with a great taste. You can look at their Facebook page to learn more, or follow them on Twitter: @AquafreshUS.

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