Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

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Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

Can there ever be such a thing as too much chocolate? Those that answer no - which probably includes pretty much all of us - should try the following recipe with a delicious warning: Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake. This mind-bogglingly chocolate-y recipe is created by Lindsay, the author of 'Life Love and Sugar', a blog full of deliciously sweet recipes, especially of cakes. She created this recipe to send any and all chocolate lovers into the best chocolate comas of their lives.

Every single thing about this cake is chocolate - the chocolate mousse layers, the chocolate ganache, the chocolate toppings - even the crackers are chocolate! It begins by first laying the base, and then adding alternative layers of mousse and ganache and crackers. Once you stack these layers to your liking, top it off with chocolate-y garnishes such as chocolate whipped cream. Finally, put this all chocolate creation in the freezer - the icebox - for about four hours or overnight. And voila: the perfect chocolate icebox cake to die for. Lindsay's recipe uses milk chocolate, but you can also vary the kind of chocolate you use for this recipe. You can use dark chocolate or white chocolate, or mix and match to create the perfect combination of your dreams.

Chocolate, as the main ingredient for the recipe, isn't all that unhealthy. You just have to watch your consumption - eating loads of chocolate, which is a high-energy food, might just help to make you overweight. This is not just due to the high caloric count of chocolates, but also because chocolate consumption is associated with an increase in serotonin, a chemical the brain produces which is associated with addiction. And you should keep chocolate out of reach of your domestic pets because theobromine, which is present in chocolate, is highly toxic for them.

White chocolate gets its unique color because of the lack of cocoa solids, which give chocolate its brown shading. It is often thought of as a derivative of chocolate rather than being a chocolate in and of itself. Of course, who cares? We call it delicious and you can use it in this recipe to your satisfaction.

Eating chocolates in moderate amounts is researched to lower blood pressure. A third of the cholesterol in chocolate is in the form of stearic acid, which is not bad cholesterol that increases chances of heart attack. Rather, research shows that consuming small amounts of dark chocolate actually lowers the chances of heart attack. Moreover, it is not advised to restrict yourself to having no chocolates. Research show that eating small amounts of chocolates everyday actually makes you happier, and the more happy you are the more likely you will aim for your goals, which could be physical exercise. Also, those who consume small amounts every once in a while is likely to be confident of their body image, which positively feedbacks on their life style. Hence, though large consumption of chocolates negatively impacts health, small consumption is demonstrated to improve health. I would therefore advise you not to consume the entirety of this chocolate icebox cake in one sitting by yourself, but share it with friends and/or eat it over a few days.

Nutrition Facts for: Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake From Life Love and Sugar
Ingredients: Chocolate graham crackers, cream cheese, sugar, milk, cocoa, cool whip, chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 16 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 385, Calories from Fat 193, Total Fat 21.5g 33%, Saturated Fat 13.5g 68%, Cholesterol 36mg 12%, Sodium 221mg 9%, Potassium 217mg 6%, Carbohydrates 45.2g 15%, Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%, Sugars 29.6g, Protein 5.4g, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 7%,Iron 12%

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