Americans consume 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate each year, in forms that go well beyond the bar. The cocoa bean has been enjoyed in savory applications such as sauces and spice rubs as well as cake and gooey brownies. These recipes provide some inexpensive and delicious ways to enjoy chocolate.
Mole poblano is a Mexican sauce often served with chicken that combines everything from raisins, almonds, and chocolate with chilies, garlic, and aromatic spices. Look in the ethnic aisles of grocery stores to find the different varieties of dried chilies used in this budget-friendly Mexican dish.
Recipe: Mexico in My Kitchen
A staple from a time before commercially available frozen cakes, the icebox cake is just as delicious and easy today. This version is a frozen cheesecake that takes a few minutes to whip together and 12 hours to chill. It stays fresh for a few days -- if it lasts that long.
Recipe: Real Simple