Recipes That Use Chocolate Chips You Never Saw Coming

When it comes to sweet treats and indulgences, most people would agree that chocolate is among the best options. Whether you have a preference for dark bitter chocolate or sweet milk chocolate – it works in so many different recipes or simply on its own. What you may be surprised to learn is that because chocolate is so popular, it has a day dedicated to it.

National Chocolate Chip Day is celebrated yearly on May 15 and is the perfect excuse to satisfy your sweet tooth. But there’s no need to stick with the standard options, as chocolate chips are more versatile than you may think.

Here’s a look at 10 unexpected ways you can use chocolate chips. Don’t blame us if you want to give all of these a try, we get it!

Hard Shell Chocolate Sauce

Homemade Frozen Vanilla Ice Cream With Chocolate Syrup
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If you’re a fan of ice cream with chocolate syrup on top, we’ve got a fun option for Chocolate Chip Day. Choose your favorite type of chocolate chips, put a small about in a microwave save dish, and melt them. Once melted, stir in a small amount of coconut oil. Now you can pour the chocolate sauce over your ice cream. To speed up the cooling process, you can put it in the freezer or fridge for a couple of minutes.

That’s all it takes to make restaurant-worthy hard-shell chocolate sauce.

Homemade Fondue Is Tasty and Fun

Dipping strawberry into fondue pot with white chocolate on marble table
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This is the kind of treat that not only tastes delicious but it’s also so much fun to make. Fondue parties have been a hit for several decades, but you don’t have to use the standard cheese fondue. Chocolate fondue elevates the experience allowing you to make some incredible creations.

Some of the best items to dip in a chocolate fondue include:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham crackers
  • Cookies
  • Donut holes
  • Brownies
  • Mini cupcakes
  • Pretzels
  • Cookies
  • Chips

If you find that you enjoy the fondue experience and taste, it may be worth investing in a good quality fondue pot that plugs in so the chocolate stays warm without any effort on your part.

Melt Them in Your Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate with whipped cream
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Fans of hot chocolate will love this idea, as it boosts the chocolatey goodness substantially. Grab a small handful of chocolate chips – any kind – and mix them into a piping hot cup of hot chocolate, stirring well until they are melted. You can then top it with ground cinnamon, whipped cream, and vanilla bean. It will taste like something straight out of a high-end coffee shop.

One final tip when melting them in your hot chocolate, you’ll probably want to use a little less chocolate powder than normal so it’s not too sweet.

Smoothies Meet Chocolate Chips – a Match Made In Heaven

Chocolate Chips smoothie
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If you want to experience the ultimate tasty and filling drink, try adding some chocolate chips to your homemade smoothie. The base can contain ingredients such as milk or a lactose-free beverage (almond or coconut milk), a frozen banana, frozen strawberries or raspberries, and a scoop of protein powder.

When choosing the chocolate chips for a smoothie, opt for semi-sweet or dark chocolate as they help to compliment that sweet fruit in the smoothie.

Chili Sprinkled with Chocolate Chips

Ice cream cone with red hot chili pepper and chocolate.
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Yes, it sounds really strange to sprinkle chocolate chips on a bowl of chili – but trust us, this is something you want to try. All too often people save chocolate chips for dessert recipes, but there’s no reason they can’t be used in mains too.

To make this dish pop, be sure to also sprinkle a dash of cayenne pepper and sea salt on the chili. The chocolate chips should be dark chocolate to bring out the flavors in the chili. This is the perfect example of mixing heat with sweetness, and don’t be surprised if this becomes your new favorite way to eat chili.

Homemade Trail Mix That Will Give You a Boost of Energy

Glass jar of nuts, trail mix, granola, banana chips, dried fruit, chocolate chips, almonds, peanuts, walnuts and sunflower seeds.
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Do you often find yourself getting the mid-day slump of energy? How many times have you found yourself close to dozing off at work in the afternoon, only to look at the clock in despair and realize you’ve got hours left of the day?

What you need in this situation is a boost of energy, and trail mix can offer you that. Trail mix is known for having a high amount of protein, which will give you the energy you need to get through the rest of the day. But store-bought trail mix can be expensive, and it doesn’t necessarily have the ingredients you want.

Making homemade trail mix is incredibly easy as you just choose a variety of nuts and dried fruit. Adding dark chocolate chips to the mix will finish it off and make it taste high-end.

Transform Cheesecake with Chocolate Chips

Baked white and dark chocolate cheese cake on black stone background
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Everyone is familiar with cheesecake. It’s the kind of dessert that often appears on menus in restaurants, and is a favorite to make for a big family dinner. Did you know that you can add chocolate chips to the recipe and completely transform the flavor?
Adding mini semi-sweet chocolate chips will give it a bit of texture and added flavor. You just need to be careful not to go overboard, and not add too much.

Chocolate Parfait Hits the Spot and Requires No Baking

Sweet Homemade Chocolate Parfait Dessert with Whipped Cream
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Not everyone considers themselves a good baker some people get pretty intimidated at the mere thought of baking. How about a mouth-watering dessert that is quick and easy to make, and requires no baking? A parfait fits the bill and it’s perfect with chocolate chips.

Parfait is all about layering, so you want to layer crushed biscuits or vanilla wafer cookies, then a layer of vanilla Greek yogurt, and then add a nice thick layer of chocolate chips. Repeat these steps as many times as you want, making the parfait as tall and decadent as you choose. Just be sure to make it a few hours before so it has time to chill in the fridge.

Chocolate Potato Chip Clusters – The Perfect Snack

Chocolate corn flake clusters in paper bag on black stone background
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If you’re craving a sweet and salty snack we’ve got just the thing. Take a bag of regular rippled potato chips and smash them up a bit. The pieces don’t need to be super small, but they should be bite-sized. Next, pour a bag of chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and melt them. Once melted simply stir in the crushed potato chips making sure they are all covered and incorporated in the chocolate.

Using a spoon, drop small clusters on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Once you’ve made all the clusters, put them in the fridge to cool for a couple of hours. This works great with milk and semi-sweet chocolate.

Simple and Quick Homemade Fudge

Homemade Fudge cubes on white plate.
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People often assume that fudge is one of those difficult-to-make sweet treats that they couldn’t possibly do correctly. So what may come as a surprise is that you can make a simple and quick chocolate fudge at home using chocolate chips.

Three-ingredient fudge is just that, it contains three simple ingredients which are a can of sweetened condensed milk, two cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1 tsp of good quality vanilla extract. The recipe takes just a couple of minutes to throw together and then the fudge will need to set in the fridge for two to three hours.

No one will believe you made it yourself, and they certainly will be shocked to hear how easy it was.

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