Chocolate Chips: The Happiest Morsel

National Chocolate Chip Day ...

may have come and gone (it was May 15th for those who were dying to cross it off their National Food Day calendar) but it got me thinking - we don't credit the chocolate chip enough. This tiny morsel is amazing. It's childhood in a drop. It's happiness in a bite. It's great by itself but even better when combined with, well, anything. Sure, we all praise the actual cocoa bean (where would be without it?) but I'm happy that these little guys get their own day to party. Below are some of my all-time favorite chocolate chip concoctions.


Mimi's Mint Meringues

Chocolate Chips feel extra cozy inside the pockets of these chewy mint-flavored meringues (my Grandmother's recipe!). Warning: it's easy to eat a half a dozen of these fluffy cookies. They're simply made with chocolate chips, peppermint extract, cream of tartar, egg whites, salt, and sugar. But they only last a day or so before becoming crackly. That's a professional baking term right? Freeze to prevent crackly cookies!


    (credit: Buzzfeed)

    (credit: Buzzfeed)

Hot Fudge Sauce

Have you ever just melted chocolate chips, butter, and marshmallows together? Growing up, this is the hot fudge that my friend's mom would serve at dinner parties. Now that I'm older, I realize there's probably more that went into that delicious bowl of gooeyness. Here's a basic recipe from AllRecipes.com that you can drizzle on top of ice cream, dip into graham crackers, or coat over your favorite piece of fruit.*

*Eating with a spoon is highly encouraged.


chocolate cake with buttercream icing

My mom's "Chocolate Cake with White Icing" is still the ultimate end all be all of desserts. It's simply made with devil's food cake mix, chocolate chips, and buttercream icing (the recipe is on the back of the powdered sugar box). The whole thing will cost you less than $10 and it'll be frosted and ready to serve in under an hour!


Hopefully you're like my Dad (who loves to eat chocolate chips straight out of bowl) but if you're one of those unfortunate people who are allergic to chocolate or GOD FORBID you're a non-chocolate lover, just remember the safe word:

Looking for even more chocolate chipness? Read my roundup about NYC's Best Chocolate Chip Desserts for CBS Local!