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Elle, an accomplished baker, has a recipe for every event in her life. But when she discovers her husband’s infidelity, she doesn’t know what to make of it. Jam, maybe? Fed up with the stale crumbs of her marriage, Elle revisits past recipes and the events that inspired them. A recipe for scones reminds her of her father’s death, cinnamon rolls signify the problematic courtship with her husband, and a batch of chocolate cookies casts Elle in a less-than-flattering light. As secrets from the past collide with the conflicts of the present, Elle struggles to manage her bakery business and maintain the relationships most important to her. In piecing her life back together, will Elle learn to take the bitter with the sweet?

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You can wrap them to pass out or carry around all day and slip a bite under your mask when you need a boost. This basic formula comes together easily and costs less to make than it does to buy a box of packaged bars at the supermarket.

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Here's a no-brainer: Boycott caffeine at least six hours before your normal bedtime (some experts say nothing after 3 p.m.). And caffeine is in more than just coffee, so the World Sleep Society also warns about tea and many sodas, as well as chocolate.

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Dark chocolate is gaining a reputation as a heart-healthy food, and research suggests that there might be some substance behind those claims.

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Do you enjoy an occasional-- or frequent-- square or two of dark chocolate? If so, you are far from alone. "I see it just as a pleasure, nothing to feel guilty about," says Ginger Hultin, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Champagne Nutrition in Seattle and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Do you enjoy chocolates while reading at home during the holidays? "Dreaming in Chocolate" is a heartwarming story of love, hot chocolate and one little girl's wish for her mother. With an endless supply of magical gifts and recipes from the hot chocolate cafe that Penelope Dalton runs alongside her mother, she is able to give her daughter almost everything she wants. The one sticking point is her daughter Ella's latest request: She wants to reconnect with her biological father who's back in town — years after breaking Penelope's heart. Now, she wonders if she made the right decision to keep the truth of their daughter from him. The other, more practical part of her, is determined to protect Ella from the same heartbreak. Now, as Christmas nears, Penelope must give in to her fate or face a future of regrets. Read our full review here.

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“If I’m baking with my grandsons, I’ll use chocolate chips, because they’re designed to hold their shape and not be super-soft and messy at room temperature. Otherwise, I like to use chunks, or chop up bars. If chocolate is the star, buy something good. It’s worth it. I like Callebaut, and I like Valrhona, if I can find it. If you’re going to melt chocolate, don’t overheat it. It doesn’t take much to melt chocolate, so don’t abuse it. Good white chocolate is expensive and can be hard to find, but it’s important to buy a good quality, because they often put so much garbage into it.”

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Sweet treats, Advent calendar style, are more traditional and all over the place.

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Products featuring the "Rainforest Alliance Certified™" seal come from farms that passed audits and met standards for sustainability. Thousands of products have earned the seal -- including coffee, chocolate and bananas.

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