Chocolate Thin Mints Candies

I love to have one mint after a meal, or for a snack. I think they are pretty low in fat and calories and pack a lot of punch. I will never buy mints again because I have spent a fortune per package and can make them myself so cheaply. – Kelli

Extreme Chocolate Pudding Surprise

Extreme Chocolate Pudding Surprise


  • 1/2 cup organic agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 organic, unsweetened cocoa powder (not raw)
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • scant 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 peeled and pitted avocados


  1. Using a food processor, add ingredients except the avocados. Process until smooth.
  2. Add the avocados to the mixture and blend until it is a silky texture. Do not over process.
  3. If too thick add just a tiny bit of water.
  4. Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.
  5. Garnish with fresh berries, mint leaves, raw pistachios, etc.
  6. Pudding keeps 3 days in the refrigerator and a lot longer if frozen.
  7. If freezing, add less water for a chocolate sauce and no water for a fudge-like candy.


We All Love Candy

We All Love Candy - Photo from 2nd cousin Brubaker wedding.

A flavonoid called epicatechin, found in dark chocolate, enhances mitochondria structure in people with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes.
 Mitochondria are cellular structures that provide the energy a cell requires in order to move, divide, and contract. Both heart failure and type 2 diabetes impair these cells, resulting in abnormalities in skeletal muscle. In individuals with diabetes and heart failure, these abnormalities in the heart and skeletal muscle cause decreased functional capacity, resulting in difficulty walking even short distances, shortness of breath, and a lack of energy.
Clinical and Translational Science, March 2012