Mr. Food: Chocolate Cheeseball

Mr. Food invites a special guest to help create a tasty dessert sweet enough to melt in your mouth and melt your lover's heart.

How do we score a bull’s eye to our Valentine's heart? With something sweet. And who better than a restaurant chef like Carmine to share a treat from his private collection?

Well, this one melts hearts all the time at home, and it always works for me ‘cause it’s so very simple to do and it pairs two things you might not think of using together.

Start with some softened cream cheese, some softened butter, some creamy peanut butter (any brand will do).

You mix that together, then to this you add some confectioner’s sugar, some brown sugar, cocoa powder and then both chocolate and peanut butter chips. Then I like to add some chocolate liqueur. Now, if you leave it out, it’s still going to work well. Then you want to set this up to chill in the refrigerator.

Of course, when you’re done, it’s great to make some balls with this but, hey, it’s Valentine’s Day! How about a beautiful heart? Now, to finish it, we have some chopped pecans that we are going to sprinkle on top, and then we have some chocolate that’s softened that we made into a little syrup that we are going to drizzle right across the top.

This goes great with some graham crackers or maybe some apple slices. It makes a great dessert or appetizer!

For Valentine’s Day I’d even serve it up on a platter surrounded by some chocolate-dipped strawberries! And if you’d like the recipe, hey, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, marked “Chocolate Cheese Ball,” to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station, or it's online for scoring a bull’s eye to their hearts right now! I mean, it's our way of saying “I love you.” And the reaction? "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"