Mr. Food: Chili Con Cocoa

What’s the surprise ingredient in a bowl of hearty chili that makes it so rich-tasting? Well, believe it or not, it’s the same comforting taste that we’d find in this mug of cocoa!

Oh yeah, cocoa wears a lot of hats because it’s not just loved for baked goods and hot chocolate anymore! Uh uh! Cocoa’s a natural source of good-for-us antioxidants, which studies show can help prevent many diseases, so there’s even more reason to enjoy its comforting taste.

I mean, it can be as simple as teaming cocoa with a little sugar as an extra flavor garnish by sprinkling it on our breakfast favorites.

Like over this hot bowl of oatmeal, or on top of our griddle favorites like pancakes or French toast – it’ll certainly give them a lot of excitement! Well, you see, cocoa can turn an ordinary dish into “wow!”

Like paired with chili powder and a bit of salt and pepper as a spice blend for over grilled peppers or onions, you’ll be the talk of the table! Or dish up a down-home bowl of chili that gets its surprise twist from cocoa powder and either some mini milk chocolate kisses or chocolate chips.

Yup! Does that sound yummy-rich? The contrast of the spicy with the sweet makes this a winner with everybody.

For the simple, incredible recipe, pick it up online now, or at, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, marked “Chili Con Cocoa,” that’s “Chili with Cocoa,” to me, Mr. Food, here at the station, for that top-secret twist that’ll have every chocolate lover clamoring for the "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"