A show-stopping dessert for true chocoholics, balanced with luscious pears. Make this a day or two ahead and refrigerated, then bring to room temp before serving. (Don't serve cold, or it will be too firm to enjoy.) If you want to roast the pears in advance, keep them in the pan and reheat briefly before serving. View recipe.
The better-quality chocolate you use, the richer and more delectable these simple, dairy-free, not-too-sweet truffles will taste. If almond flavoring isn't your favorite, substitute Frangelico or orange liqueur for the amaretto; roll in crushed hazelnuts or cocoa laced lightly with orange zest. View recipe.
Depending on their size and shape, these waffles make a terrific base or garnish for ice cream or sorbet. They're also delicious simply drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with fresh fruit. View recipe.
This velvety, dairy-free mousse is healthy enough to eat every day. One dish will feed two people after dinner—or one very hungry person. On cooler evenings, it's delightful served warm. When fresh raspberries are out of season, use frozen, gently thawed berries. View recipe.
A lovely, light, breakfast-in-bed treat made with deep cocoa, cinnamon, and superripe bananas. To give as a sweet gift, slip a loaf into a cellophane bag or tightly wrap with aluminum foil or waxed paper, tie with ribbon, and pack in a festive box. View recipe.
The most luxurious brownie we've ever tasted -- gluten free or not. For a truly great-tasting result, splurge on the best chocolate and cocoa you can find. In place of chocolate chips, you can chop your favorite chocolate bar or add nuts. These keep especially well when individually wrapped in plastic. View recipe.
This bittersweet-chocolate bark, studded with tangy dried fruit and crunchy almonds, makes a delectable present that can be enjoyed a bite at a time. View recipe.
What's Valentine's Day (or, really, any day) without chocolate? Have fun in the kitchen and wow your sweetie with delectable chocolate treats, including chocolate waffles, truffles, mousse, and more.