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I L-O-V-E dessert.
I’d eat dessert over dinner.
(well, caveat. now I want meat over anything, but I blame that on pregnancy)
And do you know what is super delicious and completely off limits to my preggo self?
one of my most favorite meal (which is really dessert disguised as a meal): a fantastic red wine, a variety of cheeses, crusty bread and dried fruit.
HEAVEN ON A PLATE.
I love it so much Tim has made this exact “meal” (dessert) for me for my birthday dinner.
I was the happiest girl on the planet that day.
Except, I haven’t seen this kind of wine/fruit/cheese heaven since the spring, thanks to those lovely (three) positive pregnancy tests back in May.
Being on alcohol restriction during the holidays is one of the worst forms of torture one can submit to. I mean, I’m not some kind of crazy wine-o or anything but it would be nice to be able to indulge. I can’t even say “without guilt” because it isn’t even guilt we’re talking about, here.
It’s a baby.
And his brain.
So, what’s a girl to do when she is surrounded – literally – by decadent desserts and not a wine (or mixed drink) glass to be found?
My new most favorite drink to pair with dessert?
Homemade hot chocolate.
I know…it sounds completely counterproductive BUT hot chocolate with a candy cane?
(I found this on Pintrest and I’m drooling)
Simple and delicious and perfect to stir up all of that chocolatey goodness that sinks to the bottom of my mug. I don’t know what it is about mint in my chocolate but mmmmmmmmmm.
Have you ever tried one of those melt-in-your-mouth type candy cane sticks with hot chocolate? OMG. Flavor and texture explosion in your mouth.
And how about milky flavored hot chocolate with a few squares of a good dark variety?
There can never be enough chocolate.
Hot chocolate with cookies?….Any type of cookies?
Need I say more?
The only other beverage that – to me – can really compare to hot chocolate when it comes to dessert is coffee…except…I’ve been trying to stay away from any and all coffee – including decaf – because it would be too much of a temptation to go all out if I kept “allowing” myself the *almost* coffee (aka decaf). Now, I’ll admit I definitely had a decaf pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks during the fall. I couldn’t resist. That drink is my most favorite Starbucks drink ever, ever, ever.
But I only had one.
Oh! I completely forgot about this (pregnancy brain strikes again) and it has nothing to do with chocolate. Hot apple cider and real ginger snaps. I have to be clear on this: the snaps have to be 100% real – none of the super sugary kind.
That simple and easy pairing is definitely a go-to when I’m all chocolate-ed out (hey….it happens)
Another drink combo I’ve yet to try but am kicking myself because I haven’t is fruity flavored sparkling water and dark chocolate.
I’m a dark chocolate kind of girl all the way – the darker the better – and fruity sparkling water is kind of like fruity wine, right?
It’s worth a shot, anyway.
That’s going to be my Christmas goal (I’m so simple it’s ridiculous): sparkling water + dark chocolate
I’ll have to report back, as I’m sure preggo’s everywhere are looking for a substitute – any substitute – to their wine.
Also? I’m always looking for help, especially in the food department, so do you have any other suggestions for nonalcoholic drinks paired with desserts…of any variety?
I’m not picky.