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We Should Cocoa – the December Challenge

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We Should Cocoa | 1st December 2010 | By

Once again we had a lovely selection from last month’s Caramel Challenge and Chele did a great job of the round-up. As usual I want to try everything – there just aren’t enough days in the week.  Thank you to all those who participated and for your delicious contributions.

For the last few weeks I’ve been debating what ingredient we should use for this month’s We Should Cocoa.  With Christmas coming and the deadline for the challenge being Christmas Day, it had to be a seasonal ingredient. Figs, dates, oranges and cinnamon immediately sprung to mind.  Well oranges are lovely and cinnamon is my favourite spice, but I wanted something a bit more challenging than these two.  So a toss up between figs and dates – hmmmm?

Well, I hope everyone likes dates because that’s what I’ve plumped for.  Just thinking of those Medjool dates has me salivating, then there are all those sticky datey cakes and tray bakes and date syrup is becoming increasingly easy to find.  I’m sure you’ll come up with plenty of ideas. The final date for sending in entries is the 25th as usual.  Please send post links and photos to  You can find the rules of the challenge here as well as links to previous challenges.  Do please join us.



  1. Chele

    1st December 2010 at 7:59 am

    Ah thats going to be a tough one! Time to put the old thinking cap on ;0)

  2. Suelle

    1st December 2010 at 8:22 am

    Good choice, Choclette! Lots of possibilities, but it would be nice if I could find a recipe which is festive too.

  3. Kath

    1st December 2010 at 10:13 am

    Dates – good choice.

  4. Hanna

    1st December 2010 at 10:36 am

    Good choice! And very festive!

  5. Baking Addict

    1st December 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Good choice, hope I can participate this month! It looks to be a busy Dec but I love a good challenge 🙂

  6. Brownieville Girl

    1st December 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Oh difficult!

    Maybe I’m psychic – I bought medjool dates last week!!!!

  7. Stephanie

    1st December 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I’d love to jump on the bandwagon for this one! I have a hundred ideas in my head – guess I need to narrow it down to one!

  8. Phil in the Kitchen

    1st December 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Hmm….interesting. If I can struggle through the ice and snow, I’ll get some dates and think about it. I have, in the distant past, taken chocolate on dates but I suppose that’s not the same thing at all.

  9. M D

    2nd December 2010 at 7:35 am

    I am looking forward to the date cakes and bakes that you plan to whip up. Will be fun… very Christmassy!

  10. Sushma Mallya

    2nd December 2010 at 8:21 pm

    good choice..will try to send in my entries for it:)

  11. Choclette

    3rd December 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I’m glad most of you approve. I still have no idea what I’m going to do – or rather I’ve got lots of ideas and I’m not sure which one to go for 🙂

  12. cityhippyfarmgirl

    5th December 2010 at 8:48 am

    yum I love dates. Especially the medjool ones. Now lets see if I can get organised in time!

  13. Sophie

    5th December 2010 at 10:08 am

    What a great & alternative challenge!! I won’t participate because I don’t like dates at all!

    Good luck!

  14. Choclette

    6th December 2010 at 7:29 pm

    CityHippy – I love dates too. The best ones I ever had came from Kuwait, but they were a one off.

    Sophie – no, not like dates? What a shame.

  15. veena krishnakumar

    17th December 2010 at 2:05 pm

    sent you my entry. Hope you have received my mail


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