Our Favorite Chocolate Recipes From Around The World

In case you missed it, Salt & Wind is a pro-chocolate territory. When any of us travel, it is fully expected they return to the office with chocolate from wherever they journeyed. That anytime we check out the scene in a new city, a search for the best chocolate will be a major part of that r&d. 

Some work cultures revolve around a lunch break -- ours is a chocolate break -- aka a moment each afternoon when we sit around and have a coffee and a little chocolate. Most of the time we show restraint and just have a square or two of our favorite chocolate bars.

But then there's chocolate season: that magical stretch from Halloween to Easter where almost every food holiday involves some sort of chocolate. That time of year when we can let our chocolate freak flag fly with abandon. That's when we cook these, our favorite chocolate recipes from around the world. Some of these chocolate recipes are as classic as they come while others are inspired by a travel experience we had.

From Austria to Italy and Mexico to Brazil, here are our 11 favorite chocolate recipes from around the world: 

United States: Thousand Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies

The classic chocolate chip cookie gets a chic overhaul thanks to one simple step: rolling the chocolate into the cookie dough almost like you're making croissants. It makes for a cookie with layers and layers of chocolate and is our hands-down all-time favorite chocoalte chip cookie recipe. 

Stack Of Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mexico: Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie 

Okay, this isn't really Mexican in the sense it's by no means traditional. However, it is inspired by the seriously classic Mexican hot chocolate. Here a chocolate cream pie gets a modern twist thanks to a cinnamon and chile spiced chocolate filling and a spiked whipped cream topping. 

Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie Recipe

Cuba: Iced Chocolate Frappe

What we don't know: how common this drink is in Cuba. What we do know: that we liked it so much when we visited Cuba that we went back to the cafe multiple times just to have more. Basically, a blended, iced version of hot chocolate, this is the kind of drink you could get addicted to.

Glasses of Iced Chocolate On Table

Brazil: Fudgy Coconut Chocolate Brigadiero Brownies

Think sweets and Brazil and the fudgy cocoa-y truffle-like treat that is the brigadiero comes to mind. In this fudgy brownie recipe those flavors get baked and layered for a twist on the tradition that's just as good as the original (if not better). 

Brownies On A Table

Irish: Whisky Chocolate Chunk Coffee Milkshake

Okay, okay, this is not a recipe you'd EVER find in a classic Irish book. But what it is? A milkshake take on Irish coffee with chunks of chocolate, a little coffee flavor, and a good dose of whisky. 

Two Milkshakes On A Table

Italy: Hazelnut Chocolate Baci Ice Cream

If we had to pick one chocolate flavor combo that we'd pledge allegiance to? It'd be that chocolate hazelnut flavor that you find in Italian sweets as common as Nutella or Baci candies to the classic gianduia truffle. This double chocolate ice cream gets swirled with hazelnut chocolate spread and topped with Baci candies for four times the chocolate flavor!

Homemade Ice Cream Social Party

Italy: {Bicerin} Layered Mocha Coffee

Yes, this is insanely over-the-top as a coffee drink but that's why we love it. Made by layering liquid chocolate ganache with espresso, and whipped cream, the bicerin is a coffee drink from Turin, Italy that, in our minds, should be wayyyyy more popular!

Mocha Coffees On A Tray On A Table

France: Chocolate Cornflake Clusters

When it comes to making chocolate desserts, there might not exist a simpler recipe than these three ingredient cornflake clusters. So simple they look like a bake sale recipe, the reality is these bites are a classic French treat that you'll find in numerous chocolate shops around the country. We say make them yourself because they're absurdly easy to make and take just a few minutes. 

Chocolate Candies On A Gold Tray

France: Classic Chocolate Mendiants

Another simple chocolate recipe that proves French food doesn't have to be complicated? These classic chocolate coins known as mendiants. Our version is topped with superfood ingredients like coconut, flax, cacao, and goji so you can actually feel good about treating yourself. 

Chocolates On A Serving Plate

Austria: Hazelnut Chocolate Linzer Cookies

Inspired by the lattice-crusted fruit tart from Austria, linzer cookies are some of our favorite classic cookies around. Here that recipe gets a hazelnut twist because, well, we already told you how much we love that flavor, and because it makes these super classic cookies suddenly feel thoroughly modern. 

Start Cookies On A Red Napkin

Austria: {Sachertorte} Chocolate Apricot Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache 

In tie for most traditional sweet from Austria is Sachertorte. This decadent chocolate cake goes all in with a topping of silky dark chocolate ganache. Proof that sometimes the classics are perfect as is. 

Cut Chocolate Cake On A Cake Stand

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