30 Amazing Chocolate Recipes

Today is National Chocolate Day and what better day to honor my sweet friend Joan from Chocolate Chocolate & More!

a collage of chocolate desserts

The best thing about being a food blogger is our community.  Our community is strong…  and loving.  We help each other,  we guide one another and we love each other.  It’s hard to imagine that I would meet some of my best and closest friends through food blogging but that’s exactly what happened.  We share ideas, we support one another in business but we also become a part of each other’s real lives. We share our families, our hopes, our sorrows and our dreams.

This week was a truly difficult week as the the food blogging world is sharing much sorrow.

two friends sharing a glass of wine

We had to say goodbye to an incredible friend, blogger and mentor far too soon.  My sweet friend Joan, the blogger behind Chocolate Chocolate & More, suffered a fatal heart attack on Thursday morning at the young age of 49.  She leaves behind 3 beautiful children, a loving family and countless friends.  (Please read, know and share the symptoms of a heart attack here).

I’m not sure I can find the words to tell you exactly what an amazing woman Joan was!  Regardless of who you are, Joan always had time for you and did everything she could to help you.  She always had open arms, a laugh, and a smile, she was as full of life as anyone could be.two ladies at a conference

The only thing sweeter than chocolate was Joan. I truly believe if we all tried to live our lives a little more like Joan, the world would be a better place.

  What better way to honor my friend, who I dub the Queen of Chocolate, than a round-up of truly delicious chocolate goodies!


a layered chocolate cake with chocolate shavings

Death By Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake 

Joan loved a good chocolate cake and let’s face it, who doesn’t?  One night on a recent trip to Seattle we went out for dinner with a group of blogger friends… and through the chit chat we told the waiter that we didn’t want dessert.  Joan was NOT happy to learn we’d sent the dessert cart away and we had to call the waiter back.  Don’t worry, she got her chocolate fix that night!
Here are some amazing chocolate cake recipes:

Death By Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake (photo above)

Mocha Fudge Cake

Mississippi Mudslide Cake

Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch

Ding Dong Cake

Chocolate Oreo Cake


Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies

The Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies recipe above is a recipe Joan developed in honor of a recent Chocolate Tour we took in Seattle!  It was such great fun and we literally got to taste so much chocolate I couldn’t keep up…  Joan had no problem getting through all of the chocolate.  She was my chocolate idol.

More chocolate inspired cookies:

Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies (photo above)

No Bake Chocolate Cookies (Peanut Free)

Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies

Dark Chocolate Tiger Cookies

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies


a plate of brownies

Lunch Lady Brownies

These brownies are insanely popular and for good reason!   This is just one of many delicious recipes you’ll find over at Chocolate Chocolate & More…  and don’t worry, blogger friends and family are going to help keep Joan’s page and blog going.  Not only is this to keep Joan’s memory alive, but this will help to support her children.  Please be sure to hop over to her blog and share, pin and visit often!
More brownies you need in your life:

Lunch Lady Brownies (photo above)

Magic Turtle Bars

Mounds Brownies

Cookie Dough Brownies

Chocolate Overload Brownies

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake Bars



chocolate fudge in a stack

3 Minute Fudge

3 Minute Fudge is one of Joan’s most popular recipes of all time!  Give it a try and you’ll see why!  Just last week Joan and I chatted on the phone for a while…  we were discussing a few things and this recipe was one of them.  I was going to make a version of this recipe for my site because Joan said it was a huge favorite…  and Joan was going to make a version of my chocolate poke cake because that was her most favorite from my site.  You can expect a twist on Joan’s fudge coming soon…  and I will be doing a special guest post on Chocolate Chocolate & More with a fun twist on my poke cake made especially for Joan!

More easy no bake recipes:

3 Minute Fudge (photo above)

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Wicked Hot Fudge Sauce

Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Oreo Icebox Cake

Mint Chocolate Bark

Nutter Butter Chocolate Bark

a plate with a chocolate brownie pie

Easy Brownie Pie

No list of desserts would be complete without pie… and of course chocolatey pie in honor of my chocolate loving friend.  Joan will be forever missed and loved.  She has inspired me in more ways than you know.

Chocolate Lover’s Pies:

Easy Brownie Pie (photo above)

Chocolate Kahlúa Pecan Pie

Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Orange Pie

Grasshopper Pie

Chocolate Mousse Pie

And remember friends.  Eat #ChocolateforJoan and hug your loved ones today.



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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!
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  1. Joan was a shining star and gone way too soon. She was also happy to meet you, too Holly. Too beautiful to be forgotten by any who loved her she’ll forever remain in our hearts.

  2. Aaw.another wonderful and touching tribute to Joan Hayes. Am a total “baby”to this world. Discovering this corner of the internet in March. Recovering from a serious surgery,found Joans’blog and since am following well over 200,25binders full of yummy! That smile Joan has! All the people she touched. Such a loss. Thanks to you and all the others in the foodie world,that shared such precious memories of a truly memorable woman. May all be surrounded with love, peace, and comfort in the legacy that will live on.

  3. Awww you’ve captured all of Joan’s best treats in one delicious round up!! She would be honored :)

  4. I can hear her reaction now at the thought of sending the dessert cart away. Oh, that makes me laugh. She did not do many things in moderation and she truly believed that there should always be dessert. I’m so happy you were able to meet at last and spend time in person. She was truly one in a million.