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15 Chocolate-Covered Treats You Didn't Know You Needed

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Chocolate has a certain set of natural matches, like peppermint, peanut butter, and caramel, but sometimes, those classics can be a real snooze. Theoretically, anything can be dipped in the sweet stuff, and over the years culinary risk-takers have made pairings that led to many a raised eyebrow and confused-yet-grumbling stomach. Here are 15 of those combinations.

1. ONIONS 

An onion has many layers, and at Mueller Chocolate Company in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, the final one is chocolate and sprinkles. The unusual dessert was created in the '80s by Glenn Mueller and his wife, Theresa. “We were in a building at 5th and Market, right next to Channel 3," Mueller told Philadelphia City Paper. "The comedians were doing a half-hour spoof called ‘Double Muppets, Hold the Onions.’” What started as a gag for the show became a real product that’s sold in multiple chocolate shops all over Philadelphia.

2. BACON 

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Thanks to Americans' (un)healthy love of bacon, you can get the delicious meat prepared pretty much any way you would like. Lovers of salty sweet combinations might be intrigued by chocolate covered bacon, which can be found at county fairs, chocolate shops, and novelty stores across the country. 

3. CORN DOGS 

As if corn dogs weren’t decadent enough, you can also get them dipped in chocolate. They can be found wherever you can also find fried Kool-Aid and beer-battered bacon. 

4. ROSES 

Roses and chocolate are a classic romantic duo, so why not save time and money by combining them? For Valentine’s Day, candy company Roni-Sue’s Chocolates sells chocolate truffles with actual rose petals inside. They’re not currently on sale, but you can make your own version of the treat using this Instructables tutorial, where you literally dip whole roses into chocolate. 

5. SLIM JIMS 

This is a recipe so outlandish, you need to make it yourself. Using Habanero Slim Jims and homemade ancho chili chocolate, you can create spicy sweet meat sticks for the whole family. 

6. BEEF JERKY 

Knowing that someone has taken the time to dip Slim Jims into chocolate, it probably shouldn’t shock you that chocolate beef jerky also exists. But what’s more surprising is that it’s mass-produced and can be purchased at a grocery store. Chocolate company Wild Ophelia makes bars of chocolate with actual bits of beef jerky in it. If you find that ratio not to your liking, there's always the homemade route of drizzling some melted chocolate over Jack Link's. 

7. CHILI PEPPERS

Another spicy and sweet option: chocolate-covered chili peppers. A frequent treat at county fairs, these chocolatey peppers are an exciting change from the usual (read: boring) selection of chocolate-covered fruits. 

8. SCORPIONS

You might have seen scorpions in your lollipops or vodka, so it was only a matter of time before the creepy-crawlies were smothered in chocolate and put on your plate. You can have one these unnerving candies mailed to you for the surprisingly low price of $5 on Thailand Unique

9. MUSHROOMS 

In January 2015, chef René Redzepi's opened his Tokyo pop-up Noma in the Mandarin Oriental hotel. The restaurant intrigued eaters who were treated to things like cuttlefish "noodles" in wild rose petal broth and shrimp covered in ants. For dessert, the restaurant served cepes mushrooms dipped in chocolate. According to Action Bronson, they’re delicious. 

10. CHEETOS 

Here is another off-the-wall take on chocolate-covered dining: Cheetos. The Cereal Baker details the steps for making these crunchy candy snacks (with both regular and white chocolate) at home. Good luck having any left by the time the chocolate hardens. 

11. SQUID 

For Valentine’s Day this year, Instructables user noahw suggests you look for inspiration in the sea. Simply boil a squid and dip it in chocolate to create a delightfully nautical treat. While we can’t tell you what they taste like, they certainly look cool. 

12. WASABI PEAS 

If you want the crunch of the chocolate Cheetos, and the spiciness of the chocolate chilis, consider these dark chocolate wasabi peas. Nuts.com sells bags of them for about $8 a pound. According to Kay from Medford, New Jersey, they’re “Delish!!!”

13. SUN-DRIED TOMATOES

The Cereal Baker—not content with just creating chocolate Cheetos—has also made chocolate-covered sun-dried tomatoes. The cook's review of her own creation is hesitantly positive: “I don't know if I can describe the flavor exactly, but I know it wasn't like ‘Ew, this tastes like a chocolate-covered tomato.’ So I consider it a success!”

14. KALE 

The kale takeover of 2015 wouldn't be complete without a chocolate-covered kale chip. This concoction actually isn't so odd, as chocolate-covered potato chips are pretty popular in their own right. It was only a matter of time before everyone's favorite superfood got dunked in chocolate. This recipe will guide you through making the somewhat healthy—if a bit schizophrenic—snack. 

15. CHICKPEAS 

While chickpeas don’t seem inherently dessert-like, if you roast them with a little cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla, they become very sweet. Add a nice layer of chocolate, and you have a somewhat healthier variation on malt balls or Whoppers. 

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30 Memorable Quotes from Carrie Fisher
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Just days after suffering a heart attack aboard a flight en route to Los Angeles, beloved actress, author, and screenwriter Carrie Fisher passed away at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016. Though she’ll always be most closely associated with her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, Fisher’s life was like something out of its own Hollywood movie. Born in Beverly Hills on this day in 1956, Fisher was born into show business royalty as the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.

In addition to her work in front of the camera, Fisher built up an impressive resume behind the scenes, too, most notably as a writer; in addition to several memoirs and semi-autobiographical novels, including Wishful Drinking, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, Postcards from the Edge, and The Princess Diarist (which was released last month), she was also an in-demand script doctor who counted Sister Act, Hook, Lethal Weapon 3, and The Wedding Singer among her credits.

Though she struggled with alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness, Fisher always maintained a sense of humor—as evidenced by the 30 memorable quotes below.

ON GROWING UP IN HOLLYWOOD

“I am truly a product of Hollywood in-breeding. When two celebrities mate, someone like me is the result.”

“I was born into big celebrity. It could only diminish.”

“At a certain point in my early twenties, my mother started to become worried about my obviously ever-increasing drug ingestion. So she ended up doing what any concerned parent would do. She called Cary Grant.”

“I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive.”

“If anything, my mother taught me how to sur-thrive. That's my word for it.”

ON AGING

“As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don't.”

ON INSTANT GRATIFICATION

“Instant gratification takes too long.”

ON THE LEGACY OF STAR WARS

“People are still asking me if I knew Star Wars was going to be that big of a hit. Yes, we all knew. The only one who didn't know was George.”

“Leia follows me like a vague smell.”

“I signed my likeness away. Every time I look in the mirror, I have to send Lucas a couple of bucks.”

“People see me and they squeal like tropical birds or seals stranded on the beach.”

“You're not really famous until you’re a Pez dispenser.”

ON THE FLEETING NATURE OF SUCCESS

“There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'”

ON DEALING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

“I'm very sane about how crazy I am.”

ON RESENTMENT

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."

ON LOVE

“Someone has to stand still for you to love them. My choices are always on the run.”

“I've got to stop getting obsessed with human beings and fall in love with a chair. Chairs have everything human beings have to offer, and less, which is obviously what I need. Less emotional feedback, less warmth, less approval, less patience, and less response. The less the merrier. Chairs it is. I must furnish my heart with feelings for furniture.”

“I don’t hate hardly ever, and when I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency.”

ON EMOTIONS

“The only thing worse than being hurt is everyone knowing that you're hurt.”

ON RELATIONSHIPS

“I envy people who have the capacity to sit with another human being and find them endlessly interesting, I would rather watch TV. Of course this becomes eventually known to the other person.”

ON HOLLYWOOD

“Acting engenders and harbors qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence.”

“You can't find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well.”

“It's a man's world and show business is a man's meal, with women generously sprinkled through it like overqualified spice.”

ON FEAR

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”

ON LIFE

“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.”

“No motive is pure. No one is good or bad-but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.”

“If my life wasn't funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.”

“I shot through my twenties like a luminous thread through a dark needle, blazing toward my destination: Nowhere.”

“My life is like a lone, forgotten Q-Tip in the second-to-last drawer.”

ON DEATH

“You know what's funny about death? I mean other than absolutely nothing at all? You'd think we could remember finding out we weren't immortal. Sometimes I see children sobbing at airports and I think, 'Aww. They've just been told.'”

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