No stick of gum will satisfy this craving…


I like to watch the Biggest Loser. I find it inspiring. Though maybe not that inspiring since I am usually eating ice cream while watching it. ;) And while I do like the show, it has a lot of things I hate about it. The number one thing being all the product placement. Ugh. Between them and Top Chef I am not sure who is worse.
And the thing that the pimp the most is gum. I wont say which kind because I feel they get enough advertisement. But I will say this…in no way will a stick of tropical fruit gum stop my craving for a chocolate souffle. And anyone who truly believes that a stick of fruit gum will kill their craving for chocolate needs to visit the head doctor. I’m not sure there is a cure for a chocolate craving, except, well chocolate.
It’s like the people who love to say, “nothing tastes as good as thin feels”. Clearly these people just aren’t eating the right things. Because there is a TON of food that tastes better than being thin. Not all foods mind you. But there are definitely ones out there. My croissant bread pudding would be a great example of that.
The dreaded Valentine’s Day is coming up. I had been searching for a recipe for just two people. I get fed up sometimes with making a giant recipe when it is just the two of us. I found this gem in the back of the Cuisine for Two special publication. It was put out by my favorite magazine, Cuisine at Home. A lot of people asked me after I went on my rant about Bon Appetit which magazine did I like. Cuisine at Home is always my answer.
These deflated before I could even get them over to the table to photograph. Partially my fault as they had to sit around while I turned off the smoke alarm (it was set off by something else…a sauce for dinner that I forgot about…whoops!). So if that happens to you, I would invert it on to a plate and serve it as a souffle cake. No one will care. I served these with a caramel sauce and on the souffle cake I added some chocolate glaze as well.
You make one. Then eat it. Then an hour later, have a stick of gum. Let me know which one you like better.

Chocolate Souffles for Two with Kahlua and Cinnamon

unsalted butter and cinnamon sugar (for ramekins)

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate
2 TBSP milk
1 ½ tsp Vanilla Kahlua
½ tsp instant espresso powder
½ tsp cornstarch
2 tsp granulated sugar, divided
pinch of ground cinnamon
1 egg, separated
1/8 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt
pinch of cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 400F.
Coat two 6-inch souffle cups with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Chill cups on a baking sheet while preparing batter.
Melt chocolate chips with milk, Kahlua, espresso powder, cornstarch, ½ tsp granulated sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking until smooth.
Combine yolk and vanilla, then whisk into chocolate mixture. Cook 2 minutes, remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Using and electric mixer, beat the egg white with cream of tartar and salt on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1 ½ tsp sugar; continue beating until stiff peaks form.
Using a whisk, blend whites into chocolate mixture until there are no streaks. Fill prepared cups with batter. Bake on the baking sheet until souffles puff, about 20 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a skewer int the center of the souffle. Souffle is done when skewer comes out clean or slightly moist.
To serve, cut a small slit in top of each souffle. Pour sauce of your choice into souffles. Garnish with whipped cream and chopped pecans.

Adapted from Cuisine for Two


  1. Seriously this looks to die for! I just made ice cream and I bet it would go really well with this cake.

  2. Hell yes for souffle!! Down with the stick gum!! :-D

  3. These look amazing! I agree with your statement about nothing ending a chocolate craving except chocolate. I’m totally craving these now. :)

  4. Mellisa W. says:

    My DH and I totally chow down during BL. What is it about that show that makes you want to eat.

  5. Mmm…these look fantastically delicious! I never was a fan of gum. You crack me up.

  6. Gum is ok and all, but chocolate, come on. Even if it was chocolate flavored gum, no contest. The souffle looks fab.

  7. I think the trick of the gum is that after you chew it, your taste buds are so screwed up by the mint or whatever that everything else will taste nasty. But yeah, I’d rather have delicious desserts than be emaciated. But I still can stand to lose a few pounds (and inches) though, heh heh :)

  8. Oh you are killing me–this looks heavenly! I agree about the gum. Mint gum can stop me from grazing if I’m just bored, but if I have a craving, there’s no stick of gum that can get rid of it.

    Yeah for chocolate!!

  9. Hilarious! At least on Top Chef, the product placement is a little more subtle. No contestants are fake talking about how great the “Glad family of products” is. That little segment – especially when it is about gum – is the worst part of the Biggest Loser. Having said all that, the souffle, like all of your recipes, looks incredible and edible!

  10. What happened to slowing down the blogging? You better be taking care of yourself!
    This looks awesome. And you’re right, a stick of gum will only leave you craving more of whatever it was you were originally craving. It stops nothing.

  11. Never did like gum. Chocolate, on the other hand is food of the gods! This souffle looks pure heaven, especially with the delightful embelishments.

  12. Those look so good! I like the use of the Kahlua.

  13. I’m usually eating ice cream while I watch The Biggest Loser, too. And I ALWAYS snort when they try to make me believe that a stick of gum will cure any craving I might have. RIIIIIGHT. Pass the souffle, please.

  14. I’ll eat this over gum any day. This is insane.

  15. We are addicted to the show as well – but no way in hell does a stick of gum compare to this incredible yummy.. For some things there is just no substitute!!

  16. I am a newbie to souffles, but would really like to try this one. I wasn’t sure if I am missing something though… how much cream of tartar and salt should I use? Thanks!

  17. I so totally agree. Gum makes me hungry, don’t know about you!!!This dessert will however never make it to the Biggest loser show.

  18. I totally agree – all of it. and yes – Thee most obnoxious and obvious product placement EVER.

    That looks delicious – it reminds me a little of the s’mores type one you did a couple-few months ago. O in a cup I think I refer to it in my brain…

  19. Oh, that definitely looks extremely scrumptious and enjoyable! I love the upside-down version…



  20. Thank you for posting this and i now have a dessert in mind for Valentines day! Looks delicious as usual and I have all the ingredients on hand except for the liqueur but I may just substitute it with what I do have. :)

  21. The stick of gum works for people who only eat grilled chicken breast and steamed broccoli, they just don’t know any better. :) Thank-you so much for posting a dessert recipe for 2! It’s so hard to find!

  22. What a gorgeous, fabulous looking treat!

  23. Mmmm…I love chocolatey gooeyness! With the cinnamon it’s probably extra yummy!

  24. “At least on Top Chef, the product placement is a little more subtle.” I can’t speak for Biggest Loser, but this is totally incorrect. I cringe every 30 seconds watching Top Chef (and not just from Hosea and Leah hanging all over each other). “blahblahblah SEQUOIA blahblahblah WHOLE FOODS blahblahblah QUAKER OATS WHOLE FOODS SEQUOIA.”

    …Aaaanyway, this dessert looks awesome, and I’d totally rather spend an extra 30 minutes working out than skip dessert in favor of gum. Yuck!

  25. RIL and I were just talking about how fantastic your croissant bread pudding was yesterday!

  26. nothing tastes better than thin feels? ummmm ok. those people are just in denial. or they haven’t tried your choc. souffle :)

  27. Looks delicious! That is my one big pet peeve about the Biggest Loser. They could make it a lot less obvious-and in NO way is one stick of gum going to curb any major craving. It’s hilarious how they do the product promotions, but hey I guess we remember it though.

  28. there is no way that i could ever been satisfied by a stick of gum…i wish i could take a fork to the picture though…that would be delicious! :)

  29. with two you mean you and me – right? because any other two will make me sulk. looks great!

  30. I’m totally with you… leave the gum on the bottom of a park bench and dish me up a hefty portion of that goodness! I know I’m just 1 of 30, but I sure am impressed by your pictures- wish I had that talent!!! You make every dish look amazing! Thanks for sharing- I love your blog! Inspiring! Makes me want to cook something up right now!!! Keep it up!

  31. chocolate, caramel, kahlua, cinnamon. good heavens to betsy. :)

  32. I know! It seems that I’m always eating food while watching the Biggest Loser and feeling guilty about it. Agreed about the product placement too. I have to laugh when the contestants try to really talk up the product too. Mmm…this yoplait tastes great! Or, was it yoptimal?

  33. Wow…I have a feeling that if I had a Valentine, he’d like this! :-)

  34. Oh yum yum yum yum yum! Perfect for a valentine, but I think I’m gonna love this more. My fave flavours…& how much joy can you chew out of a stick of gum anyway! Now that looks great, & may I say it looks even better plated! POIFECT!!

  35. Amen, sister!

  36. Amen, sister! The gum commercials and other product placement on the Biggest Loser is really annoying (I especially hate the ones where Bob comes to talk to a couple of the contestants to say that this is a great way to battle your cravings, yada yada). Anyway, your souffle looks AMAZING. And I would pick that over a stick of gum any day :)

  37. i say’chocolate souffle!! :) so delicious. I don’t beleive in th gum either. :)

  38. You forgot – have a big glass of water then brush your teeth, that’ll curb your cravings, NOT!

  39. I make goofy faces when I see the silly “insert infomercial here” gum plugs occur. This dessert? Not one that will help me with my hip reduction…lol…but so yummy to look at on a Sunday morning.

    FYI – I linked to you over on my blog…for an award. ;)

  40. Yes, no stick gum can stop me from feasting on this.

  41. Thanks, Peabody! I need a recipe for Valentine’s Day that is just for 2…
    I’ll be fixing this delicious dessert!

  42. seriously … so many people could use a little trip to the head doctor. people talk such nonsense. This chocolate souffle looks unbelievable! think this could be served for one?

  43. LOL! I ate Doritos while watching The Biggest Loser and felt oh so guilty!

  44. There is no way I’d be satisfied with a stick of gum! This looks delicious. I’ve never made a souffle before, but I think I might have to try this :)

  45. Product placement on the biggest loser is very, very annoying. I am like you though if I do happen to watch the biggest loser I always tend to be eating something that is extremely unhealthy :) – makes is more enjoyable.

  46. Send one over here please! I need one now…

  47. A stick of gum will help a craving if there is nothing to eat….!!! I agree that there is nothing to stop a chocolate craving but chocolate!!!

  48. Oh, I could not agree with you more, Pea. I’m OK with some control, if they want it (it’s what I try to do on weekdays), but giving up delicious food for good is something I would never be able to do. Call me weak, I don’t mind.
    Oh, and those souffles? Are you serious someone can turn those down? I certainly cannot.

  49. Seriously, even if said gum were chocolate mousse flavored! By the way, Happy Groundhog Day!

  50. I feel the same way about the way they talk about gum on BL. Yeah right!

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