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. Oh, this looks fab, as always. The idea of gum satisfying a craving is almost as bad as the people who tell you to drink more water when you’re hungry. Hah.

  2. Anyone who wants a stick of gum instead of your gorgeous souffle can just pass their souffle right over to me!!

  3. I was pondering the gum thing last time I saw that show too. Your post made me laugh.

    I made your pumpkin butterscotch cake as half of of a two-tier engagement cake for a friend, and it was a big hit. So thanks!!!

  4. Those product placements on Biggest Loser drive me insane. They are so “staged”. This souffle would satisfy my chocolate craving, not some stick o gum!

  5. I love that magazine. Another good one is Fine Cooking. And I love this souffle, but my oven is broken!

  6. Nothing is more satisfying than eating fresh from the oven cookies while watching morbidly obese people vomit in trash cans. I love you reality television.

  7. It’s true, there’s nothing that can really replace chocolate. And how funny that we both made souffles! There must be something in the air… ;)

  8. That looks so decadent…I’ll have it anyday :-)

    I hate gum anyway ;-)

  9. I understand gum while cooking to keep you from taking all those “tastes”, but to kill a sugar craving? Are they high?

    Looks great!

  10. The dessert looks delicious and this post is hilarious. I am LMAO, I think the same things while watching The Biggest Loser.

  11. This dessert look amazing. You are so right about exquisite recipes that are tailored to feeding one or two—they are in short supply. My mother is retired and lives alone, and she’s always asking me for recipes that feed a few rather than many.

    Given this or a stick of gum—I know which one I’m choosing. This one, hands down!

  12. Too funny…I am hooked to Biggest Loser and I always always go off about the product placement…and yes, the gum is the worst! The other day I pulled out a stick and told my husband it would cure my sweet tooth, two seconds later I was baking cookies:) Your dessert looks amazing!! Enjoy the show tonight!

  13. Nothing tastes as good as this feels??? You are right — these people clearly are not eating the right things! Brother.

    Now this chocolate souffle looks better to me than “how thin feels”!

  14. i am actually a complete believer that nothing tastes as good as thin feels. (the only one apparently). in fact, the feeling of eating for me is awful and guilt filled.. thats why i live vicariously through blogs.
    also gum totally works.

    i have found that a cup of cocoa made with equal/sweet n low and a dash of skim milk will satisfy the chocolate cravings.

    call me crazy if you want, haha.

  15. These are the perfect thing to make with my mismatched ramekin dishes! ive been looking for something yummy

  16. That stick of gum thing was too funny! I think this recipe looks amazing! Thanks!

  17. Forget it, I’ll pass on the gum ;) I can tell you which one I’ll dream about tonight.

  18. I just saw this recipe in the mag today and thought it looked good, but yours looks fantastic! You know I am all about the shots where I can see what eating it would be like. Yum! No gum for me either!

  19. I eat ice cream/cookies while watching the Biggest Loser!
    Have you heard of Oatmeal Carmelitas? Found the recipe in Pillsbury Cookbook. They are excellent!
    Love your website!!

  20. i’m chewing that gum as i write, polar ice flavored, got that 3:30 craving at work so i put a piece in my mouth and for some reason, it took away my craving. maybe it’s a mind thing, who knows.

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