I feel like chocolate gets a bad rap around Valentine's Day. It's just under so much pressure — I'm talking oversized boxes of waxy chocolates filled with vaguely alcoholic goo and towering restaurant desserts crowned with shards of caramel. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate duke it out in hearts and roses, and the pomp and kitsch of Valentine's usurps this confection for a week a year.
Just stop it. Chocolate doesn't belong to you, Valentine's Day. It's so much better than that. Here are 15 recipes for chocolate the way you want to eat it year-round — gooey, warm, often melting in your mouth or downright homey, the way chocolate pudding and chocolate chess pie should be. Treat yourself. Valentine's Day will be over soon, but chocolate is forever.