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Make Your Home Smell Like Chocolate

Make Your Home Smell Like Chocolate

By Adam Verwymeren, Networx

There are few things as great as the taste of chocolate. It’s sweet, delicious, and for many people, there’s never enough of it. But while it isn’t practical or healthy to spend whole days gorging on the sweet stuff, we can do the next best thing: fill the home with the delicious fragrance of chocolate. Here are a few ideas to keep you constantly enveloped in a cocoa cocoon.

Natural and Artificial Smells

Natural or artificial, store-bought or home-made, there are plenty of great air fresheners to fill your home with chocolate.

1. The best way to fill a house with a chocolaty aroma, of course, is to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies or brownies. Baking a rich chocolate cake will also do the job. If you are baking a batch of brownies or cookies because this article is making you crave chocolate, please post photos of your culinary adventure on Hometalk.com, or tell us your best recipe. We can smell the chocolate already.

2. If you aren’t the baking sort, or want a smell that’ll last longer than an afternoon, try a chocolate-scented room spray. The Demeter Fragrance Library, makers of ridiculously specific and realistic scents, offers “Atmosphere Sprays” in chocolately Brownie, Chococat, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate Mint, Devil’s Food and Tiramisu scents.

3. Make your own chocolate air freshener by mixing a few drops of chocolate essential oil, a couple of teaspoons of alcohol and a cup of water in a spray bottle. This is an option for people who choose not to use synthetic fragrances in their homes.

4. Add a little chocolate essential oil to a container of potpourri for a chocolate-and-spice scent mix. You can make your own potpourri by mixing cinnamon sticks, cloves, pine cones, pine needles and wood chips. Tipnut suggests “fermenting” your DIY potpourri in a jar for 6 weeks before uncapping it, for optimal scent power. Our experience with essential oils is that their scent dissipates quickly when exposed to air, so we recommend adding the chocolate essential oil right before you uncork your potpourri.

5. Burn a chocolate-scented candle. Natural soy candles made with non-toxic ingredients are actually pretty plentiful. We found handmade “Brownie Fudge” soy candles on Etsy (Krazy Candle Lady) and Chocolate soy wax candles from Sedona Aromatherapie. If conventional paraffin candles and synthetic fragrances don’t bother you, Yankee Candle offers jarred candles in Chocolate Truffle scent.

Chocolate-scented Plants for Your Garden

1. Chocolate mint (Mentha piperita) is an easy-to-grow cultivar of Peppermint that will thrive outdoors. The leaves really do smell like a Thin Mint, and you can dry them and add them to your tea leaves for a great-tasting drink.

2. Chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) isn’t edible, but this dark-hued flower is a great perennial that emits a chocolaty scent.

3. Chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata) is a cousin to the common garden daisy, but this plant replaces the daisy’s floral notes with a powerful scent of sweet cocoa.

4. Chocolate vine (Akebia quinata), a native to East Asia, is a deciduous creeping vine that produces chocolate-scented flowers.

Image: ldigital/stock.xchng

Related:
Best Chocolate Recipes
7 Ways to Make Your Living Space Smell Nice
Make Your Own All-Natural Holiday Scents

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10:18AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Love chocolate.Great post,thanks for sharing

12:32PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

more chocolate plants!!

5:30AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Yummy

12:11PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

I am a nut for all things chocolate!

3:22PM PST on Nov 26, 2011

I'm amazed I haven't seen any Florists sell arrangements of those flowers for chocolate lovers!

6:49PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Oh no...I'm going to have to save the names of those plants. My fiance won't believe me when I tell him there are plants which smell like chocolate!

5:47PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

ahh.. what could be better?

3:46PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

it sounds delicious

3:01PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

amazig ideas!

11:39AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Thank you

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