Semi-Sweet Chocolate Pate / White Chocolate Pate and Ask Chef Dennis

Chocolate is a wonderful thing, bittersweet, semi-sweet, milk or yes even the non chocolate white chocolate…..there’s just something so special about chocolate.  We can be having a bad day and something chocolate can cheer us up.  Life just seems a little better when a piece of chocolate slowly melts in your mouth, making all your endorphin’s go crazy….  simply magicial!

A few weeks ago I had grabbed one of my older cookbooks and an index card fell out.   It read Chocolate Pate, I had not seen that card in quite awhile, and not thought about that silky melt in your mouth piece of chocolate heaven……sigh

White Chocolate Pate  and Semi Sweet Chocolate Pate

It was about 20 years ago, I had been working at a small Italian restaurant that a friend had opened and somehow talked me into writing the menu and opening the restaurant for him.  He wanted regional Italian, and that’s what he got in all it’s glory…..but sadly we were just a little ahead of our time, many of the dishes were simply not recognized.   We were going against a small chain of what I like to call Fugazi Italian, or American Italian, but that’s what the area had been told was Italian food, and it would take a miracle to change their minds.   We did well finding our own little niche, but never quite acquired the business necessary to really take us into prominence, but I had fun and that’s all that really matters!   I guess your wondering what this has to do with chocolate pate?  The recipe came from our bartender ( a retired Philadelphia Policeman), who had become a good friend, it had been passed down to him from his Nonna and he said he could think of no one better to entrust his family treasure to.

I know you’ll enjoy the silky smooth texture of this wonderful pate, and whether you enjoy it with an espresso or just by itself, it will be a decadent indulgence that will make a bad day into a better day, and bring a smile to your face…and that my friends is worth every calorie!

semi sweet chocolate pate and white chocolate pate

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Semi-sweet Chocolate Pate / White Chocolate Pate
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 20
Chocolate Pate
  • 2½ lbs of Dark semi-sweet chocolate
  • 6 oz unsalted butter
  • ½ cup strong coffee or espresso
  • 3 oz Chambord
  • 6 egg yolks
White Chocolate Pate
  • 1¼ lb White Chocolate
  • 3 oz unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 3 egg yolks
  1. Melt chocolate in double boiler
  2. add butter and blend well
  3. add coffee and chambord mix until well blended.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in egg yolks, until fully incorporated.
  5. Strain chocolate through sieve into a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap.
  6. Cool in refrigerator overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  7. Lift out of loaf pan.
  8. Chocolate Pate’ should be sliced into triangles to serve.
White chocolate pate
  1. Melt chocolate in double boiler
  2. add butter and blend well
  3. add cream and kahlua mix until well blended.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in egg yolks, until fully incorporated.
  5. Strain chocolate through sieve into a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap.
  6. Cool in refrigerator overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  7. Lift out of loaf pan.
*Wrap remainder and store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Ask Chef Dennis


this seems to be one of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind lately, I get more emails about which group to go with and what to expect.   Recently a friend sent me an email she had received offering what she thought was a great deal from a banner ad group.  They were offering a 70 /30 split on .75 per thousand……wrong!

First let’s set the bar,  from information I have picked up over the years, it seems as though ad rates start at around $2.00 per thousand and can go up to $5.oo per thousand, now before you get too excited the $5.oo ads are few and far between not the norm.  I think it’s safe to say the average payout would be in the $2-$3 range.

The choices for ad groups that are really successful are not that great at the moment, but I think we will start to see more pop up as the use of foodbloggers  for advertising increases.  Right now you have Foodbuzz, which doesn’t permit you to have other ads on your page and does not pay you for any hits outside of the US,  and Blogher which seems to pay on everything  (someone correct me if I’m wrong, I still use Foodbuzz), and they do permit you to use other ad groups.    Seems like a no brainer to me, and I guess you’re wondering why I’m still with Foodbuzz….sigh

I ask myself that question from time to time too….right now lets just call it loyalty, although they have been making me wonder lately.

The only complaint I have about Blogher right now is those ads that crawl across the page…..they really bother me, they just seem intrusive, I don’t like anything wandering across my screen!  If I’m there to read a blog, I don’t want to take a poll or have ads for things I would never use keep moving into the page I’m trying to read!

I did come across another new ad group that seems like they may be a good choice, it’s called Skimlinks.  If anyone is using them please let me know what you think.   There is of course Google AdSense Ad Choices, and with Blogher you could actually run all three.  Foodbuzz use to have a program that allowed you to run two of their ads, but those days seem to have gone away, and the new ownership is keeping a bigger slice of the advertising pie for themselves.

Platefull use to be the King of ads, but I haven’t heard too much about them anymore,  and like Blogher and Skimlinks, you have to apply to Plateful to see if they will accept you.  Foodbuzz and Google has no requirements they’re just happy to have you.

So I haven’t really given you any clear options, just as much information as I have, now it’s your job to make a decision.

Just do me a favor and remember to leave room for your blog when you start placing ads in your sidebars, while it would be very nice to make a little money out of this, don’t pimp out your blog to everybody who comes with an offer.  Remember why you started blogging and remember that you have readers.


It seems not a day goes by that I don’t get an email offer from someone I don’t know to do a guest post for me….free of charge…wow, how nice of them.  They even provide credentials.   Now the big question in my mind is why don’t they just have their own blog if there such darn good writers, or a paying job.   No thanks!

The other emails are from companies offering to give me coupons to pass out to my readers to extol the virtues of their products…, really?  No thanks!

Of course there are the emails asking me to review a product in exchange for the product, the best advice I can give in this instance is if its something you already use then do it.  If it’s not something you would ever really use, let it go….your readers will no when your just doing it because you got something for free.

A friend of mine recently got a new solicitation and this one bothered me a bit, because it was praying on new bloggers or bloggers who were looking for a way to increase their readership.  The blogger claimed they got 450k hits a month and wanted to do a $100 visa card giveaway, and they were willing to let you and 14 other bloggers in on the deal to help promote their blogs and increase their readership…, what a great person!!!   You and the other 14 only have to send $20 to her to be included….hmm, do the math…..that means she giving away a $100 and keeping $200.   The funny thing with this blogger is she doesn’t make anything and just posts images with links to the recipe from other bloggers.   Now if that didn’t raise a red flag, the scam asking for $20 should have.

First let me start my telling you, that no one in that position would ever ask, nor should they ask for money, so if you get one of these emails, print it out and flush it!  There is no easy quick way to gaining readership, it takes time and hard work.

So remember not to sell yourself short when you start getting these offers to give you something in exchange for a blog post, or offers to write for you.  This is your blog and it has value, don’t give it away too easily.  Unless it’s really beneficially to you or costs you no time or money, think twice before you say yes, because your just so happy someone asked.  The more you value your time and effort, the more someone else will.

Community Watch

I just wanted to thank all of those that have signed up for the community watch, please remember to get the badge on your sidebar.  If you want to take the pledge and get on the roll call, you do have to send the request in.  It has to be official and I need to have your email request, I don’t want anyone complaining I just added people on.

I would like to explain why I think displaying the badge is important.  I think that if more blogs that have the badge  in their side bar, it will eventually help deter theft.  Just like in the commercials on TV, the burglars go to homes that don’t have the alarm system signs in their yards.   So if would be lifters keep seeing the community watch badge, they’ll move on to other food bloggers who don’t display it.

We need to be united and we need to be strong, so please take the pledge,  and get a friend or two to sign up as well…..there is strength in numbers!

That’s going to wrap it up for today, thanks so much for stopping by I do appreciate it.  Have a great rest of the week,  and as always please remember….

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  1. This looks SO yummy! I could eat the whole brick of that dark chocolate pate… I have to try this one, Chef Dennis! But I am so afraid I would eat the whole thing… Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m sorry your Italian restaurant venture didn’t work out sounds like you were ahead of your time, but if it led to this recipe then I think it was completely worth it.
    I’ve received a few of those volunteer guest post emails, but none asking for money. I hope no one falls for that.

  3. Dennis, thanks for all the wonderful information in this post. The chocolates look absolutely divine and I’d love to have on eto melt in my mouth right now. Also, the ad topic. It is so alluring and confusing all at the same time. Nobody really seems super happy with their ads and so it makes me wonder which one to go with. Since I am a new blogger I don’t feel like its an urgent decision, but I do think about it a lot. I appreciate the insights from you.
    Hope you’re having a great week!

  4. The chocolate sounds divine. Again, thanks for another insightful post. Sometimes I wonder why I stick with Foodbuzz, but then I wouldn’t have found your blog 😉

  5. Hi Chef Dennis! The chocolate pate looks delicious (and your pictures are terrific). I understand the ad dilemma! I’d LOVE to make more $$$ for blogging and I jumped with both feet into FoodBuzz, but I have to say, it’s a good fit and I’m happy here.

    Of course, I wish they’d allow a second ad….but I’ve learned that I can’t have everything….dang it!

  6. Those chocolates look wonderful. I could eat that entire dark chocolate by myself. Thank you for this Ask Chef Dennis. There is so little information out there about Advertising choices so it makes it hard to make a decision what, if any publisher is right for you and your blog. As always, you’ve provided such great insight and more food for thought.

  7. This looks yummy …awww and soon I will have to get new pants !!!! Chef this is really indulgence. Love the white chocolate pate with the kahlua flavor….slurp.

    Thanks for the precious info and I have signed up for the Neighborhood Watch :) you are right, we need to be united and help one another.

    Have a nice day Chef Piggy :)

  8. Lots of great info here, especially on the money making offers. The pate does look like the perfect thing to chase the blues away. I have never seen this type of thing before, but I like that touch of liqueur that is in both these recipes-yum! Have a great day Chef.

  9. That patè would definetely change my day in a gorgeous one!!Thanks for sharing

  10. As always, more food for thought.
    And love the concept of the pate – sounds perfect for entertaining.

  11. I haven’t been as happy with Foodbuzz as time goes on but I am used to it and enjoy all of the friends I have made through their network. Your chocolate pate looks like something I would enjoy very very much.

  12. Looks very lovely…all your info is always so informative. Thanks again for everything Chef!

  13. Mmmm, that does look fantastic! What a beautiful recipe :)
    And great advice and information, thank you!

  14. Great recipe. I must try this one. It looks positively scrumptious and would not last long in this house.

    I am a year in and just signing with a company now. It would be nice to make some moolah but I hope it never becomes why I blog. I think those making good money are few and far between. I think at this point I’d be happy to offset the grocery bill a bit. Lol.

    I love foodbuzz but for me it was the not counting Canadian hits that bugged me. Why would I sign with someone who thinks I don’t exist geographically. I hope they change that rule. I would have signed with them in a heartbeat if they did. It’s such a great group of bloggers who use it, very friendly community atmosphere.

  15. I was truly intrigued by the title of this post, Chef. Now, the recipe is being printed and I can’t wait to make this!
    Thank you for the advice on advertising and soliciting – very useful!

  16. thanks for posting the advice on advertising and soliciting, it is super helpful information! and this chocolate pate sounds DELICIOUS!

  17. Nomnomnom. Is it different than fudge?

  18. That pate looks gorgeous…and I always look forward to the weekly installment of Ask Chef Dennis!

  19. I loved your last paragraph about ads! There are a couple of very well known bloggers that I quit following because of all of the ads and sponsored give-aways on their blogs. It’s a real turn-off to me.

    Your chocolate pate looks heavenly!

  20. Uhm, chocolate; yes please! This looks very delicious! In regards to sponsored give-aways and such I think there is a fine balance. I’m looking for more recipes on a food blog than giveaways, unless you can do both in one post. And, balance applies to ads too! If I can’t see your message through the billboards it’s an issue for me. Thanks for all the great advice!

  21. I love all of the info here, Chef Dennis. I’ve steered clear of advertising so far, simply because I doubt that I’d make anything that would be worth the hassle. Who knows though? maybe someday I’ll feel differently.

    The chocolate pate sounds absolutely heavenly and I love the story that came with it!

  22. Hi Chef Dennis, every time I come by your blog (which hasn’t been often lately, I’m sorry to say!), I’m always drooling, no surprise here! I would like to comment on the end of your post.

    I am an ex ad exec and am wondering why people need to use any of those groups like foodbuzz at all? Is it to get more readership or make money? Maybe I’m not understanding but if it’s to make money, why make pennies off of these companies when you can just sell the ads on your page yourself? Like to a local cafe? Or deli? You have control over what you charge and ads you want to run.

    As far as solicitation goes, I get asked to do guest posts but barely have time to write my own. I don’t accept any gifts from any food companies whatsoever, I want complete control over my blog. I couldn’t even adhere to Meatless Mondays because I didn’t feel compelled to cook vegetarian every Monday and the meal itself didn’t always warrant a blog post. I see another blogger that I used to read frequently has now turned into a free advertiser for Kraft she posts so much of their crap on her page.

    I will also not participate in any online recipe contests, no one is getting my intellectual property for free. I will not vote for anyone either as I find it turns into a popularity contest and the people running it pick whom they want anyway and now have loads of free content supplied by you, the sucker.

    My blog is about what I want to cook and what I want to write about, period. There are so many bloggers out there now but only a handful that are making any money. I’m not sure I like to think of it as that but a form of expression, it helps with my company branding and also my web presence. I appreciate your thoughts and posts!

    • I agree with you absolutely! You know I write these posts at the end of my day, and I meant to touch on local ads, I always recommend them to people who ask. I think it would be for a more specific type of blogger though, one that has more of a local following.

      I don’t mind an occasional post for a company as long as its something I already use, but I just can’t pretend to use something and lie to my readers about it.

      Thanks for reaffirming my beliefs!

      • Dennis, I agree the product you endorse should be something you already use!

        And yes, you are right about the local following but it doesn’t have to be a local advertiser. I guess people don’t realize they can call the marketing department of companies on their own. Or if there is a brand you like to use, support it and have them pay you to be on your site, numbers and stats will have to be supplied. Myself, I don’t like any ads on my website or blog…kind of like Julia Child, La Diva Cucina does not endorse anything except good cooking! Have a great day!

  23. i work at a restaurant and in the summer i make a dark chocolate pate and make a deconstructed smores. it sells like crazy

  24. Chocolate pate! Oh yum!! This looks ridiculously good. After reading the white chocolate recipe I think I need to go out & get some ingredients…Kahlua! Yes please!

  25. Hey Dennis- I love the recipe and chat as always! I just wanted to let you know that BlogHer let’s you opt out of those floating ads if you want. Also they let you know which specific ads are coming up and you can opt out of any ones that you want! I love that! You can even choose to not run ads for a specific category, say like processed foods, vegetarian, religious, political, etc.

  26. Chocolate pate…wow, I am in heaven! Love that the dark chocolate has Chambord in it!

  27. Oh goodness if the chocolate pate wasn’t enough you had to mention espresso! Be still my beating tastebuds! Lord knows I don’t need any more coffee!

    Thank you for all that you do. I am not impressed with the amount of scams coming through to our emails and I think it’s sad that people will stoop so low. That is a shame.

    I wanted to leave you a comment to let you know I’m thinking of you and I haven’t disappeared completely! :)

  28. We had a similar experience, just not w/ pseudo-Italian vs. the real thing. It’s frustrating as hell, but it has nevertheless made me a better baker and cook.

  29. Hi sweet man…I’m so sorry I’ve been absent here. My sweet Grammy has been seriously ill in the hospital, and with the loss of Mike, we’ve been going non-stop. I’m so glad to see this sweet treat! What a unique way to celebrate chocolate. I’ve never thought of doing a pate before. Thank you for sharing with me. As I sit down with a bowl of cereal (pretzels in the oven), I’m glad I visited!

  30. I have never had chocolate pate Chef. What is is like? Is it wrong to think it would be similar to fudge? Either way, you could always send me some to taste test – girls and chocolate after all 😀

    The whole ad thing makes me feel like Im in over my head. I need to send some emails ask some questions sort of thing. But its hard to even know what to ask.


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