10 Incredible Chocolate Recipes to Indulge in Before the Possible Cocoa Shortage

02/17/2016 at 06:23 PM ET

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Hold on to your belts! A chocolate shortage might be coming our way.

A new study, which was ironically released the day before Valentine’s Day — a holiday that tests the number of chocolates you can stomach before collapsing into a coma (answer: 12) — states that demand for cocoa products is skyrocketing in developing countries, where the supply isn’t exactly thriving due to poor farming methods.

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To put things in context, the average American consumes an average of 286 chocolate bars in a year alone, which call for producers to plant 10 cacao trees for every individual. That’s a lot of chocolate.

This isn’t the first time a popular food has been threatened: canned pumpkin, cheese, and bacon shortage possibilities have all caused alarm in recent years.

Since we’re all about living our best lives here at PEOPLE, we rounded up our favorite chocolate recipes to help combat feelings of loneliness this possible shortage might be stirring up at this moment. We’re here for you — and so is chocolate (for now.)

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Chocolate Recipes to Help You Feel Whole Again

Salted Chocolate Tart with Potato-Chip Crust Recipe
Gaby Dalkin

1. Salted Chocolate Tart with Potato-Chip Crust

2. Pan Cookie Cake

3. Creamy Nutella Martini

Spiced-up Mac and Cheese

4. Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Waffle Cones
Katie Kauss

5. Chocolate-Dipped Waffle Cones (a.k.a. the best Espresso cups)

6. Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

Fudge 3
Sally McKenney Quinn

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7. Peanut Butter Cup Fudge


8. The easiest, most delicious Salted-Chocolate Toffee you’ll ever make

Bakerella Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Courtesy Bakerella

9. Double Chocolate Pancakes

Bakerella's Divine Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles

10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles

—Grace Gavilanes

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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