There is often a science component to food.  Theobromine is a naturally occurring compound similar to caffeine.  The very best source of this compound is dark chocolate.  Theobromine is reputed to do everything from lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol, to improving cognitive function and tooth health, to suppressing coughs.

So, what have we learned today?  Eat more dark chocolate!  And this traditional southern chocolate cobbler may be one of the top three best ways to get an adequate intake of theobromine.  The prep here seems somewhat haphazard, as cake-making goes.  It’s more of a pudding-cake.  Don’t worry—just follow the directions!

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cocoa powder
  • 2 cups hot water

Preheat oven to 350’.  While oven is heating, melt butter in a 9” X 13” baking pan.  Mix together white sugar, flour, milk and vanilla—then pour over melted butter.  Mix brown sugar with cocoa powder and spread evenly over the top of batter.  Slowly pour hot water over the top of everything.  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes—until the top is firm and browned.  Serve warm—maybe with whipped cream or ice cream—if you need more sugar!

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