By Catherine Jessee

Published on February 21, 2017

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Photography by CON POULUS

Going to the dark side can really enhance a flavor. Trick your senses with an op art setting, turning usually light foods black, like Black Russian bread, deep purple potatoes, black lava salt, and black risotto rice. Squid ink is a natural way to play with deeper colors—and, thankfully, so is chocolate.

Squid Ink Pasta with Garlic and Tomatoes

This garlic-loaded dish is dressed to impress, with fresh tomatoes and rich squid ink infused pasta.

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Photography by FRANCE RUFFENAUCH

Deviled Quail Eggs with Caviar

Deviled quail eggs topped with caviar make for the perfect hors d’oeuvres to serve. Set on brioche toast, they’re elegant, easy to handle, and as tasty as they look.

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Photography by AIDA MOLLENKAMP

Black Velvet Cocktail

The only thing classier than black velvet is a black velvet cocktail. Made with Guinness, brut sparkling wine, and creme de cassis, this full-bodied homage to Ireland can be whipped up in no time!

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Photography by REAL FOOD HEALTHY BODY

Black Bean Noodle Salad with Tamari Dressing

Tossed in a tasty combination of kale, sweet potato, and tamari dressing, this vegan dish might just become a daily staple. 

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Photography by HANNAH LEMHOLT

Black Garlic Tapenade

This no-frills tapenade recipe is fool-proof. It features the perfect balance of garlic and lemons, complete with aromatic capers, lemon juice, and basil.

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Photography by CHRISTINA LANE

Homemade Black Licorice

The DIY version of the candy is easier than you think. Made with rich molasses and aromatic anise extract, you’ll never crave the store-bought type again.

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Photography by VANELJA

Coconut Oat Porridge With Licorice Chia Jam

Oats lovers unite! The secret to this elegant spin on the tried and true breakfast food is the licorice chia jam, which you’ll want to store later for crackers, toast, or even as an ice-cream topper.

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Photography by A SIMPLE PANTRY

Creamy Black Bean Roasted Poblano Soup

You can never go wrong with a simple black bean soup, this recipe incorporates roasted poblano peppers for a not-so-subtle and flavorful kick.

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Photography by WIFE MAMA FOODIE

Chocolate Earl Grey Cake with Lavender Ganache

Simultaneously decadent and refreshing, this gluten-free and Earl Grey-infused chocolate cake is the perfect post-dinner dessert.

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Photography by THE FEED FEED

Black Sesame Almond Milkshake

If you’re a fan of a protein-rich almond milkshake, you’ve got to try this dramatic spin on the classic. Blended with toasted black sesame seeds, the flavor is spectacular.

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Photography by DELISOUS

Black Salmon Burger

Make your own squid ink-infused burger buns to pair perfectly with a salmon patty, and the result is stunning. But don’t just do it for Instagram… your belly will thank you too.

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Photography by AMY NGUYEN

Black Sesame and White Chocolate Mousse Cake

We’re loving the flavor and color that black sesame seeds bring to a dish, whether it’s sweet or savory. This sesame powder-infused cake base is topped with rich layers of mousse and white chocolate for the ultimate experience.

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Photography by REGAN BARONI

Squid Ink Pasta with Garlic and Tomatoes

White wine, garlic, and tomato sauce brings out every flavorful dimension of this squid ink pasta.