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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:15:48 -0600Who doesn't love chocolate? Satisfy your sweet tooth with these scrumptious dark chocolate recipes you can make right at home!
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:39:08 -0500The importance of health has been ingrained in our minds since time immemorial; so much so that we are often reminded of the phrase that if health is lost then everything is lost. It is a challenging task to remain hundred percent healthy nowadays thanks to inorganic food, polluted drinking water, smog filled air that we are breathing and last but not the least, lifestyle disorder. It is important to have a balance diet and regular exercise.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:19:42 -0500Wild chocolate, unprocessed and pure, is a secret to long life. Learn how Costa Rica's Bribri Indians prepare it and add it to your daily routine. Who knew living longer and healthier could be so delicious!
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:56:54 -0500It is widely believed that eating dark chocolate is good for cardiovascular health. Some health and lifestyle experts, however, emphasized that there is no evidence for this fact. Recently, the British Journal of Nutrition published a new study, which supports regular consumption of chocolate.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:01:04 -0500The tree theobroma cacao (theobroma, meaning food of the gods in Greek, and cacao is thought to be borrowed from the mixe-zoquean language family and was originally 'kakawa') is originally a native to central and south America and now grown in tropics of the world, particularly in Africa and in Indonesia, places where it was taken after the conquests of the new world and the colonial period. It is an unusual tree in which small flowers bloom from small cushions on its trunk and large branches these flowers are self pollinated or by pollinators like midges...
Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:46:12 -0500Looking for some exciting new ideas for party foods? This post covers some cool ideas for use with one of everyone's favorite foods - chocolate.
Mon, 07 Mar 2016 06:26:16 -0600Most people love cookies, a sweet dessert or snack. Store-bought cookies are good, but homemade cookies are better. However, you may not have time to get out the electric mixer and whip up cookie dough. The solution to this problem is a mix. Dessert mixes have improved significantly and may be used for homemade cookies. Chocolate lovers will love these morsels!
Tue, 16 Feb 2016 15:40:19 -0600Ever wondered how a simple bar of dark chocolate can do wonders for your health? Reap the numerous health benefits of dark chocolates.
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:11:34 -0600"Eating breakfast with desserts fights obesity" - Scientists have found that people who eat their largest daily meal at breakfast are far more likely to lose weight and waistline circumference than those who eat a large dinner. They also had significantly lower levels of insulin, glucose, and triglycerides throughout the day, translating into a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:14:53 -0600Cadbury Fake is one of the all time best British candy bars and this classic British chocolate bar has been a favourite in Britain for almost a century. From the first moment it was produced, Cadbury knew it would be a hit, and so much so they knew that they would have to keep its formulation a closely guarded secret, and so it remains to this day. This delicious chocolate bar was first developed in 1920 and was founded by accident by an employee of Cadbury.
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:00:43 -0600An aphrodisiac is a food, drink or drug when consumed stimulate sexual desires. The claim that chocolate is an aphrodisiac first came from the Mayans and Aztecs, who saw it as having mystical powers and used it for everything from ceremonies to currency. Today, chocolate is still associated with sex and romance. Capitalizing off this myth the most is the candy companies who sell millions of dollars in chocolate every year for Valentine's Day.
Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:09:01 -0600When we take a trip back to the days of chocolate past, in the great green pastures and cobbled streets of Britain, those days of old when we were all snot and marmite, our chocolate treats were the single most exciting privileges of being a child. A visit to Granny, or Nanny to which name you prefer, would almost...
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:53:41 -0600Chocolates entice the sweet tooth and brings immense pleasure to anyone who consumes it. It is known to have health benefits which when adapted can bring drastic changes to the body.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:16:54 -0500Gourmet chocolates can be real masterpieces of culinary art; and like with a fine wine, knowing how to taste the many flavours and textures of luxury chocolate is a technique that will enhance your understanding, appreciation and hopefully your eating experience! These skills will also help you to tell the difference between truly magical chocolate and chocolate that is just well packaged. As with everything in life, there is no universal recipe to enjoy chocolate: do it your way and make sure to get all the pleasure from it.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:51:37 -0500This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ballotin. I am sure that every Belgian chocolate connoisseur has opened one - or many - of these ballotin boxes in their life. In fact, since its creation in 1915, the ballotin has always been around, carefully filled with chocolates in a countless number of shops or voraciously enjoyed by thousands of chocolate lovers around the globe.
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:05:29 -0500We've all heard that dark chocolate can be good for you, but what about raw chocolate? Raw chocolate is the latest craze to emerge in the world of food and drink, is the hype justified? As it turns out, yes.
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:13:31 -0500Almost anything can be said with chocolates. You can say, "I love you," "I am sorry," "Will you marry me?" "Congratulations!" "Thank you!" "Farewell!" and "You can do it!" with a piece, some pieces, or a whole box of chocolates.
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:33:35 -0500Are you looking for something special that will impress and please somebody special on their birthday? Why not try the age old gift of chocolates?
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:38:44 -0600Vegan diets are good, but could be better if you can eat what you want. Chocolate is my favorite treat why not enjoy a vegan chocolate even if you are on a diet.
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:30:02 -0600Peanut allergies are becoming more common, and there are many people who are also allergic to other types of nuts as well. If you have been diagnosed with a nut allergy, then you might feel limited about the types of food that you can eat. But don't worry, because there are many manufacturers that produce nut-free products for you to enjoy.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:38:31 -0600Chocolate, in its raw form, was revered by ancient Americans as a gift of the Gods and even used as a currency. It turns out, the Aztecs were on to something. Learn the nutritional and anti-depressant properties of this super-food.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:19:16 -0600If you are on a lactose free diet, chocolate can be one of the most difficult foods to give up. Most chocolate is made with milk, which means that it doesn't comply with a lactose-free eating plan. The good news is that you can find dairy free chocolates that are delicious and made without any lactose.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:09:04 -0600Many people assume that a vegan diet is limiting, because there are many types of foods that can't be eaten. But, the truth is that you can find a variety of food substitutions that can be used, so that you can follow a vegan diet without missing out on some of the delicious treats. Chocolate is one decadence that you can still enjoy, because you can find vegan chocolate brands that make sweet treats without any milk or other animal products.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:08:20 -0600Even if you have a gluten allergy, it doesn't mean that you have to avoid chocolate because you can find gluten free chocolates that are delicious and safe to eat. If you are looking for gluten and dairy free chocolate, then there are a few things that you need to keep in mind: Read the Label - Before you take a bite of chocolate, it is important to read the label and make sure there aren't any hidden ingredients that contain gluten. Cocoa is naturally gluten-free, but sometimes other ingredients might be included as additives, and they contain gluten...
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:25:07 -0600Candy, the confectionery with a high sugar content, has an interesting history behind it. The term candy can be used to refer to any sweet confectionery. However, the definition of candy is not universal. What is considered as candy in one culture may be dessert in another. Read on to know more about your favorite confectionery.
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:49:05 -0600Candy is prepared from sugar syrup. The syrup is boiled for a long period so that it starts to solidify. Candies come in variety of textures, from soft and gummy to hard and brittle. Type of candy produced depends on the temperatures and cooling period of syrup during candy making.
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:58:35 -0600Candy, is also known as lollies. It is a confection that has sugar as its primary ingredient. Sugar confectionery, includes any sweet like sugar candy, chocolate and chewing gum. Fruit, or nuts which are coated with sugar are usually said to have been candied.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:37:50 -0500Concerning about the fact that the candy is to be sucked, it is made hard. There are various manufacturing steps to be undergone, before the final product is obtained and individually wrapped.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:22:12 -0500The sweet, chocolate flavored confectionaries are often purchased in the form of bars. These offer delightful treats to the people of all the ages and are consumed all over the world as the chocolate bar snacks.
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:58:55 -0500Have you been missing out on the nutritional benefits of chocolate? If your pantry is always stocked with cocoa for you and your family, this article explains why it's time to switch to cacao powder.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:11:37 -0500There is no reason to feel guilty about indulging in chocolate. Learn why chocolate is actually good for women's health and which chocolate you should be including into your diet.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:15:29 -0500Find out if chocolate icing for your wedding cake is a good idea. Prepare to be tantalised...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:35:17 -0500Camping at the beach is a perfect way to chill out on a summer day. Beach camping can be fun when you have packed games, lunch, a lot of chill water and an amazing book. However, the day gets special only if you carry along some sun safe treats.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:50:37 -0500It is always a great visual to watch a kid licking a lolly, especially if it is the big, colorful one with a tantalizing swirling design. Regarded as one of the top rated confectionery items lollies are equally loved by both kids as well as elders.
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:16:14 -0500We all love chocolate, this is a universal truth. Knowing how gluten free chocolate is made simply extends the range of enjoyment.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:43:09 -0500Chocolate is a well-loved candy loved by plenty of people all over the world, especially ladies. There are so many reasons as to why people love taking them. These days, it is not all about the chocolate. The chocolates have come up with exceptional ways of designing chocolate bars. Some even apply coating while others insert nuts and others it is all about the packaging.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:44:47 -0500Chocolate is not just a candy bar that you find in your run of the mill department store. Nowadays, natural gourmet chocolate has been included in high end restaurants as part of meals. It is now possible to find chocolate as dessert, where you can also pair it with wine. This has numerous health benefits on the body. There are many places in the Upper East Side of New York where you can mix chocolates with desserts and wine.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:41:24 -0500Indulging in chocolate does not have to be a bad thing. Once you know what the benefits are to eating dark chocolate, you will never feel guilty again.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:43:50 -0500Are you searching for the perfect way to say sorry to your loved one? Then you need to buy them a box of chocolates.
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:23:42 -0500Cooking With Chocolate - Good quality chocolate bars are fine for melting or finely chopping, but if you want big chunks or decorative shavings, buy a piece from large brick; specialty and many natural food stores sell chocolate like this. Chop with a chef's knife on a cutting board. To make chocolate shavings, put the chocolate on a clean cloth and carefully pull the knife toward you.
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:40:23 -0500Chocolate. We all love it, but how much do we know about our favourite food? Probably not as much as we should.
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:41:03 -0500Organic chocolate products begin with growing and harvesting cocoa according to organic methods. As a consumer of chocolate products, your purchases equate to your vote as to how cocoa is cultivated and harvested. There is no right or wrong, but there is a choice.
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:56:58 -0500Fair Trade-certified cocoa comes from certified farmers' cooperatives, organized to educate and improve their members economically. As a consumer, you can help support the future of Fair Trade Initiatives by purchasing high-quality chocolate products made only from Fair Trade certified cocoa beans.
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:41:24 -0500Gamers are extremely passionate people. They are skillful and do not underestimate their knowledge. Gaming experience is so detailed today, that their knowledge about space, time, mythology, history, geography and demography about the world around them is pretty good. So, this year, gift your birthday an appreciation of what he is so in love with.
Fri, 30 May 2014 08:44:59 -0500Not all confections are truffles. Learn what to look for when shopping for a gourmet chocolate treat for yourself or someone special.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:23:30 -0500A mezcal and chocolate pairing evening in Oaxaca, Mexico, turned out to be a lesson on the history of cacao and chocolate, its different formulations, and issues for the industry. It proved to be thought-provoking from the perspective of an aficionado of mezcal, the agave-based spirit now popular not only in Mexico, but throughout the Western World.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:53:15 -0500Is it good for our health or isn't it? It seems like there is still some confusion around chocolate and whether it's a superfood or not, no thanks to misrepresentation by some forms of media and advertisements. The truth is, it's both, but that depends on what type of chocolate you're thinking of. I'm here to clarify once and for all which chocolate is the healthy kind and why. I also touch on the terminology you often hear around chocolate production (for example, is it "cocoa" or "cacao" and what's the difference?). I tell you how to identify the legitimately good stuff among the many brands you'll find in stores. Finally, I discuss the benefit of buying organic; it's not just about quality. It's also about the people that make it.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:20:09 -0500Popularized by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Molten Chocolate Cake is now a regular dessert item at many high end restaurants. This recipe for Molten Chocolate Cake is easy to make and whipping the egg whites makes for a lighter finished cake.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:49:03 -0500I am always looking for easy and rich dessert recipes to try on my family. Baking is one of my favorite things to do, but I always like to keep it simple. The best part about chocolate decadence cookies are that they look elaborate, but they are a breeze to make. If chocolate is your indulgence, these cookies will do the trick. I am a chocolate lover myself and am always looking for a cookie recipe that combines chocolate and nuts. I find this combination to be my guilty pleasure and chocolate decadence cookies have quickly become my favorite dessert.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:14:40 -0500If you were to ask past girlfriends if given the chance would they have traded me in for some chocolate? Well I don't want to know the answer to that question..
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:34:04 -0600You associate with whom you want to become. In this article I make a point of story telling and motivation. Get your groove on today!
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:17:59 -0600Chocolate and childhood have an imitable relationship with each other. One cannot imagine childhood without chocolates. We just need a reason to eat chocolate and even if there is none we do not mind eating them.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:24:01 -0600People usually know the bad effects caused by the consumption of chocolate. But did you know that the "food of the gods" can also be good for your health?
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:31:50 -0600Hygiene is a very important aspect to maintain in a chocolate factory in the Middle East. Here are some ways to maintain a good hygiene in your chocolate factory and get certified for it.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:58:30 -0600In many homes, making candy is a holiday tradition. Candy-makng brings family members together. When the candy is made, you have sweet gifts for family members and friends. But you may have not made candy before. Don't fret. This recipe is easy and quick.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:02:24 -0600A lot of factories and shop seek for getting official certifications proving the good quality of their management. Here are some tips for chocolate factories in the Middle East to obtain these certifications.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 08:33:12 -0600As you all know by now, chocolates are basically made from cocoa beans which generally grow in tropical climates like Africa, South America and parts of Asia. In addition, to provide the raw products forming the finest chocolate paste, the beans should be harvested twice a year. This is how chocolate factories should choose their cocoa beans to follow the Swiss and Belgium methodology and offer high quality products. What should they do after purchasing the raw products?
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:29:01 -0600A chocolate seller's most important concern is to increase his products' shelf life. Many shops still miss some small details related to storage. In this article, we will highlight few tips to maximize your chocolate's shelf life up to 12 months.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:56:30 -0500Planning to start your own chocolate shop and looking for some tips? Here are 4 steps that will give you a clear vision on how to proceed.
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:01:24 -0500Promotional chocolate is used by many business' throughout the year to get their branding out and about in a unique way. However this product really comes into it's own around seasonal times of the year such as Easter and Christmas.
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:51:17 -0500Do you want to get rid of your coffee addiction and still feel energized through the whole day? Then raw chocolate is your answer.
Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:31:54 -0500Want to become a chocolate connoisseur? It suffices you to use your 5 senses: Sight, touch, taste, sound and smell. Discover how you can know premium quality chocolate.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:43:44 -0500A wonderful recipe for a cupcake craving. The salt in the caramel gives the overall cupcake a tasteful balance.
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:44:53 -0500More proof that chocolate has health-giving benefits to us. You don't need to feel bad every time you eat it now.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:25:54 -0500Research suggests that keeping chocolate in your diet is a good thing. By eliminating foods you enjoy, you will simply not stick to any diet for long and so will begin the 'yoyo' diet effect. In this article you will discover what research has uncovered about chocolate, why it is good for you and how it will help you to live longer and lose weight.
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:34:26 -0500Having the correct promotional material to use for marketing is always important. Not many businesses think of using chocolate during these campaigns, but it is in many ways an inspired choice of product. After all, who doesn't like chocolate?
Tue, 08 Oct 2013 06:56:43 -0500To answer the question in the headline, I am going to list different uses of chocolate in baking. Of course if you are a chocolate lover like me, you may have heard of many of the ideas.
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:45:52 -0500This recipe is great to make with the kids. It is easy to make and great fun. Best of all it is made with wholesome ingredients. A tasty treat your kids will love these school holidays!
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 07:34:53 -0500Do yo know the benefits of eating dark chocolate? I did a little digging and found out that there are more than you may think! I love when I get an excuse to do what I want to do anyway, don't you? Let's eat.
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:23:49 -0500Hey there chocolate lovers! Have you ever tried to go on a diet where it is forbidden to eat your favorite goodie? Urggh! Frustrating isn't it? Have you ever tried to cheat on your diet cause you can't resist, and later feel bad about ruining your diet? There's no need for you to feel bad, really!
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:25:54 -0500We have all been hearing a lot of stories about chocolate, most of them are that chocolate is bad for the health. Some say that chocolate causes gain weight, others say that it is high in caffeine and many more. Are all these sayings about chocolate facts or myths? In this article, we will share with you 6 myths and the actual facts.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:39:42 -0500Pairing food with the Mexican spirit mezcal is in its infancy. A new trend may be emerging, combining the agave-based drink with chocolate. A recent maridaje, as it's known in Spanish, in the southern Mexico city of Oaxaca, should lift its popularity, while at the same time give mezcal aficionados an additional excuse to imbibe. Truffles and mezcal may be a new trend, as this article suggests.
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:04:35 -0500America loves cookies! Nabisco has been working hard to make sure that their cookies are on the top of cookie list everywhere. The Oreo rounds out the list of all time great cookies.
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:40:28 -0500Is chocolate good or bad for the health? What is it made of? How does dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate differ? The answers to these common questions are found is this article: "What are the differences between dark chocolate, white chocolate and milk chocolate?" Read it to know more about what you are really eating.
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:50:03 -0500I would like to share this dead simple no bake cake recipe. You do not need to have any baking skills to make this cake.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:33:03 -0500Chocolate that doesn't melt could be a reality sooner than many people think. After years of research, the chocolate industry is almost ready to launch a new form of chocolate in some of the warmer climates across the globe. The research and development is a result of some of the leading chocolate manufacturers joining forces to produce a product that is targeted at countries with the hottest climates across the world.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:34:27 -0500This article is a brief comparison between commercial chocolate and homemade chocolate. We will state how each type of chocolate is manufactured and what are the raw products used in chocolate factories in the Middle East, to get to the conclusion of how to make the best chocolate choice.
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:18:19 -0500Who doesn't like good food? The sight of scrumptious, colorful and lip-smacking meals can make even the most skeptical mouths water.
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:17:33 -0500A chocolate fountain is a great way to wow your guests at an event, and offers an exciting alternative to regular deserts. Chocolate flows like a waterfall and you can coat anything from strawberries to marshmallows and banana bread.
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:43:39 -0500A cake, chocolate or pastries can really add to a special occasion. If you are ordering something sweet for a special occasion, you have a lot of things to consider.
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:30:49 -0500A look at the incredible nutritional benefits that raw organic cacao boasts. Plus a bit about the magical superfood's history and current world market.
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:04:07 -0500We all eat and enjoy chocolate, but not many of us know much about how it is produced or what it is made from even. Outlined here is the method used to harvest chocolate and the process of how the different elements combine to produce what we all know and love.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:37:36 -0500So chocolate is a superfood? Modern research suggests it may have many health benefits. Here we assess the benefits against any detrimental effects of chocolate.
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:03:10 -0500When most people throw an event, they want their party to have something different, which sets it apart from other events. What actually sets a party apart from other parties can be many different things, including a new and original theme, a brilliant colour scheme or a unique choice of entertainment.
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:59:39 -0500Throwing a party where you need to feed a large number of people can be a stressful and costly experience, but it needs not be either of these things. If you are having a large party and need to feed tens or hundreds of people on a budget, but still want to maintain the wow factor with your dinner options, cheap chocolate fountains could actually be one of the best choices available to you.
Wed, 22 May 2013 14:25:08 -0500If you a serious chocoholic and like your desserts ridiculously rich, then this is one of those dishes that will give you a real chocolate buzz. The term Marquise is French and used to refer to the wife of a Marquis or nobleman, much the same as Duke and Duchess in English. It therefore seems possible the dessert is using reference here to a dessert of high nobility or just hinting at its inherent richness. Marquises are dense, rich affairs, often made in terrine dishes then sliced or in ingot shaped moulds. In reality you can make it any form you wish. I use small silicon muffin moulds which makes turning out the marquises far easier. Many chocolatier recipes call for adding cream or butter, but really there is no need unless you really want a less dense texture and lighter flavour. But truthfully marquises should be thoroughly indulgent affairs. If you want light go for a chocolate mousse.
Wed, 22 May 2013 14:19:45 -0500Surely just those three words are enough to have any gourmet, or for that matter gourmand, salivating. Macaron, as opposed to macaroon, are the delicate meringue based confection made ground almonds, sandwiched together with a cream, buttercream, chocolate ganache or fruit puree. When sandwiched like this they are called a gerbet in French. It is widely believed that Catherine de Medici was responsible for introducing the confection to France via the pastry chefs she brought with her from Italy upon her marriage to Henry. Whilst popular back in the 18th & 19th centuries, it was only in recent times when famous French pastry chef Pierre Herm? revitalised the macaron offerings of renowned macaron house of Ladur?e that their popularity took off. Sometimes the macarons are made larger and filled with fruits as well as buttercreams then served a dessert or at afternoon tea. One of the most famous is Pierre Herm? Ispahan, a combination of rose macaron with lychees, raspberries and a rosewater buttercream, top with a rose petal.
Fri, 10 May 2013 13:02:24 -0500Many candy recipes need chocolate, but you should melt the chocolate appropriately for using it in those recipes. One of the best ways to have molten chocolate is to use a melting pot. You can use the melted chocolate not only for candy making but, for other purposes like dipping, drizzling and also for molding.
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:46:51 -0500Becoming a chocolatier would be a dream job for many, however this is actually a very competitive industry to break into. Below we look at some of the things you should consider if you wish to break into this industry.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:09:22 -0500Did you ever believe that one day you would be reading that chocolate not only tastes good but is also good for your health as well? Well this is the day. However I do apologize to spoil this sensational information for you, but I need to point out that not all chocolate is healthy. The healthy chocolate is the one that you rarely see on the shelves of your local supermarket. You guessed it; dark chocolate. (I know, the title gave it away in the beginning).
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:58:21 -0500There are not many people who don't love chocolate, but not many of us know the history of this wonderful product. This article looks at the history of chocolate.
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:44:21 -0500The word chocolate is believed to have derived from either the Aztec word xococatl: xococ meaning bitter and atl meaning water or a similar Mayan word taken to mean hot water. Either way, the first use of the cocoa bean was in hot beverage form and was a clear forefather to the hot chocolate we know today. Cacao beans were a valued commodity in Aztec & Mayan times and were even traded as an early form of currency. In the drink form they were used for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. Whilst the earliest forms of the drink may have been as simple as infusing the cacao beans in hot water, it soon evolved to making a paste from the cacao beans and then mixing that paste with spices and chili to create the hot chocolate. Carvings and pots from the Aztec & Mayans eras show depictions of a stick akin to a whisk that was used to froth the beverage too.
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 10:26:21 -0500A super easy and quick recipe for making chocolate pavlova, one of the top loved desserts. Pears are spiced with butterscotch sauce to make it even tastier.
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:12:49 -0500A chocolate fountain is not only exciting among the kids but with the adults as well. It always grabs anybody's attention in a party as it is quite fun to dip fruits, biscuits, candies, and other food treats into a flowing fountain of chocolate.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:42:01 -0500Chocolate is one of the most popular foods in the world, and many of us crave it on a regular basis, making it a huge money maker for the companies that produce it. Below we look at the top 4 big sellers, and also reveal which bar is the biggest seller across the globe.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:40:14 -0600All over the world people love chocolate - it's a universal love affair with men, women and even children (well... especially women). What is it about chocolate that has the comforting effect on us and makes us feel 'everything is alright with the world'. Is it a craving, a genuine taste for the cocoa bean or the primal craving for sugar that goes back to our forefathers?
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:17:10 -0600Ganache comes from an old French word meaning pillow. And effectively that's what a ganache is, a little pillow of delicately blended chocolate and cream. The mixture is traditionally made by blending chocolate, cream and sometimes butter together. But modern chocolatiers have taken to making in with different ingredients and methods as we'll discover. Depending on how it is made it can be used to fill chocolates, cakes, macarons, to make truffles and as a glaze for cakes and desserts.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:11:22 -0600Where do you stand when it comes to the chocolate cookie? There are those who track down the perfect crunch and snap, those who like a plain dough and the chocolate kick delivered by chips or better still chunks. Are you one who goes for sticky unctuousness? Perhaps you favour the addition of nuts as a counterbalance to the richness. Whatever your predilection, I am sure we have all at some moment tasted the perfect cookie and hoped to reproduce it ourselves one day.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:15:19 -0600How apropos is it that St. Valentine's Day falls in the same month that Chocolate Lover's Month is celebrated? Does chocolate really make you feel good? Is chocolate an aphrodisiac? Are there studies identifying certain chemicals and compounds found in chocolate that makes it beneficial for your health?
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:59:01 -0600When someone does something truly nice for you, or gives you a really great gift, thank you doesn't seem to be enough to express your gratitude. There are many ways to say thank you to someone, and many gifts to be given as thank you presents, but nothing really says thank you like a home baked cake, personalised with the gratitude you feel.