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The Sickening Side Of The Chocolate Industry

The Sickening Side Of The Chocolate Industry

Chocolate is a global delight that many consider to be a favorite indulgence. Opening the packaging and releasing the rich aroma, not to mention the whole melting in your mouth sensation, is enough to halt a chocolate lover momentarily in a sensory-heightened escape from the mundane. But do we always think about where our sweet treats travel from in order to get into our hands? Some of the highest cocoa producing commodities are found in the Western African countries of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. These regions produce over 70% of the world’s cocoa. These areas are reportedly also responsible… read more

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

The benefits of dark chocolate consumption are widely known, and many foods are favorite go-tos for coating in it. However, beyond the chocolate dipped strawberry and other popular choices, there are a few deliciously strange recipes floating around that offer an unexpected twist. Below are some interesting ideas for unusual things to try dipping in chocolate that will make snack time an experience for the taste-testing palate. After dipping, place items on parchment or wax paper laid out on a platter. Chill in the refrigerator or freeze for a few minutes until the chocolate is set. Spicy chocolate dipped pineapples… read more

More Reasons Its Ok To Love Chocolate

More Reasons Its Ok To Love Chocolate

There have been numerous research studies conducted revolving around the health benefits of chocolate. And many of them have pointed to some pretty good reasons to occasionally indulge in the go-to favorite of many. A few years ago, results from research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that a group of surveyed chocolate eaters who reported that they consumed more levels of chocolate had on average a lower body mass index. Another study concluded that dark chocolate rich in polyphenol can actually enhance sensitivity to insulin and may offset some of the issues that stem from fats in… read more

Tips For Perfect Caramel Apples

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Apple season is a good time to stock up on the natural snack with benefits, which includes being vitamin rich and containing natural sources of dietary fiber. Apples keep well, can be used in endless recipes and having an abundance of them on hand is a good excuse to indulge in a fall tradition – making caramel apples. While recipes differ, some simple tips will make all the difference in producing delicious, gourmet candy and caramel apples at home. Use fresh, crisp apples that are pre-washed and thoroughly dried. They should also be well chilled before dipping so ingredients will adhere… read more

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

A good hot chocolate does not start with brown dust and boiling water. And a homemade Mexican hot chocolate is such a sweet delight that once you try it you will want to keep the pantry constantly stocked with the ingredients to make it. Drinking chocolate has been enjoyed for thousands of years, and according to archeologists the Olmecs are thought to have first used cacao around 1500-400 BC, followed by the Maya. The cacao bean was revered for its monetary value as well as its health giving properties. Made from the roasted beans of the cacao plant, water and spices were added… read more

3 Strange Dark Chocolate Combinations

3 Strange Dark Chocolate Combinations

Dark chocolate is renowned for its health factors, providing chocolate lovers with a sense of sweet contentment. Though favorite recipes may include desserts or dipped fruits, the following are some dark chocolate pairings that may not make the popular list, but they sure spark some culinary curiosity. Believe it or not, chocolate and avocado are a pair appearing in several recipes. One to check out is from two peas & their pod. Their vegan chocolate avocado cookies may sound odd but they look delicious. Avocados are rich in natural good fats and have many healthy properties. When paired with antioxidant rich dark chocolate it… read more

Sweet Relief Without The Sugar

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From early childhood we are introduced to products laden with sugar. It is nearly impossible to go to the grocery store without being bombarded with “impulse buys”, in the form of ‘fun sized’ assortments of chocolate bars and sugary confections. But in addition to these sugar addictions, there is an inherent shame about our consumption. Of course, there are also many health concerns posed by over-consumption of sugars. While with any food or habit it is all about moderation, it can be hard to break certain habits without avoiding them altogether. This brings about a search for alternatives, so that people can be in the… read more

Healthy Pet Treats

Healthy Pets

Licks from your pet can be sweet. The accompanying odor, however, can turn things sour. While it isn’t always easy to give your pet’s teeth a good scrub, what is easy is to keep a healthy supply of odor depleting biscuits on hand. They are easy to make yourself and will be appreciated as a tasty treat to your pet – and a relief to your proboscis. To start, there are certain ingredients you should always avoid giving to your pet. This includes grapes, raisins, avocados, mushrooms, and onions. Also never feed your pet chocolate. If for any reason you… read more

Dark Chocolate Bark

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We know that dark chocolate contains all kinds of health benefits, lucky for us. It can be eaten alone or you can pair it with other foods to get a double punch of health benefits and deliciousness. Dark chocolate bark is an easy to make treat that is more than easy to eat. Start with quality fair trade dark chocolate (about 8 ounces, or 225 grams, will make a thinner layer of bark, or you can double this for a thicker layer) and melt over very low heat in a double boiler, or place chocolate in a tall heat proof… read more

The Good in Chocolate

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Chocolate. Long considered a culinary sin, it’s loyal devotees have been advocating its health benefits for years. Only recently, have those claims been accepted. Lucky, as I am guilty as sin. Not all chocolate is created equal of course, and you must choose wisely when wanting to reap the benefits and dismiss the not so palatable side effects. Dark chocolate is the best pick with a high cocoa content. It is rich in flavanoids that are fantastic at eliminating toxins.  It has far more antioxidants than milk or white chocolate. About 4 squares of dark chocolate are 200 Calories. Ok if… read more