Chocolate Essay

Example #1

Chocolate. There are few foods that people feel as passionate about, a passion that goes beyond a love for the “sweetness” of most candies or desserts, after all, few people crave caramel, whipped cream, or bubble gum. Chocolate is, well, different.

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Chocolate, as few doctors s might say is not always harmful to us, and neither is it all that good. For the true chocoholic, just thinking about chocolate can evoke a pleasurable response.

Chocolate has been said to cause acne and tooth decay and has a reputation for being fattening, nutrition-less food. But, the good news is that most of the bad effects of eating chocolate are either overstated or entirely false. Eating chocolate neither causes nor aggravates acne.

Chocolate also has not been proven to cause cavities or tooth decay. In fact, there are indications that the cocoa butter in the chocolate coats the teeth and may help protect them by preventing plaque from forming. The sugar in chocolate does contribute to cavities, but no more than the sugar in any other food. Fine chocolate can actually help lower your cholesterol.

Since chocolate contains large amounts of caffeine, it is thus associated as an energy booster. Those euphoric feelings of falling in or being in love can also be felt from consuming chocolate because it releases endorphins into the body. But then, eating too much of any food may cause health problems.

The origins of chocolate can be traced back to the ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations in Central America who first enjoyed a much-prized spicy drink ‘chocolatl’, made from roasted cocoa beans. And, in 1900 Queen Victoria sent specially made chocolate bars to soldiers fighting in the Boer War as a New Year’s greeting.

When we moderns think of chocolate, we think of it in its solid, sweetened form, and this is reflected in the undue emphasis, which much food writing gives to solid chocolate. Yet during nine-tenths of its long history, chocolate was drunk, not eaten. Chocolate contains cocoa, which has over 500 distinct flavor compounds resulting in an extremely complex blend of flavor and aromas.

Conclusion:

Whether delicately drizzled over the pastry, artfully lined inside a heart-shaped box, or seductively submerged upon the tip of a strawberry, chocolate is renowned, world-wide, as the ultimate sensual food.

– Sunaina Sharon Lobo

 

Example #2

” Do I dare disturb the universe”(172)? With these words, Robert Cormier clearly shows his purpose for writing The Chocolate War. He writes it to give insight into the consequences of standing up for what you believe in.

Through his portrayal of characters and plot, Robert Cormier achieves his purpose. Cormier shows what happens to Jerry Renault and his protagonist Archie Costello. Through The Chocolate War Robert Cormier clearly shows his feelings towards conformity and the abuse of power.

The Chocolate War focuses on a freshman named Jerry Renault, and his problems at Trinity. Trinity is a prestigious school run by Brother Leon, the school headmaster. Brother Leon runs a school chocolate sale every year in the fall and it usually lasts about two months.

The vigils are a secret group at Trinity led by Archie Costello. When Jerry refuses to participate in the school chocolate sale the Vigils take offense. As a result the Vigils psychologically and physically destroy Jerry Renault. Because of Jerry’s refusal to conform, he gets beaten by the school bully.

Robert Cormier shows the consequences of standing up for what you believe in and his feelings towards conformity through his great use of character and plot.

One way in which Cormier achieves his purpose is through his excellent portrayal of the character. Through the characters of the novel, Cormier sets up the protagonist and the antagonist to make an interesting novel. Cormier’s description of his characters sets up a vivid image of the character and also helps the reader to identify with the character.

The main character in The Chocolate War is Jerry Renault. Jerry is the unfortunate young adult who suffers the consequences of standing up for what he believes in. Every morning Brother Leon would read the roll call off and every morning Jerry would reply “NO”(67). Cormier uses Jerry as the victim of the story, who gets harassed over and over again. He is described as “Poor Renault”(86).

Cormier makes the reader feel sympathy for Jerry Renault and makes it so the reader can identify with the suffering that Jerry is being confronted with. We are made aware that Jerry’s Constant refusal to conform gets him nothing but trouble. Through Jerry, Cormier portrays his feelings towards standing up for what you believe in and the consequences of what you might suffer to do that.

Perhaps the most insidious and evil character of them all is Archie Costello. Archie is the assigner of the vigils and was considered very powerful. He plays mind games with people instead of using physical means. People say ” keep Archie happy, when Archie’s happy, we’re all happy”(14).

Cormier uses Archie as the antagonist of the story. Archie gloats on his reputation and abuses his power at Trinity. He sometimes stays up all night thinking up assignments. “Archie has influence” which he could use over the school and against Jerry Renault(26). Cormier uses Archie Costello as the cause of Jerry Renault’s suffering for standing up for what he believes in.

Another character in The Chocolate War who makes Jerry suffer is Brother Leon. Brother Leon abuses his power as the headmaster of the school. Brother Leon is running the school chocolate sale and will do anything to ensure it’s a success.

Brother Leon invested a large sum of money in the chocolates and feels this is the only way for the school to make money. To ensure it’s success Brother Leon asks the Vigils to help ” By getting behind the sale”(25). Brother Leon finally convinces Archie Costello to get the Vigils to help. Archie says ” The vigils will help”(27).

Robert Cormier does an excellent job of using the character to show his purpose for writing The Chocolate War. He uses very realistic characters that are very easy to relate to especially easy for teen readers. Cormier’s books are very stirring, “…probably because his novels are among the relatively few that combine a frank examination of the values and decisions that trouble adolescents…”(256)

Another way Cormier achieves his purpose is through the plot. Cormier makes the plot so the reader can identify with what is happening. Cormier uses the plot to show the consequences of standing up for what you believe in and to show his feelings towards conformity. Cormier also uses vivid detail throughout the plot to let the reader know what is happening.

The plot of The Chocolate War is centered around a boy named Jerry Renault. Jerry is attending his first year at Trinity Prep. High School. His first year becomes a horrible year for him.

One incident that gives insight into the consequences of standing up for what you believe in was during football practice. “Come on Renault, get up”, is all Jerry hears after being struck a blow by blow from his teammates(138). Cormier uses this incident to show what is beginning to happen to Jerry when he stands up for what he believes in. Jerry begins to wonder and asks himself ” Do I dare disturb the universe”(138).

The next incident which shows Jerry’s suffering is the phone calls at his home. When Jerry gets home from football that night the phone is ringing as he walks in. “Hello, who is this”, and then nothing, just silence(139). Then again at eleven o’clock, no response again.

Jerry begins to get angry and says “Who is this, is this some creep? Some flaky nut? Some stupid Jerk?”(139). Cormier shows how Jerry is starting to get psychologically harassed and how he is suffering for taking a stand and not selling the chocolates like he was supposed to.

“That you’re a fairy. A queer. Living in the closet, hiding away”(153). Jerry finds himself being confronted by the school bully and being made fun of, and being called a queer. The words from Emile Janza’s mouth still hanging in the air enraging Jerry Renault.

Robert Cormier uses this incident to show Renault’s first incident of physical suffering for not selling his chocolates. “A dozen fists pummeled his body, fingernails tore at his chest”(154). Jerry was beaten to a pulp right there outside the school by six kids. Jerry Renault begins to wonder if he really does dare disturb the universe.

Perhaps the most brutal incident in the novel takes place near the end. “…and the kid whose written blow is the one that ends the fight, either by knockout or surrender, receives the prize…”(179). As Carter explains the rules of this shocking event the crowd yells and cheers. Jerry and Emile stand there in the boxing ring out on the football field waiting for the first move to be called. Robert Cormier uses this event as his main example of the suffering Jerry’s peers inflict on him. “Janza, a low blow to the groin”(185).

The call that ended it all. Jerry blocks the punch and then Emile beats him to a pulp right there. Jerry finally realizes what has happened and why: “Don’t disturb the universe, Goober, no matter what the posters say”(187). This clearly shows Cormier’s feelings towards conformity and standing up for what you believe in.

The plot of The Chocolate War causes a strong feeling of sympathy from the reader. The events that occur in the plot of the novel are very shocking. Cormier does an excellent job of using the plot to show his feelings towards standing up for what you believe in and the consequences that may occur from it. Critic Paul Ettenson states that “Cormier’s work portrays adolescents who confront evil”(256).

Robert Cormier’s purpose for writing The Chocolate War is to give insight into the consequences of standing up for what you believe in. Cormier definitely achieves his purpose in writing this novel. According to Paul Ettenson, “No other writer in young adult fiction has stirred up more controversy”(256). Most of Cormier’s novels definitely appeal to the teen reader because they are easy to identify with. I think that most young adults will enjoy this novel.

I also feel it will equally be enjoyed by the adult reader because of Cormier’s universality and his readability by all audiences. Cormier does this “with, intense conflict, suspense, and unpredictable developments in plot and character”, states critic Paul Ettenson(256). Robert Cormier definitely achieves his purpose in writing The Chocolate War through his excellent use of plot and character.

 

Example #3

Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you are going to get. Good morning everyone. I am here to talk about the delicious chocolate. Have you ever wondered when chocolate started and who first invented it? The chocolate started over 2000 years ago.

The word chocolate comes from the Aztec word Chocolat. It means bitter water. Chocolate comes from the seed of a cacao tree where is mostly found in tropical places like in west Africa.

The cacao tree waworshipeded by the Mayacivilizationon of Central America and Southern Mexico.

They are the ones who first discovered chocolate. According to the legend, the Aztec ruler consumed up to fifty cups of chocolate drink a day. The Aztec treat the chocolate as the food of Gods. The Aztecs and the Spaniards used cacao seeds as their currency.

The Spaniards invaded the Aztecs and brought the cacao seeds back home to Spain and the chocolate drink was popular in Spain then it spread throughout Europe where new technologies and innovation changed the texture and flavor of chocolate.

Good chocolate always gives a rich and fulflavorur.

There are 4 different main types of chocolate such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet and white chocolate. Dark chocolate is the healthiest chocolate of all. Dark chocolate is a stronflavorur than milk chocolate. There are many health benefits of dark chocolate. It contains high antioxidants that can lower blood pressure and can prevent bad cholesterol and heart disease. Dark chocolate is a substitute for a glass of wine. There is an ingredient of chocolate called theobromine that can prevent you from coughing.

Many adults prefer dark chocolate and most of the children prefer milk chocolate. Scientists theorize that this is because of dark chocolate’s stronger taste. as taste buds age they become less sensitive, and dark chocolate is a more prominent flavorur for adults.

Chocolate can have a risk of being obesity especially. Milk chocolate contains milk powder or condensed milk. Milk chocolate is high in calories and fat. In fact, it was prescribed to help fatten up patients suffering from wasting diseases like tuberculosis.

One researcher at the agroecology patch experimented with helping patients lose weight by having them sniff a chocolate-scented patch whenever they are were tempted to eat chocolate. White chocolate is formed of a mixture of cacao butter, sugar, and milk.

Chocolate is poisonous to animals because of the theobromine. White chocolate is the only chocolate that is not poisonous to animals. If you are feeling down or depressed, eat chocolate. Chocolate may increase your happiness. Chocolate is a good source of energy and can boost your immune system.

Chocolate is a healthy diet and it is good for your body. It can relax you and even prolong your life. According to an NCA survey, older children are significantly more likely to prefer chocolate than younger children.

Chocolate is one of the most popular treats on holidays like Christmas, Easter, birthdays, and especially valentines day. There is a popular belief that chocolate can cause acne. But the U. S naval academy found that chocolate doesn’t cause you acne. Chocolate prevents your skin from aging.

It can soften your skin, remove wrinkles, and blemishes. Chocolate is not only for eating and drinking. It can also be used as a hair product. It can make your hair shiny. There are many chocolate products today like chocolate bath, soap, perfume, and candles.

Do you know that the world’s largest chocolate bar weighs 2 million kg? Its length is 3,020 cm and its width is 1,060 cm. It was made by nestle company. Do you know what is good with chocolate? Dipped a strawberry or other fruits to chocolate. And also you can dip a marshmallow on chocolate.

 

Example #4 – History of Chocolate

There are not many foods that people completely adore, chocolate being one of them. It being so creamy and decadent, it’s not hard to understand why it’s so adored! Though it may seem like there’s not much to know about chocolate, there’s a whole world out there about the tasty treat’s production, history and it’s significance to people that the majority of us don’t know about. Read further to uncover chocolates’ huge impact on the human race itself.

Chocolate may be the “food of the gods,” but for most of its 4,000-year history, it was consumed as a bitter drink rather than as a sweet edible treat. Anthropologists have found evidence that chocolate was produced by pre-Olmec cultures living in present-day Mexico as early as 1900 B.C! The ancient Mesoamericans who first cultivated cacao beans found in the rainforests of Central America fermented, roasted, and ground them into a paste that they mixed with water, vanilla, honey, chili peppers, and other spices to brew a chocolate drink.

Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec civilizations found chocolate to be an energizing drink and mood enhancer, which led them to believe that it possessed mysterious and magical qualities. The Mayans worshipped a god of cacao, EK-CHUAH, and reserved chocolate for rulers, warriors, priests, and nobles at sacred ceremonies.

When the Aztecs began to dominate Mesoamerica in the 14th century, they craved cacao beans, which could not be grown in the dry highlands of central Mexico, the heart of their civilization. The Aztecs traded with the Mayans for cacao beans, which were so sought after they were used as currency.

In the 1500s, Spanish explorers who sought gold and silver in Mexico returned instead with chocolate. The Spanish altered the bitter drink with cane sugar and cinnamon to make it sweeter, one thing remained unchanged, though; chocolate was still a delectable symbol of luxury, wealth, and power.

Chocolate was drunk by royals, and only Spanish elites could afford the expensive drink. Spain managed to keep chocolate a sweet secret for nearly a century, but when the daughter of the Spanish King, Philip III, wed French King Louis XIII in 1615, she brought her cravings for chocolate with her to France.

The popularity of chocolate soon quickly spread to other European countries, and aristocrats consumed it as a magic elixir with tremendous benefits. To satiate their growing thirst for chocolate, European monarchies established plantations in equatorial regions around the world to grow cacao and sugar.

When diseases brought by the European explorers reduced the native Mesoamerican population, slaves were imported to work on the plantations and maintain the production of chocolate. Chocolate remained an aristocratic elixir until the Dutch chemist, Coenraad Johannes van Houten, invented the cocoa press in 1828, which revolutionized chocolate-making.

The cocoa press could squeeze the fatty cocoa butter from roasted cacao beans, leaving behind a dry clump that could be pulverized into a fine powder that could be mixed with liquids and other ingredients, poured into molds, and solidified into delicious chocolate. The innovation by van Houten brought in the modern era of chocolate by enabling it to be used as a confectionery ingredient. This resulted in chocolate having a hefty price drop so it could be bought by everyone.

In 1847, a British chocolate company known as J.S. Fry & Sons created the first solid edible chocolate bar from cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. Rodolphe Lindt’s 1879 invention of the conching machine, which produced chocolate with a velvety texture and superior taste, and other advances allowed for the mass production of smooth, creamy milk chocolate on factory assembly lines.

Many famous chocolate companies with familiar names such as Cadbury, Mars, and Hershey that ushered in a boom in the chocolate market in the late 1800s and early 1900s that is still going strong.

 

Example #5 – Chocolate War

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier was a book that we read in class, it was about good and evil. It is about how the forces battle for superiority over one another.

The book tells how one of the sides overpowers the other to claim its spot on top. The people are like pawns to two of the characters, Archie and Brother Leon because they use the people to get what they want from them, and will stop at nothing to get it. Both characters will stop at nothing to have what they want, which is to have power over the school.

The good characters even though few in number are willing to go the distance (especially for Jerry). Jerry is the main character of the story. He has a struggle within himself to do the right thing. He messes with the wrong people in the school and they make him pay for it because no one can mess with the Vigils and get away with it. He was to refuse to take chocolates for ten days.

However, he still refuses to take the chocolates after ten days. Brother Jacques is another one of the good guys because he sees that Brother Leon is truly an evil man and abuses his power the power that he has over the kids. He saves Jerry at the of the story from the boxing match. Goober is a good person with a big heart but is not to smart to get out when in too deep helping Jerry to get out. All that he wanted to do was to play football and to run.

There is more of a power struggle among the evil side for them to want to work together. Archie is the Vigils? Assigner giver. Archie has a struggle with Brother Leon and Carter. First, a struggle with Leon because both are trying to carry the power of the school. Second with Carter both trying to control the Vigils. Carter the president of the Vigils puts Archie on probation tries to stab him in the back at the boxing match using the black box. He smashes Jerry in practice every day just because he can do the.

Brother Leon is a sadistic teacher because of the things that he does to the kid in his class, like when he put Bailey in front of the class and smacked him on the cheek with a pointer. And says that he cheated on some work, so he puts him in the front of the class and starts to ask him all of these questions, why he did it.

Then tells him only a genius can get all A?s on everything he turns in. All Brother Leon wanted to do was make a point but the way he does do things is sadistic. Emile Janza is a very sick character in this story, he calls Jerry at all hours of the night and calls him a fairy so that he would throw a punch at him so he could beat him up.

Good does not win the battle of the two forces. Good is more like a road bump to the evil side. Even when evil is at evil’s own throat they beat good. Why you say because there are twice the people on the evil side as there was on the good side and the fact that evil didn’t care how it hurt as long as it got what it wanted.

The example that evil won the battle is the boxing match at the end of the story, were Jerry and Janza get it on. Brother Leon watches the whole thing from the nearby hill and does nothing to stop the fight when Jerry is getting hurt. Brother Jacques stops the fight but does it a little late after Jerry is beaten up really bad, so bad that he has to go to the Hospital. And for Archie, nothing happens to him at all.

The book Chocolate War is not only a book about good and evil but it deals a lot with a power struggle among the groups. Good struggles to ward evil powers away from them and from giving in to the temptations of evil. Evil struggles to suffice the power of good and struggles to gain power among themselves. Between the power struggle in evil good seized the moment of opportunity to conquer over evil, thus defeating evil once again.

 

Example #6

Why is Dark Chocolate Healthy? Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide and balance certain hormones in the body.

Heart Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is good for your heart. A small bar of it every day can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well. Two heart health benefits of dark chocolate are:

  • Lower Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate every day can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.
  • Lower Cholesterol: Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent.

Other Benefits of Dark Chocolate:

Chocolate also holds benefits apart from protecting your heart:

  • it tastes good * it stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure
  • it contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant
  • it contains theobromine, caffeine, and other substances which are stimulants Doesn’t Chocolate Have a lot of Fat? Here are some more good news — some of the fats in chocolate do not impact your cholesterol. The fats in chocolate are 1/3 oleic acid, 1/3 stearic acid and 1/3 palmitic acid:
  • Oleic Acid is a healthy monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil. Stearic Acid is a saturated fat but one which research is shows has a neutral effect on cholesterol.
  • Palmitic Acid is also a saturated fat, one which raises cholesterol and heart disease risk. That means only 1/3 of the fat in dark chocolate is bad for you.

Chocolate Tip 1 – Balance the Calories: This information doesn’t mean that you should eat a pound of chocolate a day. Chocolate is still a high-calorie, high-fat food. Most of the studies done used no more than 100 grams, or about 3. 5 ounces, of dark chocolate a day to get the benefits. One bar of dark chocolate has around 400 calories.

If you eat half a bar of chocolate a day, you must balance those 200 calories by eating less of something else. Cut out other sweets or snacks and replace them with chocolate to keep your total calories the same.

Chocolate Tip 2 – Taste the Chocolate: Chocolate is a complex food with over 300 compounds and chemicals in each bite. To really enjoy and appreciate chocolate, take the time to taste it. Professional chocolate tasters have developed a system for tasting chocolate that includes assessing the appearance, smell, feel, and taste of each piece.

Chocolate Tip 3 – Go for Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate has far more antioxidants than milk or white chocolate. These other two chocolates cannot make any health claims. Dark chocolate has 65 percent or higher cocoa content.

Chocolate Tip 4 – Skip the Nougat: You should look for pure dark chocolate or dark chocolate with nuts, orange peel, or other flavorings. Avoid anything with caramel, nougat or other fillings. These filings are just adding sugar and fat which erase many of the benefits you get from eating the chocolate.

Chocolate Tip 5 – Avoid Milk: It may taste good but some research shows that washing your chocolate down with a glass of milk could prevent the antioxidants from being absorbed or used by your body.

Next Anti-Aging Food

While chocolate is regularly eaten for pleasure, there are potential beneficial health effects of eating chocolate. Cocoa or dark chocolate benefits the circulatory system. [49] commonly comes in dark, milk, and white varieties, with cocoa solids contributing we use the luxuriously smooth Belgian chocolate, and it is organic too.

Belgian chocolate is very different from common chocolate, in that Belgian chocolate uses all the cocoa beans rather than substituting other ingredients. The result is smooth and full-flavored chocolate that is actually good for your health. once described as the “food of the god’s” Chocolate is such a wonderful thing, healthy and pleasurable. the secret is to eat better chocolate, not more chocolate.

FOR skin: Chocolate increases the skin’s ability to block the damaging rays of sunlight. Chocolate doubles the blood flow to the skin. help protect it from sun damage skin that is moister, smoother, better-looking, and more resistant to damage from the sun’s burning UV rays. eating dark chocolate can help you lose weight.

FOR children: What is more important than your children’s health? And as a parent how difficult is it to make sure what your child is eating is healthy? With obesity statistics hitting record highs, we need to think differently about how to provide the healthiest products for our children. A daily supply of one of these dark chocolates is the equivalent to your child eating 13 lbs (5. kg) of tomatoes or 7 lbs of spinach. Feel Good Benefits In addition to preventing chronic illness and being healthy for your heart, dark chocolate also makes you feel good.

One way it makes you feel good is simply from the way it tastes – most people think it’s delicious! However, dark chocolate also stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure and contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant. Some people report that the feel-good benefits of dark chocolate are incredibly strong and immediate upon consumption. A significantly large

There are significant health benefits to dark chocolate. According to research studies, chocolate provides clues to fighting disease. Your health and well-being can be enhanced while you savor and enjoy chocolate. Below, you’ll see how research involving chocolate consumption can help conditions such as high cholesterol, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

Chocolate and Cancer

The same antioxidants found in wine and green tea are found in raw cacao and dark chocolate. Antioxidants protect cells from toxins, slow the growth of cancer cells, and help reduce cancer risks and heart disease.

The greater the amount of cacao contained in chocolate, the more antioxidants it has. (Note: White chocolate does not contain antioxidants, so look for dark chocolate instead). Chocolate and Cholesterol While many foods high in saturated fats are known to raise cholesterol levels, studies have shown that chocolate consumption does not.

This is due to the type of saturated fat chocolate contains. Less harmful saturated fat in one’s diet means plaque that can gather in the arteries. In fact, studies have shown that dark chocolate may in fact boost good cholesterol.

Chocolate and Depression The fat naturally found in chocolate helps provide a feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction, releasing mood-enhancing endorphins. Chocolate also may help relieve symptoms of anxiety. It’s thought to have an opiate effect that may help improve mood.

A study conducted on patients who were depressed showed that the dark chocolate provided relief from their symptoms. Chocolate and Circulation Since the chemicals in dark chocolate help prevent the formation of blood platelets, the chance of blood clots is minimized.

In addition, blood pressure may be lowered with regular consumption of dark chocolate each day. This is a result of the flavonoids present in cacao that help with circulation. Keep in mind that flavonoids are lower in milk chocolate than dark chocolate.

How Much Chocolate Can You Have? Include 1 ounce of dark chocolate per day to your diet. Select your chocolate carefully, ensuring that there are no refined sugars or hydrogenated oils, which have undesirable health effects. Also, look for a high percentage of cacao (70% or above).

Remember that chocolate does have calories, so make necessary modifications to your calorie intake A Dark Chocolate a Day Keeps the Doctor Away Eating a small, 1. 6-ounce bar of dark chocolate every day is good for you.

Very good for you Many people don’t realize that chocolate is plant-derived, as are the fruits and vegetables recommended for a healthy heart While a little dark chocolate is good, a lot is not better. Chocolate still is loaded with calories. If you’re going to eat more chocolate, you’ll have to cut back somewhere else.

And remember that a balanced diet — and plenty of exercises — is still the key to heart health. Do you live a dark chocolate life, as I do? Do you feel that if the chocolate is not dark, it’s not worth it? Or that the darker the chocolate, the better?

Does every day usually include at least one little piece of the dark stuff? If this describes you, then you have arrived at the right place! If you’re trying to lose weight, or maintain your health and just simply love chocolate say this means eating dark chocolate may be an efficient way to keep your weight down over Christmas.

 

Interesting Ideas

Homemade chocolates – These yummy chocolates will be a favorite

Ingredients

400g/14oz dark chocolate, minimum 70 percent cocoa solids

40g/1 and a half oz butter

400ml/14fl oz double cream

50g/2oz sugar

dash vanilla extract

For decoration

hundreds and thousands

white chocolate, grated, for sprinkling

cocoa powder, for dusting

hazelnuts, chopped, for sprinkling

200g/7oz raspberries, placed into the freezer for ten minutes before using

 

Method

  1. Place the chocolate and butter into a heatproof bowl.
  2. Place the cream and sugar into a clean saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil.
  3. Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and butter, add a dash of vanilla extract and stir gently, until the chocolate and butter have completely melted.
  4. Place the chocolate mixture into three separate bowls and place into the fridge to chill overnight.
  5. Once chilled, use a spoon to remove equal portions of the set chocolate mixture (reserving some chocolate to coat the chilled raspberries) and place it onto a clean work surface. Roll the chocolate into balls, then dip and roll the balls into the various decorative ingredients of your choice.
  6. Remove the raspberries from the freezer and mold the remaining chocolate around the raspberries and decorate these as you wish.
  7. To serve, arrange the chocolates onto a large plate and enjoy with a cup of coffee or a glass of pink champagne.

Semi-sweet (Bittersweet) Chocolate

Chocolate liquor to which sweeteners and cocoa butter have been added. Also known as dark chocolate. According to government standards, it must contain at least 35 percent chocolate liquor. Its fat content averages 27 percent.

Milk Chocolate

Cocoa butter, milk, sweeteners, and flavorings are added to chocolate liquor. Lends itself to good use for garnishes and candy coatings. All milk chocolate made in the U.S. contains at least 10 percent chocolate liquor and 12 percent whole milk.

Sweet Chocolate

Contains more sweeteners than semi-sweet chocolate and at least 15 percent chocolate liquor. Sweet chocolate is used mostly for decorating and garnishing. The fat content is similar to semi-sweet.

White Chocolate

White chocolate contains cocoa butter but no non-fat cocoa solids. Mostly used as a coating, it contains sugar, cocoa butter, milk solids, and flavorings.

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