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Repost: Chocolate

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Ah, chocolat, chocolat, comment je t’aime ! Permettez-moi de comte les façons! (French)

(Oh, chocolate, chocolate, how I love you! Let me count the ways!)

I love chocolate, all things chocolate. (Well almost–some things would not taste good chocolate-covered; but I’m not going to go there.) For my very first chocolate blog, I will answer the question, where does chocolate come from?

Chocolate has been around for about 2,000 years. It starts as a bean from the cacao tree, which grows in tropical rainforests in South America. South America is also known for producing the best coffee in the world: which also starts as a bean. I don’t think there is any connection, but it is still interesting to think about.

Natives such as the Maya and the Aztec mixed the cacao beans with various spices to make a drink. No one knows for sure how the Mayans and Aztecs discovered the tasty properties of the cacao bean, but, when they did discover it, it began a treasured treat. Their artwork often depicts people gathering the beans, and enjoying drinks made from the cacao.

To make the chocolate, the Mayans removed the outer husk, and fermented and roasted the seeds inside. The seeds were ground into paste with a stone. The paste was then mixed with a variety of other ingredients, including chili peppers. They did not have any sugar back then, so they probably used honey to sweeten this drink.

Next time, I’ll look at some of the ways that the Mayans used chocolate.

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Repost: Maple Almond Butter Popcorn

This is a different way to dress up popcorn, and a good way if you like maple, like I do:

http://learnactlivelove.com/2013/02/27/maple-almond-butter-popcorn/

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Hello all of my sweeties! Here is the latest chocolate news from the web:

Farm Show: Chocolate Cake competition looks devilishly delicious
PennLive.com (blog)
At the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show there were tables filled with cakes of al different shapes and sizes. One had a pig on top, another was iced to look like a present (complete with ribbons). They all had one common ingredient though – chocolate. In …

I was a little disappointed that they did not show a picture of the cake with the pig on top, or the one made to look like a present. I did find a good baking tip in this article, however:

“Vicki Brightbill of Pleasant Gap in Centre County spent 20 years perfecting her chocolate mocha cake recipe. Last year she believes she came up with the perfect combination of ingredients.

“It has dense texture, but is still moist and light,” she said.

Vicki Brightbill of Pleasant Gap, Centre County

The key to her cake is the cocoa. Brightbill mixes Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder with Hershey’s regular cocoa powder and tosses in a bit of coffee. The result is a smooth, rich delectable treat.”

The 14th Annual Feast of Chocolate
Carson Now
It’s almost here, the 14th Annual Feast of Chocolate. Come get your chocolate fix Feb. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. in the relaxed atmosphere of the Carson City Plaza Conference Center, with all you-can-eat chocolate, wine, music, raffles and silent auction …

If any of you are going to be in Carson, Nevada on February 9, you may want to check out this chocolate feast.

Brownie mix recall: Undeclared walnuts in Food Club Chocolate chunk brownies
Examiner.com
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Jan. 4, a recall of chocolate chunk brownie mix due to undeclared walnuts. Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. said the wrong packaging was used for the food during production. The Chester, Ill. based food …
If any of you buy Food Club brownies, you may want to read this allergy alert. You will need to scroll down past the video, to see the article.

Here are several tasty ways to eat more chocolate in 2013. For the first one, I love their tip about using plain ol’ inexpensive dental floss to cut a soft cake—what a great idea. Sounds like a true cake expert to me. The recipe calls for Dutch Process cocoa powder. According to this site: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/508070, you can find this at Whole Food’s Market: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake
KCET
If ever there’s a time to try out a complicated, decadent new dessert recipe, it’s the holidays, when you have a crowd to appreciate it. This Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake from America’s Test Kitchen requires a delicate hand, but any chocolate fan will …

Hot chocolate tastes best in orange mugs, study finds
CBS News
To see how hot chocolate enjoyment was affected by cup color, Piqueras-Fiszman and her colleagues asked 57 participants to rate samples of the same delicious beverage in four colors of plastic cup: white, cream, orange and red. (All cups were white on …

Remember to drink this next one from an orange mug and “never, ever, let it cool.”
Christmas Recipe: Polar Express Hot Chocolate
Patch.com
Let me start by saying – I love hot chocolate. So, when I saw this recipe for Polar Express Hot Chocolate on the blog Honey & Fitz I knew I had to make it. Don’t be afraid when you see the ingredients – this is a decadent, rich, flavorful hot chocolate …

 

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Chocolate Covered Bacon

Sweet Expressions here in Canandaigua has combined two of my favorites:

http://www.mpnnow.com/newsnow/x1315034566/Sweet-Expressions-combines-bacon-with-chocolate

 

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New Hershey Park, Sugar-free sugar cookies, and my New Year’s Rez

Giant hershey bar, reese's peanut butter cup, and hershey kiss at entrance to Hershey park in Pennsylvania From TulipTravel.com

Hershey’s new theme park is called “Chocolate World”– the same name as my blog—I had to share this. I just created a Google alert for this park, so I will keep you posted on the developments.

This next one sounds too good to be true…sugar cookies…with no sugar. Or flour. Or butter. I’m skeptical; I am going to have to try to make them, I will let you know next time how they turned out. I have a challenge for you, loyal readers: make this, share the story of how it turned out, along with pictures, and I will share it them all in a future blog post. E-mail them to me at colinewalther@yahoo.com.

I made a resolution to eat more chocolate in 2013; who’s with me?

Baby with face covered in chocolate

Young chocoholic

Boy eating chocolate bar

Girl eating chocolate bar

 

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Chocolate spill in Kansas

A tanker truck tipped over and left a river of chocolate on I-70 in Kansas. Because of the cold weather, the chocolate froze, and people started scooping it up; this happened yesterday so there may not be any left by now. Here is the rest of the story (for some reason they put a bunch of irrelevant history right in the middle of the chocolate tanker story, and then continue with the chocolate story at the bottom of the page)

http://hutchnews.com/Localregional/Wonka–Tipped-tanker-brings-chocolate-river-to-I-70-12232012-220911

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Welcome to WordPress.com! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

Happy blogging!

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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