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Repost: Chocolate

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: Cherry Chocolate Brownies–Yummy

http://annumography.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/ghirardelli-chocolate-covered-cherry-brownies/

 

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Repost: Chocolate Grissini

Chocolate Grissini.

This looks like it would be good for breakfast

via Repost: Chocolate Grissini.

 

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Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

ice cream sandwich dessert

screen clipping from YouTube

 
 

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How to Make Chocolate Garnishes Decorations tutorial, with Anne Reardon

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8q9dZWXCb4

This is a tutorial I found on YouTube today, about how to make chocolate decorations. Anne has several videos on YouTube where she shows you how to make different kinds of decorations, all out of chocolate.

She also has a tutorial on how to make a gift box for handmade chocolates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkIvy9Hz8r0

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in chocolate, cooking, eat more chocolate, recipes

 

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