A Conversation for Chocolate

Chocolate

Post 1

Tube Boy

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm............. chocolate!


Chocolate is healthy for you

Post 2

BeachBull

Chocolate is healthy for you.
Doctors often prescribe daily aspirin usage for its cardioprotective effects however; a percentage of the population is unable to take aspirin as required and chocolate therapy is a pleasant and beneficial alternative. Interestedly, other research has recently showed that the polyphenols in cocoa can also lower LDL (low-density lipoproteins) levels in the blood stream. The addition of as little as 15 to 20 grams of dark chocolate in the daily diet as been shown to provide the necessary benefits, and who would not, when given the choice, choose chocolate over aspirin. Although chocolate contains fat it is a fat similar to the fat found in olive oil whose health benefits have previously been documented.


Chocolate is healthy for you

Post 3

John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!"

Thanks for that. I've updated the Entry to include your information under 'Chocolate and Health'. You should receive an email to let you know when the new stuff has been added, at which time your name will be join the list of contributors.smiley - smiley

JTG


Baking cocoa

Post 4

Amy Pawloski, aka 'paper lady'--'Mufflewhump'?!? click here to find out... (ACE)

When I was a child, I found almost a whole tin of what I THOUGHT was chocolate milk powder in my grandma's pantrry, after being told there wasn't any. It was actually baking cocoa. BIG difference smiley - ill!


Baking cocoa

Post 5

Phryne- 'Best Suppurating Actress'

Some people like it...

What is it about refrigerating chocolate that makes it so much less pleasant to eat? It crumbles but doesn't melt, and feels like wax. And has a weird taste.
(sitting waiting for a Time Out bar to reach edible temperature)


Baking cocoa

Post 6

Dorothy Outta Kansas

Some people like refrigerated chocolate. I married one such person - he keeps his chocolates safe from me by making them unsociably cold! On the other hand, mine are safe from him in summer since he doesn't like 'gooey' chocs!

Cocoa powder is almost edible if you mix it with sugar to taste - but then you may as well have the real chocolate powder!

x x Fenny


Baking cocoa

Post 7

Phryne- 'Best Suppurating Actress'

See, you've found a nice conversation. Possibly the nicest.
Chocolate is best when just melting- not so that it sticks to your hands, but just so there's that slight softness. (Why does this sound rather dodgy?)
Cold chocolate... Just Say No.
Anyway... is there an actual chemical process involved in refrigeration that changes the structure of chocolate? Since it's so melty- it could work the other way.


Chocolate is healthy for you

Post 8

Treesinger

Chocolate may have health benefits, but my love of chocolate (other sweets as well, but mostly chocolate) had me develop diabetes. Oh well.


Chocolate is healthy for you

Post 9

Researcher skyless_blue

I have a permanent and growing rash on my face because of British chocolate, and the over-consumtion of it when I was not yet used to it.

Most chocolate is awful eaten cold, but such things as Milky Ways and Rolos are better eaten cold.


Chocolate is healthy for you

Post 10

John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!"

Do you know what it is about British chocolate in particular that gave you a rash?

JTG


Chocolate is healthy for you

Post 11

Hoovooloo

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A703810

Might interest those interested in chocolate.

H.


Chocolate is healthy for you

Post 12

John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!"


Hmm, an interesting perspective. There is an awful lot of stuff being passed off as chocolate that oughtn't to be, in America as elsewhere, I suppose. On the other hand, there is as much of 'top-end' market for quality products, including chocolate, in North America as there is in Europe, I'm sure.

I wonder how the growing concern for exploitive labour practices (child slavery)in Africa will affect our appetite for that which is chocolate and that which is merely chocolatey.


Chocolate

Post 13

friendlywithteeth

But what is the best chocolate bar?


Chocolate

Post 14

Hoovooloo

Define "best"?

Best for what? In my experience, the best chocolate bar is whatever you were brought up eating, or some close variation of it. The emotional attachment to that flavour outweighs any impression you may later acquire or develop about what's "good".

Come to that, define "chocolate"? Some people won't entertain anything with less than 70% cocoa solids. Most people find that too bitter. Milk chocolate? OK. With or without vegetable fats? Could you even tell the difference? How much sugar? Cocoa fat pressed from ground liquor or cold expelled from raw nib? There's more to this than meets the eye, you know... smiley - winkeye

H.


Chocolate

Post 15

friendlywithteeth

Woooow...
I bow to your superior chocolatey knowledge!
Let's try changing a word- whats your favourite chocolate?


Chocolate

Post 16

Hoovooloo

Chocolate purists will throw up their hands in horror, but the bar I'm addicted to this week is "Dream".

I didn't even mention this in my list above, and like I say the purists will be scoffing, because of course "Dream" is (whisper it) WHITE chocolate - which is to say, chocolate with NO cocoa *solids* in it at all. The only cocoa thing in it is cocoa butter. But I'm loving it at the moment... mmmmm....

H.


Chocolate

Post 17

Phryne- 'Best Suppurating Actress'

Dreams are passable, but the eggs are better. White chocolate's fine but it should be judged separately.
Best chocolate round here is the 5-for-a-pound cheap but luscious Swiss import from the market.


Chocolate

Post 18

friendlywithteeth

Let me just say... everyone has their right to an opinion [even if it's wrong smiley - winkeye ) Have you ever tried Green & Blacks Milk/Dark/White (though the best is Maya Gold) It is the BEST!


GB


Chocolate

Post 19

Dorothy Outta Kansas

For pure bliss, I would advocate Lindt bitter chocolate, every time.

But if I want an absolute fast-track to heaven, I have to recommend Tunnock's Dark Chocolate Teacakes. I'm referring, of course, to the light floaty marshmallow packed into a dark-chocolate cup, and placed onto a biscuit base.

Don't scoff, they may be a child's snack, but they take me thirty minutes to savour...

x x Fenny (chocolate heaven)


Chocolate

Post 20

Phryne- 'Best Suppurating Actress'

Green & Black's... scrummmmmy.
Dark chocolate is ok. in small segments but I can't trough it like milk.


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