Chocolate! Who Doesn’t Love it?…

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The dictionary’s definition of chocoholic is “someones who craves chocolate.” That’s simple enough and pretty much applies to me and most of the people I know. Probably most of the people *you* know. Chocolate is one of the most popular food products in the world. And at this time of year, with it all around us to be part of the holiday enjoyment as well as gifts to be given to friends, we just think more about it.

Chocolate is made from the partial fermentation of beans from cacao trees. The trees are small evergreens that originated in the Amazon basin. They have to grow near the equator because they need a great deal of rainfall and can’t survive temperatures below about 60 degrees. Nowadays, more than three-fourths of the world’s trees are grown in Africa.

The trees were cultivated in Mexico, Central and South America more than a thousand years BC. The Aztecs brewed a bitter drink from thebeans and chili peppers, which was favored by their kings and used as an offering to their gods. Chocolate found its way to Europe after the Aztecs introduced it to the Spaniards.

Hard, durable chocolate didn’t come into existence until the early 1800s when a Dutchman patened a process whereby cocoa butter could be removed from the chocolate. Now, cocoa butter is added back in varying amounts.

More recently, research has revealed potential health benefits from eating chocolate. Limited amounts of dark chocolate appear to help heart disease in that ingredients in dark chocolate appear to inhibit oxidation of LDL cholesterol and might even lower blood pressure in some people.

So! We just drew names at my job for our Christmas gift exchange. The person whose name I drew is someone I like a lot, so I was thinking and thinking about what I could give her. Then I hit upon the perfect thing. Gourmet chocolates.

Fudge Love Truffle

I used to have some retail stores, in which I sold gourmet candies and chocolates. The brand of chocolate I chose to feature was The Sweet Shop and its handmade truffles that are manufactured in Fort Worth, Texas. Here’s a picture of one of their signature truffles. ….  I can’t even describe how delicious this candy is. It has that smooth ganache center that melts in your mouth. It’s robed with two layers of chocolate. It does not leave a residue on your tongue and floods your mouth and senses with goodness. (If you want to know more about The Sweet Shop candy, you can go here:  https://secured.keysql.com/sweetshopusa/shop.asp?site=&kpage=aboutus     Or you can go here:  www.sweetshopusa.com)

Come on, everyone. Indulge yourselves. Make some fudge. Eat a box of truffles. It’s Christmas!

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5 responses to “Chocolate! Who Doesn’t Love it?…

  1. Great post on my favorite food. That’s how I achieved this round figure. 😉

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  2. Sweet post, Anna! =) Seriously, I am a devoted chocoholic. I stand proud that when I am hunkering for a bit of my favorite milk chocolate that I do not deny myself one bit.

    Thank you for engaging my senses and sparking my internal sweet tooth muse. =)

    Best,
    Christine

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    • Hi, Christine, and thanks for stopping by and posting. As a serious chocoholic, you really should try The Sweet Shop candy if you haven’t already. I don’t know where it’s sold these days, but it used to be sold in department stores and specialty shops and even in kiosks in malls. If you live anywhere around Fort Worth, there is a company store in southwest Fort Worth. This isn’t intended to be an advertisement for The Sweet Shop because I no longer have a connection to them whatsoever. I just like their product. When I was in the business of selling candy, I sampled many chocolates and I never found one I thought was better.

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  3. Pingback: “God forgive me, it melts ever so slowly on your tongue, and tortures you with pleasure” « The Lazy Athlete

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