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Chocolate – An Aphrodisiac or Better Than Sex?

The saying may go, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, but what about women? It is a long standing tradition to present a woman with a box of chocolate as a romantic gesture. Is it simply because women love chocolate or does the root of this tradition go deeper? Curiosity led me to do some research on the subject and here is what I found.

First of all I wanted to know if chocolate was truly an aphrodisiac. An aphrodisiac is reputed to “put you in the mood for love” and the name comes from the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite. It is possible Read more

Jul 22nd, 2014 | Filed under Chocolate

History of Chocolate Truffles

The invention of the cocoa press in 1828 made possible separating the natural fat in cocoa beans, called cocoa butter, from the bean solids. This not only improved the consistency and taste of the remaining cocoa powder but made possible the development of solid chocolate. Eating chocolate or solid chocolate, as opposed to drinking chocolate, was first produced in 1847 in Fry? chocolate factory in Bristol, England. Solid chocolate is a combination of cocoa powder, sugar, cocoa butter and often flavorings like vanilla. In 1879 Swiss Henri Nestle and Daniel Peter developed milk chocolate by Read more

History of Hot Chocolate

The predecessor to the hot chocolate we enjoy today was the Aztec drink xocoatl. Mayan Indians first harvested Cacoa beans from Cacoa pods and frequently traded them to the neighboring Aztecs. Cacoa beans may also have been given as tribute to the more warlike Aztecs. The Aztecs ground the beans into a bitter, coarse paste, which they mixed with water and spices to form the drink xocoatl. Aztecs later cultivated the cacao tree themselves and appointed their god Quetzalcoatl as the guardian of the cacao tree. Aztec Emperor Montezuma is quoted as having said of xocoatl: “The divine drink, Read more

History of Chocolate

Chocolate as we know it today has been 1500 years in the making.

Using the beans of the cacao pod is thought to have originated with the Mayan peoples of southern Mexico and Central America fifteen hundred years ago. Beaten into a paste, the mixtures were combined with corn meal as a flavoring ingredient. Through trade the cacao bean became popular with the Aztecs, who believed it had medicinal properties.

The Aztecs used the pods as a form of currency for trading and to pay tribute. The beaten paste served as the main ingredient in the Aztec drink that also contained spices. Read more

History of Chocolate Gifts

Chocolate has long been given as a gift, particularly as a gift of affection or passion.

The forerunner to chocolate was the Aztec drink xocoatl, a mix of water, spices and ground cacao beans. Aztecs used the beans as a form of currency and for payment of tribute to their kings. An Indian Chief is said to have made a gift of a basket of cocoa beans to Christopher Columbus, although Columbus did not know what to do with the beans. Later, The Aztec King Montezuma presented Cortez and his conquistadors with gifts of cocoa beans. It is recorded that the Aztecs favored the beans above Read more

Read This Article if You Love Chocolate

Greetings fellow Chocolate lover, I am here to tell you I have good news! No, I did not save a lot of money on my car insurance by switching to Gieko, as I already had Gieko in the first place. No, I am here to tell you that Chocolate is really good for you. That? right, the dark chocolate type has some great new research showing that in fact it can help against diarrhea symptoms. This is because cocoa beans have flavonoids, a chemical in them that binds with a protein in the intestines that secretes fluid.

Of course this wonderful finding was already known by Europeans in the Read more

Jul 20th, 2014 | Filed under Chocolate

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Chocolate

Chocolate, or the cocoa bean to be more exact was used by the Aztecs as early as the year 400 but it was Columbus who first introduced it to the new world when he brought it back to Spain. Chocolate as a drink was quite popular in Europe in the mid 1600′s, but chocolate as a solid wasn’t introduced until 1847. Thirty years later, milk was added to create milk chocolate and candy bars have been enjoyed world wide ever since!

Making Chocolate

It is actually quite simple to make chocolate, but each maker has his own secret recipes. First off, the cocoa beans are Read more

Jul 19th, 2014 | Filed under Chocolate

The History Of Chocolate

Ever wonder how this favorite dessert and ingredient for baked goods came about? What about the famous chocolate chip?

Our love of chocolate started back in 1828 when a dutch chemist Johannes Van Houten came up with a way of separating the fat (cocoa butter) from the ground cocoa beans. This provided cocoa powder which tasted a lot better than the whole bean. Soon enough people were coming up with ways to mix the powder with milk and make chocolate bars and the first bar (swiss of course) was sold in 1875.

Chocolate comes from the cocoa bean. These seeds are found in pods that Read more

Jul 19th, 2014 | Filed under Chocolate

Can Chocolate Affect Your Sex Life?

From the time the first coca beans were harvested by the Mayans, there has been the belief that chocolate has a euphoric impact on the body’s senses. The conquistadores saw the Emperor Montezuma of the Aztecs consuming a large quantity of cocoa in the form of a beverage called chocolatl before entering his harem. The invading Spaniards spread the Emperor’s belief that cocoa was an aphrodisiac and brought it to Europe. This belief was also shared by one of history’s most famous lovers, Giacomo Casanova.

Since then, the use of chocolate as part of the mating ritual has been Read more

Jul 18th, 2014 | Filed under Chocolate

17 Popular Quotes about Chocolate

1. “Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!” – Elaine Sherman, Book of Divine Indulgences

2. “Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar in four pieces with your bare hands–and then just eating one piece” – Judith Viorst

3. “Self-discipline Read more

Jul 18th, 2014 | Filed under Chocolate