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Thursday, July 10, 2014

how to make Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

½ Cup unsalted butter
2 1/3 C confectioner’s sugar
½ C cocoa

1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Centers: pecan, walnuts, whole almonds or after-dinner mints

Coatings: coconut, crushed nuts,confectioners sugar

Makes about 3 dozen truffles
Cream butter in large mixer bowl. Combine 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar and the cocoa; add alternately with cream and vanilla to butter. Blend well. Chill until firm. Shape small amount of mixture around desired center; roll into 1 inch balls. Drop into desired coating and turn until well covered. Chill until firm.

how to make chocolate with cocoa butter

In 1-2 lb. and 1-5 lb. cakes, and in metal boxes for toilet uses 
One-half the weight of the cocoa-bean consists of a fat called "cocoa-butter," from 

its resemblance to ordinary butter. It is considered of great value as a nutritious,
strengthening tonic, being preferred to cod-liver oil and other nauseous fats so often
used in pulmonary complaints. As a soothing application to chapped hands and
lips, and all irritated surfaces, cocoa-butter has no equal, making the skin
remarkably soft and smooth. Many who have used it say they would not for any
consideration be without it. It is almost a necessary article for every household

Trade-mark on every package  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Chocolate Lover Or Chocoholic?

Can you really get addicted to chocolates?

Chocoholics Anonymous hasn't been born yet but much clamor about chocolate addiction has been talked about in recent years. There seems to be a heightened need for people to draw the line between chocolate lovers and chocolate addicts or chocoholics as they call themselves. Scientists have even isolated the results of the likened effect of chocolates to the marijuana, a prohibited drug that causes euphoria or a sense of well being but carries the dangerous chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

It has been said that food cravings, such as for chocolates, are often caused by emotions. Sudden shift from being happy to a less relaxed state can prompt the mind to look for food that could alleviate the anxiety. Such is evident in people who have seasonal affective disorder or women who have premenstrual syndrome.

Women & Chocolate Addiction

Did you know women are more associated with chocolate addiction than men? If you will take a look at it, women often turn to these sweet temptations during heightened emotional stress. That is why it is a well known fact that chocolates carry uppers such as caffeine that elevate the blood pressure and quicken the breath thereby giving the person a feeling of high.

Many women experience food cravings on a monthly basis in close reference to their menstruation. Changes in hormonal levels affect the mood and consequently dictate the person to crave for certain type of foods which in the case of most women, the chocolates.

Most women claim that they get immense satisfaction upon eating chocolates which merely started as a habit. It just totally makes sense since metabolized sugar produces serotonin in the body, a chemical responsible to the feeling of elation. And who wouldn't want to feel happy, in the first place!

Addictive Responses to Chocolates Defined

Recent studies made in Europe found that allowing respondents to eat liberal amounts of chocolates, and cutting them back from eating the same resulted to the people salivating at the sight of chocolates. They felt anxious, deprived and depressed.

Another study conducted at Princeton showed rats that were fed with sugar experienced anxiety once sugar was removed from their diets. Their symptoms were like that of nicotine addicts made to quit cold turkey – shaking and their teeth chattering.

However, despite test results, researchers still believe that although the symptoms are similar, chocoholics are not addicts. There is no true chocolate addiction, as there is no definite chemical found in chocolates that are addictive. What the subjects are experiencing are anxieties based on breaking the habit of eating chocolates or that habits formed by eating something sweet when changes in moods occur.

But when do we say enough of chocolate is enough?

If you are unsure whether you are eating too much chocolate and may hamper your health, read and answer the following questions:

1.    Do you usually buy loads of chocolates and keep them in stock at home?

2.    Do you have more chocolate products than fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator?

3.    Do you consume more than 1 pound of chocolate every month?

4.    Do you have withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, anxiety, restlessness, sweating and teeth chattering?

5.    Can you not last a day without eating chocolate?

If you answered YES to most of these questions then you are undoubtedly in trouble. Being a chocolate lover is not bad, but you also have to watch out for your health! As we say, an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Health Benefits Of Chocolate: Are They For Real

Few studies have proved that chocolate has health benefits. Findings have resulted to the fact that chocolate food can be actually good for the health since it contains more than 300 chemicals, where health benefits derive from. This is in contradiction to the old myth that anything that tastes good can be bad. It used to be that old folks warn their children against eating too much chocolate or other folks being very cautious believing that eating this food can be causative factor of certain illnesses.

But researches conducted demonstrated that there is quite a large amount of antioxidants, found in chocolate, and is relatively higher than other high-antioxidant foods. See one of the results of researches:

Cocoa powder – is found to contain the highest quantity and quality anti-oxidants.

Dark chocolate – is found second to cocoa powder.  Results also showed that dark chocolate has eight more times of the polyphenol antioxidants than those found in strawberries.

Milk chocolate – is the third kind of chocolate food that contains high antioxidant contents.

Furthermore, in a research conducted in 2001, 23 participants who included in their diet dark chocolate and high flavonoid-rich cocoa powder were found to have higher HDL cholesterol, also called the good cholesterol, concentrations as opposed to other control participants. Although the investigation about the health effects of chocolate was done in a relatively small group of people, it suggested that there is more to what the chocolates were believed to have.

Subsequently, another research was done in 2005, where another small test group was involved. The output was similar, suggesting that dark chocolate can actually lower the blood pressure in individuals suffering with hypertension. It produced the comparable result as with the other research, wherein LDL cholesterol levels, or the bad cholesterol, were found to drop by at least 10 percent.

In these few researches alone, it can be concluded that chocolate food contains high amount of good chemicals, which therefore almost completely opposes the old myth and half-truths established long ago how it can never be good part of anyone's diet. This must not be reason though for people to consume chocolate products at their own discretion.

Remember that there are chocolate foods that can be good to your health while there are others that can be bad, especially those that are highly-processed and poorly made. Some of those are chocolate candies and bars, which you often find in stores and are high in calories, sugar, and fat.

It does not necessarily mean that you have to entirely avoid these kinds of chocolate; however, take them in moderation. If you want to enjoy health benefits of chocolate, you can opt for the healthier version such as the three mentioned above.

Note too that health benefits found in chocolate are not good for your pets. This is for the reason that the food contains theobromine, a kind of stimulant and which pets cannot digest. Even baking and dark chocolate is not advised to be administered to pets. The same is true in cake, puddings, ice creams, candy bar, and cookies that contain chocolate. 

For people with health concerns, it is a must to do a lot of researches about chocolate. Health benefits of chocolate may not be beneficial at all if you have a serious condition, so it will likewise help if you consult with your trusted doctor or nutritionist to avoid unnecessary medical consequences.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Chocolate Lovers' Party Your Very Own Chocolate Festival

Salon Du Chocolat, Chocolate Lovers' Festival, Eurochocolate, Chocolate Rush, Garfield Park Chocolate Show, Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, these are just some of the best chocolate festivals celebrated all over the world. And they are usually attended by hundreds of thousands of chocolate lovers like me. They flock to these events to view and taste fantastic creations from world-renowned chocolatiers and take pleasure in chocolate inspired activities.

The joy and fun you will experience is doubled when you attend this festival of merriment in the company of your chocolate loving friends. You will surely get crazy eating loads of chocolates of different kinds and sizes. Now, you do not necessarily have to spend a lot of money to go to these festivals why not think of having a chocolate party in your place? You can be an expert party planner to make this happen, all you need is a little help and some flickers of ingenuity!

Start with the Menu
Don't force a sit down, four course meal. Do it just like you would on a regular barbecue Sunday. Serve grilled chicken, pork chops, pasta, and mashed potatoes, anything you are familiar with! Now, the simple chicken pieces and pork chops can be made magical by adding chocolate inspired sauces like mole, a Mexican, chili-chocolate essential. Round it up with chocolate deserts such as chocolate cakes, pastries and don't forget to serve a pile of different kinds of chocolates. Make sure to have tons of them because you will be using them on games and other activities, anyway! You don't need to buy those expensive gourmet chocolates, just grab the regular ones, your favorite brands - unless the gourmet chocolates are really what you're going for.

If you want to serve fondue, then prepare fondue matches like marshmallows, pretzels and fruits. Research on wines that would go well with chocolates and keep the idea for the party! And last of all, max out on a variety of drinks that could help clean your guests' palates.

Stage the Grandeur
Take out your best linens. If you have chocolate designed-linens, that would be great! You can line two or three tables with them. One table will be for eating and the other for chocolate and wine tasting. It can also be a place where you can display desserts that fellow choco lovers may want to indulge in anytime they want to while in the party.

Decorate your party area by incorporating chocolate brown colors in your design. Set the sound system and make sure you have great happy music to match the ambiance. And finally, make sure that your programme is ready along with the materials that you would need in games or activities.

Make the Chocolate Party Fun

Here's a list of things that you can do at your chocolate party aside from chocolate and wine tasting. You may choose one or few of them, at least whatever is possible and could easily be done without having to spend so much.

1.    Game - Who Can Eat The Most Chocolates?
2.    Chocolate Painting – where you use chocolates and your hands to draw pictures
3.    Stage an exhibit on the history of chocolates, print pictures and put them on display so everyone could have a look and learn while having fun
4.    Choc√≥ Poker – Use chocolate pieces as chips. Your guest may take home whatever chocolates they can win.
5.    Bake-off Challenge – Who Can Make The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie?
6.    Special cooking demonstration – learn a new chocolate recipe and share it with friends

It's so simple, right? You don't have to wait for a special occasion to throw a chocolate party! Being a chocolate lover is reason enough. But if you want to make your birthday, Thanksgiving, reunion or any get together fancier let the chocolate lover in you come out and let your loved ones experience a feast that was originally made for gods and kings!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

How To Make Bourbon Caramel Banana Cream Pie Recipe

What You Need

1 Ready-To-Use Refrigerated Pie Crust
           (1/2 of 14.1 oz pkg)

1/4 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp. Bourbon
1 pkg. (3.4 oz) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 Cup Milk
2 Bananas
1 Cup Thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Make It

PREPARE and Bake Crust In 9-Inch Pie Plate as Directed on Package For One-Crust Baked Shell. Cool .

MELT Butter In Saucepan On Medium Heat.
Add Sugar; Cook and STir 3 Min.or Until Sugar Is Melted.
Remove From Heat; Stir In Bourbon.Cool

BEAT Dry Pudding Mix and Milk In Medium Bowl With Whisk 2 Min.Stir In Sour Cream.Let Stand 5 Min

MEANWHILE Slice Bananas; Place In Single Layer On Bottom Of Crust.Pour Bourbon Caramel Sauce over Bananas.Spoon Pudding Mixture Over Sauce:Top With COOL WHIP.Refrigerate 1 Hour

Sunday, December 29, 2013

How To Make Creamy Dulce De Leche Pie

What You Need?

3/4 Cup Caramel Ice Cream Topping,Divided

1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust (6 oz.)

1/2 Cup Chopped PLANTERS Pecans,Divided

1 Pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese,Softened

1 Tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping,Thawed,Divided

1 Chocolate-Covered English Toffee Bar (1.4 oz.),Chopped

1/2 tsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder


SPREAD 3 tsp. Caramel Topping Onto Bottom Of Crust;Sprinkle With 1/3 Cup Nuts.

MIX Cream Cheese and 1/2 Cup Of Remaining Caramel Topping Until Blended.
Stir in 2 Cups COOL WHIP and Chopped Candy.Spoon Into Crust.

TOP With Remaining COOL WHIP and Nuts.Sift Cocoa Powder Over Top.
Drizzle With Remaining Caramel Topping.Refrigerate 1 Hour.