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  • Drop that chocolate bunny and give me 10! First lady bringing exercise, healthy food to Easter

    04/02/2010 12:38:35 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 42 replies · 786+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 4/2/2010 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is taking her campaign against childhood obesity to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Besides rolling eggs with spoons, children will get a dose of activities to promote healthy living and exercise, including sports, dancing — and even yoga. White House chefs will be on hand to talk about eating right.
  • Easter Turducken

    04/02/2010 8:42:23 AM PDT · by Cheesel · 4 replies · 274+ views
    Asteroid ^ | 4/2/10 |
    Easter turducken Most traditional holidays are syncretised perversions of even older traditions, which then get secularized into excuses to eat a whole bunch. Christmas falls, not coincidentally, close to the winter solstice, and borrows heavily from earlier winter festivals, featuring lots of gingerbread, candy canes, traditional hams and large family feasts. Thanksgiving, being largely a continuation of post-harvest feasts in Europe, has always been about eating. We have, of course, taken this to ridiculous extremes with turducken, a Thanksgiving dish prepared by… …cramming a boneless chicken into a boneless duck, which is stuffed into a boneless turkey. Three kinds of...
  • Daily Chocolate May Keep The Heart Doctor Away

    03/30/2010 1:49:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies · 899+ views
    CNN ^ | 3/30/10 | Denise Mann
    Eating as little as a quarter of an ounce of chocolate each day -- an amount equal to about one small Easter egg -- may lower your risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke, a new study has found. For best results, the chocolate should be dark, experts say. "Dark chocolate exhibits the greatest effects, milk chocolate fewer, and white chocolate no effects," says the lead author of the study, Brian Buijsse, a nutritional epidemiologist at the German Institute of Human Nutrition, in Nuthetal, Germany. In the study, Buijsse and his colleagues followed nearly 20,000 people for an average...
  • Sweet! Chocolate may lower stroke risk (Good news for Valentine's Day)

    02/12/2010 8:17:41 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 56 replies · 766+ views
    MSNBC ^ | FEb. 11, 2010 | Rachael Rettner
    Yet another health benefit has been linked to eating chocolate: It may decrease your risk of stroke, a new study suggests. The analysis, which will be presented in April at the American Academy of Neurology's 62nd Annual Meeting, reviewed the results of three previous studies. One study with more than 44,000 participants found that those who ate a weekly serving of chocolate were 22 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate no chocolate.
  • Health Care and Chocolate

    01/16/2010 5:36:07 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 310+ views ^ | 01/16/2010 | Mark Roberts
    Chocolate. Just the mere sound of the word makes your tastes buds start salivating for the rich, creamy texture of this often misunderstood, sometimes decadent, but always tasty treat. This food has been used for centuries by lovers to woo the opposite sex, to promote all types of sensual delights, and to boost the energy of anyone who wants to indulge.
  • Largest Cup of Hot Chocolate - world record set in New York

    01/02/2010 5:00:12 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 32 replies · 1,344+ views
    World Records Academy ^ | January 2, 2010 | Staff Writer
    NEW YORK, USA -- The American Dairy Association & Dairy Council unveiled a giant cup of hot chocolate in Bryant Park; it weighs more than 4,180 pounds before the addition of marshmallows-setting the world record for the Largest Cup of Hot Chocolate. The seven-foot wide mug held 487 gallons -- that's almost eight thousand cups of of piping hot cocoa -- not to mention tons of marshmallows. Officials said they expected to distribute 6,000 to 10,000 free cups of cocoa. The World's Largest Cup of Hot Chocolate, unveiled in Bryant Park, weighs more than 4,180 pounds before the addition of...
  • Eat Chocolate Without Gaining Weight

    01/02/2010 5:08:43 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 110 replies · 2,775+ views
    LimeLife ^ | January 2, 2010 | Tanya Macramalla
    It's officially 2010 and we want it to be a healthy year. Chocolate is one of those treats that many people crave, and their weight suffers because of it. No more. Try these chocolate treats that won't add on pounds. Instead of going for chocolate substitutes, we recommend the real deal. Amy Brightfield of Woman's Day has compiled her favorite chocolate snacks, and she's definitely on the mark. Dark chocolate, as she points out, is much better than a lollipop or salt water taffy (or Nerds Rope, or jelly get the point), and chocolate containing over 60% cacao also...
  • Chocolate Cake: The New Heroin?

    11/15/2009 6:45:13 AM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 1,528+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 9 November 2009 | Cassandra Willyard
    Enlarge ImageHigh anxiety. Rats "addicted" to sugary food spent less time on the open parts of this maze. Credit: Pietro Cottone If you're constantly starting new diets, then breaking them, you may have more in common with a drug addict than you know. A new study suggests that yo-yo dieters experience the same stressful pangs of withdrawal when they go on a diet that addicts experience when they go cold turkey. The idea that bad food can be addictive is not new. But previous studies have tended to focus on the positive reinforcement side of the equation--for example, the...
  • Nutrition: Chocolate Milk May Reduce Inflammation

    11/14/2009 8:20:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 939+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 10, 2009 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Move over, red wine. Make room for chocolate milk. A new study suggests that regular consumption of skim milk with flavonoid-rich cocoa may reduce inflammation, potentially slowing or preventing development of atherosclerosis. Researchers noted, however, that the effect was not as pronounced as that seen with red wine. Scientists in Barcelona, Spain, recruited 47 volunteers ages 55 and older who were at risk for heart disease. Half were given 20-gram sachets of soluble cocoa powder to drink with skim milk twice a day, while the rest drank plain skim milk. After one month, the groups were switched. Blood tests found...
  • 'Chocolate On Your Face' Girl, 6, Branded A Racist (UK)

    11/06/2009 11:09:04 AM PST · by Steelfish · 69 replies · 2,737+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 06th, 2009
    'Chocolate On Your Face' Girl, 6, Branded A Racist COLIN FERNANDEZ 06th November 2009 Confused: Michelle Gower with Sharona, whose 'playground banter was taken as a sinister remark' [Pic in URL] The parents of a six-year-old girl are outraged after their daughter was branded a racist for telling a black girl she had chocolate on her face. They fear the incident could 'haunt' her throughout her time at school. Sharona Gower had been eating chocolate mousse and was playing with a friend when she was chased by two 11-year-old girls. When one of the older girls, who was black, said...
  • Travel Picks: Top 10 Chocolate Museums

    10/20/2009 6:31:48 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 20 replies · 552+ views
    Reuters, India ^ | October 19, 2009 | Reuters Life Staff
    SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - For people who love chocolate and love travel, what could be better than a chocolate museum. The members and editors of (http:\\ have compiled a list of the World's Top 10 Best Chocolate Museums. Reuters has not endorsed this list. 1. The Cologne Chocolate Museum; Cologne, Germany Located on the Rhine River, this futuristic building gives visitors three floors of chocolate history to ponder, but the real centre of attention here is the famous chocolate fountain. Museum staff dip waffles in the hot liquid for salivating guests. 2. Musee les Secrets du Chocolat; Geispolsheim, France...
  • Cocoa Prices At Highest For Two Decades

    10/11/2009 8:30:00 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 636+ views
    Cocoa Prices At Highest For Two Decades Cocoa prices have been quietly but steadily rising in London, this week reaching their highest point in the last two decades. Published: 7:40PM BST 11 Oct 2009[snip]
  • Trophy Cupcakes Debuts Chocolate Stout Oktoberfest Cupcakes

    10/11/2009 6:32:14 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies · 1,151+ views
    SPI ^ | October 8, 2009 | Staff Writer
    Beer? Chocolate? Cupcakes? Yes, yes, and yes: say hello to Trophy Cupcakes' limited-edition flavor of the month for October: the Chocolate Stout Cupcake with Caramel Stout Buttercream! Here's the 411, per the owner Jennifer Shea: Made this season with Hale's Cream Stout, our Chocolate Stout cupcake is topped with Caramel Stout Buttercream and a stout caramel drizzle. A cupcake made with beer? Absolutely! The flavors from the roasted and chocolate malts in this stout match so well with our Valrhona Chocolate cupcake…and the caramel made from this beer makes an unbelievably delicious buttercream. Even burly guys (who would usually not...
  • Pie Tastes Like a Chocolate Chip Cookie (Recipe Follows!)

    09/29/2009 7:05:24 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 50 replies · 1,891+ views
    Vale Daily ^ | September 29, 2009 | Vera Dawson
    Chocolate chips… the great equalizer Whether you're young or old, a fast-foodie or a gourmand in Colorado's Vail Valley, they put a smile on your face. So, this pie is bound to be well-received. It'll remind you of a chocolate chip cookie, warm from the oven. But, in pie or tart form, it seems a little more sophisticated … worthy of dessert status … rather than just a snack. Its universal popularity is probably enough to win you, but if you need more reason to consider it, this dessert is easy to make. If you use a purchased pie shell,...
  • NASCAR Driver Busch To Deliver Chocolate Relief to the City That Works (Chicago??)

    09/26/2009 4:52:36 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 668+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | September 25, 2009 | Staff Writer
    CHICAGO: Mars Snackfood US announced today that America has named Chicago the city most in need of some sweet relief as part of the Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act. To deliver that relief, NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M'S(R) Toyota in the NASCAR(R) Sprint Cup Series, is racing into the "city that works" to distribute 50,000 free, full-sized Mars real chocolate products. On Thursday, October 1, 2009, at Pioneer Plaza (435 N. Michigan Ave.), Mars will distribute thousands of samples of M&M'S, SNICKERS, MILKY WAY, TWIX, DOVE and 3 MUSKETEERS candies to Chicagoans between 11:00 a.m....
  • Chocolate 'cuts death rate' in heart attack survivors

    08/13/2009 10:29:41 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 16 replies · 693+ views
    AFP ^ | 081309 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – Heart attack survivors who eat chocolate two or more times per week cut their risk of dying from heart disease about three fold compared to those who never touch the stuff, scientists have reported. Smaller quantities confer less protection, but are still better than none, according to the study, which appears in the September issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine. Earlier research had established a strong link between cocoa-based confections and lowered blood pressure or improvement in blood flow. It had also shown that chocolate cuts the rate of heart-related mortality in healthy older men, along...
  • Free chocolate cake on Obama! Domino's Pizza offer in D.C. on August 4 (BARF AND IRONY ALERT!)

    08/04/2009 7:15:29 PM PDT · by Baladas · 18 replies · 1,464+ views
    International Business Times ^ | August 5, 2009 | staff
    Fast food chain Domino's Pizza is having a giveaway in all its Washington D.C. restaurants, offering a new dessert called Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake on Tuesday, August 4, in honor of President Barack Obama's birthday. The offer will begin at 11:00 a.m. and extend until 9:00 p.m. at any restaurant, only while supplies last. Customers have to say "Happy Birthday" to the President to receive one FREE Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake. The Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake is an oven-baked chocolate cake, crunchy on the outside, with warm flowing chocolate fudge inside. It is "inspired by a combination of chocolate and...
  • Triple Chocolate Trifle

    08/02/2009 8:49:56 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 12 replies · 577+ views ^ | 07/28/2009 | Stacey Winder
    A "Triple Chocolate Trifle" recipe for Chocoholics everywhere.
  • Wanted: Women to eat chocolate for a year

    07/24/2009 5:22:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies · 1,103+ views
    AFP ^ | July 24, 2009
    LONDON (AFP) – Scientists are looking for women willing to eat chocolate every day for a year -- all in the name of medical science. Researchers at the University of East Anglia and a hospital in Norwich, eastern England are trying to find out whether chocolate can cut the risk of heart disease and need 40 women to step forward and help. Most of the women will have to eat two bars of "super-strength chocolate specially formulated by Belgian chocolatiers" daily for one year and undergo several tests to measure how healthy their hearts are. The others will have to...
  • Chocolate Plant Where Worker Died Operating Illegally

    07/10/2009 1:34:05 PM PDT · by null and void · 39 replies · 1,765+ views
    Manufacturing.Net ^ | July 10, 2009
    Officials say a cocoa processing facility in New Jersey where a worker fell into a vat of melting chocolate and died was operating illegally. Camden cited Lyons & Sons Inc. for not having a business license after Vincent Smith II died Wednesday. Authorities say the 29-year-old was hit by a paddle used to mix chocolate. Company spokesman Kevin Feeley says it's a "misunderstanding" and Camden officials knew the firm was operating in the former Campbell Soup plant. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death. The Philadelphia Inquirer also reports the federal Food and Drug Administration is...
  • Man Dies After Fall Into Chocolate Tank

    07/08/2009 10:18:31 AM PDT · by freespirited · 99 replies · 3,832+ views
    MyFOX Philly ^ | 07/08/09
    CAMDEN, N.J. - Police said a man died Wednesday morning after falling into a tank full of chocolate at a Camden business. Police were called to a warehouse and manufacturing facility on the 700 block of North 36th Street around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a man who had fallen into hot chocolate. The man had been in the melting pot for about 10 minutes by the time crews arrived, and by the time he was pulled out of the chocolate it was too late. He was declared dead shortly after 11 a.m. The turnout gear of firefighters...
  • 12 Guilty Pleasures That Are Actually Good For You

    07/06/2009 11:22:11 PM PDT · by Windflier · 7 replies · 773+ views
    Elle ^ | June 22, 2009 | Jeryl Brunner
    Everything Bad Is Good for You Don’t swear off stress—or chocolate or booze or tanning the natural way—just yet By Jeryl Brunner Turns out, your guilty pleasures (red wine, video games) may not be so guilty after all. And those pesky side effects of being an adult—stress, anyone?—can actually benefit you too. Read on to learn the positives of your seemingly negative habits.
  • Candy Bar From Mars Aims For Women From Venus

    05/17/2009 2:24:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies · 2,048+ views
    npr. ^ | May 17, 2009
    She's sexual, uninhibited — and only 85 calories. The "Fling" is the first new chocolate bar Mars has introduced in more than 20 years. Wrapped in a shiny pink and sliver package, this delicate "chocolate finger" is intended for women. The word "finger" is an industry term for a long, slim confection, Mars spokesman Ryan Bowling says, but with ads that invite you to "Pleasure yourself" in pink lettering, consumers might come to other conclusions. The tag line on the package is "Naughty, but not that naughty." A TV spot starts with what looks like strangers having sex in a...
  • Hot in recession: Chocolate, running shoes, Spam

    05/16/2009 2:33:10 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 764+ views ^ | 29 mins ago | DEB RIECHMANN
    WASHINGTON – It's not all doom and gloom in the U.S. economy. Some products are bucking the recession and flying off store shelves. Sales of chocolate and running shoes are up. Wine drinkers haven't stopped sipping; they just seem to be choosing cheaper vintages. Gold coins are selling like hot cakes. So are gardening seeds. Tanning products are piling up in shopping carts; maybe more people are finding color in a bottle than from sun-worshipping on a faraway beach. Strong sales of Spam, Dinty Moore stew and chili helped Hormel Foods Corp. post a 6 percent increase in first quarter...
  • Chocolate-Powered 150 MPH Race Car Revealed

    05/05/2009 9:57:54 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 16 replies · 625+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2009
    Talk about hot chocolate. A team of British engineers have designed a car that not only runs on a fuel derived from the tasty treat, but is largely constructed from parts derived from vegetables. The steering wheel of the open-cockpit car is constructed from carrot fibers, the foam in the seats from soybeans, and the rear view mirrors and body panels produced from the starch of potatoes. Even the brakes are based on cashew nut shells. The World First Racing team from Warwick University says the car is 95 percent biodegradable and mostly conforms to the regulations of the international...
  • Scientists unveil chocolate-fueled race car

    05/05/2009 9:02:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 823+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/5/09 | Meera Selva - ap
    LONDON – Scientists unveiled on Tuesday what they hope will be one of the world's fastest biofuel vehicles, powered by waste from chocolate factories and made partly from plant fibers. Its makers hope the racer will go 145 mph and give manufacturers ideas about how to build more ecologically friendly vehicles. The car runs on vegetable oils and chocolate waste that has been turned into biofuel. The steering wheel is made out of plant-based fibers derived from carrots and other root vegetables, and the seat is built of flax fibre and soybean oil foam. The body is also made of...
  • Scientists Create Chocoholic Dream: All the Taste With None of the Calories (Chocolate Inhaler)

    04/10/2009 4:37:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 530+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10 Apr 2009
    A new inhaler - dubbed Le Whif - has been developed by scientists, allowing chocoholics to enjoy all the treats they can handle for zero calories. The revolutionary gadget means chocolate lovers can indulge their guilty pleasure without putting on weight. The gadget lets users breathe in chocolate to curb cravings and satisfy their sweet tooth. Invented by Harvard professor David Edwards, Le Whif comes in four different flavours: raspberry, mint, mango and plain. He worked with his students at Harvard University to develop the product and said he was inspired by thinking beyond normal ways of eating food and...
  • Hershey Closing Peppermint Patties Plant in Pa. (moving to Mexico)

    02/21/2009 5:17:52 AM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 201 replies · 4,214+ views
    Business Week ^ | 2/20/09 | AP
    A flag is flying at half-staff outside The Hershey Co. plant in Reading where production of York Peppermint Patties is ending. After 23 years in Reading, the chocolate maker is closing the plant Friday and moving production to a new factory it has built in Monterey, Mexico. It will mean the loss of 300 jobs in the southeastern Pennsylvania city. The plant also makes 5th Avenue and Zagnut candy bars and Jolly Rancher hard candies.
  • Hershey closing Peppermint Patties plant in Pa.(Peppermint Patties Go South of the Border)

    02/20/2009 3:14:44 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 45 replies · 3,180+ views
    businessweek ^ | February 20, 2009,
    READING, Pa.A flag is flying at half-staff outside The Hershey Co. plant in Reading where production of York Peppermint Patties is ending. After 23 years in Reading, the chocolate maker is closing the plant Friday and moving production to a new factory it has built in Monterey, Mexico. It will mean the loss of 300 jobs in the southeastern Pennsylvania city. The plant also makes 5th Avenue and Zagnut candy bars and Jolly Rancher hard candies. The nation's largest candy manufacturer said two years ago the plant would close as part of a wider move by Hershey to eliminate 1,500...
  • The Hershey Co.'s Reading operation is closing and 252 workers are losing their jobs

    02/20/2009 3:02:43 PM PST · by shielagolden · 25 replies · 2,397+ views ^ | 02/20/09 | JOHN LUCIEW
    The Hershey Co.'s Reading operation is closing and 252 workers are losing their jobs A bitter taste Reading never claimed to be the sweetest place on earth. But since 1986, this self-appointed "home of the pretzel" has been the proud host of a Hershey Co. plant that cranked out somewhat glitzier snacks such as York Peppermint Patties, 5th Avenue and Zagnut candy bars and Jolly Rancher hard candies. It all ends today. The last Peppermint Pattie line will come to a halt after the final swing shift, workers interviewed this week said. Unlike with much of the grim economic news,...
  • A World Without Chocolate?

    02/14/2009 9:38:51 AM PST · by EveningStar · 52 replies · 857+ views
    ABC News ^ | February 14, 2009 | Lama Hasan
    It's hard to imagine Valentine's Day without chocolate, but some scientists say that it's possible that chocolate could one day be in short supply.
  • Earliest chocolate use found in Chaco Canyon ( New Mexico )

    02/02/2009 9:59:00 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies · 1,051+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 02/02/2009
    You may be surprised to know how far back chocolate goes -- perhaps 1,000 years in what's now the United States. Evidence of chocolate has been found in northwestern New Mexico's Chaco Canyon, at Pueblo Bonito. The discovery indicates trade was under way between the Chaco Canyon and cacao growers in Central America -- more than 1,000 miles away. Crown says importing the material would have been a major undertaking.
  • Ridiculous warning on Dairy Milk chocolate bars that it 'contains milk'

    01/12/2009 12:55:59 AM PST · by indcons · 31 replies · 1,887+ views
    The Daily Mirror ^ | Laurie Hanna
    It's chocolatey and creamy and, Holy Cow, Cadbury's Dairy Milk is made from... milk. Just in case you didn't guess from the name, the firm is printing a warning on packs that screams in capitals: "CONTAINS: MILK". The bestseller - whose TV ads boast of "a glass and a half of milk in every bar" - already has milk at the top of its list of ingredients. But now wrappers rolling off the production line at its Bournville factory will also feature the separate warning. It's just in case people who are allergic still don't know. Bars of Dairy Milk...
  • Cocoa hits 23-year high on supply fears

    12/25/2008 10:05:53 AM PST · by null and void · 67 replies · 1,710+ views
    The Financial Times Limited ^ | December 23 2008 20:06 | Javier Blas in London
    Cocoa prices on Tuesday surged to a 23-year high as speculative investors poured into the market amid concerns about dwindling supplies from Ivory Coast, by far the worldÂ’s largest producer. Prices for cocoa have risen 70 per cent in the past year, bucking the weakness in overall commodities prices. The drop in sterling has helped push London-based, sterling-denominated cocoa futures higher, but analysts said the main factor was low supplies. The International Cocoa Organisation said in its latest monthly report that cocoa bean arrivals until the end of November at ports in Ivory Coast, which provides almost 40 per cent...
  • Chocolate, Wine And Tea Improve Brain Performance

    12/24/2008 6:00:13 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 29 replies · 770+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Dec. 24, 2008
    All that chocolate might actually help finish the bumper Christmas crossword over the seasonal period. According to Oxford researchers working with colleagues in Norway, chocolate, wine and tea enhance cognitive performance.
  • High tech raises yummy-factor in chocolate (Willie Wonka Meets Silicon Valley)

    12/13/2008 8:08:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 515+ views
    As a software developer who worked with NASA, Timothy Childs built vision-tracking systems for the space shuttle. Now the former techie has a new venture that he says is out of this world: chocolate. As demand for premium chocolate soars, a new crop of high-tech confectioners are changing the industry with Silicon Valley-style innovation, antique German equipment and an obsession with the simple cocoa bean. "The bean totally seduced me," said Childs, co-founder and "chief chocolate officer" of Tcho, a San Fransisco startup seeking to improve the quality of chocolate through scientific experimentation with flavors. "On a molecular level, making...
  • German churches find 'chocolate Jesus' tasteless

    12/04/2008 8:08:26 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 440+ views
    news ^ | December 01, 2008
    GERMANY'S churches have criticised a businessman for selling thousands of Jesus chocolates. Frank Oynhausen set up his “Sweet Lord” chocolate Jesus-making business saying he wanted to restore some traditional religious values to Christmas in Germany. “I started thinking about how I could reintroduce traditional religious values into this commercial world,” Mr Oynhausen said . Together with a friend, a local chocolatier, Mr Oynhausen, 54, developed the concept of “Sweet Lord.” Mr Oynhausen said thousands of people have put in orders for the figures wrapped in gold foil.
  • Bloomberg: Chocolate's the Cure for Economic Woes

    11/25/2008 2:35:59 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 6 replies · 303+ views ^ | November 25, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    It may be a bizarre elixir for the current economic crisis, but Bloomberg Television has declared chocolate a potential cure. On Bloomberg’s Nov. 25 “In Focus,” Bloomberg News correspondent Su Keenan showed that cocoa commodities tend to do better in tough economic times “If you’ve been craving chocolate lately, you may not be alone,” Su Keenan said. “Analysts say worries about jobs and the recession have people desiring a little something sweet – like a Hershey’s kiss. And that can boost sales of candy bars and the cocoa that goes into making them.” ...more (w/video)...
  • Buy stock in Hershey's Syrup. It may help save the election.

    10/09/2008 7:24:19 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 13 replies · 885+ views
    10/09/2008 | BuckeyeTexan
    I consider myself a loyal conservative. I give money. I make an extra effort for the cause. I try to convert liberals. I argue with them on the major points. Heck, I even answered Rush Limbaugh’s call back in March and voted for Hillary here in the Texas Two-Step! But I’m telling you, they may find me passed out in the bathtub with an empty bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup come 7:00 pm, November 4th. My spouse has these two employees with whom we occasionally socialize outside of work. They’re hard-core liberals. They know I’m a conservative. We take every...
  • S. Korea: Melamine Found in Chocolate Products From China (Snickers M&M KitKat)

    10/04/2008 8:47:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 72 replies · 3,038+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 10/04/08
    Melamine Found in Chocolate Products From China South Korea's food watchdog has detected quantities of melamine, an industrial chemical, in chocolate products from foodstuff giants Nestle SA, Mars Inc. and South Korea's Lotte that were manufactured in China, Yonhap News reported Saturday. The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) said 2.38 parts per million (ppm) and 1.78 ppm of the toxic substance was discovered in samples of M&M's Milk and Peanut Snickers Fun Size products, respectively, from Mars Korea. A Kit Kat bar from Nestle Korea was also found to contain 2.89 ppm of melamine, the agency said. The...
  • Cadbury recall chocolate made in China & sold in Australia, Hong Kong,Taiwan

    09/29/2008 6:08:30 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 14 replies · 871+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 29th September 2008 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Cadbury recall all chocolate made in China over fears it may contain contaminated milk British chocolate giant Cadbury today ordered a recall of its Chinese-made products after revealing tests have ‘cast doubt’ on its safety. It is feared the sweets could contain melamine-laced milk, which has been blamed for killing four children in China and making around 50,000 ill. The 11 recalled confectionery items - made at Cadbury's factory in Beijing - are distributed in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia. Doubts: 11 products distributed in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia were recalled ....Authorities say suppliers might have added melamine, which...
  • Max, the sweet-toothed boy, 3, who walked a mile at 3am to buy chocolate

    08/07/2008 12:06:46 PM PDT · by Stoat · 49 replies · 185+ views
    Max, the sweet-toothed boy, 3, who walked a mile at 3am to buy chocolate Last updated at 19:04pm on 07.08.08      Adventurer: Max McGrath, dressed in pyjamas and oversized shoes, headed off for a sweet hunt... at 3am   When three-year-old Max McGrath had an urge for a chocolate egg in the middle of the night, nothing was going to stop him from satisfying his craving.At 3am the sweet-toothed toddler climbed out of bed, slipped on his brother's shoes and armed himself with his pocket money and a front door key, before heading out on a mile-long walk...
  • Ad featuring popular LDS actor pulled for being 'homophobic' (Snickers)

    07/25/2008 7:09:59 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 54 replies · 611+ views ^ | 07/25/08 | Kirby Heyborne (
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Candy giant Mars pulled a U.K. Snickers advertisement after it was criticized for being homophobic, according to a gay-rights group. The ad features LDS actor Kirby Heyborne, who has appeared in several LDS-themed movies, including Singles Ward, The RM, The Best Two Years, and others. In the commercial, Heyborne is seen as effeminate man who is speed walking as Mr. T approaches him in a truck while firing Snickers candy bars at him from a gun. Mr. T then berates the speed walker, calling him "a disgrace to the man race." The commercial...
  • Cocoa Mulch-Beware

    06/25/2008 7:53:23 AM PDT · by fings · 38 replies · 351+ views
    If your owners use mulch in the yard, please have them read the below letter. There’s danger in that there mulch they might be purchasing. Buyer beware. Over the weekend one of our friends experienced a tragedy with one of their dogs and wanted me to pass a special message along to all of our dog loving friends and family. Please tell every dog owner you know. Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from
  • Chocolate Can Help Keep You Cancer Free

    06/23/2008 12:26:42 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 25 replies · 180+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 6/23/08 | Sylvia Booth Hubbard
    Enjoy your chocolate with less guilt – a study at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is affiliated with Georgetown University Medical Center, has found that a synthetic chemical based on a compound found in cocoa beans slows the growth of cancerous tumors and speeds their destruction. “We have all heard that eating chocolate is good for you; this study suggests one reason why that might be true,” said researcher Min Kim, Ph.D. “This chemical seems to be safe, which makes sense because it has a structure similar to a natural product in cocoa beans, the same beans used to...
  • Mars buying gum maker Wrigley with financing from Buffett

    04/28/2008 9:50:29 AM PDT · by OeOeO · 6 replies · 134+ views ^ | Monday April 28,2008, 12:12 PM EDT | unknown (AP)
    CHICAGO (AP) — Snickers and M&Ms candy maker Mars Inc. is buying Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., which makes Juicy Fruit and Doublemint gum and Life Savers, for about $23 billion in cash.
  • Italy's Ferrero Wins Battle Against Fakes in China

    04/12/2008 1:37:20 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 6 replies · 100+ views ^ | April 9, 2008 | Reuters
    (HONG KONG) - Italian confectioner Ferrero has won a five-year battle against a Chinese firm producing fakes of its famous gold-wrapped Ferrero Rocher chocolates in a ruling hailed by upmarket brands, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. China's Supreme People's Court ordered mainland company Montresor to stop making the nutty chocolates and pay "symbolic" damages of 500,000 yuan (US$71,430), the South China Morning Post reported. "It is already hard for Italian companies, and foreign ones in general, to get into China, overcome resistance put up against foreign products, build up a commercial network and invest in the country, only to be...
  • ***The OFFICIAL Weekend Singles Thread*** March 21-24, 2008 - Easter

    03/21/2008 4:56:56 PM PDT · by snugs · 25 replies · 353+ views ^ | 21st March 2008 | Snugs
    Maundy Thursday On the night before his death Jesus had a final meal with his friends. This meal was one of the festival meals for Passover. Before the meal Jesus did something which surprised his friends. He washed the feet of every person, a task which was normally done by a servant. By doing this he wanted to show his followers that they should love one another in humble ways. Later in the meal which is known to Christians as 'The Last Supper', Jesus passed round bread and wine. He said the bread was his body broken for them...
  • Mars billionaire fights energy firms over drilling

    01/09/2008 6:01:24 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 44 replies · 177+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/9/08 | Tom Leonard
    A reclusive billionaire whose family owns the Mars confectionery empire has emerged as a determined opponent of the energy industry's plans to develop one of America's last wilderness states. Forrest E Mars Jr, the 75-year-old former chief executive of Mars Inc, has drawn on his $14 billion fortune to fire off a clutch of lawsuits to prevent drilling for natural gas and coal on his 82,000-acre Diamond Cross ranch near the town of Birney in south-eastern Montana. Under threat: The Diamond Cross ranch in Montana The state is famous for its "Big Sky" and breathtaking scenery but, despite its natural...
  • Prison bans boozy chocolates

    12/21/2007 9:58:56 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 17 replies · 290+ views ^ | 12/21/2007 | TT/The Local
    Officials at a prison in Vänersborg (Sweden) have confiscated boxes of chocolates bought by the inmates to celebrate Christmas. As the chocolates contained traces of alcohol, management became concerned that the yuletide celebrations might get a little out of hand. With the festive season approaching, prisoners at the Brinkeberg facility in western Sweden submitted a wish list to the jail authorities. Seeing no harm in it, staff took the inmates' money and went out to buy 25 boxes of Marabou's tasty Aladdin chocolates to help brighten up a Christmas spent behind bars. But management saw the matter differently. "They are...