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  • Mystery trader buys all Europe's cocoa

    07/17/2010 1:00:51 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 78 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/17/2010 | Jonathan Sibun and Harry Wallop
    Even Willy Wonka might struggle to use this much chocolate. Yesterday, somebody bought 241,000 tonnes of cocoa beans. The purchase was enough to move the entire global cocoa market, sending the price to the highest level since 1977, and triggering rumours and intrigue in the City. It is unclear which person, or group of traders, was behind the deal, but it was the largest single cocoa trade for 14 years. The cocoa beans, which are sitting in warehouses either in The Netherlands, Hamburg, or closer to home in London, Liverpool or Humberside is equivalent to the entire supply of the...
  • (DOJ Release) Six New Orleans Police Officers Indicted in Danziger Bridge Case

    07/13/2010 2:25:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Dept. Of Justice ^ | 7-13-2010 | Dept. Of Justice
    WASHINGTON –Six officers with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were charged today in connection with the federal investigation of a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina, the Justice Department announced today. The incident resulted in the death of two civilians and the wounding of four others. The indictment charges four officers – Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso – in connection with the shootings, and charges those four officers and two supervisors – Arthur “Archie” Kaufman and Gerard Dugue – with helping to obstruct justice during the subsequent investigations. The...
  • Portland woman says Al Gore groped her in hotel room

    06/23/2010 11:38:15 PM PDT · by GVnana · 111 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 6/23/2010
    A Portland massage therapist gave local police a detailed statement last year alleging that former Vice President Al Gore groped her, kissed her and made unwanted sexual advances during a late-night massage session in October 2006 in a suite at the upscale Hotel Lucia. The woman told investigators that she informed two friends and kept the clothes she wore that night, including her black pants with stains on them. But Portland police didn't contact any of the woman's friends, obtain the potential evidence or interview anyone at the hotel, records show. "The case was not investigated any further because detectives...
  • Drink 'like eating 68 bits of bacon" (2,000-CALORIE milkshake dubbed the worst drink in the US)

    05/26/2010 6:06:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies · 935+ views
    The Sun ^ | 26 May 2010 | STAFF REPORTER
    Drink 'like eating 68 bits of bacon' A 2,000-CALORIE milkshake that is the equivalent of 68 rashers of bacon and 30 chocolate-chip cookies has been dubbed the worst drink in the US. Made with chocolate ice cream, milk and peanut butter, the drink - called the Cold Stone PB&C - packs a whopping 2,010 calories, 131 grams of fat - 68 grams of which is saturated - and a massive 153 grams of sugar. It topped the Men's Health 20 Worst Drinks in America 2010 list, beating a McDonald's Triple Thick Chocolate Milkshake to the post. Delicious The magazine said...
  • Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

    05/23/2010 11:34:11 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 9 replies · 412+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 5/23/10 | Bee Mulford
    Ingredients: 1 box butter cake mix 1 large box instant chocolate pudding mix 4 eggs 8 oz. sour cream 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup water 8 oz. chocolate chips (or more if you prefer...)
  • How dark chocolate may guard against brain injury from stroke (Alas,...)

    05/06/2010 7:30:41 AM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies · 441+ views
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions ^ | May 5, 2010 | Unknown
    Johns Hopkins researchers discover pathway in mice for epicatechin's apparent protective effectResearchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that a compound in dark chocolate may protect the brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals already known to shield nerve cells from damage. Ninety minutes after feeding mice a single modest dose of epicatechin, a compound found naturally in dark chocolate, the scientists induced an ischemic stroke by essentially cutting off blood supply to the animals' brains. They found that the animals that had preventively ingested the epicatechin suffered significantly less brain damage than the ones that had not been given...
  • Mississippi congressman says Gulf oil spill is like 'chocolate milk' (Taylor - no big deal)

    05/04/2010 4:13:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 512+ views
    NOLA ^ | 5/03/10
    Mississippi congressman says Gulf oil spill is like 'chocolate milk'By The Times-Picayune May 03, 2010, 3:20PM The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico closes in on the Gulf Coast. NASA / The Associated Press A Mississippi congressman has compared the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to "chocolate milk" according to a story Monday on The Huffington Post. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., flew over the spill in the Gulf this past weekend and said it's not as bad as he expected.
  • Chocolate Lovers 'Are More Depressive', Say Expert

    04/26/2010 9:52:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 546+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 27 April 2010
    People who regularly eat chocolate are more depressive, experts have found. Research in Archives of Internal Medicine shows those who eat at least a bar every week are more glum than those who only eat chocolate now and again. Many believe chocolate has the power to lift mood, and the US team say this may be true, although scientific proof for this is lacking. But they say they cannot rule out that chocolate may be a cause rather than the cure for being depressed. In the study, which included nearly 1,000 adults, the more chocolate the men and women consumed...
  • 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]