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  • 18 Treats To Try Before The World Runs Out Of Chocolate

    11/18/2014 8:55:11 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 16 replies
    Play Buzz via Yahoo.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Staff
    1. A giant chocolate cupcake topped with whoppers. 2. This multi-layered chocolate on chocolate beauty. 3. The wonder that is this frozen chocolate pudding cake. 4. Chocolate doughnuts smothered in delectable chocolate glaze (and sprinkles!).
  • The world’s biggest chocolate-maker says we’re running out of chocolate

    11/17/2014 10:38:15 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 93 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2014 | Roberto A. Ferdman
    There's no easy way to say this: You're eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it's getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous scenario if it doesn't stop. Those are, roughly speaking, the words of two huge chocolate makers, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut. And there's some data to back them up. Chocolate deficits, whereby farmers produce less cocoa than the world eats, are becoming the norm. Already, we are in the midst of what could be the longest streak of consecutive chocolate deficits in more than 50 years. It also...
  • Manufacturers warn that the world may soon run out of chocolate

    11/17/2014 9:00:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    theweek.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Catherine Garcia
    Start hoarding those Hershey's Kisses and stockpile your Snickers: The world could soon experience a chocolate shortage. Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, two of the world's largest chocolate makers, say that's the path we're headed down. They cite a perfect storm of factors: Less cocoa is being produced as more and more people are devouring chocolate. In 2013, consumers ate about 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than was produced, The Washington Post reports, and that deficit could go up to 1 million metric tons by 2020. The Ivory Coast and Ghana produce more than 70 percent of the world's cacao...
  • Make fantastic chocolate from raw cocoa beans

    11/16/2014 4:43:48 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 30, 2014 | astrojeff
    This instructional video is intended to help people make chocolate using simple ingredients and simple equipment. The equipment and method is especially suited for people living in chocolate-growing regions of the tropical Americas, as the equipment is universally available and does not require electric power.
  • Compound in cocoa found to reverse age-related memory loss

    10/26/2014 5:34:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 26, 2014 | Fredrick Kunkle
    In case anyone needed another reason to love chocolate, a new study suggests that a natural compound found in cocoa, tea and some vegetables can reverse age-related memory loss. The findings suggest that the compound increases connectivity and, subsequently, blood flow in a region of the brain critical to memory, the researchers said. Researchers said that if a person had the memory of a typical 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, after three months, on average, that person’s memory would function more like a 30- or 40-year-old’s. The researchers also cautioned that more work is needed because of the...
  • 'Two Ferns' star coins Obama nickname ('chocolate freedom')

    10/15/2014 2:22:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/14 | Justin Sink
    A meal in the White House mess before taping the “Between Two Ferns” episode credited with boosting enrollment in ObamaCare, gave comedian Zach Galifianakis the idea for a new nickname for President Obama. “Before we went to interview the president, I ate in the White House with his staff - you know, young, six to eight of them. There’s a restaurant in the White House,” Galifianakis said during an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” “You don’t have to pay, but there’s a dessert menu,” the comedian continued. “And on the dessert menu, there’s something called Chocolate Freedom.”...
  • Ebola threatens chocolate

    10/13/2014 10:24:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.politico.com ^ | Updated: 10/13/14 10:10 AM EDT | By BILL TOMSON
    Ebola is threatening much of the world’s chocolate supply. Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cacao, the raw ingredient in M&M’s, Butterfingers and Snickers Bars, has shut down its borders with Liberia and Guinea, putting a major crimp on the workforce needed to pick the beans that end up in chocolate bars and other treats just as the harvest season begins. The West African nation of about 20 million — also known as Côte D’Ivoire — has yet to experience a single case of Ebola, but the outbreak already could raise prices. The world’s chocolate makers have taken notice....
  • Now it’s time to panic. Ebola threatens global chocolate supply

    10/12/2014 12:25:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/12/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    First off, we should probably get to the headline swamping the news outlets this morning. A second case of Ebola, contracted in the United States, has been confirmed in Texas. The patient is a health care worker who was in contact with the the original victim from Liberia who passed away this week. A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week, has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test, the state’s department of health said in a statement.The health care worker reported having a...
  • Could Ebola Affect Chocolate Supplies?

    10/11/2014 12:47:00 PM PDT · by bgill · 37 replies
    Newsplex ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | CBS MoneyWatch
    West Africa produces nearly three-quarters of the world's cocoa -- with the nations of Ivory Coast and Ghana responsible for 60 percent of that supply. And while Ebola has not yet appeared in those two nations, their proximity to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone -- the current epicenters of the Ebola outbreak -- have led to concerns that any continued spread of the disease could also cause a major disruption in cocoa production, and another spike in world cocoa prices.
  • Is nothing sacred? Forest Service says drop chocolate, add fruit to your s'mores

    09/05/2014 5:40:48 PM PDT · by workerbee · 34 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/5/14 | Todd Starnes
    “This perfectly captures what is wrong with our government. Hard-earned tax dollars supporting bureaucrats who can’t pass up an opportunity to tell us how to live our lives,” [House Majority Leader, Kevin] McCarthy wrote. “For the things that government is supposed to do – like confront terrorist groups – we don’t have a strategy, but for things Americans are supposed to be able to do for themselves – like figuring out the best ingredients for s’mores – government bureaucrats have that figured out.”
  • Farmers Who Grow Cocoa Beans Taste Chocolate For The First Time...(Vid + Article)

    07/31/2014 3:21:16 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Cate Matthews
    Chocolate. Whatever your preferred form or flavor is, the love of it is something that feels universal, shared between us. We come together over dinner for it, celebrate birthdays and holidays with it. The industry that produces chocolate crisscrosses the entire world. But for the cocoa bean farmers from M'batto, Ivory Coast, seen in the video above, that connection didn't come full circle until Selay Marius Kouassi, guest correspondent for Metropolis TV, visited and offered them a taste of their first chocolate bar. Ivory Coast, a small country on the west coast of Africa, is the world's leading producer of...
  • Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

    07/09/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 76 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-9-14 | Campbell Robertson
    NEW ORLEANS — C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday in federal court in New Orleans. Mr. Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts, most relating to kickbacks from contractors looking for city work. The sentence was imposed by Judge Ginger Berrigan of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mr. Nagin, a Democrat, was arrested in January 2013, nearly three years after he left office. He was charged with taking kickbacks in the form of...
  • How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

    07/02/2014 4:44:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | July 02, 2014 | Allison Aubrey
    The idea that eating cocoa-rich, dark chocolate may offer greater health benefits than milk chocolate is not new. Cocoa is loaded with compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to help our bodies fend off inflammation and maybe even improve our moods. And now a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow. Researchers studied patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which affects about 20 percent of adults older than 70 in the U.S. and other Western countries. People who have PAD can...
  • Eatery Invents Chocolate Fried Chicken

    06/25/2014 6:22:32 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 18 replies
    Foxbusiness.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Fox Business Staff
    If your wondering what to have for lunch today.
  • Muslims Declare Jihad Against Cadbury after...

    05/27/2014 5:57:09 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/27/14 | JULIAN ROBINSON
    ...after two batches of chocolate ended up with pork DNA Muslim groups in Malaysia call for holy war against chocolate maker Confectionery giant accused of 'crossing the line' after pork traces found Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Almond 'tested positive for traces of porcine DNA' Company recalls two batches of their product amid threats of legal action Groups call for Cadbury factories to be 'shut down immediately' Malaysian Muslims have called for a holy war against the confectionery giant Cadbury – after pork DNA was found in some of its products. A group of more than 20 Malay-Muslim organisations say they...
  • Malaysian Muslim groups call for jihad on Cadbury after pork traces found in chocolate

    05/27/2014 5:08:41 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 27, 2014 | Josie Ensor
    Muslim groups are calling for a boycott of Cadbury after two if its products sold in predominately Islamic Malaysia were found to contain traces of pork. The discovery was made during a periodic check for non-halal ingredients in food products by the country's Ministry of Health, which confirmed porcine DNA traces in its bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond.
  • Resveratrol in the diet is no help at all, study says

    05/13/2014 11:57:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5-12-14 | Melissa Healy
    o you've been feeling virtuous quaffing red wine, nibbling on dark chocolate and popping grapes, thinking you're reaping the life-extending, disease-fighting, health-promoting benefits of resveratrol. You'll need to think again, suggests a new study, which finds that high levels of resveratrol consumed as part of a regular diet are not linked to lower levels of cancer, cardiovascular disease or inflammation, and do not appear to prolong life. The latest research on the promising polyphenol was conducted on the senior population of two villages in the Chianti region of Italy -- 783 men and women 65 and older whose health and...
  • Passenger wIelded a Toblerone 'like a sword' and demanded to be Flown to Sochi to Watch Olympics

    04/18/2014 2:27:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A Finnish man attempted to 'hijack' a plane using a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanding to be taken to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, had wrapped two economy class blankets around his head, wearing a third as a cape when he waved the chocolate bar 'like a sword' as he walked towards the cockpit. Manselius also made a false bomb threat on the Cathay Pacific flight from Amsterdam to Hong Kong on February 14, and said he was robbing the plane, airplane staff said. SNIP He said he was trying to entertain...
  • Why dark chocolate really IS good for you:

    03/22/2014 8:06:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3-21-14 | Victoria Woollaston
    Love dark chocolate? Now you can eat it with much less guilt because scientists have discovered why it is so good for us. Previous studies have found daily consumption of dark chocolate reduces blood pressure and is good for the heart. Now scientists have discovered why this happens - and its down to how our guts ferment the fibre in cocoa beans. Researcher Maria Moore, from Louisiana State University said: 'We found that there are two kinds of microbes in the gut: the 'good' ones and the 'bad' ones. 'The good microbes, such as Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, feast...
  • Study to Test Chocolate Pills for Heart Health

    03/17/2014 3:07:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Mar 17, 2014 | Marilynn Marchione
    It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The pills are so packed with nutrients that you'd have to eat countless candy bars to get the amount being tested in this study, which will enroll 18,000 men and women across the U.S. ``People eat chocolate because they enjoy it,'' not because they think it's good for them, and the idea of the study is to see whether there are health benefits from chocolate's...
  • Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial present the former mayor as predator, or prey

    02/10/2014 9:14:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 2/10/14 | Mark Waller
    Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial on Monday centered on whether the former New Orleans mayor was a predator focused on helping himself or prey for an assortment of shady operators. The prosecution portrayed Nagin as an opportunist who pursued businessmen under pressure to win city business, targeting them to line his own pockets. The defense characterized those contractors -- some of whom suffer from their own legal and financial problems -- as scheming to use Nagin without his knowledge, and now eager to testify to help their own situations. After the lawyers made their final pitches, the...
  • Firefighters Refuse to Help Man, He Dies

    01/30/2014 10:40:58 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/30/2014 | Evann Gastaldo
    77-year-old collapsed across street from DC firehouse (Newser) – Marie Mills' father collapsed Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot across the street from a Washington, DC, firehouse—but firefighters didn't rush to his aid, despite repeated pleas for help, and Medric "Cecil" Mills, 77, died of a heart attack. Marie Mills tells WTTG that bystanders were "screaming and hollering" at a firefighter across the street, and three people even ran over to Engine 26, but they were told rescuers could not respond until 911 was called, the Washington Post reports. Sources say that when 911 was called, an...
  • (Democrat New Orleans) Ex-Mayor Nagin goes on trial for bribery charges (finally)

    01/27/2014 2:46:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 26, 2014 | Michael Kunzelman and Kevin McGill
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city during its darkest days after Hurricane Katrina, will be thrust back into the spotlight this week when he goes on trial in a corruption case that mushroomed at the end of his eight-year tenure. [Snip] Nagin's 21-count indictment includes bribery and wire fraud charges, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and 20 years in prison, respectively.
  • Chocolate and red wine can help stave off diabetes (Antioxidants regulate blood glucose)

    01/20/2014 7:50:22 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20 January 2014 | Jenny Hope
    It sounds like the ingredient list for an indulgent dessert. But red wine, chocolate and strawberries are more than a guilty pleasure. They could all help guard against diabetes. A study found for the first time the high content of flavonoids found in berry fruits may regulate blood glucose levels, and stave off type 2 diabetes. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds found in plants, as well as tea, red wine and chocolate, which can protect against a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and dementia. The study found the main protective effect came from higher intakes of...
  • Hershey's to make 3-D chocolate printer

    01/17/2014 6:57:22 AM PST · by shove_it · 58 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 16 Jan 2014 | Steve Hargreaves
    Because apparently Americans don't have easy enough access to junk food, soon getting a candy bar could be as easy as hitting "print." 3D Systems (DDD) announced a deal with Hershey's (HSY, Fortune 500) Thursday to collaborate on developing a 3-D printer that makes chocolate and other edible products. In a statement, 3D Systems said making printers that print chocolate is a good way to help the relatively new technology go mainstream. Hershey sees it as a great delivery system for its products. "Whether it's creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it,...
  • How To Make a Brownie in a Mug IN 5 minutes

    12/17/2013 5:57:01 PM PST · by virgil283 · 34 replies
    Hungry? Need a sweet? Nothing in the house? Make a brownie in a mug...."By now I'm sure everyone and their grandmother has seen the Dizzy Dee microwave chocolate cake in a mug. However, whenever I've made it, I've found it to be somewhat gelatinous and, quite frankly, not really chocolatey. In its stead, here's a brownie recipe that I've been using for a while and with which I've gotten MUCH better result. Note: This really is more for those of you who prefer "fudgey" brownies to "cakey" ones." .....Patriot cooking;
  • Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

    11/04/2013 7:26:15 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/4/13 | Carey Nershi
    I am what you might call a recovering junk food addict. One that had an especially strong penchant for candy. And while I've managed to get my sweet tooth under control in recent years, I still have quite a weakness for homemade versions of classic treats. Being able to create them without preservatives or strange ingredients makes this a justifiable weakness, I'd dare say.
  • (Signs of the Apocalypse) Name 'Allah' Found on Chocolate Crunchie Bar, Boy Then Gobbles Snack

    11/02/2013 8:34:27 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Ahlul Bayt News Agency ^ | 2013/11/02 | Ahlul Bayt News Agency
    U.K.: Boy Finds Name of 'Allah' on Last Crunchie Chocolate Biscuit in the Packet Little Imran Abdur-Rahman, seven, spotted the Arabic letters in his Cadbury's Crunchie biscuit he was about to scoff. Dad Mohammed, 36, who took the picture, told the Manchester Evening News: “He recognised it straight away and came running to me. "I looked at it and I was surprised to see that was exactly what it was. "Imran is not very patient and when he'd shown it to me he said 'dad, give it back now. I want to eat it.' “It all happened quite quickly, I...
  • Leicester academic finds 'first' iced chocolate recipe

    09/02/2013 2:15:54 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8-31-13
    A university academic says she believes she has uncovered the first English recipes for iced chocolate desserts. Dr Kate Loveman, from the University of Leicester, said she found the recipes in manuscripts which belonged to the Earl of Sandwich in 1668. At the time, the chocolate treats came with a health warning for damaging the stomach, heart and lungs. The research also shows some of the regular themes in chocolate advertising across the centuries. Dr Loveman, a senior lecturer in 17th and 18th Century English literature, said she was looking through a Samuel Pepys journal when she came across a...
  • Russia hits at Ukraine with chocolate war

    08/14/2013 12:33:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14 August 2013
    Russia’s consumer rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzo, banned imports of Ukrainian confectionery giant Roshen’s products on 29 July, two days after a visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Ukraine, marked by a cooling of relations with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich. … According to the Russian press, the so-called “chocolate war” with Russia could cost Roshen an estimated $200 million. In the meantime, Russia asked Belarus and Kazakhstan, as members of its Customs Union, to ban Roshen’s products. … The Moscow Times recalled that Roshen is not the first Ukrainian producer to get banned from Russia. Onishchenko stopped the supply of...
  • This Cupcake Costs $750. Repeat: This Cupcake Costs $750.

    08/13/2013 6:30:33 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Thrillist ^ | Matthew Parvis
    This cupcake costs $750. Repeat: this cupcake costs $750. Maybe you shouldn't get one for everyone in the third-grade class. Meet the $750 Decadence D'Or cupcake at Sweet Surrender inside the Palazzo. It's encased in a hand-blown sugar fleur-de-lis and crafted using chocolates that get more special attention during production than Rip Torn when the movie's shot in a whiskey bar. It's arguably better than the Hostess version. Here's how it breaks down: • The Cake: Made from Palmira Single Estate chocolate, which was developed by Valrhona, a French chocolatier who planted a series of Criollo bean trees to create...
  • What's In Chocolate, Cocoa That Might Benefit Brain Health?

    08/08/2013 7:17:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 40 replies
    FORBES ^ | Aug 8, 2013 | Alice G Walton
    In the new study, the team from Harvard randomly assigned 60 elderly people to drink two cups of flavanol-rich or flavanol-poor cocoa every day for a month. There weren't any overall differences between the high- and low-flavanol groups in terms of cognitive abilities, so the researchers looked a little deeper. They found that people who had compromised blood flow to the brain and white matter damage at the beginning of the study did show a difference after drinking the cocoa for a month: Blood flow in their brains improved by about 8%, and the time it took them to complete...
  • Heat-resistant chocolate within reach, Cadbury maker says

    06/10/2013 1:12:08 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 10, 2013 | TOSIN SULAIMAN
    JOHANNESBURG - Snacks company Mondelez International Inc is close to introducing heat-resistant chocolate it can sell at market stalls in Africa and some of the world's hottest places, a senior executive said on Thursday. The maker of Cadbury chocolate and Oreo cookies has spent at least ten years on research and is close to introducing the new snacks to consumers, according to Lawrence MacDougall, the company's president for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA), although he declined to give a specific date for the roll-out. He gave no details on the content of the chocolate, how it tasted or...
  • Joe Biden's CHOCOLATE BULLETS - In ACTION (Video)

    05/22/2013 10:51:43 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 3 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 5-22-2013 | taofledermaus
    We wanted to find out if chocolate bullets would make the country a happier place. You be the judge. The shooter is Matt from JackIsMyCopilot channel. Thank you for your assistance!
  • 103 Year Old Recalls Chocolate Deprivation World War I

    05/20/2013 3:37:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | May 19, 2013
    This recollection was submitted to my Chocolate Chronicle--please submit your favorite chocolate recollections, especially if they may have Jewish connections. Dr. Marcus eats chocolate every day of his life and has reached the amazing age of 103. He remembers: 'I was the youngest of four children, the only boy. I had one Father and four Mothers. We owned one large Swiss chocolate bar. When World War I broke out in 1914, my Father showed us children the bar and said you can look at it, but you cannot eat it until the war is over, then each of you will...
  • N. Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike On Tokyo In Event Of War, Or If Japan Downs Test Missile

    04/12/2013 4:01:54 AM PDT · by Fennie · 53 replies
    RT News ^ | April 12, 2013
    Pyongyang warned that Tokyo would be its primary target if war broke out on the Korean Peninsula, if Japan maintains its "hostile posture." It also threatened a nuclear strike against the island nation if it intercepts any North Korean test missiles. In the comments, carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Friday, Pyongyang lambasted Tokyo's standing orders to shoot down any North Korean missile heading towards Japan, Seoul-based Yonhap news agency reports.
  • L.A.’s chocolate prince reigns overseas ( Right Here in California --)

    01/24/2013 12:25:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    businesswithoutborders.com ^ | Monday October 1st, 2012 | Sarah Treleaven
    It’s fair to say that Jonathan Grahm, known in some circles as “the chocolate prince,” is big in Japan. Years ago, the Los Angeles-based chocolatier won a competition in Tokyo – the only American in a sea of Old World European expertise – and has been racing to keep up with demand there ever since. His refined truffles are available in department stores across Japan, and this year he had 72 Valentine’s Day popup shops.Chocolatier Jonathan Grahm, president of Compartes“In Japan, they thought American chocolate was M&Ms, and it’s nice to shatter those stereotypes,” says Grahm.While other international projects –...
  • Anger as US inspectors target Swiss chocolate

    09/08/2012 3:00:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | 07 Sep 2012 | Malcolm Curtis
    Because of the importance of the US market, chocolate manufacturers in Switzerland are submitting to Uncle Sam’s intrusion in their factories but they are not happy about it. “The fact that a foreign authority is involved in our Swiss businesses is unseemly,” Daniel Bloch, of Chocolats Camille Bloch, told Handelszeitung, the German-language business journal. The newspaper has discovered that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to inspect 21 chocolate factories and 18 dairies in Switzerland. The move is part of the implementation of America’s Food Safety Modernization Act, new legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama last...
  • “Chocolate may help reduce stroke risk in men”

    08/29/2012 11:29:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:45AM BST 30 Aug 2012 | (Source: agencies)
    Regularly indulging in chocolate may actually help men decrease their risk of having a stroke, according to a Swedish study. Researchers writing in the journal Neurology found that of more than 37,000 men followed for a decade, those who ate the most chocolate—typically the equivalent of one-third of a cup of chocolate chips—had a 17 per cent lower risk of stroke than men who avoided chocolate. The study is hardly the first to link chocolate to cardiovascular benefits, with several previous ones suggesting that chocolate fans have lower rates of certain risks for heart disease and stroke, like high blood...
  • Bring On The Chocolate: Study Finds Chocolate Can Protect From Skin Cancer

    08/05/2012 3:42:50 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    947TheWave ^ | July 29, 2012 | Brie?
    A new article in Allure magazine is so sweet it will make you shed tears of joy! Chocolate can protect you from skin cancer! It turns out chocolate doesn’t just provide comfort on a rough day — a new study reports that chocolate helps protect against UV rays. Better yet, this isn’t a matter of slathering chocolate fondue all over your body. The Journal of Nutrition reports that the superfood contains antioxidants epicatechin and catechin that shield skin from the sun- only when you eat it. Women who consumed 326 milligrams of high-flavanol cocoa per day for 12 weeks had...
  • Ohio Thief Steals $600-Worth of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

    06/20/2012 5:13:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 20, 2012 | Jennifer Abbey
    A Lorain, Ohio, Sunoco is having trouble with a “Reese Cup bandit.” A repeat thief has stolen $400- to $600-worth of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups from the Sunoco in the past several months, according to Lorain Police. He returned to the Oberlin Avenue store at 1 a.m. Tuesday and stole an unknown amount of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a bag of chips. The clerk working at the Sunoco Tuesday blocked the door but the thief pushed his way past him, police said. The clerk was not injured. Employees of the Sunoco have nicknamed the thief the “Reese Cup bandit.”...
  • Can a decade of dark chocolate protect your heart? Daily chocolate could avert strokes, attacks

    05/31/2012 10:45:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    reuters ^ | May 31, 2012 | Reuters
    A scientific study likely to stir the souls of chocoholics has suggested that eating dark chocolate every day for 10 years could reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes in some high-risk patients. The researchers, whose work was published in the British Medical Journal on Friday, stressed the protective effects have only been shown for dark chocolate containing at least 60 to 70 percent cocoa - not for milk or white chocolate. This is probably due to higher levels of flavonoids in dark chocolate.
  • Eating lots of chocolate helps people stay thin, study finds

    03/27/2012 2:07:44 PM PDT · by Innovative · 86 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 27, 2012 | Ryan Jaslow
    The study found that people who frequently ate chocolate had a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who didn't. The researchers found that the participants - who were an average age of 57 - ate chocolate for an average of twice of week and exercised roughly 3.5 times per week. But the more frequent chocolate-eaters had smaller BMIs, a ratio of height and weight that's used to measure obesity. What explains the effect? Even though chocolate can be loaded with calories, it's full of antioxidants and other ingredients that may promote weight loss, the researchers said.
  • Mars [Obama] puts Snickers bars on a diet

    02/17/2012 6:18:57 AM PST · by iowamark · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | February 16th, 2012 | Jacque Wilson
    ...Worry no more - Mars, Inc. is going taking that decision out of your hands. The company that produces M&Ms, 3 Musketeers, Snickers and Twix bars has vowed to stop shipping any Mars chocolate products that exceed 250 calories per portion by the end of 2013. Right now a regular Snickers bar has 280 calories and each Twix cookie bar has 130 calories. Mars will most likely stop producing its king-sized candy bars all together since the large Snickers bar weighs in at 510 calories."We have a responsibility to help our consumers and the pets they love lead healthy lives,"...
  • Goodbye To The King Size: Mars To Downsize Candy Bars In 2013

    02/15/2012 5:50:09 PM PST · by John W · 67 replies
    npr.org ^ | February 15, 2012 | Allison Aubrey
    Ready to say goodbye to a sliver of your Snickers? And how about a slightly slimmer Mars bar? By the end of 2013, chocolate-maker Mars says all of its chocolate bars will be under — or right at — the 250-calorie mark. With all the fixation on our civilization's expanding waistlines, it's not that there are bad foods, just big foods. That means you won't be seeing lower-calorie chocolate or caramel — just less of it. And the company says it wants to be an industry leader, helping its customers enjoy "responsible snacking." It sort of reminds me of beer...
  • Blanche Ely High School teacher could face discipline for allegedly calling her students 'chocolate'

    02/03/2012 3:48:33 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | February 3, 2012 | Cara Fitzpatrick
    A reading teacher at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach has been accused of screaming at a Haitian student in her class last year, telling him to shut up and calling him a "little chocolate boy" and a "chocolate that nobody wanted." According to the district, Leslie Rainer, 46, of Deerfield Beach, has been spoken to twice before about her remarks to minority students, including an incident in which she allegedly told a student, "I wish they would put you in a boat and send you back where you came from."
  • Students fight back against chocolate milk ban

    11/19/2011 3:57:15 AM PST · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    KOMO.com ^ | Nov 18, 2011 | Elizabeth Dinh
    MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. -- A local school district has removed chocolate milk from its menus, but students aren't giving up their sugary drink without a fight. The Tahoma School District has spent the past three years reworking its lunch menu to offer students healthier foods. It already did away with canned fruit, and now officials are taking chocolate milk off the menu.
  • Bittersweet Exit for Hershey Trust Co. General Counsel-Lots of Skullduggery Left Behind

    10/18/2011 12:11:55 PM PDT · by Stayfree
    Corporate Counsel ^ | Oct. 18, 2011 | Sue Reisinger
    The trust company, under investigation by the Pennsylvania state attorney general's office, manages a $7.5 billion charity. The trust also holds 77 percent of the voting stock in the Hershey Company, including the Hershey Foods Corporation....The precise nature of the investigation has not been disclosed, but local news media have previously questioned the trust's purchase of a financially troubled golf course—for $12 million—that was partially owned by a then-trustee; the building of a $5 million bar and restaurant on the course; and the sale of the chocolate factory in downtown Hershey, PA, to private investors.
  • Climate change could shrink chocolate production: report

    10/12/2011 9:07:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/12/11 | Tiffany Hsu
    Scientists say climate change will eventually claim many victims -– including, according to a new report, chocolate. As temperatures increase and weather trends change, the main growing regions for cocoa could shrink drastically, according to new research from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. Ghana and the Ivory Coast –- which produce more than half of the global cocoa supply –- could take a major hit by 2050. Currently, the optimal locations to grow the crop are about 330 feet to 820 feet above sea level, with temperatures of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit to 77 degrees. That range will soar...
  • Recipe for Chocolate Fondue

    09/30/2011 4:25:49 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    http://theknightshift.blogspot.com/ ^ | September 28, 2011 | Christopher Knight
    Chocolate Fondue - 1 and 1/4 cups whole milk - 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract - 2 tablespoons unsalted butter - 4 ounces Ghiradelli 70% Cacao Extra Bittersweet Chocolate baking bar (broken up into pieces) - 4 ounces Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Baking Bar (also broken up into pieces) Pour the milk, vanilla extract and butter into a saucepan. Heat the saucepan on medium and mix well. When it has begun to slightly boil from the heat, remove from the burner and pour in the bittersweet and milk chocolate bar pieces. Keep stirring until the bars are completely melted and the...