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CHOCOLATE

Some time ago, I read an article about chocolate in ForbesLife (December 2006).  The writer provided citations demonstrating the cravings that women have for this edible substance versus men.  Since WinoStuff clearly provides a somewhat gender-biased reporting, I thought I’d highlight a few points/comments/facts from the article as well as a few websites with recommended products.

  • Chocolate should be stored where it is cool and dry and where the temperature is between 68-78 degrees.

  • When chocolate is stored in a refrigerator, it will "sweat" when it is brought to room temperature.

  • Eating high fat chocolates can trigger the brain’s production of the opiate endorphin.  This might explain “chocoholics”.

  • Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, the “love” chemical.

  • Casanova reportedly seduced with chocolates.

  • The French Culinary Institute in New York conducts 25-hour courses on chocolate making for $950 (www.frenchculinary.com).

  • Bissinger’s Blackberries are ripe blackberries dipped in fondant then chocolate.  Available only from the last week of August through September.  www.bissingers.com

  • Scharffen Berger Nibby Bars are made of 62 percent cacao semisweet dark chocolate mixed with pieces of the cacao bean.  www.scharffenberger.com

The author’s favorite combo is coffee ice cream with chocolate fudge, raspberries, whipped cream, walnuts and a glass of Bordeaux.  I think I may have to try that.

Wino Wally
Baltimore, MD
February 2008



 

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