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
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”
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
Scharffen Berger Nibby Bars are made of 62 percent
cacao semisweet dark chocolate mixed with pieces of the cacao bean.
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.