This week is National Chocolate Week in Great Britain. Chocolate Week promotes fine flavour chocolate, celebrating the work of top chocolatiers and chocolate companies. Chocolate most commonly comes in dark, milk, and white varieties, with cocoa solids contributing to the brown coloration
If you’re looking for something a bit different http://www.chocolateweek.co.uk/recipes/
Chocolate is a raw or processed food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central and South America. Its earliest documented use is around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl, a Nahuatl word meaning “bitter water”. The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor.
Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages, to produce chocolate milk and hot chocolate.
The Europeans sweetened and fattened it by adding refined sugar and milk, two ingredients unknown to the Mexicans. By contrast, the Europeans never infused it into their general diet, but have compartmentalized its use to sweets and desserts. In the 19th century, Briton John Cadbury developed an emulsification process to make solid chocolate, creating the modern chocolate bar.
I like chocolate – I know this is not a healthy shape friendly thing 😦 but I can controll my chocolate eating habit, I change my chocolate for healthy chocolate – yes I eat healthier chocolate this is my secret:
Chocolate and Raspberry Shake
250 ml skimmed or soy milk
4 dessert spoons raspberry yogurt
4 dessert spoons of fresh or frozen raspberries
2 dessert spoons of Formula 1 Chocolate
Whiz in blender until smooth