7 things you need to know about chocolate
Thanks again to author, A.K. Andrew for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. It’s always great to receive recognition from your friends and colleagues. I met Kathy Andrew via the Bloggers Helping Bloggers group on Linked In and we have become good friends. To fulfill the terms of my award as a Beautiful Blogger, I’m asked to share 7 of something with you. A.K. suggested I share tidbits about chocolate, as I am so immersed in the world of artisanal chocolate and cacao.
7 Things You Need to Know about Chocolate
1. Dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content has many health benefits. I have an entire chapter in volume I of Chocolatour about these, but believe it or not, dark chocolate is actually a power food and raw chocolate contains more anti-oxidants than any other food in the world. Cacao releases dopamine and serotonin in our bodies to make us feel good. What could be better than a healthy food that makes us happy!
2. There is great chocolate of all types. Don’t be prejudiced against white, milk, or dark chocolate just because you may have had some of that type you didn’t like. Each chocolate company makes chocolate differently, and there are some that make white chocolate that’s not too sweet, milk chocolate that’s not too creamy, and dark chocolate that’s not too bitter. Experiment, and you’ll find the right ones to best suit your taste buds. Relatively new to the market, dark milk artisanal chocolate is a variety that brings the true chocolate flavour out in the cocoa bean, yet has that beautiful silky mouthfeel that so many of us love. Try it!
3. You will find excellent chocolate in virtually every country of the world. I was pleased to try MAROU chocolate from Vietnam and find it to be some of the best chocolate I’ve ever eaten. And surprised to learn that the UK is probably home to the most amazing collection of chocolatiers and chocolate makers you’ll find anywhere. Both England and Scotland have some of the best. So always look for locally crafted chocolate in every destination you visit. You may be pleasantly surprised!
4. A lot of things will affect the ultimate flavour of the chocolate. Just as with wine, the terroir (geographic location the cocoa beans come from and conditions they are grown in), how the cocoa beans are handled and processed, and what ingredients are blended with the cocoa mass and cocoa butter to create the end-result chocolate can make two bars grown from the same beans in the same country taste entirely different.
5. Resistance is futile when your body wants chocolate. So why waste time and calories trying to fool yourself into thinking something else will do? If you crave chocolate, have it. A small amount of good quality dark chocolate will satisfy your chocolate craving and only add abut 100 calories to your daily intake.
6. Chocolate is versatile and can be paired nicely with coffee, tea, wine, whisky, and even beer. The key is to match flavours. Pair a milk or white chocolate with a lighter or rose wine. Pair a deep dark chocolate with a more substantial wine such as Malbec or Merlot. Pair a creamy Belgian chocolate with Cream of Earl Grey or Rooibos tea, and a darker chocolate with black coffee or a dark beer like Stout or Porter.
7. Chocolate is the universal language of love. It makes everyone happy. It makes everyone smile. I’ve found that no matter where I’ve travelled, when you’re talking about or tasting chocolate, people are generally happy and smiling. No wonder I love my job so much!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this taste into the world of chocolate and learning some chocolate fun facts. I also hope you will subscribe to this site so you won’t miss a thing. If you’re on a tablet, you may have to turn your device to horizontal format in order to see the Subscribe button on the right hand side. Cheers and enjoy your chocolate. Chocolate will never let you down. 😊