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Chocolate … the “black goddess”!

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Are there any people on this planet to hear the word chocolate and not “upset”? Seeing the “black goddess” and do not drool? Taste to it and not enjoying? If so surely will be minimal !
Chocolate or “food of the Gods” is derived from the seeds of the cocoa tree. The Mayans were the first people who used and consumed in beverage form. In later years the Spaniards brought to Europe in cocoa which became widely known through literature! The 1674 was produced in London in the first chocolates in solid form in 1875, the Swiss Daniel Peter added milk cocoa creating milk chocolate.
Although several studies have shown that especially the chocolate has beneficial properties for the human body, many are those who avoid it because the thought forbidden or follow a diet plan or not. Let’s see what is actually true for the “food of the gods.”
The consumption of dark chocolate is associated with:

  • the production of endorphins that cause euphoria
  • serotonin production having antidepressant activity
  • lowering blood pressure
  • high content of antioxidants, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, tannins, liposoluble vitamins, oxalic acid, potassium, theobromine, caffeine and zinc
  • stimulate and increase performance in athletes
  • better mental performance of students.

 

Types of chocolate
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Couverture: contains that both health but less cocoa mass

Organic chocolate: pretty high in cocoa mass

White chocolate: contains sugar: milk but no cocoa mass

Milk chocolate contains cocoa butter: cocoa mass, sugar and milk

Chocolates with nuts or fruits: the above chocolates which have added nuts, fruits and even liqueurs.

 

 

Calorific value per 100 g

Type of Chocolate

Calories

Milk Chocolate

527 kcal

Chocolate

502 kcal

Chocolate almond

540 kcal

Chocolate hazelnut

544 kcal

Chocolate fruit

550 kcal

White Chocolate

540 kcal

 

Can the chocolate when consumed to offer pleasure, enjoyment, wellness, toning and good health but remember… all in good measure!

Recipes with chocolate

amygdalochocoChocolate cookies with almond paste

Ingredients:

50g almond paste
2 small eggs
250g butter, softened
200g flour
175g cornflour
40g unsweetened cocoa powder
150g caster sugar
1 pinch salt

Preheat oven to 170 C.
Crumble the macaroons. Separate 1 egg and mix the yolk with marzipan.
With electric mixer, add the egg whites, one whole egg, butter, flour, cornstarch, cocoa, sugar and salt. Beat well.
Transfer the mixture into a piping bag with a large star nozzle on a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and bake for 12 minutes in preheated oven. Allow to cool.
Melt some chocolate, according to package directions and decorate cookies with it.

mouschocoChocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

500g chocolate
50g fresh milk
150g cream

Melt the chocolate in a bain marie and whisk the cream until it becomes whipped cream.
When chocolate is melted withdraw the pan from the heat and add the milk and finally the whipped cream. Mix well and refrigerate.

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