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#10 of 10 from Some of my all time favorite foods by
“Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, tootsie rolls....if it's chocolate, I love picking it up in the nose of some beer I've never tried. It usually means I am about to
posted in The Beer Snob
#2 of 5 from My 5 favorite things to smell in a beer by
“Lots to do with chocolate. You can either eat it or melt it... well, be creative ;-)”
posted in Inspirations
#3 of 8 from Valentine's Mood by
“Sweet and a favorite for kids. Some of the chocolates are wrapped in gold foil and shaped like Chinese taels or coins. For good luck, obviously.”
posted in The Rice Table
#10 of 11 from Chinese New Year Goodies by
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Chocolate comprises a number of raw and processed foods produced from the seed of the tropical cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central and South America, with its earliest documented use around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican peoples made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs and the Maya, 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.

After fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted, and the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The nibs are then ground and liquefied, resulting in pure chocolate in fluid form: chocolate liquor. The liquor can be further processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Pure, unsweetened chocolate contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, combining chocolate with sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. "White chocolate" contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids (and thus does not qualify to be considered true chocolate).

Chocolate contains alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which have physiological effects on the body. It has been linked to serotonin levels in the brain. Scientists claim that chocolate, ...

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