CHOCOLATE WITH ALL THE GOODNESS BUT NOT THE CALORIES…

I am a chocoholic and proud to be one. From an early age when away at school all my chocolate in my tuck box would be eaten first then I would do a never-ending amount of jobs for senior girls in order to get some more. I really should have opened a chocolate shop before now. I’ve even been on a chocolate diet ! and ‘no’it did not work but it was rather enjoyable.

However, we all know it’s not good for our waist line nor our teeth but over the years it does get some good press as being good for your heart in the right format and the amount you eat. Chocolate is made from cocoa, which contains polyphenols, which may work as antioxidants that lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and reduce blood pressure. Some experts suggest that eating some chocolate every day can decrease your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Cocoa contains epicatechins and catechins, which are similar to the polyphenols found in green tea; and quercetin, which is found in fruits and vegetables. Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than milk chocolate because certain processing methods remove the polyphenols, which have a bitter flavor.

Dr. Arebi on Net Doctor wrote “Fermentation in the bean and subsequent extraction generates cocoa butter and releases a variety of vitamins and minerals such as potassium and anti-oxidants,” she explains.

“Cocoa beans also contain dopamine, phenylethylamine and serotonin, chemicals with powerful antidepressant properties that also promote wellbeing. In addition, theobromine is another component of the cocoa bean and has caffeine like properties.”

And she says that many more healthy chemicals are released when chocolate is fermented in our intestines by our gut bacteria, citing research that showed the antioxidants released are similar to those found in green tea.

So, where can we buy chocolate that is that bit healthier but tastes as good as ordinary chocolate? Well there are many companies out there with healthier chocolate treats for us in fact far to many for me to write about in one post so instead I am going to write a regular post on it with all the information I have found about each company.

To start off this regular slot my first post is all about a company called The Skinny Food Company, The Skinny Food Co. was founded in May 2018. James Whiting and Wayne Starky (Directors) have previous experience in the food and beverage/health and wellness market and have discovered the need for great, tasty, and healthy products. It is promoted by diabetic family members who avoid so many favorite foods. This brand was born with the release of zero-calorie syrups, healthy, almost zero table sauces, and shortly thereafter.

Some of the products which I cannot wait to try are-

The Chocolate Flavoured Zero Calories Syrup at £3.99

The Prodigy Chunky Chocolate Low Sugar Vegan Chocolate Bars at £1.99

The Skinny High Protein Milk Chocolate Crispies at £1.25

The Double Chocolate 3 calories a cup drink at £2.49

The 92% less sugar Chocolate Spread at £3.99

I don’t need to go any further as I am sure your mouth will be watering by now but I promise I will follow up after I have tried some of these and another post on chocolate for fewer calories.

CHOCOLATE…

Chocolate is …

Luscious

Decadent

Divine

Seductive

Heavenly

and tastes good with…

Almonds

Walnuts

Hazelnuts

Pecans

Peanuts

Ice-cream

Strawberries

It’s also …

Velvety

Dark

Rewarding

Delicate

Exciting

And it makes the world go round ! and so say all of us CHOCAHOLICS…

 

THE CHOCOLATE SHOW 14th-16th OCTOBER, OLYMPIA, LONDON…

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Doors to The Chocolate Show at Olympia’s National Hall will be opening in a week’s time and they have got so much in store for you, including a small plates bar with chocolatey dishes from the former chef at Pachamama, Adam Rawson, and new products from exhibitors from around the world!

UNITED KINGDOM, London :

If you are  in the mood for Chocolate Week this weekend? ( I’m always in the mood) then Delicious Magazine have their Chocolate Hub up and running online with a wealth of chocolate recipes ready for you to get baking and creating. With video demonstrations on the Delicious website, you could learn how to make impressive chocolate decorations to wow your friends and family in less than five minutes!

Lots more to come on the Chocolate Show… watch this space…

CHOCOLATE COCONUT COOKIES RECIPE…

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Ingredients
125g caster sugar
60g butter or margarine (softened)
75g desiccated coconut
25g chocolate chips
150g plain flour

Method
Preheat oven to 180C Gas 4
Grease or line a baking tray
Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until smooth
Add the egg
Keeping 2 tbsp coconut aside, add the rest to the dough with the flour, until smooth
Divide dough into around 16 and roll into a ball
Roll into the remaining coconut and then flatten each ball to around 4cm circle
Press in a few chocolate chips onto the top of each cookie
Place on the baking tray
Bake for around 15 minutes until slightly golden
Leave to cool on a wire rack