Chocolate melts at 34 degrees centigrade, which is just below
the temperature of the mouth.
Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second
shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's movie, "Psycho" which actually
took 7 days to shoot.
Champagne and sparkling wines do not pair well with milk or dark
chocolate because of their acidity, which reacts with chocolate,
causing a tart taste to occur. Instead, Will and Guy suggest white
chocolate with champagne and dark chocolate with red wines.
Although chocolate is not an aphrodisiac, as the ancient Aztecs
believed, chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA), a natural
substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body
as falling in love. Hence, heartbreak and loneliness are great
excuses for chocolate overindulgence.
Christopher Columbus is said to have brought chocolate back to
Europe after he visited South America in about 1504 but it only
reached Britain in the 17th century. At the time it was made into a
drink; but only for the wealthy, because of high import duties.
In 1579, English pirates raided a Spanish ship. Upon finding its
cargo of precious cocoa beans they burned the whole ship--they
mistook the beans for sheep dung.
Steric acid, a fat found in chocolate, does not raise
cholesterol levels, even though it is a saturated fat.
Chocolate has always been included on all American and Russian
American chocolate manufacturers use around 1.5 billion pounds
In 2009, Americans consumed over 3.4 billion pounds of
About 200kgs of melted chocolate was spread over the VW Beetle after it was first wrapped
in cling film. Seven people worked overnight to make sure the chocolate car was ready to go on display on the morning of Valentine's Day. According to China News Network, the car attracted many viewers and
lovers to the dealer in Qingdao city.
The botanical name of the chocolate plant is "Theobroma Cacao",
which means "food of the Gods"
The word 'Chocolate' comes from the Aztec word "xocolatl", which
means "bitter water".
Some health experts say the purer the chocolate, the better it
is for you. Chocolate with a cocoa content of more than 50% is high
in magnesium and contains calcium, potassium, sodium and iron. It
also has vitamins A1, B1, B2, C, D and E.
British people are second only to the Swiss when it comes to
chocolate consumption. The average Briton eats 8.6kg of chocolate
Queen Victoria sent specially molded chocolate bars to British
soldiers fighting in the Boer War, in South Africa, as a New Year's
Great chocolate manufacturers choose their beans in the same way
as a wine-maker chooses his or her grape varieties.
Chocolate stimulates the same reaction in the body as falling in
love from a natural substance that is in chocolate by the name of
In Japan, there is a Valentine's Day tradition called", or
"obligation chocolate", which requires that women give inexpensive
chocolate to all of the men in their lives.
Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, cats and other domestic pets.
The ingredient theobromine over stimulates their cardiac and nervous
systems, and can cause death.
Men crave food that is high in fat and salt while women crave
Here is a wonderful idea to make a chocolate Valentine. Combine, ice-cream, dark
chocolate, brownie mixture and a liqueur to make a wonderful heart-shaped,
The secret is to make the 'Brownie' biscuit the day before and then assemble
the ice-cream sandwich just before you serve it.
However, making alcoholic ice cream is not easy, it takes practice to get the
liqueur blended and frozen. The good news is that even if the 'failures'
don't look elegant, the still taste good.
Ingredients for Valentine Chocolate Brownies
A box of brownie mix
Half a cup of oil
Two table-spoons of instant coffee
One tea-spoon of vanilla essence
4 oz of quality dark chocolate, cut into smallish chunks. (Use
your favourite chocolate not a cheap cooking substitute)
Three fingers of a liqueur such as Bailey's Cream. (Will likes to
experiment with whisky)
Method to Make Valentine Chocolate Ice Cream
Preheat your oven to 340 degrees.
Lightly grease an '18' x '12' tin (or jellyroll pan). Top tip, line
the bottom with a cake liner.
Mix the liqueur with the instant coffee and vanilla; stir until the coffee is
dissolved. In a large bowl, mix the brownie mixture, eggs and oil; stir
vigorously. Add the chocolate pieces. Pour mixture into the tin and coax
the mixture out to the edges of the tin. Place pan in a 340 degree oven.
Bake for 13-16 minutes. When brownies are done to your liking (13 minutes for
gooey), remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
To create your sandwich masterpiece: use a heart-shaped cookie to create the
brownies. Take a clean tin and spread out the brownie hearts in a
single layer in the pan. Now get the ice cream from the freezer.
Cut the ice cream into shapes using the same heart-shaped cookie cutter you used
for the brownies.
Carefully place the ice cream shape on top of one brownies and cover with
another brownie. If you have time, repeat this process to create a double-decker
sandwich. Cover pan of Valentine sandwiches with cling-film (plastic wrap)
and immediately place in the freezer. After about an hour in the freezer,
the sandwiches can be individually wrapped in plastic if desired. For
those not on a diet, you could even serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
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