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Topic: DELICIOUS (02/04/16)
TITLE: Chocoholics Beware!
By Chris Goglin
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Although most of us try to watch what we eat, occasionally we just have to splurge. The extraordinary taste of chocolate comes in many different varieties: ice-cream, yogurt, oven-baked cookies, brownies, and French silk pies. Let’s not forget chocolate mousse, mocha latte’s, chocolate covered cherries, creamy old-fashioned fudge, and the beloved peanut butter cup! Are you hooked yet?
Chocolate comes from the bean of the cacao tree, originally discovered in South America. Over the centuries, many more trees were planted. Beans are roasted and ground down to powder or syrup, then finally end up in factories creating numerous chocolate products. How can this simple bean create such pleasure and contentment? It gives us energy when we need it; it is a comfort food when we are depressed. It’s a peace offering, a friendly hug, a love token, and a special smile to young and old alike.
A word of caution must be introduced at this point. Chocolate is a saturated fat, and even the unsweetened variety contains excessive calories. When fresh cream, and sugar are blended in, it can affect your cholesterol level. No one wants to be a prime candidate for a heart attack, so we need to wisely control our sweet cravings. Try a velvety smooth dark chocolate bar with its anti-oxidant qualities instead of a milk chocolate truffle. Many products contain a honey filling instead of buttercream; some contain sea salt and organic cocoa. The recovering chocoholic still has a healthy solution!
When we indulge in the irresistible treats that fill our Valentine’s boxes, snuggle in our Easter baskets, and garnish our Christmas desserts; let us surrender to this amazing delicacy—occasionally, and with selective caution. Chocolate is here to stay, as long as people everywhere desire the sweeter things in life.
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