Each time we see chocolate, have it ever go through your mind how chocolate is made? Let’s look at this Youtube video from Discovery / Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” Chocolate episode! I believe you will enjoy this video a lot!
If we were to look into “Chocolate”, we can discover an interesting rich history of this processed compound of cocoa butter, cocoa mass, sugar and milk.
Chocolate became popular in Europe when the Swiss found a way to solidify the cocoa in the form of chocolate mixed with its famous dairy products. Later, the French wanted a share of this growing industry and emphasizes the benefits of dark chocolate using the purest ingredients.
In recent years we can see more and more chocolate shops opening in Singapore. They sell various kinds of chocolate related products from artisan pralines, chocolate cakes, cupcakes, chocolate truffles and so forth. These shops also use various creative means to try and get people interested in their chocolates. Even chocolate buffets are introduced by hotels where customers can eat the wide selection of chocolate products till their heart’s content.
Chocz was one of the pioneer in this chocolate industry in Singapore. It started its business in 2001 and uses a chocolate boutique approach to introduce quality chocolate to Singapore. However the concept of quality chocolate is not understood by many. Customers often looked at the price instead of trying to understand why the price is different from those chocolates that can be obtained off the shelves.
Chocolates that are available off the shelves are made with vegetable fats so that they are harder and can keep longer. However we know that vegetable fats is not good for health. Quality chocolate on the other hand uses cocoa butter which has a lower melting point than vegetable fats and research has found that it can be easily discharged from our body. Getting such quality ingredients is not cheap because they need to be imported from Europe; the world’s highest consumption of chocolate.
To enable Singaporean have a more appreciation in Chocolate, much advocacy needs to be done in educating them about this common yet not so common product with an amazing history.
Cocoa, the ingredient of chocolate has received much attention and there have been quite a lot of researches done in understanding the health benefits of this ingredient. It is important to note that cocoa and chocolate have been used interchangeably. Although there have been various views about the health benefits of cocoa, the interest for chocolate is continuously growing.
Below are some links where you can read further on various information concerning this :
I believe many of you have been taking chocolate and yet do not know the history of chocolate.
Chocolate has an interesting story of evolution from a bitter drink that brought vitality and energy to what we see now as an ingredient in the world’s most beloved desserts. Chocolate was formerly reserved for royalty and upper class only. Today, scientists have found that chocolate in its pure form is very good for you.
Chocolate has an interesting rich history, going back and forth across the world atlas like an explorer’s ship; from the Aztecs in the new world, to Spain, then France, then back to the Americas. Throughout history, chocolate has remained an ingredient for which has attracted lots of interest and till today it remains a mystery.
When we talked about chocolate, many of us have different views about chocolate. Most of us will look at it as a candy, while those who are more informed will look at it as a health food. How we developed our views about anything has to do with the information we attained. If we were to go to Google to search for information, we can get quite a bit of information! These information about chocolate are really amazing and I believe you will become a well-informed chocolate expert reading through these information!
Below are some of the great links you can explore :
There are Wisdom Quotes for almost anything, and I got a little curious and decided to check out on what Wisdom Quote I can get from “Chocolate”…Look what I found!
Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces Judith Viorst.
Giving chocolate to others is an intimate form of communication, a sharing of deep, dark secrets Milton Zelman, publisher of “Chocolate News”
A chocolate in the mouth is worth two on the plate.
If it ain’t chocolate, it ain’t breakfast!
There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE Linda Grayson, “The Pickwick Papers”
Liquidum non frangit jejunum.” ([chocolate] liquids, amongst them, do not constitute a break in fasting.) Cardinal Francis Maria Brancaccio of the Vatican, 1662
Chocolate: Here today …. Gone today!
Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate! Elaine Sherman, Book of Divine Indulgences
A true chocolate lover finds ways to accommodate his passion and make it work with his lifestyle. One key, not just to keeping weight down and staying guilt-free, but also to keeping taste buds sharp (essential for the professionals who evaluate new products as well as judge recipes), Is being discriminating. Julie Davis of the Los Angeles Times, 10/30/85