Archive for October, 2010

Nicaragua Cacao Harvest/ Travel Adventure

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Chocolate zealots, habitués, gourmands, abusers and lovers Come to Nicaragua and Help Us SAVE THE CHOCOLATE!

Cacao and chocolate originated in Central America. The criollo-based hybrids of cacao are known globally as the “flavor beans,” generally considered the most complex and finest in the world. Chocolates made from these beans have amazing tastes.

In Nicaragua today, the very old varieties of cacao are being phased out in favor of the new high-yielding hybrids. Yet many older varieties bear quite decently, and at least one of these is resistant to the Moniliasis, their worst disease problem.

The greatest incentive for small farmers to save their old varieties of cacao trees is getting premium prices for their different, sorted out cacaos. Today the farmers of northern Nicaragua do not separate the various types of cacao but simply mix them together for fermentation and sale.

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Chocolate: the Exhibition

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On display Oct. 2, 2010 through Jan. 2, 2011.

From rainforest treasure to luscious treat — immerse yourself in the story of chocolate. Explore the plant, the products, and the culture of chocolate through the lenses of science, history, and popular culture. The exhibit features experiments and hands-on activities, as well as Mayan, Aztec and 17th-century European artifacts, including items to find, make, and sell this tasty treat. Exhibition text presented in English and Spanish. More Details.

Dark Chocolate Bakery’s Official Launch Party

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TheDarkChocolateBakery.com had its official launch party on October 12th. We were so proud to share our dark chocolate delights with guests from Head Start of Greater Dallas, friends, colleagues, press and family and 10% of the proceeds went to Head Start. Thank you Angela and Doug Nash for loaning us the perfect French venue for the night!

Guests were able to taste and we hope indulge in gourmet cakes, fine wine, and the perfect cheese pairings by Central Market. Details on those incredible cheeses and “Hail to the Cheese Month” later.

We also wanted to thank Paul Albright of Guittard Chocolate Company who shared Guittard’s history and chocolate origins with our guests. Many thanks to CEO Wanda Smith of Head Start

We have extended our donation of 10% of order proceeds to Head Start of Greater Dallas through October 31st. Please enter HEADSTART at checkout. Our miniature cakes are a perfect gift for family, friends and clients, and you can set the delivery date to fit your needs, including for holiday gift-giving.

Head Start of Greater Dallas services 4,259 low-income, preschool age children, and their families at 36 center locations throughout Dallas County. In addition, HS operates 2 Early Head Start centers, which serve 98 pregnant women, infants and toddlers.

Can Healthy Dark Chocolate Improve Your Mood?

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Saw this article in Health and Fitness and thought I needed to share.

08.10.2010 | Author: Natasha Ochs | Posted in Health-and-Fitness

You may want to start looking at the GOOD side effects of a natural mood enhancer, instead of the long list of BAD side effects of a ” happy pill” Chocolate could be you answer, however not all chocolates are created equal. Xocai Healthy Chocolate Dark Chocolate has several components in it that promote positive mood changes in the brain.

Antioxidants that are plant based are called Flavanols, which are found cacao. Free radicals in your body are the leading cause to ageing, sleep deprivation, inflammation and fatigue. Science studies are showing that our modern day diets are far from having enough antioxidants in it, and that cacao has the highest amount of antioxidants that we need to help battle some of these common problems. The flavanols in the healthy chocolate boosts blood flow to certain areas of the brain in about 2-3 hours after consuming it, which not only help your body resist cell damage but also optimize performance in certain tasks due to the increased alertness by digesting more of these flavanols.

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