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Why You Need To Thank The Ancient Mayans For Chocolate

Many people have no idea where chocolate originated, if you asked some they might say Hershey, Pennsylvania! In actuality the confection that is adored by millions of people all over the globe comes from the Amazon region of South America and Central America where it was found my the Mayans and then was spread through the rest of America coming through Mexico and the Aztec Empire. Like many other things, the Aztecs attributed the existence of the Cacao plant to their god, Quetzalcoatl. We don't think anything of it when we eat chocolate but to the Aztecs Cacao beans existed as food for the gods, literally. These beans were valued so highly by their culture that they were used as money for a time. The way modern chocolate came into being is from when the conquistadors came to America and then brought it back to Europe with them in the 1500s. This is when the dark confection was introduced to the Western World. The chocolate we know of now exploded in popularity in the 1900s in the United States. Before this ti...

 


Recipes - Healthy Snacks

In today's hectic life style it probably feels like there is no time for healthy eating, or you simply can't find recipes that are both healthy and quick to make. As a result it is tempting to reach for the quick and easy snacks such as potato chips or candy.Do you ever run out of healthy recipes for snacks, or find them to time consuming?Snacking is a major part of our lives, especially when it comes to kids. This article looks at why healthy snacks are important for all the family and will provide you with some straightforward and interesting recipes. Foods with natural colours are on the whole good for you, like red apples, yellow bananas or orange carrots. Possibly the most important thing to remember is variety, a balanced diet will keep you healthy and fit as well as feeling good.First of all I am going to give you some snacking tips.Always make your snacks interesting A rice cake is better than a packet of potato chips but is probably considered boring, so why not spread peanut butter and raisins on t...

 


Chocolate Candy For The Connoisseur

Chocolate candy must be the most popular sort of candy in the world. It definitely is in Europe and America. We eat tons and tons of Mars, Cadburys, Lindt and Nestle chocolate candy every year. The sad thing is that most of the people who admit to liking chocolate have never tasted a proper bar of chocolate in their lives.To a connoisseur, chocolate candy can come from anywhere in the world although Belgium, Switzerland and France are the countries, whose names come to mind first. Regardless of that, good chocolate candy is also manufactured in Great Britain, Spain, the USA and some parts of Latin America.This is not unanticipated as chocolate first made its debut among the Mayans of Central America in at least 300 BC and maybe even as far back as 3000 BC. In 300 AD it was a special drink reserved for royalty and was very bitter. It was so special that it had to be drunk from a golden chalice and that chalice could be used for that intention only once.In those days, many more herbs and spices were added to th...

 


Chocolate Bunnies and Colored Eggs

Easter is a time of joy and happiness, and most of us get together with family and friends to celebrate and rejoice, search for dyed eggs, cook traditional Easter dinners, and have fun in the presence of loved ones.Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.Origins of EasterThe holiday known as Easter is when Christians celebrate the rising of Jesus Christ from the grave. It celebrates the story of how Jesus Christ took on the sins of the world, and gave his life for those that are willing to accept the gift of eternal life. Although it is the story of how Jesus died on the cross, the Easter story isn't just about his death. It is about how Jesus promised that he would rise again on the third day to show the world that he paid the price for their sins, and ascend to heaven. His purpose was to die and rise again, thereby absolving believers of their sins.Many people are unaware of the fact that Easter is a combination of both Christian and pagan beliefs. Tradition ...

 


Sweet Dreams: Getting Started On Opening Your Own Candy Store

In today's tough business climate, many people have been forced into becoming career changers. Perhaps now is the time to open that candy store you've always dreamed of owning! The fact is, even in hard economic times, people are not willing to give up basic comfort foods; statistics show that chocolate and other candy sales are way up. But just having a vision in your head is never enough.All new businesses require clear and concise strategies for success that will convince a lender that you are serious and that the institution should take a chance on you. You must take the time to sit down, preferably with an experienced business owner in a similar field, to chart out a course for yourself and your candy store. Here is a skeletal business plan to help you on your way. You can use it as a guideline, then add or take away additional items as you see fit. 1. Where are you planning on putting your business? Location is everything: you'll want to select a site that is affordable, has steady traffic, and that is ...

 


Wedding candy- a sugary touch to your Big Day

Relished by people of all ages, candies tend to give an extra touch of sweetness to every occasion they are present in, then why leave your wedding ceremony out?Just like you choose your wedding cake, go ahead and choose candies for your wedding as well. Candies, particularly the sugar ones, are manufactured from a condensed sugar solution with a water base and are further combined with flavours and colours. With a prolonged history, you can choose candies from an abundant variety available in the market today. Wedding candies can be chose based on various factors. You can choose them by colour, by its constituents or its sweetness content.With the concept of wedding candy bars being popular already, the concept of having a wedding candy buffet is also appreciated. In fact candy buffets have been designated as one of the top fashions at weddings by Yahoo in the year 2011 and can be a radical element to make your wedding stand out among the others.Companies and agents setting up candy buffets are high in busin...

 


A Little Bit Of Sweetness: All About Fudge

Is there anything more delicious on the tongue than the melting sweetness of a little bit of fudge? Fudge has been an American candy-making tradition for over 100 years and it is a guaranteed hit in homes as well as gift and candy shops all across the nation. Here is a little bit of info about this little bit of sweetness: fudge. Fudge's humble beginnings are a bit hazy, and no one can definitively pin down when the basic recipe actually came to be. Divinity candy is in the same basic family as fudge: both need to be cooked at high temperatures and depend on sugar crystals to maintain shape and texture. Although Divinity is thought to have come first, in the mid 1800's, fudge as we know it today was probably a late 19th century concoction.Like chocolate chip cookies and other culinary classics, fudge may have been discovered as a mistake. Its name may actually have come from the verb "to fudge" meaning to do something wrong. The recipe for fudge is actually very close to "fondant," a smooth type of cake icing...

 


Using and Maintaining Your Home Chocolate Fountain

A home chocolate fountain offers a unique way to serve warm or melted chocolate fondue. The average fountain stands anywhere from 19-inches to an impressive 45-inches. The design consists of several tiers, with a round basin situated at the bottom. The heat, which is located under the fountain's basin, warms up the chocolate before a corkscrew pump pushes the chocolate up through the center of the fountain until it reaches the top. The chocolate then tumbles over the tiers until it creates a chocolate waterfall effect. People can then dip in anything they please into the chocolate including, marshmallows, candy and strawberries.A home chocolate fountain will create the ideal centerpiece for dinner parties or any other special events a person plans on hosting. Most bridal showers and weddings have a chocolate fondue fountain these days, so they have become synonymous with having a good time. There is no need for people to limit what they dip into the chocolate fountain to fruit or candies. In fact, believe it ...

 


Stock up on Bulk Candy for the Upcoming Holiday Season

Americans have always loved candy. Long before it was recognized as a nation, her inhabitants were eating maple syrup as a snack. The first settlers from Europe brought along sugary treats with them from the Old Country. Most of these sweets were made and enjoyed at home, rather than purchased at the store. The average settler knew how to make candies like licorice, pralines, marzipan, marshmallows and sugar plums on his own. These treats were often served as a desert or enjoyed as a snack. As the nation continued to grow, general stores became the convenience stores of their time. One of their most popular offerings was penny candy. They sold individually wrapped sweets like chocolate and peppermints for a penny, obviously. The Industrial Revolution took sweet making from the home to the factory. Candy sales skyrocketed, as skilled candy makers introduced appealing new brands. There were over four hundred companies that made candy by the middle of the 19th century. It was a golden age for sweets in America. ...

 


In parties, as favours, in parades- candies work everywhere

Candies- favoured by everyone, from kids to the aged are now popular in parties as well. The flavoured sweet dish, made from sugar solution comes in a variety of shapes and colour and are also available at online candy stores now. Affordably priced it has made its way to parties held on numerous occasions. In fact candy bars and candy buffets are considered to be elements in a party that makes it exceptional. Besides, it is also a convenient and a relatively cheap way to pacify the sweet tooth of your guests.In spite of some exceptional cases where I have found adults going crazy for candies, candies along with their sweetness can particularly be related to children. To see that extra shimmer of happiness on your children's faces, adding a candy buffet to their birthday parties would be a brilliant thing to do. Party candies are specially designed in shape and colour which makes them even more alluring to kids. To get it at a comparatively cheaper rate, you could go for bulk candies instead of purchasing indi...

 


Why The Brand Cadbury Chocolate Is So Well Known And Popular

For nearly everyone the names Cadbury and chocolate are almost one in the same, especially for those who are connoisseurs of the sweet tasting substance. These days one can find Cadbury chocolates in a variety of locations like grocery stores, mall shops, specialty stores, and especially in Easter Baskets. I think you may find the story of Cadbury chocolate and how it came to be and spread all over the globe to be very interesting.Frye and Sons of Bristol England are credited as being the first in that area to manufacture chocolate as a confection in the mid 1800s. Early into the next century a merger was formed with the company named Cadbury who made the confectionary delight famous. All of the chocolates made by Cadbury today are directly descended from the ones that were first made by Frye and sold to people in Europe before any other.Cadbury also is responsible for making the very first milk chocolate bars in the late 1800s. Cadbury was the forerunner from which the rest of the chocolate making industry g...

 


Hot Chocolate Is A Tasty Way To Boost Your Immune System

Now you can satisfy your chocolate cravings without a shred of guilt!Are you one of the millions of people who crave chocolate? That is OK because cocoa is actually very good for you. Hot Cocoa made with pure cocoa powder contains more antioxidants than green tea or wine. Now there are all organic hot cocoa products that are naturally healthy with the addition of herbal infusions that boost immune response and physical performance.Several health focused companies have added the immune boosting properties of Cordyceps and Ganoderma to their hot cocoa products. These Chinese herbs have long been known to boost physical performance and immune system response. People are clamoring for this healthy hot chocolate alternative.Now drinking hot chocolate can help you fight off colds and flu. Now you can enjoy a chocolate hot cocoa that is healthy as it possibly can be. When cocoa is infused with these medicinal herbs you are getting a rich chocolate drink that releases these extra health benefits when you heat the cho...

 




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