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Have You Ever Wondered Exactly How Chocolate Is Made?

Every time you dip your hand into a box of Russell Stover's or delight in any piece of fine chocolate, you probably didn't know that this superb candy making process begins with a rather small item. It is just a simple bean that is responsible for bringing the dark chocolate truffles to your Valentine's Day candy box, as well as the milk chocolate bars you stash in your desk at work. There is a wonderful process that takes place to turn a small bean into some of the most delicious concoctions in the world. First, let's take the cacao bean or seed, which originates from a fruit bearing tree that travels a mighty journey before it can be called a piece of chocolate. To create the fine chocolates we love so dearly, there is a specific chain of events that must properly link together. The result is the transformation of the cacao bean into something quite remarkable. The harvest of a cacao is completed by hand. Growers also cut the fruit by hand, often using machetes to open up the product. This is considered the...

 


Once Reserved For Royalty, Now Chocolate Is For Everyone

Many of us like or even love chocolate in at least one of its forms. Chocolate can be found in a variety of forms. All chocolate starts out as beans, we most of us enjoy it either as a powder or liquid you can add to drinks, or as candy bars. Even though many of us like chocolate we really don't know where it all started. When chocolate was first brought to England by the Spanish it was as a drink. The drink was bittersweet due to the fact that it was made with chili peppers. It did not take long for the chili peppers to be replaced with sugar and make the drink even better. Many people could not afford this luxury drink, but it was enjoyed by the royalty. It did not take long for other countries to challenge Spain's monopoly on cocoa. After cocoa became more available the price went down and more people could enjoy it. This would also lead to people experimenting with cocoa and using it in cakes and pastries. When people first starting eating candy bars they were also bittersweet just like the drink. He...

 


Finish the Year Right With a Corporate Gift Basket

During the Christmas season, it's important to think of those who have helped to make your business a success. Your staff, your customers, and the businesses you deal with have played a key role in your prosperity this year, and you will want to let each and every one know just how much you appreciate them. This Christmas season, give corporate gift baskets as a sincere gesture of your appreciation. A corporate gift basket is the type of gift that is appropriate for presenting to anyone, whether your support staff, your vendors, customers both large and small, and even people that you hope to do business with in the future. One of the best things about giving corporate gift baskets is that you can decide what to give. You may want to present a corporate gift basket that contains fruits, as a symbolic celebration of the prosperity you've enjoyed. Other types of gift baskets that would work well are cheese, or cheese and meat baskets: wine baskets, candy baskets, cookie baskets or coffee baskets. Fruit c...

 


You Have Too Much Candy On Halloween?

The biggest problem with these Halloween sweets is that they have plenty of calories per serving and little nutritional value. Plus, the smaller fun-size treats often fool dieters into thinking that they can eat multiple pieces without harming their diets. But t only takes 9 of these mini-candy bars to add a quarter of a pound of fat to your body.Beyond candy, Halloween is also filled with other indulgent treats. Whether it is pumpkin pie, gooey popcorn balls, or sweet candied apples, there is no shortage of calories during the month of October.What can you do?Obviously, there is no way that you can totally eliminate candy from Halloween with spoiling all of the fun. So here are some tips to help you stick to your diet, while still allowing yourself the occasional sweet indulgence.Walk when trick-or-treating. Not only is it a good idea to supervise your kids while they are out trick-or-treating, it will help you burn some extra calories while you do it, even if you are walking slowly.Store leftovers in the cu...

 


Did You Know That Hershey's Kisses Are Almost 100 Years Old?

In 1907 a wonderful new candy made its debut, Hershey's Kisses. This smooth sweet candy was shaped in a teardrop and hand wrapped in foil. Although the origin of the name is unknown, it is believed to come from the way it is formed. The chocolate was dripped while in the process of manufacturing. Originally the kisses were individually hand wrapped but in the 1920's machines were created to take over the task.Since the introduction of the Hershey's Kiss the wrapping process has remained relatively the same. The little flag coming from the top of the chocolate was added in 1924. Today machines can wrap approximately 1,300 of the delicious candies per minute. In the last 80 years the shape and style of the popular candy have remained relatively the same. There have been a few variations tried over this time but none have sufficed the way the original has. There have been a few tries to compete with the formula but none since 1931. Sweethearts, Silvertops, and Silverpoints may be recalled by the older generation...

 


Stock Up on Some Bulk Candy for the Holidays

The holiday season will be in full swing before you know it. Then you'll be juggling holiday parties, Christmas shopping, decorating, and wintertime events without a moment to spare. The last thing you want to happen will be looking into your child's sad, confused eyes when he or she says to you, "Where's the candy?"Let's face it - the holiday season wouldn't be the same without those yummy sweet confections that put smiles on the faces of people of all ages. And you probably won't have time during the holidays to rush out to the discount store, supermarket or sweets shop to pick up the candy you need when you run out.The best strategy? Get ahead of the problem now. Stock up on your candy supplies before you get swept away by holiday activities.Here's an even better idea: save money on your candy by buying it in bulk. You don't want to blow your holiday budget, and you know candy prices will start to go up as the holiday season approaches. And candy is not like eggnog or yams, which can go bad if you buy them...

 


Halloween Candy Safety Tips for You and Your Kids!

There are always new and more disturbing stories of poisoned or otherwise tainted Halloween candy that come to the public's attention each year. For that reason, parents are often very concerned about keeping their kids safe during Halloween celebrations.Not all children are doomed to have a bad Halloween candy experience. Parents can do quite a bit to ensure that their children enjoy all the fun of Halloween without any of the unpleasant possibilities. Both parents and their children need to follow some important safety steps in order to have a fun and safe time this year.* Don't eat anything that has a loose wrapper. Many times if a wrapper is suspect, the candy inside is also. Tightly wrapped packaging is a good sign that someone hasn't unwrapped and re-wrapped the candy, something that would be hard to do well.* Keep your kids from overindulging in their trick-or-treating spoils by giving them a full meal before you leave the house in search of sweets and treats.* Do not let your children decide to eat...

 


Classic Candy Boxes for Parties and Holidays

America has always had a sweet tooth. Long before it was a name on a map, the first inhabitants enjoyed maple syrup as a snack. European settlers introduced a whole host of sugary snacks that they had brought with them from the Old World. Most of these treats were sweet meats or confectionaries, though they were often referred to as candy. Sugar candy was popular and widely available in early America. Many people made treats like licorice, marshmallows, marzipan, pralines, and sugar plums at home and served them for dessert. Before long, candies that could be sold individually, like peppermints, were offered at general stores, often for a penny. The Industrial Revolution took candy out of the home and into the factories. By the middle of the 19th century, there were more than four hundred of them that made, packaged and shipped nothing but candy. Sales skyrocketed as skilled chocolatiers and creative candy men introduced iconic new products and brands. The first major candy milestone in America was made...

 


Some Unique Fund Raising Ideas For Your Group

Fundraisers are a great way for a group to raise money. One of the most successful fundraisers you can do is to sell candy. There are many types of candy you can choose from. You can sell any type of sweets and have a hit fundraiser. Even though this fundraiser is done often it is still a hit due to the variety of candy you can sell. There are enough different candies to please any candy buyers taste. First you will need to decide what kind of candy you would like to sell. With such a wide variety to choose from this may not be an easy choice. Will you sell candy bars, and if so how many different kinds of candy bars will you offer? Do you want to sell boxed candy that can be given as gifts? Do you want to sell gummy bears and suckers? Once you have narrowed your choice of candy down you will need to decide how many flavors or varieties you will offer. You may also want to offer a selection from each of these groups to insure an even bigger variety and selling group. The more choices you have the more you ...

 


Good Meal Habits to Boost Your Metabolism

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just wanting to maintain your sleek physique, boosting your metabolism to a higher rate is always a good idea. There are several ways to give your metabolism an extra push – including exercising early in the day – but eating can also be a factor in its elevation. Increasing your metabolism means your body burns calories at a higher rate. So if your metabolism is high, it’s burning calories even when you aren’t working hard at the gym. A sluggish metabolism can cause you to gain weight, because you’re consuming more than your body is burning. The first thing you need to do is add breakfast to your daily meal planner. Although many people don’t like eating breakfast, it gives your body the rev up it needs to launch your metabolism. A 250-calorie snack is all it takes to boost your metabolism in the morning. Another way to increase your metabolism is to add spices to your food. According to the U.S. Agricultural Res...

 


The Sweet News That All Chocolate Lovers Have Been Waiting To Hear

Chocolate is finally getting the recognition many think it deserves. It has been proven in scientific studies to contain antioxidants, which are good for you. This is very exciting news to the millions of chocolate lovers around the world. What better news to receive than for a prescription to eat a sweet treat once in awhile.Antioxidants are similarly those found in wine and tea. These antioxidants help to inhibit or prevent heart disease in some people. The amount is small compared to some foods however even a small amount in any food will be helpful in your quest for good health.The most effective way to get the health benefits of chocolate is to consume the least processed type of chocolate. Dark chocolate has been shown to contain the highest amount of these health benefits. By the lack of deep processing dark chocolate has maintained its antioxidants ad therefore their benefits. The FDA or Food and Drug Administration is recommending a very small amount of chocolate daily however to get the most benefit...

 


Children With Autism Should Pass on the Wheat and Gluten

Approximately 1 in 250 children will be diagnosed with autism, and the frequency of diagnosis is growing by about 10 percent each year. With this disorder growing at epidemic speeds, doctors and parents alike are searching for new ways to combat and prevent autism. While the causes of this disease are vague and outcomes of conventional treatments are also uncertain, many are turning to a gluten/casein free diet as an answer to autism. In her book, Louder Than Words, actress Jenny McCarthy talks about her son Evan, his diagnosis with autism and her search for answers. Jenny has employed a gluten free diet (accompanied by medication, therapy and supplements) to help Evan overcome autism with amazingly positive results. Once communicating with only one word at a time, Evan is now fully conversational. He holds eye contact and enjoys life as a normal little boy. How is it that a gluten/casein free diet can help children with autism? No one knows for sure, but one school of thought is that gluten (a protein...

 




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