The Question is The Answer

Do you ever have questions about chocolate, but were too afraid to ask? Here are some answers to some of those questions:

The Toblerone bar includes: A) Honey, B) Malt extract, C) Molasses, or D) Rum? The answer is A) Honey! This iconic chocolate bar, created by Theodor Tobler in the early 1900’s originally contained milk chocolate, nougat, and honey. Today, this bar is also made with dark chocolate and white chocolate.  Anyway way you buy it, the taste is amazing.

Eating dark chocolate can cause: A) Acne, B) Cavities, C) Migraines, or D) None of the above? The answer is D) None of the above. So true based upon several studies that chocolate cannot be blamed for any of these ill effects. yeah! In fact, the antioxidants contained in chocolate may have healthy benefits. As with everything else you do in life, moderation is the key.

Which of the following is not a classic pairing with dark chocolate: A) Brandy, B) 12-tear old Scotch, C) Port, or D) Chardonnay? The answer is D) Chardonnay. Many people have debated chocolate pairings, none of which include Chardonnay. Most suggestions are aged Scotch, Armagnac or Bourbon, while others include a Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon. Be adventurous and try them all.

On Valentine’s Day (which is coming up!) in Japan, who traditionally gives out the chocolate: A) Women, B) Men, C) Parents, or D) Children? The answer is A) Women! On Valentine’s Day, Japanese women dole out two types of chocolate. This first is giri choco to their bosses and co-workers and the second is honmei choco for their sweethearts. Try it this year and see what happens.

Chocolate is amazing. So not matter where you are or what you are doing take some time to indulge.,


Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just a week away. Are you ready for those sweet sweets? There are some inexpensive ways to say” I love/like you” than a bouquet of roses. Here are some ideas:

Create an indoor picnic with available props, i.e., picnic tablecloth, paper goods. Share finger foods and favorite treats along with a glass of wine. Chocolate and wine pair up very nicely!  Enjoy your picnic on the living room floor or in bed. Play card games, board games, or make up you own game.

Decorate a unique-looking jar or box with craft items. Write numerous love notes on small pieces of paper and fill the jar with them. These can be “IOUs” for future use such as: I will make dinner; I will do the laundry; I will
take care of the kids one day a month for the next year; I will clean the kitchen for a week; I will serve you breakfast in bed.  Present the jar to your sweetheart with a big smile.

Create a favorite drink together. Try all kinds of ingredients and enjoy taste-testing. Be sure to record the ingredients so you can make this drink next year. Think chocolate!

Watch an old movie at home together, with popcorn, soft drinks, movie-theater style candy, a sumptuous dessert and latté.  Movie suggestions: Valentine’s Day with Julia Roberts and Jamie Foxx; Love Actually with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney; or Three To Tango with Matthew Perry and Neve Campbell.
Make homemade chocolate-covered strawberries: 1) Melt a package of
chocolate chips in a double boiler and add a small amount of oil; 2) Remove from heat and quickly dip the strawberries into the chocolate; 3) Place on wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until chocolate is firm.

Get creative and you, too, can have a nice inexpensive Valentine’s Day to remember.,


Valentine’s Day

Yes, we just finished the whole holiday season and now there is another reason to give chocolate: Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is not all about your significant other. It is a holiday in which you can show your love for everyone around you such as friends, teachers, co-workers,etc.  Everyone likes to know how much they are appreciated and it’s also nice to let people in your life know that you are thinking about them.

After shopping for your significant other and friends, don’t forget mom and dad on Valentine’s Day.  Show your love by doing something special like inviting them over for a home cooked meal, including chocolate for dessert. They will love the thoughtful gesture. If they don’t live close by send them an e-card where you can personalize your own message.

After spending 40+ hours every week with your coworkers, you can become pretty close friends. Let them know how much you enjoy working with them by giving them a special treat this Valentine’s Day. Try making your own gourmet Lindt chocolate truffles. Customize each truffle topping to your coworkers personality or tastes (sprinkles, nuts, etc.).

Plan a girl’s weekend away after Valentine’s Day. We sometimes forget to spend time with the friends who are always there for us. Give a friend or two (or three) a call, send an email or leave a message on their Facebook wall to plan a weekend (or a day if you’re strapped for time) to reconnect, relax and rejuvenate. Book a spa appointment, attend a wine tasting, rent your favorite chick flick and plan to pamper yourself and them by indulging in your favorite foods like chocolate!

Just a few ideas on how to melt the hearts of your loved ones this Valentine’s Day (including your own).,