Chocolate (a.k.a How corporate America is conspiring to make me fat!)

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    Apr 07, 2015 11:33 PM GMT
    I just realized (as I was biting the head off a chocolate Easter bunny) how these corporations have a marketing juggernaut especially where chocolate is concerned. Think about it: after new years they start the massive marketing push for Valentine`s Day (a big chocolate holiday) and then comes Easter (my favourite for a chocaholic) and I have noticed a big push for Mother`s Day and Father`s Day. Then comes summer where we seem to see a break in marketing and once September comes rolling around it`s the Halloween push followed by Christmas. Basically, for someone like me who has a major sweet tooth, it spells disaster. LOL.

    http://www.statista.com/topics/1638/chocolate-industry/
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    Apr 07, 2015 11:40 PM GMT
    They go on hiatus for summer cuz they know people trying to look cute in their bathingsuits and no one wants chocolate, plus it;s hot and that shit melts and in turns looks like shit. Hot weather and chocolate = no.
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    Apr 08, 2015 12:35 AM GMT
    Isn't there something about chocolate not containing real chocolate, and how an extract from castor beans are used as an emulsifier instead of cocoa butter?

    Anyway, I took a look at that link and all it made me want to do is invest.
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    Apr 08, 2015 3:25 AM GMT
    They can gladly have my money; I love chocolate. I always have a selection of chocolates here on my desk; Cadbury, Ghirardelli, Hershey, Lindt, etc. Chocolate is good for you, and good for the soul.

    Yesterday I made chocolate ganache; that stuff is like crack. I use it in my coffee:

    Bring to a rolling boil in a medium heavy saucepan:
    1 cup heavy cream
    Immediately remove from the heat, and pour over:
    8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
    Stir with a rubber spatula until very smooth and glossy. Let cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. The ganache will harden in the refrigerator, but it will still be scoopable. To liquefy the ganache (in case you decide you want to ice a cake with it or something), simply place it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until it melts.

    I didn't trust that recipe; boiling cream on the stove sounds like a good way to scorch it on the inside bottom of the saucepan. My electric (induction) stove has a nice even low. I didn't have any cream so I set the stove at 2 1/2 and poured a 12 ounce can of evaporated milk in the saucepan and then added 12 ounces of chocolate broken into pieces. Stirred and slowly increased the heat until it was at 4 1/2. Then I used a stick blender to make sure it was fully mixed. And I added about 2 or 3 tablespoons of clarified butter to increase the fat content.
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    Apr 08, 2015 5:23 AM GMT
    I find chocolate is the best item to determine how much self control someone has. And for someone like me....its very little. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 08, 2015 11:35 AM GMT
    I eat it sometimes.
    I like chocolate mints or chocolate with a rum or liqueur filling.
    Peanut m&m's and Reeses PeanutButtercups too.
    I stay away from Mars and Twix..horrible chocolate with all that caramel.
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    Apr 08, 2015 11:37 AM GMT
    I forgot to add peppermint patties but I think they have way too much sugar in em just love the taste

    Kthxbai
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    Apr 08, 2015 12:10 PM GMT
    On my friend's Facebook page today "I went shopping yesterday on an empty stomach. I'm now the proud owner of Aisle 10!"

    {local store has candy in that aisle.}
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    Apr 08, 2015 5:32 PM GMT
    Bite into raw cacao nibs, the purest form of chocolate short of the whole bean. I like 'em, sprinkling them over oatmeal, etc., but you might get turned off chocolate for life.
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    Apr 09, 2015 3:41 PM GMT
    You look good naked. Enjoy your chocolate.
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    Apr 16, 2015 3:43 AM GMT
    I am in full agreement. I'm so addicted to chocolate I have convinced myself it is a staple and should be given it's own food group. I think I need the serotonin it provides. It's cheaper than Prozac.icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 16, 2015 4:12 AM GMT
    Every time I go to Switzerland, I bring back a small duffle bag full. Once, I told the Custom's guy at the airport. "This is going to get me laid all winter."