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Starbucks Is Bringing The Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino BACK

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Unbeknownst to many, today is National Caramel Day, and Starbucks is bringing back one of their most famously delicious frappuccinos in honor of the holiday, the Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino.

This frappuccino treat is made with toffee nut syrup, milk, coffee, blended ice, then blanketed with a layer of caramel syrup, topped with whipped cream, then finally drizzled with the famous mocha chocolate sauce.

Created last year for the Frappuccino Flav-Off, this caramel-packed delight competed against some highly competitive flavors that, frnakly, all sound mouthwateringly delicious. Beating out flavors like Cotton Candy, Lemon Bar, Red Velvet Cake, Cinnamon Roll and Cupcake is no easy task in itself.

Regrettably, the drink was discontinued after a short stint on the open market.

Fear not though, for the frappuccino gods look down favorably upon you! From now until April 11th, Starbucks will be selling the Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino at all participating locations, so be sure to pick one up before they’re gone again!

 

 

via CNBC, Brand Eating, Katsleoni

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This Chocolate Teapot Is Both Functional And Delicious

There will never be enough ways to get chocolate into our bellies. Still, that won’t stop the chocolate-lovers of the world from continuing to come up with wild and innovative creations.

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Enter the chocolate teapot. This delicious creation from Firebox makes drinking your tea and eating your dishware easier than ever. Weighing in at a hefty 600g, this delectable item is made in Britain using quality dark chocolate (58% of which is cocoa solids).

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With this creation, making hot chocolate is as simple as putting hot water and some cocoa powder in the pot. After letting it soak for a few minutes, just pour and you’re set! You can even turn it into a chocolate fondue set if you let it sit long enough.

After seeing this, my next question is: why aren’t all types of dishware edible? Dishwashers are overrated anyways.

The teapot can be purchased for $35 at the Firebox website.

 

Photo Source: Firebox

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Hit-Or-Miss

The Surprising Origin Story Of The Iconic Coca-Cola Bottle

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More than 100 years ago, the first bottle of Coca-Cola was created. At the time, soda companies all had similar bottle designs and the beverage company wanted to find a way to stand out from its competitors. Coke announced that they would be holding a competition for anyone who could create a distinct bottle that would be recognized by all, Quartz reports.

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The winning design came from a team from the Root Glass Company, based in Indiana. Quartz spoke to Coca-Cola’s director of heritage communications who says that the group drew inspiration from a cocoa pod with “an elongated shape and distinct ribs.”

Legend has it, they went to the library trying to learn more about the word coca. Instead, they found cocoa and decided to just have fun with the concept. While the designers knew they beverage had nothing to do with cocoa, they thought the cocoa pod was interesting enough to base their designs of the, now iconic, contour bottle off of.

The bottle won the team $500 ($11,700 after adjusted for inflation). The rest is history.

Photo: Facebook + The National Archives

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Sweets

49 Ways To Eat Chocolate Around The World

Chocolate isn’t confined to a single country. In fact, nearly every place around the world celebrates the sweet delicacy in a different way.

To better appreciate this, Avas Flowers created a detailed infographic that showcases 49 chocolate treats from around the world.

Check out the beautifully designed image below and see if you can spot your favorite chocolate snack. From Mississippi Mud Pies to Cadbury Double Deckers, we’re already craving a ton of items we’ve never even heard of.

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Leading Chocolate Makers Claim World Is Running out of Chocolate

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Apparently we’re eating way too much chocolate. We’re not talking stomachache numbers, but more like world-shattering numbers. Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, the two leading manufacturers of chocolate in the world, are claiming that at this rate we’re going to consume all the chocolate in the world, reports the Washington Post.

A couple of issues have developed in recent years leading to chocolate price hikes.

Dry weather is a huge issue in West Africa, which produces more than 70 percent of the world’s cocoa. Because of the less-than-fertile conditions, production has been cut 30 to 40 percent. China is also developing quite the sweet tooth as it is purchasing more chocolate every year, causing concern for the supply.

Thanks to these contributing factors, cocoa prices have risen by more than 60 percent since 2012. Chocolate manufacturers were required to raise prices to adjust to cocoa costs.

Responding to this foreseen disaster of chocolate proportions, agricultural research groups in West Africa are working to develop special trees that are able to produce seven times as many cocoa beans, although taste will be compromised.

Pretty soon we might be eating chocolate-flavored candy instead of actual chocolate. Terrifying.

H/T Washington Post

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Ebola May Cause Chocolate Prices to Increase This Halloween

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Chocolate prices have gone up and are expected to go up more thanks to Ebola. According to NPR, chocolate bars like Hershey’s milk have already increased by 5 to 10 cents and may continue to do so as Halloween approaches.

Jack Scoville, a senior market analyst at Price Futures Group, has been tracking the price jumps and the reasoning behind them. Scoville told NPR that chocolate prices have hit a three-year high now because of the Ebola crisis.

Before panic sets in and you trash your secret stash of office sweets (you’ll never find them, Elie), it should be mentioned that one cannot contract Ebola from eating or handling chocolate. The reason for the price hike is a fear of Ebola spreading to the Ivory Coast, causing cocoa farmers to move to avoid exposure. This leaves crops of cocoa beans unpicked and unready for shipment.

Now that the borders are sealed, they can’t just hop back and start harvesting again. While farmers are looking to hire locals to pick the cocoa for them, the uncertainty of the Ebola crisis has left the cocoa market in the dark.

Thus, because supply is limited, prices increase.

H/T NPR

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Sweets

These Gorgeous Paint-Splattered Chocolate Bars Are Fittingly Artisan

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We’re all for combining five different kinds of desserts and calling it art, but every once in a while, it’s nice to see food that’s actually just pretty.

Mexico designer Tatiana Sanchez creates art-inspired chocolate bars for her bespoke gift collection, UNELEFANTE. Designed with chef Jorge Llanderal of Chocosolutions, the line’s first tableau featured vivid pink, orange, yellow, and blue cocoa butter splatters in the style of abstract painter Jackson Pollock. Other designs include melted crayon, crystalized flowers, and curry powdered bark.

Each bar consists of between 50% and 70% Colombian cocoa and is available online in gift sets along with other, equally pretty, bars, balloons, paintings, tea strainers, jewelry, and wine. Check out our favorite designs below:

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H/T That’s Nerdalicious + Picthx Knstrct

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Science Says Chocolate Causes Acne, Cockblocks Our Love Affair With Truffles

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Seems like every time we turn around, another scientist in a lab coat is wagging a finger in our face and telling us things we don’t want to hear. Soda gives us cavities. Alcohol gives us hangovers. And now that a new study from the Netherlands suggests that chocolate causes acne, we’re close to giving up and sticking our hungover, toothless, pimple-covered heads in a big fat sack of denial until the medical profession decides that we’re allowed to enjoy our favorite things again.

Sadly, denial won’t silence the Dutch scientists who claim that their study shows a definite link between chocolate consumption and the acne that plagues 80% of American teenagers. To investigate chocolate as a potential cause of acne, the researchers took blood from healthy adults before and after they ate 1.7 ounces of chocolate containing 30 ounces of cocoa. Then they exposed the blood samples to Propionibacterium acnes, a bacteria known to cause acne, and to Staphylococcus aureus, which aggravates acne.

In the blood samples taken post-chocolate consumption, the blood cells exposed to Propionibacterium acnes produced more interleukin-1b, a sign of immune system inflammation and a signal that chocolate is linked to the inflammatory response associated with acne. The cells exposed to Staphylococcus aureus produced more interleukin 1O, which is believed to lower the body’s defenses against microorganisms and thus could allow bacteria to infect and worsen pimples.

This research isn’t conclusive however, which is good news for those of us who like clear skin and chocolate-covered everything. For one, the Dutch scientists used a teeny tiny sample size (only seven people). For another, there are lots of things present in chocolate besides cocoa (like fat and sugar) that could have caused the blood cell reaction. And finally, while we might not have a perfect pimple cure, science has progressed enough to know that any single person’s susceptibility to acne has more to do with their genetics, hormones, and medications than their favorite junk food. Plus, even if chocolate is responsible for acne, it’s also responsible for this. And this. And this. Worth it.

H/T HuffPo