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Is Dark Chocolate Healthy? Depends On Who You Ask

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A staggering number of studies were actually paid by people who make chocolate. So if that can happen, and it happens a lot, who do we trust when it comes to health information? And is dark chocolate healthy for real?

It’s not uncommon for growers and food producers to fund nutrition science research. In fact, it’s a pretty ubiquitous occurrence. Everybody does it. So many new studies come out claiming that some food or other is going to cure cancer and save the world. A lot of studies contradict each other, and we don’t know anymore if red wine might cure cancer or ruin our collective skin for good. Or worse!

Not to mention that in order to get funding, sometimes scientists have to present a much more clean-cut conclusion than their study has shown. This ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ explains wonderfully how the system works.

But sometimes, the paying for studies takes a strange, negative turn. For instance, we know that the sugar industry has done its fair share of influencing the public opinion and turning fat into more of a villain than it ever was.

That’s why it’s not shocking that Vox.com analyzed about 100 studies paid for by the Mars company and found that most of them drew overwhelmingly good conclusions about the health benefits of cocoa and chocolate. From the heart health benefits to the antioxidants that help fight all kinds of diseases, dark chocolate has been treated as heavenly food, because it’s a dessert that is said to also be very healthy.

Is dark chocolate healthy or not? 

But the fact is that all of this research paid for by other food companies like Hershey’s and Nestle, over the past three decades, has managed to change the public perception on chocolate. And a lot of people have been changing their eating habits. Because, of course, it’s not enough to have the cheapest dark chocolate on the market; you should pick the best brand to get the dark chocolate healthy benefits.

Vox cites the example of a luxury cocoa startup that put an avocado chocolate bar on the market. And that bar was promoted and covered in the media as health food, even though it had 600 calories and 43 grams of fat per serving – not that different from your garden-variety chocolate. It had more calories and fat, but just a little bit less sugar.

But because it came on the heels of the hailing of avocado as a superfood and the three decades and millions of dollars invested by chocolate makers, that bar had everybody talking about it.

Is Dark Chocolate Healthy? Depends on Who You Ask
Lately, people have been buying more expensive chocolate, to get more health benefits.

Chocolate sales are up in the US

“Mars and [other chocolate companies] made a conscious decision to invest in science to transform the image of their product from a treat to a health food,” said New York University nutrition researcher Marion Nestle (no relation to the chocolate maker) for Vox. “You can now sit there with your [chocolate bar] and say I’m getting my flavonoids.”

And business has been booming. The sales of chocolate in the US have gone up from $14.2 billion in 2007 to $18.9 billion in 2017. And that’s happening even though people are trying to consume less sugar. So even if dark chocolate has flavanols in it, that doesn’t mean that the compounds have long-term benefits for your body. Especially since you’re having them with a lot of sugar and fat!

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Packaged Food Sweets What's New

Treat Your Sweet Tooth To Milano’s New Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Cookie

Now that Halloween has passed, we’re keeping an eye on all these seasonal sweets dropping for the upcoming holidays. As we bear through one more month of pumpkin-spiced items, we look longingly to December for all the holiday-themed cookies and candies we’d like to spend an intimate evening with.

Perhaps a sultry helping of dark chocolate will stimulate our sweet tooth.

To help us with that, Pepperidge Farm announced their newest flavor of Milano Cookies: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt. The new cookie is getting a pretty early seasonal release, still a month out from winter. Hey, we’re not complaining one bit.

For those of you who enjoy titillating your taste buds with a variety of sensations, the gourmet cookie combines both elements of sweet and salty.

The new seasonal flavor will only be available exclusively at Target stores beginning November 5. Man, this would go fantastically with egg nog.

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Sweets

Dip Your Fries In This Ketchup And Mayo Ice Cream

Many people like dipping their fries in ketchup or mayonnaise.  Some may even dip their French fries in ice cream or a milkshake on occasion.

One ice cream shop just took the dipping a step further with Ketchup and Mayo ice cream. The bizzare flavor is the work of a Freezer Burn, a Phillipino ice cream shop.  The ice cream is even served up with fries.

The shop is owned by Miko Aspiras, an award-winning chef. He designed the Ketchup and Mayo ice cream and all the other flavors along with his creative partner, Kristine Lotilla. The dessert place only has eight flavors currently, narrowed down to favorites from a list of 45. But the flavors are anything but average, the most “normal,” dark chocolate, is served up with churros for dipping. This is part of the composed dessert menu where each flavor is paired with a hot dessert.

You can also get the flavors individually on cones or in pints.  

 

Other flavors, include, corn and cheese, maple bacon, cookies And junk food, browned butter pecan,  mint straciatella, and butter flavored ice cream. Each of these flavors also has a unique name, like G’Day Mate for the butter flavor.

The ice cream shop will also be adding a new, presumably just as bizarre, flavor each month.

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Sweets

ICYMI: Cookie Butter Dark Chocolate Candy Bars Exist

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In case you missed it, oh, you’ll be so, so sorry that you did.

Apparently everyone’s favorite ginger and spice-flavored crack butter from God now comes in candy bar form. To be more precise: dark chocolate candy bar form.

2014, meet your new obsession: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate (filled with) Speculoos Cookie Spread, or, as it should be called: Cookie Butter Dark Chocolate.

We first heard of this miraculous confection from twitter user @laurala (via Blazenfluff), and frankly, we’re a little sorry we didn’t give any away for Christmas, let alone guzzle a few dozen down ourselves.

To snag your own, head to your local Trader Joe’s, or if you’re still in hibernation mode, order a few on Amazon, 3 for $8 — trust us, it’s probably worth it.

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Sweets

Just Add Nutella: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry & Brie Grilled Cheese

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Holy mother of all things delicious. Feast your eyes upon quite possibly the most drool-worthy grilled cheese, ever. It’s gooey. It’s sweet. It’s a dark chocolate, raspberry and brie concoction, folks.

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Monique over at Ambitious Kitchen is the gal behind this perfectly offbeat sweet + savory combo. Thankfully, it’s pretty simple to make yourself. Just take some thick slices of multi-grain bread, butter one side, and top with crushed raspberries, slices of brie cheese and dark chocolate squares. We suggest making that bad boy in a skillet until some melting and toasting action takes place, then dipping it Nutella at the end. Voila! — you now have yourself a little bit o’ heaven.

Get the recipe here.

H/T + Photo Courtesy Ambitious Kitchen

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Packaged Food

Yes, This is A Dark Chocolate Sriracha Bunny

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Yes, this is a dark chocolate bunny. Yes, it’s infused with that Sriracha kick we all know and love. When I laid eyes on this beauty I momentarily tilted my head to the side, gazed in adoration and thought: Where have you been all my life?

This chocolate-Sriracha-Easter-ready bunny measures up at 7″ x 5″ and weighs in at 8 oz. I suggest swapping out the plastic, pastel-colored eggs and bringing home this lil’ guy for Easter. Come on, how could you say no to a face like that?

Dark Chocolate Sriracha Bunny $15.50 @Chocolate
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Recipes

Here’s How to Make Coconut Macaroons Dipped in Chocolate

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By breaking all the baking laws in the world and adding egg yolks to your macaroon recipe, you get perfectly gooey, sticky and utterly delicious macaroons to die for. Once you try this recipe you will never go back to the yolk-free versions. This recipe only uses 5 ingredients and takes minimum effort in the kitchen, so there really is no excuse to not whip up these dreamy, gluten-free wonders as soon as possible.

 

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Vanilla and Coconut Macaroons

 

Ingredients

  • 250 grams of unsweetened coconut flour
  • 250 grams of sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 150 grams of dark chocolate

 

Directions

1. Split the vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds and mix them with some of the sugar using the blade of a knife.

2. Mix the coconut flour, the sugar, the whole eggs and the vanilla sugar in a bowl. You might have to use your hands.

3. Cover the bowl with cling-film, and leave to rest for 15 minutes.

4. Wet your hands slighty, and use them to shape the macaroons on a baking tray. Shape them however you want – but make sure you get lots of surface area, for maximum chewiness. You should get around 16 macaroons.

5. Bake the macaroons in the middle of the oven for about 20 minutes at 175 degrees celsius. Or until nice and golden.

6. Leave to cool completely, before dipping the bottom in melted dark chocolate.

7. Again – cool until the chocolate has hardened and enjoy!

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Here’s How to Make An Almond Butter Chocolate Tart

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This is the reason New Year’s resolutions to eat “healthier” never work — because such deliciousness as the Almond Butter Chocolate Tart exist. Although, I’m not complaining, I’ll take this sugary goodness over a plate of sad broccoli any day. I mean, the almonds make it healthy, right?