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Chocolate research July 17, 2009

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PHD Comics has a cute comic titled “Research Topics Guaranteed To Be Picked Up By the News Media.” Any guess as to the first topic? Chocolate, of course! According to the comic, “Anything that validates the public’s wishful thinking that chocolate is secretly good for you is news gold.”

 

A year’s supply of chocolate! June 23, 2009

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How’s this for an incentive? Endangered Species Chocolate is conducting an online survey, and the incentive for participating is an entry into a drawing for a year’s supply of chocolate.That’s right, a year’s supply! Just the thought makes me drool.

So what qualifies as a year’s supply of chocolate? Per the fine print:

“The winner of the Grand Prize will be awarded seventy two (72) chocolate bars at one time, one shipment. (ARV: $279.00) (Guaranteed “Enjoy by date” of 12 months). The shipment will consist of twelve (12) bars of the following flavors, Supreme Dark Chocolate, Extreme Dark Chocolate, Smooth Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate with Mint, Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Almonds, and Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Toffee.”

Depending on your level of chocolate consumption, that may or may not be a year’s supply, but it’s certainly a start. If you’re interested, click here to take the survey. The deadline for entry into the sweepstakes is July 31, 2009.

 

Chocolate postage stamps June 9, 2009

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Know how long chocolate has been in France? Four hundred years! To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of cacao, the French government recently issued postage stamps that look and smell like chocolate. Wonder if you have to scratch them to release the scent?

 

Peanut Butter Recall January 26, 2009

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The number of products affected by the recent Salmonella contamination of peanut butter and peanut paste from Peanut Corporation of America continues to grow. Fortunately, few chocolate manufacturers seem to have been impacted. Those that were include:

  • Blanton’s
  • Hy-Vee
  • Landies
  • Rain Creek Baking
  • Sinbad
  • South Bend Chocolate Company
  • Wegmans Swiss Recipe

For the latest information, see the FDA’s Recall of Products Containing Peanut Butter. The FDA has also published an easy-to-search and easy-to-browse list at Search for Peanut Butter Product Recalls.

 

A social network for chocolate lovers December 26, 2008

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Today a flickr friend invited me to join The Chocolate Life, a social network for chocolate aficionados. I wasn’t sure what to expect—so many niche social networks are amateurish at best—but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. The site has quite a few members (634 as of today) and many appear to be active. In addition to member profiles, there are photos, videos, discussions, and information on chocolate-related events. Sound interesting? Head over to The Chocolate Life and sign up. It’s easy to join and it’s free!

 

Le Tour du Chocolat December 14, 2008

In the travel section of today’s New York Times, Amy Thomas writes about “Le Tour du Chocolat“: her one-day tour of eight chocolatiers in Paris (see map).  Fittingly, she biked between stops. If you have a chance to visit Paris, this sounds like the perfect vacation activity!

 

Lowering your cholesterol with chocolate October 26, 2008

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Remember the study that showed that chocolate can help protect against heart disease? Now Mars, Inc. has a line of chocolates that can reduce your cholesterol, too. CocoaVia dark chocolate bars, milk chocolate bars, and chocolate covered almonds all contain plant sterols, the natural cholesterol-reducing agent popularized by Benecol and Promise. It’s not exactly gourmet chocolate, but the taste isn’t half bad. (The first bite always seems to have an unusual flavor, but after the first bite it goes away.) And bonus—each bar has less than 100 calories.

If you’d like to try CocoaVia chocolates, you can download a printable coupon for $1.00 off (valid until December 31, 2008). Let us know what you think!