Chocolate, the world's most beloved food

Chocolate, the world's most beloved food

Mar 09, 2023Donatella Mulvoni

Do we really need to introduce humanity's love for chocolate? It has been a beloved pleasure since 2000 BC. The first was the Maya people from Central America. They drank it as a bitter beverage mixed with spices. Today, chocolate continues to be one of life's joys, adored by all humanity. The world today is divided between three teams: those who love dark chocolate and milk chocolate and those who can't do without either. Which team do you belong to?

The darker, the better

As you might know, chocolate beans are extracted from the pod, fermented, dried, and roasted. Dark chocolate contains 50-90% cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar. In milk chocolate, the proportions change: it contains from 10-50% cocoa solids, cocoa butter, milk, and sugar. For experts, there is no doubt, you always prefer dark chocolate. Choose 70% dark chocolate or higher, even though the higher the percentage of cocoa, the greater the bitter flavor. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health confirms: "Cocoa is rich in plant chemicals called flavanols that may help to protect the heart. Dark chocolate contains up to 2-3 times more flavanol-rich cocoa solids than milk chocolate. Flavanols have been shown to support the production of nitric oxide (NO) in the endolethium (the inner cell lining of blood vessels) that helps to relax the blood vessels and improve blood flow, thereby lowering blood pressure. Flavanols in chocolate can increase insulin sensitivity in short term studies; in the long run, this could reduce the risk of diabetes." Do you also consider chocolate the best medicine ever crafted? In addition, it does not seem to ruin your diet! The Cut reports supermodel Cindy Crawford's statement: "At the end of lunch, I always have a small piece of dark chocolate — it tells my body that I'm done with my meal."

An unusual recipe, spicy hot chocolate

Raise your hand if you - in the winter months - can't do without a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

Today we offer an alternative recipe. It is hot chocolate with chili peppers. The combination is daring. Chocolate and chili peppers are perfect together. This is a quick and easy recipe with a "spicy" twist.


You will need dark chocolate (3 oz); bitter cocoa powder (1.7 oz); potato starch (2 tablespoons); sugar (4 tablespoons); chili powder (1 teaspoon); milk (2 cups). This recipe is really very simple. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Pour the mixture into the pan and stir the milk a little at a time. Add the melted dark chocolate. If you see lumps, use a blender. Bring it to a boil, stirring. Cook for a couple of minutes. Pour the chocolate into cups and serve by decorating it with whipped cream.

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