Sugar Saturday! Chocolate of the season

When life gives you lemons, steep them in vodka to make limoncello. In the meantime, buy chocolate, lots of it, and enjoy eating every morsel. 

caramel bars, dark chocolate mints, solid chocolate and flavoured

So much to choose from! 

It’s Saturday, it’s raining and I’ve got a replenished stock of chocolate in my fridge. I made a pilgrimage to the fair-trade store Ten Thousand Villages as I have been doing every year around mid-November to get my fix of Divine chocolate. This fair-trade company operates a cacao plantation in Ghana, one of the leading suppliers of theobroma (“food of the gods”) to the world chocolate industry. To learn more about this company and their cacao farmers, get recipes and drool over chocolate, check out the following link.

http://www.divinechocolate.com/us/

 

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Take2 Chocolates and Call Me in the Morning

I just read an article saying that dark chocolate can help relieve persistent coughs.

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20041124/chocolate-ingredient-may-calm-coughs

Sure enough, a quick troll on the Internet brought up a number of sites that suggest theobromine, a naturally occurring substance in chocolate, may be effective in suppressing the nerve involved in coughing.

Luckily I have been getting my fair share of theobromine. The cool autumn weather marks the start of my chocolate season and I have been indulging weekly in all manner of chocolate treats.

And my current chocolate destination of choice? Soma, located in Toronto, Canada.

http://www.somachocolate.com

They produce a decadent drink called the spicy Mayan. It’s dark chocolate, spices and your choice of added water/milk. You could also have it straight up as the ancient warriors, who originally concocted this drink, did.

The possibility of theobromine cough medicine could become a reality! It doesn’t appear to have the same side effects as codeine (ie drowsiness) and I’m sure it would taste better than Buckleys. Yet another reason to include dark chocolate as part of a healthy diet!

Regardless of the results of further research, I challenge everyone to have a chocolate day every week; eating the good stuff in moderation and savouring every morsel without feeling guilty for doing so.

Are you up for the challenge?