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    Mused after… getting some chocolates, truffles, and hot chocolate from Haute Chocolate in Montgomery. It’s situated behind Montgomery Cyclery across from Montgomery Inn. Lisa and staff are very helpful. www.haute-chocolate.com.

    They also have semi-sweet chocolate bits for the recipes below.





    (Cocoa hit an all-time record for cost in the past few days due to shortage)


    Chocolate contains potentially health-promoting phytochemicals, but that doesn’t mean it promotes health. In test tubes and animal studies, flavanols (the phytochemicals in cocoa beans) have been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Whether it has the same effects on humans and whether the amount needed is acceptably consumable is unknown.


    However, some observational studies in humans report an association between flavanol consumption and a lower risk of chronic heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. This does not prove cause and effect. The amounts were smaller than you would imagine. Two bite size pieces 3 times a week for chronic heart disease and stroke while the amount for type 2 diabetes was twice a week. Another study that listed improvement in biomarkers of the three diseases showed consumption of between 166 to 2110 milligrams of flavanol per day which corresponds to 910-11,500 calories!


    (Did You Know? Ancient history labeled cocoa the “Food of Gods”. It wasn’t until 1861 that Richard Cadbury packaged his chocolate varieties in heart-shaped boxes for Valentine’s Day as a way to increase chocolate sales.)


    Flavanols are also found in tea, red and purple fruits and vegetables, and citrus fruit. A certain red and purple fruit (obviously grapes) also can be made into wine.


    Dark chocolate contains 50-90 percent cocoa solids along with cocoa butter and sugar.

    Milk chocolate contains 10-50 percent cocoa solids along with cocoa butter, milk and sugar.

    White chocolate has no cocoa solids and hence no flavanols. It is made with cocoa butter, sugar, and milk.

    Cocoa powder is cocoa solids ground into powder and is the most undiluted source of flavanols.


    -Tuft’s Health & Nutrition Newsletter




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    Chocolate Mousse

    Combine ¼ cup sugar and 4 Tbs. rum in a pan and melt sugar over a low temperature then set aside to cool. Break or cut 4 ounces of good semi-sweet chocolate (Haute Chocolate’s or Schraffenberger bars) and place in double boiler or as I do, a metal bowl that goes over a small pot with simmering water. The idea is to steam the bowl so the chocolate melts slowly. Once melted take off pot, add rum syrup and stir until smooth. If too thick, add more rum or water. Let cool but not cold. Beat two egg whites until stiff (no yolks or it doesn’t work, I know. But don’t you have to crack a few eggs until you find the right one ?) Fold eggs whites into mixture. Whip 2 cups whipping cream (makes 4) and fold in also. Chill. Serves 8-10.


    Easy Chocolate Truffles

    (I used to make this with my daughters for their French class)

    Finely chop 8 ounces of dark chocolate in a metal bowl and make a well in the center. Pour ½ cup of heavy cream brought to a boil into center and stir until mixture is smooth. Add 1 Tbs. of softened butter and stir until blended. Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes. Using 2 teaspoons, form chocolate into balls and roll in unsweetened cocoa powder, refrigerate until firm. Roll in cocoa again and refrigerate until served. Can be kept covered in refrigerator 5-6 days. Makes 40-50.





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