Being a mum is the toughest job on earth. There will be no bakers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, actors or artists etc. without a caring mother who nurtured and supported these people to be who they are now. Mother’s Day is celebrated to honour our mums and show gratitude for all their sacrifices as they raised us.
Oh chocolate ! It is undeniably one of the most loved food in the world–from bars, luxury brownies, chocolate dipped strawberries and gift boxed chocolates–everything just seems better with chocolate, don’t you agree?
But did you know that chocolate actually has a very rich history? Take a look at some of the most amazing facts about our favorite sweet treat:
1. The scientific name of cocoa tree is Theobroma Cacao, Greek for “food for the Gods”. But the word chocolate actually comes from the Aztec term “Xocolatl” meaning bitter water.
2. Chocolate has been very valuable through history. The Aztecs believed that the cocoa beans are gifts from their god Quetzalcoatl and used them as currency (10 beans = a rabbit, 100 beans = a servant). In the American Revolutionary War, chocolate was used to pay the soldiers.
3. The first chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry. His company Fry & Son eventually merged with Cadbury.
4. Most of the world’s chocolate supply comes from Latin America (15%), Asia (17%) and Africa (68%). 33% of the global supply actually comes from Côte d’Ivoire in Africa.
5. Knipschildt’s La Madeline au Truffle ($250) Forbes Magazine recognized Knipschildt’s La Madeline au Truffle as one of the priciest chocolates in the world. This decadence is made from a rare French Perigord truffle (which is worth $1,000 a pound) and a rich chocolate ganace (of heavy cream, Italian truffle oil, sugar and 71% single-bean Valrhona dark chocolate) and very fine cocoa powder. The packaging is equally … Continue reading Feast Your Eyes On 5 Of The Most Expensive Chocolates In The World
Only hours to go and its Easter! What are your plans? You must have several things on your to-do list already. Easter is a great time to be with our family and friends, bond with our kids, eat chocolates without guilt, give out presents, share laughter, and enjoy other people’s company. Whether you are thinking of going out for a weekend holiday trip, or you simply plan of staying at home with your loved ones, you can make your Easter 2015 the most memorable one.
Easter Sunday is one of the holidays we look forward to each year. Beautiful and brightly coloured eggs, egg hunts, and of course, giving out Easter chocolates, are all integral to this special occasion.
Looking for Easter gift and treat ideas? Whether you are decorating eggs with a paint or two, making a chocolate gift basket or some handmade cookies, Easter is a time for squeezing your creative juices and coming up with that beautiful, vibrant and really fun treat to give to your kids, friends and family.
The four-day Easter weekend is a great opportunity for everyone to unwind, take a break, and enjoy a range of fun activities and cultural events with their loved ones.
Hope everyone had a great Easter break. Indulge in some chocolate over the Easter holiday? Just in case, here are 3 great reasons to support your decision to indulge in all that beautiful chocolate.:) 1. Research and studies have shown that chocolate can help lower the risk of heart disease. In a recent report, it was stated that participants who regularly eat chocolate have about … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Indulge in Chocolate
We set out on a Dello Mano quest to explore great pastry in Paris and wow did we find it at Pierre Herme. For the brownie obsessed like us, there were no brownies as we know them (I say this with tongue in cheek) however, the amazing choice of pastry and chocolate was more than a little distraction. Herme has stores in France, Japan and England. … Continue reading Chocolate Brownies, no ….but macaroons yes!
I get a little annoyed when food terms are used loosely, particularly if that food is one that requires time, craftsmanship and skill. Today in our endeavours to eat all things chocolate, we were out at a cafe and ordered a chocolate souffle. After a rather prolonged wait we were eventually served not a chocolate souffle but rather a chocolate pudding! A chocolate pudding that was cold in the … Continue reading A Brownie is a Brownie ..what’s a Souffle?