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Valentine's Day with Fine Belgian Chocolates!
11
FEB
2019

Valentine's Day with Fine Belgian Chocolates!

Chocolate is one of the most popular gifts to give on Valentine's Day. Chocolate is a psychoactive food. It is made from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree, Theobroma cacao. The cacao tree was...
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Where does chocolate come from? (part 2)
26
OCT
2018

Where does chocolate come from? (part 2)

Continued form the last issue.  The first chocolate house was reputedly opened in London in 1657 by a Frenchman. Costing 10 to 15 shillings per pound, chocolate was considered a beverage...
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Where does chocolate come from?
22
OCT
2018

Where does chocolate come from?

In 600 A.D. the Mayans migrated into the northern regions of South America, establishing the earliest known cocoa plantations in the Yucatan. It has been argued that the Mayans had been familiar...
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Belgians Love Chocolate
14
SEP
2018

Belgians Love Chocolate

Saying that Belgians love chocolate is a real understatement. “For us, chocolate is a devouring passion, a sweet addiction, and our national pride.” Undoubtedly, Belgian chocolate is some of the...
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How much do you really know about chocolate?
30
AUG
2018

How much do you really know about chocolate?

Did you know it might make you feel like you’re falling in love? Or how much less caffeine it has than coffee? Next time you’re sharing Belgian chocolate with friends (you do share, don’t you?)...
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In 1912, the Belgian confectionary created the praline
03
AUG
2018

In 1912, the Belgian confectionary created the praline

Since chocolate made its debut in Belgium, it was considered the perfect gift. In 1912, the Belgian confectionary created the praline, a filled, bite-size chocolate which perfectly suited its gift...
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Enjoy Belgian Chocolate for copper’s sake
03
AUG
2018

Enjoy Belgian Chocolate for copper’s sake

Million of people are obsessed with chocolate for its softness and sweetness, but few know that chocolate is also rich in one trace element - copper. Cocoa beans contain copper and most of the...
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Chocolate or Praline? What is the difference?
16
JUL
2018

Chocolate or Praline? What is the difference?

In Belgium, you will encounter chocolate candy called "praline" or "filled chocolates" in France. The famous "Pralines" which you love to taste must respect the following definition : A...
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Learn about cocoa beans. Harvesting and roasting
29
JUN
2018

Learn about cocoa beans. Harvesting and roasting

Chocolate begins with the cocoa tree, which grows close to the equator, thriving on very high temperatures and humidity. Each tree bears oval fruits or pods, which are about 5-12 inches long....
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When the chocolate invade Europe
26
JUN
2018

When the chocolate invade Europe

When the Spanish first brought chocolate back to Europe, it was still being served as a beverage, but soon went through an important evolution: the chili pepper was replaced by sugar. The new,...
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Cocoa a first step in the direction of chocolate
04
JUN
2018

Cocoa a first step in the direction of chocolate

  The discovery of cocoa was only a first step in the direction of chocolate. The Mayas were the first to cultivate the cocoa bean for...
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Chocolate as aphrodisiac?
28
MAY
2018

Chocolate as aphrodisiac?

When a theologian in the West in 1624 condemned the consumption of chocolate in religious houses because of its 'excitable effect', this led to stories about chocolate being an aphrodisiac....
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Chocolate and teeth
22
MAY
2018

Chocolate and teeth

Specialists say that chocolate doesn’t cause tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by other factors, mainly microorganisms that transform sugars into acids. These acids affect...
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Six steps to paradise!
19
APR
2018

Six steps to paradise!

   Fine chocolate is one of life's pleasures and one of the few vices, which today's society finds acceptable. Here's how to do it justice.    Step 1: Allow the chocolate bar to come...
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Growing The Cocoa
03
APR
2018

Growing The Cocoa

 Cocoa beans are the product of the cocoa tree and are used to make chocolate. The origin of the cocoa tree is in dispute. Some say it originated in the Amazon basin of Brazil, others place it in...
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