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Chocolate Beauty Rituals You Never Knew Existed

Chocolate Beauty Rituals

Chocolate is a dessert that is loved by a lot of people. It also has a lot of beauty benefits, and most people aren't aware of them.

Body moisturizers made with cocoa butter has always been high in demand for so long, and chocolate is made from cocoa. The oils found in chocolate removes stretch marks and cellulite; it has very strong anti-aging oxidants which are stronger than the one found in green teas. It also softens and hydrates your skin and also contains phenylethylamine and serotonin which are feel-good substances released when we are in love or happy. So, after a hard and stressful day, it only feels right to lie down and pamper every part of your body with a chocolate beauty ritual.

Here are some chocolate beauty rituals you never knew existed:

Clarifying Chocolate Face Mask

The clarifying chocolate face mask beauty ritual is made with the following ingredients;

  •  1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  •  1 cup instant oatmeal
  •  1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  •  ¾ cup of lukewarm water

Mix all the listed ingredients together and apply it to your face and leave it for 15 minutes. After that, wash it off with lukewarm water.

The chocolate polyphenols remove fine lines and wrinkles; oatmeal soaks up the oil and also exfoliates. The honey, on the other hand, kills the bacteria, reduces inflammation and refine your pores.

Chocolate Hair Conditioner

 All you need for this chocolate hair conditioner ritual is;

  •  1/3 cup f cocoa powder
  •  ¾ cup of coconut cream

After shampooing your hair, Mix the ingredients in a bowl and use it to condition your hair instead of using your regular conditioner. It is a great remedy for stubborn strands of hair.  It should be applied as often as necessary or once a month.

Hot Chocolate Bath

 The ingredients needed for this hot chocolate bath beauty ritual is;

  •  3 drops of vanilla essence
  •  2 cups of warm milk
  •  2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

Pour the cocoa powder and the warm milk in a bowl; stir till it is well mixed. After that, add the vanilla essence, and then pour the mixture into your bath. It softens and soothes your skin and also makes you feel good.

Cocoa Butter Body Scrub

 The ingredients needed for this cocoa butter body scrub ritual is;

  •  3 tablespoons of honey
  • ½ cup of almonds
  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa butter
  • ½ cup of dry oatmeal

Grind the almonds and pour it into a bowl of the oatmeal, honey, and cocoa butter. Mix and rub it on your hands and feet. After which you cover your hands and feet with cotton socks and gloves and leave it till the next morning before you wash it off. It exfoliates dead old skin cells and nourishes the new cells. It is great for soothing hardworking feet and hands.

And if you feel that pampering yourself is not enough then visit our store for more chocolate treats.

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10 Fun Easter Egg Hunt Ideas For Your Family

Easter Egg Hunt Ideas For Your Family

The Easter egg hunt tradition is an old annual tradition and it is very vital to make it as exciting as possible. So, it doesn’t become a boring holiday ritual. If the egg hunts are interesting enough it gives your family, especially the kids something to look forward to in the upcoming Easter holidays.

Here are 10 fun Easter egg hunt ideas for your family;

1. Dressing in your Easter Best

Hide outlandish outfits for each family member to wear and ask them to find the one for them. They are to wear every piece of outfit and accessory hidden for them. Create a makeshift photo booth with a table cloth and everyone can take turns taking pictures with their outfits.

2. Follow that Bunny

Wrap some candies, cut-out bunny footprints or plastic egg and create a bunny trail for your family members to follow. From their bedrooms to the Easter basket.

3. Scavenger Hunt

In this scavenger hunt, each family member is given different types of items to hunt for. When the list has been completed, they are given a final clue that leads to their Easter basket.

4. Alphabet Eggs

Create alphabet eggs for everybody to find. After which the children would assemble the letters in the right order, to redeem their baskets. It is great for kids learning alphabets and fun for the older ones.

 5. Personalized Eggs

In this Easter egg hunt idea, each person has to find the specific egg color that has their initials on it. It allows you to give out gifts and special treats according to their personal interest.

 6. The Bunny Treasure Map

 Draw a map with clues that lead to their Easter basket treats cut into small pieces and hide around the house for them to find and put together. They are going to assemble pieces of the map to find the hiding spot of the prizes.

 7. String Fling

Make a big web using strings, twine or yarn around the house. Family members must follow it from the beginning as it wraps around different corners and furniture to the end till it gets to the Easter basket.

 8. The Easter Bunny Left Clues

Write clues on cut out papers and put on each egg. Let the clues from the Easter bunny take them from one egg to the other till they get to the Easter basket.

9. The Classic Easter Egg Hunt

You can host an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt outside. Hide treats and chocolate eggs on trees, bushes and even fences. This is our favourite and we count on good weather to continue our very own tradition.

 10. Cookie Chase

Bake or buy and decorate Easter themed cookies, package them separately and hide around the house. When all the cookies have been found, enjoy a new Easter ritual of milk and cookies breakfast.

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5 Guilt-Free Chocolate Tips

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Everyone loves chocolate! So why not enjoy chocolate without feeling guilty. These guilt-free recipes are light, appetizing and simple to make. Give your sweet tooth a treat and enjoy these perfect desserts.

Chocolate Smoothie

Chocolate milk is the perfect remedy for the relief of sore muscles and is the ideal requirement for athletes. This simple chocolate smoothie recipe is delicious and gives out about 330 calories per cup.

Ingredients:

  •  250 ml Low-fat milk
  •  1 Organic Banana
  •  2 Tbsp. Greek Yogurt
  •  1 Tbsp. Dark Chocolate Powder
  •  1 Tbsp. Peanut or Almond butter

 Method:

 Mix all the ingredients in your blender and your smoothie drink is ready to enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

The perfect delicious vegan mousse dessert for your guests or simply for yourself.

 Ingredients:

  •  1 Pod of Vanilla Bean Seeds
  •  5 ml Tartar Cream
  •  1 Tbsp. Cane or Coconut sugar
  •  225 g Aquafaba kept at room temperature
  •  Raspberries
  •  180 g Melted dairy-free Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa)

 Method:

Melt the dark chocolate; allow to cool while you prepare the meringue. Blend Aquafaba and tartar cream until soft peaks form, add vanilla bean seeds and coconut sugar. Whisk for a further 1 minute. Slowly add chocolate to the meringue, folding it in gently using a spatula. Make sure all the chocolate is evenly mixed. Pour into glasses and refrigerate for 4 hours, top with raspberries and it’s ready for you to enjoy!

Chocolate Nut Bark

This is very beneficial for the heart with an energy value of 74 calories per piece. All you have to do is follow three easy steps and it’s ready!

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts, Almonds

Method:

Place 2 cups of bittersweet, semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips in a Bain-Marie and melt slowly. Add 1 ½ cup of assorted nuts like cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts to the melted chocolate. Coat a pan with aluminum foil, spread the mixture on it and refrigerate until firm.

Avocado Shake with Cacao

This chocolate fix is easy to make and healthy to drink!

Ingredients:

  •  150 ml Skimmed milk or Almond Milk
  •  1 Banana
  •  2 Tbsp. Organic Cacao powder
  •  1/2 Avocado
  •  Cacao nibs to decorate

Method:

Blend the banana slices with the rest of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. You can add some milk if you care for a thinner shake.Pour into one or two glasses, top with cacao nibs and drink away!

Chocolate & Almond Hot Cocoa

Be sure to partake of this before you retire for bed. It’s highly nutritious and relaxing.

Ingredients:

  • 150 ml Vanilla Almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Dark Cocoa Powder 100%
  • 1 - 2 Tsp. Organic Honey
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla extract  (optional)

Method:

Place the milk on the stove and heat it while whisking in the remaining ingredients.
Divide the total quantity into three servings, all ready to be served!

    Chocolate, especially dark chocolate is good for health. It’s filled with anti-oxidants which aid in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol as well as reducing inflammation. Dark chocolate is also beneficial in lowering the risk of heart disease by one-third. So, enjoy guilt-free chocolate!

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    10 Reasons To Buy German Chocolate

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    Chocolate...Who doesn't love it? Despite it being the world's favorite snack many people rarely venture away from their usual brands. It's time to try something new. It's time my friends, to buy some German chocolate.

    We are following in the historic footsteps of chocolatiers here in Germany and can't wait to share with you these 10 reasons why you should buy German chocolate.

    Let's get to it!

    1. Germany invented chocolate

    It's not just great cars and good beer Germany is known for. Did you know that Swiss chocolate was actually invented in Dresden, Germany? 

    2. It's an important part of German culture

    Germany is second in the world (just slightly behind Switzerland) when it comes to the highest annual chocolate consumption.

    Competition in the German chocolate industry is high, meaning the quality is exceptional!

    We LOVE chocolate, it plays a key role in celebrations, festivals, and our hospitality culture. 

    3. Germany is renowned for having some of the best chocolate in the world

    Despite neighboring countries like Switzerland, Austria, and Holland having a very high-quality chocolate, we have been consistently voted as having the best chocolate in the world. 

    4. There are lots of German chocolate varieties

    Sarotti, Trumpf, Alpia, Hachez and Ritter Sport all are international brands of chocolate that were invented in Germany! 

    We are also known for our specialty chocolates such as Alpen Milchschokolade: a unique milk chocolate, in which the milk contained in the chocolate comes from farms in and around the Alps region.

    We mix our chocolate with fruit, nuts, and just about anything else you can think of. 

    5. Germany has a long history of making chocolate

    Germany stands among the top chocolate producing nations in the world. We now also import cocoa beans from eight different places around the globe to ensure we always get the best quality bean to make the best quality chocolate. 

    6. Chocolate makes you smarter

    Now here's a piece of research you should be interested in! Science has proven that eating chocolate can actually stimulate your brain and help you carry out tasks more effectively.

    7. It makes a great, fun, gift

    Who would say no to German chocolate? It makes the perfect gift...though it won't last long!

    8. American chocolate just doesn't cut it

    Brands like Hershey's have come under a lot of international criticism for... well... tasting so bad.

    Many visitors to America are often disappointed with the quality of chocolate. That's because once you've tasted the goodness of German chocolate you can never go back to sub-par brands.

    9. German chocolate can be shipped worldwide

    Thanks to the modern world we live in, you don't need to be in Germany to enjoy our awesome chocolate.

    We are are here to take care of your chocolate cravings. Many people receive chocolate care packages from Germany when living overseas because you just can't beat our original taste.

    10. Our German chocolate is organic

    Last, but certainly not least, we offer a wide range of organic chocolate so you can enjoy your favorite treat with all the goodness it is intended to have. 

    Are you ready to buy German chocolate?

    If this post has left your mouth watering and you are ready to buy German chocolate you can check out our catalog here.

    Be sure to share this post with your friends so that they can finally see the truth!

    Thanks so much for reading this post on "10 reasons why to buy German chocolate.' We hope you enjoyed it and look forward to hearing from you soon. 

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    5 Reasons Chocolate Lovers Love Starbucks

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    For many chocolate lovers, nothing beats the delicious satisfaction that comes with every luscious bite. A comforting, luxurious moment, and, an experience in and of itself, eating chocolate is one of life's super pleasures.

    But, if eating chocolate is right up there with breathing in terms of its importance in the lives of chocolate lovers, drinking chocolate has got to come a close second.

    And, if you're out and about and looking for the perfect spot to indulge your chocolate pleasures, look no further than Starbucks. 

    Starbucks and Chocolate 

    Most people go to Starbucks for the great tasting gourmet coffee. That's a given. But, did you know that there's a whole secret world on the other side of your usual coffee order? 

    That world is a chocolate lover's delight. 

    From the hot chocolate to all things in between, Starbucks has got a whole world of chocolate just waiting to be discovered.

    In this article, we're talking chocolate and Starbucks. Just why is it so popular with chocolate lovers around the world? Read on for the full scoop.

    1. The Hot Chocolate 

    What's almost as good as eating chocolate? Drinking chocolate, right?

    Indulgent, smooth and super chocolatey, Starbucks has a variety of hot chocolates to tickle your taste buds when you're on the move.

    No, it isn't as delicious as the ADORATIO Schokoladenkunst drinking chocolate range, but you can luxuriate in that when you get home!

    2. The Seasonal Inspiration

    Starbucks is well known for bringing out some tasty dessert drinks for special occasions. Just this past Valentine's Day, they offered us the perfect opportunity to hook up with our one true love... 

    Chocolate!

    You can borrow some inspiration from the Starbucks seasonal menus to create your own wonderful chocolate concoctions at home. Experiment with your favorite chocolate flavors to create some impressive seasonal sensations. Tickling the chocolate lover's taste buds may never be so easy! 

    3. The Bakery

    Your local Starbucks offers a whole host of freshly baked goods daily. From croissants to bagels to pumpkin bread and all things in between, that scrumptious dough is just aching to be enjoyed with some chocolate spread

    4. The Tea

    Yes, Starbucks is all about the coffee, but it offers a glorious selection of tea as well. Why does this matter to chocolate lovers? If you've never enjoyed your favorite chocolate bar while sipping a cup of tea, you haven't lived!

    Oh, and if you're looking for an excuse to indulge, we've got you covered. Did you know that eating chocolate makes you smarter? Chocolate lovers everywhere rejoice!

    5. The Coffee Beans

    Coffee and chocolate are simply the perfect combo, right? With a myriad of great tasting coffee beans ready and waiting for purchase, you can create your own chocolate extravaganza at home. Why not enjoy a coffee with your favorite chocolate treat? Or, better yet, create your own signature drink.

    Coffee and chocolate decadence in a cup? Yes, please!

    Chocolate Lovers 

    So, next time you're on the go and craving a chocolatey treat, look no further than Starbucks. 

    For all your other chocolate needs, we're here to serve! We're the ultimate chocolate lovers and we've got a glorious array of all kinds of chocolate treats for you.

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    Eating Chocolate Makes You Smarter

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    Of all the food inventions ever made, all humans should be eternally grateful to Jordan & Timaeus, citizens of our city, who mixed the ingredients that gave rise to chocolate. Never has anything that tastes so good proved to be really good for people. Like honey, chocolates pack a lot. The awesomeness of this great culinary invention doesn’t just end in its taste, or its ability to make us feel good, chocolates can also make you smart! So, were you thinking of cutting chocolates off your diet list? Think again.

    How do chocolates manage to enhance smartness? Researchers have carried out studies to try to determine how possible this claim is. For some short-term studies, they found that those persons who claimed to consume chocolate weekly (at least once) performed better on intelligence tests than those that didn’t consume chocolates at all. The consumption of chocolates seemed to make persons better at multitasking, enhance their memory, and improve their mood.

    The researchers claimed that the presence of cocoa flavanols in chocolate contributed to the better performance of those who consumed it. The researchers were of the opinion that the cocoa flavanols improved cognitive ability. The research was conducted over a period and had about 1000 participants. The experiment was from 2001-2006. At the end of the test, it was seen that chocolate consumption in some ways contributed to better mental capacity.

    The test spanned areas like spatial-visual memory and organization, memory test, recollection of spoken conversation, abstract reasoning, and scanning and tracking. It was noted that the participants that consumed chocolates at least once weekly performed better on five out of those six tests. In fact, the consumption of chocolate was linked with the test results.

    Another research that was carried out was conducted from a different perspective. The researchers tried to connect chocolate consumption to a higher number of Nobel laureates coming from a particular country. In conducting this test, the chocolate consumption of these countries was mapped against the number of Nobel laureates that are from that country.

    After plotting the graph, it was seen that the country with the highest number of consumers,- Switzerland, also had the highest number of the prize winners. Some prize winners even made comments about their love for chocolates. The only anomaly was Sweden. Here the consumption was low, but the number of laureates winners was large. We must always have a Uranus among the planets revolving round the sun.

    The presence of flavonols helps induce higher cognitive ability, ability to attend to two different task at the same time and a wonderful feel-good moment. The more you consume this delight, the smarter you’d get, the happier you’d get, and the calmer you’d get.

    In consuming chocolates, though, it is important to note that chocolates increase blood sugar and if not watched, leads to obesity. We therefore, recommend the consumption of dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% and above.

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    10 Tips For Eating Organic On A Budget

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    There are countless benefits to eating organic food, with the top most reasons been the fact that organic food has a higher nutritional value, and helps in reducing your exposure to fatal synthetic pesticides. Of course these many benefits make organic food a more expensive option. Below are ten tips to help you go organic on a budget.

    Take Advantage of Bulk Buying

    Buying organic food and your sweet treats in bulk is by far a less expensive way to go natural. You can shop online from our store for your healthy treats like Paleo muesli, Paleo cookies, Paleo snacks and a great variety of organic chocolate. You can save a sizable sum of money shopping in this manner and you always have a gift available when you need one.

    Use the Freezer More

    Making bigger versions of organic recipes and freezing them in smaller quantities is an excellent way to consume an easy dinner. It saves a lot of time and money. Besides, it means you do not waste any food as everything is frozen.

    Buy Own Brand or Unbranded

    Buying own brand is a very simple way to keep your costs down. You can manage to cut the amount off some items. There is really not much difference between food that is branded and unbranded (in terms of quality).

    Make your Transition to Organic Food Gradual

    Start by choosing specific foods to buy organic. Try to find them cheap. Each time you are comfortable with the organic food you are eating, try and include a few more. After some time you would have found a balance between eating the organic foods you want, thus keeping the expenses down.

    Prioritize

    Although it is ideal to eat organic food whenever possible, there are certain foods that are not necessary to purchase organic. If it is a question of cost, go for the ones renowned as better when eaten as organic.

    Plan

    If you plan what you are going to eat it reduces the amount of organic food you shop for. It also means you will not be tempted to visit the supermarket again and buy impulse food.

    Include Affordable Ingredients

    Beans, root vegetables, and pulses are perfect to make meals that go further without necessarily meaning you will have to fork out cash for more costly organic meat.

    Eat Less Meat

    Meat is arguably one of the pricey ingredients to buy organic, despite the fact that it is among the best to eat organic. Try preparing one meal per week without meat. There are a number of good vegetarian recipes available.

    Buy Seasonal

    Buying seasonal food means it doesn’t have to be derived from across the world. Rather this means spending less money on transportation and more savings for your pocket.

    Shop Local

    Although this often feels like shopping at the farm shop or local butcher is more expensive than shopping at a supermarket, but if you shop around, you may find some bargains.

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    Valentines Gift Ideas For Him And Her

    Valentines Gift Ideas For Him & Her

    Even though any gift is applicable for valentine, chocolates should always be included. What completes the valentine gift for him and her is the addition of organic chocolates. First of all, chocolate is suitable for both genders and it also cuts across all ages. Selecting a gift for those you love requires a little bit of tact and creativity. So, to inspire you, some valentine gift ideas have been outlined below.

    A very good valentine gift is a good scented candle that can last for weeks. A scented candle, a valentine greeting card and a box of handcrafted pralines will make a great valentine gift. To make the gift more presentable, you need to wrap them all up with a beautiful wrapping sheet. Remember, packaging is as important as the gift.

    Colognes have become a part of fashion now. Your dressing is incomplete without spraying a little of your favorite cologne. So it is not out of place to buy a set of three different colognes and complete the package with a set of three different variants of Lindt Hello chocolates or Lindt Creation chocolates.

    A very good valentine gift idea for your lady is a big fluffy teddy bear. It does not matter if she already has some. It has now become trendy to have a collection of teddy bears of different sizes. Buy a big teddy bear and include a collection of chocolates. This will linger in her memory for a very long time.

    Another simple idea that will yield great results from your lady is a set of jewelries. It does not have to cost a fortune. It is all about showing her how much you love her and not a show of wealth. So, a simple midrange set of jewelry is okay.

    Ladies, a pack of aftershave kits is cool for your guy. However, guys don’t just make use of any aftershave product. Each of them has his favorite brand. So, you can subtly ask for his brand of aftershave that is if you don’t already know it.

    Finally, for both genders, some of the emoji bowls and cups great. All the gifts above are pretty common but the emoji porcelain collection is very unique. It is better to pick either the collection of emoji bowls or the collection of the emoji cups. But If you cannot afford the whole set, you can just pick both the emoji bowl kiss and emoji cup kiss as they both symbolize the season. Don’t forget to complete your gifts with some chocolates as usual.

    Guys, remember to include some sweet smelling bouquet of flowers to your gift. This is valentine season. Most importantly, don’t forget to wrap your gifts up with beautiful and romantic wrapping sheets. For more information, visit www.chocolateandmoredelights.com. We help to make this day special.

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    3 Mug Cake Recipes You Can Make In Minutes

    Mug Cake

    Baking is easy when it only takes a few minutes. Mug cakes are fun and a quick solution to satisfy a sweet craving. Here are three delicious recipes.

    Mocha Mug Cake

    Ingredients:

    • 3 tbsp All-purpose Flour
    • 1 tbsp Instant Coffee Powder
    • 2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (100% cocoa)
    • 2 to 3 tbsp Powdered Sugar
    • 1/4 tbsp Baking Powder
    • 2 tbsp Milk
    • 1 Egg
    • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
    • 1/2 tbsp Vanilla Extract

    Method:

    Mix all-purpose flour, coffee powder, powdered sugar and baking powder in a mixing bowl until mixed well. Add remaining wet ingredients (oil, egg, milk and vanilla extract) and mix until all ingredients are combined. Transfer mixture into a lightly greased mug and microwave on full power for approximately 90 seconds being careful not too overcook. Enjoy!

    Nutella Mug Cake

    Ingredients:

    • 4 tbsp Self-rising Flour
    • 4 tbsp Granulated Sugar
    • 1 Egg
    • 3 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (100% cocoa)
    • 3 tbsp Nutella (alternatively another chocolate spread)
    • 3 tbsp Milk
    • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil

    Method:

    Mix all ingredients in a full size mug, whisking with a fork until mixture becomes smooth. Microwave on full power for 1.5 to 3 minutes. Enjoy!

    Banana Mug Cake

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tbsp Melted Butter or flavourless oil
    • 1 Egg (lightly beaten)
    • 1 Ripe Banana (masehd)
    • 3 tbsp Plain Flour
    • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
    • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
    • 1 tsp Organic Cocoa Nibs
    • 1 scoop of coffe ice cream to serve

    Method:

    Melt butter in mug. Add egg and milk, beating gently with a fork until combined. Add in the mashed banana and mix thoroughly. Beat in the dry ingredients until combined. Microwave on medium heat for approximately 1 minute. Cake should be slightly gooey. Enjoy!

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    EU Organic Farming & The World Market

    Research shows that organic food sales have been increasing at a rate of 20% over recent years and the trend seems to continue. The organic food market has expanded drastically from local farms to speciality retailers. Additionally, organic food sections are widely established in grocery stores and it has become mainstream. Health conscious consumers are interested to know where their food is coming from. This infographic illustrates what types of organic foods are imported and exported from the European Union.
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