The history of chocolate is just as rich and intriguing as its fascinating taste. While chocolate is one of the most well-loved foods in the world today, it was considered the food of the gods even during ancient times.
Keep reading to delve into the compelling origins of chocolate. Learn how the Maya and the Aztec civilizations cultivated and used cocoa in the distant past. Find out what the role of Aztec leader Montezuma was in spreading the popularity of chocolate all over the world. Finally, explore interesting chocolate facts that will enhance your appreciation of chocolate.
Today, Europe is admired as a continent that produces some of the most premium chocolates in the world. Nevertheless, you might be surprised to learn that Europe started as a relative latecomer in discovering the joys of chocolate when compared to other continents. Keep reading to trace the interesting origins of chocolate in Europe, ranging from Spanish, French, English, Dutch, and German chocolate. Find out how chocolate, which began as a luxury for royalty, eventually became a widely popular treat for most Europeans. Familiarize yourself with the well-known chocolate brands in Europe which you can enjoy, including Ferrero and Lindt.
Create your own chocolates with this colorful chocolate bark recipe. A chocolate bark is essentially a slab of chocolate that is covered with fruits, almonds or nuts. The name 'bark' refers to the vague resemblance of the candy to a tree bark. We also call it hand-broken chocolate. The chocolate slab is broken by hand into shards of various sizes to serve. Chocolate barks can be made with any kind of chocolate. Combining different types of chocolate make it a unique piece of art. For the hobby chocolatier this is one of the easiest methods to create chocolates at home.
Macarons are one of the most popular classic French pastries with numerous flavors and fillings. These elegant sandwich cookies are gluten-free and made of egg white, blanched almonds, sugar and flavorings. The filling consists of a ganache, buttercream or jam. The perfect French macarons have a slight crunch and chewy texture. Although these cookies require some practice, they are worth a try. Impress your friends and family with these homemade, colorful Macarons, inspired by top French pastry chefs!
We are excited to announce our partnership with One Tree Planted. The organization made an incredible impact for the environment and local communities in 2021. Thanks to donors around the world 23 million trees were planted and another 25 million are committed to be planted in 2022 indicates the One Tree Planted Annual Report. Working with One Tree Planted is a great fit since the organization is actively participating in reforestation projects in cocoa growing regions. Read on to learn more about this partnership.
One of the best ways to deal with the winter blues is to indulge in dark chocolates or perhaps a chocolate cake. Dark chocolate contains a compound called theobromine, which increases energy and mental alertness. It also contains magnesium, which is essential for production of serotonin. Serotonin is the feel-good chemical and influences your mood and therefore can increase your feelings of overall happiness. If you have a sweet tooth like us, this delicious chocolate bundt cake will make you happy. It is an awesome mood booster and makes a great dessert.
Chocolate cakes have always been a favorite dessert at Christmas time. There are so many types of cakes out there, from classic chocolate to fruit-flavored ones. If you want to impress your loved ones this holiday season, then you should definitely give this recipe a try.
Happy fall you all. The leaves are falling and it is getting colder outside. The festive season is just around the corner and we are getting cozy with hot chocolate and a piece of cake. It is the pumpkin season and therefore we made a fresh pumpkin pie. This is absolutely the best and most delicious pumpkin cake we have ever eaten. Pumpkins symbolize the harvest time and during this time of the year you can see pumpkin spice everything all around you from lattes, chocolates, donuts and so on. Did you know that pumpkin pies are the single most requested dessert at Thanksgiving in the USA? A good reason to give it a try and make this delicious pie from scratch. Here is how:
The Black Forest cake is a German classic. Typically, the cake consists of several layers of chocolate sponge cake that is filled with cherries and whipped cream. The decoration consists of additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings. Traditionally, the cherries are soaked in cherry brandy, Kirschwasser, which is a clear spirit made from sour cherries. This is also the ingredient that gives the dessert its distinctive flavor. These lovely little cakes are the perfect dessert. Your guests are sure to enjoy this delicious cherry and chocolate combination.
The piñata cake is named after the Mexican party center pieces made from paper with a hollow center which is used to hold candies and other sweet treats. The idea behind the pinata cake is to make the cake-cutting process a bit more exciting and unique. It adds an element of surprise and will keep people guessing as to what really is packed inside it. This lemon sponge cake is a favorite for any kids birthday party.