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That’s The Way the Cookie Crumbles

30 Oct 2017

"That's the way the cookie crumbles!"  How often have you heard that expression?  It is usually a statement of disappointment which may be paraphrased as "tough luck."  But why does a cookie...

Hot Cocoa’s Black Sludge

10 Oct 2017

If you've made hot cocoa with powder, you've probably experienced the dark sludge at the bottom of the cup. This chocolate goop seems unavoidable, despite being absolutely certain that you...

Chocolate Genes

23 May 2017

Chocolate may be about to get better, sweeter and even more irresistible. Scientists have succeeded in sequencing the genome of the Criollo chocolate tree. Due to susceptibility to diseases, cocoa...

Chocolates that Lower Blood Pressure and Don't Melt!

20 Mar 2017

In the future people with high blood pressure may be reaching into their pocket for a couple of squares of, get this, chocolate! And furthermore, they may be able to carry the chocolate in their...

Superfoods and Superhype

20 Mar 2017

The term “Superfood” has become part of our vocabulary. Such foods are the supposed antitheses of “junk foods” with the implication that if we gorge on them we can delay our earthly departure. The...

What’s the difference between white chocolate and brown chocolate?

20 Mar 2017

All chocolate grows on trees. Brown chocolate comes from brown trees and white chocolate comes from white trees. Not really. Chocolate comes from cocoa beans which grow inside a large pod that...

Castor bean oil plays growing role in chocolate manufacture

20 Mar 2017

I think the first medicine I ever heard of was “Ricinus,” a liquidy concoction with which my mother plied me when she suspected I was constipated. I can’t imagine why as a child I would have had...

Lead - A stain on chocolate?

20 Mar 2017

Lead is nasty. Since the body has a tough time eliminating it, exposure to very small amounts can cause poisoning over the long term. Diagnosis of lead poisoning is challenging because of the...

Chocolate's effect on the gut

20 Mar 2017

According to a Switzerland study, there is more to the stomach than we think. Of course we all know that stomachs come in all different shapes and sizes, firmness and floppiness; but, what many do...