• Shelly Blake

CHOCOLATE JOY

Updated: Jan 30

"Like love, chocolate is always a delight to receive or to give." Mary Jane Finsand - The Diabetic Chocolate Cookbook


Chocolate is an amazing creation with so many surprising benefits. I like to think the placebo effect kicks in if any nutrients are lost in processing, so in my eyes it will always do the body good. I'm so glad that ancient people didn't just leave the bitter cacao tree seedpods alone, and to this day people keep working to create more chocolate creations.


One day I decided to live out my childhood fantasies of having my own chocolate factory right in my own kitchen. The child within me was alive and well that day! I went to the craft store and got some molds and began experimenting to invent new chocolate creations. I really enjoyed playing with chocolate and learned it tastes delicious with honey, cranberries and blue corn. Anything with chocolate probably tastes delicious, come to think of it.


"A study suggests that epicatechin and flavonoids, compounds present in dark chocolate, may help protect the brain from damage after a stroke.”

"Epicatechin works by prompting cells to defend themselves, acting to “jump-start the protective pathway that is already present within the cells. These compounds are also helpful with nervous disorders." (From 10 Amazing Benefits of Chocolate, by Meenakshi Nagdeve) More evidence that chocolate is good for you.



The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy! Psalms 126:3


Ever wanted to have a slice of chocolate? The Japanese have invented it. Ruby chocolate, a berry-flavored pink chocolate was recently invented by a Belgian-Swiss cocoa company. Cadbury has invented Cadbury World, an interactive chocolate factory adventure for families to explore if you happen to be in England or New Zealand. Who knows what the future holds for chocolate? No doubt, it will continue to be an inspiration to us all. Will you be the next person to invent something new with chocolate?










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