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Chocolate!

 

By:Shayna Burriss

I dedicate this ebook to Ms.Jones and Ms.M for all the hard work and support they put into helping me make my ebook .

CHOCOLATE!

Chocolate, America's Passion

    Do you think that you eat about 5 pounds of chocolate a year? 7 pounds even closer but no. You eat about 10 pounds of chocolate a year. If you add up every single American and the 10 pounds of chocolate you eat each year you would get about 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate a year. That's a lot of cocoa beans.

True or False?

Chocolate contains over 300 different types of chemicals.

True.

    

Caffeine is the most well known of these chemical ingredients, and while it's in chocolate, it can only be found in small groups.  Theobromine, a weak chemical, is also there, in slightly higher amounts.  The combination of these two chemicals cause  a "sugar rush".

 

Will any type of Chocolate melt?

     Every type of chocolate will melt but some better than others.  There are special melting chocolates but they put more chemicals so it is not always the best choice.  Some milk chocolate bars melt easier than chocolate chips.  If you melt a chocolate bar, you might need to add sugar, water or milk.

The Official Chocolate Test

Where does chocolate come from?

      Chocolate comes from the cacao beans which are inside the cacao pods which grow on the Theobroma cacao tree. The Theobroma cacao tree grows in Central and South America and some parts of Africa. All these places have one thing in common. They are all close to the equator and are hot and rainy places.

 

The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation

Why is chocolate so special?

     Chocolate is so special because it has such a positive impact on the world. It always puts a smile on peoples faces. There are many different kinds of chocolate. It is healthy if you don't eat too much and you can get it almost everywhere. There are many ways to taste and eat chocolate. Also chocolate is in most desserts. Whether it is chocolate ice cream or chocolate eclair cake.

 

 Chocolate with a History

     Around 1850 B.C., the Mesoamerican culture discovered the cacao tree. In 1900 B.C., chocolate was a popular drink to the Aztecs. The Aztecs believed that cacao beans were a gift from the god Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom. The Aztecs saw that other civilizations were using cacao beans as a form of currency. When the Aztecs were trying to protect their civilization, the soldiers were paid in cacao beans, which attracted many people.

 

 

     The Aztecs made their chocolate in a very special way. First, they roasted the cacao beans in the sun. Then they grounded them into paste. After that, they added water, vanilla, honey, chili peppers and spices into chocolate to satisfy them. If they wanted it to become more of a liquid, then they would just put more water.

 Aztec art to show how they made chocolate.

Hershey’s produces over 70 million chocolate Kisses--every day.

Different types of chocolate

     There are about 20 different versions for each type of chocolate. Here are some of them: milk chocolate, which is a solid chocolate make with milk.  Dark chocolate, which has a slightly bitter chocolate than milk chocolate with no milk. White chocolate is a whitish candy made with cocoa butter.  Last but not least, baking chocolate it has less sugar and more liquor than semisweet chocolate. Organic chocolate is helpful because there are no pesticides or fertilizers that can harm the plants.

 

      Do you want to know how to make chocolate? The ingredients are raw cocoa beans (Not Roasted) and sugar. The materials are a baking pan, pasta strainer, and a meat grinder. This might seem crazy but it's not. Just follow the steps and it will turn out amazing.

     

     First you have to strain the cocoa beans like you would strain pasta. Next you would roast the cacao beans in the pan for about 60 minutes and keep it moving so it it does not burn. When it is done, take off all the shells on each bean. After that, mix 2 cups of your cocoa beans and 5 cups of sugar in a large mixing bowl. Then you take that and the meat grinder and grind the beans until it turns into a liquid. Once it is a liquid, you would have to put it in the shape you want and then put it in the refrigerator to cool.

Chocolate, in six easy steps

The English chocolate company Cadbury made the first chocolate bar in the world in 1842

Halloween

 

     On Halloween $217 million is spent on purchasing chocolate for trick-or-treaters. In the United States, 7 billion pounds of candy is consumed on Halloween and 1.5 of that billion pounds is chocolate. About 930 million Hershey chocolate bars get eaten on Halloween. On Halloween, 83.4% of Hershey's chocolate is received but 73.7% is given away to charities.

 

 

 

    

 

     Chocolate is one of the most popular foods on Halloween because it is so lightweight and it is sweet. Also on Halloween, many kids are scared and chocolate is a comfort candy. There are many creative things to do with chocolate bars and liquid chocolate. Can be molded to look scary but you taste a warm and fuzzy feeling start to bubble in your mouth.

 

Chocolate Recipies

Chocolate Fondue Recipe:

2/3 cup half-and-half

12oz milk chocolate or 1 bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips (2 cups))

2tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur, kirsch, brandy or half-and-half

Dippers (pound cake cubes, strawberries, pineapple chunks, apple slices, marshmallows)

  • 1 In 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat half-and-half and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth; remove from heat. Stir in liqueur. Pour into fondue pot or chafing dish.

  • 2 Spear Dippers with fondue forks; dip into fondue. (If fondue becomes too thick, stir in a small amount of half-and-half.)



 

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe:

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.

  3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

    Tasting chocolate uses the same vocabulary as tasting wine.  Milk chocolate is the easiest chocolate to taste test;here is how you do it.  First you have to Take a small bite.  Then you break up the chocolate in your mouth and let it sit over your tongue.  After that you press to the roof of your mouth, and melt.  You can eat dark chocolate the same way but it will give you more energy.

How to Taste Chocolate 

Fair Trade Chocolate

     70% of the world's cocoa beans are grown in Africa. This seems good but it's not.  In Africa kids are kidnaped from their families by chocolate companies to grow cacao beans and most of them haven't even tried the chocolate that they make everyday. Some kids chose to leave their families to make money but it is very little.


   

    Fair trade chocolate companies give the kids the right amount of money to give to their families and they also give them the correct jobs to do at their age. Most of the time, kids are using big knives to cut the pods from the trees. Some chocolate companies that are fair trade are Kit Kat,Divine,Dairy Milk. Most of the fair trade chocolates are more expensive but it is for a good cause.

     Chocolate has many aspects to it and has many related topics that could be written about. It is very important to our world because it has a humongous impact on us. It has a very important history that is very interesting. Benjamin Franklin sold chocolate in his print shop in Philadelphia. In conclusion, chocolate is very important.

 

Top Ten Chooclate Consumers.

1.Switzerland                            

 

2.Germany

 

3.Ireland

 

 4.United Kingdom

 

5.Norway

 

 

 

6.Sweden

 

7.Austraila

 

8.Netherlands

 

9.United States

 

10.France

Best Tasting Chcolate in the USA