6
Feb

Chocolate has been around forever!

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I love chocolate! With that being said, I decided to do some digging into the history books and research when the first recordings of chocolate being consumed were. If we pull ourselves through a fold in time we will be transported all the way back to the Aztecs. Did you know they made a chocolate drink that was called Xocoatll? I didn’t either! They used the beans from the cocoa tree, refined them, and made them into a drink. I guess you can say it was their version of hot chocolate, except it was served chilled. Here is what you need to make this delightfully spicy drink!

  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 green chile pepper sliced
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

Ancient Directions:
Bring 1 1/2 cup water to a boil in a pot; add the chili pepper, seeds included, to the boiling water and cook at a boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the chili pepper and seeds from the water; return the water to the pot. Add 4 cups water to the chili pepper-infused water, reduce heat to medium-low, and bring to a slow boil. Stir the cocoa powder and vanilla extract into the boiling water; cook and stir until the powder dissolves completely, 5 to 10 minutes. This recipe is compliments of allrecipes.com! I think it is important to have a little chocolate everyday. When I do, I really don’t crave it in huge amounts. I know that when I have my little chocolate fix, I feel satisfied. I look forward to it everyday!

I made this and I have to say it was an interesting combination of ingredients. The chile pepper made the cocoa flavor stand out. I really wasn’t sure if the chile pepper would be overpowering. It surprisingly wasn’t! I am going to continue to research and dig up more information on chocolate and it’s place in our diet! The picture is what my drink looked like. I added a red pepper in the picture because it gives it a pop of color! Make this and let me know your thoughts on the ancient recipe! Let’s experiment together!!!

5
Feb

Chocolate, Chocolate, Oh MY!!!

 

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I received a huge box of chocolate in the mail! I knew it was coming. The anticipation was building over the last 2 weeks. I was told a box of chocolate was coming my way! At last, it had arrived! I ran down to the post office and picked it up because the address was incorrect! I was able to stop this large package of goodies from going back to the sender! I love chocolate! I will do anything for chocolate!( well, just about anyway) I loaded it in my car and decided I would look in the box when I got it back home. I was wondering what was in this huge box! My kids are always trying to guess what is in the wrapped boxes under the tree at Christmas. I was imagining what goodies could be in this box. Yes, I shook it gently, I couldn’t resist! I arrived home, ran into the house and used my car key to get through the tape. You would think I was desperate to get this box open! Inside my long awaited chocolate box were 5 varieties! There were some of my absolute favorite kinds! I LOVE dark chocolate especially when it is mixed with sea salt, caramel, pomegranate, and acai! As I look at this box, I realize I am supposed to only eat 1 per day! This is going to require lots of restraint! My logic tells me that since I am behind on days due to the mix up in the mail, I could eat more than 1 today, so….I played catch up and ate 3! That probably wasn’t very mindful of me but I was very aware of each delicious dark chocolate square that entered my mouth. It started with the reading of the label. Dark chocolate sea salt caramel! I wonder if that is as good as the caramel squares I ate from the grocery store last week?  The Ghiradelli square appeared super smooth on the outside. Where was the salt? I am used to seeing the salt on the outside of the chocolate. I wonder if there is going to be course salt on the inside of this very thin piece of chocolate?  As I bit into it, the caramel oozed out and I detected the slightly course salt. It was the most delicious combination of ingredients! The flavor was an explosion in my mouth! This is going to be a great month for chocolate! I consider February to be the sweetest month of the year! I can’t wait to eat more tomorrow!