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The Many Health Benefits of Chocolate
Need to keep an eye on your health? How about some chocolate? Not only is chocolate a delicious treat, but it's actually very healthy for you – if you have the real stuff that is, not candy. Here are some of the major benefits to consuming chocolate regularly.
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Categories: History of Chocolate , Recipes, Chocolate and Health | Tags: chocolate and health , chocolate recipes , chcoclate
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Do Cocoa Beans Grow in the USA?

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Do Cocoa Beans Grow in the USA?
Cocoa beans don’t grow in the United States, do they? After all, one normally associates them more with the tropics than the snow-choked plains of the US. In fact, this holds true for our country, too. Cocoa beans do indeed grow in the USA, but only in very limited areas. There is a narrow band known as the Cocoa Bet or the Chocolate Belt. That sounds more enticing that the Rust Belt or the Snow Belt! The Cocoa Belt essentially follows the tropics, extending twenty degrees north and south of th...
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Categories: History of Chocolate | Tags: cocao , history , chocolate , minnesota , homemade
An Addictive Aphrodisiac? The Truth About Chocolate
You’ve probably heard people describe themselves as “chocoholics.” But can people really become addicted to chocolate? And is part of chocolate’s “addictive” nature due to its reputation as an aphrodisiac?
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Categories: History of Chocolate | Tags: chocolate , history
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More Fun Chocolate Facts

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More Fun Chocolate Facts
Everyone's favorite treat is full of fascinating history. Read on for some fun facts about chocolate.
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Categories: History of Chocolate | Tags: chocolate , facts , history , handcrafted , made in minnesota
Twelve Fun Facts You May Not Know About Chocolate
1. Does chocolate contribute to intellectual superiority? Perhaps. Eat up, because there is a positive correlation between the amount of chocolate a country consumes and the number of Nobel Laureates that country has produced.
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Categories: History of Chocolate | Tags: chocolate , facts , trivia , history
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Chocolate Comes to America

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Chocolate Comes to America
Chocolate made its way back across the Atlantic Ocean with British settlers to the colonies, with the first chocolate factory established in pre-revolutionary New England in 1765.
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Categories: History of Chocolate | Tags: chocolate , history , chocolatier , artisan
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Chocolate Travels to Europe

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Chocolate Travels to Europe
Christopher Columbus was spellbound by this new elixir, and he first presented cacao beans to the Spanish royal court in 1502. Explorer Hernan Cortés brought the Aztec cocoa drink back to Spain, and adapted it by heating and adding cane sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to make it more agreeable to the European palate. Wealthy patrons grew a taste for this hot chocolate, which stoked demand and led Spanish colonizers to plant even more cacao trees in Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, and Jamaica, in order to...
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Categories: History of Chocolate | Tags: chocolate , history , European style , eating chocolate , drinking chocolate
The History of Chocolate: Central America
Chocolate as we know it is believed to have its origins more than two thousand years ago with the Olmec people. This pre-Colombian tribe settled the fertile lowlands of the Gulf of Mexico and cultivated corn, chilies, avocados, pumpkins, and beans. It was under these conditions that the Olmecs first cultivated the cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao.
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Categories: History of Chocolate | Tags: aztecs , chocolate , history , st paul
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