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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
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Nutty Choco-Monkey Shakes

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Nutty Choco-Monkey Shakes
Kids and adults alike will love this sweet summer shake. It’s creamy, delicious, easy to make, and sure to become a fan favorite. Here are the details:
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Categories: Chocolate | Tags: recipe , chocolate , sipping chocolate , summer , shake
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Dark Chocolate and Cherry Creme Brulee

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Dark Chocolate and Cherry Creme Brulee
This version of crème brûlée is slightly cheaty. If you have a small blowtorch on hand then please feel free to make it properly, but this is both easy and caramelicious.
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Categories: Recipes | Tags: recipe , creme brulee , chocolate , dessert
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The History of Truffles, Part II

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The History of Truffles, Part II
Everyone loves a good chocolate truffle, but few people know how and why they taste as good as they do. The word truffle itself has several meanings in the world of confections. Like the word praline, you have to clarify what is being discussed. That’s because in different countries words mean different things. The original chocolate truffle, a French invention, was a ball of ganache made with chocolate and cream, often flavored and rolled in cocoa. It was named after the precious black truffl...
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Categories: Truffles | Tags: truffles , chocolate , handmade , artisan , st paul , twin cities
The History of Chocolate Truffles, Part I
Everyone loves a good chocolate truffle, but few people know just how and why they taste so darn good. The treat's couverture, or coating, plays a big role. Next time you bite into a chocolate truffle, you’ll appreciate the taste even more.
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Categories: Truffles | Tags: chocolate , handmade , truffles , minnesota
Brownies With Orange, Cranberries, and Almonds
These are so smooth they melt in your mouth like a luxurious chocolate truffle, with a flavor and texture burst from the orange zest, cranberries and almonds. Our brownies contain different types of sweet and savory for a truly toothsome treat perfect any time throughout the year. In fact, why not bring some of these brownies to your 4th of July celebration? Here's how to get started on this delectable dessert.
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Categories: Recipes | Tags: recipe , chocolate , brownies , holidays
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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Common Mistakes When Brewing Coffee

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Common Mistakes When Brewing Coffee
For coffee lovers, we are always in search of the perfect cup - even at home. Many people make various mistakes with their home brew setup, though, so we thought we'd share some of the most common mistakes. Avoid these five points and you'll be well on your way to a better cup of coffee, every day!
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Categories: Coffee | Tags: coffee , brewing , tips
Honeybees Are Nature's Little Coffee Addicts
There is another creature on this planet that enjoys caffeine as much as we do - honeybees! Honeybees stick their tongues into coffee flowers to collect nectar, and that nectar contains low doses of caffeine.
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Categories: Coffee | Tags: coffee , caffeine , honeybees , natural
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Coffee Trees: The Natural Pesticide

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Coffee Trees: The Natural Pesticide
As you may know, coffee beans come from coffee trees. Those coffee trees produce coffee cherries, which contain seeds. Those seeds are the coffee beans you grind up for your daily fix.
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Categories: Coffee | Tags: coffee , caffeine , natural pesticide
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