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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
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Chocolate Face Mask Recipes

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Chocolate Face Mask Recipes
Chocolate is a favorite dessert for cultures around the world. Not only is it delicious but chocolate also has many beneficial properties and even can help to improve one’s mood! A lesser known quality of chocolate, however, is that it’s possible to make face masks with it and that these masks can do a very good job hydrating, lifting, rejuvenating and toning your face. If you’re going to make a homemade chocolate mask, be sure to use high-quality chocolate with at least 70% cacao. Can you im...
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Categories: Chocolate and Health | Tags: chocolate , st paul , face mask , health , delicious
Another 10 Neato Coffee Facts Worth Knowing
Our recent post on 10 Neato Coffee Facts Worth Knowing was so popular that we've come up with another 10 interesting facts about our favorite energy-giving elixir.
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Categories: Chocolate | Tags: coffee , facts , trivia , st paul , minnesota , chocolate
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Chocolate - The Love Connection

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Chocolate - The Love Connection
The cocoa connection dates back to ancient history. In fact, chocolate has been around almost as long as man. All the while, chocolate was gaining popularity not only for its decadence, but also for its reputed aphrodisiac properties. Today, we know that chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a naturally occurring amino-acid – the same one that we humans release when we are falling in love.
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Categories: Chocolate | Tags: chocolate , aphrodisiac , love , minnesota , st paul , history
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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