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An interesting take on Chocolate and Science, and why each isn’t always what you think.

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A fairly recent “scandal” to hit both chocolate lovers and “scientific intellectuals”. (Jump at the end of this post.) The basic gist of the piece boils down into how a daring author John Bohannon, and some friends came up with and executed a plan to trick the media into spreading less than 100% factual benefits of consumption of chocolate leading to weight loss. Correlation doesn’t always mean causation and the media at large jumps on what ever current sensation is sweeping the nation with out much fact checking and will readily point to pseudoscience to back up their claims.

Its a fascinating read and not terrible long, and reminds you to take everything with a grain of salt… or grains of sea salt on chocolate. *Goes in search of chocolate fix*.

Remember my friends everything in moderation! Chocolate and media!

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.

http://io9.com/i-fooled-millions-into-thinking-chocolate-helps-weight-1707251800

Top image: Art by Jim Cooke, taken from the aforementioned piece. 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Vegan Aztec Hot (Dark) Chocolate Recipe: A mess for your pleasure

So yesterday morning I made 10+ cups of hot chocolate (for myself) in an effort to perfect vegan hot chocolate.

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Recipe:
Ingredients:                                                                                                Turbinado or Raw sugar 3 Tablespoons per serving                                         Raw/Whole cocoa powder 2 Tablespoons per serving                                     Vanilla unsweetened soy milk (I like WestSoy brand, but use which ever you’d like) Instead of using vanilla soy    milk  you can use pain and add 3 drops of vanilla to your soy milk while heating. 8oz. per serving
Red Chili Powder 1/16 Teaspoon per serving                                                   Cinnamon 1/8 Teaspoon per serving

Directions: 1. In a sauce pain heat soy milk to 170 degrees Fahrenheit             2. Reduce temp to low and immediately add sugar and stir until dissolved.       3. Add remaining ingredients to pan while on low and mix/froth for approximately 2 minutes with an immersion or stick blender. Alternatively you can pour the heated Soy milk sugar mixture and the remaining ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 2 minutes. Remember hot liquids have a tendency to steam/splash in a running blender so use caution. Addationally if you have a glass blender vessel like myself pre-heat it with hot water (possibly poured out of your preheated mugs.                                                              4. Pour into mugs, sip, and enjoy!!

I’ve come to the following conclusions in my quest:

1. Making 10+ cups of hot chocolate with no one else to drink them but you leaves your housemates thinking you’ve finally lost it.

2. There’s a lot of debate out there about just how hot you can heat soy milk, 170 degrees Fahrenheit was the winner for me.

3. Always preheat your hot chocolate mugs, this can be done by putting your mug (microwave safe of course) in the microwave full of room temp water for approx 2 min (dump out the water and you have a nice preheated mug). Alternatively you can fill you mug with boiling water from another source and let sit approx 1 minute. (dump out the water and you have a nice preheated mug). This will ensure your liquidy chocolaty goodness will stay hotter longer and its a cozy pick me up for cold hands.

4. Vegan hot chocolate made with soy milk and raw cocoa will always leave a minuscule amount of gritty taste in your mouth. Sorry folks unprocessed whole foods tend to taste a bit more earthy… nonetheless this stuff is absolutely delicious. I’ll try experimenting with Almond, Coconut, and Rice milk in the future to see if this increases silkiness.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Preview

Here’s a preview of the upcoming line up. In no particular order.

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As always, comments, suggestions, and feedback are always welcome.From editing, to layout, to what to review next I’m always eager for input.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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