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Just The Facts… Health & Chocolate

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Just The Facts… Health & Chocolate

Chocoholic: – n [chocolate + -oholic (as in alcoholic)](1968): a person who craves or compulsively consumes chocolate. – Webster’s Dictionary

“All we’ll have to do is give him a triple dosage of my wonderful Supervitamin Chocolate. Supervitamin Chocolate contains huge amounts of vitamin A and vitamin B…and, believe it or not, vitamin Z! The only two vitamins it DOESN’T have in it are vitamin S, because it makes you sick, and vitamin H, because it makes you grow horns on the top of your head, like a bull. But it does have a very small amount of the rarest and most magical vitamin of them all – vitamin Wonka… It’s most useful. He’ll be able to play the piano with his feet.”

Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

We all know that antioxidants have the power to reduce the risks of cancer and heart disease. It is especially amazing to note the amount that are present in chocolate compared to other well-known antioxidant rich foods such as teas, red wines, fruits, legumes and vegetables.

Check out the following chart published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Top Antioxidant Bearing Foods (ORAC* Units per 100 grams)

*ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a measure of the ability of the foods to subdue harmful oxygen free radicals that can damage our bodies.

Dark Chocolate     13,120
Milk Chocolate     6,740
Prunes     5,770
Raisins     2,830
Blueberries     2,400
Blackberries     2,036
Kale     1,770
Strawberries     1,540
Spinach     1,260
Raspberries     1,220
Brussel Sprouts     980
Plums     949
Alfalfa Sprouts     930
Broccoli Florets     890
Oranges     750
Red Grapes     739
Red Bell Pepper     710
Cherries     670
Onion     450
Corn     400
Eggplant     390


Read More about the health benefits in Chocolate in my ebook – Gift From The Gods!

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Death by Chocolate Waffles

Death by Chocolate Waffles

1 1/3 C. flour
1/3 C. whole-wheat flour
1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa
1 T. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 C. butter
3 oz. semisweet chocolate
2 T. granulated sugar
2 1/4 C. whole milk
2 eggs, beaten until frothy

Preheat waffle iron.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, whole-wheat flour, cocoa, baking powder and cinnamon. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over very low heat, melt butter, chocolate and sugar. Whisk to smooth, remove from heat, then whisk in milk and eggs.

Make a well in dry ingredients, pour in chocolate mixture and blend just until everything is combined. Let batter stand for several minutes. Pour about 1/2 to 3/4 cup batter into very hot waffle iron and bake until waffles are golden and crisp. Serve hot.

Makes 4 waffles.

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Dark Chocolate Chess Pie

Dark Chocolate Chess Pie


* 2 9-inch unbaked pie crusts in glass baking dishes
* 1 cup butter
* 6 ounces dark chocolate
* 3 cups sugar
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 6 eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 12 ounce can evaporated milk
* Optional: Whipped Cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake pie crusts blind by either using pie weights in pie crusts or prick holes in bottom and sides to prevent bubbling. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven to rack. Decrease oven temperature to 375 degrees F.

In large saucepan on low melt butter and chocolate, stirring occasionally.

In medium bowl, combine sugar and flour with wire whisk. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla and evaporated milk. Add a couple of tablespoonfuls of the melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and stir. Add both sugar and egg mixtures to pan of melted chocolate. Stir to combine. Increase heat to medium and stir constantly for 10 minutes.

Evenly divide filling between the 2 pie pans. Bake for 30 minutes.

Makes 2 Pies. (One to share and one to eat?)

Serve with whipped cream.

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