Belgian chocolate makes headlines at the Sochi Olympics. The Telegraph reported on February 7, 2014 that Belgian chocolate would be exempt from import bands at the Sochi Olympics. Turns out Olympic athletes are willing to make a fuss over good chocolate.
Click here to read the full story “Belgian chocolates exempted from Sochi import ban after outcry.”
Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between unsweetened chocolate and bitter sweet chocolate? Or what makes Dutch-processed coco different from regular powdered chocolate? Or what are chocolate nibs anyway? The folks at America’s Test Kitchen have put together a short chocolate terminology guide they posted on CNN’s Eatocracy that’s worth a look: Dark, light, sweet, creamy: 12 chocolates to know
A new article in the Huffington Post looks at the health benefits of eating chocolate over time. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but eating good chocolate several times a week helps you live a long and healthy life.
What Chocolate Can Do for You
By Jena Pincott
HuffPost OWN Healthy Mind & Body
Posted: 11/07/2013 10:10 am EST | Updated: 11/07/2013 10:29 am EST
The Belgians have done it again. A study conducted by Belgian psychologists at Hasselt University have found that the ambient smell of chocolate increases sales. The study conducted at a bookstore found that sales increased when buyers enjoyed the ambient smell of chocolate. The findings were published in the December 2013 issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology. This study follows up a 2008 study that found that the smell of chocolate-chip cookies increased impulse purchased among women.
To read the study abstract “Smelling the Books: The Effect of Chocolate Scent on Purchase-Related Behavior in a Bookstore” and for the full citation click here.
To read the press release on the 2008 study on chocolate-chip cookies and impulse purchases, click here.
When I think about chocolate, Belgium is the first place that comes to mind. And I’m not alone. In an Oct., 7, 2013 piece in the Huffington Post “16 Ways Europeans are Just Better at Life” number 8 is chocolate.
Click here to read the entire article.
If you know someone going back to school, you might want to give them a bar of dark chocolate. The Best Colleges.org web site has posted a list of The Best Foods for Students. The lists covers the best foods for studying, for a good night’s sleep, and for reducing stress. The top of the list for stress release is dark chocolate. Next time you hear of someone stressing out over a paper, an assignment, or an exam tell them to eat some dark chocolate. Oh yes….and send them the full list below, they might need some help sleeping and studying too.