For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time
IT’S EASTER - AN EGGCELLENT TIME TO GET TO KNOW AND PLAY WITH THE 4 MAIN KINDS OF CHOCOLATE.
The first thing the TastyMoments team wants you to know is that you can think of chocolate as a vegetable! Yip, cocoa beans come from a tree. So, right there is everyone’s perfect excuse.
But chocolates mean different things to different people. It could be the start of an egg hunt, a well-done for good school marks or a sign of interest from a dishy person.
So, here’s a fun dessert idea. Why not invite that guy you fancy, one or two of your other favourite peeps and get creative. Start by getting a Dr. Oetker Patisserie Cheesecake in your hands and invite everyone over. Ask them to bring the chocolates they like – and then you can all go wild decorating the cake. Dip strawberries into melted chocolate, shave chocolate to make the hair on a funny face – go wherever your imagination takes you. Or you can try these awesome chocolate décor tricks from us! Then it’s time for tea and cake – or a yummy, fun dessert after a few crispy Ital Pizza Classic variations have come out of the oven.
While you’re at it, you can regale your friends and family with these little known, fast facts about this globally celebrated confectionary.
A look back in time
Did you know that National Chocolate Day is celebrated on the 7th of July? This is said to be when chocolate was introduced to Europe, as far back as 1550.
It became a bit of a French thing
When told that the people were starving and did not have bread during the French Revolution, Marie-Antoinette apparently said, ‘Let them eat cake. Well, it seems her tastes did not end at cake. She also loved chocolate – which she considered to be an aphrodisiac.
The other famous Frenchman who loved chocolate was Napoleon. He insisted that his armies had access to wine and chocolate at all times. The combination seemed to work well for a time. And then, as with all conquerors – his time, too, came to an end.
Although cocoa (or cacao – the words are interchangeable) originates from central and south America, guess who is currently the biggest producer? Africa!
It takes years for the trees to grow mature enough to produce the beans, which are then picked, dried and roasted to release their full flavour. Although the trees can live for up to 200 years, they produce beans for only about 25 of these years. Seeing as it takes around 800 beans to make 1kg of cocoa, farming it is no child’s play. So, hats off to our continent.
The four kinds of chocolate
Milk chocolate was first made in Switzerland in 1875 by a Mr Peter. No one else could get it right until he tried to add a product his neighbour, Mr Nestlé, invented. The trick turned out to be to add condensed milk. This is still to this day the most popular variety of our favourite sweet.
White chocolate is made of cocoa butter which contains no cocoa. So, strictly speaking, it is not even chocolate—fancy that.
Dark chocolate can consist of up to 80% cocoa, as opposed to the 20-40% ratio of milk chocolate. It is less sweet but absolutely delicious when a candied orange rind is dipped in it.
Ruby chocolate is the latest addition to the family. It was first released in 2017 and made with pink cocoa beans, which explains the colour. No colourants are added. One of the TastyMoments team has had the pleasure of having some and raves about the unique flavour. It looks like white chocolate after it has been mixed with berries. But not a berry in sight. Just a pure, natural pink delight.
Bring on the chocoholic’s dream. It’s Easter, after all.
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