Friday, April 07, 2006

Chocolate is life

Oh, wait…what do you mean it isn’t part of the Food Pyramid? Are you sure? That has to be an oversight! Sacrilege! Blasphemy! Oh the horror! Who do I talk to about changing that?

Ahem…right then. So before the 1840s, chocolate was mostly drank, had a bitter taste, and wasn’t in solid eating form. Luckily, Joseph Fry, it’s believed, made the first edible chocolate in 1847, and the Cadbury Brothers followed in 1849.

Swiss candle maker, Daniel Peter, joined his father-in-law's chocolate business and in 1867 began experimenting with milk. Yes, you guessed it, milk chocolate, which he began marketing in 1875. Peter’s partner in all this…? Baby food manufacturer Henri Nestlé.

That whole process that heats, rolls, and grinds chocolate into a smooth, creamy liquid that’s evenly blended (conching) was invented by Swiss confectioner Rodolphe Lindt in 1879.

Of course, it was once thought of as an aphrodasiac, and that hasn’t exactly been disproven. The Aztec’s loved it. When it was brought over to Europe, it quickly became the ideal gift for a loved one.

Dark Chocolate is even considered healthy for you by people who study that and don’t just indulge.

“Many of the worlds oldest supercentenarians, e.g. Jeanne Calment (1875-1997)
and Sarah Knauss (1880-1999), were passionately fond of chocolate. Jeanne
Calment habitually ate two pounds of chocolate per week until her physician
induced her to give up sweets at the age of 119 - three years before her death
aged 122. Life-extensionists are best advised to eat dark chocolate rather than
the kinds of calorie-rich confectionery popular in America.”

So as I said…I like it and it makes me feel good and no one can make me feel guilty over that.


NicoleMcCaffrey said...

Wonderful post, Christine! IMHO the Cadbury brothers should be eligible for sainthood!!

Mary Ann Webber said...

I'm convinced! I'm upping my pound of Hershey's Dark to two pounds per week. Look what it did for Jeanne. I once read she could recall selling brushes to Vincent Van Gogh as a girl!
I should have known it was chocolate!
I recommend Hershey's Dark as a health supplement. It contains no sodium and less sugar. Unlike Godiva, it is cheap and readily available.
Chocolate is life... Chocolate is life...
Mary Ann

Anonymous said...

I'm a milk chocolate person myself, but after this, I might have to switch! Hershey's you say...I'm sold.