By Lily Hermans
MAKE SURE YOU PRESS YOUTUBE AT THE BOTTOM) THIS IS A VIDEO ON HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE
Does Chocolate taste nice and why?
Chocolate definitely tastes a delicious, mouth - melting sweet and it is great for decoration on other sweet foods. Chocolate is an extraordinarily and amazingly yummy treat!
Chocolate has been with us for many centuries and we know that native Americans in what is now Mexico served chocolate to European explorers as early as the 1500s. On its own, chocolate has a bitter taste, but sugar transported from the plantations in the American colonies made it more palatable to Europeans and its popularity grew. In 1847, milk chocolate was created and a phenomenon was born: the delicious trinity of cocoa, sugar and milk was fused to create one of the world's most loved foods.
How Chocolate is made
Chocolate is made by cacao seeds, roasted and ground and often flavoured with vanilla. It is made to form into a liquid or a paste into a block using other ingredients and sweet foods. When chocolate factories create chocolate they get the cacao beans from Mexico and South America.
If you bought a box of chocolates at a petrol station it would roughly cost about ten to twenty dollars. A big block of chocolate could cost around four dollars.
When Chocolate was made
The chocolate enjoyed by later Mesoamerican civilizations like the Maya and Aztecs was made from ground cacao seeds with added seasonings, producing a spicy, frothy drink. The Spanish brought cacao back to Europe in the 16th century and many chocolate innovations have occurred in the ensuing centuries.
Is Chocolate healthy
Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, which come from the cocoa tree Theobroma cacao. As a result it contains many of the same healthy compounds as plants including copper, iron, zinc and magnesium and specific antioxidants called polyphenols. Research in California also concluded that chocolate (in moderation) can be good for the heart since it contains flavonoids. And a study at Harvard University found that people who eat chocolate three times a month may live almost a year longer than those who don't. But before you get too excited, it also found that people who eat too much chocolate have a lower life expectancy. This is linked to the incidence of obesity through higher fat and sugar consumption.
A little of what you fancy does you good...
It seems that the answer lies in moderation. A little chocolate is good for us and dietitians believe that chocolate can form part of a healthy eating pattern. But, you knew it was too good to be true - it is important to get the balance right and stick within the guidelines of the food pyramid. Too much chocolate is definitely not advisable.
Who Invented chocolate
Milk had sometimes been used as an addition to chocolate beverages since the mid-17th century, but in 1875 Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by mixing a powdered milk developed by Henri Nestlé with the liquor.
These are ten of the most popular brands of chocolate today in America and Australia:
1. Kit Kat
9. Lindt and Sprungli
10. Ferrero Rocher
CHOCOLATE IS THE BEST!