20 amazing cacao facts

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Just in case you needed more reasons to eat chocolate…

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1. Raw cacao gives rush of endorphins, relaxes muscles and boosts energy.

2. Raw cacao also contains high amounts of magnesium which relaxes your muscles. Magnesium also helps to protect against osteoporosis, reduces type II diabetes, and lowers blood pressure. Raw cacao powder (2tbsp) contains 52mg or 14% of daily value. Raw cacao nibs or beans per 100 grams contain 272 mg or 65% of daily value. The recommended RDA’s for Magnesium for a Male are 420mg and 320mg for a Female.

3. Cacao is also a source of iron, which builds the blood and helps to transport oxygen around our body, as well as potassium, copper, zinc, manganese and selenium.

4. A recent study by London’s Kingston University on cyclists also found that chocolate can make you go faster and further. Consumption…

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You Can Even Eat The Dishes

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Honoring the great Gene Wilder, the original Willy Wonka, with a tribute to one of his most memorable Chocolate Factory scenes.

 

“You can even eat the dishes…”

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One of my favorite movie moments!

Next time you reminisce with this classic favorite, celebrate with these scrumdiddlyumptious edible dishes. 

 

Edible Spoons

DIY Chocolate Molded Spoons 

Chocolate Molds here

Cookie Spoons

Directions here

 

Edible Chocolate Bowls photo

Made with Balloons

DIY Video compliments of giphy 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls

Directions here

 

DIY Edible Teacups

Directions here

 

Chocolate Dipped Coffee Cups

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Chocolate Dessert Cups photo

Instruction Video here

 

 

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Thanks for the childhood Memories,

the Magic, 

and your wonderfully

Pure Imagination, Mr. Wilder! 

Top 10 Chocolate Festivals in the World: Fall 2016

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Like Chocolate? Then you’re going to Love these chocolate events! Some of the biggest chocolate festivals in the world, are happening this fall. 

 

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Top 10 Chocolate Festivals this Fall


Dallas Chocolate Festival 2016: Lights, Camera, Action

September 9th- 11th

Addison, TX

More Details here


Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival 

September 10th-11th

San Francisco, CA

More information here

 

 

Las Vegas Chocolate and Pastry Show

September 15th-18th

Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here

 

 

The Big Chocolate Show

October 8th-9th

NY, New York

Details here

 

 

The Chocolate Show London


October 14th-16th

London, England

More details here 

 

 

Eurochocolate Festival 

October 14th-23rd

Perugia (by Milan)

More details here

 

 

Toronto Chocolate Festival 

October 15th-November 6th

Toronto, Canada

More Details here

 

Salon Du Chocolat

October 28th- November 1st

Paris, France

Details here 

 

 

The Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show and Wine Tasting

November 11th-12th

Chicago, IL

Details here

 

The Northwest Chocolate Festival 

Seattle, WA

November 15th-18th

Details here

Sweet Chocolate Ideas for Back to School

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Remedy for back to school blues? Chocolate!  

 Here are some sweet treats sure to brighten up any student or teacher’s day!

 

 

Chocolate Covered Back to School Apple Pretzels

DIY Directions here

 

Rolo Pencils

DIY Directions here

 

Edible Chocolate Bar Chalkboard Cookies

DIY Directions here

 

Hershey Chocolate Nugget School Buses

DIY Directions and Printable here

 

Chocolate Pretzel Rod Pencils

DIY Directions here

 

Hershey Chocolate Ruler

DIY Directions and printable label here

 

Chocolate Covered Oreos

Apples with Candy Worms

DIY Directions here

 

Notepads photo

You can find Chocolate Mold here

 

Colorful Arithmetic Oreos photo

 

13 Chocolate Recipes Gone Bananas!

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Chocolate has many friends. But, one of my favorites…the mighty Banana.

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13 Chocolate and Banana Mash-ups

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Chocolate Banoffee Pudding 

Recipe here by Good to Know

 

Chocolate Banana Cream Trifle

Recipe here by Pampered Chef

 

 

Reese’s Explosion Banana Bread

Recipe here by Mom on Timeout

 

Banana Bread Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake

Recipe here¬†by Carl’s Bad Cravings

 

 

Banana Chip Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Recipe here by Taste and Tell Blog

 


Peanut Butter Banana Cups

Recipe here by Honestly Yum

 


Bourbon Caramel Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Recipe here by Use Real Butter


Brown Butter Fried Nutella Banana Croissant Sandwiches 

Recipe here by Heather Christo

 

Chocolate Banana Custard Eclair (gluten free)

Recipe here by Gluten Free Canteen


Gourmet Banana Chocolate Tart

Recipe¬†here¬†by Not Your Mother’s Cookbook¬†


Banana Foster’s Fudge Cake

Recipe here by Very Best Baking


Toffee Banana White Chocolate Rice Pudding with Candied Almonds

Recipe here by Mccabe Kitchen 


Chocolate Banana Pancake Breakfast Casserole 

Recipe here by Food Network 

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Coming Soon: Meet and Greet Pumpkin Recipe Exchange!

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Get those recipes ready! Our next Recipe Exchange is coming soon.


We’re going to kick off September with the most notorious ingredient of fallPumpkin!

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The only requirement, is that the recipe must include chocolate. Although chocolate does not have to be the star, it should enhance the overall dessert.


Any type of chocolate- dark, milk, or white.

Any amount of chocolate- a sprinkle, a drizzle, a dunk.


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In the mean time, keep sharing those recipes! We’re keeping a running post.

(Remember to include the link to your post with your recipe.)


Recipe Exchange: Chocolate + Berries

Recipe Exchange: Brownies

Recipe Exchange: S’mores


 

 

Dunk It or Dump It?: Chocolate Covered Watermelon

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It’s my favorite post of the week. The time when I get to hear the opinions of my fellow foodies. It’s time for…


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Each week we assess an unusual, and sometimes weird, chocolate combination. This week we’re bringing a classic summer treat to the testing table.

 

Watermelon!

 

It’s Sweet,

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It’s Juicy,

 

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And it’s Delicious.

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But,…should it be dipped in chocolate? Is this idea pure madness, or genius?

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Chocolate Dipped Watermelon

Recipe here by By Devine Dezign Living

 

Chocolate Watermelon Smoothie

Recipe here by Got Chocolate 

 

 

What’s the verdict, should Watermelon be dipped in chocolate?

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Dunk It or Dump It?

Please vote in the comment section below.

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You can vote on previous Chocolate Pairings here.

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