Archive for April, 2010

29
Apr

Chocolate: Medicine for Bad Liver?

by admin, in: Chocolate News
Chocolate: Medicine for Bad Liver?

A group of Spanish researchers have found that eating dark chocolate after meals stopped the usual rise in abdominal blood pressure, which can reach dangerous levels among people suffering from cirrhosis and, in severe cases, lead to blood vessel rupture.

The study stated that flavanols, a type of antioxidants found in cocoa, could be the reason why chocolate is beneficial in lowering blood pressure because the chemicals help smooth the muscle cells of the blood vessels, causing them to relax and widen.

The research was conducted with 21 patients suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, a chronic liver disease causing it to scar. The subjects that were provided with a meal containing 85-percent dark chocolate had a significant smaller rise in blood pressure in the liver compared to those who were given white chocolate.

The results were presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver in Vienna.

Source:  Reuters

6
Apr

Swiss Chocolatier Builds Taj Mahal From White Chocolate

by admin, in: Chocolate News
Swiss Chocolatier Builds Taj Mahal From White Chocolate

Swiss chef Adelbert Bucher would have to add another feather on his cap after finishing his latest work of art: A replica of the Taj Mahal made entirely of white chocolate. Bucher, the master chocolatier of the Swiss chocolate brand Lindt for 10 years, has already created models of the Emirates Towers in Dubai and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul out of dark chocolate. The latest exhibit of his fine replica making was part of the promotions for Lindt in India.

Measuring three feet by three feet, the replica of India’s famous landmark will be on display at The Maurya lobby in New Delhi until April 11, Sunday.

“Fifteen years ago, I had designed the Taj Mahal in white sugar crystals,” the chocolatier said during an interview. Despite his fascination with the monument, Bucher has never visited the Taj. “I have only seen pictures in magazines and on the Internet,” he added.

Photo source: PTI

2
Apr

The World's Most Expensive Chocolate

by admin, in: United States
The World's Most Expensive Chocolate

Want to impress your woman with an luxury item that is not as hefty as a diamond ring? How about a very expensive chocolate?

The Connecticut-based Knipschildt Chocolatier is home of La Madeline au Truffe, a chocolate truffle that was recognize by Forbes magazine as the most luxurious chocolate in the world. Why so? This confection is made from 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil, and vanilla as its ganache. It is then filled with a rare French Perigold truffle before being enrobed in Valrhona dark chocolate and coated with fine cocoa powder.

A piece of this truffle costs US$240 a piece or $2,600 a pound. It takes 14 days to create this delightful confection and has a seven-day shelf life.