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THE CHOCOLATE POSTMAN

THE CACAO TREE

Chocolate comes from the cacao tree which is formerly known as Theobroma CacaoEPSON scanner image.  Perhaps its the  temperament of this mother tree that gives chocolate some of its intense and exotic taste.  Cacao trees flourish only in the hot rainy tropics in a swath 20 degrees north and south of the Equator.

Cacao trees are delicate plants that live in the understory of tropical forests and require other taller trees to protect them from sun and wind.  These petite trees top out at 60 feet in the wild although most grow only 20 to 40 feet high.  Shielded from wind and sun by hardwoods and other trees that stretch as high as 200 feet.  The cacao tree has large glossy leaves that are roughly the size of an outstretched human hand.  Young trees have flashy red leaves while mature trees are green.

This showy tree draws other plants to it.  Moss and lichens cling to its bark as do small orchids.  Theobroma Cacao’s  own pink or white blossoms adorn the branches.  some of these pretty flowers turn into colorful fruits called pods which are filled with sweet juice and bitter seeds.  These seeds are the cocoa beans and form the heart of chocolate.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cacao leaves can move 90 degrees from horizontal to vertical to get the sun and to protect younger leaves.

Also, that flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.

What a wonderful world!

(to be continued)

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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

THE CHOCOLATE POSTMAN

Chocolate , , ,Where is it from?

The treat so loved worldwide has very humble beginnings.  The cacao bean begins life inside a fruit, called a pod, on a tree in the tropics primarily in remote areas of West Africa, Southeast Asia and Central and South America.  These delicate flower-covered trees need much tending and when farmed using sustainable methods grow in harmony in tropical forests beneath other cash crops such as bananas, rubber or hardwood trees.  Grown on small family farms the beans leave cocoa farms by hand, in carts, on donkeys or rugged trucks to be sold to a local buyer and then to processors abroad.  Once in the factory the beans are ground, pressed, heated and stirred to create luxurious, delicious chocolate, like David’s.

The treat that now lies quietly in its wrapper carries a story of exotic places, long journeys and small families that raise delicate tropical fruit trees.  As you peel back the wrapper you are uncovering the cacao tree’s seed and joining people the world over who have turned to this mysterious food for ritual, medicine and sheer pleasure for the past 4,000 years.

How do the beans in chocolate farmers’ hands become decadent sweets in yours?  Let’s explore how chocolate is made . . . . the story of chocolate

(to be continued)

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Yes, chocolate is important in life.  Yes, we will continue to write about chocolate.  But the day’s doings are awesome  and will be important in our lives for many years to come.  We elected Barak Obama to his second term as President of our United States.  His greatest accomplishment so far is Obamacare.  Conservatives, ultra conservatives and far right extremists will be filling our ears with barrages of negatives about how Obamacare will not be good for us.

So the Chocolate Postman would like to explain the positives of Obamacare.

No, Obamacare will NOT  cut Medicare drastically and you WILL be able to get quality healthcare.  Obamacare prohibits cuts to guaranteed Medicare benefits.   Obamacare will curb soaring costs of Medicare by reining in unreasonable payments to providers, taxing high-premium plans, cracking down on waste and fraud and encouraging patient-centered, coordinated care.  Obamacare also covers preventive care to avert chronic conditions which currently cost billions of dollars.  Finally, Obamacare closes the infamous Medicare Part D prescription drug “doughnut hole”.  Now enrollees reaching the “doughnut hole” will get large discounts and by 2020 the hole will close.

Medicare beneficiaries will continue to have Medicare and there’s no requirement that they get additional coverage.

Obamacare will NOT eliminate Medicare Advantage plans but aims to bring costs back into line.

And if your currant plan allows you to see any physician in the plan nothing will change.

So really nothing to worry about and everything to look forward to with Obamacare.

So lean back, feet up, take a piece of David’s Delicious Chocolate and look forward to a brave new world in Obamacare.

DAVID’S DELICIOUS CHOCOLATES   http://www.davidsdeliciouschocolates.com

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Pure dark chocolate, decadent and delicious, also has many health benefits.  The cocoa bean is loaded with antioxidants, more than blueberries,red wine, green tea or broccoli (ugh!(.  Studies show that antioxidants found in cocoa may decrease  LDL’s (bad cholesterol), increase HDL’s (good cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure and lower the risk of certain types of cancer.

Increased blood flow via vasodilation helps reduce the buildup of platelets which are a major contributor to heart attacks and strokes.

An increase in insulin sensitivity has been shown to be beneficial to those with type 2 diabetes.  I am a type 2 diabetic and that is why I satisfy my chocoholic nature with this dark chocolate.  One third of the fat in chocolate (from cocoa butter) is oleic acid, a monounsaturated healthy fat also found in olive oil.  Another 2/3 is stearic acid, a saturated fat which has shown to have no adverse effect on cholesterol.

And when you add chia to our dark chocolate you have a powerful force of antioxidants working for you while you enjoy your (our) chocolate.  but if you like blueberries we have dark chocolate, chia and blueberries!

DECADENT  DELICIOUS  HEALTHY  

David’s Delicious Chocolates  www.davidsdeliciouschocolates.com  Love in every bite

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Fascinating Facts about the Invention of the Potato Chip:

In the summer of 1853 native american George Crum was employed as a chef at an elegant resort in Saratoga Springs, New York.

One dinner guest found chef Crum’s french fries too thick for his liking and sent the order back to the kitchen.  Crum decided to rile the guest by producing fries too thin and crisp to skewer with a fork.  The plan backfired.  The guest was ecstatic over the browned, paper-thin potatoes, and other diners began requesting Crum’s potato chips.

Potato chips have never been patented

Native american George Crum was born in Saratoga Lake, New York in 1822 and died there in 1914.  Before passing on George Crum had opened his own restaurant in 1860 featuring potato chips in a basket placed on every table.  His restaurant was in a building on Malta Avenue near Saratoga Lake.  Within a few years he was catering to wealthy clients including William and Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould and Henry Hilton.  Crum’s restaurant closed in 1890 and he died at the age of 92

The idea of making potato chips as a food item for sale in grocery stores came to many people at around the same time but perhaps the first was William Tapppendon of Cleveland, Ohio in 1895.  He began making chips in his kitchen and delivering to neighborhood stores but later converted a barn in the rear of his house into one of the first potato chip factories in the country.

As a world food potatoes are second in human consumption only to rice.  Of course today rice is under suspicion because of its possible  dangerous carcinogen.

In the beginning potatoes were laboriously hand peeled and sliced.  It was the invention of the mechanical potato peeler in the 1920’s that allowed potato chips to soar from a small specialty item to a top-selling snack food

In 1921 Bill and Sally Utz started the Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  Out in Monterey Park, California the Scudders started making potato chips in 1926.  In 1932 Herman Lay founded Lay’s in Nashville, Tennessee and Lay’s became the first successfully marketed national brand.

The industry that George Crum launched in 1853 continues to grow and prosper and has become America’s favorite snack totalling over $6 billion sales per year employing more than 65,000 people.

Now we are selling chocolate covered potato chips in different variations, even with sprinkles.  Enjoy!

David’s Delicious

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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Uncategorized