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The chocolate tree, Theobroma cacao, evolved in the tropical rain forests of South America's Amazon region. Evidence of cacao usage dates back as far as 1000 BC, when wild forms of the tree were cultivated by Mesoamerican Indians in small, diversified gardens in what are now Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, as well as the Yucatan peninsula. Much later, in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Aztecs cultivated cacao in the central highlands of Mexico.
 
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Sunday, 05 October 2008 21:35

The source of chocolate, the seeds of the cacao tree, have figured prominently in many different cultures, first in prehistoric Central America, then in Mayan and Aztec civilization, then around the world, spread by the great colonial powers. Chocolate lovers might swear that the cacao tree's major contribution has been gastronomic, but it has also played an important part in religious, medical, economic, and social history

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Sherry Yard is the executive pastry chef at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spago Beverly Hills. She has created desserts for the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, and the Academy Awards. She has been featured in Vogue, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, and the Los Angeles Times and has appeared many times on national television, including ABC, CBS, NBC, and Access Hollywood.

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Sunday, 05 October 2008 21:04

German confectioner claims to have come up with the first anti-ageing chocolates. Adolf Andersen from Hamburg developed the chocolates with Dr Michael Kentze, from the Munich-based Kentze Institute for Age-Prevention Medicine.

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Sunday, 05 October 2008 20:59

Chocolate is a psychoactive food. It is made from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree, Theobroma cacao. The cacao tree was named by the 17th century Swedish naturalist, Linnaeus. The Greek term theobroma means literally "food of the gods". Chocolate has also been called the food of the devil; but the theological basis of this claim is obscure.

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Monday, 15 December 2008 19:45
Chocolate poisoning in dogs is the first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking about natural poisons to dogs, something that most households have lying around the house. Chocolate chip cookies, chocolate candy bars, etc., are in just about every kitchen and yet it is one of the most lethal substances a dog can ingest.
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Dessert Circus : Extraordinary Desserts You Can Make At Home

Mr Chocolate, Jacques Torres has opened his own chocolate factory and personally oversees every box of chocolates that goes out. Jacques Torres Chocolate specializes in fresh, hand-crafted chocolates that are free of preservatives and artificial flavors. Jacques has given new life to classic recipes. He uses state-of-the-art technology in his custom-designed chocolate factory. Chocolates are available for both retail and wholesale customers.

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