Unique Uses of Chocolate

March 11th, 2015

The history of chocolates begins with cultivation of a plant called scientifically as Theobroma Cacao. This means it is called as ‘food of the Gods.’ Down the centuries, people have been enjoying the rich taste of chocolate, derived from this plant.

Historians believe that it was the Mayan people of South America who learnt to grow this plant, 2000 years ago. Mayans began sourcing these plants from the rain forests and grew them in their courtyards. They cooked the seeds of the cacao fruit and made a paste. The earliest product was an unsweetened chocolate drink made by adding water and spices to this chocolate paste.

Today, chocolates are big business with trade running into billions of dollars. They are prized not only for their delicious flavour, but recently revealed health benefits.

Other than the use of chocolates in the form of sweets, bars, cakes, puddings, cookies and milk shakes, there are numerous other ways in which people consume chocolate.

Here are a few unique uses of chocolates:

  • Chocolate Toothpaste: In 2005, Unilever introduced a chocolate flavoured tooth paste in Philippines and some other brands have imitated this product. Users say the toothpaste tastes just like chocolate. This product is rare in stores, but one must try using it for its health benefits, which is better than even fluoride according to scientific studies.
  • Chocolate Bubble Bath: This is a chocolate flavoured bubble bath, ideal for kids. It has the smell of real chocolate and works like any other bubble bath product.

  • Chocolate Soap: For a relaxing, sensual bath, this soap wows with fragrance and flavour of chocolate. However, the idea of chocolate soap melting all over your body is an odd one and some may not like the scenario.
  • Chocolate Candles: Resembles real chocolate but it is most definitely not. However, it emits a rich scent of chocolate and is ideal for a romantic, candle light dinner.
  • Chocolate Dress: if you wish to go over the top and have dollars to whittle away, wear a dress made of chocolate. Chocolate dresses will certainly capture everyone’ attention. They are mostly designed for fashion shows and once -only events as they are likely to melt when warm.

  • Chocolate Perfume: Scent that attracts others and makes you feel grand like a queen/ king.
  • Chocolate Wine:  A liquid drink that blends chocolate with wine. This wine is created out of not only grapes but some chocolaty ingredients. A perfect concoction of wine and chocolate.

  • Chocolate Pasta: This is real pasta with a twist: made of chocolate ingredients. It tastes like consuming chocolate spaghetti. Chocolate pasta is bound to be tasty.
  • Chocolate Gum:  A unique product is chewing gum with chocolate flavour. It is made of usual bubble gum products as well as cocoa ingredients.

  • Chocolate Sushi: Made of regular sushi ingredients and natural chocolate to wrap up the sushi.

A unique food item!

  • Chocolate Beer: It has the taste of a blend of coffee, real chocolate and roasted malts. It has a deep, dark base and a sweet taste at the end. Mostly brewed in Ireland.

These are some of the unique use of chocolates. For the ardent lover of chocolates, send chocolates online to lift up their spirits and make their day.

A story behind delicious chocolate

February 27th, 2015

Who doesn’t like receiving chocolate gifts by post? We all love the flavours and texture of chocolate in various forms – whether they are shaped as bars, candies, in pastries or even in the form of sauce. People with a sweet tooth swear by chocolate and consider it the greatest creation of God. Even people who are not fond of sweets and candies occasionally crave a bite or lick of this yummy treat! But here are some fun facts related to chocolate that would make your tryst with the dark hero even more enjoyable!

About the name – Ever wondered how chocolate got its name? Well, most people believe that the word chocolate has its roots in the Aztec word “xocolatl” which means “bitter water”. If you were to bite into a bar of dark chocolate, you will realise why it was thus called. Cocoa beans, from which chocolate is made, are actually bitter. When you mix the extract with milk and sweeteners such as butter and sugar, you actually get the edible chocolate variants available in the market.

A source of energy – Surprised? Most people are only aware of protein shakes and fruits like bananas that are considered instant sources of energy. Studies have proven that if you were to consume just one chocolate chip, you will get enough energy to walk about 150 feet!

A stellar companion! – Russians and Americans have been two of the most active nations when it comes to exploring space, the galaxy and our neighbouring planets. Did you know that each time one of their spacecrafts took off, the astronauts had a small stash of chocolate with them?! It seems that whether you are on or off the planet, there are some cravings that just don’t change and chocolate is the most delicious of them all.

Mood enhancer – People, who consume chocolate have often mentioned on how happy and light they feel after consuming some amount of chocolate in any form – solid or liquid. This is not because chocolate rouses the mushy feelings within them! This is because consumption of chocolate is known to increase the supply of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the compound that is released by the brain which keeps us calm and happy!

When chocolate became blood – Well, this is not one of the fun facts but is a slightly bizarre one! Alfred Hitchcock, the famous movie director, used chocolate in a really unique manner. There is a scene in his movie “Psycho” wherein he used chocolate instead of coloured water or fake blood in a shower! That must have been one of the most tasty crime or thrilling scenes that was ever shot in the history of filmmaking!

Chocolate has and will always be a popular choice with children and adults alike. So the next time you have to gift something and are in a fix about what to gift, consider chocolates, especially the flavoured ones, and the chances that you will go wrong would be very slim indeed!

Mesmerize your dear ones with the gift of chocolates!

February 25th, 2015

Irrespective of whether one is at college, doing a job or relaxing after retirement, chocolates counts as one of the most important and favourable gifts in the current scenario. Perhaps there is no one on earth who doesn’t like chocolates. The mere flavour is sufficient to arouse a quotient of pleasure and satisfaction. There are many occasions when chocolates are gifted to the near and dear ones. One such event is the Valentine’s Day occasion. A specific day is allocated for gifting chocolates, which is designated as the Chocolates Day. Other festivities like homecoming and prom nights can be made extra special with the gift of chocolates.

It has been found that market research points to the fact that popularity of chocolates has taken a sharp curve in the recent present. Loads of factors attribute to this fact. Here is a list of top 5 factors, which clearly depict why chocolate gifts by post is one of the best and popular ideas of gifting.

  • Easy a convenient delivery– With the advent of new technologies and the concept of online buying and delivering of gifts, sending chocolates through online portal is now very easy and convenient. Range of varieties are available, which can be chosen and then the personal details along with shipping address can be punched in to get hassle free home delivery in the desired locations. Convenience is one of the factors, which make gifting chocolates a good option.
  • Nice and elegant pick– For those, who have a dearth of ideas in the gifting domain, chocolates provides the convenient option. Team it up with a card or bouquet of flowers and the complete package is done.
  • Premier appeal– Thanks to the packaging industry, chocolates are now wrapped up in brilliant packages. Attractive colours with various packaging designs such as that of Ferrero rocher, a glamorous appeal is extended which is sure to satiate the appetite the appeal of one and all. The packaging itself represents that of a gifting pattern, which forms the crux of the gifting ideas.
  • Accessibility– The fad of chocolates has extended its pang from the children’s zone to the adults. Adults are now as much a fan of chocolates as the kids. This has led to the cropping of chocolates as a popular gifting item. Occasion such as father’s day, mother’s day and other occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries are some of the occasions where one can easily send chocolates through posts. All the more, it has more accessibility than any other form of sweet since they are available in every nook and corner of the city.

  • Myriad of varieties– Chocolates comes in different varieties and one or the other form is sure to appease your taste buds. Dark chocolate is available for chocolate lovers while the not so in-to chocolates have the option of milk and white chocolates. Other options include truffles and flavoured chocolates such as Belgian flavour.

So, surprise your dear ones with the gift of chocolates!