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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Different Kinds of Chocolates


Through the years, people have manufactured countless kinds of chocolates that are enjoyed up until today. It is funny to think that what was considered “food for the gods” by the Amazons is now globally manufactured. There are actually a couple of chocolates and are categorized accordingly.

We have the so-called dark chocolate which may contain thirty to seventy percent cocoa. This kind is the most commonly used by people everywhere. There is also milk chocolate and as its name implies is a mixture of chocolate and milk giving it a sweeter flavor. It is more often eaten than used in cooking or baking. In addition, it melts faster than dark chocolate.

There is also what is called white chocolate. It contains a smaller cocoa butter and solid cocoa material content. However, extra care must be taken when cooking this kind of chocolate since it is very sensitive to heat. There are also chocolate chips which are often used in baking. Coco powder on the other hand is the residue from cocoa butter which has been pressed from the ground and roasted beans. It tastes a bit bitter but provides a stronger flavor.

These are but a couple of chocolates that people these days enjoy and thanks to man’s limitless innovation, he is able to develop a variety of sweets.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Sweet Culture of Gift-Giving

If you are planning to give someone special a gift on his or her birthday and you want to go for something unique, you can go for chocolate gift baskets. Chocolate gift baskets are not only appropriate for any occasion but it opens up the opportunity to be creative. Imagine, you can put anything in it that may suit the taste of the recipient. If the recipient is someone who loves wines, you can combine chocolates and put some luxurious wines on it. If the person you plan to give the chocolate basket to is into fancy things, you can also put some cute stuff toys in it along with some heart-shaped or bear-shaped chocolates.
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You can also put home-made chocolates and cookies in it. Putting some candy canes and chocolate-coated strawberries and chocolate cupcakes can make it more appealing. And you should not forget to write a letter of dedication to the person whom you are to give the basket to. You can also knit a nice scarf and include it in the basket or perhaps, a neat jacket to cover the contents of the basket. Now, if you want to go for something new, you could try adapting yourself to the Jewish culture of gift giving. You can create a kosher gifts. These gift baskets are widely appreciated and you can easily order online if you don't have time to personalize them.

However, when doing so, you may want to abide by some rules. If you are unfamiliar with the rules, you can always refer to the internet in terms of food and things allowed to be given as gifts.