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Who knew? Chocolate really is a drug!

4 Dec

M&Ms Milk Chocolate

We all love a bit of chocolate every now and then. Infact for many of us chocolate is something we have long since found very difficult to resist. Often we jokingly refer to its addictive properties to deflect from our attempts to succumb to it, but now, recent research has concluded this might actually be true.

According to researchers from the University of Michigan there is a clear link in the urge that rats have to overindulge in chocolate morsels to a part of the brain that produces a ‘natural, opium-like chemical’.

Apparently the brain has ‘more extensive systems to make individuals want to overconsume rewards than previously thought’ says head research Alexandra DiFeliceantonio, which ‘may be one of the reasons overconsumption is a problem today’.

In the study, drugs were administered to the rats to boost the part of the brain called the neostriatum. Once that part of the brain was stimulated, the rats were found to gorge themselves on more than twice the number of M&M chocolates than they otherwise would normally have eaten.

Researchers also found that enkephalin, a natural drug-like chemical that is produced in that same part of the brain, also rose when rats began to eat the candy-coated morsels.

DiFeliceantonio ‘s team were keen to point out though that the drugs didn’t make the rats like chocolate more, but rather elicited certain brain chemicals to increase their desire and impulse to eat them.

 

Article posted by Spencer Samaroo, Managing Director, Moo-Lolly-Bar. A true chocoholic, Spencer is also chief editor of Sweet Talk.

 

Source: Inquisitr

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Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert’s Launch ‘Good & Evil’ Chocolate Bar

15 Nov

The Good & Evil Chocolate Bar

Celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have partnered with noted chocolatier Christopher Curtin to produce a new gourmet chocolate bar.

The ‘Good & Evil’ which was officially launched during The New York Chocolate Show has apparently been ‘Inspired by the dynamic friendship of [the] renowned culinary figures’.

Made out of 72% Pure Nacional cacao from Peru, one of the rarest cacao trees on earth, which was initially thought to be extinct for over a century until it was rediscovered growing on small isolated farms within Peru, (the only place in the world where it is found), the chocolate bar features both chocolate (which represent Ripert as the ‘Good’) and cocoa nibs (for Bourdain as the ‘evil’). A high quality product, the chocolate can be bought online from Curtin’s company Éclat Chocolate for a whopping $18 a bar.

But how does it taste?

Well pretty good if the opinion of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Rick Nichols, who described it as an ‘astonishing good chocolate’, is anything to go by.

And how should you eat it?

‘It is best to let a bite linger on the tongue’ he advises before explaining:

‘If you do, the subtle fruitiness emerges, and perhaps a woodsy hit of forest nuts, but very definitely – and differently from the beans just a year before – a bright, enchanting note of dark cherry……It was lush, almost creamy, without a trace of bitterness, or the tart, brittle waxiness that can make high-cacao bars more a chore than an easy pleasure’.

 

Article posted by Spencer Samaroo, Managing Director, Moo-Lolly-Bar. A true chocoholic, Spencer is also chief editor of Sweet Talk.

 

Source and Photo: The Huffington Post

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American Chocolate Showcase #7 – 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp

23 Aug

Buy Bulk 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp online at Moo-Lolly-Bar Australia

 

It is not often that a spin off product usurps the original but in the case of 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp it just might be true.

Marketed on their official website as ‘the perfect snack’, 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp consists of a delicious whipped chocolate truffle filling that sits on top of an airy crispy layer and is surrounded by milk chocolate.

Launched in 2010 these twin bars of narrow domed fingers with chocolate drizzled across the top have quickly established itself as a firm favourite in the American confectionery market. Loved just as much for that lovely cracking sound that bursts into the air as you snap, than for its fantastic taste the product is an interesting twist on the original 3 Musketeers.

 

If you would like to buy a bulk box of 24 bars of 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp online in Australia please click here.

 

Article posted by Spencer Samaroo, Managing Director, Moo-Lolly-Bar. A true chocoholic, Spencer is also chief editor of Sweet Talk.

 

Buy Chocolate, lollies and confectionery online at Moo-Lolly-Bar Australia
 

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