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Dr. Chocolate

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Cambridge University has a job opening; especially if you have a sweet tooth.

The London based university is looking for a doctoral student to study the fundamentals of chocolate. And if their research is successful it could be good news for dessert lovers. According to the job description the research goal is to identify ways of keeping chocolate based food from melting in warm climates. The university says so far this has been a challenge since even the best quality chocolate starts going soft around 93 degrees Fahrenheit.  read more »

Halloween Candy

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Halloween is just a few days away and it's time to stock up on the most important accessory of all; the candy.

If you're like most people you're off to buy your second or third bag of Halloween candy because the first looked to good to resist. But falling victim to your sweet tooth before the big night pays off.

In the weeks leading up to Halloween Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy. That's $1.9 billion worth. Of that about 90 million pounds is chocolate. And there's a good reason for that.

According to multiple surveys the most popular sweets trick or treaters hope to receive include Snickers, Kit Kats and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Butterfinger, Three Muskeeters and Twix also big sellers.  read more »

Anti-Aging Chocolate

When you think of food that is good for you, chocolate is generally pretty low on the list. But now one candy company has good news for your health and your sweet tooth.

Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest chocolate maker says they have developed a candy bar that can fight wrinkles and slow the aging process. Studies carried out by the company show eating 20 grams of the specially developed treat can boost elasticity and improve hydration in your skin.

Chocolate contains flavonols, which can slow down damage caused by free radicals like pollution, smoking and caffeine. And the Swiss company has found a way to preserve more of the flavonols during the chocolate making process.  read more »

Sweet Sustainability

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In this changing economy it pays to go green and now it might even taste good too.

Lola is a Formula Three racing car developed by students at the University of Warwick in Britain. The car has a top speed of 135 mph and can race from zero to sixty in 2.5 seconds. Under the hood is a 2.0 liter BMW engine, and in the gas tank is leftover chocolate, carrots, potato starch and flax.

Lola also features a radiator that converts ozone back to oxygen and brake pads made from cashews are being developed. One of the car’s designers, Kerry Kirwan says Lola uses materials that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill. Kirwan says the car lets people engage with recycling without the finger wagging.  read more »

The Great Wall of Chocolate

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Have you ever wanted to take a bite out of the Great Wall of China? What if it was made of chocolate?

Chinese chocolatier Wang Qilu has built a thirty three foot long replica of the Great Wall entirely out of dark and white chocolate. The creation even features a minature army of five hundred and sixty chocolate Terracotta Warriors standing at attention on a layer of chocolate flakes.  read more »

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