Chocolate, the favorite to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and one of our favorite desserts! Know where it comes from, its benefits and fun facts.
The chocolate It is a product made from the mixture of two or more of the following ingredients: cocoa paste, cocoa butter, cocoa added with sugars or other sweeteners.
May contain dairy products or other additives. In such a way that you can find different types of chocolate and there will be those who prefer a milk chocolate bar, or who choose bitter.
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Where does it come from?
The cocoa Cacáhuatl is the name of origin nahuatl for cacao, which in turn comes from the Mayan kakaw which means red and strong fruit.
To see its origin we would have to travel 4 thousand years ago to tropical and subtropical America, in the Amazon basins where the fruit was already known but of which they only used the white pulp, throwing away the seed.
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The discovery that revolutionized cocoa we owe it to the maya who were the first to domesticate it and use the roasted and then ground seed from which they obtained a powder that they mixed with water in a grinder.
This happened 2,000 years ago, and such was the attachment to this beautiful seed that it became a symbol of power and wealth, to the point of being used as currency.
The discovery was absorbed by the Aztec culture who replicated the use until imposing it as a tax on the subject peoples.
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Fun facts about chocolate
- In Mesoamerica, during pre-Hispanic times, it was considered a sacred food that was offered to the gods. The Mayans used cocoa beans as currency.
- In Mexico, an average person consumes 750 grams per year.
- The largest cocoa producer in Mexico is Tabasco: 90% of the total nationwide.
- The country that consumes the most chocolate is Switzerland, 11.9 kilos per year!
- Chocolate has around 600 flavor compounds, while red wine has only 200.
- The mental rush that eating chocolate gives you is more intense and causes more heartbeats than kissing.
- Hershey’s produces 70 million kisses a day, and enough annually to create a 300,000-mile kisses line.
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Chocolate recipes for Valentine’s Day
We know your family loves that you spoil them on February 14, but if you want to save time in the kitchen, you are in the right place.
Use these ingredients that you can already buy made in the supermarket and prepare delicious desserts.
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Pour the brownie mixes that are already sold in the box (such as pancakes) with the ingredients that you indicate and bake according to the instructions.
Let cool and, with a cookie cutter, cut them into a heart shape. You can decorate as you like (pssst … you can crumble the leftover brownie on ice cream).
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Buy ready-made puff pastry from a bakery; knead, cut into large triangles, fill with chocolate (cajeta or Nutella too!), roll and bake until golden brown… in a two-by-three!
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In a special microwave-safe bowl, heat butter (3 tablespoons) and 4 cups of miniature marshmallows on high for three minutes, stirring after two minutes.
Keep stirring until the mixture is smooth. Add 6 cups of cereal (Rice Krispies or your favorite) and stir.
Using a spatula, press the mixture evenly into a mold coated with cooking spray. Let cool, cut into squares and enjoy.
Before you go: Test: What kind of chocolate are you, according to your personality?