Chocolate can prevent diabetes
Researchers in Italy have found that a daily serving of dark chocolate, enriched with extra virgin olive oil, can increase good cholesterol levels and decrease blood pressure. A study by the Brigham Young University in the US also reveals that cocoa has a compound that enhances the ability of certain cells to secrete insulin, which could delay or prevent diabetes. But you’ll have to eat a lot of sugar-free chocolate to get effective amounts of this compound.
Chocolate now comes in ruby
It’s no longer just dark, milk or white. Swiss chocolate company Barry Callebaut has rolled out ruby chocolate, named after the ruby cocoa bean grown in Ivory Coast, Ecuador and Brazil. It’s free of flavouring or colouring but has a lush smooth taste with a hint of berry fruitiness.
Chocolate makes your skin feel good
Cocoa is loaded with nutrients such as Vitamin E, which can boost the moisturising and rejuvenating properties of skin cells. If you’re heading to Pennsylvania, don’t forget to check out the Melt Spa by Hershey’s (yes, creators of those famous Kisses). Its menu of dark chocolate treatments range from a Dark Chocolate Strawberry (Strawberry parfait sugar scrub and Hershey’s dark chocolate body wrap) to the Hershey’s Cocoa Massage (Swedish massage with exclusive cocoa massage oil).
Chocolate syrup was used in medicine
Chocolate syrup wasn’t meant to make ice cream sundaes, cookies or other sweets tastier. It was invented by pharmacists to originally help make bitter medicines more palatable for patients in the 1800s! Before the mass production of pills, medicines were most often given in powder or liquid form. Since these concoctions were very bitter, they often used a mixture of cocoa, loads of sugar, and water (or whisky!) for the base.
Chocolate milkshakes began as alcoholic beverages
Now a decadent treat, the chocolate milkshake began as an alcoholic beverage made with flavoured syrups. Fortunately, in the early 1900s, milkshakes became the rich, flavoured confection with milk and ice cream. Patissez cafe in Holland Village even has an amazing Freakshake – milkshake topped with whipped cream, cookies, pretzels and more – just for sweet-toothed types.