How To Make Chocolate

People right across the globe love chocolate, because of its naturally smooth, silky texture and its deliciously distinct sweet and rich flavour. The quality of chocolate largely depends on the method used to make it. Ready-made chocolate can be bought in retail supermarkets across the globe, and there are many types available, from rich, dark chocolate to milky white chocolate. Quality also ranges widely; therefore, the price varies from brand to brand.

There are many recipes, but chocolate is made essentially from cocoa beans, and can be made into different forms of food or beverage, such as chocolate cookies (learn how to make chocolate cookies) or biscuits, chocolate milk (learn how to make chocolate milk), hot chocolate, chocolate candy, chocolate brownies, chocolate chips, chocolate bars, chocolate mousse, and the list goes on.

The good news is; store-bought chocolate is very easy to work with when attempting to make homemade chocolate, and can be easily melted using an ordinary household microwave oven, or by putting it into a glass or ceramic bowl and heating over a pot of boiling water. If using the boiling water method, never let your bowl touch the boiling water, only use the steam to heat the bowl.
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Health Benefits

Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.

Chocolate also holds benefits apart from protecting your heart:

  • it tastes good
  • it stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure
  • it contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant
  • it contains theobromine, caffeine and other substances which are stimulants

Does Chocolate Have a lot of Fat?

Here is some more good news -- some of the fats in chocolate do not impact your cholesterol. The fats in chocolate are 1/3 oleic acid, 1/3 stearic acid and 1/3 palmitic acid:

  • Oleic Acid is a healthy monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil.
  • tearic Acid is a saturated fat but one which research is shows has a neutral effect on cholesterol.
  • Palmitic Acid is also a saturated fat, one which raises cholesterol and heart disease risk.

That means only 1/3 of the fat in dark chocolate is bad for you.