Chocolate has lots of benefits!
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• Theobroma Cacao is the scientific name of the "chocolate tree", given to it in 1753 by Swedish scientist Carl von Linné. The first part of this particular binomial –Theobroma – comes from the Greek and means "food of the gods."

• Chocolate is unique in that it is solid at normal room temperatures yet melts easily in the mouth. This is because the main fat – cocoa butter – is essentially solid at temperatures below 25ºC when it holds all the solid sugar and cocoa particles together.

• The Aztec Emperor Montezuma was said to drink 50 jars of this beverage per day.

• Dark chocolate has been found to have numerous health benefits. Chocolate contains a number of nutrients and vitamins including potassium, magnesium and vitamins B1, B2, D and E.

• Preliminary research suggests chocolate may increase memory, attention span, reaction time and problem-solving skills. It is full of antioxidants that reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

• Chocolate releases endorphins in the brain that truly make you feel good!

• Dark Chocolate has a high percentage of cocoa solids and very little or no milk. Dark chocolate is offered in unsweetened or semi-sweet versions for baking. Sweeter options are usually consumed. Because the health benefits of chocolate exist in the cocoa solids, the darker the chocolate, the better it is for you.

• At Café Britt we use 62% semi-sweet dark chocolate to make our irresistible chocolate creations.

• Milk chocolate is milder and sweeter than dark chocolate. Milk solids added during chocolate processing making it lighter in color and reduce the intensity of the chocolate taste.

• White chocolate contains no cocoa solids but is made only of cocoa butter. Sugar, milk, vanilla and an emulsifier are added to the cocoa butter. Quality white chocolates have a higher percentage of cocoa butter whereas poor quality chocolates use all fillers. White chocolate is very creamy because it is higher in fat. Due to the lack of cocoa solids, white chocolate is caffeine free.