Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants -- chemicals that combat the damage oxygen does to the body. By improving the blood vessel flexibility in apparently healthy people, dark chocolate emerges as perhaps a power food, the scientists said (Information from a study done at Athens Medical School in Greece).
One square is enough! It is not necessary to eat huge quantities of chocolate in order to experience all the health benefits. Just one small square a day may be enough to experience the health benefits dark chocolate is offering. A study performed in Germany that compared 19,357 individuals found that those who ate the most amount of chocolate (an average of 7.5 grams a day) were at a 39 percent lower risk of developing a heart attack than people with the lowest (1.7 grams) chocolate intakes.
Of great interest in the context of health benefits of chocolate, also, is the rich flavonoid content of cocoa powder and the relatively rich flavonoid content of some chocolates and cocoa powders. Flavonoids are part of a large and diverse class of phytochemicals called polyphenols. Several thousand flavonoids exist in substantial amounts in chocolate and cocoa.
Did you know? Chocolate is plant-derived, as are the fruits and vegetables recommended for a healthy heart.
Chocolate Cakes, Pies & Desserts
- Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream (Dairy free!)
- Chocolate Cream Torte
- Frozen Chocolate Mousse Squares
- Chocolate Pie with Pretzel Crust
- Chocolate Kiss Pie
- Chocolate Bavarian Pie
- Chocolate Candy Cheesecake
- Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake
- Cocoa Angel Food Cake
- Chocolate Beet Cake
- Chocolate Kraut Cake
- Crazy Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Poppy Seed Cupcakes
- Chocolate Chip Cake
- Diabetic Chocolate Cake
- Choco-licious Bread Pudding Muffins
- Chocolate Cheese Torte
- Cherry-Chocolate Fruit Decadence
Snacks, Treats & Desserts
- Fudgy Crispy Truffles
- Nutty Chocolate Pretzel Bars
- Chocolate Sugarplums
- White Chocolate Clusters
- Maple Hot Chocolate
- Chocolate Rice Pudding (Low in sodium)
- Low-Fat Fudge Sundaes
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Milksicles
- Chocolate Popcorn
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Dips, Sauces, Other
Did You Know?
October 28th is National Chocolate Day.
September 13th is International Chocolate Day.
January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day.
Did you know?
White chocolate is not a true chocolate. It contains some cocoa butter but no cocoa or chocolate liquor.
The next time you cook and serve chocolate pudding, stir in some creamy peanut butter after removing the pudding from the heat.
Melting Chocolate Tips
- Melt chocolate over low heat because chocolate has a low melting point. Do not boil. Do not subject it to excessive heat, such as oven baking temperatures.
- To melt semi-sweet chocolate morsels, mega size morsels and semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels in a saucepan: Melt 1-cup or 2-cups. morsels over lowest possible heat. When morsels begin to melt, remove from heat, stir. Return to heat for a few seconds at a time, stirring until smooth.
*Note: Not recommended for Butterscotch Morsels, Milk Chocolate Morsels, Mint-Chocolate Morsels and Premier White Morsels.
Holiday Fudge Truffles
Combine 1/2-cup cocoa powder, 1-cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 cup reduced-fat softened cream cheese and 1/2-teaspoon almond extract and mix until smooth in a food processor. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoons into 2-tablespoons cocoa powder, making 24 truffles; roll into balls and refrigerate until firm, one to two hours. Tip: Put truffles in foil candy cups for an elegant presentation.
Chocolate Banana Blast
Mix sliced 1/2 small banana and 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips with 6 ounce container unsweetened fat free Greek yogurt. Total calories are 352.
Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal
Mix 1/2 cup dry oats (cooked with water to desired consistency) with 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 1 cup raspberries. Total calories are 419.
Share This Page