Have you ever thought why do we love chocolate the way we do? Are you intrigued? Well, let’s begin then.
Chocolate is the only wonder food that doesn’t have any age constraints on it. You can be just as mad about it when you are sixty as you were when you were six. It is loved by the kids and adults equally, and something that always puts a smile on your face. It plays with your mood and calms your senses, leaving you happy & relaxed. No wonder why chocolates are also deeply associated with love. A food that is delicious, healthy and romantic – could it get any better?
Primarily, we love chocolate for its taste. It is rich and creamy with a melt in the mouth texture giving us a wonderful memory to hold on to until we taste it the next time. Chocolate satisfies our natural preference for sweets and the fact is that you really can’t argue with the joy of eating a good piece of chocolate. That is what this ambrosial food does to you.
In ancient times, Aztecs and Mayans used to consider chocolate a food worthy of the gods. They used to consume it in its bitter form as a frothy drink mixed with chilies.
Coming to the feel-good factor of chocolate, if it has to be explained scientifically, we can say that it is the result of the brain releasing certain chemicals in response to the taste, smell, and feel of the chocolate.
Making it a little bit more specific, our brain releases hormones such as endorphins and serotonins which are the feel-good hormones and the same happens when we eat or smell chocolate. Well, now we know why chocolate is one of the most popular choices for gifts.
Today, for any occasion people prefer to gift chocolates with added flavors/ingredients or as it is, in various shapes and sizes. The addition of nuts, spices, caramel, coconut, etc. to chocolate not only elevates its flavors but also makes it an expensive deal. Then there comes the sophisticated variety of artisan chocolates which boasts of quality, class, and tradition.
Artisan chocolates are handmade chocolate made with utmost care and love that takes days to make per batch. It is mostly made of natural ingredients where the use of additives or artificial flavors is avoided to a great extent. Each one is created with elegant designs and beautiful little artworks which are again done by hand.
The most important part of making artisan chocolate is that it gives you enough space to play with nothing but chocolate and create little bundles of joy out of them that imprints your creativity and art on every single piece of them.
You can learn to make delightful chocolates at the Artisan Chocolate Making Program that we offer at ICCA, and the great news is, the next batch starts on the 4th of March 2018. Enroll soon and we bet that you will find it impossible to stop at one. Truly ambrosial!