Mmmmm Chocolate!!

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The world’s favourite indulgence, 9 out of 10 people love chocolate.. and the 10th who does not like it, well, usually hates to admit it. Everyone loves biting into a good piece of chocolate. No arguing that. To dig into a glossy bar or a piece of chocolaty cake, and let it melt and swirl slowly in the mouth, the unmistakable taste feels absolutely divine. No wonder the Greeks considered it Ambrosial – or food fit for the Gods. In fact, the genus name for chocolate is Theobroma which literally translates in Greek to “Food of the Gods”

Be it dark, bitter-sweet, milky or white, containing a mix of over 200 different flavours in it, the aroma of chocolate is a complex compound that will trigger the senses of any person in some way or the other. Chocolate making is a delicious art-form, where its taste is influenced not by its base ingredient which is cocoa, but rather the style of its making which varies from chocolatier to chocolatier. From fruity to spicy, sweet or earthy, milky or liquored – there is plenty to contemplate for everyone.

Chocolate primarily satisfies our innate desire for sweets and fats.  Besides, it also contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which encourages the brain to release Endorphin, the feel -good hormone. Called the happiness hormone, it creates the same feeling as falling in love. Little wonder then, that chocolate is synonymous with love, romance and happiness.

Making you happy is just one of its many benefits. It is good for your heart and circulation, reduces strokes, it is mineral rich, good for your skin, reduces your cholesterol, good for your brain and believe it or not it also helps reduce weight & is good for diabetes too. Too much of it can be detrimental, but small quantities of the quality stuff make all the good difference.

Be it chocolate cakes, candies, choco-chip cookies, chocolate eclairs, fudges, soufflés, even chocolate sandwiches and fried chocolate pies.. the happiness list is exhaustive. I kind of envy the people who are in the chocolate business. As a chocolate lover, I know that this is what uplifts my soul. If you are looking for a chocolate making class in Dubai then ICCA has a course that will surely get those hormones raging.

With 2017 just three days away, I wish each one of you a fabulous 365 days ahead and may the year be every bit fruity, nutty and oh so Chocolaty!

Shagufta Patel

With an academic background in Marketing, Shagufta is also an Image Advisor, Life-Skill Coach and a NLP practitioner with a penchant for writing. She intends to add value as part of the marketing team at ICCA and grow through new experiences. As passionate about food as she is about people, she believes that cultures though diverse across the globe; the one thing that holds common for nations and its folks, is that everyone loves a hearty meal prepared with love and care. Food according to her is the melting pot where all differences just vaporise and she is happy to be part of a culinary potpourri.

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