Due to numerous requests, I am re-posting this article for the holiday season - Dec. 3, 2010
All chocolate loving folks can gather around and share your favorite chocolate delights with the rest of us. We find it to be delectable, delicious, and soothing with each bite or sip. Whether it be a chocolate bon bon, a hot cocoa on a cold winter's night; or a dish of chocolate ice cream in the summertime.
Have you ever wondered how chocolate came to be? I'll just give a short explanation of the origin here. It was said that it originated in the Amazon about 4,000 years ago. The tree's scientific name is Theobroma cacao L., from the Greek Theobroma, meaning food of the Gods. The name cacao is from the Aztec, cacahuati. These beans are found inside pods hanging from these trees, and the Aztecs valued them greatly, and also used them as currency. In order to be called true chocolate it must contain chocolate liquor. The grinding of these beans along with the methods are highly kept secrets. Chocolate and all its varieties have always been in our lives throughout our history.
Now, I found out years ago that the chocolate liquor was partly the reason I had migraine headaches. At that time I ate alot of the real chocolate. I have since found that I can eat anything made with white chocolate, because it doesn't contain the chocolate liquor. I absolutely relish every morsel of See's White Chocolates, along with their White Chocolate Bark, White Chocolate Fudge, and anything that is White Chocolate without any problems at all. By the way, haven't had a migraine in years now.
I don't know if anyone knows it or not, but chocolate is like a poison for dogs. Please keep your chocolate cakes, cupcakes, chocolate candy, etc. out of the reach of your dogs. You can ask your vet about chocolate.
Now, seeing as I only eat white chocolate; does anyone have any recipes for any homemade fudge, brownies, pretzels, candy, etc.?? Hubby eats all and anything chocolate no matter it be dark, milk chocolate, etc. Bon Appetit!!!