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CHOCOLATE Food of the Gods

In the spring of 2004, a woman walked into Woolworth with a yearning for chocolate and walked out with 10,000 Mars bars. In April of the same year, a man in the throes of a late-night craving shot a sales clerk who would not exchange his expired bag of chocolates. One month later, a small town’s police department started handing out chocolate bars to late-night bar-goers as a new “weapon for deterring drunks” from violent outbreaks. Throughout the USA, Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend packages – replete with chocolate spa treatments and tastings – entice consumers. The Hotel Hershey has even opened a special spa where men and women can have their dreams fulfilled – to be covered from head to toe in melted chocolate with treatments such as whipped cocoa baths, chocolate hydrotherapy, chocolate bean polishes, and chocolate fondue wraps.

Surprising? Yes and no. The taste and aroma of chocolate can tempt even the most disciplined among us. But, why do we feel such a passion for chocolate? What makes chocolate so seductive? The simple answer is that it tastes great and makes us feel good. But, what is it in chocolate that makes us feel so good, that drives us to crave and in some cases become addicted?

Chocolate has always been considered unique among foods. From its historical use as a sacred substance up to its prominence today as the food of romance, celebration, and indulgence, it has always held a special place in society. We do not classify chocolate as part of any of the four basic plant groups of food (whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and legumes). Nor do we call it a drug. But curiously, chocolate has properties of both. Ask chocolate lovers to define chocolate, however, and they will describe it as “the love drug,” “the eighth wonder,”“the food of the gods,” “a wicked pleasure,” and “the secret drug of happiness.”

The combined psychological and pharmacological effects of chocolate have been a topic of increasing interest among nutritional scientists who are now localizing in the body and brain the sites where chocolate acts, and identifying the precise compounds involved.

Chocolate’s unique characteristics, including its sensory properties, pharmacologically active compounds, and drug-like effects on the brain and behaviour have been studied extensively. However, the exact reason for the unique magnetism of chocolate, particularly among women, has not yet been established. The sensory reward of chocolate, shaped by its pharmacological properties and cognitive effects, is an exceptionally potent force and appears to be the predominant factor contributing to chocolate’s noble status. It is becoming clear, however, that chocolate is not just a delicious food that represents romance, love, and celebration. Rather, chocolate is a cocktail of pharmacological agents hidden within a sweet, velvety, and, to many if not all, irresistible dessert that has the potential to induce drug-like effects on the body and the mind.

Lotus chocolates use state-of-the-art machinery and supreme quality cocoa to produce their world renowned chocolate products. Now in fact there are many customers from abroad order large gift packs from Lotus Chocolates. Lotus chocolates provides for all your chocolate cravings, and after what we have learnt lately about chocolates, who can resist?

Log onto: http://www.lotuschocolate.com/ and indulge yourself.

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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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What is this thing about chocolate?

You crave it. I crave it. We all crave it. I’m talking chocolate, a food that’s in a category by itself. (You crave butterscotch? Then find yourself another web page — just kidding…).But what’s so special about chocolate? Why do lovers send a chocolate heart for Valentine’s Day, instead of, say vanilla cookies or strings of licorice? Not everyone needs a reason to eat chocolate. But it’s always nice to know there are valid health reasons that support this pleasure. Even then, it’s no excuse to understand which type of chocolate has the most health benefits value.

It seems that chocolate, like coffee and tea, has an unusual capacity to interact with brain chemistry. There can’t be too much of a good thing, if the good thing is chocolate.  There are few other foods that evoke the sort of response chocolate does. It is often the stuff memories are made of-a heart-shaped box of chocolate candies for Valentine’s Day, a comforting cup of steaming hot chocolate on a cold winter night, a frosted chocolate cupcake and a glass of milk after school, the joy of a large scoop of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce dripping down its sides. Sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, always enticingly smooth and gratifying. So here is Lotus chocolates which use state-of-the-art machinery and supreme quality cocoa to produce their world renowned chocolate products. Lotus chocolates provide hampers for all special occasions whether it be a birthday, anniversary or even if you want to just treat yourself during this holiday season! These chocolates always come with a guarantee of quality, consistency and taste. Book one today and spread the love! Lotus chocolates offer a collection of exquisite hand crafted chocolates for every occasion. To celebrate the birth of a child or a wedding, Diwali or Christmas Lotus chocolates has the answer.

In the meantime, grab a bar for yourself and a box for your Valentine

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Life is sweeter with chocolate. 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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No more waiting!!

These are a few of my favourite things…. many adults today would remember the anticipation felt when waiting for someone to come from abroad with a suitcase full of foreign chocolates.  One would be waiting months, lie awake late nights waiting for their relatives to arrive so that they can devour the lovely treats. Slowly. Nibble by nibble, one would try to stretch the pleasure of eating these drops of heaven. Children back then would often eat one or even half a day and try to prolong the ecstasy in order to relish every morsel of it. One would often catch children hiding these chocolates under their beds or deep inside their study tables so that their siblings, sometimes even parents would not find it!

Though we have always had home grown and domestic chocolates, their imported counterparts were considered superior in every aspect being considered. They were beautifully sculptured; the aroma was unique and mostly importantly tasted like nothing in the world (wonderful). It came in different shapes and sizes and with many unique flavours and fillings. The reason being the superior and alternate knowledge, methodology and the technology these chocolate makers possessed. 

Having said that, today we need not wait any longer to get our hands on such a bar as it can be ordered online at www.lotuschocolates.com

Lotus chocolates use state-of-the-art machinery and supreme quality cocoa to produce their world renowned chocolate products. Now in fact there are many customers from abroad order large gift packs from Lotus Chocolates.

Order your gift hamper today, this Festival season, at www.lotuschocolates.com and bring a smile to those you love. Happy Holidays!

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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Chocolates: The best way to celebrate Festivals

It is finally here, after all the waiting, that time of year. That part of the year where we get some time off from study and work to spend with our loved ones and celebrate our favourite festivals. Members of all age groups look forward to this season as an excuse to make time to bond with family and friends. 

For us Indians, sweets are a – must for all auspicious and joyous occasions. Sweets are often even offered to the Gods and Goddesses in an attempt to please them. Giving out sweets is a gesture depicting peace and joy. Those who want to share their happiness with others, distribute sweets as gifts.

In the past, people used to give out nuts and sweets to each other in order to spread the happiness during festive seasons. Slowly and steadily, chocolates have found their way into these celebrations. It is most often seen making an appearance during Diwali and Christmas.

In between all the lights and loud cheer, one will always see children and adults a-like exchange gift hampers filled with sweets, mainly comprising of chocolates.

Nowadays you will also see many of the popular Diwali sweets such as cashew barfi, kajukatli, peda, and halwas all available in their own chocolate flavours. So much so, now celebrations seem almost incomplete without the presence of a box of chocolates. Can you even imagine a Christmas without Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Log cake?

This shows the present role chocolates play in our festivities and lives. Lotus Chocolate is in the business of spreading joy. They offer a wide range of gifting options for any occasion. To find out more log on to www.lotuschocolate.com.

Lotus chocolates provide hampers for all special occasions whether it be a birthday, anniversary or even if you want to just treat yourself during this holiday season! These chocolates always come with a guarantee of quality, consistency and taste. Book one today and spread the love!

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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