As some of you may know already, I am an absolute chocolate junkie.
A die-hard chocolate addict.
I’d die if I am told that I’d never be able to eat chocolate ever again. I could not go too long without chocolate, not when I am on a diet, not when I have a really, really bad sore throat and especially not when I ran out of chocolate and had to drive around to all the supermarkets just to find my favourte types of chocolate!
So, why I have this absolute obsession with chocolates? I don’t know. Perhaps it’s the taste. Perhaps it’s the satisfying creamy richness of it melting in my mouth and sliding down my throat. Or perhaps, it is just plain addictive.
Whatever the reasons, I will always have this thing for chocolates. As it turns out, unlike most junk food in the market, chocolate do have its redeeming qualities and yes, it can be good for health too!
In recent times, researchers have revealed that dark chocolate could be beneficial to health which includes a lower cholesterol level, antioxidant capacities, reduction in blood pressure and boosts brain function.
Yep, dark chocolate is good for health. Well, if you are into milk chocolates….
Milk chocolate contains the recommended daily values of protein, riboflavin, calcium and iron. If it is a chocolate bar with almonds, peanuts or any other nut, the amount of nutrients are more.
Looks like there are more reasons for us to eat chocolates than not! Of course, it is high calorie and fattening but what the heck, chocolate is but a bite of heaven so who really care, huh?
Really, to all you chocolate lovers out there…don’t tell me you are not already drooling over all these fabulous chocolate pictures here?
Okay, so you don’t want to feel too guilty indulging in sinful rich chocolates. Well, I have a solution for you! Why don’t you enjoy some fresh fruits dipped in chocolate! Hah. You are eating healthy fruits and healthy chocolate. Talk about the best of both worlds, eh? Okay, okay, so chocolate aren’t ALL that healthy but still…it contains all those protein riboflavin, etc, etc, etc…so it can’t be all that bad , right?
Here’s the recipe to create your very own…
Dark Chocolate Fondue
250g dark chocolate, chopped
125ml thick cream
3 tsp Cointreau (optional)
1. Place the chocolate and cream inside a heatproof bowl.
2. Place the bowl over a boiling pan of water.
3. Stir till the chocolate is melted and the mixture smooth.
4. Remove from heat and add in the Cointreau.
5. Pour into a bowl to serve.
Then you can dip whatever fruits you want in it. Don’t even need to go to one of those expensive hotels for their chocolate fountain thingy. You can have your very own fondue at home!
Do note that the chocolate thicken quite fast so you can pour it into a warm bowl to keep it’s consistency longer. Enjoy!