Dark Chocolate with Caramel Treat

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    I decided to treat myself with a piece of Ghirardelli dark chocolate with caramel in Plainville, Mass.

    Buttery carmel soft filling surrounded by intense dark chocolate slightly warmed.

    Yum !


    Chocolate (pronounced /ˈtʃɒklɨt/ ( listen) or /ˈtʃɒkəlɪt/) is a raw or processed food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central and South America, with its earliest documented use around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl (/ʃo.ko.laːtɬ/), a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water". The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor.

    After fermentation, the beans are dried, then cleaned, and then roasted, and the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The nibs are then ground to cocoa mass, pure chocolate in rough form. Because this cocoa mass usually is liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor. The liquor also may be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Unsweetened baking chocolate (bitter chocolate) contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, combining cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat, and sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids.

    Cocoa solids contain alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which have physiological effects on the body. It has been linked to serotonin levels in the brain. Some research found that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure. The presence of theobromine renders chocolate toxic to some animals, especially dogs and cats.

    Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays: chocolate bunnies and eggs are popular on Easter, chocolate coins on Hanukkah, Santa Claus and other holiday symbols on Christmas, and chocolate hearts or chocolate in heart-shaped boxes on Valentine's Day. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages, to produce chocolate milk and hot chocolate.

    Around three quarters of the world's cacao bean production takes place in West Africa.

    Dimitri SoyFeliz, makhshefa, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Photos by Beth K 50 months ago | reply

      AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Looks so Yummy !

    2. Keltron's Luv Duck Photography 50 months ago | reply

      Now how can you resist that?

    3. l_dewitt 50 months ago | reply

      Chocolate........ ........................................................

    4. raym5 50 months ago | reply

      Watch out and don't eat too much of that!

    5. salihigde 50 months ago | reply

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    6. manicpixel [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

      OOOOOOOOooooooooohhhhhhhhhaaaa l want some of that ! nice shot though ! ... Alan

    7. Jeanine McMeans 50 months ago | reply

      Messy, delicious,divine goodness:):)

    8. Daniel Mennerich 50 months ago | reply

      A splashing work! I like it!!

      Your Photo really made a Splash!!!!

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    9. juneatkinstudio 50 months ago | reply

      You have honored that real sensual moment of munching when we usually don't look at the lusciousness.

    10. Dreamflux Photography 49 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Wonderful sticky textures going on.

    11. madre11 45 months ago | reply

      Ya now we are talking..Definately my favorite picture..

    12. carlini.sonia 12 months ago | reply

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    13. BlueisCoool 12 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your comments info and fav.

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