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Month: September 2019

CHOCOLATE AND BEAUTY

 

Eating for beauty doesn’t mean a lifetime sentence of salad. Although leafy greens do wonders for your looks .But in a weird way we can say that chocolate also makes a big difference in our lives especially when it comes to our health, body, face, simply the way we look. It gives us many beauty and health rewards.
The good news is some chocolate can have significant beauty benefits. The not terribly bad news is, the only chocolate that can deliver these benefits is dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content—which doesn’t apply to most treats found in the candy aisle at the grocery store, so choose wisely.

Helps Reduce Wrinkles
Dark chocolate helps us to fight beauty’s public enemy number one: Stress. Cocoa helps reduce stress HORMONES, which means less collagen breakdown in the SKIN and fewer WRINKLES.

Protects from UV Damage
Flavones which are found in chocolate help your skin look its best. Flavones are antioxidants that help your skin protect itself from UV damage, fight free radicals (so long, sun spots)

Dewy Skin:

Chocolate helps to increase the flow of blood which means DEWY SKIN…

Younger Looking Skin
In one study, flavones in dark chocolate even improved skin hydration and thickness—both mega important for young-looking skin.

Chocolate a BEACON of BEAUTY
“Chocolate says ‘indulgence’ like nothing else. It’s the perfect antidote to a mood swings, a broken heart and all that’s wrong with the universe, but you don’t always have to eat it to experience it. Eating chocolate does make you feel good, but using it will make you feel just drop-dead-gorgeous.

It’s pro at breaking down free radicals and works as an anti-oxidant, hydrates the skin, wards off blemishes and increases the activity of collagen. Cocoa beans are rich in magnesium, which helps stimulate the body to produce a vital hormone, progesterone that is ideal for dealing with stress-related breakouts.

  1. Get yourself a chocolate mask
  2.  How to make a home-made chocolate scrub.
  3.  Chocolate pedicure for delicious feet
  4. Chocolate wax for soft and supple skin
  5. Chocolate lip balm.
  6. Chocolate body wash and cream

Why chocolate is great for your skin

1)      It is a fantastic natural moisturizer.

2)     Helps to protect your skin from damage

3)     Soothes skin irritation

Why chocolate is great for your hair

4)     Nourishes your locks

5)     Promotes hair growth

6)     Suitable for all hair types.

“To satisfy your daily cravings without blowing your diet, a one-ounce square in the afternoon or as a mini-dessert at after dinner is the secret to ETERNEL BEAUTY.”

Chocolate Truffles

Episode: 01

Double KISSES Truffles:

This easy and awesome truffles recipe is just what you need to get the ground rolling.

All you will need is:

28 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates *

2 tablespoons whipping cream plus 2 teaspoons

10 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates filled with Caramel

1 cup pecans, ground

All you need to do is:

Remove wrappers from milk chocolates. Place milk chocolates and whipping cream in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir.

 

If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolates are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Cover; refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or until firm.

 

Remove wrappers from caramel filled milk chocolates. Using about 1 tablespoon milk chocolate mixture for each truffle, shape chocolate around each caramel chocolate piece; roll in hand to make ball. (Be sure to cover each chocolate piece completely.)

 

Roll in pecans; refrigerate until ready to serve. For best chocolate flavor, allow truffles to soften at room temperature about 5 minutes before eating. 10 truffles.

 

Note: Recipe may be multiplied.

 

* 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S MINI KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates may be substituted for HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates.

COCOA vs. CACAO

Cacao and cocoa are kind of the same thing… they’re also very different! We don’t want to confuse you, but we do want you to discover the truth about their differences.

Is There A Difference Between The Two Aside From A Few Vowels?

The studies that boast of chocolate’s amazing health benefits are not referring to your average store-bought chocolate bar (damn misleading researchers). The chocolate that they’re referring to is raw cacao.

Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacao and removes the fat (cacao butter).

Cocoa looks the same but it’s not. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. Sadly, roasting changes the molecular structure of the cacao bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Raw Cacao?

  • Lowers insulin resistance
  • Protects your nervous system: Cacao is high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant also found in red wine, known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system
  • Shields nerve cells from damage
  • Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduces your risk of stroke
  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease: The antioxidants found in cacao help to maintain healthy levels of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the body. Although NO has heart benefiting qualities, such as relaxing blood vessels and reducing blood pressure, it also produces toxins. The antioxidants in cacao neutralizes these toxins, protecting your heart and preventing against disease.
  • Guards against toxins: as a potent antioxidant, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. In fact cacao contains far more antioxidants per 100g than acai, goji berries and blueberries. Antioxidants are responsible for 10% of the weight of raw cacao.
  • Boosts your mood: cacao can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being. And the same brain chemical that is released when we experience deep feelings of love – phenyl ethylamine – is found in chocolate.
  • It is rich in minerals: magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.Let’s End With An Interesting Tad-Bit.Research shows that dairy inhibits the absorption of antioxidants from raw cacao.

    So if you’re making a cacao shake you’re better off using a non-dairy milk like almond or coconut in order to reap all of the antioxidant benefits. Fact!

     

    Reference: https://www.foodmatters.com/article/raw-cacao-vs-cocoa-whats-the-difference

 

Hershey’s Picnic Picks

Pack these easy picnic treats and make delightful memories with your loved ones!!

When those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer come upon us, you need to be picnic ready. So, bring down the cooler and pull out the checkered table cloth, because we have a basket full of sweet ideas for your next outing.

Let someone else bring the chicken and hot dogs. With these picnic favorites, you’ll have the dessert covered.

a.   Chocolate Chip Candy Cookie Bar

These crunchy treats taste like a candy bar you baked yourself. Bring a tray of these to your next picnic and watch them disappear.

Click here to get the Recipe: https://www.hersheys.com/kitchens/en_us/recipes/chocolate-chip-candy-cookie-bars.html

b.  Double Peanut Butter Paisley Brownies

Everything’s better with peanut butter. And picnics are no exception. Now combine peanut butter and peanut butter chips, and your picnic treat is doubly delicious.

Click here to get the Recipe: https://www.hersheys.com/kitchens/en_us/recipes/double-peanut-butter-paisley-brownies.html

c.  Our Gal Sundae Pie

This luscious pairing of chocolate mousse and maraschino cherries, hugged by a macaroon nut crust, is picnic-perfect any day of the week.

Get the Recipe here: https://www.hersheys.com/kitchens/en_us/recipes/our-gal-sundae-pie.html

d.  Strawberry Chocolate Chip Shortcake

Nothing says picnic quite like a delicious shortcake filled with HERSHEY’S Kitchens Chocolate Chips and topped with strawberries and cream.

Click here to get the Recipe: https://www.hersheys.com/kitchens/en_us/recipes/strawberry-chocolate-chip-shortcake.html

Love,

Shack-OH-Merry!!

 

Credits: www.hersheys.com

Chocolate Dream Shake

This dreamy recipe of chocolate shake is definitely going to remind you of your childhood…This simple yet rich blend of chocolate, milk and ice cream is going to blow your mind.

All you need is:

¾ cup milk

¼ cup chocolate flavored syrup

½ cup of vanilla ice cream(or chocolate)

All you need to do is:

Pour milk and chocolate syrup in a blender, cover it and blend it for a few seconds on high speed.

Add ice cream, blend again until the mixture is smooth.Pour the dream shake into glasses and serve the heavenly drops of magic.

White Chocolate Smoothie:

A change from usually is a decadent choice for a hot summers day. This liquid luck shake can make your day. Enriched with milk and white chocolate this drink is a refreshing choice for along day.

All you need is:

3 ounces semi-skimmed milk

6 ounces of good quality vanilla ice cream

2 ounces of whipped cream to top

50g white chocolate chips

All you need to do:

Blend milk with half a cup of white chocolate chips. Blend until smooth, then scoop in the ice cream, little at a time until it is a smooth, but still frozen in consistency.

You can garnish it with whipped cream and white chocolate chips and serve this tasty drink to your dear guests.

Facts about Chocolate That You Are Completely Unaware Of

Here are some strange and weird facts about chocolate that even chocolate lovers don’t know… believe it or not chocolate is not something sweet to eat its happiness in a bar….

a. In Mayan times chocolate was used as money and considered to be worth more than gold dust.

b. You can die if you eat too much chocolate as it contains Theo-bromine which can cause heart failure, acute kidney damage,seizures.

c. Your chocolate probably contains bugs. Around eight insect parts per bar but it is FDA approved.

d. The chocolate chip cookie was an accident.

e. Chocolate makes us happy it is chemically proven. It good for mood swing.

f. Americans consume almost half of the world’s chocolate.

g. Chocolate is actually a kind of vegetable.

Chocolate Is The Answer WhoCares What Your Question Is!!

Blondie Pie

This amazing recipe combines two of our favorite summer recipes. Enjoy the blondies and S’Mores all in this one delightful recipe which will make you look like a rock star at your next family picnic.

All you need is:

6 HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bars (1.55 oz. each), divided

1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 stick), softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 teaspoon baking powder

1-1/2 cups marshmallow crème

1/4 teaspoon shortening (do not use margarine, butter, spread or oil)

Ice cream (optional)

All you need to do is:

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Unwrap chocolate bars; break into pieces.Beat butter and sugar until blended in medium bowl.

Add egg; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, graham cracker crumbs and baking powder; beat until well blended.

Press half of dough onto bottom and up sides of pie plate. Spread marshmallow crème over bottom of crust. Set aside 1 tablespoon chocolate bar pieces; sprinkle the remaining pieces evenly over marshmallow crème.

Form remaining dough into ball; place on sheet of waxed paper. With fingers, flatten and shape into 9-inch circle.

Pick up waxed paper, supporting dough with hands. Flip dough onto pie surface; peel off waxed paper.

Pinch edges of dough together and form crust edge.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Melt remaining chocolate bar pieces with shortening; drizzle over top of pie. Makes 8 servings.

To serve, microwave slices at HIGH (100%) 15 to 20 seconds or until slightly warm and marshmallow starts to melt. Top with ice cream, if desired.

Recipe Credits: https://www.hersheys.com/kitchens/en_us/recipes/smores-blondie-pie.html

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