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Revealed: How to Make Chocolate-Chip Cookies... Perfectly

No matter how you like them

(Newser) - There is no one universally perfect chocolate-chip cookie: Some of us like them soft, some crispy, some thick, some thin. Fortunately, OZY has the secrets to making them exactly the way you like, and the site is sharing its findings with the world. It all starts with the Nestle Toll... More »

For Sale: Bathroom Made of Chocolate

Buyer advised not to eat it all at once

(Newser) - The wait is over, folks: You can finally eat your entire bathroom. British bathroom designers and chocolate makers have joined forces to build a sink, bathtub, and, yes, toilet out of chocolate, the New York Daily News reports. Altogether, the set will cost you about $133,000. But the real... More »

In This Country, Women Pick Chocolate Over Sex

French women say they know where happiness lies

(Newser) - French women have apparently found the key to happiness—in chocolate. According to a new poll , French woman say food (chocolate in particular) is the most important factor in happiness, the Chicago Tribune reports. Men chose sex as number one, and gave it a 7.5 out of ten when... More »

What Makes Dark Chocolate Healthy?

The bacteria inside us love it: researchers

(Newser) - You've probably heard about the highly convenient health benefits of dark chocolate . As io9 points out, the stuff is good for your heart, your brain, and even your teeth. But just why is it so healthy? Researchers are explaining that the healthy bacteria in our digestive systems love dark... More »

Thousands to Take 'Chocolate Pills' in Huge 4-Year Test

Study to see whether high concentrations of cocoa flavanols promote heart health

(Newser) - Surely you've heard that chocolate can be good for you : Now researchers are aiming to take all of dark chocolate's healthy components and pack them into pill form, in an attempt to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease. In previous studies, cocoa flavanols have been found to... More »

Hershey Ventures Into 3D Chocolate

Company teams with up with tech partner to make special printer

(Newser) - Imagine what Willy Wonka could do with this: Hershey says it's teaming up with a company called 3D Systems to develop a 3D printer that spits out, yes, chocolate, reports CNN . Essentially, the "ink well" would be filled with chocolate, and the machine would use it to produce... More »

New from Lay's: Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips

Limited-time snack arrives for holidays

(Newser) - Finally, Frito-Lay is saving you the trouble of physically dipping your potato chips in chocolate sauce. The company is releasing milk chocolate-covered chips for the holidays, and they're set to hit shelves next week—though only at Target, and only for a limited time, USA Today reports. "When... More »

Bookstores' Salvation: Whiffs of Chocolate?

Study finds shoppers linger, buy more in certain genres

(Newser) - Bookstores need all they help they can get in the age of Amazon, and Belgian researchers are obliging with a suggestion: Smell like chocolate. Their study found that people were twice as likely to linger and peruse multiple books if the shop had a subtle scent of chocolate working in... More »

'Anarchist Chocolatier' Mott Green Dead at 47

He left U.S. to create a sustainable company in Grenada

(Newser) - He was kind of like Willy Wonka, if Wonka had combined his passion for chocolate with social justice. Or as the headline in Haaretz puts it: "Mott Green, Jewish anarchist chocolatier, dies aged 47." Green was born David Friedman and grew up in Staten Island, but he gave... More »

Oreo Maker Creates Chocolate That Doesn't Melt

Hopes to boost sales in Africa and Middle East

(Newser) - The company that makes Cadbury chocolates and Oreos is launching a new chocolate that can resist heats of up to 104 degrees without melting, and it should be on shelves soon—but probably not the ones in US grocery stores. This isn't a Willy Wonka-style gimmick so much as... More »

Chocolate Prices Rigged: Canada

Nestle, Mars charged; Hershey already expected to plead

(Newser) - The Canadian branches of Nestlé and Mars were both slapped with criminal charges yesterday, with Canada's Competition Bureau accusing both of price-fixing the chocolate market following a 5-year investigation. Hershey was also party to the scheme, which dates to 2007 and earlier, but the bureau recommended leniency because it... More »

Scientists Lighten Up Chocolate Using ... Diet Cola

...and fruit juice, and vitamin C water

(Newser) - Finally, a way to gorge on chocolate without feeling totally guilty: Chemists say they have successfully replaced as much as half the fat normally found in chocolate via a liquid infusion—and said liquid can be fruit juice, vitamin C water, or even diet soda, LiveScience reports. If your instinct... More »

Ikea's New Food Woe: Fecal Bacteria in Cake

China confiscates tons of it after testing

(Newser) - If you thought horse meatballs were bad, this might cause you to swear off discount furniture store eateries forever. Chinese health authorities have confiscated two tons of Ikea's almond chocolate cakes that were shipped in from Sweden after they tested positive for a high level of coliform bacteria—which... More »

The Trick to Winning Nobel Prizes: Milk?

Neurologists link milk consumption to prizes

(Newser) - Got milk? Then you may have a better chance of winning a Nobel Prize, according to a letter published in Practical Neurology. In the letter, two neurologists speculate about a study last year that linked a nation's chocolate consumption to its Nobel-Prize stockpile. But what if it's really... More »

Your Guilt Makes Forbidden Foods Taste Even Better

People made to feel guilty before indulging rated treat more highly: study

(Newser) - If you've ever been on a diet and thought that forbidden piece of chocolate you sneaked tasted even better than usual ... turns out it really did taste even better than usual. A new study finds that guilt can make tasty foods seem even more pleasurable than they otherwise would,... More »

Ancient 'Black Drink' Surprises Archeologists

Beverage suggests America had trade network

(Newser) - It turns out our ancestors liked their caffeine buzz, too. Archeologists studying the ancient city Cahokia have located what they believe is evidence of a likely sacred beverage known as "black drink," which European settlers exploring the southeast US in the 1600s described in writing. What's surprising... More »

Ancient Mayans May Have Had Molé

Chocolate was used like a spice, new research suggests

(Newser) - Archaeologists say they have found traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate on a plate in the Yucatan peninsula, the first time they have found ancient chocolate residue on a plate rather than a cup, suggesting it may have been used as a condiment or sauce with solid food. Experts have long... More »

Another Study Raves About Daily Dark Chocolate

This time, it's for heart disease

(Newser) - Regular exercise might be bad for you , regular chocolate consumption might be good? So says a new study, so long as it's dark chocolate. (It's just one more study on the theme .) For people with hypertension and metabolic syndrome, eating about 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate... More »

Is War on Drugs Bad for Chocolate?

Gourmands fight for native Peruvian cocoa

(Newser) - To cut down on production of the coca plants behind cocaine, the US has pushed an alternative crop to Peruvian farmers: a high-yielding cocoa hybrid. And while CCN-51 has had commercial benefits, there's one problem, chocolate experts say—it just doesn't taste that good. Instead, these connoisseurs say,... More »

Chocolate Lovers Are ... Leaner

Compounds may fight weight gain

(Newser) - Sweet news: People who regularly eat chocolate tend to be thinner, scientists have discovered. Of 1,000 subjects studied, those who ate chocolate a few times a week were on average slimmer than those who only ate it occasionally, reports the BBC . Frequency of eating chocolate appeared to be more... More »

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