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Science Provides Yet Another Reason to Eat Chocolate

New study finds lower rates of atrial fibrillation in regular chocolate eaters

(Newser) - Willy Wonka may have been on to something. Regularly eating chocolate could possibly help prevent a type of irregular heartbeat that can increase the risk of heart failure, strokes, and cognitive impairment, according to a study published Tuesday in Heart . Live Science reports between 2.7 million and 6.1... More »

After Ruling, Nestle Likely Muttering 'Gimme a Break'

UK appeals court rules against KitKat maker in attempt to trademark bar's shape

(Newser) - Nestle may find itself muttering "give me a break," but perhaps with an expletive tossed in at the end. The company on Wednesday lost its latest attempt to trademark its four-finger chocolate bar shape in the UK, in what has been a 7-year battle . The Guardian reports that... More »

Chocolate So Cheap You're Almost Obligated to Binge

Cocoa futures are at 3-year lows

(Newser) - Packing on the holiday pounds just got cheaper, reports Bloomberg , with cocoa futures at a three-year low driven by a suddenly abundant supply and waning demand in what one portfolio manager calls "a double punch for cocoa." The former is due to rains in West Africa, which produces... More »

As US Freaks Out Over Election, UK Freaks Out Over Chocolate

People are calling Toblerone's changed shape 'stupid,' 'wrong'

(Newser) - Because apparently chocolate simply tastes better when the gap between a candy bar's triangles is shorter, UK candy fans are not taking a new modification by Toblerone well, calling a recent shape change "stupid" and "wrong," the BBC reports. As explained on its Toblerone Facebook page... More »

Science Just Made Milk Chocolate Healthy Like Dark Chocolate

And without altering milk chocolate's supremely sweet taste, scientists say

(Newser) - The virtues of noshing on dark chocolate have long been extolled , but its more milquetoast cousin may now be able to capitalize on its health benefits—and it's all thanks to peanuts, the Independent reports. In a study published in the journal Food Science , scientists from North Carolina State... More »

Scientists May Have Found Migraine Trigger —in Our Mouths

Oral bacteria could be the key

(Newser) - Certain foods like chocolate, wine, and processed meats have long been linked to migraines, and while nitrates in those foods are often seen as the culprit, it's not entirely clear why some people are more susceptible to ensuing headaches than others, reports Quartz . Now scientists are reporting in the... More »

People at Dance Clubs Are Snorting Chocolate To Get High

Cacao is turning into the drug of choice for partiers

(Newser) - Partiers at dance clubs and raves around the world are snorting a new drug to get their high: the chocolate ingredient cacao. You read that right. Raw cacao's rise as the hot new party drug started in Berlin—which IFL Science calls the "hipster capital of the world.... More »

Hershey's Will Start Selling Meat Bars

Yes, you read that right

(Newser) - It's what every young child desperately saves his or her allowance for: the chance to go to the supermarket and buy a delicious Hershey's ... blueberry barbecue beef bar. Yes, that's a meat bar, though "we aren't going out there saying it is a meat bar,... More »

Our Favorite Chocolates Could Be Poisoning Us

Nonprofit finds illegal levels of lead, cadmium in multiple brands

(Newser) - A California nonprofit is warning consumers that the Cadbury Creme Egg in their basket this Easter may be closer to a Leadbury Creme Egg. As You Sow tested 50 types of chocolates and found illegal levels of cadmium and/or lead in 70% of them, CBS San Francisco reports. A press... More »

Hershey Kisses Roll Out Biggest Change in 25 Years

Hershey's Kisses Deluxe will be bigger, with a hazelnut center

(Newser) - Not since Hershey added almonds to its Kisses a quarter-century ago has the brand undergone a bigger change than this, say officials: Introducing Hershey's Kisses Deluxe—a chocolate twice the size of the original Kisses with a hazelnut center and rice crisps, per USA Today . The new gold-wrapped product... More »

Cops: Chocolate Plant Worker Goes to Extremes to Get Fired

He allegedly decides that a fake bomb threat is the way to go

(Newser) - Police say a Vermont chocolate factory worker hated his job and wanted to get fired, so he did the first thing that came to mind: He called in a bomb threat. Police say 22-year-old Kristofer Pregent stole a co-worker's cellphone and made the false threat under a different worker'... More »

Court: KitKat Can't Trademark Its 4 'Fingers'

Nestle's lost this round in long legal battle with Cadbury ... for now

(Newser) - It started with a candy wrapper and ended (for now) in a courtroom. Nestle's attempts to trademark the shape of its "four-fingered" KitKat have been rejected by the European Court of Justice, which ruled that shape alone isn't enough to recognize it as a KitKat, the BBC... More »

FDA: Dark Chocolate Often Not What It Seems

Unless you like milk in your dark chocolate

(Newser) - Like snacking on dark chocolate? Then we hope you're not doing it to avoid milk, because the US Food and Drug Administration tested 94 dark-chocolate bars and found milk in 61% of them, Quartz reports—including not just products with descriptions like "may contain milk" or "may... More »

X-Ray Solves Mystery of Chalky Chocolate

Reducing pores could eliminate harmless but unappealing fat bloom

(Newser) - Have you ever thrown out old chocolate that had taken on a chalky, white hue, unsure if it was still edible? You're not the only one. Food scientists say the harmless change, known as fat blooming, is a major source of complaints and rejections from chocolate lovers and actually... More »

Scientists Figure Out How to Make Chocolate Healthier

It involves the not-so-tasty-sounding pulp preconditioning

(Newser) - One of your vices could one day be a little more virtuous: Scientists are today announcing that they've figured out how to make chocolate healthier. The findings will be detailed by researchers from Belgium's Ghent University and the University of Ghana at the national meeting of the American... More »

'World's Richest Candyman' Died on Valentine's Day

Michele Ferrero brought Nutella to the world

(Newser) - Pastry maker Pietro Ferrero invented Nutella amid postwar chocolate shortages in Italy, but it was his son who brought the cocoa-hazelnut paste to the world. Michele Ferrero, who died on Valentine's Day at the age of 89, built the family firm into a $30 billion global confectionary empire, creating... More »

Brits Flip Over Cadbury Creme Egg Changes

UK-only chocolate switch causes uproar

(Newser) - It's early January, but people in the UK are apparently already munching on a lot of Cadbury Creme Eggs—and many of them aren't happy about some changes inside the foil. The Easter treats used to be made with the Dairy Milk brand of milk chocolate, but the... More »

Inventor: I Make Farts Smell Like Chocolate

Christian Poincheval says 'fart pills' make a great gift

(Newser) - Christian Poincheval was enjoying a meal out with friends six years ago when he had his eureka moment and the idea for a new product popped into his head. What sparked his creativity? "After a hearty meal, we almost suffocated as our farts were smelly," the French inventor... More »

Never Give These Foods to Your Pet

Grapes, avocados, cookies are dangerous for dogs, cats

(Newser) - You may have heard that you shouldn't give chocolate to your dog—but how about grapes? Or sugar-free gum? Alternet lists eight foods that humans may consume, but pets definitely shouldn't:
  1. Sugar-free treats like gum, which contain xylitol. The sugar alcohol is extracted from fruits and vegetables to
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The World Is Running Out of Chocolate

Two chocolate makers warn of huge annual deficit

(Newser) - Like grabbing a Snickers on the run or savoring a little dark chocolate in the evening? Then brace yourself, because chocolate production is failing to keep up with worldwide consumption and could fall behind by 2 million metric tons annually by 2030, two big chocolate makers tell the Washington Post... More »

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