* Cacao, the source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. Of course, this is counteracted by the high sugar content of milk chocolate.
* The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation.
* Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, a mild mood elevator.
* The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat which may raise good cholesterol.
* Drinking a cup of hot chocolate before meals may actually diminish appetite.
* Men who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don't.
* The flavanoids in chocolate may help keep blood vessels elastic.
* Chocolate increases antioxidant levels in the blood.
* Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites.
* The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.
To celebrate this absolutely delicious wonderful day, I would like to share this recipe that Rochella shared with me this morning and this will definitely be on the menu this weekend. What is your favorite chocolate recipe?
Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups fresh raspberries
3/4 cup chocolate ice cream
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
3 tablespoons sliced almonds
Heat oven to 375°F. In mediumbowl, mix pie filling and extract; fold in raspberries.
Spread in ungreased8-inch square pan. Bake 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in mediummicrowavable bowl, microwave ice cream and
chocolate chips on High about 1minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth.
Add Bisquick mix;mix well. Let stand until fruit is done baking.
Drop dough into 8 mounds(about 3 tablespoons each) on hot fruit.
Sprinkle each mound with almonds. Bake15 to 18 minutes longer or until chocolate
topping is just set. Serve warm.