Chocolate Just Got Better!

Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, who supply such companies as Cadburys and Nestlé, think they may be on to a winner after secretly developing a type of chocolate with 10% of the calories of the ordinary kind, and which melts at nearly twice its temperature. The company hopes the new chocolate, codenamed "Vulcano", will appeal both to health-conscious Western markets and to Asian and African consumers who have traditionally shunned chocolate because it melts too readily in the local climate. The new recipe stays hard up to 55°C (130°F) and has crispy, light texture according to Barry Callebaut food engineer Simone Cantz (The Guardian).

FYI: Chocolate was, as everyone knows, invented/discovered by the Aztecs. But what is less well known is that they did so at least 3000 years ago, and were probably trying to make beer. Anthropologists John Henderson, of Cornell University, and Rosemary Joyce, of University of California, discovered cacao residues on pottery vessels dating back to 1000 BCE that are believed to be from a drink formed by fermenting the pulp and seeds (PNAS).

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     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Fri Jul 17, 2009
     Category: Food | Candy | Nutrition | History | Archaeology | Products





Comments
Melt, don't melt... It's chocolate!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/17/09 at 12:16 PM
Yup. grin
Posted by Dumbfounded on 07/17/09 at 12:39 PM
BC = Before Chocolate?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/17/09 at 12:44 PM
No, I think it means "Before Confucius", for some reason we date things from the year Confucius was elevated to royal status (480 years after he died).
Posted by Dumbfounded on 07/17/09 at 12:52 PM
So, BCE is "Before Confucius' Elevation"?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/17/09 at 01:14 PM
I think so. It avoids the problem of Confucius having died 479 years "before Confucius". People were becoming so muddled up that they invented a new word for it, "confusion".
Posted by Dumbfounded on 07/17/09 at 01:18 PM
Part of the appeal of chocolate is it melting on the tongue, seeing as it melts at a temperature below body temp.
Posted by Caffeinated Katie in Atlanta, GA on 07/17/09 at 02:03 PM
According to the article, it still melts in the mouth, but because of the action of saliva rather than due to body heat.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 07/17/09 at 02:07 PM
BCE = Before Common Era = Before Christian Era = Before Current Era = BC
Posted by mdb777 on 07/17/09 at 02:36 PM
I liked the "Before Chocolate" and "Before Chocolate's Eaten" better.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/17/09 at 10:28 PM
i thought bc was an abreviation of a latin phrase meaning before the birth of christ. so i'm either wrong and embarrassed or right and you guys were kidding and i didn't get it and am embarrassed. can't win. downer
of the 2 above mentioned ideas for chocolate, i think the flavor of chocolate and the effect of alcohol is the big winner! tongue rolleye
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/18/09 at 12:11 AM
Patty, the only idea one needs to have about about chocolate is when & where it's going to be eaten.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/18/09 at 06:03 AM
expat are you really a woman in disguise? wink
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/18/09 at 09:01 AM
You shouldn't be embarrassed patty, because you're right, it still means Before Christ too. Not everyone is Christian, so the Before Common Era would be more for them.

I still like the chocolate that we have now, but I wouldn't be against trying some of this new stuff.
Posted by mdb777 on 07/18/09 at 10:12 AM
okay, i broke down and looked it up.(i can't depend on dumbfounded for everything, he didn't take me to raise!) b.c. is simply before christ. b.c.e is as stated above. a.d. is anno domini which is medieval latin (where my confused idea came from) for the year of our lord. so i'm wondering why a.d. hasn't been replaced as well.

if the above company wants taste testers count me in! tongue laugh
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/18/09 at 12:57 PM
see ladies, i told you that's where they do their thinking!

(that sounds sooo good mw! tongue laugh )
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/18/09 at 01:16 PM
okay, i broke down and looked it up.(i can't depend on dumbfounded for everything- he didn't take me to raise!) b.c. is simply before christ. a.d. is anno domini, latin for in the year of our lord. b.c.e. before common era for non-christians.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/18/09 at 01:17 PM
ooops! i screwed up sorry about the duplicate post. red face
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/18/09 at 01:19 PM
Non-christian for a.d. is c.e. (common era). And I'm still sticking to my regular chocolate.
Posted by Caffeinated Katie in Atlanta, GA on 07/18/09 at 06:28 PM
thank you dumbfounded. kiss i tend to lean towards what i'm used to. change is not my favorite thing. that more than being christian is why i prefer bc/ad.

blissfullylost good job getting us back on topic! wink
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/18/09 at 11:11 PM
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