Wednesday, April 8, 2009
An Easter msg.. chocolate can be good for you!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!
In the spirit of this wonderful holiday (a well needed one at that!), I thought I would briefly chat about those delish lindt bunnies… yummmmmmy!!
I am not a huge chocolate fan in general, but do love lindt, especially the dark chocolate!
An interesting fact for the day…
Did you know chocolate can be good for you:
A particular cocoa flavanol, epicatechin, triggers blood vessels to release nitric oxide, which relaxes nearby muscle fibres, allowing arteries to expand and carry more blood (ref: Mary Engler, Journal of the American College of nutrition) – So, a dark chocolate bar can enhance artery dialation.
Some Lindt chocolate history:
It all started in a small pastry shop on Marktgasse in Zurich's old town in 1845. Confectioner David Sprüngli-Schwarz and his 29 year old son Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann, who also trained to be a confectioner, dared to do something new: they decided to make chocolate. In particular and in keeping with the new fashion that came from Italy – solid bars - just like François-Louis Cailler in Vevey and Philippe Suchard in Neuchâtel had already been done.
Up to that point people knew chocolate almost exclusively as a drink! The new treat quickly became popular among the fine Zurich society so that the chocolate factory had to be moved after just 2 years from the tiny bakery in Zurich to a small factory with water on tap in Horgen on the upper shores of Lake Zurich. Up to ten people were already employed there….
I am not going to go on and on, if you are really interested, read more about lindt history at http://www.lindt.com/int/noswf/eng/company/history/19th-century/
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!
Eat Chocolate and hot-cross buns!
Posted by Amy at 3:27 PM