Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chocolate for men

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From wikipedia:
The first European contact with chocolate came when Montezuma (then tlatoani of Tenochtitlan) introduced Hernán Cortés, a Spanish conquistador, to xocolatl in the 16th century.[14] Antonio de SolísPhilip IV's official Chronicler of the Indies, described Montezuma customarily taking a chocolate beverage after meals, as part of a sumptuous daily ritual:
He had Cups of Gold, and Salvers of the same; and sometimes he drank out of Cocoas [i.e., coconut shells], and natural Shells, very richly set with Jewels.[...] When he had done eating, he usually took a Kind of Chocolate, made after the Manner of the Country, that is, the Substance of the Nut beat up with the Mill till the Cup was filled more with Froth than with Liquor; after which he used to smoak Tobacco perfum'd with liquid Amber.[21]
Jose de Acosta, a Spanish Jesuit missionary who lived in Peru and then Mexico in the later 16th century, wrote of it:
Loathsome to such as are not acquainted with it, having a scum or froth that is very unpleasant taste. Yet it is a drink very much esteemed among the Indians, where with they feast noble men who pass through their country. The Spaniards, both men and women that are accustomed to the country are very greedy of this Chocolate. They say they make diverse sorts of it, some hot, some cold, and some temperate, and put therein much of that "chili"; yea, they make paste thereof, the which they say is good for the stomach and against thecatarrh.[22]

Chocolate was then a drink by a powerful ruler that was introduced to Spanish conquerors, was then kept secret by monks and priests. A drink made famous in Europe by nobilities.

Today most of the famous artisan chocolatier are males. Although there would be more moms, grandmoms, aunt, sisters or daughters who bake chocolate cake.

But definitely chocolate is not only women's favorite luxury food, men too love chocolates. As suggested by this article with this link - http://blogs.menshealth.com/guy-gourmet/taste-the-21-best-chocolate-bars-for-men/2012/02/22/

I quote:

How do we know? As chocolate lovers ourselves, we’ve noticed a trend of chocolatiers marketing more of their products toward men—chocolates with flavors such as chile pepper, bacon, and beer (yes, beer!).
Still, it’s one thing to come up with a wacky new flavor; it’s another to create something that genuinely tastes good. So we at Guy Gourmet decided to devise the greatest chocolate smackdown the Internet has ever seen. We asked the best chocolate makers in the world to send us samples and then, in true journalistic fashion, tasted more than 100 different flavors to determine our favorites.
So what’s a magazine with the word “health” in its title doing testing chocolates? Save your smirk: A 2011 study from the University of Cambridge found that high levels of chocolate consumption might help reduce the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, by 37 percent. Over the years, Men’s Health has also reported on dark chocolate’s benefits for your brain, your eyes, and even your sexual performance.

Of the authors list of chocolate for men it is only the commercially produced Lindt that I have tasted. Most of the chocolates in the list are not locally available here in the country.

Here goes a quote of one of those exotic chocolates:

For the adventurous palateWant to try something really crazy? Enter  Theo’s Ghost Chile Salted Caramels, buttery caramel infused with the capsaicin king of all chile peppers—Bhut Jolokia—and sprinkled with Hawaiian red sea salt. It’s not a party in your mouth. It’s a rave.
—Jennifer Messimer, Christa Sgobba, and Jerilyn Covert 
I am adventurous and would love to taste for myself this chocolate.

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