Written by R. Roberds

Many brides and grooms take it upon themselves to distribute chocolate wedding favors to their guests as a token of appreciation. But why should the bride and groom be responsible for showering their guests with gifts? (more…)

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Written by Jill Smi

Chocolates have been around for quite a long time now and many people are still devoted to eating chocolate. Besides, you can never deny the fact that chocolates are very delicious treats that everybody loves. Perhaps even your sister going on a “strict” diet is hiding some in her bedroom to conceal her guilt for loving chocolate.

In fact, in the past, chocolates were considered to be a sacred drink in the Americas where only the elite society can afford. The Aztecs even made the cocoa bean as part of their monetary system in order to buy their gold. As you can see, chocolates have indeed been cherished by society and up until today, chocolates are still considered to be the best candy in the world.

A lot of countries have their own chocolates that they can be proud of. Today, the original recipe of the Spanish aristocrats has been kept for a secret for centuries and which is now called today as the Belgian chocolate. Belgian chocolates were originally in a fluid form where people drank it. Today, there are available Belgian chocolate bars and other kinds of Belgian chocolates. Some are even fruits and biscuits coated with Belgian chocolate.

Indeed, Belgian chocolates are considered to be high quality and expensive chocolates that everyone should taste. Some Belgian chocolates contains liqueur for additional taste.

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The Miracle Ingredients of Belgian Chocolates

Everybody loves chocolates. But because it is usually sweet, some people are banned from eating such delicious treats due to some diseases. And yet, studies and research has proven that chocolates, especially the darker varities, provide some health benefits. So, don’t totally eliminate  it yet from your diet until after you’ve read these…

The scientific name of chocolate is the broma cacao. When literally translated, it means “food of the gods“. Chocolate are composed of vitamins A, C, B1, E, and E, fluorine, iron, sodium, and potassium.

For the past centuries, chocolates are used for treating diseases and problems including depression. Mexican and European civilizations revealed the aphrodisiac characteristics of chocolates. The United States government formally recognized the virtues of chocolates during the Second World War.

Chocolate cravers do not have to be subjected to studies just to reveal the mood alteration power of chocolates. It is purely linked with feelings of comfort, safety and love. Some researchers said that confections of creamy chocolates can help people live longer.

One ingredient of Belgian chocolates is dark chocolate and is considered as a healthy chocolate. You don’t have to be afraid of eating chocolates because its side effects are not negative after all. In fact, this is the best news in the medical world today.
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Where can we find the BEST CHOCOLATES in the world? Where else but in Belgium.  So, let’s get to know more about it, shall we..?

Belgium is situated in the west of Europe. The land here mostly comprises of flat coastal plains in the northeast, and southeast is occupied by the Ardennes Forest.  Dutch, Flemish, French and German are the official languages of Belgium, with Dutch being the widely spoken followed by French. The weather here is pretty predictable. Months from April to September are the warmest. Otherwise the weather is pretty humid and skies are gray, that explains why umbrellas and raincoats are a part of the dressing. So, if the visit is planned for holidays during the rainy season, one must not forget to carry sufficient cover for maximum protection, as this is a coastal region. In case of emergency call 100 or 112.

Culture

Belgians are English-friendly and will make every attempt to speak in English with a foreigner. Always remember to carry a small gift or at least flowers especially when invited over dinner. The dress to wear will be mentioned in the invitation, when invited for a party. Smoking in public is acceptable.

The Best Chocolates in the World

The Best Chocolates in the World

Shopping

Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Ostend, Namur, Mons, Liège, Ghent and Mechelen are the main shopping centers. Belgium is famous for ceramics and hand-beaten copperware from Dinant, laces from Bruges, crystals from Val Saint Lambert, woodcarvings from Spa and Belgium’s finest chocolates. In jewelry, diamonds from Antwerp are on high demand.

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Would you like to drive a car that runs on chocolate butter??? I bet it would be a smooth ride…

And if that doesn’t satisfy you, the whole car is made of vegetable fibers;  so in case you get hungry go ahead and take a bite of the steering wheel which is made from carrots!

I can’t imagine what the world will smell like if all of us start driving off in our Formula 3 race cars.

This is a piece of welcome news :

GMANews.TV – Scientists unveil chocolate-fueled race car –  Latest Philippine News

Please see http://www.worldfirstracing.co.uk for more details on this project.

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WorldFirst F3 Chocolate-powered race car

WorldFirst F3 Chocolate-powered race car

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Yes, my hunch is correct. People eat chocolates not only when there is an occasion, whenever they’re sad or depressed, but also when they’re happy, or just because they feel like it… Indeed, craving for chocolates is normal for most people.

Historically, chocolates has always been a comfort food. And yet, it is considered a vice  AND  a luxury item. In the same league with cigarettes and alcohol!

So are you one of those who are ‘addicted’ to chocolates?  Join the club.

See the article below for more insights on the buying behavior of Americans regarding my favorite grocery item.

Someday, I’m going to be a chocolatier…  😀

Americans Cling to Vices Despite Financial Woes – MarketingVOX

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Wouldn’t it be great to go to Boracay with 3 of your friends for a 3D/2N vacation ALL 4 FREE???

Of course that would be awesome!

So, what are you waiting for?  Go and check out the promo at their website www.Snickers.com.ph

Snickers choco wrapper

Snickers choco wrapper

All you need to do is to send in as many empty Snickers wrappers as you can at this address :   Promo Exchange Inc. at Unit 612 Manilabank Building, Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1225.

Be sure to attach the filled-out contest form which you can download here :

CONTEST FORM.PDF