There’s just no resisting a good Ganache. In fact, there’s just no resisting any good dark chocolate recipe, full stop. It seems that no matter what you’re going through, chocolate is always there to help you out.
That is, if you’re a self-proclaimed “chocoholic” like me.
We’re going to go right ahead and say, yes, it can be. Though, most scientists are divided on the subject it’s clear that chocolate induces cravings and these chocolate cravings definitely hit women harder than men. The actual addiction bit is harder to pinpoint and, as with all addiction, it really depends on the character of the person and whether or not said person is pre-disposed to addiction.
To get a little more clarity, it helps to understand what the experts refer to as an addiction and how it is recognized. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary online, addiction is: “a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)”.
It’s no secret that chocolate is incredibly versatile. A simple Pinterest search will yield thousands of amazing chocolate recipes that are 100% drool-worthy. From interesting party ideas to special gourmet meals, chocolate packs a flavour punch that just about everyone will enjoy but did you know there are some people who have pushed the boundaries of chocolate use entirely? Let’s take a look.
Currency, wealth, status
At the heart of chocolate lies a fountain of wealth that modern man is yet to understand. While we use chocolate to generate money, the ancient Mayans used the cocoa bean to trade goods and make a rich drink out of it that was really quite bitter. Different cocoa beans were used for trade and drinking. The strong drink was mixed with water and spices and was regarded as a symbol of absolute status reserved for only the most elite.
The list of reasons to love chocolate is abundant, but there is a marked difference between the way men and women react to chocolate. Women by far outnumber men in favour of this gloriously rich and deliciously sweet treat and it’s clear even down to the adverts we see on television – chocolate is widely regarded as a treat of the century for women.
With Valentines day coming up in just a few short days, chocolate will be one of the most sought out gift items and almost certainly one of the widely given across all cultures. In almost all of the stores, one can see chocolate on sale in beautifully wrapped heart shaped boxes – almost always packaged for women. It’s on the rare occasion that one can find bespoke chocolate gift-wrapped specifically for men.
So we wanted to dive into the phenomenon and take a look at it from a few different angles.
Hot chocolate, as we know it today, was once the elixir of the Gods, used exclusively for the elite to enhance various aspects of strength. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs considered the cocoa bean to be an item of sheer luxury and surprisingly a decidedly masculine drink – reserved for only those who would and could fight.
This ancient drink was the only way cocoa beans made it into the diet of Mesoamericans for centuries and the chocolate we have come to love is a modern adaptation of this complex and exciting food group. While we regard chocolate as a sweet treat; dark chocolate is, in fact, an intricate source of vitamins and has thousands of beneficial compounds in it.
So, if you’re looking to enhance your strength and even benefit from cocoa like Montezuma and the elite did, the darker and the more bitter the chocolate is the better the benefits. Of course, there’s no reason to stay away from the other types of chocolate available.
Which brings us to the first and most important point when making the perfect cup of hot cocoa.