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WHAT IS CHOCOLATE?
Chocolate is a food made from the seeds of a tropical tree called the cacao. These trees flourish in warm, moist climates. Most of the world's cacao beans come from West Africa, where Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Nigeria are the largest producers. Because of a spelling error, probably by English traders long ago, these beans became known as cocoa beans.
HOW IS CHOCOLATE MADE?
Workers cut the fruit of the cacao tree, or pods open and scoop out the beans. These beans are allowed to ferment and then dry. Then they are cleaned, roasted and hulled. Once the shells have been removed they are called nibs. Nibs are blended much like coffee beans, to produce different colors and flavors. Then they are ground up and the cocoa butter is released. The heat from the grinding process causes this mixture of cocoa butter and finely ground nibs to melt and form a free-flowing substance known as chocolate liquor. From there, different varieties of chocolate are produced.
IS CHOCOLATE HEALTHY?
The latest news about chocolate - that it makes blood vessels more flexible - adds to accumulating evidence that chocolate offers a number of health benefits and may be good for the heart. Earlier findings had shown that chocolate contains polyphenols, the same kinds of antioxidants found in red wine and green tea; stearic acid, a type of fat that doesn't raise cholesterol levels; and flavonoids, which reduce the stickiness of platelets, inhibiting blood clotting and reducing the danger of coronary artery blockages. To read more, visit Dr. Andrew Weil's website.
SHOULD I KEEP CHOCOLATE IN THE FRIDGE?
The best place to store chocolate is in a cool dry place. If room temperature is higher than 25 degrees C, it is advisable to store chocolate in the fridge. Wrap it in plastic and seal carefully. Make sure you allow your chocolate to return to room temperature before unwrapping and eating.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT MAKING A SPECIAL ORDER?
The Reid Chocolates team is always on hand for any questions you may have regarding special orders. Our wedding and party favours section features several choices for special gifts, and can be ordered online!
I HAVE A NUT ALERGY, DO YOUR CHOCOLATES CONTAIN NUTS?
Nuts are used in several of Reid Chocolates recipes. Due to this, there may be traces of nuts in all of our products.
ARE THERE PLACES IN ADDITION TO "ONLINE" OR THE CAMBRIDGE RIED CHOCOLATES STORE THAT I COULD PURCHASE REID PRODUCTS?
Yes there is. Casa Mi Deli & Café in Waterloo, ON carries a variety of Reid's confections.
Casa Mia Deli & Cafe Inc.
7 Father David Bauer Drive,
Waterloo, ON N2L 0A2