What are the benefits of chocolate?

Chocolate has many health benefits that many people do not realize. If you are looking for a good excuse to cut “sweets” of your diet, you may have a valid one now. There are many new developments occurring daily on this topic, we are going to address three of them here.

1. Dark chocolate prevents heart attacks and strokes. According to sciencedaily.com, this particular chocolate “helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels”.

2. Dark chocolate can prevent skin cancers. Yes, antioxidants found in cocoa called: flavanols, help the plant from being harmed by the sun. Therefore, because dark chocolate has high quantity of cocoa, it helps humans’ epidermis as well.

3. Dark chocolate helps brain functioning. While we all want to be smarter, chocolate helps actually exercise the neurons we already have and assists in the creation of more of them. You can also be thankful for those flavanols again, because they increase blood flow to the brain.

Now it’s your turn. Do some research for yourself and let us know in the comments what other reasons encourage you to try our chocolate!

Photo Courtesy of: Kayden’s Candy Factory

Chocolatey Chocolate Cookies

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Cookie Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add and stir raw eggs and vanilla extract into the butter bowl.
  3. Pour Kayden’s cocoa powder, flour, sugar baking soda and salt in the same bowl until it is thoroughly blended.
  4. Carefully add white and milk chocolate chips.
  5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls; place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

 

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Decorating  Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Fill the pastry bag with tempered white chocolate. Only fill the plastic pastry bag about halfway.
  2. Cut the tip of the pastry bag enough for the chocolate to be pushed out. Lay out the sheet of parchment paper to test your tip size you have cut.
  3. Trace your shape and fill in your image to an even level.
  4. Allow the chocolate shape to completely cool.
  5. Put a thin layer of tempered milk chocolate on the back of each shape to place on each cookie.

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Chocolate Trail

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Are you looking for a project to do with the kids and treat them to something sweet with some health benefits? Kayden’s Candy Factory has a fun activity for you to do at home!

All you will need is some of Kayden’s milk chocolate, trail mix, and a flexible ice cube tray! If done right, your project should cost no more than $10!

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First, temper your Kayden’s chocolate and pour it half way in your ice cube sections. 

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After you have your chocolate poured half way in you ice cube sections, place pieces of trail mix into the mold. Once you have done this, cover your treats with a top layer of chocolate. Refrigerate your chocolate for at least 30 minutes to ensure the chocolate is firm and set. You will take out your ice cube chocolate pieces by applying pressure on the bottom and sides of each ice cube. Do not pull out the chocolate, you will be at risk of breaking your pieces. If you find that applying pressure is not sufficient, flip the cubes face down on a table while lightly tapping to loosen your pieces.

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If you succeeded in completing this project and you had much fun accomplishing it, please let us know! We would like to hear about your experience. Don’t forget, you may purchase other chocolate items for gifts or special occasions online at: http://kaydenscandyfactory.com

Chocolate REDUCES Afib

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You are actually contributing to your health when you eat at Kayden’s! Seriously, even scientific magazines, news broadcasters, and colleges will tell you so. The key is, you must eat our chocolate!

A study has just revealed that consistent chocolate intake can decrease the probability of Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) by up to 20 percent in most persons! The Mayo Clinic describes Atrial Fibrillation as: a condition in which the top and bottom chambers of the heart become out of sync. This electrical malfunction may lead to a severe stroke or cardiac arrest. Several sources claim that the research preformed in Denmark between the years 1993 to 1997 on nearly 55,500 people was conducted to analyze chocolate intake. The study resulted that chocolate significantly prevented the Afib in these patients. Fox News states: “For women, the biggest risk reduction was linked to eating one serving of chocolate per week. For men, the biggest risk reduction was associated with eating two to six servings per week”. With so many concerns and lectures on preventive healthcare, you should really consider giving yourself more chocolate! Visit us at least once or twice a week, we can’t wait to see you.

 

DIY: Dirt and Cream Popcorn

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Try one of our favorite snacks to munch on while you watch a good movie on a Friday night! It is so easy to make, even your child could fix it for you. All you will need is chocolate and cream cookies, white chocolate chips, and Kettlecorn popcorn.

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Heat the white chocolate chips up first. Make sure you do not heat it for to long, or you will be at risk of burning your chocolate. Drizzle the white chocolate onto your popcorn. Stir the popcorn to ensure that the white chocolate is evenly distributed to the popcorn on the top and bottom of the bowl.

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While the white chocolate is still warm, sprinkle pieces of crushed chocolate and cream cookies on top of your popcorn. It would be wise to have these chocolate and cream cookies crushed before heating up the white chocolate chips.

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Stir your popcorn thoroughly and ENJOY!

DIY: Tie Dye Short Bread Cookies

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Is your child or teen having a birthday bash soon? These short bread cookies will be the perfect dish to dress up your table! We have made it simple for you to make these at home with only three main components: your choice of cookie, food coloring dye and white chocolate chips.

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You will need to make sure the white chocolate is completely melted before adding drops of food coloring dye. We recommend you use a toothpick to stir the food coloring in order to control how closely you want the different colors of your dye to blend. Precede to dip the cookies into the chocolate as deep as you like. Allow to cool in the refrigerator until time of your event.

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ENJOY!

Make: Tangy Dark Chocolate Orange Bites

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You will need:

  • navel orange slices
  • 5 ounces of Kayden’s Candy Factory dark chocolate wafers
  • coarse sea salt

Begin Making:

1. Carefully peel the orange and separate into slices. If you prefer a peel, thoroughly wash the exterior of the orange before slicing horizontally.

2. Dry off the slices on a kitchen rag to absorb the maximum amount of moisture. This will affect the chocolate if you fail to do this part of the process.

3. Temper the Kayden’s Candy Factory dark chocolate wafers to 86.5 degrees. For a demonstration on how this is done, review our blog post: ________.

3.  Dip the pieces/slices into the dark chocolate. Hold the orange piece/slice over the bowl to get rid of any excess.

4. Sprinkle a small amount of sea salt on the piece of chocolate fruit.

5. Place all the chocolate sea salt oranges onto a piece of parchment paper in the refrigerator. You will need to allow them to set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to ensure that the chocolate is well set before removing to eat.

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Fact or Fiction?

 

questions

  1. Heart disease is reduced by 1/3 if you eat dark chocolate daily?

  2. If you feed your dog chocolate, he or she will live up to 2 years longer.

  3. White chocolate has a higher level of cacoa bean than milk or dark chocolate?

  4. Chocolate protects your teeth from tooth decay.

  5. In 1746, the first chocolate factory was established in New York, New York.

  6. There is approximately 8 insect parts in a bar of chocolate.

  7. Every time an American team goes to into outer space, they bring chocolate.

  8. Chocolate causes achne.

  9. Cacoa trees, that essentially produce our chocolate, can live up to 200 years.

  10. People have been known to buy more chocolate around Valentine’s Day than for Easter.

 

answers

  1. Fact!

  2. Fiction! Do not feed your pet chocolate due to their metabolism.

  3. Fiction! White chocolate does not have any solid cacoa bean, only cocoa butter.

  4. Fact! Due to it’s anti-bacterial components on your mouth.

  5. Fiction! The first established chocolate factory was founded in 1765 in New England.

  6. Fact!

  7. Fact!

  8. Fiction! Science now proves this theory was false.

  9. Fact!

  10. Fiction! Easter chocolate is sold at a higher quantity than Valentine’s Day chocolate.

 

Resources: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-chocolate, http://www.factslides.com/s-Chocolate, http://www.answers.com/Q/What_was_the_first_chocolate_factory_in_the_US?#slide=2, http://elitedaily.com/envision/food/20-awesome-facts-about-chocolate-that-you-need-to-know-for-valentines-day/, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/does-chocolate-cause-acne_n_1566076.html, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/07/chocolate-random-facts_n_7012584.html,