My acne-ridden youth (okay, fine, it was like 20 zits total) engrained in me that chocolate was a pimple-flaring, oil-producing skincare devil to be avoided at all costs. In my more recent, better-skinned years I’ve turned to the dark, 80% cocoa variety to cure me of late-afternoon nap compulsion and early-morning sugar cravings, but I never suspected that the chocolate could actually be to thank for my clearer, more radiant complexion. A new report in the Journal of Nutrition discovers what may in fact be the Best News Ever: not only do women who eat more chocolate tend to have smoother, more hydrated skin, but chocolate itself is choc-full of antioxidants that help to shield skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Keep reading »
Based on a very unscientific opinion survey, approximately 90% of people think red wine fudgesicles are proof of divine intervention, while the other 10 percent (ahem, Julie) gags at the thought of them. If you’re part of the majority who would love a refreshing lick of wine and chocolate on a stick, check out the recipe here. Cheers to summer! [A Beautiful Mess]
As I’ve mentioned about a billion times before, I’m totally obsessed with everything British, so when I saw these candy bars–which combine traditional British pudding flavors, chocolate, and a colorful Union Jack design–I was sold. Crafted in honor of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, they’re swirled with fun ingredients like toffee, strawberry, white chocolate, and meringue. Sounds bloody delicious, right? I fancy the whole set. [$4.79 each, Firebox]
Your old printer has served you well. It’s dutifully churned out term papers, contracts, and last-minute photo gifts. But wouldn’t it be nice to upgrade to a printer that prints chocolate? Seriously though: a team of researchers in the UK have devised a machine that does just that. Apparently the magical chocolate printer works like other 3D printers currently used in manufacturing, creating a 3-dimensional shape by slowly building up very thin layers of material, which in this case just happens to be the most delicious material known to man. At the moment, the chocolate printer is still a prototype, but lead scientist Dr. Liang Hao has big plans: “Chocolate has a lot of social purposes,” she says, “so our intention is to develop a community and share the designs, ideas and experience[s].” Yep, a chocolate-themed social network. The future sounds pretty delicious, huh? [BBC News]
Can this be true? Or is it a ganache-induced fever dream? The Little Chocolate Shop, a chocolate factory in Leyburn, Yorkshire, UK, is allowing guests overnight stays in their “chocolate suite.” The suite features “edible furnishings, a chocolate fountain and a fancy dress box filled with Wonka-esque accessories, aprons and toques,” which will be replenished daily. WHAT. You had me at “Wonka.” And that’s not all: Guests can watch chocolate being made at the factory and end their stay with a “chocolate breakfast.” Chocolate breakfast — two words that sound so right together. This chocoholic fantasy is only available until April 8th and all proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer UK. The “chocolate suite” only sleeps four, so gather your friends to fight amongst themselves now. That might really be worth a hunger games. [Telegraph UK]
The key to my heart and my happiness is food. And the best food in the world is chocolate. Last week, I was gifted a delicious bar of spicy chocolate from Dylan’s Candy Bar — the well-known shop of Ralph Lauren’s daughter Dylan Lauren. Just now, I went back online to reorder, but they don’t seem to have the special holiday flavor in stock. No problem! Instead, I’ve chosen their sea salt varietal — a sweet but salty dark chocolate bar. As one fellow fan reported, the sea salt is like “crack crystals.” This is one addiction I support.
Gluttony is having a moment. And I mean, yeah, one could argue that gluttony has been having a moment since Biblical times, but these days, it’s different — gluttony is fun and pretty and getting tons of repins on Pinterest. With that in mind, let’s take a tour of 5 super indulgent dessert recipes that look horrifyingly delicious. Or maybe just horrifying? You decide…
As Sarah Silverman once said, “A couple of nights ago I was licking jelly off my boyfriend’s penis. And I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m turning into my mother!”
Yes, we have all raided the fridge during a romp in the sack with our boo — and if we didn’t know any better, Tide detergent made us their bitch afterwards. Sometimes a girl just wants to spice things up in the bedroom with a tasty treat … but we’re pretty sure actual spices are an emergency-trip-to-the-gyno bad idea. Here’s your definitive guide to bedroom-friendly foods and the ones you should keep in the kitchen! Keep reading »
First thoughts upon seeing this gladiator outfit made entirely out of 300 pieces of chocolate: 1) That looks repulsively sticky and uncomfortable and oh, God, the melting in the sun! 2) What a waste of perfectly good chocolate for eating? WHY!? It turns out the getup was designed by Benjamin Brass and constructed by Puyricard, for the annual Salon du Chocolat international chocolate trade fair. Still, I’d rather eat it than wear it. [Daily Mail]
Sometimes there’s no better way to reward yourself than with a proper bar of chocolate. Mast Brothers’ fine craft chocolate bar, the Fleur de Sel, will provide you with the perfect chocolate escape. The dark cocoa and sea salt melt in your mouth in salty and sweet harmonic ecstasy. The best way to end your night, we promise. Great as a gift for yourself or someone you’d like to pamper. As a bonus, the wrappers are lovely and elegant, the cocoa is organically farmed, and we’ve heard dark chocolate has anti-oxidants. At least that’s what we tell ourselves while indulging.