(Jagran News Network): Brown, soft, creamy, velvety, sinful, divine, angelic and fulfilling-for those who are its real lovers, gorging on it is like digging into ambrosia. From the soft crumbling bars, to the round smooth balls, chocolate has ruled our childhood and our imaginations. Ancient civilizations called chocolate the Food of Gods’. For lovers it is sweet, warm and mushy as love. Even experts believe that dark chocolate is a good aphrodisiac. So, make the best of this special day and gift chocolate to your beloved and wait to see love and more love for you in those lovely eyes.

Chocolate Types

Cacao: This is the cacao bean. It is the healthiest form of chocolate and is quite bitter.
Chocolate Liquor: This is the basis of all types of chocolate, formed by grinding cacao nibs into a smooth, liquid paste. It is non- alcoholic.
Unsweetened Chocolate: It is chocolate liquor that has been allowed to cool and harden.
Bittersweet Chocolate/Semisweet or Dark Chocolate: Has nearly 35% chocolate liquor, besides cocoa butter and sugar. Sweet Chocolate: Contains 15% chocolate liquor, plus cocoa butter and sugar.
Milk Chocolate: It contains 10% chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, sugar and milk.
White Chocolate: White chocolate does not contain any chocolate liquor. It contains 20% cocoa butter, milk and sugar.
Chocolate Oil: Technically a misnomer, it basically oil with chocolate perfume. It is entirely synthetic and not for cooking.
Chocolate Extract: Cacao beans are soaked in alcohol and this flavoured extract is created. It is mostly like vanilla extract.
Cocoa Butter: When chocolate liquor is pressed to expel the fat and make cocoa powder, the fat expelled is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is added to chocolate liquor to make the type of chocolate we enjoy eating.
Gianduja: Chocolate made with toasted hazelnuts ground into powder. It has a smooth, chocolaty texture, but has the wonderful flavor of hazelnuts.
Couverture: It is the good stuff - usually some type of dark chocolate with extra cocoa butter added to make it melt nicely for drizzling.
Baking Chocolate: It is unsweetened chocolate used by bakers.

Benefits of Chocolates:

Chocolate actually contains antibacterial components that can help prevent cavities and tooth decay rather than promoting it.

Chocolate contains vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, as well as potassium, sodium, iron, and fluorine.

Eating chocolate releases endorphins in the brain, which act as pain-relievers.

Chocolate boosts one's appetite, but does not cause weight gain if taken in moderation.

Eating chocolate does not trigger migraine headaches.

Eating moderate amounts of chocolate makes one live almost a year longer.

Chocolate reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Chocolate is lower in caffeine than tea, coffee and even Coca Cola.

Cook it up!

This time you can do something special for your loved one. Instead of buying something from the market, you can give a romantic, personalized touch by making this delightful chocolate dish.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Ingredients: 1/2 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, dash of salt, 4 cups milk, divided, 3/4 tsp vanilla extract,1 cup cream
 
Procedure: Mix together cocoa, cinnamon sugar and salt. Bring milk to a boil.
Take cocoa mixture stir and whisk until it turns smooth. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Mix the 3 cups of milk and bring them to boiling. Whisk it till it turns frothy. Take cream and vanilla mix and heat it. Serve piping hot.