In our kitchens, we like to ensure that we have a pantry stocked with the basics. These often vary by household, but typically include milk, eggs and other essentials. What many of us may not realize is that chocolate – yes, chocolate – is a versatile food item that can be adapted for many uses.
When it comes to sweet treats, chocolate is in a class of its own. Over the past 100 years, chocolate has taken several different forms, with white, milk, and dark variations. Canadian companies such as Laura Secord have converted this cult-classic into many delicious snacks: chocolate bars, ice cream, hot chocolate and more. It is also sensational in cupcakes, cookies and pies.
Chocolate is also a great gift idea. A box of chocolates goes a long way when used to celebrate events or milestones, and is often a great option for those on a budget. Laura Secord has a vast array of boxes of chocolates that can be personalized to a person’s taste, always an appreciated touch.
If you are true enthusiast, you can add a taste of chocolate to your living space by creating your own incense. If your home is infused with the scent of chocolate, it can turn your guests into putty. There are also several candles on the market that deliver the sweet scent with the stroke of a match.
A recent New York Times article suggests that dark chocolate has health benefits. Specifically, dark chocolate has been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Heart health isn’t the only thing with a link to chocolate: chocolate lovers also experienced more feelings of happiness and better psychological well-being.
Lastly, for those who love do-it-yourself beauty remedies, chocolate is a great alternative. Face masks can be used to purify your pores and chocolate body scrubs can be concocted to soften your skin.
LOVE chocolate as much as the Look Local staff does? Then you need to follow the Burlington Chocolate Trail. It’s a self-guided tour of 13 businesses allowing you to indulge in a wide variety of chocolate treats, artisan food and drink and spa treatments. If you’re cravings are exceptionally strong, you could do it in a day, but we don’t want you to get a tummy ache. The Trail runs now until December 31, 2013.