Scientist Prove Chocolate Good for You

Chocolate Good For You

It was a happy day when I learned that scientist said a small amount of dark chocolate is good for you because of antioxidants called flavonoids. Powered chocolate you mix with sugar for hot chocolate is one of the better choices. Obviously if you are diabetic the sugar is a no-no, but in moderation chocolate is beneficial especially as we get older.

As always moderation is the key. The less processing the cocoa or chocolate has the better it is for you. It pays off to buy a better quality chocolate. Web MD tells about one study using Dove dark chocolate. Now, I might have paid them to get in that study group!

Chocolate has been found to increase blood flow and platelets are less sticky which helps prevent heart attacks. It also helps blood pressure and it may help your muscles recover after a hard workout. It has also been shown to improve the moisture in skin according to one German study.

Plus, a study at West Virginia found chocolate may improve your memory, attention span, reaction time and problem solving skills. In Italy, they wanted to know if chocolate was an aphrodisiac. They found women showed improvement in sex drive, but it may have worked better in younger women. Anyway, it just keeps getting better and better!

I am not going to tell you that these two luscious recipes I am showing in this hub are good for your but I will tell you that you will adore them if you like chocolate; I mean they are “to die for”.

Cocoa Tree

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Rocky Road Fudge Bars

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Great Kitchen Additions

Recipe for Rocky Road Fudge Bars

Ingredients:

Bar:

  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate or 1 envelope pre-melted unsweetened baking chocolate flavor
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Filling:

  • 8 -oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened (reserve 2 oz. for Frosting)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 6 -oz. pkg. (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips, if desired

Frosting:

  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate or 1 envelope pre-melted unsweetened baking chocolate flavor
  • 2 -oz. reserved cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Grease and flour 13” X 9” pan.

In large saucepan over low heat, melt margarine and 1 square of chocolate.

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level off.

Add remaining bar ingredient and mix well.

Spread in prepared pan.

In small bowl, combine 6 ounces of cream cheese with next 5 ingredients.

Beat 1 Minute on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, and then stir in nuts.

Spread over chocolate mixture.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and sprinkle on marshmallows. Bake 2 more minutes.

In large saucepan over low heat, melt 1/4 cup margarine and 1 square chocolate, remaining 2 ounces cream cheese and milk.

Stir in powered sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Immediately pour over marshmallows and swirl together,

Cool; cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Yield: 3-4 dozen.

How Chocolate is Made

Banana Cream Brownie Dessert

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Banana Cream Brownie Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 3 medium firm bananas, divided
  • 1-2/3 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (5.1 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions:

Prepare brownie batter according to package directions for fudge-like brownies.

Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup peanuts.

Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan.

Bake at 350° for 28-30 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

Topping:

Slice bananas; arrange in a single layer over brownies.

Chop the remaining chocolate chips.

Sprinkle ¼ cup chopped chips and ¼ cup peanuts over bananas.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the milk and pudding mixes on low speed for 2 minutes.

Fold in whipped topping.

Spread over the top.

Sprinkle with remaining chips and peanuts. (You could substitute pecans or walnuts as desired).


Refrigerate leftovers.

Yield: 12-15 servings

In conclusion

These two recipes are obviously not for dieters but when you want something special for family and friends they are excellent choices. I took the Rocky Road Fudge Bars to a potluck type dinner and I received several phone calls from people wanting the recipe.

Bon appétit!

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

My dear Pamela, there you go again showing my favorite things, now chocolate is my passion, and I crave it every day. This is an awesome hub, and coconut and chocolate is like the cherry on top. rate up


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Darlene, I crave it to but I don't make desserts like this often. I just get a Dove bar. Thank you for your comments.


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Yummmmm! The hub of the Gods! What could be more glorious than chocolate? I can hardly wait to endulge myself with your recipes!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

yum, yum to die for indeed hehe, Nice and I like to treat myself form time to time besides it is healthy too, Thanks Pam, Maita


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

K9keystrokes, Thanks for your comments.

Miata, From time to time is the key. Thank you for your comments.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Oh to die for!!!!! Chocolate Desserts!!!! Thanks for the recipes.

Keep on hubbing!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

The banana cream brownie really has my interest.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Eovery, Hope your enjoy the recipes and thanks for the comments.

Sheila, Thanks for the comment.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

The chocolate desserts look real good. Yummy!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Oh I'm so glad I can't eat chocolate because I would be out purchasing everything I could find today and scarfing it up! Those look SO delicious - will bookmark for OTHER people to eat. Marvelous presentation!


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Thank you for stopping by my hub and this wonderful recipe. It looks delicious and sounds like heaven for chocolate lovers!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I am so glad these scientists say such nice things. Thank you for such gorgeous recipees.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Dear Pamela,

Thanks for the recipes. I eat a little bit of dark chocolate every night.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Sandy, Thanks for your comment.

akirchner, Sorry you can't eat chocolate. I appreciate your comments.

Papernotes, Thanks for your comments.

Hellok, Thanks for your comments.

Pop, That's what I do and I appreciate your comments.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

It's good to know the benefits of dark chocolate and the desserts look very good. Voted-up/rated!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, Thanks for your comments.


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

These look great. Check your title on the brownie...


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks so much for your comment.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

I can't wait to try these. Chocolate desserts are my favorite. They both look really good.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, Me too. Thanks for your comments.


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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Pamela, I agree that it was a great thing to hear that some chocolate is good for you! I hear it is good for your brain which I was so happy to hear. Great hub, great recipes, thank you!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

oceansnsunsets, Thanks so much for your comments and enjoy the desserts.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Just reading your hub is good for me. Thanks for the great recipes. I will be trying them soon. Rated up and useful.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

toknowinfo, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I think you will enjoy the desserts. Thanks for your comments.


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Nice info.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Sun-girl, I hope you enjoy it and I appreciate your comment.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Chocolate. . . delicious, warm, flavorful, yummy. Some of my favorite things are chocolate. Chocolate cake, chocolate bunnies, chocolate milk and these recipes. mmmmm.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

PegCole, I must agree that chocolate is delightful! Thanks for your comments.


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Mary Cake 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

nice hub


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for your comment.

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