George Washington would approve of hot chocolate on a cold winter's day.
December 5, 2011 George Washington drank spiced hot chocolate for breakfast, according to a new cookbook. His version was often seasoned with new-world flavors like chili powder, vanilla, and allspice, creating a complex concoction — richer and less sweet than its modern day counterpart.
A worker shovels cocoa beans drying in the sun for export, in Guiglo in western Ivory Coast.
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November 29, 2011 Nestle, the world' largest food company, has hired an organization that specializes in accountability to investigate and document child labor on the cocoa farms that supply its chocolate in Côte d'Ivoire.
Farmers dry cacao beans in Uchiza, Peru, a file photo from 2008. Researchers are exploring the wild cacao bounty of Peru's Amazon Basin, part of an effort to jump-start the country's premium cacao industry.
October 10, 2011 Some 500 years after Columbus first encountered cocoa beans, scientists are discovering new, wild cacao flavors in the Amazon rainforest. Turns out, we've barely begun to sample the many flavors nature has to offer.
February 8, 2011 Chocolate lovers have a new excuse to indulge: A study in the Chemistry Central Journal claims that dark chocolate can be healthier for the heart than fruit juices. Of course, the study was conducted by Hershey.
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