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The "Chemical of Love"

13 Feb 2020

The aphrodisiac story of chocolate is an ancient one, going back all the way to 1519 and the first visit of the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortes to Mexico. Cortes found much to his liking here, in...

My Dog Ate Chocolate and He Was Fine, so What’s the Big Deal?

23 Aug 2019

If you ask a dog owner what dogs cannot eat, they’ll list some foods like onions, garlic, rhubarb, grapes and chocolate. (As an aside, if they say grains, don’t listen to them.) Dogs' inability to...

Counting on Chocolate

15 Feb 2019

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone and you are probably fed up with all the stories about chocolate that the media feels obliged to trot out at this time every year. There are the usual...

Why is the shelf life of white chocolate so short compared to that of dark chocolate?

15 Feb 2019

Dark chocolate contains plenty of naturally occurring antioxidants known as polyphenols, which are absent from white chocolate. Actually, “white chocolate” isn’t really chocolate because it does...

How do they make chocolates with a liquid centre?

25 Jan 2019

The secret lies in the chemical behaviour of beta-fructofuranosyl-alpha-D-glucopyranoside. Don't worry, that's just the chemical name for sucrose, or ordinary table sugar. Sucrose is a ...

Why is there shellac in my chocolate mints?

27 Sep 2018

Indeed, it is the same substance. The revelation that furniture varnish can appear in food would probably send scientifically primitive bloggers into a tizzy. This varnish, or shellac, is the...

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