Cocoa is known as excellent source catechin which protect against heart disease and other medical ailments. Chocolate consumption releases endorphins in the brain acting as pain-relievers; it also boosts your appetite, but doesn't cause weight gain. Moreover the sugar in chocolate acts as stress reducing agent and also reduces acne eruptions. It also averts migraine headaches and finally reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Most of these studies either give out conflicting results or offered negative results and thus these theories were discarded. Though cocoa showed some positive signs towards health benefits but that is only when cocoa is consumed alone. Other wise most of the claims about the positive effects of chocolate on one's health have produced doubtful results. Sugar in chocolate will surely cause acne and the elements of caffeine, phenylethylamine, or theobromine may cause migraine and thus chocolate can be concluded to be unhealthy and fattening when consumed in larger amounts.
The regions having moderate drainage system and wet and dry climate are the best places for cocoa cultivation and the soil composition better be acidic or alkaline and make sure not to expose the trees to direct sun rays. Good quality chocolate is made from beans taken from cocoa pods which are just rightly ripe. It's important to take proper precautions during chocolate manufacturing from cocoa. Once the seeds are stabilized into beans they are ready for manufacturing as chocolates. Make sure that fermentation takes place under suitable conditions as poor fermentation may have negative consequence on the end product.
Cocoa chocolate is primarily used in desserts like cakes, puddings, ice creams, mouse and tarts and candies. On the contrary Spanish and Mexican delicacies cocoa chocolate is used to flavor sauces for seafood. Cocoa chocolate are mostly used in cooking and baking however be conscious of the heating temperature and don't let molten cocoa chocolate come in contact with water and make sure to heat it in an uncovered container.
Cocoa chocolate comes in the versions of cocoa powder where unsweetened cocoa powder is used primarily in baking and sweetened cocoa powder is often mixed with hot milk or water producing "hot chocolate" or "hot cocoa." The forms of unsweetened chocolate have 75 % cocoa solids it's meant for baking and is too bitter to consume. Dark chocolate also known as bittersweet or semisweet chocolate has an intense flavor and milk chocolate contains apparently 20% cocoa. Couverture contains a high percentage of cocoa solids giving it a high gloss and White chocolate it is made from cocoa butter. The other varieties of cocoa based chocolates are:
- Cocoa Chocolates
- Cocoa Truffles
- Cocoa White Chocolates
- Cocoa Fudge
- Cocoa Sugar Free Solid Chocolate Bar