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    What I Learned About Chocolate

    chocolocateteam — 2 weeks ago

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    The first thing I learned while doing research for the film Semisweet is that chocolate has been around for a long, long time. The common belief is that cacao originated in a region along the border of what is now Ecuador and Colombia. As far back as 1500 BCE, the fruit and seeds from the cacao plant were used by the Olmec Civilization (who gave way to the Mayans, who gave way to the Aztecs, who gave way to the Europeans).

    I highly doubt, however, that people today would be too crazy about the type of chocolate the ancients were eating back then. For one thing, they didn’t eat it – they drank it. For another, their chocolate was really bitter, not sweetened at all like the chocolate we know today. This cold, bitter beverage was the ancient world’s answer to Power Bars or Red Bull -- they would give it to their soldiers to fortify them as they left to fight in battle.

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    Fresh Ingredients and Fine Wines Make Luxurious Chocolate

    chocolocateteam — 4 weeks ago

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    Kelly is the first to admit she is living the sweet life. Owner of Toute Sweet Ice Cream and Chocolate, Kelly puts the fun factor and the yum factor into her chocolate boutique. Her great sense of humor will have you giggling in no time, but Kelly is serious when it comes to her chocolates. “Everything is handmade. We offer single origin and fair trade chocolate,” says Kelly. Which makes it all the more sweet. A luxurious selection of Belgian chocolates here and homemade ice cream there, oh, how sweet it is!

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    Health Benefits of Raw Cacao

    chocolocateteam — 6 weeks ago

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    If you travel to Ecuador, you will see the open air markets which have dotted the landscape of this Andean paradise for centuries. Among the numerous potato varieties, fruits and vegetables, you can’t help but notice cacao prominently displayed in huge wicker baskets. These large dark brown pieces which resemble thick tree bark have been a vital part of this region’s food source since the time of the Aztecs. In fact, the Aztecs were so impressed with the value of cacao that it was used as their currency. They welcomed the original conquistadors with baskets full of cacao; their most prized possession.

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    Ecuadorans have long been acquainted with the longevity value of consuming cacao, also called raw chocolate or pure source chocolate. I am not speaking here of roasted chocolate which you find blended with all sorts of additives and sugars to create the nutritionally challenged candy, cakes and cookies. No, it is the unroasted chocolate that, when consumed, reverses aging from the inside out; something the indigenous peoples of South America have known for so long.

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Choco-locate in the Media

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When award winning filmmaker Lalita Krishna was in Silver Springs, Maryland, pitching PBS on her new documentary "Semi-sweet," she found herself in a mall looking for some of the sweet stuff to take to the meeting. That's when she had a "light-bulb moment" about the perfect "transmedia" extension to her documentary about "the world of chocolate," which she was proposing to shoot at locations in Africa, Europe, the US and Canada. To read more click here.

Semisweet on the Radio

  • Listen to Director Michael Allcock speak about the film on 570 News Kitchener Waterloo click here.

  • Check out Ron and Nadine being interviewed live on Moose FM 93.5 Radio

  • Tune in live on June 6th to Haliburton Radio (Canoe 100.9 FM)

  • Tune in live on June 8th to the CBC's Lang/O'leary show

Semisweet in the Press

Semisweet in the Globe and Mail

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'Film tells the not-so-sweet side of chocolate'

What do you think of when you think of chocolate? Decadence? Dieting? An industry rife with exploitation and labour abuses?

Toronto director Michael Allcock offers a peek at the various sides of chocolate in the new documentary Semisweet: Life In Chocolate, airing on TVO on June 6. The film tells four stories – of Ron Obadia and Nadine Artemis, two raw food enthusiasts; of employees who live and work in Hershey, Pa., known as “The Sweetest Place on Earth” and more. To read more click here.

Did you know?

Chocolate is rich in phenolics, the same heart protective antioxidants found in wine. Indulgence? I call it self preservation!

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