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10 Cool and Surprising Uses of Chocolate

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Diamonds are a girl’s bestfriend. But in real life, ‘Chocolates are a girl’s bestfriend’ sounds so much closer to the truth.

This food, which should probably have its own tier in the food pyramid (or more like its own pedestal), has been known as the go-to comfort food of men and women, both young and old. And its appeal is quite obvious — chocolates are quite divine no matter how they are served, whether baked as a cake, poured in a bottle as a drink, or eaten as a simple chocolate bar. Recipes with chocolate as ingredient get the most attention, making it the ultimate flavor of decadence.

But did you know that chocolates have been used through the years as more than just flavor for your dessert? We’ve listed down our favorites in this cool mix of chocolate ideas you might be interested in knowing, or perhaps trying?

1. A weekend getaway

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Imagine going on a weekend vacation in a place where chocolate is king: Choco-themed rooms, chocolate treats everyday, all the choco chip pancakes you want for breakfast, wine and chocolate tasting in the afternoon, not to mention the must-try chocolate slide. Sounds good? Check out this hotel.

2. Body paint

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Chocolate is known for being rich in anti-oxidants which actually equates to ‘very good for the skin.’ So of course it’s only natural that we slather ourselves with this decadent spread. But more than just giving our skin some extra nutrients, chocolate body paint is known to kick our mood for love up a notch. Check out more of this chocolate treat.

3. Fake blood

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Not exactly what you have in mind right? But apparently, chocolates was used generously in horror movies like Psycho and Night of the Living Dead as main ingredient for fake blood. So that’s actually a lot of chocolate.  The set apparently used generous amounts of Bosco Chocolate syrup to make the gory scenes believable. Check out more about this gore.

4. Money

Kakobohnen und Schokolade

As one of the most tradable goods in the world (almost as popular as coffee), chocolate was once used as a valuable trading commodity.  Mayans and Aztecs have been recorded to use cocoa beans for trade and for paying taxes. And like coffee, it would also be good to support chocolate products backed by Fair Trade. Find out more about Fair Trade in the article: Why Fair Trade should matter to you.

5. Fighting tooth decay

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No that’s not a typo. I’m pretty sure there’s not much dentists out there who actually tell patients to eat more sweets, but apparently a substance from dark chocolate actually works better than flouride when it comes to protecting your pearly whites. Of course, we don’t mean that you should gobble up all the lip-smacking bars you see on the shelves. There are actually select choices that you should consider. Find more HERE.

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6. To wrap bacon with

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Because bacon is love. And chocolate is love. And really, we need more love in the world. The bacon goodness is said to have originated in Sta. Cruz, California — by accident no less. See more of this bacon goodness.

7. Lowers blood pressure

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Those wonderful polyphenols from dark chocolates apparently helps in lowering blood pressure. So regular but controlled intake of chocolates will truly give your heart some good. Have a glass of red wine to go with it. Read here for more benefits of chocolate.

8. Boosting your brain

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If you feel the urge to grab a chocolate bar when you’re suffering from writer’s block or when you’re feeling stressed at work, then don’t stop yourself and indulge. Flavanol, which cocoa is well-known for, is said to help boost blood circulation in the brain — instant mind exercise! Now we have more reasons to love this snack. Find out here for more of its choco brain-boosting advantages.

9. A lip balm

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Are you planning on a kiss to end all kisses? Then a chocolate lip balm is just the thing you need. Follow this recipe from food.com and you’re on your way to unforgettable chocolate kisses. Get it HERE.

10. Gourmet ingredient

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Aside from constantly being paired with luxury goods like wine, cheese and decadent fruits, chocolates is now regarded in the food industry as a gourmet ingredient. Chocolates are no longer the strict sweet variety. It is now infused by a number of exquisite flavors like chili, truffle, gouda cheese, tabacco, absinth, and gold. And yes, don’t forget the bacon. Here are more flavors.

By Louie Andre

B2B & SaaS market analyst and senior writer for FinancesOnline. He is most interested in project management solutions, believing all businesses are a work in progress. No stranger to small business hiccups and drama, having been involved in a few internet startups. Prior to his for-profit ventures, he has had managed corporate communications for a Kansas City-based Children International unit.

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Steve Pollak says:

It's a great read! I am aware that chocolate was among the currencies of the ancient world. But what I did not saw coming was chocolate as a bacon wrap. Seriously, I can't even think what it bacon with chocolate tastes like and I for sure won't try it.

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