Good stuff, light, dark, milk, sweet, it's chocolate. Chocolate is used in food in many different ways. It is also used in scents.
It's a popular dessert, flavoring and gift. Chocolate candies or chocolates are a good last taste for a meal. Chocolate can also be added to other foods such as ice cream, cake or pastries. And a box of chocolates is a gift used in many situations: hostess gift, romantic date gift. Chocolate also has some less common uses, like in yard mulch.
Chocolate is generally safe for humans. The exceptions are people who are allergic to it and those who eat an unhealthy amount of the foods containing chocolate, which generally include other ingredients that are not good for us in high quantities. However, chocolate is toxic and may even be fatal to some pets, like cats and dogs.
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There is a Chocolate wikia.
- Cleveland Clinic on Heart-Health Benefits of Chocolate Unveiled: Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart? Why a little, in moderation, may be beneficial
- Huffington Post on 10 Health Benefits Of Chocolate
- Chocolate Can Make You Thinner: People who eat chocolate five times a week have lower BMIs than people who don't eat chocolate, but moderation is key. Discovery News by Emily Sohn (Mar 26, 2012)
- Chocolate's Potential Health Benefits – and its Effect on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients by Patti Schmidt, includes references to scientific journal articles
- Chocolate & Cocoa: 'Healthy' Benefits, or Negative Health Effects?, considers which studies were funded by chocolate interest groups
- Sweet Science: The Health Benefits of Chocolate By Rachael Rettner
- WebMD on Dark Chocolate Is Healthy Chocolate: Dark Chocolate Has Health Benefits Not Seen in Other Varieties By Daniel J. DeNoon
- Snopes.com (the Internet rumor investigator) has an article on the Cocoa Mulch Danger to Dogs
- dog owner's digest on Chocolate and Dogs -- Why chocolate poisons dogs and how to treat chocolate dog poisoning
- suite101.com on Chocolate in Dogs and Cats - A Common Pet Poison: Why Chocolate is Dangerous, Possibly Deadly for Dogs & Cats
- CocoaJava - a site about coffee and chocolate
- Wikipedia's article on chocolate