Oh happy day! Chocolate Myths debunked.

While those in love treat Chocolate as an aphrodisiac, those on a diet run in the opposite direction of a Chocolate bar. Whatever your take is on this ‘food from the Gods’, you can’t possibly be human if you don’t enjoy Chocolate in some form from time to time.

Here are few myths about Chocolate that we are happy to see debunked.

 

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Myth: Chocolate is high in caffeine. 
Fact: While eating Chocolate may perk you up, Chocolate is actually not very high in caffeine. A 40 grams Chocolate bar contains 6 mg of caffeine, the same amount as a cup of decaffeinated coffee.
 

Myth: Chocolate is loaded with saturated fat and is bad for your cholesterol. 
Fact: Stearic acid, the main saturated fat found in milk Chocolate, is unique. Research has shown that it doesn’t raise cholesterol levels the same way that other types of saturated fats do. In fact, eating a 40 grams Chocolate bar instead of a carbohydrate-rich snack has been shown to increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
 

Myth: Chocolate lacks any nutritional value. 
Fact: Chocolate is a good source of magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. It also contains polyphenols (an antioxidant also found in tea and red wine) that have been associated with a decreased risk of coronary disease. An average Chocolate bar contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a glass of red wine.

A daily serving of dark Chocolate, which contains more antioxidants than milk Chocolate, can also help lower blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.

 

Myth: Chocolate causes cavities. 
Fact: Candy alone is not responsible for cavities. Cavities are formed when bacteria in the mouth metabolize sugars and starches from any type of food (soda, candy, juice, bread, rice and pasta) to produce acid. This acid then eats through the enamel of the tooth, causing a cavity.

The protein, calcium and phosphate content of milk Chocolate may actually protect tooth enamel, and its naturally-occurring fat content means that Chocolate clears the mouth faster than other candy, reducing the amount of time its sugars remain in contact with tooth surfaces.

Proper oral hygiene to remove carbohydrate residue can prevent the formation of cavities—whether you avoid Chocolate or not.
 

Myth: Chocolate causes acne. 
Fact: Regardless of what your parents say, studies in the past 20 years have eliminated Chocolate as a cause of acne. In fact, many dermatologists doubt that diet plays any significant role in the development of acne. Acne is now believed to be caused by a combination of high bacteria levels and oil on the skin.
 

Myth: Chocolate causes weight gain. 
Fact: Any food can be part of a healthy diet if consumed in moderation. An average Chocolate bar contains 220 calories, which is low enough to be a part of a weight control diet if other high-calorie foods are eliminated. Enjoying the occasional piece of Chocolate may reduce the risk of a binge, when you feel deprived of your favourite foods.
Chocolate’s bad reputation is slowly changing and research now shows that Chocolate can be a part of an overall healthy lifestyle, when consumed in moderation.

 

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When liquor meets chocolate

Some of the finer things in life belong together; liquor and chocolate is one such match made in heaven which is always an exciting combination to look forward to. Though, it’s no secret what magic is created when liquor meets chocolate, this absolutely amazing combination requires a special mention. Here we have a list of our favourite recipes for liquor chocolate that are easy to make and use very few ingredients.

  • Whiskey Bar

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Ingredients

  • 500 grams cooking chocolate
  • 200 grams cream
  • 4-5 tablespoons Jack Daniel’s Whiskey (or any Single Malt)
  • 250 grams dark chocolate for coating

Recipe

  • Melt cream in a pan on low flame till tiny bubbles start to form. Then take the cream off the heat and pour in the liquor. Don’t stir the mix too much.
  • Break the chocolate into small pieces and mix with the cream-liquor mixture. Cool this for around an hour.
  • Once cooled, make small bars of the creamy chocolate mixture and put them in the fridge for an hour.
  • Dip the frozen bars in dark chocolate and garnish with sprinkles.

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  • Rum ‘n’ Raisin Balls

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Ingredients

  • 500 grams dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons dark Rum
  • 50 gram raisins
  • 250 grams cream

Recipe

  • Soak raisins in Rum overnight.
  • Take cream and heat on low flame (don’t boil).
  • Now pour the cream on chopped chocolate and stir till cream and chocolate blend well and form a creamy texture. The proportion of cream and chocolate should be 1:2 so that balls can be formed easily from the mixture.
  • Add the Rum and raisins into the cream and chocolate mix and combine them well
  • Chill the final mixture in the refrigerator for about half an hour. Once the mixture is set, roll it into tiny balls and take it out of the fridge.

Immerse your raisins in some good dark Rum. Take a sneak peek at our top-notch Rum collection here:  http://goo.gl/timMBq

  • Vodka Surprise

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Ingredients

  • 100 grams raw Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon Vodka
  • Liquor chocolate moulds

Recipe

  • Line the chocolate moulds with tempered chocolate, tap and keep in the fridge for about two hours to set.
  • When set, demould the hollow chocolates and keep aside. Then mix two tablespoons of chocolate and one tablespoon of Vodka and make a paste.
  • Set this mixture and fill the chocolate moulds with the Vodka infused chocolate paste.
  • Store the chocolates in a cool place for an hour, before serving.

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Confessions of a chocoholic

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Everyone knows Tom Hanks’ famous observation from Forrest Gump: ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get’. Few things in this world can transport you to a place of sheer happiness as the sensation of delicious chocolate melting in your mouth. Chocolate is perfect for a hot day, a cold day, a rainy day, a boring day and any other day in between! People across all ages, genders, sexes, nationalities, ethnicities and other distinctions are united by their love for chocolate.

Being a chocoholic and an international traveller is an amazing combination. It means binging on chocolates of all flavours and textures from around the world. Around three months ago, I was waiting at the Departures lounge of the Kempegowda International Airport and decided to kill time by taking a stroll through the Bengaluru Duty Free store there. And was I in for a treat!

The Bengaluru Duty Free store has over 200 different varieties of chocolates from the most well known brands – under one roof! These scrumptious delicacies include Lindt, Guylian, Goldkenn. What more could a chocoholic like me ask for… I was in chocolate heaven! Since that time, I’ve made sure to visit Bengaluru Duty Free whenever I’m at the airport and try out chocolates I’d never get at retail stores, at ridiculously attractive prices.

Here are a few examples:

Frey

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A well-known ‘made 100% in Switzerland’ chocolate, Frey is a delicate and mouth-watering combination of milk, cocoa and fruit/nut combinations. I am a Swiss chocolate fan and the offers at Bengaluru Duty free are surely tantalizing, to say the least. So if you’re looking for a great Swiss chocolate, visit http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm and prepare yourself for the treat.

Goldkenn

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Experience pure gold in a chocolate with Goldkenn. The Goldkenn Goldbar is one of my favourites and I’m sure, that of many other chocolate connoisseurs as well. It is not called ‘the precious Swiss chocolate’ for nothing! You can pre-order this sweet beauty at fantastic rates online. Simply visit http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm and enjoy adding it to your cart.

Lindt

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Lindt are the true pioneers of Swiss chocolate, having invented the ‘conching’ technique and thus becoming one of the first producers of milk chocolate that instantly melts in the mouth. Whether you try their assorted Napolitains or their Lindor Truffles or their Thins, there’s no doubt that the taste of Lindt will linger on your palate and memory long after you’ve savoured these chocolates. Pre-order them at http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

Guylian

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This is not just my favourite but the world’s favourite Belgian chocolates. Guylian is famous for making chocolates with a sea motif, such as sea shells, sea horses, conch shells, etc. These decadent beauties not only look like works of art but melt in your mouth in a profusion of flavours. You can pre-order them for mouth-watering prices here: http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm!

Godiva

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Can you imagine life without the sun? Life without Godiva chocolates is as unimaginable as that! Be it dark, white, milk or kosher chocolates, Godiva is the one of the most incredibly delicious chocolates that you can savour. From gourmet truffles to fabulous ballotins to their nuts and caramel confections, Godiva is simply the gold standard in Belgian chocolates. These dainty delights can be pre-ordered at http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm.

So, the next time you are at the Kempegowda International Airport don’t forget to visit the Bengaluru Duty Free Store and indulge in exquisite chocolates to your heart’s content. Trust me, it is worth the visit!

Chocolates we all love!

Someone once said: A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands.

If you love chocolate, as much as we do, then Bengaluru Duty Free is the place to find a delectable chocolate collection.

The store’s collection boasts of excellent chocolates from world-famous brands such as Toblerone, Goldkenn, Godiva, Guylian, Cadbury, Ferrero, and more.

Let us take you on a sweet journey and introduce you to some of the finest chocolates you can cherish when you shop at Bengaluru Duty Free.

Godiva

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Godiva is a name synonymous with luxury and quality. This manufacturer of premium chocolates and confectioneries since 1926,  has chocolates filled with truffles, pralines, and other exotic ingredients that melt in your mouth and are pure ecstasy for your palate.

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Take the Coeur Iconique Grand, for instance. Featuring 14 exquisite chocolates containing the best nuts, including almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans and more, this heart-shaped gift box is a beautiful symbol of love and something that tells your loved one you cherish them dearly.

Guylian

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Another Belgian maker of masterpieces to grace this list is Guylian. Founded in 1960 by Guy Foubert, the name is a combination of Guy’s and his wife Liliane’s names. Guylian produces some of the most artistically made chocolates, some of them in exotic shapes like seashells, seahorses, conches and more.

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A classic case of having the best of everything is when you purchase the Guylian Le Gourmet Assortment box for yourself or a loved one. Containing a selection of Guylian’s finest pralines, including Sea Shells Original Praline, Opus Belgian pralines and La Truffina, this collection is sure to warm the heart while pleasing the tastebuds.

Goldkenn

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Goldkenn is indeed ‘pure gold’ in a chocolate. This renowned Swiss brand’s signature chocolate is the Goldbar, a thick, rich slab of delicious milk chocolate wrapped in a stunning pure gold-coloured pack; the chocolate is, in fact, a replica of the 12.5 kg bullion bar stored in Swiss bank vaults. The Goldbar is the perfect blend of luxury and smooth taste.

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Bengaluru Duty Free’s Goldkenn collection includes other beautifully packed Goldkenn classics, such as the Goldkenn Gold Van, a gold-coloured chocolate box shaped like an armoured treasury van, or the cute Goldkenn Bear with Cape, a cuddly teddy with a sash with a pendant of Goldkenn Gold Cash chocolates around its neck.

Frey

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Frey has the distinction of being a 100 per cent Swiss chocolate, in that every step in the manufacture of the chocolate is done in Switzerland itself. Frey’s chocolates are known for their authentic Swiss milk richness and smooth taste, and also for their exquisite creations like chocolate-coated marshmallows, and one of their most famous creations, the chocolate Easter bunnies.

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Bengaluru Duty Free boasts of some great goodies from Frey, including the Mini Chocolates Assorted pack, the Chocobloc Assorted pack containing five great Frey creations ranging from exquisite dark chocolate with 72% cocoa to a wonderful honey-almond-nougat blend, and more.

Lindt

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Lindt’s Maîtres Chocolatiers are real masters of their craft, and this shows in their fabulous creations. Sample the Assorted Napolitains, a mouth-watering collection of milk, white, dark and hazelnut chocolates for a chocolate experience par excellence. Or try the Lindor chocolate truffles, some of the most delectable chocolate truffles in the world, in the form of chocolate cornets, chocolate cubes and more.

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Fancy a tube of Lindor Balls with irresistibly smooth chocolate filling in perfect round balls? Or a classy Lindor Swiss Alps box with a lovely picture of the Matterhorn? Or the Lindt Churn Gold, an exquisite Swiss milk can-shaped chocolate box filled with 6 varieties of Lindt naps? The true chocophile can experience these and other tantalizing Lindt delicacies at Bengaluru Duty Free.

These are just some of the superb chocolate brands and varieities available at Bengaluru Duty Free. Visit our duty free store today for an experience of pure chocolate heaven. Alternately, visit http://www.bengalurudutyfree.in/index.aspx and check out our awesome chocolate collection and pre-order your favourites.