The myth that chocolates make you fat needs to be broken.

by ZEBA KOHLI photographs Devhuti H Lakhey


Every day is my favourite day and there are two reasons out of a zillion that make all my days so special. First and foremost, is my passion turned profession: Chocolates. The second reason is my ‘never say die’ happy outlook on everything that there is..
To be very honest with you, I did not attend any culinary institute, instead I pursued a B.Com degree from Sydenham College in Mumbai.
Sadly, I never found commerce to be interesting enough. I was always fond of science with my interest peaking in physics. I only decided to study commerce as it was the “need of the hour.” I realised that I needed to know book-keeping well enough because I was involved in the family business from a young age.
My only motivation to work at such an age was chocolate. It was all around me. My grandfather established Fantasie Fine Chocolates in 1946. As time went by, my passion and my insight for working with chocolates grew.
I found chocolates irresistible and I indulged in them carelessly. Like all teenagers, I began to get conscious about my appearance; hence, I stopped eating all those toffee chocolates and fudge bars every day. Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware that chocolate can be eaten heedless of which ever diet I followed.
The myth that chocolates make you fat needs to be broken.
There are three main categories of chocolate, namely, white, milk and, of course, the now preferred dark chocolate. All ready-to-eat chocolates are made from one of these. White chocolate has milk, sugar and cocoa butter as the key ingredients, which gives it the white colour. Milk chocolate, on the other hand, has milk, sugar, cocoa butter and cocoa mass, which gives it its light brown colour.
Dark chocolate is made of only cocoa mass and sugar. The darker the chocolate the lesser the sugar. This makes it a much healthier option when it comes to indulging in sweets because it has lower calories. So you can fit it right into your diet without making any major changes.
For all my vegan friends out there, there are vegan-friendly options available that will satisfy your urges; chocolates that are sweetened with dates, dark chocolate with caramelised sesame seeds or chocolates with any kind of seeds should be your first choice.
Dark chocolate is said to have a higher content of minerals and antiplaque forming qualities which is good for the heart and overall health.
If you can steadily allow your palate to experience, a 100 percent dark chocolate, sweetened with dates, you are actually consuming dairy free, sugarfree , gluten free, pure vegan chocolate. Just one bar of this really satisfies you. I am sure it would work with many fat free or dairy free diets.
Dates can also be substituted with berries and roasted sesame with pumpkin or any seeds and believe me it will be delicious.
Personally, I love a really nice dark chocolate stuffed with toasted nuts and flecked with sea salt because it satisfies my craving and keeps me from reaching out to a gooey fudge or a sticky toffee !

Luscious chocolate truffles my way

600g of melted and tempered darkest chocolate you can lay your hands on
200g boiled and cooled thick fresh cream
100% dark cocoa powder
1 tiny cube of butter

1 Mix 300g chocolate and cream until it’s shiny and silky
2 Fold in the butter (I even like to use salted butter at times)
3 Cool in fridge for 15 mins to set.
4 Once it’s set and thick enough, roll into mini golf balls and set in fridge for 10 mins.
5 After you remove the truffles from the fridge let sit on table top in AC temperature for 15 mins then dip each truffle in the balance chocolate to form a fine layer of chocolate around the creamy center.
6 Drop immediately into a bowl of dark cocoa powder and give it a quick gentle coat.
7 Collect all truffles once done on a sieve to dust off extra powder.

Cacao Characteristics

• Cacao is more than 15,000 years old.
• Cacao has emerged as an exceptional super food.
• Each cocoa pod that grows on the trunk of a tree is approximately the size of a pineapple.
• Pure chocolate is a natural source of minerals like manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and iron.
• It is said to contain the highest number of antioxidants: 15 times more than blueberries,
20 times than green tea, 30 times more than
red wine.

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