Reprinted in July edition of
Is Chocolate a Sin?

by Chef Carlo J. Morelli

What happens to women when they eat it? You won't believe it!

Chocolate by far, is one of the best known of all the acknowledged aphrodisiacs. There are over 300 different chemicals, including caffeine and phenylethylamine (PEA) in chocolate. There is some scientific bases to the belief that phenylethylaminea is a chemical that in the refined bean indeed causes a physical arousal, the same feelings as when we are head over heals in love. Chocolate's effect has been compared to those of marijuana and amphetamines by some—an addiction.

Christopher Columbus first brought chocolate to Europe in 1502. Columbus discovered the beans were used to make a strong native beverage, and were also used as a form of money among the Aztecs. However no one paid much attention to it because it was an acquired taste, with it's strong bitter flavor.

Not until 1519 and Cortes, with his conquest of Central America, and Mexico. To his surprise, the Aztec emperor believed Cortes to be the reincarnation of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec God of air, light and life, and heaped riches upon the Spaniard in the form of cacao tree plantations, and he in turn scratched his head and brought them home to Spain.

One hundred beans could buy a slave and twelve a rabbit, 40 could buy a good woman. ( The catch was determining which one was good, and at what!). Cortes did make one major discovery in the evolution of the Love Bean. Because there where no wines available, Cortes' men learned to drink their local beverage made from cacao or cocoa, called cocoatl.

In 1615, chocolat (sho-co-LAH) debuted at a fancy royal wedding in Bordeaux France, hence, it made its way to England. In 1662 a refined form of what we relish today, was introduced as chocolata. It wasn't until 1765, that chocolate was introduced to the US by an enterprising gentleman named John Hanan. He, with the help of Dr. James Baker of Dorchester Massachusetts, refined the first of many millions of pounds of our favorite . . . sin.

As men already know, it is women that find Chocolate almost irresistable . . . so why fight it!

Make your bed of Chocolate, so you can sleep in it . . .This is a man's simple recipe for women . . . 1, 2 , 3

A Triple Trick or Treat

1 box cooked chocolate pudding mix (4 serving size)
2 cups milk
1 box devil's food cake mix, unprepared
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1) Prepare pudding with milk as directed on package.

2) Remove from heat and blend dry cake mix into hot pudding, mixing until it gets very thick and spongy.

3) Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13 inch pan.

4) Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Serve with coffee (and sweet and low) and reap that which you sowed.

Cookies and chocolate

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