February 14th, 2008
Chocolate Truffles Recipe
Chocolate. Ah yes! One of life’s last remaining affordable luxuries (soon to be extinct). The best thing about chocolate (besides subsiding PMS) is that it comes in countless forms, allowing us to enjoy it no matter where we are or the time of day. Cakes of all sizes, cookies, drinks from the very hot to the nearly frozen, melting fondue, frothy mousse, a crunchy bar or smooth ice cream; all of it chocolate.
Produced from beans of the cacao tree, chocolate originated in South America but now grows in Africa, the West Indies, as well as tropical parts of the United States and Far East. It is the phenylethylamine (PEA) found in chocolate that is said to improve one's mood. Released when you "fall in love" (whatever that means), PEA is commonly referred to as the “love drug.” PEA works through dopamine and is a potent mood enhancer and anti-depressant. As the saying goes: chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don't need an appointment.