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Probiotics are good bacteria or beneficial microorganisms that are needed in the body to keep your digestive tract healthy. Science is increasingly showing the benefits of probiotic supplements, like probiotic chocolate. Following are ten incredible reasons to include chocolate with probiotics in your diet.
Benefits of Probiotic Chocolate for Women
Probiotic chocolate might help women maintain urogenital health. By increasing the beneficial microorganisms in your body, chocolate with probiotics could help prevent urinary tract infections, bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections in women, according to the Harvard Medical School guide.
How Probiotics Can Help Children
The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide published “Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics” and states the research shows that consuming probiotic supplements, such as probiotic chocolate, can significantly delay the onset of childhood allergies.
The article, “Bug Crazy: Assessing the Benefits of Probiotics” by Laura Johannes, cites a study published in the journal Pediatrics that tested 83 infants with colic. Of those 83 babies, the group who consumed a probiotic supplement reduced the median crying time from 197 minutes to just 51 minutes a day. The control group, according to Johannes, was given a common colic medicine, and their median crying time only fell to 145 minutes per day.
Benefits of Probiotics on Digestive Health
The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide also details how consuming probiotic supplements, like chocolate with probiotics, can play a large role in maintaining digestive and immune health. The Harvard Medical School guide states that “probiotics reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea by 60 percent, when compared with a placebo.” Probiotic supplements can also help treat irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease, two uncomfortable digestive ailments with little relief.
Johannes cites a study funded by General Mills that shows scientific support that probiotic supplements speeds up digestion and helps consumers avoid constipation and bloating due to slow digestion. Johannes’s article also states that the use of probiotic supplements, such as chocolate with probiotics, can boost the immune system so that you can more easily stave off the negative effects of stress, aging and antibiotics on your body’s digestive health.
Benefits of Probiotics on Oral Health
Johannes states that probiotic supplements can improve oral health, according to several European studies. For example, Johannes cites a 42-patient study that found that those chewing a probiotic gum daily showed improved gum health. A Finnish study, according to Johannes, found that drinking probiotic milk prevented cavities.
While studies of probiotic chocolate are ongoing, the apparent benefits of consuming chocolate with probiotics are numerous, and with the delicious taste of probiotic chocolate, you have more than ten reasons to try them!
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Chocolate covered strawberries are elegant, romantic and delicious treats that can now be easily enjoyed using Sephra’s chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries. Sephra’s unique chocolate coating recipe ensures that the chocolate will harden quickly around the strawberry for a flawless presentation every time!
Why Use Sephra Chocolate Melts for Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Dipping strawberries in regular melted chocolate might yield chocolate covered strawberries, but the chocolate will need to set in the refrigerator and won’t set smoothly or with a shiny, professional-looking finish. In beautiful contrast, Sephra’s chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries quickly hardens around the strawberry, creating a shiny finish that will complement any dessert table.
Sephra chocolate melts are perfect for making candy and chocolate covered strawberries because they are formulated with vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter. This chocolate hardens quickly, enveloping strawberries with a shiny, beautiful coat of chocolate. Even better, Sephra’s chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries is free of trans fat, making it a delectable part of a healthy treat.
It’s not necessary to temper Sephra’s chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries, and it can be used easily with Sephra’s chocolate fountains so that guests can dip their own strawberries.
Sephra’s Chocolate for Chocolate Covered Strawberries Offers Delicious Variety
Your guests can enjoy delicious strawberries dipped in decadent dark chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries, buttery white chocolate, or sweet milk chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries.
Multiple smaller Sephra chocolate fountains can be arranged to offer guests a choice of each flavor or even a sumptuous combination. For instance, guests can choose strawberries dipped in dark chocolate and then drizzled with white chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries for a truly indulgent dessert!
If you want to pre-make chocolate covered strawberries to arrange on the dessert table beside a Sephra chocolate fountain, you don’t have to use the chocolate fountain to melt Sephra’s chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries. Instead, melt them in a saucepan, carefully avoiding scalding the chocolate, and then dip the strawberries. With Sephra's chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries, they which will harden up quickly to ensure that they are ready to display beautifully for your guests.
Whether you pre-make chocolate covered strawberries or let your guests indulge themselves by dipping fresh, juicy strawberries into Sephra’s chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries, it’s always a good idea to make extra because no one will be able to resist indulging in a few extra chocolate covered strawberries!
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Sephra chocolate melts are not only perfect for making delicious treats like chocolate covered strawberries, but are also ideal for making fun chocolate candy delights in a variety of kid-friendly shapes. That's why Sephra even offers Wilton candy molds that make it easy to turn Sephra chocolate melts into race cars or heart lollipops whenever the mood strikes!
Why Choose Sephra Chocolate Melts for Candy-Making
Sephra chocolate melts are available in dark, milk or white chocolate so that everyone’s cravings can be satisfied. Sephra chocolate melts are made using vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter and cocoa powder in lieu of chocolate liquor. This special combination enables them to harden quickly, ensuring your chocolate candy looks professional and tastes delectable!
Sephra chocolate melts are cost-efficient, meaning you no longer need to pay a fortune to produce professional-looking chocolate candy at home. Your guests might have difficulty believing that you didn’t purchase the chocolate candy from a high-end chocolate shop, and they will definitely be surprised to learn how economical Sephra chocolate melts really are.
Better yet, Sephra chocolate melts are microwave-safe, or they can be melted over the stove.
Of course, they can also be placed into a Sephra chocolate fountain for everyone to enjoy making chocolate candy using dipping treats. Sephra chocolate melts harden quickly around dipping treats, including fruit like fresh strawberries or orange slices, baked goods like blondie bites, and confections like marshmallows or meringues.
Sephra Chocolate Melts: Making Kid-Approved Candy
If you want to give a child the best birthday party around, then add Sephra chocolate melts to your birthday supply list. You can then create a variety of fun chocolate candy that not only looks great, but tastes delicious too!
Sephra offers a selection of fun candy molds that include race cars, smiley faces, butterflies, flowers, hearts and also letters and numbers so that you can spell out the name of the birthday boy or girl in delicious Sephra chocolate. You can transform any of the candy molds into lollipops, or you can simply arrange the chocolate candy on serving dishes and watch them disappear into the mouths of happy children.
Sephra chocolate melts were also designed to use in Sephra chocolate fountains. You can let kids have fun dipping treats during the party and watching the chocolate harden to a shiny finish.
Sephra chocolate melts means endless fun for kids and adults alike. Sephra chocolate melts make dipping treats extra fun and ensures that anyone can make chocolate candy that rivals store-bought specialty candy. Sephra chocolate melts not only yield perfectly hardened chocolate coating, but taste as delicious as it looks!
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Sephra’s newest offering is its fruit coulis and liquid caramel that can be used to accent desserts or be the main attraction in your chocolate fountain. Sephra’s fruit coulis comes in several flavors and will make a delicious statement at your next chocolate fountain event.
Sweeten Your Next Chocolate Fountain Event With Fruit Coulis
Sephra’s fruit coulis is available in strawberry, raspberry and mango flavors, all of which taste delicious on a variety of dipping treats and desserts. Fruit coulis is, literally, pureed fruit, meaning that each flavor will taste sweet, delicious and fresh -- just like the fruit it came from.
Sephra’s fruit coulis comes in a convenient bottle that can be used to squeeze the fruit coulis over a plated dessert or can be added to your chocolate fountain and run on the no heat setting for guests to dip treats into. Drizzle strawberry fruit coulis over a vanilla ice cream sundae, add mango fruit coulis to a trio of fresh sorbet, or use raspberry fruit coulis over a slice of flourless chocolate cake.
Three bottles of fruit coulis are perfect to run through your home chocolate fountain and might need to be thinned with water.
Once you choose your desired fruit coulis flavor, plan an array of complementary dipping treats, such as baked goods like vanilla and chocolate pound cake bites, brownie bites, chocolate cookies, meringues, marshmallows and coconut macaroons.
The bright color of the fruit coulis running through your chocolate fountain will also add pizzazz to your dessert table while amazing your guests with its delectable taste.
Caramel Fondue: The Easy Way!
Sephra’s new liquid caramel is perfect for your chocolate fountain. You simply add the liquid caramel to your chocolate fountain, thin with water until the consistency is right, and enjoy!
Sephra’s liquid caramel definitely doesn’t sacrifice taste for convenience. This liquid caramel tastes rich and buttery, just like it was cooked slowly over a hot stove. The liquid caramel comes in a re-sealable five-pound tub so you can use as little or as much as you need each time.
Now that Sephra offers this easy solution to running warm, gooey caramel through your chocolate fountain, you can focus on choosing some fabulous dipping treats to go with your liquid caramel fondue. For instance, crisp green apple slices taste even better dipped in caramel fondue, as do brownie bites, chocolate covered pretzels, vanilla pound cake bites and chocolate cheesecake bites.
This holiday season, take advantage of Sephra’s easy fruit coulis and liquid caramel fondue and impress your friends and family with a delicious evening filled with warmth, laughter and dessert.
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Perhaps parents will find a new way to get their kids to eat their veggies…by dipping them in chocolate! Chocolate chefs continue to push boundaries and create new chocolate delights using food most people would never associate with chocolate. Read on to see if you’re willing to try chocolate dipped vegetables.
“Shock-o-latier” Dominique Persoone
Dominique Persoone is Belgian and loves chocolate! He was educated as a chef at Ter Groene Poorte and began The Chocolate Line in 1992 in Bruges. The Chocolate Line is one of the only three chocolate shops lucky and delicious enough to gain recognition by the Michelin Guide, and he caters to professional customers Hof van Cleve and Oud Sluis in addition to his many other customers.
Persoone’s personal philosophy for chocolate includes having an open mind when it comes to pairing chocolate, as is clear when he presents chocolate covered cauliflowers. He also claims that taste and aromas of the ingredients are central to his creations, but must have the right balance. He insists on using only the highest quality ingredients, and all of his creations begin and end with the chocolate.
In July 2009, Persoone’s book Cacao was awarded the “Best Chocolate Book of the World” in Paris. The Michelin starred restaurant Commes Chez Soi in Brussels serves Persoone’s unique chocolate creations, although experiencing the rock star magnetism that has helped shoot Persoone to into the chocolate spotlight is best done at his chocolate shop in Bruges.
Chocolate Dipped Vegetables: Here to Stay?
Dominique Persoone, as described above, has certainly stretched the taste buds to the limit with his latest creations. He pulled out interesting combinations for the Paris Chocolate Show, including cheese flavored chocolate that scored high on the chocolate trend list for the show and was paired with red wine.
Persoone, however, lived up to his shocking nickname by introducing chocolate dipped cauliflower. Persoone is also responsible for creating chocolate treats that feature a white chocolate ganache with fresh green peas dipped in dark chocolate, along with almond praline with dried Japanese peas dipped in wasabi.
Persoone also regularly includes a puree of black olives dipped in chocolate along with sun-dried tomatoes and white chocolate ganache. He also blends olive powder with two types of olive oil and a bitter Peruvian chocolate.
Next time you’re in Belgium, it will be worth it to detour to Bruges and experience firsthand what all the fuss is about concerning chocolate dipped vegetables. Who knows? Your kids may just have a newfound appreciation for veggies!
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An apple a day used to keep the doctor away, but now the apple could be usurped by chocolate. Yes, you read that correctly! Sephra's Dailys, which are probiotic chocolates, not only tastes delicious, but will help your body retain more of the probiotic bacteria that your digestive system uses to stay balanced and healthy.
Why Choose Probiotic Chocolate?
Did you realize that your digestive system is home to over 70 percent of your immune system functions? This means that the strength and efficiency of your immune system largely relies on the health of your digestive system.
Although your body produces good bacteria naturally, many factors can negatively impact the productivity of this good bacteria. Factors that include both prescription and over the counter medication, stress, age and eating habits can all negatively impact your digestive health and thereby restrict the effectiveness of your immune system.
Barry Callebaut worked with the University of Ghent to research the effect of probiotic chocolate on the immune system in the study “Viability of Mixture of Lactobacillus Helveticus CNCM I-722 & Bifidobacterium Longum CNCM I-3470." Probiotic chocolatehas been proven help your colon produce the healthy bacteria necessary to promote digestive health.
Probiotic chocolate will give your immune system the tools it needs to fight everyday contaminants that enter your body. Probiotics are capable of killing bad bacteria and viruses before they are able to travel out of your digestive system and invade the rest of your body, according to Callebaut’s and the University of Ghent’s study on probiotic chocolate.
Why Choose Chocolate With Probiotics Over Other Probiotic Supplements.
According to the study “Probiotic Bacteria; Safety, Functional and Technological Properties” by J. Biotechnol, probiotic microorganisms must be able to survive long enough in the stomach to move on to the large intestine. When probiotic chocolate enters the digestive system versus probiotics in yogurt, for instance, the rate of survival is three times higher in probiotic chocolate.
Sephra Dailys, which are probiotic chocolate supplements, have been clinically tested and contain the daily recommended amount of probiotics needed to maintain digestive health, which translates to over 1 billion probiotic microorganism colonies. Chocolate with probiotics are an important aspect of digestive health, but combining Sephra Dailys with a healthy lifestyle that includes eating a balanced diet and regular exercise and sleep, will help the probiotic chocolate further do its job in your digestive tract.
Even better, Sephra Dailys are made with Sephra Belgian chocolate and only contain 77 calories each! Other probiotic supplements require you to eat a larger portion, which usually contains more calories than a simple chocolate with probiotics like Sephra Dailys.
Start improving your digestive health with probiotic chocolate and feel the difference chocolate with probiotics makes in your life!
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Chocolate with probiotics could be the perfect solution to an upset stomach, according to recent research on the positive effects of probiotics on diarrhea. Probiotic chocolate not only tastes delicious, but helps retain more of the probiotics than those found in food like yogurt -- making it a delicious option for maintaining optimum digestive health!
The Promising Future of Probiotic Chocolate
According to the article “Probiotics May Help Soothe the Stomach,” by Whitney Blair Wyckoff, supplements that contain probiotics, which is the term for healthy bacteria your body needs, help soothe upset stomachs and diarrhea.
Wyckoff cites the Cochrane Library review of 63 probiotics studies that all show how probiotics reduce the amount of time a person will suffer from diarrhea without any adverse side effects. The Cochrane Library also determined that probiotics reduced the occurrence of extreme diarrhea attacks that last four days or more by 59 percent.
Probiotics can be added to yogurt, soy milk, certain juices and miso and still be effective at combating the sometimes debilitating effects of prolonged diarrhea, according to Dr. Stephen Allen, who headed the Cochrane Library’s review of the probiotics studies. Researchers are hopeful that probiotic supplements will help people suffering from often chronic diarrhea that can be life-threatening in third world countries. Finding a way to introduce probiotic supplements to developing countries’ populations could help reduce the mortality rate from something that should be controlled, like diarrhea.
Adding probiotics to chocolates, like Sephra’s Dailys, not only achieves the positive results of probiotic use on upset stomachs and diarrhea, but is a delicious alternative to purchasing expensive probiotic supplements.
Soothing Your Upset Stomach With Probiotic Chocolate
Chocolate with probiotics is an easy way to get a healthy dose of probiotics and regulate digestive health, as well as help curb any unpleasant bouts of diarrhea.
An upset stomach can be the result of stress, eating greasy food, taking medication and even be the result of aging. Helping to retain digestive balance and correct the amount of good bacteria in the digestive system can be achieved by consuming probiotic chocolate.
Chocolate with probiotics that taste delicious and help promote digestive health is just another great reason to indulge!
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If your mouth waters at the thought of indulging in chocolate – whether it’s a slightly sweet milk chocolate, a rich, buttery white chocolate or a succulent dark chocolate – why not incorporate your love of chocolate with your next vacation? The top three destinations for chocoholics also happen to be exciting places to experience art, culture, architecture, and of course, decadent chocolate!
Brussels, Belgium: Home Sweet Home for Chocolate Lovers
Belgium itself is teeming with delicious chocolate, being home to 12 chocolate factories and over 2,100 shops dedicated to selling that delicious chocolate. You can even tour any of 16 chocolate museums scattered across Belgium as well, all paying homage to chocolate’s decadent past.
Brussels is not only the capital of this chocolate-loving country, but the epicenter for chocolate, with two renowned brands calling Brussels home: Leonidas and Godiva. Some of Brussels more delicious hot spots include the famous Musée du Cacao et du Chocolate, where visitors learn how chocolate is produced from the cacao bean, and the chocolate shop Grand Sablon, located in Brussels’ city center.
Here, you’ll find your most challenging choice as a chocoholic deciding among the delicious brands of chocolate sold, including Godiva, Pierre Marcolini, Neuhaus and Leonidas. Which will become your favorite? Of course, we’re biased because Sephra’s chocolate for chocolate fountains comes from Belgium too!
Zurich, Switzerland: More Than Just Alpine Beauty
Switzerland is a beautiful country known for soaring mountains and glittering lakes, but Switzerland is also known among chocolate lovers as producing absolutely mouth-watering chocolate treats. Perhaps this is why the Swiss consume more chocolate per person than anywhere else in the world! Zurich is the perfect place to begin your chocolate tour of Switzerland.
Zurich is home to famous chocolate brands like Lindt, Sprungli and Treuscher, who have both stores and factories in Zurich. Touring the Lindt factory can even allow you to score your favorite chocolate at a steep discount from retail stores. Zurich also offers chocolate lovers a chance to board the Swiss Chocolate Train, where visitors ultimately get the chance to tour the Cailler-Nestle factory in Broc.
Villajoyosa, Spain: Chocolate City
Villajoyosa has enjoyed a long and delicious relationship with chocolate, having begun importing cacao beans from both Ecuador and Venezuela in the 18th century. Spain’s most distinguished and the oldest chocolate maker, Valor, began its chocolate-making business in 1881 in Villajoyosa.
While indulging in Villajoyosa’s delicious chocolate past, visit their chocolate museum that displays the history of Villajoyosa’s chocolate affair and also shows visitors the secrets of creating local chocolate favorites. Then, sample chocolate delicacies at Valor, Mokafe, Chocolates Perez and Chocolates Clavileno and see if you can choose a favorite.
Make no beans about it – these are the ultimate vacations for chocolate lovers!
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Sephra Belgian and Premium chocolates aren’t just delicious covering various dipping treats from a Sephra chocolate fountain. They are also ideal for making that perfectly delicious cup of hot chocolate as the weather turns colder!
Sephra’s Hot Chocolate Delights Every Time
Having a ready supply of Sephra Belgian or Premium chocolate makes impromptu chocolate fountain parties a snap, but Sephra chocolate is also the perfect treat for a snowy evening when a cup of hot chocolate would taste marvelous.
Simply scoop three tablespoons of Sephra’s Belgian or Premium dark chocolate into a mug, along with one tablespoon of brown sugar, and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. Then heat a cup of low-fat milk until just about boiling and pour into the mug. Stir the hot chocolate mixture and enjoy!
Of course, you can make your hot chocolate richer by using whole milk instead of low fat, or kick it up a notch by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to the dry ingredients. Or, feel free to indulge in a little whipped cream topping with a sprinkle of extra cinnamon or a dusting of cocoa powder. You could also omit the cinnamon and cayenne and stir in a little bit of peppermint extract.
Sharing Sephra’s Hot Chocolate With Loved Ones
Of course, Sephra’s hot chocolate recipe is too delicious to keep to yourself! While indulging in a cup to brighten up a dreary winter’s day will always count as a warm indulgence, sharing Sephra’s hot chocolate with friends and family is an warm indulgence worth the company. Sephra’s hot chocolate recipe is easily increased to accommodate as many people as you can crowd around the fireplace on a Saturday evening.
Just be sure to set up a fun hot chocolate topping station that includes fresh whipped cream, a bowl of mini marshmallows, and shakers of cocoa powder and cinnamon so that everyone can personalize steaming mugs of Sephra’s hot chocolate to their own taste. Set out a few shortbread or gingerbread cookies, and everyone will enjoy dipping the cookies into their hot chocolate or sipping and nibbling.
Whether you decide to indulge in a mug of Sephra’s hot chocolate alone or want to share it with a group, you’re sure to feel warm and satisfied because Sephra’s Belgian and Premium chocolate guarantees you’ll savor the perfect cup of hot chocolate every time.
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The holidays are the perfect time to break out your chocolate fountain -- and the perfect time to spice up your fondue with some holiday pizzazz. Thankfully, Sephra has three great ways to do just that. You can serve eggnog dip, spiced holiday chocolate fondue, winter marshmallow cream fondue -- or all three!
Enrich the Holidays With Eggnog Dip for the Fondue Fountain
You might consider putting holiday eggnog into your fondue fountain instead of drinking it this year once you discover how simple and delicious Sephra’s recipe for eggnog dip is.
Eggnog dip is simple four boxes of instant vanilla pudding combined with a little nutmeg, vanilla extract and an extra four cups of milk to help it run smoothly through the fondue fountain. This recipe is designed to run on no heat, so be sure to refrigerate any of the eggnog dip that you aren’t using.
An array of goodies taste even better once dipped into the rich eggnog dip, including gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, mini pumpkin muffins, chocolate pound cake bites and apple slices, just to add a healthy touch to the dessert table.
Warm up the Holidays With Spiced Holiday Chocolate Fondue
Dark chocolate for chocolate fountains taste even better for the holidays by adding warm, fragrant holiday spices to the chocolate for chocolate fountains. Although guests usually don’t need to be asked twice to partake in chocolate fondue, the inviting aroma of dark chocolate mixed with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and all spice will have everyone out of their seats and clambering around the dessert table for a taste of your spiced holiday chocolate fondue.
Once you add the above spices to four pounds of Sephra dark chocolate, let the chocolate fountain do the rest as it runs the spiced chocolate mixture through the fountain. Fresh fruit like strawberries and bananas will taste even better covered in spiced holiday chocolate fondue, as well baked goods like sugar cookies, pound cake bites and pumpkin muffins.
Brighten the Holidays With Winter Marshmallow Cream Fondue
Who won’t enjoy dipping treats into winter marshmallow cream fondue this holiday season? Once you mix whole milk with several bags of marshmallows on the stove, Sephra’s fondue fountain takes care of the rest. Simply keep the fondue fountain setting on low or medium heat and adjust the consistency by adding milk as necessary.
Once your winter marshmallow cream fondue is flowing nicely, arrange dipping treats like chocolate covered pretzel sticks, brownie bites, sugar cookies and banana slices around the fondue fountain and enjoy eating and celebrating the holidays with friends and family.