Recipe: Chocolate Modeling Clay

Written by Rondi Hillstrom Davis

By: Rondi Hillstrom Davis Contact: Category: Parenting/Family Activities Copyright Nine Twenty Press URL:

This is a fun and easy recipe to do with children. And, for anyone who needs an excuse to eat chocolate, you will be happy to know that chocolate is full of mood enhancers that add to a feeling of satisfaction and well being. So celebrate! Its good for you.

Ingredients 6 oz. chocolate chips 5 teaspoons corn syrup 1 gallon size zip-top bag Rolling pin, cookie cutters, plastic table knife

Directions 1. Meltrepparttar chocolate chips inrepparttar 113140 top half of a double boiler. Stir inrepparttar 113141 corn syrup.

2. Using a wide mouth jar as a stand, placerepparttar 113142 zip-top bag inside, making surerepparttar 113143 top edges ofrepparttar 113144 bag drape overrepparttar 113145 outside ofrepparttar 113146 jar. Pourrepparttar 113147 melted chocolate intorepparttar 113148 bag and seal. Let it cool.

3. Knead untilrepparttar 113149 chocolate is well mixed, smooth, and clings together. You may want to add a few drops of water for a softer consistency.

For the Love of Chocolate

Written by Sherri Allen

Forrepparttar Love of Chocolate.

Almost everyone loves chocolate. In a recent study conducted byrepparttar 113139 Chocolate Manufacturers Association, chocolate was ranked as America's favorite flavor. Of course,repparttar 113140 love of chocolate is not unique to modern society. As far back as 2000 years ago,repparttar 113141 Mayans created a drink from crushed cocoa beans and referred to chocolate as "food ofrepparttar 113142 gods."

Chocolate might even be good for us! Some medical studies have indicated some health benefits associated with eating chocolate. According to Larry Graham, president ofrepparttar 113143 American Cocoa Research Institute (ACRI), chocolate is very high in antioxidants. In fact, it contains one ofrepparttar 113144 highest levels of antioxidant compounds that can be found in any food and may reducerepparttar 113145 risk for coronary heart disease. Subjects in a study conducted at Pennsylvania State University experience higher HDL, "good," cholesterol levels when they included small amounts of chocolate in their diets. Experts have concluded that eating chocolate might increase endorphins, "feel-good" chemicals in our brains, and lift our moods. Chocolate also contains several important minerals and is a major source of copper in our diet.

So go ahead, indulge that craving. Enjoying chocolate in moderation, as part of a sensible diet, is not only tasty, it's good for you too.

Here are some recipes to help you get your chocolate fix:


1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine 2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 eggs 3/4 cup cocoa 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk chocolate chips 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) Heat oven to 350F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

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