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I am a chocoholic. There I have said it! I also suffer from M E and recently read some report in the paper (yet another!) about the virtues of eating dark chocolate, and how it might cure people with this condition. Sadly not- since mine started with a virus related to polio, but it might help a tiny bit and I don't need any encouragement! Dark only is the one thought to help-not Mars Bars or Twix, and Domori is the darkest one of all at 100%!
The word chocolate may have come from a Mayan word "cacao" or the Aztec word "chocolati", and the first eating chocolate was made in 1849-glad I wasn't born before then!
If you have a lover of dark chocolate in your family and you are looking for a special treat to buy for them as a gift, then have a look at this chocolate called Domori. It's very expensive, and very special and is 100% cocoa. Made in Italy from cocoa grown in Venezuela this is a very delicious and wonderful evening chocolate.
If you like really bitter chocolate you will probably have been buying the Lindt 85% version available now, but this is even more intense and continental.
I bought mine from The Chocolate Trading Company and bought it through the cashback site Quidco where you can currently get 8% back. (Also with Topcashback, We Promise To and Cashback Kings.)
The price is £4.25 for 50g and so this is a very expensive treat.
The chocolate is presented in a very appealing packet which is cardboard and square, and is a deep mixture of shades of maroon and gold. It looks very festive and would be ideal to give at Christmas. Inside the box there are 4 large squares.
The bar is made using cocoa from Venezuela and this is the only ingredient in the bar nothing else at all. Actually when I think of Venezuela I think of giant anacondas lurking in the swamps, but like these snakes this chocolate is lying in wait for you to sample it! They are one of the few chocolate makers who actually own the cocoa plantations in Venezuela from which this is made. The first bar was made in 1998 and is made from a variety of cocoa called Criolli which is the rarest in the world and represents only 0.001% of the world's production.
I really love the taste it is wonderful, rich and bitter and very dark- like midnight.
With a glass of red wine and a roaring winter fire this would be my ideal treat.
So if you are looking to enjoy chocolate but not to eat all the sugar and other things which often pad out the bars give this a try. You might even help your health as in a recent study of 8000 male Harvard graduates it was shown that chocoholics actually live longer than those who don't eat any.
Further research done in 2005 discovered that eating dark chocolate lowered blood pressure which it claimed was due to the flavanoid content. These compounds are thought to reduce the ability of the blood to clot reducing heart attack and stroke.
Dark chocolate also contains Phenylethlamine which is a slight antidepressant, and eating chocolate also increases the level of serotonin in the brain and these levels are often low in those suffering from depression, fibromyalgia and ME and in pre menstrual tension. It may also help with seasonal affected disorder.
Chocolate is also full of essential minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and manganese, and is a great source of B vitamins.
Finally a word about dogs. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and you only need 1 gram to kill a shiz tzu. This is due to the theobromine which will if not treated leads to heart failure and death. I know this to my cost because my dog ate some dark chocolate recently, and I spent a very worrying night in the emergency vets waiting for her to be treated. It was only due to our fast acting that she is alive so please keep all chocolate away from dogs, and don't hang any on your tree or leave it where they can find it. (Grapes and raisins are also deadly so please keep them away and act immediately if they eat some.) Don't wait -it's a race against the clock to get it out of their system and Domori 100% would be the worst. Also bear in mind if you are sending it as a gift through the post as due to the thin nature of the packet it could be ripped open by a dog as it falls through and could be eaten by the time the recipient finds it.
If you would like to visit their website it is www.domori.com and it is mostly Italian so not too much help but it does have an English caption "Luxury for your Senses " which just about sums up this chocolate- it is wonderful!
Premium Trinitario cocoa from Venezuela is used by Domori to create this powerful, high cocoa chocolate. The ingredients are simple; 100% cocoa, and that is it. Please be aware this specialist bar is for those prefering a VERY bitter chocolate experience.