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Luscious Chocolate

Excerpt from Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights.

Chocolate Consumption

The chocolate industry is an $8 billion-a-year business. The United States is the world’s leader in the production and importation of chocolate candy. Most women in the United States prefer to get chocolate instead of flowers, especially women over the age of 50. In the U.S., females 30 to 39 years old and males 12 to 19 years old consume the highest percentage of chocolate per day.

Americans consume roughly 3 billion pounds of chocolate each year, which is more than 11 pounds per person. The Swiss eat, on average, about 22 pounds of chocolate products per person, per year. Per person the Danes eat the most chocolate, at 30 pounds a year.

Love Potion

1 cup chocolate low-fat soy milk
1 banana, in chunks
1 teaspoon tequila
1/4 teaspoon arbol chili powder
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on medium for 1 minute.

Pour this love potion into tall, sensual glasses and serve (adults only).

per cup: Calories 296; Protein 4 g; Total Fat 15 g; Saturated Fat 9 g; Carbohydrate 36 g; Cholesterol 2 mg.


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