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By Carol Off

Award-winning writer and broadcaster Carol Off finds the attention-grabbing -- and sometimes frightening -- tales at the back of our hope for all issues chocolate.

Whether it's a part of a Hallowe'en haul, the contents of a heart-shaped field or simply a sweet bar stashed in a table drawer, chocolate is synonymous with pleasures either easy and extravagant. yet in the back of the candy photograph is a protracted historical past of exploitation. within the eighteenth century the eu aristocracy went wild for the Aztec delicacy. In later years, colonial territories have been ravaged and slaves imported in droves as local populations died out below the stress of feeding the world's urge for food for chocolate.

Carol Off lines the origins of the cocoa craze and follows chocolate's evolution lower than such overseers as Hershey, Cadbury and Mars. In Côte d'Ivoire, the West African kingdom that produces approximately half the world's cocoa beans, she follows a dismal and hazardous seam of greed. opposed to a backdrop of civil warfare and corruption, desperately bad farmers have interaction in appalling practices akin to the indentured servitude of younger boys -- kids who don't even be aware of what chocolate tastes like.

Off exhibits that, with the complicity of Western governments and firms, unethical practices proceed to thrive. sour Chocolate is a social historical past, a passionate investigative account and an eye-opening exposé of the workings of a multi-billion greenback that has institutionalized distress because it served our pleasures.

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Meanwhile, combine the remainder of the water, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a medium saucepan. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook to 240°F, as measured by a candy thermometer. Once that temperature is reached, immediately remove it from the heat. Return to the gelatin-water mixture. Turn the mixer on to speed 1. While actively mixing, gradually pour the sugar syrup into the gelatin mixture. Avoid touching the whisk if possible. Increase the speed to 4. Whip until the bowl feels lukewarm, 10 to 12 minutes.

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