Is chocolate bad for cats?

Is chocolate really all that bad for cats? If you suspect your cat has consumed chocolate, please call your vet immediately! Or call the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. Humans love chocolate. Sometimes our pets do to – but it is very toxic to them. There are ingredients derived from the...

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What are the different types of chocolate?

What are the different types of chocolate, and what are they used for? Different varieties of chocolate contain different combinations of cocoa fat, cocoa solids, milk (or alternative milk) powder, and sugar. The differing ratios of these simple ingredients can produce every type of chocolate. As a rule, the darker...

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Is white chocolate really chocolate?

Do you know if white chocolate is really chocolate? There are many opinions about white chocolate and if it should be considered “chocolate” at all. We will present you with both sides of the argument and let you decide – but one thing’s unanimous… it’s delicious! But first let’s find out...

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How much chocolate can a dog eat?

Just how much chocolate can your dog eat before it is toxic to them? Vets all agree that dogs should never be allowed to eat chocolate. If your dog has eaten chocolate it’s best to call your vet immediately and seek medical attention right away!  You will need to know your...

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Does chocolate have caffeine?

Chocolate is the most romantic gift that we treat ourselves to, and we delight in presenting it to others. We imagine relaxing moments, stolen moments if you will, savoring that sweet bite of pure heaven. But is chocolate actually relaxing, or is it a stimulant? We will dive in...

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Do You Know Chocolate?

Chocolate should be stored in a cool dry place and should not be refrigerated. If you must refrigerate, it is best to put the chocolate in an air tight box in the fruit compartment to control the humidity. In the refrigerator the sugar in the chocolate can crystallize...

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Chocolate Covered

In Good Taste….. Some Tips on How To Enjoy Chocolate Enjoying chocolate is a very personal experience as everyone’s pallet differs. Some enjoy sour flavors while others enjoy very earthy accents of various cuisine. Chocolate is no different. While you may enjoy many flavors, some flavors are more enjoyable because of...

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On Trend and Thriving In 2017

Prepare for a bright year filled with green, pattern play and happy motifs with a few unexpected twists. Astor has curated the years top trends and we invite you to explore the limitless possibilities in the world of chocolate.

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All Good… The Benefits of Chocolate

Chocolate which is high in cocoa solids (70% or more) is now recognized as having many qualities that are beneficial to health, Real chocolate, containing at least 70% cocoa solids for plain chocolate, has much less sugar than the typical mass produced product. Chocolate contains essential trace elements...

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Behind The Bean

Chocolate is made from the cocoa bean, found in pods growing from the trunk and lower branches of the Cacao Tree. The Latin name of the cocoa bean 'Theobroma Cacao'means "food of the gods". In 1828, Dutch chemist Johannes Van Houten, invented a method of extracting the fat...

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