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Chocolate, the new Caviar

Britain is a nation of chocolate lovers – we love to indulge in this scrumptious treat. Britons consume an average of 11kh per person per year, that’s around 3 bars a week – this equates to 660,900 tonnes a year in total!

Since 2007 chocolate consumption has doubled, the biggest increase was seen to be in the consumption of dark chocolate, milk chocolate is the first choice for two thirds of all Brits, only 1% don’t like it!

The demand for chocolate will increase by roughly 5 million metric tonnes by 2012 according to food companies and commodity traders – this year’s supply is already expected to fall short, with demand being too high.

Chocolate is not just important to business in the UK; according to the World Cocoa Foundation some 50 million people around the world depend on cocoa as a source of livelihood. Chocolate’s popularity means it has been a powerful tool for changing trade patters, as on of the first and most successful fairly traded products.

On a negative note, it has been said that in 20 years it could be a possibility that chocolate production will decrease to the point where it will be as valuable as caviar. Farmers in Africa are currently illegally using land on national reserves, as they are so desperate for fertile land to produce this sought after crop. John Mason, executive director and founder of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council, has forecast that shortages in bulk production in Africa will have a devastating effect: ‘In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar. It will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it.’

The aforementioned can already be seen as cocoa prices increased by 10% in 2011, this is the largest increase since the 1970s.

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I must say I was quite impressed with the opening ceremony of the Olympics. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t looking forward to it that much, as I had heard rumors circulating around London that it wasn’t going to be that amazing – obviously, they were just trying to fool me!

The opening ceremony really gave me an insight into British culture and its heritage, and I have to say it was quite spectacular. From the image of the fresh, green countryside and the farming to the sudden change to the industrial revolution and the suffragettes, the NHS and now the social media generation.

I thought one of the most impressive part of the ceremony, was during the industrial revolution where it looked like they were carving the Olympic rings and then they rose into the air… I was in awe!

I also shed a few tears, when the Olympic torch was passed from your most successful Olympian to the next, young Olympians – I thought was a beautiful way of lighting that magnificent cauldron.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get tickets to any of the Olympic games including the opening ceremony – but I managed to find a beautiful roof terrace where I watch the red arrows fly over my head at exactly 20:12, and was able to see the fireworks in the distance. I heard a lot of British people say, ‘Well we have now managed to master the art of firework displays since the Millennium disaster.’ It left me wondering how bad your firework display was back in 2000?

Well I am continuing to watch the Olympics on the television and I am totally hooked. The problem is, I love this country so much and yet I am from Germany – I don’t know who to support???

Lots and lots of love,

Miss Marzipan xxx

 

Melt in the mouth Marzipan

When one thinks of marzipan they think of a very sweet and sticky substance, much like icing sugar, making it seem plain and boring. However, there is much more to it than that. Once you have been in the business for over 200 years, you begin to see a whole new perspective in regards to the world of marzipan. This can be seen in all Niederegger products.

Niederegger features a range of flavour combinations that are somewhat unusual and completely change peoples initial thought of marzipan.

Thinking outside of the box is one of Niederegger specialities – this is really displayed in its marzipan, which features flavours such as Ginger & Marzipan, Lemon & Marzipan, Egg Liqueur and many more.

As far as the old common conception of traditional marzipan goes, Niederegger have perfected their recipe for marzipan over 200 years using less sugar and more almonds bringing you a subtly fragrant and enjoyable taste of marzipan that isn’t too overbearing on ones taste buds.

As well as the typical combination of chocolate and marzipan, Niederegger have also created a unique and original range of hot drinks.  This means that you can not only enjoy a delicious bar of milk chocolate marzipan, but you can also watch it melt in a charming cup of marzipan rooibos tea.

 

Almonds – The key ingredient of Marzipan

“Historians generally agree that almonds, mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, were among the earliest cultivated foods.”

The Almond tree is a small deciduous tree growing 4-10 meters in height, native to mineral rich West-Asian mountain ranges that provide optimum environment for their growth. In recent years it has become a very popular crop and is cultivated across the world. During the spring the tree bears whitish-pink flowers which ultimately turn into fruit in the autumn.

Almonds have always been revered as a symbol of fullness and wealth. The nuts contain many health-benefiting nutrients that are required to keep healthy!

Research has showed that Almonds can prevent cancer.  Almonds contain a high concentration of phytochemicals on their dark brown skin. Studies show that this powerful natural compound, which plants use to protect themselves against pests, have been seen to fight off cancer cells. In various laboratory experiments, the phytochemicals found in almonds actually aid in keeping brain tumors from multiplying. There are even accounts of the tumors decreasing significantly.

Almonds have been seen to contain a high dose of Vitamin E – 30 grams of almonds will give you 35% of daily requirement! Some studies have pointed that consistent consumption of almonds has significantly decreased chances for breast cancer and prostate cancer. That’s because vitamin E in almonds came in the form of alpha-tocopherol – a known agent that prevents the multiplication of cancer cells. To top all of that off – Almonds are also naturally cholesterol free.

However, almonds have other benefits.  As far ask the skin is concerned, almond can be used in several ways. Almond oil makes the skin smooth and soft, which is why it is often favored for massages. Almond oil can also be used for the hair. 

Almond milk is also available, and is good for the skin, besides being a nourishing and useful substitute for people who are allergic to milk. In addition, almonds themselves can also be used in many home treatments for the skin.

 

Marzipan

Lay it on the table, the King did say with desperate admiration.

Adorn with fruit and sugar coat to gloat my satisfaction.

What is this quenching taste? Queen Elizabeth announced.

What kind of wicked trickery is going on that dares be unpronounced.

No trickery comes from Persia. The sweetness speaks its case.

Only almonds and sugar are found here. The only craft is in the taste.

Does it have a name, this delicious poison to which I must subscribe?

Massa or Marzipan suits best what only the senses can describe.

The King clapped in confirmation and the Queen chortled in delight

The jester adorned his pointy hat and cart wheeled through the night.

Fast forward four hundred years or so when this scene is long done

1806, Niederegger stands for marzipan of the world renown!