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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chocolate treats add to Christmas cheer

U.S. sales of chocolate keep booming, driven by studies touting the health benefits and growing consumer interest in organic and fair-trade products. Total U.S. chocolate sales are expected to soar to $18 billion annually by 2011, up from $16 billion in 2006, with organic and dark chocolate representing the fastest-growing segment, according to Packaged Facts, a national food-research firm.

When baking with chocolate, Grove recommends using dark chocolate, which is richer and not as sweet-tasting as lighter varieties, and high-quality cocoa powder. Also, select chocolate with care.

"Pick a chocolate with the flavor nuances you like best, from caramel to chile, and one that fits the particular treat you are baking," he said.

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Chocolate treats add to Christmas cheer
-The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

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