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Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Chocolate Marketing Concepts

I Love Chocolate Marketing Concepts

Decadent! Positively sinful, delicious chocolate offers a marketing concept that rocks the road to wealth and prosperity. When you get passionate about marketing your product, you share the flavor and concept with valuable clients and consumers, bringing them closer to the brink of exposure to your delicious treasure.

I love chocolate because it soothes the soul.

The rich decadent flavor of chocolate brings satisfaction to new highs with adrenaline increasing snap. The simple joy of chocolate enriches life. It is impossible to nibble on chocolate and feel sad or bad about your life and who you are. Chocolate brings a wealth of energy to your life. The value of good chocolate is immeasurable.

I love marketing because it breaths life into business.

Marketing reveals the value of a product or service. When you put together a marketing plan for your business and set out to fulfill that plan, you gain ground and find success. Marketing is the wealth of activity that brings prosperity to your business. The value of marketing your business is measurable in profits.

I love productive concepts because they breed enthusiasm.

Concepts encapsulate an idea making it viable and useful. With conceptual understanding of any idea comes distinct steps set into action that will enable you to achieve a goal at the end of the project. As concepts develop, enthusiasm grows and we become passionate about a project, giving wings of flight to the energy necessary for accomplishment. Concepts bring measurable profitability to your business.

Chocolate marketing concepts enrich the presentation of a product or service, creating dynamic energy in a paradigm of success. If you want to succeed abundantly, add chocolate marketing concepts to your visualization of success. The energy gained will rock your business strategies with triumph.

Chocolate Marketing Concepts envelop more than just food. These concepts breath life into the Marketing Dynamics presented by Marketing Guru, Jan Verhoeff. Visit for more valuable marketing ideas and methods to promote your business with Chocolate Rich Enthusiasm.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Yep, my day was better than that...


Even if you aren't a skier, you'll be able to appreciate the humor of the
slopes as written by a New Orleans paper:

A friend just got back from a holiday skiing trip to Utah with the kind of
story that warms the cockles of anybody's heart.

Conditions were perfect...12 below, no feeling in the toes, basic numbness
all over...the "Tell me when we're having fun" kind of day.

One of the women in the group complained to her husband that she was in dire
need of a rest room. He told her not to worry, that he was sure there was
relief waiting at the top of the lift in the form of a powder room for female
skiers in distress. He was wrong, of course, and the pain did not go away. If
you've ever had nature hit its panic button in you, then you know that a
temperature of 12 below doesn't help matters. With time running out, the woman
weighed her options. Her husband, picking up on the intensity of the pain,
suggested that since she was wearing an all-white ski outfit, she should go off
in the woods and no one would even notice. He assured her, "The white will
provide more than adequate camouflage."

So she headed for the tree line, began lowering her ski pants and proceeded
to do her thing. If you've ever parked on the side of a slope, then you know
there is a right way and wrong way to
set your skis so you don't move.

Yup, you got it!!! She had them positioned the wrong way. Steep slopes are
not forgiving...even during the most embarrassing moments. Without warning,
the woman found herself skiing backward, out-of-control, racing through the
trees...somehow missing all of them and onto another slope. Her derriere and the
reverse side were still bare, her pants; down around her knees, and she was
picking up speed all the while. She continued backwards, totally
out-of-control, creating an unusual vista for the other skiers. The woman skied back
under the lift and finally collided violently with a pylon.

The bad news was that she broke her arm and was unable to pull up her ski
pants. At long last her husband arrived, putting an end to her nudie show, then
summoned the ski patrol. They transported
her to a hospital.

While in the emergency room, a man with an obviously broken leg was put in
the bed next to hers. "So, how'd you break your leg?" she asked, making small
talk. "It was the stupidest thing you ever
saw," he said. "I was riding up this ski lift and suddenly, I couldn't
believe my eyes! There was this crazy woman skiing backward, out-of-control, down
the mountain, with her bare bottom hanging out of her pants. I leaned over to
get a better look and fell out of the lift." .....

So, how'd you break your arm?
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Thursday, January 25, 2007
Orgasmic Chocolate --- Cards have fewer calories!

Chocolate - An Aphrodisiac or Better Than Sex?
By Patricia Fason

The saying may go, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach", but what about women? It is a long standing tradition to present a woman with a box of chocolate as a romantic gesture. Is it simply because women love chocolate or does the root of this tradition go deeper? Curiosity led me to do some research on the subject and here is what I found.

First of all I wanted to know if chocolate was truly an aphrodisiac. An aphrodisiac is reputed to "put you in the mood for love" and the name comes from the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite. It is possible that the aphrodisiacal qualities come from our own mindset and expectations. First of all, we get a certain amount of pleasure from consuming chocolate. For one, the melting point of chocolate is slightly below human body temperature so it melts in your mouth. That in itself is a stimulating experience but what about the substances found in chocolate? And what are the roots of chocolate as an aphrodisiac in history? I found a lot of useful information but as you would expect, I found conflicting arguments on whether or not it is an aphrodisiac, so I decided to come to my own conclusion and I urge you to do the same.

One report said that the Aztecs considered all chocolate an aphrodisiac. Because of this, all foods made with chocolate were strictly forbidden to women. However, another report stated that the Aztecs and Mayans were the first to recognize the potency of this food, celebrating the harvest with festivals of wild orgies. I guess both could be true (and may be) but it seems to me that if they were having wild orgies, they would want the women to eat it. I don't know, that's just my opinion, but in either case, the Aztecs apparently considered it an aphrodisiac.

There are people throughout history who also believed in the stimulating qualities of chocolate. In 1624 Johan Franciscus Rauch, a professor in Vienna, condemned chocolate as an inflamer of passions and urged monks not to drink it as he wanted to ban it in the monasteries. It is said that Madame du Barry, courtesan and mistress of Louis XV, always served her lovers a cup of chocolat before they were let in to her bedroom, and that the great lover and alchemist Casanova, who drank his cioccolata at Cafe Florian in Venice, considered chocolate more stimulating than champagne and called it the "elixir of love". Montezuma supposedly drank a cup of chocolate before entering his harem.

Ok, I am convinced that people in history have found chocolate to be an aphrodisiac, but why? Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a naturally occurring amino-acid which some consider to have aphrodisiacal effects and is even said to be able to "cure" hangovers. Phenylethylamine is a substance which is released naturally in the human body when you're in love. Other stimulants present in chocolate are dopamine and serotonin, which alleviate pain and encourage a good mood. Serotonin produces feelings of pleasure in a similar way to sunlight. Chocolate also contains theobromine, a chemical stimulant frequently confused with caffeine, but has very different effects on the human body. It is a mild, lasting stimulant with a mood improving effect. Its presence is one of the causes for chocolate's mood-elevating effects. (Note - In chocolate, theobromine exists in doses that are safe for humans to consume in large quantities, but can be lethal for animals such as dogs and horses, as they metabolize theobromine more slowly.)

Wow, no wonder I love it so much! What more does a person need than a mood elevating, stimulating, pleasurable, not to mention, great tasting, experience? I must mention, however, that some sources state that there is no evidence of chocolate having a true aphrodisiac effect. My opinion, who cares? With all that happening, if it doesn't put you in the mood, it won't take much encouragement to get you there. Excuse me, I seem to be craving some chocolate......

©2005 Patricia Fason

Patricia Fason is a writer and poet whose main focus is relationships. To read more of her work, visit Sites O Web Romances You. There you will find relationship articles, poetry, romantic gifts and other tools to keep romance alive in your relationship.

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Rocky Road Chocolate Cake?

Bring On The Chocolate Cake!
By Michelle Bery

When it comes to celebrating, food plays a critical and cross-cultural role. While it may consist of different cuisine depending on where you go, the meal around which families and friends gather unites the world on common ground. Different food comes to mean different things – a holiday meal, a weekly favorite, or a family recipe. But when it comes to celebrating sweetly – especially in the United States – nothing beats a chocolate cake.

For chocolate cake connoisseurs the preferences are as unique as the people themselves – chocolate cake frosted with vanilla icing, chocolate icing, whip cream, you name it. Each family may have a special recipe handed down from generation to generation or a favorite bakery where the chocolate cake can’t be missed. Today’s ever-increasing popularity of chocolate cake would surely have been a surprise to those who first attempted its creation.

The making of cakes in a general nature began shortly after flour was discovered. The recipe then was much less sweet than it is today – displaying more of a bread-like quality. Initially, added to the flour, were milk and yeast; honey or dried fruit were added to sweeten the mixture. Today, eggs are most often used in place of yeast, and, of course, sugar has become our sweetener of choice. Making cake prior to the Industrial Revolution was a complicated and pricey process. But with the advent of mass produced ingredients, cake making became affordable and easy for all levels of bakers.

Chocolate cake was first seen in the United States, the recipe for which was submitted to a Dallas, Texas newspaper in 1957. This particular recipe called for Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate which is how the chocolate cake received its name. The response to the printed recipe was immediate and astounding.

Today, the variations to this original recipe number into the thousands, with families adding their own special additions throughout the years. The advent of the boxed chocolate cake has given hope to elementary bakers everywhere whose only responsibility is to add egg and oil and bake. Even still, the most delicious of chocolate cake is that which originates in the homes of our families.

And regardless of whether the recipe calls for icing, nuts, or a variety of other ingredients, the truth remains that chocolate cake is just as popular as ever, starring in birthday parties and celebrations throughout the world.

For easy to understand, in depth information about chocolate visit our ezGuide 2 Chocolate.

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Chocolate Satisfaction
Chocolate-Sweet Ambrosia
By Terry Kaufman

Chocolate, sweet chocolate, the most sublime of tastes. Whatever other edible delicacies may tease our senses of taste and smell, I cannot think of a single one that has the power to lure as does chocolate.

There are several different tastes of chocolate. People have their personal preferences and will stand strong in their beliefs. Some of these forms of chocolate are as follows:

CHOCOLATE LIQUOR is made by grinding the center of the roasted cocoa bean (nib) to a smooth liquid known as chocolate liquor. After cooling, the chocolate liquor is molded into blocks known as unsweetened BAKING CHOCOLATE. There is approximately 53% cocoa butter in the liquor and blocks. Baking chocolate has no sugar but vanilla is sometimes used as a flavoring. Baking chocolate also goes by the name of BITTER CHOCOLATE.

SWEET or DARK CHOCOLATE is a generic name for chocolate with 15% to 35% chocolate liquor. It has a maximum of 12% milk solids. Cocoa butter, sugar, and vanilla are added as the beans come from the grinding mill. BITTERSWEET and SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE belong to this category. There must be a minimum of at least 35% chocolate liquor. Fat content is around 27%. Its flavor ranges from fruity to earthy with barely any milk or dairy flavor. The flavor is determined more by bean blend than its dairy components.

BITTERSWEET or SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE is the darkest of chocolate meant for eating. It has the highest percentage of chocolate liquor, at least 35%, with additional cocoa butter for easier melting. As above, flavor is more dependent upon the cocoa bean blend. This is my personal favorite of all categories of chocolate.

MILK CHOCOLATE is the most common taste of chocolate for consumption, consisting of chocolate liquor into which cocoa butter, milk, sweeteners, and flavorings have been added. It has minimums of at least 10% chocolate liquor and 12% milk solids with a strong milk and/or caramelized flavor. It is generally used for garnishes and candy coating.

COCOA is the powdery remains of chocolate liquor. Most of the cocoa butter is removed, making for the least fatty form of chocolate. Cocoa includes dutched chocolate. Its colors run the gamut from light tan to red to black.

DUTCH CHOCOLATE, in its chocolate liquor or cocoa powder forms, is treated with an approved alkalizing agent so that its color, flavor, and dispersability in liquids are modified. If it is given extreme treatments it will turn to a black cocoa powder.

CHOCOLATE FLAVORED COATING consists of vegetable fats other than cocoa butter that are blended in with cocoa powder. Like many chocolate products, chocolate flavored coating uses sugar, milk, and flavorings. The use of fats other than cocoa butter enables lower production expenses. On the other hand, it is easier to use than genuine chocolate. It might leave a waxy feel in your mouth. It is my least favorite form of chocolate flavoring because of its artificial texture.

WHITE CHOCOLATE is mostly used as a coating. It is not a true chocolate because it contains cocoa butter but no nonfat chocolate solids. Akin to milk chocolate in its basic makeup, it contains sugar, cocoa butter, milk solids, and flavorings. It has a sweet, milky taste, with colors varying from pure white to yellow white. I personally find white chocolate overpoweringly sweet.

Whatever form or taste it takes, chocolate remains an ambrosia from the gods.

Terry Kaufman is Chief Editorial Writer for,, and

©2007 Terry Kaufman.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007
A delightful gift!
Send Valentine's Cards

Love in the Spring!

It's the start of a good thing. Just share what you feel inside with the one you're feeling it for. You won't regret that feeling of tenderness and caring.

Share it!

Just point and click to send a card that will make memories for years to come.

Send a Valentine's Card...
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Valentine --- Be Mine

The season has come again, when little boys hearts turn to what girls have been thinking about all winter long.

Ladies, it's time to impress your men. Tell them what they are now ready to hear in words you know they'll understand. In your own words, write a message that says "Be mine, Valentine."

Remember to send Greeting Cards!
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Money Talks, Chocolate Sings
Chocolate Sings

One day I had a date for lunch with friends. Mae, a little old "blue hair" about 80 years old, came along with them--All in all, a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Mae who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate."

I wasn't sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. "Along with heated apple pie," Mae added, completely unabashed. We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time. But when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy mine. I couldn't take my eyes off Mae as her pie a-la-mode went down. The other ladies showed dismay. They ate their lunches silently and frowned.

The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Mae. I lunched on white meat tuna. She ordered a parfait. I smiled. She asked if she amused me. I answered, "Yes, you do, but also you confuse me. How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible?

She laughed and said, with wanton mirth, "I'm tasting all that's Possible. I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life's so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good. This year I realized how old I was. (She grinned) I haven't been this old before."

"So, before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I had ignored. I haven't smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many books I haven't read. There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead. There are many malls I haven't shopped. I've not laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of Broadway hits and potato chips and cokes.

I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace. I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want UN-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most. I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind in my hair. I want to fall in love again. So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired."

With that, I called the waitress over. "I've changed my mind," I said. "I want what she is having, only add some more whipped cream!"
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007
More to life...
Let those you know in on how you feel about them.

Before those precious moments pass, tell them how much you care. Give them the blessing of understanding that you appreciate them, love them, and want to share your best with them. It isn't easy to know what to say, but when you open your mouth the words will appear.

Just say it!

If in doubt, send them a card to tell them how you feel. Write it down, get it straight, and send it out.

Send Out Cards can help!
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Humble Pie - Must be Chocolate
I received this in an email from a friend. An apology of sorts to start out New Year's Resolutions Right. I read it twice, first time from a point of Arrogance, the second from Humble Self-awareness. This friend has at times during our friendship been my mentor, and I at other times have been hers. Her acknowledgement that she has on occasion led me wrong, due to her own arrogance, gave me strength to accept the apology and eat my own slice of Humble Pie.

Relationships often wear a common thread. A person is either the teacher or the student. I find more often than not, although I feel I'm a very bright person, I'm the student. When I step back from a situation, I often find I've learned an important lesson, and often that lesson is to prepare for the fundamental foundation of understanding that the person I am trusting to teach me something may not be as smart as that person appears.

When I experience failure in myself, I can accept it readily, I'm human. When I experience failure from another person, one who points a jagged finger in my direction, I often have a harder time accepting their failures. I feel wounded and frustrated, particularly if it's left to me to confront that person. Confrontation is not my style. I have a tendancy to prefer to simply forgive the person and accept their weaknesses.

Humble Pie must be chocolate, it tastes rather good.

Tip: Arrogance and self-awareness seldom go hand-in-hand.

Over the years I have learned that there are some things that work really
well together. Peanut butter and jelly make a really good sandwich and so
does a hamburger with lettuce and tomato. However, I do not think that
putting lettuce and tomato on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich would
taste very good. You see, there are some things that work well together and
some that do not.

It has been my experience that when I meet someone who is actually aware of
the effect that their personality style and behavior has on others, they
seem to also be a humble and insightful person. However, when I meet an
arrogant person who is "full of themselves", I have observed that they lack
the skill to accurately assess their own behavior and abilities. Arrogance
just does not allow a person the ability to be very insightful or aware of
their own behavior.

The one who would be wise must first be humble. Everyone you meet knows at
least one thing that you do not know. Therefore, they can instantly become
your teacher. Even though you may be the most skilled professional in a
particular area, I can assure you that there are many areas about which you
know very little.

I once heard Zig Ziglar say that he got his car stuck and had to call a tow
truck to come pull it out of the mud. When the driver arrived, Zig noticed
that he was just a teenager. He thought to himself, "I don't know if this
kid possesses the necessary skill to pull my car out of this mud or not."
The young man asked Zig for his car keys. He jumped in the front seat,
turned the car on and "rocked" it back and forth a couple of times. Then he
drove it right out of the mud! He had done it with such ease that the young
man was embarrassed for Zig. In fact, the teenager began to make excuses
for him by saying, "Sir, sometimes these things really are easier than they
look and I just got lucky. I won't even charge you for this."

Zig said it was amazing to think that he is an expert in the area of
leadership training and motivational speaking yet knows very little about
getting a car out of a mud hole. That teenage boy knew very little about
motivational speaking but he knew everything about humility, kindness ? and
getting cars out of the mud!

I believe it is a fact of life that when a person demonstrates a spirit of
humility and is not arrogant, they become open to new ideas and insights.
On the other hand, when a person has a "know-it-all" attitude, the
possibilities for new insights and wisdom immediately evaporate. You cannot
expect to have good insight and self-awareness if you are an arrogant
person. The two just do not make a very good "sandwich" together.

I have been incredibly blessed in my lifetime to have had the opportunity
to graduate from five different colleges or universities. Yet, rather than
being arrogant about how much I know, I am truly humbled by how much there
is to know and how little of that vast body of knowledge I actually
possess. I am a life-long learner. That is a much better position to take
than being a "know-it-all."

Seek to raise your awareness of your own behaviors and the abilities of
others this week. Be open to learn from them things that perhaps you know
very little about. It will be an encouragement to them and a blessing to

Tip: Arrogance and self-awareness seldom go hand-in-hand.

Have a great week! God bless you!
Robert Rohm Ph.D.
Personality Insights, Inc.
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